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Demolition magazine – The App has landed…

Smartphone and tablet users can now read the Demolition magazine via a dedicated app.

AppWhen first opened its doors, the iPhone had just been launched and was little more than a covetable novelty. Who knew that seven years later, that trinket – and the iPad
tablet derived from it – would have taken the world by storm and would now account for more than 20 percent of all traffic to the website.

And so, we took the decision to make the Demolition magazine – the demolition world’s most widely-read industry magazine – into a stand-alone and dedicated free app.

It has taken considerable investment, trial and error, and jumping through several unforeseen technological hoops, but we have finally delivered on our promise.

That means that you can now read the demolition world’s most widely-read industry magazine on your smartphone and tablet 100 percent FREE.

To get your copy of the app, just go to your chosen app store and search for Demolition Magazine.

There is an optional sign-up – this merely ensures that you are automatically notified when each new issue is added – but you can access the latest edition (and all the back issues) in a matter of seconds.

We hope you like it.

Video – The end of New Plymouth Power Station…

Nikau Group fells mammoth New Zealand power station.

Nikau Group has been systematically removing the New Plymouth power station from the New Zealand skyline.

The 18 hectare site, which was bought for $15.5 million by Port Taranaki in 2013, has been largely cleared although the chimney and turbine hall that have dominated the coastal skyline for 40 years remain intact.

Nikau Group – New Plymouth Power Station from Nikau Group on Vimeo.

Video – Barnsley says farewell to bridge…

Demolition starts to remove Kendray Bridge.

Work has started to demolish a 30-year-old bridge in Barnsley in preparation for a £41 million revamp of the town centre.

Kendray Street bridge is the first structure to be knocked down to allow for the redevelopment, which includes a new town square, library and a refurbished market.

Training initiative gets green light…

South and City College aims to address Midlands skills shortage.

The National Demolition Training Group has agreed a joint initiative with South and City College, Birmingham to provide demolition specific training to the unemployed with a view to them becoming part of the growing demolition workforce needed in Birmingham.

Funding for this ground breaking scheme has been provided by CSkils and Birmingham City Council and will allow the college, with specialist input from NDTG trainers, to give basic training to students resulting in a CCDO card – the demolition industry specific skills card – and a guaranteed job interview.

The pilot course, which will commence on August 1st and is already oversubscribed, will include training in demolition & asbestos awareness, non-notifiable asbestos removal, manual handling, abrasive wheels, PASMA tower scaffold erection and use, and a basic health & safety course, with delivery by a variety of trainers from the college and NDTG.

Bob Howlett, Director of Construction at South and City College Birmingham said “NDTG are completely committed to training and upskilling their work force. The discussions on the need to provide a pre-start programme for entrants into the industry was very informative and I look forward to working with the group to drive forward their obvious passion for the industry. I hope South and City College will become, not only the premier construction college in the Midlands, but also the premier college for the reverse engineering of buildings at the end of their useful life”.

Regular readers wil be aware that this agreement was pioneered by former NFDC convention chairman Patrick Williamson and which has been backed by the Federation’s Midlands & Welsh region.

Read more here.

Gates Circle blast gets green light…

Dykon working towards late summer/early autumn implosion date.

TM Montante Development will go ahead with its planned implosion of the main hospital tower of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, after the city Planning Board gave its assent Wednesday to the demolition.

No firm date has been set, but attorney Marc Romanowski, representing the developer, said it will likely occur in either late summer or early fall, depending on the weather, after crews finish mechanically taking apart as much as they can of the surrounding, attached buildings.

“We have been working with the city on this for the past six months. We’re prepared to move forward with the implosion,” said Romanowski, of Hopkins Sorgi & Romanowski. “The community is aware of this. They’re supportive of the demolition methodology, because it’s faster. In 20 seconds, the building’s on the ground, as opposed to several months.”

The demolition of the 10-story tower is a critical step in clearing the land before Montante and partner Canterbury Woods can proceed with the redevelopment of the entire 7-acre property into a mixed-use community with 475 residential apartments, condos and townhomes, a 53-unit senior living community, a gym, a grocery store and additional office space.

Read more here.

Riviera could be next Vegas blast…

Clock ticking for Las Vegas landmark.

The shuttered Riviera Hotel and Casino could soon be demolished.

The 60-year-old property closed to the public in May after the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority purchased the property for $182.5 million.

On Tuesday, a subcommittee of the LVCVA, the Las Vegas Convention Center District Committee, confirmed that they voted to demolish the property. The subcommittee voted unanimously to recommend to the full board that the property be imploded.

The full board must vote to complete the decision, and at this time a full board meeting has not been scheduled. Once the full board votes to implode the property, a demolition timeline will be released.

Read more here.

Philly acts to control demolition…

New bill requires contractors to prove experience.

With the court case over an accident that killed six people still ongoing, Philadelphia contractors are bracing themselves for a change in legslation that comes into force on 1 August this year.

Last year, Philadelphia City Council passed five legislative bills to improve public safety in the construction industry. Many of these bills are already in effect, including a new demolition application and inspection procedure requiring an extensive plan examination that reviews site safety plans, work schedules and contractor experience.

A major change in effect August 1, 2015 requires all contractors performing demolitions in the City of Philadelphia to take an exam covering job assessment, site preparation, demolition, and safety. This is to ensure contractors have the proper experience and credentials as well as effectively separate demolition licenses into two categories: Class A for major buildings (either more than three stories or 40 feet in height, or covering over 10,000 square of lot space) and Class B for all non-major buildings.

“The City goes further than almost all major cities in its enforcement of demolition regulations and in its demolition inspections, with the hope and expectation that these extra steps can help keep all of Philadelphia, both citizens and visitors, safe,” says L+I Commissioner Carlton Williams.

In addition, new signage regulations require all major permitted construction projects to post a sign that visibly displays vital information regarding the project. Most importantly, the public is asked to report any emergency or dangerous condition by calling Philly 311, the city’s centralized contact center.

Because demolition typically takes place next to or in the vicinity of other properties, educational materials are distributed to adjacent property owners or residents informing them of the impending demolition; that L+I has already approved the demolition safety plan; and what to expect before, during, and after the demolition.

Read more here:

Video – Swiss roll silo…

Video captures implosion of woodchip silo and lift tower in Solothurn canton.

We very rarely feature demolition works from Switzerland – The country is seemingly too clean and noise-averse to allow anything as crass as demolition to take place within its borders.

But we now have an exception to that rule in the shape of the explosive demolition of a woodchip silo and lift tower on the premises of Borregaard Schweiz AG.

DEMOLITION for KANTON SOLOTHURN (Switzerland) from Muga on Vimeo.

Demolition of woodchip silo and lift tower for Kanton Solothurn

Southern premises of old Borregaard Schweiz AG

July 17th 2015 – Luterbach (Switzerland)

Swindon car park demolition starts

They’re removing a car park; but they’re retaining all the bloody roundabouts!

Preparation work has started on the second phase of a project to regenerate Swindon town centre.

Carlton Street car park which adjoins the bus station is being wrapped in scaffolding and screens, before work to remove it gets under way.

The Wyvern Theatre car park will also close in mid-August and be demolished by the end of the year.

The redevelopment is the latest stage in the £350m Kimmerfields development in the town centre.

The Princes Street multi-storey car park and adjoining apartments have already been built as part of the scheme.

Read more here.

Taking a bite out of the “sausage bridge”…

M62 bridge closed ahead of demolition.

The “sausage bridge” across the M62 near Huyton has closed for good today, as work begins on a replacement.

The Greystone footbridge, as it is officially known, will be demolished this weekend, giving keen users just a few days to see the bridge for the last time.

A Knowsley council spokeswoman said the brown footbridge had “helped generations of the local community safely cross the M62″, but that it had now “reached the end of its serviceable life”.

The council spokeswoman added that the new bridge, due to open on October 19, “will also give visitors to the borough a real sense of arrival as they pass through this impressive gateway”.

Read more here.

Is this machine UK-bound…?

64 metre high reach rumoured to be joining fast-growing UK hire fleet.

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Industry rumour is rife that a new demolition giant could soon be available for hire in the UK.

Based on a Caterpillar 385C, the unique machine has been modified by Rusch to allow it to operate a five tonne attachment at its maximum 64 metre work height. The machine is currently stationed in Jeddah but DemolitionNews understands that a deal is underway that could see the massive machine joining the hire fleet of Messiah Corporation.

DemolitionNews spoke to Messiah’s Tony O’Sullivan who refused to confirm that he has secured the machine. “We are always on the lookout for new equipment to add to our dedicated demolition hire fleet,” he says. “But I can’t confirm that we have bought this machine.”

If the machine does join the Messiah fleet, it will become the second-largest high reach in the UK behind the 70 metre reach Liebherr unit operated by Dem-Master. Although it has the same working height as the machine operated by Technical Demolition Services (TDS), the Rusch machine’s ability to wield a five tonne tool marks it as unique.

We will be following this story with considerable interest.

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