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Video – Cardiff tackles car park…

Cardiff Demolition high reach goes to work on multi-storey car park.

The car park serving the Cardiff Central railway station in Wales is coming down. And appropriately, it is Cardiff Demolition charged with taking it down.

This amateur video captures the action, along with a spot of Welsh-accented commentary to really set the scene:

Video – Genesis of a giant…

A closer look at the world’s largest demolition machine.

Last week, we brought you some exclusive footage of what is claimed to be the world’s largest demolition machine: a modified Komatsu PC4000 that was delivered to McMahon Services in Australia.

The video lit up our viewing figures and captured the imagination of demolition company owners and excavator operators the world over. And so we’re delighted to bring you some more in depth footage of that machine:

Video – Another Holy Crap moment…

Operator has lucky escape as entire block falls.

The operator of this excavator likely went home coated in a thick layer of dust. But the fact that we went home at all is a blessed relief as the entire block falls, narrowly missing his machine:

Building Demolition Atl from Patricia Colacchio on Vimeo.

Video – Georgia power plant nears end…

Latest implosion marks the beginning of the end at Plant Kraft.

Georgia Power is wrapping up demolition of a retired power plant near Savannah.

Plant Kraft was used to generate electricity from 1958 until 2015, when it was retired by Georgia Power. The utility plans to donate the property to the Georgia Ports Authority.

Video – Timberloch Tower toppled…

Early morning implosion fells Texan tower block.

Demolition crews imploded an 11-story office building in The Woodlands on Sunday morning.

The 19-year old Timberloch Tower, which is owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, was imploded around dawn.

DSM retains its focus…

Company carries out complex bridge lift in Coventry.

The news headlines might be filled with the company’s purchase/management buyout, but on the ground DSM Group remains focused on the task.

Yesterday, the company carried out a complex bridge lift for Coventry City Council; removing a 1972-built pedestrian link bridge between Town hall and Civic Centre.

The 15 tonne copper-clad iconic bridge was successfully removed within pre-planned road closure in the city centre.

We will be covering this project in greater detail soon, but – in the meantime – check out the awesome photo below:

dsm bridge

Video – I can’t bear to watch…

Urban explorers breach security to scale 22-storey Birmingham tower.

In my time, I have abseiled down a 20-storey tower block as part of an organised charity event, and I have climbed numerous tower cranes as part of my job. Heights do not bother me. But I can’t bare to watch this video that shows “urban explorers” taking their lives in their hands to scale the 22-storey Natwest Tower in Birmingham while it was undergoing demolition.

The film, which has been featured in the Birmingham Mail newspaper, once again highlights the dangers of so-called urban exploration and the need for stringent security on demolition sites.

The former NatWest Tower, on the corner of Colmore Row and Newhall Street, has now been razed to make way for a 26-storey replacement.

Work to demolish the 22-storey former bank building, which was carried out by H Smith Engineers, started in 2015 and was completed last year.

Video – Giant crane comes to London

Keltbray calls upon one of world’s largest land cranes.

UK demolition giant Keltbray has employed one of the largest cranes in the world – the AL.SK190 – to remove and replace the 110 to 1,650-tonne beams that supported the weight of the recently-demolished Earl’s Court exhibition centres above the London Underground lines.

The machine has a 4,300 tonne capacity strand lift system and a 4,000 tonne capacity winch system. The unit, recently shipped from a previous application in Turkey, rotates around 4,000 tonnes of ballast, carrying out all lifts from a single, fixed position. Fully erected, the machine is 120 metres tall.

We will be covering the crane in more detail in the next edition of Demolition magazine. But, in the meantime, please check out this exclusive video:

Video – Waiting for the drop…

Drop-hammer destroys bridge in Finland.

As anyone that has ever been near or by a Rammer breaker in full flow, those Finns know a thing or two about hammers. So we were intrigued to learn that a bridge deck in Finland was being demolished using a drop-hammer.

Built in 1977, the bridge is 170 metres in length and 12 metres wide and is being demolished by contractor Huhtakallio. After removal of surface, the bridge deck was fractured with an MEP Breaker drop-hammer fitted to a 45 tonne class excavator.

Weighing nine tonnes and featuring a four tonne “bullet”, the drop hammer delivers an impact force of 200 kJ. This massive impact loosens the rebar from concrete, weakening it and making it easier to process further with a traditional hydraulic hammer and a crusher installed on smaller excavator.

Petri Kiiskinen, sales manager of MEP Steel says the contractor Huhtakallio has demolished dozens of bridges using the same method. It has used drop hammers for 20 years, and have influenced the development of the MEP breaker. The result is a simple, reliable and powerful machine. Most important of all, the operating cost is kept low, without compromising the productivity.

According to the company, a typical 500 m3 bridge is often demolished with two heavy hydraulic hammers and a pulverizer. “When one of the hammers is replaced with an MEP breaker, the productivity easily doubles, even triples,” Kiiskinen says.

Erith on starting Grid…

Leading contractor on awards shortlist.

Erith-Taplow-20160711-WEB-3936Erith Contractors has been shortlisted for this year’s National Grid Property Awards, providing recognition of exemplary performance across the past 12 months. The awards ceremony, which will be hosted in the Hilton Hotel Bankside in London, welcome a number of industry leading consultants, designers and contractors, all associated with delivering National Grid Property Projects.

Erith’s shortlisted nominations include the following:

  • Most Considerate Projects – demolition of Taplow Gasholder, the remediation of Stony Stratford and the demolition scheme at Rochdale gasworks.
  • Best Stakeholder Engagement – the community engagement involved within the demolition scheme at Rochdale gasworks.
  • Best Large Project Delivery – the pre-sales programme of works at Staines and the demolition and infill associated with Rochdale gasworks.
  • Best Small Project Delivery – the pre-sales programme of works at Borehamwood
  • Best SHE Leadership – focusing on the Group’s health, safety and environmental performance achieved across National Grid’s Property portfolio within the past 12 months.
  • Best Project Documentation – in recognition of the quality of Erith’s project documentation.

The awards recognise excellence within the supply chain and reward property projects that have shown outstanding results.

The winner will be announced on 10 May 2017.

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