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Red Road Countdown – The wait is almost over…

Five years of watching and waiting, and it all comes down to this.

red roadWe have been following the story of Red Road’s inexorable journey from well-intentioned though ultimately flawed social experiment to impending demolition for almost five years now.

The story 30+ storey blocks that loom over Glasgow like a raised scar has had more twists and turns than even the most ludicrous soap opera. Over the years, we have reported on a triple suicide at the blocks, the bidding war to win the right to demolish them, and the painstaking task of removing huge amounts of asbestos from the towers. We have reported on the (sadly abandoned) plan to implode them as part of the opening ceremony to last year’s Commonwealth Games, and we have commented upon the preposterous suggestion that, at the eleventh hour, they might be rescued and used to house people caught up in the current migrant crisis.

But regardless of those twists and turns, it all comes down to this. On Sunday, Safedem’s William Sinclair will hit the plunger and erase the Red Road blocks from the Glasgow skyline forever.

To commemorate what will unquestionably be Europe’s largest-ever controlled explosive demolition, DemolitionNews looks back at the Red Road story as reported here in these pages

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Video Exclusive – Dykon strikes again…

Blasting crew fells Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital.

There is just no stopping the Dykon Explosive Demolition Corp at the moment. And the company has struck again, this time in Buffalo, New York.

It took less than 30 seconds to take down the old Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital.

The implosion went off without a hitch at 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning. It took 600 pounds of explosions to bring the building down.

The implosion could be heard throughout the greater Buffalo area. The hundreds of people who watched near gates circle cheered as the old hospital came down.

And thanks to our buddy Ron Gilbert, we’re delighted to bring you this exclusive view of the blast.

Video – Let’s talk about precision…

Brown and Mason turn stack demolition into art form.

Over the years, we have reported on a countless number of implosions; blasts big and small. But, if memory serves us correctly, we have never featured one quite so precise as Brown and Mason’s latest blast at the Cockenzie Power Station.

We originally featured this a week or so ago, but Nick Brown at Brown and Mason has now been kind enough to provide us with a drone-shot, slow-motion film that truly demonstrates the precision.

Video – Big crash at Daytona…

Implosion fells huge grandstand at NASCAR venue.

AAnother part of iconic Daytona International Speedway has fallen as part of the $400 million Daytona Rising renovation project.

Thirty-three pounds of copper-sheathed, linear-shaped charge explosives were used to bring down the steel tower.

Video – Stakes are too high…

Broke city spending half a million dollars on wooden stakes…?

We can only hope that Detroit never suffers a vampire outbreak as the cost of killing the blood-suckers would pretty much bankrupt the already struggling city.

A local TV news report has discovered that demolition contractors tackling blight in the city are paying almost eight dollars each for simple wooden stakes that are then used to de-mark a completed demolition site.

According to the city’s own figures, it demolished 4,000 derelict homes last year and will take out a further 4,000 in 2015. That’s a bill of $480,000 for simple wooden stakes; $480,000 that could be used to demolish more homes.

Detroit vampires can rest easy in their coffins tonight.

Philly death case opening statements…

Claim and counter-claim as murder trial gets underway.

A demolition contractor has gone on trial for murder in the deaths of six people killed when a building being demolished collapsed on a thrift store in Philadelphia.

In opening statements Wednesday, a defense lawyer painted Griffin Campbell as a scapegoat in the June 2013 deaths. Lawyer William Hobson accused the city of lax oversight of demolition work. Investigators said Campbell left a towering brick wall unsupported before it crashed down on the store, burying shoppers and workers in rubble. They say he had removed support beams to sell them for salvage.

A subcontractor has pleaded guilty to six counts of involuntary manslaughter. Campbell, 51, has rejected the same offer. He faces third-degree murder charges. The architect who accepted Campbell’s cut-rate bid has been granted immunity for his testimony.

Read more from here.

Calling all demolition engineers…

Use your expertise to help Nepalese demolition and rebuilding drive.

NepalReaders of our weekly This Week in Demolition bulletin will know that we recently highlighted a job opportunity in Australia for those with a penchant for sunshine. This latest job bulletin is rather different.

Disaster waste Recovery is currently looking for demolition engineers to work on the ground in Nepal from around mid-October 2015 to mid-January 2016 with the following scope:

  • Experienced demolition engineers who can run demolition sites in remote and difficult to access areas of rural and urban Nepal. Specialised tools may not always be available and the engineer will be required to work with the available tools, without compromising safety. Structures for demolition can be from 1 to 8 storeys, usually reinforced concrete with brick infill.
  • Extensive experience required, high level of responsibility and autonomy. position requires extensive periods of time spent in the field, in comfortable but basic tented accommodation.
  • Experience of the humanitarian sector an asset, not a prerequisite.

For further information, please click here.

Video – Dykon ready for hospital visit…

Final preparations are being made ahead of Saturday’s blast.

The old Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo is scheduled to be imploded on Saturday morning (local time).

Details about the implosion were revealed yesterday during a news conference at the nearby Osinski Parking Ramp on Linwood Avenue at Balcom Street, just southeast of the hospital, which will host media and residents of the immediate area for the event. While encouraging residents to watch the event on TV for safety reasons, officials also said a public viewing area will be set up at Delaware and West Delavan avenues.

“If you haven’t seen one, it’s cool,” John Yensan, president of Ontario Specialty Contracting, said about the pending implosion. The Buffalo-based company, founded in 1997, is working with Dykon Explosive Demolition Corp. of Tulsa, Okla.

Yensan said between 300 and 500 pounds of explosives will be used. Shaped charges will sever the structural steel columns and dynamite on each column will provide a “kick” to bring down the building in its footprint at Gates Circle.

Read more here, and be sure to check back on Saturday for the first footage of what promises to be an epic blast.

Video – Dore blows up inflatable innovation…

Inflatable bags used as temporary prop during post-fire demolition.

From explosives borrowed from the quarrying sector to equipment originally designed for construction being co-opted for demolition duties, the industry has an unerring knack of embracing innovation from outside the demolition field and utilising it within.

But this is the first time I can recall a method from ship salvage being used so effectively in an emergency demolition application.

Step forward Michigan-based Dore and Associates which has used giant inflatable bags normally used to right stricken ships to prop a wall in the immediate aftermath of a fire in Yonkers, New York.

Check out the video below:

Video – Binghamton bridge blasted…

Explosive end for disused New York bridge.

The Prospect Mountain construction project reached an explosive milestone Thursday.

The Interstate-81 bridges that have been out of use for a number of weeks were removed today with about 600 pounds of dynamite.

Many people gathered behind the Binghamton Plaza to watch the implosion.

The dynamite caused the bridges to lean away from the new structures and they let gravity do the rest of the work.

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