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Video – Double whammy…

Simultaneous demolition of bridge and tower block in China.

No idea if they got two for the price of one, but Chinese authorities certainly got their moneys’ worth from the explosives engineers on this project.

A dilapidated bridge and an adjacent 25-storey residential building were demolished simultaneously on Friday in southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

The 282-metre-long bridge over the Chishui River and the isolated high-rise building on the riverbank were located in Maotai County.

Reeves leaves McGee…

McGee’s non-executive chairman resigns citing “substantial difference of opinion”.

UK trade magazine Construciton News is reporting that Ian Reeves has stepped down as McGee chairman after seven years with the company for reasons including a “substantial difference of opinion” regarding the group’s strategy.

Reeves resigned as McGee non executive chairman and from the board of Dealpride Limited, the ultimate holding parent company of McGee.

He told Construction News that “over a period of time, a substantial difference of opinion had developed regarding the strategy [of the group] and management of its implementation”.

Brian McGee, managing director of McGee, issued a statement in response: “The business has benefited greatly from Ian’s advice and guidance over the course of his time as chairman of McGee. Ian’s tenure coincided with one of the most prolonged downturns the industry has experienced. His steady hand combined with strong views and a robust personality were a source of great strength for the group over that time. As we look forward to brighter times it is inevitable there will be contrasting opinions as to how best to take the business forward. Ian is resolute in his views which he expresses forcefully but those views are not shared by the board as a whole. The group thanks Ian for his tenure as chairman and wishes him success with the many business interests in which he is involved. McGee meanwhile looks forward with confidence to the future.”

Read the full story here.

Jobs – Demolition manager needed in Darwin

The Breakthrough Group is the latest Australian contractor to seek overseas workers.

logoIf there was any question that demolition is a global language, that demolition skills were transferable (or that DemolitionNews has a truly global following), then check out this latest job ad; the second in under a week from the land Down Under.

The Breakthrough Group is seeking a Demolition Manager to aid its expansion and to help it control an increasing number of high profile contracts in and around Darwin.

This is a unique opportunity to join a rapidly growing team with a national focus. A generous remuneration package is on offer for the successful applicant. Assistance with full relocation costs will be considered.

You can read full details of the job here.

Sunderland college works underway…

Crews begin clearance of disused buildings as part of college expansion.

Work is underway to clear redundant buildings to make way for a new city centre development.

Demolition work is starting on redundant properties on Holmeside in Sunderland. It forms part of preparatory work on the wider Holmeside Triangle site.

Asbestos and materials of value have been stripped from the properties, with internal works already under way to make the final demolition a quick job.

The old Kwik Save supermarket and car park were cleared last year to make way for new developments.

Part of the site is earmarked for a new campus for Sunderland College, and a planning application has already been lodged with the city council.

Read more here.

Video – The world’s newest breaker…

Exclusive Behind the Levers footage of the new hydraulic hammer from Miller GroundBreaking.

Want to see a product so new that it hasn’t even been launched yet? A hydraulic hammer that is so new that it still has that new hammer smell? A breaker so new that other breakers refer to it as the “new boy”?

Then allow us to present to you – courtesy of Diggers and Dozers – the new hydraulic hammer from Miller GroundBreaking that is scheduled to be launched at the Hillhead exhibition in less than a fortnight.

While the hammer is new, this one has been put through its paces on an MGL Group demolition site. So who better to judge its performance than an operator with some 20 years experience who says he’s used most breakers on the market.

Jobs – Opportunity of a lifetime…

Major Australian demolition company is seeking migrant project managers to aid expansion.

Do you hanker for a life Down Under? Are you looking to switch the Great North Road for the Great Barrier Reef? Do you long to throw a shrimp on the barbie or to find out what a vegemite sandwich tastes like? Then do we have an opportunity for you.

Liberty Industrial – is seeking experienced and qualified project managers and demolition engineers looking to relocate to Australia. The roles come with a competitive remuneration package, and Liberty Industrial will assist with visas and migration to Australia.

For full details, check out the flyer here.

Powering its own demise…

Work completed on Perkins engine office block.

It is the company whose engines have powered demolition machines across the globe. And now that same demolition power is being harnessed in the latest stage of the development of Perkins Engine’s factory in Peterborough.

Demolition began about four weeks ago and the work to level the building has just been completed.

Bosses say that getting rid of the office block will not mean any job losses among the 3,000 workforce. A company spokeswoman said: “To better align our business to meet and exceed global customer requirements, a number of improvements have, over the past couple of years, been undertaken at the manufacturing site in Peterborough. These improvements initially focused on the manufacturing facility, which is now classed as a ‘centre of excellence’ for our latest range of diesel engines, and more latterly, on our on-site office requirements. We have recently taken the opportunity to consolidate our office space and improve the use of existing facilities across the Eastfield site. The works have focused on enhancing employees working conditions and we continue to review options for improving the experience for customers visiting the site. As part of this work Perkins made the decision to vacate the five storey office building, which is visible from Frank Perkins Parkway.”

Read more here.

Video – Breaking News….literally

Bucket and quick coupler giant joins hydraulic hammer fray.

Miller Groundreaking is a name that will be familiar to anyone that has owned or operated an excavator in the past 20+ years. The Cramlington-based company initially built its reputation on supplying buckets to the construction, quarrying, mining and demolition sectors. More recently, the company was at the forefront of developing a new range of “safety-first” quick couplers in response to the crackdown on semi-automatic hitches.

But when the doors open to the Hillhead 2014 exhibition later this month, the company will add a new string to its bow in the form of an all-new hydraulic hammer.

Although details of the hammer remain a closely-guarded secret, we do know that one model has been on an extended four month trial with demolition contractor MGL Group in Miller’s native North East of England.

And, based on this exclusive film from our buddies over at Diggers and Dozers, it appears that the hammer has withstood the demolition environment extremely well.

Video – Hillhead draws ever closer…

With the show drawing inexorably closer, we look ahead at some more Hillhead Highlights.

What was once a strictly quarry exhibition has slowly evolved to embrace both recycling and demolition equipment, exhibitors and visitors.

And so, with the Hillhead 2014 show mow just a few shorts weeks away, we have got together with the fine folks at Diggers and Dozers for another look ahead at the show’s key products.

You can check out the latest Hillhead Highlights show below or you can view all three editions of the show here.

Video – Power plant popped…

Dykon takes out Tradinghouse Power Plant in controlled blast.

The remaining section of the Tradinghouse Power Plant in eastern McClennan County came crashing down with an epic implosion Friday morning.

The plant’s owner, Luminant, plans to recycle roughly 95 percent of the materials, including steel, copper and parts and pieces of large equipment that had been broken down. The other section of the plant was imploded in March.

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