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Video – Now here’s something you don’t see every day…

Stanley hydraulic breaker sinks to new depths.

Safety goggles? Check. Safety gloves? Check. Dust suppression? Check. Safety boots? Erm, no…flippers!

This highly unusual video shows a hand-held Stanley breaker being used to carry out a spot of underwater demolition at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.

Nice work if you can get it!

Return to the Dead Pool…

Andrew Connolly Demolition in liquidation…again.

DemolitionNews is receiving multiple reports that Accrington-based Andrew Connolly Demolition has once again slipped into liquidation.

The company’s founder Andrew Connolly has led something of a chequered life over the past few years. In December 2012, he was disqualified from company directorship following an investigation by The Insolvency Service into the dealings of his previous company Connolly Demolition Limited (Demolition) which fell into liquidation in 2010. However, Connolly subsequently fought that ruling and won, allowing him to take control of the reformed Andrew Connolly Demolition company.

Leicester council HQ faces controlled collapse…

Councillors reveal details of planned demolition method.

leicester ccLeicester City Council’s former headquarters will be demolished using a “controlled collapse”, it has been confirmed.

The two tower blocks on New Walk, which were closed after being ruled unsafe, will be brought down in the new year.

It follows a 10 week investigation to establish the safest method of demolishing the office buildings.

The authority said the controlled blast would bring the “blocks down into their own footprint in a matter of seconds”.

The offices, a large landmark building in the city centre, were handed over in July to demolition firm DSM, which has since been carrying out preparatory works at the site.

Testing found other possible methods of demolition – including gradual dismantling – would be impractical because of the decaying state of the building.

Read more here.

Jobs – New roles going Downwell…

Kent-based contractor becomes the latest on the recruitment bandwagon.

It is a sure sign that the industry is on the rise when demolition companies open the recruitment floodgates to replenish and expand workforces impacted by the recent recession.

Following the mass recruitment drive by TDS yesterday comes Kent-based Downwell Demolition which is seeking to strengthen its team in London and the South East.

In particular, the company is seeking:

• Site Supervisor/Foreman
• 360 Excavator Operator

If you have the requisite experience, qualifications and skills to pay the bills, please send your CV to Sarah Clark ( for your chance to join the company’s team.

Video – Ling Group’s sea battle…

Kent-based contractor tackles Folkestone Harbour pilot house in this exclusive video.

Kent-based Ling Group is in advanced stages of demolishing the iconic Pilot House that once guided commercial shipping into and out of Folkestone Harbour.

In this exclusive DemolitionNews video – brought to you by our new video sponsor Regal Gentleman – we take a look at some of the Volvo excavators that are paving the way to the rejuvenation of the seaside town.

To read the full story of this epic sea battle, please look out for the next edition of the Demolition magazine; a publication so hot it should carry and R rating.

Jobs – Multiple vacancies at TDS…

Technical Demolition Services hits the recruitment trail HARD!

004As part of Technical Demolition Services Ltd continued expansion in the North West and wider UK demolition market, the company is looking to recruit key personnel in order to strengthen its office and site based activities.

Vacancies exist for the following:

• Contracts Director
• Estimator/Bid Manager
• Junior Marketing Assistant
• Contracts Managers
• Site Supervisors
• Machine Operators
• Asbestos Manager
• Asbestos Supervisor
• Asbestos Operatives (CAT 1)
• Demolition Operatives

Applicants must be experienced within the demolition industry and must hold all relevant training certification/cards.

Please email your CV to or post you details to Julie Hitchen, Technical Demolition Services Ltd, 17 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Wirral. CH41 6AX

Residents raise dust concerns…

GBM allays asbestos fears but dust concerns remain.

Concerns about asbestos at a demolition site in Hounslow have been allayed by a public watchdog.

Householders living beside Hounslow House, in London Road, were concerned the highly toxic material was present in dust covering their balconies and windowsills.

But the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told getwestlondon: “Asbestos present was removed under license prior to demolition commencing and was completed last year.”

The HSE had halted destruction at the site in July after the partial collapse of an office block sent rubble crashing into Hounslow bus garage next door.

But the watchdog allowed work to resume at the site a fortnight ago after more stringent safety measures were put in place by GBM UK, which is carrying out the work. The HSE is still investigating the cause of the collapse.

Despite the new safety measures, residents say there is still too little being done to prevent their properties being blanketed with dust from the site.

Bernard Zieja, who lives in Aces Court, overlooking the work, said there was so much dust people were reluctant to open their windows or use their balconies.

“I think that the dust protection measures undertaken by GBM UK are inadequate and we are not protected enough from the dust,” said the photographer.

“I think we should be separated from the demolition site by a tall scaffolding covered by protective curtains. I have seen this done in central London and I wonder why this is not being bone here in Hounslow.”

A spokeswoman for the HSE said complaints about dust were a matter for Hounslow Council, which has already warned GBM UK about carrying out noisy work outside permitted hours.

Read more here.

Video – Downwell brings out the big guns…

New excavators spearhead Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children works.

zaxisReaders of the last edition of the Demolition magazine – the thinking man’s industry publication – might recall that we visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children where Kent-based Downwell Demolition was in the initial stages of demolition works.

Well the job has moved on and, with the arrival of the company’s Volvo EC700B high reach excavator and new Hitachi Zaxis 470 unit (left), the works are really picking up pace.

To check out the progress, see the exclusive video below. And if you’d like to know more about the job, just click here and turn to Page 38.

Demolition go slow…

Works delayed by presence of tortoises.

The city of Davenport’s landmark water tower will be demolished by 12 December to make way for a 190-foot monopole, but first, a couple of cold-blooded residents must be relocated.

In accordance with the National Environmental Protection Act of 1996, the city was required to do an environmental assessment of the land that will be affected by the demolition of the water tower.

City Manager Amy Arrington said two burrows were found that appear to be gopher tortoise habitats, but it is unclear whether the burrows are active. One environmentalist said at least one of the burrows looked active.

At the City Commission meeting Monday night, commissioners decided to go with Cardno Entrix, an environmental consulting company, provided that the city attorney can get more information about liability coverage.

Fees for the capture and relocation of the tortoises are $6,825.

Because the mitigation of the tortoises was not written into the contract with the construction company demolishing the tower, the city will have to cover all costs.

Gopher tortoises are considered threatened and are protected by state law.

Read more here.

Video – Dive, dive dive!

Time-lapse captures demolition of submarine yard.

Buildings in the central yard of BAE Systems site in Barrow in Furness have begun to be demolished as part of the £300 million-plus redevelopment programme that will transform the way the company builds submarines.

The video is a result of over 100,000 images that were taken over 4 weeks by photographer, Mike Vallance.

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