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Video – AF Decom gets the munchies…

Time-lapse captures textbook Scandinavian demolition.

If someone asked you to describe a Scandinavian demolition site, you would probably come up with something just like this.

With a light flurry of snow; tidy, well-organised site; Volvo excavator, it is a project straight from demolition central casting.

The job is under the control of AF Decom of Norway, Scandinavia’s largest demolition contractor and a veteran of the pages of DemolitionNews.

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Video – You know they do more than push, right?

Hammer and shear double as demolition poles as Cali pool comes down.

Contractor Choppin Demolition Services describes it as the “granddaddy of all pool demolition projects”.

We can’t confirm that but any demolition project in California is immediately of interest.

And while we might question the use of the shear and hammer attachments as something akin to a push pole, it certainly makes for fascinating viewing.

Banana Republic…

No slip-ups in banana warehouse demolition.

FridayStory2014_December19_1A 585 square metre warehouse at Gothenburg’s Banana Pier has been demolished using Volvo Construction Equipment, making room for two exciting world-class events.

Sweden’s Frihamnspiren (Freeport) opened in 1922 and was for a long time the heart of Gothenburg’s harbor. It consisted of three main piers – Banana Pier, North Frihamnspiren and Kvillepiren – spanning across 20 acres. Now, nearly 100 years later, a total transformation of the entire Frihamnspiren area is taking place to make room for the Volvo Ocean Race 2015 finale.

One of the buildings to be removed was a 6,300 ft2 warehouse at the Banana Pier (east pier). Banana Pier was in service until the end of the 1990s, receiving Sweden’s banana imports. This dock had specific buildings just to house the nine banana boats. The banana boats still come to Gothenburg, but they now dock further out at modern container docks. Today, the storehouse used for ripening the bananas still stands on the pier.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) excavators had the task of demolishing the large warehouse and dealing with harmful substances that were highlighted in the initial survey on site. In total, approximately 20 employees worked at the site and the project took three months to complete.

The work, directed by the Municipal River Bank Development, went to contractor Corvara Miljörivarna last spring. There was a tight deadline, with the warehouse to be demolished originally for the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) – Gothenburg’s city race – in June this year, in order to improve the audience’s visibility of the track. The area will now be used to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race teams as they reach the end of their journey in June 2015.

“We had about a week to pull the factory building down – but finished with some time to spare,” says Johan Nonnen, supervisor at Corvara Miljörivarna. “We met with a lot of obstacles but we are a certified demolition company and can confidently get the job done. We also use the best equipment, including three Volvo excavators – an EC360LC, EC250D and EC160CLC, and a Volvo L60G wheel loader equipped with hammers, crushers and grapples. The warehouse demolition produced about 200 tonnes of waste material. We are always careful with demolition, but this was an extremely large warehouse in the middle of town – and on the water – so the demolition was performed with extra caution.”

Kyle Field ready for blast…

Countdown commences as Aggies’ home is set to fall.

Texas A&M University System and demolition company officials gathered at Kyle Field’s southeast third deck Wednesday for a briefing on plans for the upcoming implosion of the stadium’s west side.

Crews under Lindamood Demolition, Manhattan/Vaughn Construction and Controlled Demolition have worked around the clock following Texas A&M’s loss to LSU on Thanksgiving to remove field grass, strip the west side first deck and prepare the stadium to be rigged with explosives and are ahead of schedule for the Sunday morning collapse.

Lindamood stripped the west side first deck after Thanksgiving to make way for Controlled Demolition to drill 1,100 holes that will be loaded into the structure.

Controlled Demolition President Mark Loizeaux said the demolition will last 17 seconds from the initial “scare charge” that will get all birds and bats in the structure airborne to when the debris settles to the final settling of crumbled concrete.

Loizeaux said nearby structures have been surveyed and are prepared for any ground shaking or motion that will come with the collapse.

According to Loizeaux, the elevator shafts will lean to the west toward Wellborn to minimize the quantity of explosions and “let gravity take over.”

Lindamood Vice President Jake Lindamood said 75,000 tons of concrete and debris will take a month to clear until Manhattan/Vaughn can resume the second phase of the $450 million renovation project.

Read more here.

Video – Where apartments are made from dust…

Moroccan demolition shows that best practice universality is a long way off.

A severe lack of both personal protective equipment and site perimeter demarcation are just a few of the clues that this work is not taking place in Europe or the US.

However, in a country where apartment buildings are apparently made from dust bonded together with spit and Kleenex, maybe such formalities are to be considered a luxury:

Video – Aussie gantry blasted…

Precision Demolition demolishes ore stockpile gantry.

Ever wanted to get up close and personal with a quarry plant implosion? Well, now is your chance.

This video comes courtesy of Precision Demolition and features the explosive demolition of an ore stockpile gantry in the Western Australia state.

Check it out:

Video – Gilpin takes it to the bridge…

Overnight possession drops Devon’s Dry Bridge.

The overnight demolition of the Dry Bridge over the A38 in Devon took place last month. And it is not without irony that the Highways Agency – the body that insists that everything is done immediately and enforces that with stiff financial penalties – has taken about a month to produce an accompanying video.

Anyway, Gilpin Demolition come out of it looking pretty good and the film is well worth a viewing:

So long to the silo…

Erith nears completion of complex deconstruction project in Shrewsbury.

The complex deconstruction of the redundant 1950s silo on site at the Flax Mill Maltings is fully under way and on schedule for a January finish.

Shrewsbury Flax Mill has global importance architecturally because its design effectively makes it the world’s first skyscraper.

Once the concrete silo is out of the way, English Heritage will get to work restoring the building so that it is protected for future generations to enjoy.

The demolition job is a long process, with Erith Contractors taking it down in small pieces rather than being blasted away to protect the historic main mill from any damage. Specialist vibration monitoring equipment has been installed to ensure the historic buildings are secure throughout.

A funding package of £2.6 million was awarded in September for the first phase of the project to kick start regeneration.

It will see the office and stables converted into a visitor and reception centre – due to be completed by autumn next year.

The historic building, once at the heart of the county’s industrial effort, will eventually be used as offices and a visitor centre.

Erith Contractors has put in place procedures to reduce the noise and dust and have confined much of the movement of materials to the site itself, and limiting lorry movements into and out of the site as much as possible – as work continues on the demolition into the new year.

Mark Jack, of Erith Contractors said, “We are proud to be involved in such a prestigious and intricate project, as we continue to set industry leading standards and lead from the front through such an innovative methodology. Works on site are progressing in line with programme, with the demolition of the silo due to be completed by January 2015.”

Read more and view a photo slideshow here.

Asbestos and munitions dumped…

Kent lane closed after fly-tipping discovery

munitionsPolice cordoned off the area and the Ministry of Defence were called in after munitions and asbestos were found on a country lane.

Officers from Swale Borough Council were alerted to the fly-tipping in Dawes Road in Dunkirk between Faversham and Canterbury at around 11.30am yesterday.

Around 75 munitions and a huge amount of asbestos was found slung on the rural road.

Police taped off the area, the road was closed and experts from the Ministry of Defence were brought in.

Police Spokesman Alice Hemmings said: “Kent Police was called at 11.34am on Wednesday, December 17 to a report that a number of shells had been found at the side of the road in Dawes Road, Dunkirk.

“The explosive ordnance disposal team attended and confirmed the shells were not live devices and there was no risk to public safety.”

Read more here.

Elvanite takes new shear…

Kinshofer attachment cuts to the quick for South East contractor.

IMG_6978Elvanite Recycling Ltd has purchased a new KINSHOFER – Demarec DRS-25-A dedicated shear, delivered and installed by KINSHOFER’s independent dealer for the South East, Mutley Plant Service Ltd.

The 2.2 ton DRS-25-A shear has been dipper mounted to a number of the company’s Liebherr 926 excavators across various sites which the company is currently operating on in the South East.

With considerable years of experience in the demolition and recycling industry, and having seen plenty of new products come and go in that time, Ralph Bailey (Managing Director) is not an easy man to impress, but the performance of his latest purchase has left him with a smile on his face.

“The first thing I noticed watching it work was how quickly the jaw opened and closed in comparison to the other shears we operate.” explained Bailey. “We have used it on various sites and with different operators and each time it has done what we were told it would do… yes, you could say we are tickled pink with it!”

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