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Video – Didcot down…

Coleman and Company carries out triple cooling tower blast.

After months of planning and weeks of preparation, the first three cooling towers at Didcot power station slid into oblivion following a blast in the early hours of this morning.

We will be bringing you more news on the long-awaited blast in due course; but here is the first raw footage from the site, courtesy of Coleman and Company:

Carmageddon II – The Sequel…

LA drivers braced for another weekend of traffic chaos.

After ‘Carmageddon‘ and ‘Jamzilla’, motorists in Los Angeles are bracing for perhaps their worst weekend of road chaos ever.

Residents of a city famous for its attachment to cars and the daily gridlock that results have been warned that the ‘Century Crunch’ could “could screw everything up” for drivers.

Road closures around one of the main entrances to Los Angeles International Airport will be in place for 57 hours from Friday night while an old railroad bridge is demolished.

The closure at Century and Aviation Boulevard – a junction which sees 90,000 motorists every day – is likely to impact more than 200,000 passengers who are due to pass through LAX on 1,700 flights this weekend.

Officials have spent weeks trying to warn airport users of the impending traffic chaos and are urging people to allow extra time for their journey or use public transport.

Read more here.

Brazil battles to satisfy demolition demand…

The World Cup might be over but demolition work for the 2016 Olympic is still ongoing.

The Brazil 2014 World Cup is over. The Germans, predictably, are the World Champions; the Americans proved that they DO recognise more than one kind of football; Luis Suarez became the first player to require a muzzle; and – as is traditional – England returned home in ignominy and defeat.

And while the host nation’s hopes of glory were trampled under an unstoppable German onslaught in the semi-finals, the Brazilians proved that they are more than capable of hosting a global sporting event.

Which is just as well. For while the teams of the World Cup have long since waved goodbye to Rio and the other host cities, the Brazilian capital’s minds have already switched to the small matter of the 2016 Olympic Games that are scheduled to commence less than two years from now.

Against this background, demolition demand remains high as preparations gain momentum in the countdown to Rio 2016.

At the heart of that demolition demand is our good friend Fabio Bruno who is seemingly changing the Rio skyline and infrastructure network single-handed.

Fabio has very kindly sent us some spectacular video showing just some of the work taking place to ensure that Rio is ready.

Desfrutar!

Joining forces…

DemolitionNews announces new used equipment joint venture with UK Plant Traders.

ukpt-logoDemolitionNews.com is delighted to announce that it is joining forces with UK Plant Traders to bring readers a new level of service in the used equipment field. Within the next few days, UK Plant Traders will take over the provision of used equipment content on DemolitionNews in a move that is welcomed by both parties.

“We are delighted to have signed this joint venture with UK Plant Traders,” says DemolitionNews’ Mark Anthony. “We have been searching for some time for a company that could deliver in used equipment the same level of quality and user interaction that we provide in our editorial content.”

Anthony also believes that the independence of UK Plant Traders brings a degree of synergy to the joint venture. “DemolitionNews was built upon its independent stance, away from the influence of trade associations and with total editorial integrity,” he continues. “In addition to our mutual love of social media and reader/customer interaction, UK Plant Traders share that same independent mentality that is based on giving users what they want rather than what they have learned to accept.”

UK Plant Traders’ Michael Bell is similarly enthusiastic about the new joint venture. “Demolition is a key area of interest for UK Plant Traders. Demolition contractors are key providers and consumers of used equipment. And no-one has greater global access to this important market sector than DemolitionNews,” Bell says. “As a company, we have set ourselves aside from the competition, doing things our own way. And that is very much the ethos at DemolitionNews. I can’t wait to start working with them.”

Video – Belgrave revisited…

AR Demolition publishes more stunning video footage from flyover contract.

Yesterday we brought you a film of AR Demolition’s controlled dismemberment of the Belgrave flyover in the heart of Leicester. The film quickly leapt to the top of our most-viewed item of the day and is still racking up views today.

But little did we realise that this film was merely a compilation of several other, equally stunning films including time-lapse and drone footage. Well, the good folks at AR Demolition have now granted us access to this veritable treasure trove of video goodness and we’re delighted to share those other films with you:

Theft File – Multiprocessor stolen…

Please be on the lookout for a multiprocessor and full set of jaws stolen from a site in Scunthorpe.

Readers are asked to be on the lookout for a 2012 model Northerntrack MK20 multi-kit processor – Serial number V1153 – that was stolen from a site in Scunthorpe yesterday.

Also stolen was a full set of jaws as detailed below:

• MK20 Pulveriser jaw set, Serial number V1154
• MK20 Steel jaw set, Serial number V1155
• MK20 Plate shear jaw set, Serial number V1156

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this attachment should contact Andy Hair at Northerntrack on Tel: (UK) 0113 2762 300

Video – Stunning Belgrave flyover demolition…

We have been waiting weeks to share this with you – and it’s finally here.

We were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of this combined live action/drone action video from AR Demolition several weeks ago; and we have been chomping at the bit to share it with you.

And now the final edits are done and the voice-over is in place, we can finally show you what we believe to be the best demolition film of the year so far. It covers the complex and challenging demolition of the Belgrave flyover in the heart of Leicester, and features some incredible imagery captured over several days.

Check it out – you won’t be disappointed.

Jobs – Ling lures supervisor…

Ling Group seeks a Kent-based demolition supervisor.

LING LOGOAs an air of positivity continues to wash over the London and Southern demolition region, Ling Group has become the latest company to seek to swell its ranks.

The company is actively seeking a qualified demolition supervisor will be responsible for the day to day running of small to large scale projects, supervising operatives, plant and equipment, completing relevant paperwork as well as operating plant and equipment.

The successful candidate will be fully trained to carry out a wide range of duties and be able to ensure works confirm to current legislation and directives as well as company policies ensuring the health and safety of all persons on site.

For full details of this exciting role, please visit our sister website Demolition-Jobs.co.uk.

Video – Coleman reiterates stay-away message…

Birmingham-based contractor issues video stay clear warning ahead of Didcot blast.

With the clock ticking for this week’s widely-anticipated cooling tower implosion at the Didcot power station, Coleman and Company has restated its desire for local people to stay clear of the site in a unique new video.

The company has previously stated that such implosions “are not a public event” and that, in the interest of health and safety, onlookers and implosion enthusiasts should make use of the dedicated Ustream live video stream to watch the controlled explosion from the comfort and safety of their own homes:

Belated farewell…

Marking the passing of Graham Fry of G Fry Demolition whose funeral took place late last week.

It is with regret that we must belatedly report the passing of Graham Fry, managing director of Nottingham-based Fry Demolition.

Born in 1952 and a former farmer, Fry was a well-known and much-respected member of the Midlands demolition scene.

Our thoughts, as always, are with his wife Janet, family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.

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