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Demolition magazine is BACK…!

The 2015 Comeback Special is live NOW and ready to read.

After a brief hiatus, the world’s biggest and most widely-read demolition publication is back with a new design, new format and more independent content than others would dare dream about.

So, without further ado, please start reading below:

“Haunted” Heysel faces demolition…

Brussels stadium to meet wrecking ball 30 years after night that lives in infamy.

Forever tainted by the deaths of 39 football fans 30-years ago this week, there is movement afoot to demolish the old Heysel stadium altogether and build a brand new one nearby.

Back in May 1985 as Liverpool took on Juventus in Brussels in the European Cup final, the now renamed Roi Baudouin stadium hosted what had been billed beforehand as the final of the Century.

But a deadly cocktail of bad policing, the jaw-dropping violence, and a stadium in a bad state of disrepair led to a legacy of infamy.

Panic spread when fans were unable to escape a terrifying wave of assaults by hooligans due to locked security barriers.

Now 30-years on the subsequent deadly crush is still remembered in Belgium as one of its darkest hours.

Thirty-four Italians, two Belgians, two Frenchmen and an Irishman died, some 458 fans were injured and treated on site, and another 256 taken to hospital.

The hooligans had caused a crush but the policing played its part while it is widely accepted now that Heysel itself has to shoulder much of the blame.

Read more here.

Donora-Webster blast delayed…

Bridge implosion stumbles on scheduling speed=bumps.

Implosion of the final section of the Donora-Webster bridge – initially planned for mid-spring – will likely occur in mid-summer.

Under a “best case scenario,” the river span of the bridge will be imploded shortly after the Fourth of July weekend, said Scott Faieta, assistant construction engineer for PennDOT District 12 in Uniontown. A “worst-case scenario” would have the span dropped into the Monongahela River by early August, he said.

“We’ve run into a lot of bumps in the schedule,” Faieta said. “With the railroads, the Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Fish and Game Commission, there’s been a lot of coordination.”

Each of those agencies will play a role before the bridge comes down this summer.

Built in 1908, the former Donora-Webster Bridge was closed in July 2009 after a routine inspection revealed several main support beams had deteriorated. A year after it was closed, the span was renamed for Webster native and former Lt. Gov. Ernest Kline. It never reopened.

Read more here.

Video – Kilburn takes the high road…

High reach plays pivotal role in urban regeneration project.

London’s South Kilburn Estate is in the process of being regenerated. And phase 2 of that prcess requires the demolition of a pair of high rise tower blocks.

This new time-lapse video from Alison Brooks Architects captures the action:

South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 2A Demolition from Alison Brooks Architects on Vimeo.

Video – Seattle time-lapse…

High reach excavator makes light work of chapel building.

Who says that Americans don’t get the high reach concept? (Oh yeah, that was me. My bad.)

Well, there’s an exception to every rule as this great (yet silent) time-lapse demonstrates.

Demolition of Chapel Building from Kevin Daniels on Vimeo.

PP O’Connor takes to the water…

Big win for North West contractor.

Davyhulme-artists-impression-by-2018-compressedJPGSalford based PP O’Connor has been appointed by Celtic Technologies to carry out the bulk earthworks, remediation and ground stabilisation required for the enabling works for £170 million modernisation of the Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Plant which is the largest of its kind in the North West.

The site, located west of junction 10 of the M60 motorway, Trafford, Manchester serves a population of more than million people. The upgrade is expected to improve the quality of the water entering the Manchester Ship Canal and it is expected to take 36 months to complete in total.

Charmaine O’Connor, chief executive, PP O’Connor said: “Our work at the Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Plant will pave the way for the expansion and upgrading of this essential infrastructure site. As with all our projects, our aim is to recycle as much material as possible for re-use on the project, this will include treatment of contaminated soils and other excavated materials.”

PP O’Connor will excavate, sort and remediate approximately 250,000 cubic metres of the land to create three new piling platforms on to which the new facilities will be built. This will include the on-site decontamination of soils and the crushing of excavated rubble and bricks for re-use within the works.

PP O’Connor’s work is expected to be complete by Christmas, then the site will be handed over to the main construction partners Laing O’Rourke Imtech Joint Venture (LORI) on behalf of United Utilities, to complete the works.

The modernisation programme involves significant remediation of previously abandoned land, followed by construction of six circular primary settlement tanks (PST) and a large activated sludge plant (ASP) with 10 circular final settlement tanks (FST).

With its headquarters in Irlam and regional office in Liverpool, PP O’Connor is a leading demolition, bulk earthworks and civil engineering contractor. The firm directly employs 170 highly skilled people and provides regular training courses as well as working with five apprentices this year.

Video – Poetry in motion…

Poem dedicated to Thompsons of Prudhoe.

It is not every demolition contractor that can claim to have a poem dedicated to it. But UK contractor Thompsons of Prudhoe has achieved this notable honour as this artistic video demonstrates.

Poet Garry Franks, who wrote the poem and performs it in the film, is a former resident of the Chandless Estate tower block recently demolished by Thompsons of Prudhoe.

Thompsons of Prudhoe from Stevie Ronnie on Vimeo.

Jobs – Calling all CCDO supervisors…

Leading UK demolition company seeks CCDO supervisor to satisfy increased demand.

Clarke Demolition Company Ltd (CDC) has become the latest company to hit the recruitment trail.

The Suffolk-based company is on the hunt for a CCDO demolition supervisor. The successful candidate will have the following key qualifications:

  • CCDO Gold Card Supervisor/SSSTS/SMSTS
  • First Aider

For further details on this exciting job opportunity, please click here.

Carroll leaves Kocurek…

General manager to seek new challenges.

In a surprise statement, Kocurek Excavators has announced the departure of general manager Brian Carroll.

The statement reads:

It is with regret that we have to announce that Brian Carroll (General Manager) is leaving the company on 29th May 2015, to embark on a new chapter of his career and a change of direction.

Brian, who joined Kocurek Excavators in 2007, is leaving to pursue the new challenge and the board of directors of Kocurek Excavators wishes him well in the next stage of his career.

It goes without saying that we value his contribution to the growth of the business over the last 8 years which has seen us become World leaders in specialist demolition specification machines.

The company will continue to prosper and we will be announcing new appointments as and when they are made.

There will be no further statements forthcoming.

Supervisor found guilty over Keysham fatality…

Former EDS man awaits sentencing.

Site supervisor Paul Priestley has been found guilty of a failure of care after a worker plunged to his death whilst gutting the former Cadbury’s Somerdale factory in Keynsham.

Priestley, 54, of Halifax, denied failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others at work, contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

James Stacey was using a mini-digger to push a large piece of fibreglass tank from the fourth floor of the building, Bristol Crown Court heard. But the machine’s toothed bucket snagged on the tank, causing him and the machine to plummet with it to the ground. The 31-year-old, from Barry, died instantly, the court heard.

Priestley’s firm Euro Dismantling Services Ltd admitted wrongdoing and he will be sentenced with them later.

After the verdict was returned Stacey’s mother Gillian, 66, from Barry, said: “James never stopped smiling. He was a wonderful son and brother and, most of all, a wonderful dad to Molly and a loving partner to Hannah.”

Read more here.

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