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Bittersweet demolition…

Demolition of former Stones Bitter brewery expected to be given go ahead.

The redevelopment of a historic former Sheffield brewery, which can trace its history back to the 1800s and was once where the UK’s best-selling bitter was produced but is now in a derelict state, is set to take a step forward with councillors expected to give the green light to its demolition.

Beer production at the former Cannon Brewery on Rutland Road started in about 1838 and continued until the mid-1990s, with the site making Stones Bitter from 1948 onwards. But the property has fallen into disrepair and been subject to vandalism and graffiti in recent years.

The owner of the site is a demolition contractor and has submitted an application seeking permission for his business, Hague Plant, to bulldoze the buildings on the 1.7 acre plot which are described as “structurally unsound”. The plans have been drawn up by R Bryan Planning.

Councillors at Sheffield City Council are to meet next Tuesday (18 August 2015) to discuss the proposals, but a report drawn up by planners ahead of the meeting has recommended the demolition project be given approval.

Read more here.

Video – There’ll be a high reach over…

….The white cliffs of Dover.

We’re delighted to bring you this excellent (if a bit rainy) time-lapse video of the demolition of the former multi-storey car park at the Burlington House complex in Dover.

The entire complex is being demolished to make way for the £60 million St James’s town centre redevelopment, including multiplex cinema, hotel, restaurants, and shops.

Video – Beware the Super Guzzilla…

Two-armed machine offers glimpse of the future.

Regular readers will recall that we previously brought you an exclusive video of a twin-boom excavator; and that we have also envisaged a future in which the soft strip process would be carried out by advanced man/machines.

Well we have just stumbled across a video of a new machine – the intriguingly-named Super Guzzilla – that combines these two things.

This is a PR stunt, but be sure to watch to the 2.30 mark to get a look at the machine from the operator’s perspective.

Video – Fourth time lucky…?

Crews to try again as GM stack stands defiant.

Preparations are underway for a fourth attempt to demolish the smokestack at the former GM transmission plant.

Three attempts to implode the smokestack earlier this week were unsuccessful after a malfunction.

John Revell, Windsor’s chief building official, said, “The smokestack itself is incredibly strong. It’s got an unbelievable amount of steel in it. It’s just beyond what they anticipated.”

The smokestack at the former GM transmission plant can be seen leaning slightly after three attempted implosions in Windsor, Ontario on Monday.

Read more here, or view the local news video below:

Biggest ever Demolition magazine…

96 pages with the added bonus of a FREE men’s magazine for good measure.

Someone far more intelligent than me once said that “if you stand still in business, you go backwards.”

Well we have truly taken that concept to heart. Less than three years into the life of the Demolition magazine, and we’re already making sweeping changes. Out goes the environmentally-harmful paper edition to be replaced by an easy-to-access, easy-to-read, all-electronic version. Out goes the popular “Stuff” section to be replaced by a stand-alone magazine for the discerning demolition man. Out goes the familiar all-black cover to be replaced by our British Racing Green (for this edition at least).

And as if that were not change enough, the Demolition magazine is now available to read as both an iOS and Android app that puts the world’s most widely-read industry magazine in the palm of your hand.

IF you haven’t already got the app (and if not, why not?) you can read the magazine below:

Video – Column of Cats on Canadian bridge…

Five excavators’ worth of bridge-munching power.

On July 19th Transport Quebec sent heavy equipment to demolish the Avenue St-Charles overpass so that they could build a new bridge so that the city could service the ever growing population of Vaudreuil.

This excellent video captures the action.

Video – If at first you don’t succeed…

Multiple attempts fail to drop smokestack.

A planned demolition of the smokestack at the former GM transmission plant Monday afternoon was delayed after multiple attempts to bring down the behemoth failed.

As part of the ongoing demolition of the plant, a controlled implosion of the plant’s smokestack was planned for 2 p.m., and dozens had gathered to watch while several streets were blocked off by police.

A small explosion followed by smoke could be seen from the site, but the smokestack remained standing.

The malfunction forced the demolition to be delayed until the evening, when second and third attempts again brought noise and smoke, but still left the smokestack upright.

Shortly after 7 p.m., city officials decided there would be no more attempts Monday, but said another try could happen on Tuesday.

Read more here.

My Dad Does Demolition breaks America…

C&D Consultancy/DemolitionNews book emulates The Beatles.

Bill Moore bookDemolition characters don’t come much bigger than Bill Moore. One of the best-known and most-respected professionals in the industry, Moore worked for the world’s largest demolition company, was president of the US’ National Demolition Association, and is a regular host at the World Demolition Awards.

And so to get his endorsement for the My Dad Does Demolition book is something of which we’re all mightily proud.

Moore bought a copy of the book for his grandson Jake, a 3rd generation wrecker in the making.

Jake (middle) is pictured with his Alpine Demolition superintendent father John (right) and a proud-looking Bill Moore (left).

Comment – To sleep the sleep of safety…

Insufficient sleep impairs the brain like alcohol. So are your workers getting enough kip?

I am not a morning person. Until I have several cups of coffee and a scan of the morning’s headlines on board, I am generally best avoided.

I have always admired those early risers that can apparently cram 48 hours into 24 and for whom the sunrise is a constant companion.

But recent studies, as highlighted in this BBC report, suggests that human beings are designed to need sleep; and to need sleep at certain times of the day or night. Furthermore, there is growing evidence that shift-workers and those that work through the night are, in fact, at a greater risk of premature death.

It had always been assumed that our body clock would adapt to the demands of working at night, but as one of Britain’s leading sleep experts, Prof Russell Foster, from Oxford University, says “the really extraordinary finding across a whole range of different studies, is that you don’t adapt”.

That means those working at night for long periods are more likely to get a range of serious diseases from type 2 diabetes to coronary heart disease and cancer. And some scientists believe that anyone arriving at work at 4am has an ability to process information that is as bad as if they’d had a few whiskies or beers.

It is not unusual for demolition workers to be drink and drugs tested, particularly on sensitive projects on the railways. And rightly so; the lives of others rests in their ability to be alert. But has anyone thought to check if the workers have had sufficient sleep to ensure that they’re safe to work?

And on that sobering note, I may just take a nap.

Weymouth and the great divide…

Planned demolition will split the town in two.

Weymouth’s North Quay council building is to be demolished and redeveloped in to around 72 dwellings that will ‘enhance’ the town’s harbour.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s planning and traffic committee approved the outline planning application for the redevelopment of the offices.

The council is set to transfer to its new premises in Commercial Road later this year after members voted to sell the building.

Councillors were shown illustrative material to demonstrate how the floorspace of North Quay could be reconfigured.

The layout is predicted on re-establishing the line of the Old High Street that ran through the site before it was cleared in the late 1960s for the development of the council offices.

The re-establishment of this route effectively divides the site in two.

Read more here.

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