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Video – What a Year…

Exclusive one-minute film captures the highlights of the past year.

There have been a few notable lows. But, in the main, 2017 is a year that has been categorised by a number of highs here at Demolition News Towers. In fact, we’re not entirely sure just how we managed to cram quite so much into just 12 months.

We have compiled the pick of the year’s highs into a one minute video. We hope you like it:

Video – When next door knocks on your wall…

Overly-keen operator knocks wall into neighbouring house.

It’s bad enough living next door to a demolition site. There’s noise, dust, vibration and additional traffic to contend with.

But all of that pales into insignificance when the demolition taking place next door suddenly comes to visit.

This video captures the moment an excavator nudges a wall of a near-demolished home into the side of the next-door house.

The near century-old bungalow offers little resistance to the heavy concrete block wall as it smashes into the side of the house, it’s chimney puncturing the front bedroom wall.

A bystander can be heard yelling “No” as the wall disintegrates across the driveway blocking any chance of escape for the resident, who uses a wheelchair. A cloud of dust rises but the digger drivers seem oblivious to the carnage and imminent danger as gas escapes from a ruptured pipe.

Six win big in Manchester…

Four years’ work awaits for successful bidders.

Six demolition contractors have been chosen on a £20 million framework covering high and low-rise demolition work across Greater Manchester.

The framework includes demolition schemes of all project values, and includes machine, explosive and high reach demolition; emergency responsive call-out work; and asbestos and waste removal.

It has been divided across threee lots: lot one covering planned demolition works; lot two covering emergency response demolition works only; and lot three, which covers demolition enabling and security works.

Clients the contractors will be carrying out works for include all 10 of Greater Manchester’s councils, alongside housing associations Salix Homes and City West Housing Trust.

Five contractors have been named on the first lot: Bagnall, based in Warrington; Connell Brothers, based in Salford; Liverpool-headquartered Oldham Brothers; Ardwick firm P McGuinness; and PP O’Connor, which has a head office in Irlam but plans to move to Trafford Park.

The list of five contractors was whittled down from 21 applicants.

P McGuinness has also been named as the sole contractor on lot two, while Eccles-based contractor Alan Franklin is the single contractor for lot three.

The framework, which first went out to tender in May this year, is expected to run for four years.

Government admits HS2 demolition inaccuracies…

Government forced to issue correction note over compulsory purchases and demolitions.

A comparison of housing demolition figures used to help justify changing the HS2 route through South Yorkshire was wrong by at least 40 per cent, the Government has admitted.

A correction note published by the Department for Transport said that a previous claim that altering the route away from a now-scrapped station at Meadowhall to a route close to the M18 motorway through

Rotherham and Doncaster would result in a 81 per cent reduction in the number of properties eligible for compensation was incorrect and had been published due to a “drafting error”.

The note said the real number is a 41 per cent reduction but added the updated figure does not take account of HS2’s Need to Sell scheme, which allows people with a “compelling reason” to sell their house to the Government and is judged on a case-by-case basis.

It said the incorrect 81 per cent figure relating to homes and businesses eligible for statutory compensation and non-statutory property schemes had been “calculated from a previous version of HS2 Ltd’s advice”.

But officials insisted despite the change, the route alteration will still result in 90 fewer demolitions than what was originally planned.

Read more here.


Breaking News – David Shrigley jailed…

Former head of DRS Demolition prosecuted over failure to clean-up “eyesore” site.

UK demolition industry veteran David Shrigley will be spending this Christmas in prison following a successful prosecution by the Environment Agency. The founder and former head of DRS Demolition Nation – which folded in April 2015 – pleaded guilty for failing to clean-up a site that had been in dispute since his company collapsed amidst an acrimonious marriage split.

DemolitionNews understands that Shrigley has been sentenced to 40 days imprisonment having pleaded guilty to having failed to comply with a previous court order to clean-up the waste transfer facility at his company’s former headquarters.

In April 2016, David and Donna Shrigley were ordered to clean up the waste transfer station facility and the former DRS Demolition National headquarters at Domellick Manor, St Dennis, St Austell in Cornwall. In a case brought by the Environment Agency, David Shrigley was also ordered to pay a total of £6,052 in fines and costs, and Donna Shrigley £4,234 after pleading guilty to 3 offences.

Magistrates decided that David Shrigley had been reckless in his offending and Donna Shrigley had been negligent.

It was admitted that between 29 April 2014 and 11 May 2015, the pair breached an environmental permit by depolluting vehicles, illegally storing and handling waste, including plasterboard, wood, green waste and trommel fines. They also admitted failing to comply with an enforcement notice on 22 April 2015, which required the reduction of waste on the site by 500 tonnes, and on 11 December 2015, knowingly permitting the carrying on of a waste operation without the benefit of an environmental permit.

Following permit breaches in April and August 2014, the company had agreed to submit to a voluntary improvement plan. But it failed to comply with this, as well as an enforcement notice to reduce the waste destined for landfill, and by April 2015 the quantity had increased. They also failed to comply with a further notice to remove all waste by 9 December 2015.

In April 2016, the magistrates issued a Regulation 44 order which ordered the former owners to clear the site within 18 months. Failure to comply with this notice would be considered contempt of court.

Video – Cassville power plant falls…

Controlled blast demolishes disused Wisconsin power plant.

In just a matter of seconds, the old Alliant Energy power plant in Cassville, Wisconsin came down.

The Nelson Dewey Generating Station shut down in 2015. For nearly 60 years, it was an important part of the small town, providing power, jobs, and a sense of community.

At one time, the plant had 60 full-time dedicated workers. Some were laid off because of the closure. Others were able to transfer to different locations, including to the Alliant plant in Lansing, Iowa.

Completely bringing down the power plant will be an ongoing process. Once the site is cleared, Alliant will start showing it to possible buyers

Georgia Dome Take 2…

Second blast planned to fell stubborn elements of stadium.

If you were watching the Georgia Dome implosion on 20 November, you might have noticed that it wasn’t a complete success. A misfire of the explosives left Gate B and the East Wall still standing once the dust settled. That will be remedied on Dec. 20 with a second implosion.

This implosion is set to happen at 1 am (local time) on that Wednesday morning to cut down on impact to traffic and MARTA rail, which runs directly under the Dome site. A study of the site determined that a “supplemental implosion” would be the safest way to bring down the remains of the Dome.

A 450-foot safety zone will be in effect around the perimeter of the Georgia Dome.

Top 10 of 2017…

A look back at the hottest stories of the past 12 months.

As is now customary, we like to end the demolition year with a look back at the stories that stole the headlines and which drove traffic on to new and often unprecedented heights.

This has been a particularly enjoyable task this year: partly because not all of the most-read, most-liked and most-shared stories were bad news; partly because was the first to break several of them; and also because this year has seen traffic to the website hit new highs in terms of both views AND new subscribers.

So grab yourself a mince pie or a large glass of egg nog, sit back, and let us lead you through the key highs and lows of the past year in the demolition world:

10.          Director sentenced over site crush incident
9.            Worker sustains horrific injuries
8.            Collapse caught on camera
7.            CDC acquired
6.            Waste boss jailed for illegal dumping
5.            J. Bryan goes, bounces back
4.            Biggest in the world
2.            AR Demolition struck by second arson attack
1.            DSM Group sold

Video – Demolition drones after dark…

Night-time demolition captured from Maltese Falcon’s eye view.

We went about nine years without mentioning demolition in Malta once. And then, for some strange reason, we have managed to mention it several times in just a few short weeks, thanks in no small part to this project.

But if there’s one thing we like even more than drone footage of demolition, it is drone footage of demolition shot at night. And this video – which captures the demolition of the former Bim Factory to make way for The Marsa Junction Project – is a fine example.

Video – Sweet work for GBM…

Sugar beet silos are coming down in Sproughton.

The landmark sugar beet silos at the British Sugar site in Sproughton, Ipswich are coming down. And a pair of high reach excavators – one from GBM Demolition, the other on hire from 777 Demolition – are spearheading the sweet works.

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