Commercial office & retail

We have a lot of experience of working on commercial and retail projects. Here’s two examples of the work we have done.

Project: Liverpool One
Client: Laing O’Rourke
Value: £7m
Duration: 120 Weeks

The largest regeneration project in Europe at the time, Liverpool One involved the redevelopment of 42 acres of land in the heart of Liverpool. This £850m development included retail units, commercial offices, leisure facilities, apartments, public realm and major infrastructure works.

Scope of works

PP O’Connor delivered major enabling works including 350,000m3 bulk excavation – the largest bulk excavation off site in Europe at the time; remediation works and basement reinforcement. Major demolition works were also carried out to enable the new build award winning QParks car park.

Special interest

Archaeological ruins of buildings destroyed during World War II were discovered, along with an 18th century dock. The PP O’Connor team worked with the assigned archaeologist, the docks were successfully retained and are now a popular tourist attraction in Liverpool.

Project innovation

Due to the robust Site Waste Management Plans developed early during the pre-construction stage and implemented throughout the works, PP O’Connor was able to recycle 99% of materials, with a very high percentage of that used on the development and the remainder re-used nearby.


Project: The Press Building, York
Client: Tier Consult
Value: £275,000
Duration: 22 Weeks

The demolition of the Press Offices in Walmgate is the first phase of a £35m regeneration project to develop new student and office accommodation.

Scope of works

PP O’Connor was initially engaged to carry out the safe deconstruction of the former Press Buildings which were bounded by the River Ouse, occupied offices and businesses and apartments.

We were subsequently engaged to undertake drainage diversion works which included connecting into existing manhole chamber; new manholes and pipework installation plus connecting of existing properties to the new system.

Key considerations

Due to the historic importance of the City and the surrounding heritage buildings, a robust dust, noise and vibration monitoring regime was put in place.
As the River Ouse is in close proximity to the site, comprehensive environmental management plans were put in place to ensure the river wasn’t polluted by the demolition works.

Close liaison with the local community and stakeholders enabled the works to be completed with minimal disruption to the local area.