The former headquarters of the Minesterio de Defence Nacional (Ministry of Defence) in Bogota, Colombia has been demolished by explosives.
The project was delivered by an international consortia led by Colombian contractor Yamill Montenegro, with international explosives engineers Safedem from UK, and Spanish contractor dMol.
The (up to) 7 storey complex of structures (with over 36,000 m2 floor area) were located in the heart of Ministry property with over 4,000 active military and administrative personnel working in nearby buildings.
The demolished structures were located just two metres from a live data and communications hub that served over 200 military bases across Colombia. Satellite dishes and communications masts were operational throughout the preparatory works and demolition.
A 250 metre exclusion zone was established with over 250 sentries from the military and police to ensure public safety.
The Colombian project continues an incredible run of international projects for Safedem, safely and successfully delivered during the global pandemic. Projects have been delivered in the Middle East – USA – South America and Europe.