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Video – CDI says so long to silos…

CDI sees out 2014 with yet another text book blast.

2014 was another mammoth year for the team at Controlled Demolition Inc. And while most of us were recovering from our Christmas excesses, the crew saw out the old year with another successful blast on 29 December.

The latest blast brought down two 170-foot-high concrete silos at the Interstate Distribution Center along Industrial Drive.

Acting as implosion subcontractor to main demolition contractor, Control Services, LLC of New Jersey, CDI performed the successful explosives felling of two (2), 135’ tall, reinforced concrete storage silos in Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania.

Video – Exclusive Volvo walk-around…

Up close with the new standard in demolition spec excavators.

Just before Christmas, we visited the new home of Fabrications by Design to check out the demolition additions they had made to AR Demolition’s new Volvo EC480 excavator.

But while we went armed with a second-hand Flip camera, the boys at Diggers and Dozers took a state-of-the-art 4K camera and some funky audio equipment to produce a film that, frankly, puts ours in the shade.

You can check out the Diggers and Dozers film below and you can compare and contrast our amateurish efforts here.

Video – First Friday…

We have made a New Year’s Resolution; but we need you to help us fulfil it.

It is the dawning of a New Year, a time when we all make promises for the New Year in the vain hope that – by this time next year – we will be thinner, fitter, smoke-free and just generally better human beings.

These resolutions normally require us to call upon the support of friends and family to help keep us on the straight and narrow.

The Demolition News New Year’s Resolution is somewhat different in that we are attempting to make a promise on the behalf of an entire industry and hoping the industry helps us realise our lofty aims.

Check out the following video to see how you can help:

Humphries hand-over…

Management buyout for Black Country contractor.

The demolition arm of the Black Country-based Humphries Holdings group has been sold to its management by the couple who have run the business for the past 45 years.

David Humphries and his wife Elizabeth, part of the four generations to run the Humphries Demolition business since 1919, have now handed control to Nigel Gill, Paul Ferran and Craig Poole, who have worked with them for many years.

David and Elizabeth Humphries say they are enthusiastic about the future of the family business and are confident that it will continue to flourish in the capable hands of Nigel, Paul and Craig, who are basing the firm in Wednesbury.

Colin Rodrigues said: “Like any family run company which has been run successfully for many years, Ruth and I wanted to ensure that the success was not tarnished in any way by the process. Accordingly, we did our best to promote an open dialogue between all focused on the outcome given that David and Elizabeth will continue to work alongside Nigel, Paul and Craig until Easter 2015.”

Our sincere thanks to C&D Consultancy for bringing this story to our attention.

Read more here.

Video – Bay Bridge update…

Concrete columns fall as Bat Bridge demolition stays on schedule.

We have been following the ongoing demolition of the Bay Bridge – sadly, at a distance – for some months now.

So we were delighted to uncover this excellent video that shows the ongoing demolition of the old bridge’s concrete supporting columns.

Curtain could fall on Curzon…

One of London’s best-loved cinemas faces uncertain future.

The Curzon Soho, one of London’s flagship arthouse cinemas, may be knocked down to make way for the Crossrail 2 development.

The Shaftesbury Avenue venue was once named the best cinema in London by readers of the listings magazine Time Out, but its reign looks to be cut short as it has been named a “surface area of interest” by those organising the £25 billion railway project.
Crossrail 2 is a proposed follow-up to the current Crossrail development, which is aimed at easing congestion on journeys crossing London east and west. Crossrail 2 will connect south-west and north-west London.

Transport for London (TfL) said the Curzon was needed to build a ticket hall and entrance into the new Crossrail 2 station. Plans show that nearby Soho Square would be cordoned off and used as a builders’ depot during works which could take 10 years to complete.

Michèle Dix, TfL’s managing director of planning, said: “The Crossrail 2 Safeguarding was carefully planned to ensure that disruption to existing businesses and residents was kept to a minimum wherever possible.

“The plans that are subject to consultation have identified the Curzon Cinema, near Tottenham Court Road, may be required to enable the construction of a Crossrail 2 ticket hall. As the plans for Crossrail 2 become clearer, we will work with Westminster, local residents and business affected to ensure local impacts are kept to an absolute minimum.

Read more here.

Are these the 10 best blasts of 2014…?

Curbed magazine has chosen its 10 most aesthetically-pleasing implosions of the year.

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder (which suggests that Piers Morgan’s wife must have very strange eyes indeed).

But curbed magazine has pulled together a compilation of the most aesthetically-pleasing demolition blasts of the past 12 months.

Regardless of whether you agree with their choices, this makes for great viewing and is a great way to look back at some magnificent implosions.

Check it out here.

Video – Russian stand-up star…

Russians end demolition year with egg on their faceski.

It was an opportunity to see out the old year with a spectacular high rise blast for the ages.

But good fortune was, apparently, still feeling the effects of its Christmas excesses when Russian engineers hit the plunger on this high rise blast.

And, instead of ending the life of a building to coincide with end of the year, the outcome of this blast is one that will live in infamy well into 2015 and beyond.

And when, in the second film, the building finally succumbs, the contractor is still left with a mountainous task as large portions of the structure remain intact.

Video – We wish you a Merry Christmas…

DemolitionNews is shutting up shop for the festivities.

Well it’s been a year of momentous highs (almost 300,000 views) and staggering lows (check out our compilation of the Top 10 most-read stories of the past 12 months) but 2014 is drawing to a close.

Demolition News Towers will be closed for the festivities – although don’t be too surprised if the odd news story hits the airwaves while the Queen’s Speech is on – but we wanted to leave you with this festive message:

To all those that have read DemolitionNews this past year; commented on an article; shared a story with a friend or colleague; emailed us to agree or disagree with our stance on an industry issue; called us with a story lead; sent us a photo or video; or clicked the Like button on our Facebook page, we would just like to say a HUGE, personal and heartfelt thank you.

For all the strides we have made in the creation of the Demolition magazine, the generation of unique and exclusive video content, and the daily updating of Demolition News, there would be no point to any of it if there wasn’t an audience. We don’t just have an audience; we have the industry’s biggest, most dedicated and most vociferous global community. And that community, which is still growing month-on-month, recognises no geographic boundaries (readers in over 126 countries) nor trade association affiliations (come one, come all we say).

We have big plans for 2015 (and beyond) starting with a from-the-ground-up redesign of our weekly email newsletter; and we sincerely hope that you will come along for the ride.

In the meantime, everyone here at Demolition News Towers wishes you, your family, friends and colleagues a VERY Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and profitable New Year.

Video – Epic stadium implosion…

Kyle Field checks out in awesome style.

In some ways, it’s a shame that this film didn’t drop just a few days later; because this would be a truly awesome way in which to draw a veil over 2014.

The implosion of a portion of the Kyle Field stadium this weekend was an object lesson in the balletic nature of the blaster’s art. Stir in some rousing classical much (Tchikovsky’s 1812 Overture if I am not mistaken) and you have an end of year spectacular for the ages.

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