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Lancaster Park could face big bang…

New Zealand’s most famous sporting arena could be demolished in controlled blast.

The long reign of Lancaster Park – home of the Crusaders rugby union team – may come to a quick and explosive end. The stadium – which has played host to cricket, rugby and concerts by the liked of Bon Jovi, U2 and Tina Turner – is currently closed due to damage sustained in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

The derelict stadium east of central Christchurch will likely be demolished, following a report suggesting it would cost around $265 million to repair. It would be “uneconomic” to repair, Christchurch city mayor Lianne Dalziel said last week.

With demolition options now being considered, one contractor is eyeing it up for implosion – an effective and spectacular way to bring the beloved stadium’s life to an end.

“It’s a lot quicker, the job’s over and done with… The whole thing would be on the ground in a couple of minutes,” said Bernie de Vere, Ceres NZ head of corporate property. “You could have the building down, the site cleaned up and the site being reused for something a lot quicker.”

The stadium could become the third – and likely the most well-known – New Zealand building to be imploded.

Ceres NZ had previously imploded the Radio Network House in 2012, followed by the Christchurch Police station in 2015. Both events were popular and attracted hundreds of spectators.

Demolition options are scheduled to be presented to councillors in March.

Read more here.

Kit Talk 2 has landed…

Our equipment-dedicated magazine is back for its second instalment.

october-2016-vol-1You will recall that – back in October – we launched a new magazine called Kit Talk that was dedicated entirely to demolition equipment. We said at the time that it was a “suck it and see” launch to test if there was an appetite for a magazine with such a narrow focus.

Well, we sucked and we saw. And what we saw was good.

And so, the second edition – featuring equipment from manufacturers including Caterpillar, Volvo and Komatsu and contractors including Mick George Ltd, Cardiff Demolition and Ridgway Rentals – is now available to download.

If you downloaded the first edition, a copy of the second is already winging its way to you as we speak.

If you didn’t, just CLICK HERE and you can download both editions for your reading pleasure.

We hope you enjoy our secod outing and that you wil take a moment to sign up to ensure you receive future editions.

Video – Cardem topples tower…

French contractor pulls steel tower to the ground.

There’s something about French contractor Cardem and its all-white excavators that just lends it a certain “je ne sais quoi”.

And this video of the company pulling down a steel stack merely serves to reinforce that image:

Cardem Demolition MoulinVieux from samstudio on Vimeo.

Video – Gilpin checks out with Quality…

Video captures the demolition of the Quality Hotel in Plymouth.

Earlier this year, Gilpin Demolition carried out the demolition of the eyesore Quality Hotel overlooking Plymouth Hoe.

A new film captures the demolition process in all its glory.

The hotel is set to be replaced with a prestigious development which will have one of the best views in the city.

Industry veteran killed in accident…

Another high profile site death further tarnishes tragic year.

An operator of an excavator at the Gap Inc. distribution centre died Saturday after a piece of steel beam pierced the cab, according to state police.

The operator of the Komatsu excavator was pronounced dead at the scene. DemolitionNews understands that the man killed is industry veteran Jim Parisella.

The incident happened around 2:38 p.m. in the area of where demolition work was being performed following an Aug. 29 fire that destroyed Building 100, a 1.3 million-square-foot facility.

Gap spokesperson Debbie Felix said in a statement that the company was sad to hear the “tragic” news.

“We were truly saddened to learn about the tragic loss of a construction contractor at our distribution center in Fishkill today,” she said. “We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the individual’s family, friends and fellow crew members.”

The operator worked for Environmental Remediation Services Inc. of Syracuse, according to state police.

The company had been subcontracted by Clayco Contractors of Chicago, which has been contracted to do the demolition and rebuild work.

The company has been working at the Gap site since November 16, police said.

Video -Tank plant stacks felled…

Quadruple blast drops stacks at plant that built WWII tanks.

With simultaneous blasts that were reportedly heard from miles around, an implosion brought down four brick smokestacks in Birdsboro at 3 p.m. Friday. In about nine seconds, four smokestacks at the old Armorcast plant fell to the ground.

“I was busy talking to her and I didn’t even get to video it,” said April Mieczkowski, who missed the fall.

The implosion of the stacks at the former Armorcast site was initially set to take place at 10 a.m., however, it was delayed due to a paperwork issue with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, officials said.

Steel-making in Birdsboro dates back to the 1700s. More recent history of the site involved making the armor for tanks used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War.

Looking back on a year to forget…

New ebook charts the highs and many lows of demolition sector during 2016.

this-year-in-demolitionThis time last year we published a book called A Site for Sore Eyes; a collection of articles, essays and stories from the pen (PC) of DemolitionNews’ editor Mark Anthony. That book – in both paper and electronic formats – sold right across the world with copies going as far afield as the US, Australia and New Zealand. (The electronic edition is still available and we have precisely 14 copies of the paper edition left if you missed it).

Based on that success, we have done it again.

This Year in Demolition is another collection of Mark Anthony’s words and works, some of which have been published during the past 12 months on DemolitionNews or in the Demolition magazine; some of which are appearing for the first time.

So, as the demolition year grinds to an end and TV channels are filled with repeats of Christmas specials from the 1970s and yet another showing of The Sound of Music, what better time to grab yourself a bit of light reading to ease you into the New Year.

The book – available in electronic format only – will be priced at £1.99 commencing 1 January 2017. However, as an early Christmas gift to you – our loyal readers – we are offering it for just 99p for the whole of December 2016.

To order your copy, just click here.

Birdsboro blast delayed…

Administrative delays push back smokestack blast.

The skyline of a Berks County borough will remain unchanged for at least a few more days.

An implosion of four brick smokestacks in Birdsboro has been postponed because of a paperwork issue with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, officials said.

The implosion of the stacks at the former Armorcast site was set to take place at 10 a.m. Friday. A new date has not yet been set, but borough officials said they expect the stacks to be brought down sometime within the next 10 days.

Steel-making in Birdsboro dates back to the 1700s. More recent history of the site involved making the armour for tanks used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War.

Read more here.

The cars and fish left behind…

Demolition plan leaves cars trapped – and a fish dinner sitting on the kitchen bench.

The McDonald family was looking forward to tucking into a nice Thursday night meal of snapper. It might not be so nice by next March.
Pete McDonald got a kilogram of snapper and cod out of his freezer on the morning of Thursday November 17 to defrost, then left for work.

He would never get to eat his dinner. His family was not allowed to return home, and their fish sits untouched on the bench a month later at the Maison Cabriole apartments in New Zealand.

If it’s not already rotting up a stench, it will be by March, when the McDonalds may be allowed to return home.

They are among as many as 200 residents and 40 neighbouring businesses forced to leave because of fears the neighbouring Reading Cinema car parking building was at risk of imminent collapse after the Kaikoura quake.

On Thursday it was confirmed the car park will be demolished, but that may not be complete until March, residents have been told.

“It’s just going to be a disgusting, filthy mess,” McDonald said. “It’s in a snaplock bag – but I’m not sure that’s going to help.”

Neighbour Rob Zorn is also looking forward to the car park being torn down, as he has been living at a friend’s place since he was given two minutes to evacuate the Maison Cabriole with whatever possessions he could carry.

But the moment it comes down will also mean kissing his BMW goodbye.Zorn’s 7-series 2002 model has been stuck in the car park since the evacuation, and will be one of nine cars demolished along with the parking building because it is not safe to retrieve them.

Read more here.

Video – Catalogue of errors…

Wrong house demolished; but even owner didn’t know where he lived.

The demolition of the wrong house has been an infrequent yet ever-present theme ever since DemolitionNews threw open its electronic doors and bid you all welcome. Over the years, we have seen contractors pitch up at the right house number but in the wrong street or place too much faith inGoogle Maps only to find they were at the wrong address.

But spare a thought for Daniel’s Demolitions in Sydney, Australia which demolished the wrong house. But little wonder – The owner of the property didn’t know his address either.

The workers needed to demolish 200 Marion Street, but because the house next door (number 198) had a letterbox with number 200 on it, the wrong house was knocked down.

Steve Ballas owns 198 Marion Street, but because of the wrong letterbox always thought he lived at 200. He came home to see his house being knocked down.

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