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Someone far more intelligent than me once said that “if you stand still in business, you go backwards.”

Well we have truly taken that concept to heart. Less than three years into the life of the Demolition magazine, and we’re already making sweeping changes. Out goes the environmentally-harmful paper edition to be replaced by an easy-to-access, easy-to-read, all-electronic version. Out goes the popular “Stuff” section to be replaced by a stand-alone magazine for the discerning demolition man. Out goes the familiar all-black cover to be replaced by our British Racing Green (for this edition at least).

And as if that were not change enough, the Demolition magazine is now available to read as both an iOS and Android app that puts the world’s most widely-read industry magazine in the palm of your hand.

IF you haven’t already got the app (and if not, why not?) you can read the magazine below:

Video – J. Bryan unleashes fire power…

Up close with one of the most complex and challenging deconstruction tasks we have ever seen.

On 31 July 2014, a fire broke out in the FGD4 absorption unit at the 2,000 MW Ferrybridge ‘C’ power station in West Yorkshire sending plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky. It took 75 firefighters to bring the fire under control. When the smoke subsided, it was clear that the damage to the 40 metre tall steel tower was catastrophic.

Temperatures within the rubber-lined FGD4 vessel had approached the melting point of steel, causing the structure to buckle under its own weight and to subside non symmetrically overall though the tower by approximately six metres (15 percent). That partial collapse had twisted, bent and broken a number of the pipes, ducts and access walkways leading to the absorber.

The fire had also dislodged much of the external cladding which was now being blown loose by the high winds experienced in this exposed location.

“The absorber looked like a giant Coca Cola can that God had stamped on,” recalls J. Bryan (Victoria) Ltd managing director Mark Bryan. “It was clear that FGD4 had partially collapsed but it was impossible to tell what was holding it up or in which direction the structure was collapsing.”

We will be covering this complex job in a forthcoming edition of the Demolition magazine. But, in the meantime, check out this superb “trailer” video that not only demonstrates the skill and ingenuity of the J. Bryan (Victoria) Ltd team but also the skill of the demolition world’s best video team, Django.

Video – Bridge falls Down Under…

Stunning time-lapse captures overnight demolition of Australian highway bridge.

Only in Australia would they name a major highway “Bruce”.

And in this excellent video, our buddies at Abyss Demolition remove a 1971-built bridge that spans the Bruce highway in south east Queensland.

Check it out below:

Video – Abyss goes shopping…

Beautiful demolition of Queensland shopping complex.

There are certain emails that I dread – Anything marked HMRC, for example, another offer of herbal Viagra, or details of an unexpected windfall from a former Nigerian army general that has taken a shine to my bank account. But there are those that I always look forward to – winning notice from the National Lottery and, in particular, new video content from our buddies at Abyss Demolition in Australia.

The company has a stunning line in time-lapse video; and this latest offering – featuring the demolition of a shopping centre in Wynnum, Queensland – is no exception.

Take a look below:

Video – R Collard takes pole at BMW HQ…

Exclusive footage from the demolition of the car maker’s former UK home.

Science has yet to master the challenge of perpetual motion. But in Robert Collard, the human race has something pretty damn close. Not content with running a highly successful and fast-growing demolition company, Collard is a recognised pioneer in the “circular economy” of recycling and resource efficiency. He is fitter than many men half his age, training daily and regularly clocking up 10 kilometre runs in readiness for his “other job” as a highly successful racing driver where he is still claiming wins and podium positions in the British Touring Car Championship in his race spec BMW 125i M Sport.

We caught up with him at the former BMW UK headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire where – fittingly – his company is demolishing a huge warehouse space and the five-storey administration and management building. “BMW’s Motorsport Division was located here and I have been here countless times for team and sponsor meetings,” Collard says. “Having driven for BMW for the past five years and demolished my race car once or twice it feels quite fitting to be on this job,” Collard says.

Read the full story here, or check out our exclusive video below:

Video Exclusive – NPK hammer gives Churngold a break…

Bristol contractor brings out the big guns to tackle heavy hospital breaking.

The redevelopment of Bristol’s Southmead Hospital is entering its final phase with the demolition of the last few buildings.

The former hospital buildings were clearly built to last. Indeed, some of the boulder-sized concrete sections removed from the base would look more at home in a quarry. Which is why Churngold turned to local demolition attachment specialist Plantforce for some additional fire-power.

That fire-power came in the shape of a seven tonne NPK hydraulic hammer that is beating the hospital foundations into submission.

Mounted on a 50 tonne class Hyundai 520LC-9 excavator, the 6.9 tonne NPK GH-40 is the largest model in the comprehensive NPK range. Suitable for carriers in the 50 to 93 tonne operating weight range, the unit’s combination of high impact power and low impact frequency makes (relatively) light work of even the toughest concrete base.

Read the full story here, or view the exclusive video below:

Bittersweet demolition…

Demolition of former Stones Bitter brewery expected to be given go ahead.

The redevelopment of a historic former Sheffield brewery, which can trace its history back to the 1800s and was once where the UK’s best-selling bitter was produced but is now in a derelict state, is set to take a step forward with councillors expected to give the green light to its demolition.

Beer production at the former Cannon Brewery on Rutland Road started in about 1838 and continued until the mid-1990s, with the site making Stones Bitter from 1948 onwards. But the property has fallen into disrepair and been subject to vandalism and graffiti in recent years.

The owner of the site is a demolition contractor and has submitted an application seeking permission for his business, Hague Plant, to bulldoze the buildings on the 1.7 acre plot which are described as “structurally unsound”. The plans have been drawn up by R Bryan Planning.

Councillors at Sheffield City Council are to meet next Tuesday (18 August 2015) to discuss the proposals, but a report drawn up by planners ahead of the meeting has recommended the demolition project be given approval.

Read more here.

Video – There’ll be a high reach over…

….The white cliffs of Dover.

We’re delighted to bring you this excellent (if a bit rainy) time-lapse video of the demolition of the former multi-storey car park at the Burlington House complex in Dover.

The entire complex is being demolished to make way for the £60 million St James’s town centre redevelopment, including multiplex cinema, hotel, restaurants, and shops.

Video – Beware the Super Guzzilla…

Two-armed machine offers glimpse of the future.

Regular readers will recall that we previously brought you an exclusive video of a twin-boom excavator; and that we have also envisaged a future in which the soft strip process would be carried out by advanced man/machines.

Well we have just stumbled across a video of a new machine – the intriguingly-named Super Guzzilla – that combines these two things.

This is a PR stunt, but be sure to watch to the 2.30 mark to get a look at the machine from the operator’s perspective.

Video – Fourth time lucky…?

Crews to try again as GM stack stands defiant.

Preparations are underway for a fourth attempt to demolish the smokestack at the former GM transmission plant.

Three attempts to implode the smokestack earlier this week were unsuccessful after a malfunction.

John Revell, Windsor’s chief building official, said, “The smokestack itself is incredibly strong. It’s got an unbelievable amount of steel in it. It’s just beyond what they anticipated.”

The smokestack at the former GM transmission plant can be seen leaning slightly after three attempted implosions in Windsor, Ontario on Monday.

Read more here, or view the local news video below:

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