There has been much talk about Amazon using drones to deliver its packages to customers more effectively. There has been talk about using drones to deliver vital hydraulic parts to remote sites, quarries and mines. And there has even talk about using drones to deliver medical supplies to war, disease or disaster zones unreachable by traditional vehicles.
All worthy causes but here’s what drones were REALLY designed for – Affording a bird’s eye view of high reach demolition excavators in action!
Those of us that spend time on demolition sites will know that, while hazards are ever-present, most demolition sites are not out to kill anyone. That said, there is the constant threat of objects falling from height, asbestos lying in wait, large machines buzzing about the place, and a whole host of other factors that might just bring careers and lives to a premature and very final end.
But never have we heard tale of the common or garden seagull as some harbinger of death. Well. Not until this week anyway.
Demolition veteran Howard Stott this week had a narrow squeak (or should that be squawk) with the grim reaper when a seagull decided to end it all by flying through the window of a helicopter in which Stott was sat. The suicide gull knocked the helicopter’s controls out of the pilot’s hands, causing the craft to plummet 800 feet in a matter of seconds before Stott regained control.
The Didcot Power Station disaster notwithstanding, it seems that DemolitionNews and Demolition magazine are on a hit list for TV production companies seeking to make a show or series about demolition. Unfortunately, those calls – which arrive at a rate of at least six per month – all follow the same well-trodden path: “We are looking to produce a TV show on demolition. Our crew is available next Tuesday. What can we blow up?”
Sadly, even those shows that initially promise to portray the true art and science of demolition ultimately succumb to the need to appeal to the masses and deliver a product in which danger is implied and amplified and professionalism plays but a cameo role.
Well no more. Following our tie-up with the team at DemoVision and with the backing of our new publisher Chambers Media, we have decided to take matters into our own hands to produce Demolition TV; a regular online TV show about the demolition industry and for the demolition industry.
“Mass media TV shows on demolition just appeal to the lowest common denominator so they play up the risks and ignore the skill and expertise that goes into a professional demolition job. I am sick and tired of watching shows that suggest that all demolition is explosive, that an explosives engineer drives into town an hour or two before a blast and leaves again before the dust has settled,” DemolitionNews founder Mark Anthony says. “The video content – particularly the exclusive content produced by DemoVision – is among the most popular of all the content on DemolitionNews. So we have joined forces with them even more closely to produce a regular show that is purely for demolition professionals.”
Anthony says that the editorial content of Demolition TV will be flexible to match the ever-changing demolition landscape. “We will try to include interviews with key industry figures in most episodes, together with details of new equipment and technology,” he says. “We are also keen to highlight key industry concerns such as training, safety and the environment but this will ebb and flow as the show evolves. And if we decide to do a one-off show – dedicated to an exhibition or conference, perhaps – then we can do that too.”
The launch of Demolition TV – which will be on YouTube and available via DemolitionNews and the DemolitionNews Facebook page – is the latest stage in the development of a media operation that is dedicated to the demolition sector. “We launched DemolitionNews to provide the industry with a one-stop shop for all its industry news needs. We followed up with the launch of the Demolition magazine to provide readers with an unbiased and independent view on that same industry. And we launched Demolition-Jobs.co.uk to help demolition companies find workers and demolition workers find employment,” Anthony continues. “The launch of Demolition TV is a natural progression and will share many of the same independent and unbiased principles that have helped make DemolitionNews the global leader in its field.”
Despite the recent purchase of a new 4K cinema-quality drone and some other advanced camera equipment, Anthony says that the intention is to start small while the content (and the technology behind it) is being perfected. But he is ambitious nonetheless. “I believe that the industry is dynamic and sufficiently fast-moving to support a show every two or three weeks but that may increase or decrease according to demand,” Mark Anthony concludes. “But if the audience is with us and the show gains traction, I would love to see it moving to a weekly broadcast. And while it will initially be a purely UK operation, I would like nothing more than to produce a couple of editions from the US each year.”
You can view a trailer for the the launch edition of Demolition TV below:
The person responsible for this superb film uses all the tricks at the videographer’s disposal including drone and GoPro footage to capture the demolition of the First Presbyterian Church in Englewood, New Jersey:
Pair of high reach excavators demolish disused Irish mill.
Irish contractor Hegarty Demolition Ltd is carrying out the demolition of Boland’s Mill in its native Republic of Ireland.
Boland’s Mill is located on the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. It is currently undergoing a €150 million reconstruction to become Bolands Quay, accommodating new residences, commercial, retail, and civic spaces.
The mill site includes a number of buildings. There are two six-storey stone warehouse buildings dating from the 1830s (photo on right), and others on Barrow Street dating from the 1870s. The majority of the complex consists of concrete silos built between the 1940s and 1960s. The mill stopped production in 2001 and the site has been derelict since then.