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Video – Rosenlund strikes gold…

Exclusive new vide captures all the action at the Gold Coast hospital site.

We have been following the demolition of Australia’s Gold Coast Hospital (from a distance, sadly) for some months now. In fact, so keen has our interest been that the demolition contractor concerned – Rosenlund Contractors – has now given us exclusive access to a new, high definition film shot at the site.

Although it has done little to dampen our desire to jump on a plane and see the site for ourselves, I think you’ll agree that this film comes a pretty close second.

Video – There she blows….

And this, my friends, is why exclusion zones can never be big enough.

The next time you’re planning an exclusion zone for an explosive demolition contract, take a look at this video.

The initial blast is neat and well contained; the tower falls in a nice straight line; and the structure begins to break up before it hits the ground.

But take a look what happens when the top of the tower finally hits terra firma.

Video – Doorstep demolition…

Aspect 4 Demolition completes contract in Demolition News Towers backyard.

There’s nothing quite like having your finger on the pulse of the industry, is there? I have managed to report on demolition contracts as far afield as the US and Australia and yet managed to miss one taking place about 150 yards from my front door.

Which, I guess, says much about the non-intrusive nature of the works carried out by Aspect 4 Demolition when taking down the remnants of part of Epsom’s former hospital cluster which had traditionally housed London’s “lunatics” and those that cared for them.

Thankfully, when I did finally stumble across the job whilst walking that two dogs that now guard the house against further unwanted visitors, Aspect 4 very kindly gave us permission to share this great video with you.

Aspect4 Demolition – Ethel Bailey Close from Still Moving London on Vimeo.

Two hurt in St Louis collapse…

Workers fall 30 feet but walk away.

Two demolition workers have suffered injuries after falling more than 30 feet at a job site near St. Louis University.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that the accident happened around noon Friday when part of the building they were dismantling collapsed.

Capt. Garon Mosby of the St. Louis Fire Department says fellow workers rescued the men. They had been removing bricks from the third floor when they fell to the basement.

Chuck Mace, of Davison Demolition, said he saw the building collapse. He said a few people helped the workers walk because they were “banged up.”

Mosby says the workers were talking and alert when they were taken to hospitals for treatment. He described their conditions as “stable.”

Video – On with the show…

DemolitionNews’ brand new video review show is live and awaiting your eyeballs.

This time last week, we promised you a new video show that would allow you to get your fix of demolition film footage in one fast-paced video show.

Well, despite what you might have read about journalists, we do occasionally deliver on our promises. And so, it is with great pleasure that we bring you the first ever edition of the interactive DemolitionNews Video Review. (And be sure to check out the Ferris Bueller tribute ending).

Comment – Chance of a lifetime…

The industry is one small step from true recognition and respectability. But…

A man once told me that, for the UK demolition industry to achieve true recognition, credibility and respectability, it would need to be considered a viable career among educators and academics, and not merely a final refuge for the uneducated.

Sidney Hunt Snr 2That man was the late Sidney Hunt senior (left), quite possibly the most respected individual in the industry’s history. As a leading light of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, he moved the industry to meet the educators half-way, pioneering both the Institute of Demolition Engineers and the National Demolition Training Group and slowly eroding the industry’s reputation as the poor man of the construction sector.

Seven years after his untimely passing, his dream is closer to becoming a reality.

Earlier this week, representatives of the NFDC, NDTG and IDE gathered in the Midlands for a meeting with senior officials at South and City College Birmingham’s Bordesley Campus who have expressed an interest in creating a legitimate college course on demolition.

Although the details of that course might currently be in the bureaucratic mixing bowl (and may remain there for some time), it is notable that this was not a push from industry; rather it was a pull from the education sector which has – at long last – realised that the industry is no longer the employment-last-resort that it once was.

In many ways, such recognition is belated. For years, the demolition sector has achieved levels of health and safety that are the envy of the wider construction business; and levels of recycling that are the envy of industry as a whole.

Overdue or otherwise, this meeting has the potential to put demolition on the path to the respectability that it has long craved; it has the potential to cure the skills gap that stems from the boom and bust roller coaster upon which the industry rides; and it has the potential to safeguard and enhance the future of the sector with a steady flow of educated demolition workers to fuel and revitalise demolition companies up and down the country. And the fact that the meeting was brokered by Sidney Hunt’s one-time protégé – former NFDC convention chairman Patrick Williamson – lends the meeting a certain serendipity.

But, for this initiative to have legs, it must overcome several key challenges. The NDTG must set aside fears over loss of income and accept that this has the potential to benefit the sector as a whole. The NDTG needs to seize this opportunity to take the industry to the next level, even if that means ceding a degree of control. And the NDTG needs to demonstrate a degree of stability that has been sadly lacking during a period of revolving door staff churn.

Above all, the industry – and not just the various trade associations within it – needs to unite behind a single goal.

Sidney Hunt would have made this happen through sheer force of will. Sadly, men of his calibre and vision – like this opportunity for unprecedented credibility – come along just once in a lifetime.

Education, education, education…

Industry meets with South and City College Birmingham’s Bordesley Campus.

NFDC1 (1)The scene was set when past Vice President of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, Patrick Williamson, met with Steve Dourass, Business and Community Manager at the College a few weeks ago at a Networking event, and those initial discussions highlighted the critical need for training in the demolition industry and a conference to bring things together was arranged.

Representatives of the NFDC, NDTG and IDE were joined by other senior officials of the organisation, along with major contractors from the industry to discuss with South and City College the chance to train and upskill their workforce.

“It was a real pleasure to host this ground breaking Demolition Forum at our Construction Centre, and it was really refreshing to see so many Senior Managers from this highly specialised provision who are completely committed to training and upskilling their workforce,” says director of Construction at the College, Bob Howlett.

The discussions on the need to provide a pre-start programme for entrants into the industry were really informative and South and City College are now looking forward to working with the ‘steering group’ to drive forward the groups obvious passion for training in the industry.

“As a leading Construction college in the Midlands, the vision is most certainly to become the Premier college for the ‘reverse engineering’ of buildings at the end of their useful life, and of course to create the future demolition workers of our region,” Howlett added.

The Demolition Forum was a great success and meetings are already in place to take ideas forward and help discover the right candidates for jobs with Demolition Contractors across our Region. Pre-employment and/or Traineeship Programme’s for the unemployed and other young people are high on the future agenda creating a significant opening for those wanting to enter the world of demolition.

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Video – Only in Japan…

Take one telescopic crane, add and excavator dipper and bingo – Extreme high reach!

We all know the Japanese like a spot of miniaturisation. As a nation, they are at their happiest when they’re making something electronic fit on the head o a pin.

But, as this video proves, they’re pretty damn inventive when it comes to big equipment too.

Although our Japanese language skills are a tad rusty, this video shows how a telescopic crane has been fitted with an excavator boom and dipper and a demolition attachment to allow it to work at a height of 85 metres. It sounds a touch Heath Robinson but at least they have started with a base machine that was actually designed to work at that height.

And while the upper part of the machine is a bit Frankenstein’s monster, the blacked-out cab is state of the art with a huge TV-style display providing the operator with a close-up view of the attachment.

Our thanks to Adrian McLean at Armac for sharing this superb video with us.

Video – Earning a crust…

Demolition Services starts work on former Rank Hovis mill.

Demolition work has begun on one of Hull’s most iconic buildings, the derelict former Rank Hovis mill in the city centre.

Contractors from Leeds-based Demolition Services started at the site in Tower Street next to Drypool Bridge earlier this week.

It is believed the demolition work is scheduled to take 20 weeks.

The old mill has been empty for over a decade and has recently been a target for extensive vandalism and graffiti. There have also been several fires in different parts of the building.

Rank Hovis from Octovision Media on Vimeo.

Video – Blasting the bridge to nowhere…

Second blast fells another portion of Long Island bridge.

A second portion of the Long Island Bridge in Boston was demolished using explosives Wednesday afternoon.

Check out this footage from the local TV news helicopter:

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