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    Seaforth situation ongoing…

    One Vision Housing issues statement on protracted demolition.

    As the demolition of the second of two Seaforth tower blocks that failed to succumb to a controlled blast enters its third day, the owners of the block – One Vision Housing – have issued an official statement:

    The phased demolition of the remaining structure of Montgomery House will begin this week, and the surrounding exclusion zone will be gradually reduced over the coming days.

    Residents affected by the exclusion zone will be notified as and when they can return to their homes.

    Our staff are working closely with residents to keep them informed of all developments, and ensure they are as comfortable as possible with accommodation, food, drink and other provisions.

    J. Bryan (Victoria) Ltd are providing escorted access into the exclusion zone to residents wishing to collect their belongings from their homes.

    A 24-hour security team along with a police presence are ensuring that the exclusion zone and properties within it are secure.

    If any residents in the exclusion zone require further information or assistance they can contact One Vision Housing on 0300 365 1111.

    Provo stacks being prepped…

    Scaffolding goes up in preparation for final demolition of iconic Provo smokestacks.

    The Provo Utilities headquarters in Utah is being replaced by a new complex that has been under construction for the past year. The last thing to come down in late summer is the two smokestacks. The stacks are approximately 75 years old.

    The scaffolding will help crews take off thick layers of asbestos-laden paint that covers the two stacks. They will build to the very top of each stack, with the paint being removed from the top down.

    The portion of the smokestack that is being abated will be tented to ensure that all asbestos contaminants are contained and disposed of properly.

    “Currently, the north smokestack is having the scaffolding installed to allow for the asbestos abatement company, Eagle Environmental Inc., to abate the three layers of asbestos-based paint on the exterior of the stacks,” said Scott Bunker, project manager. “They will first scaffold and abate the North Stack. The portion of the stack they are abating at the time will also be ‘tented’ so as to keep a tight containment on all asbestos that is being removed.

    “Once the abatement is completed on the North Stack then the scaffolding will be moved to the South Stack and once that is installed abatement will proceed on the South Stack.”

    Bunker said it is hoped that demolition of the power plant will proceed in July with the smokestack demolition sometime afterwards.

    Read more here.

    Powerday slapped with hefty fine…

    Company found guilty of illegally storing asbestos and hazardous waste.

    One of the biggest waste-management companies in the South-East has been given a record fine over illegal treatment of hazardous material including asbestos at its huge Willesden depot.

    Powerday, run by London Irish rugby club co-owner Mick Crossan, disposes of waste for major clients including Barratt Homes, Berkeley Homes and Carillion.

    The firm was ordered to pay more than £1.2 million at ­Harrow Crown Court for offences related to two separate cases which, ­combined, saw more than 17,000 tonnes of waste deposited and stored ­illegally. The record fine came under tough new sentencing guidelines for environmental crimes.

    The first case saw Powerday storing more than 10 tonnes of hazardous waste for disposal at the Willesden site in breach of its licence.

    The Environment Agency said this included asbestos, contaminated concrete and treated wood which had been taken to the Willesden centre from building sites across London and a power station in Nottinghamshire.

    Read more here.

    Breaking News – Didcot to be blasted…

    Families of missing men’s worst fears realised.

    Breaking NewsExplosives are to be used to demolish the remaining section of the collapsed Didcot Power Station.

    Four workers were killed and five injured in the collapse in February, with one body recovered from the site.

    In a statement, RWE Npower said it knew controlled explosions at the site would be distressing for the missing workers’ families.

    The firm said it would ensure the remaining building falls away from the existing debris pile.

    The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out a joint investigation with police into the cause of the collapsed boiler house.

    A spokesman for RWE Npower said: “The recovery work can only be completed safely once the unstable standing structure has been brought down.

    “Having explored other manual options, our experts have made it clear that the quickest and safest way to bring the building down is by controlled explosive demolition.”

    Read more here.

    Video – Liverpool towers refuse to fall…

    Sunday morning implosion fails to shift Seaforth blocks.

    Crowds gathered in the Seaforth area of Liverpool yesterday to witness the explosive demolition of the Churchill House and Montgomery House residential tower blocks.

    At the appointed time, the signal was given, the air was ripped by the sound of explosive charges going off, dust emerged from the base of the building and then…nothing.

    Both towers failed to fall as planned although one of them would fall under its own weight, and without casualties, minutes later.

    Demolition crews are on site this morning to bring down the second tower in a controlled manner.

    The explosives contractor on this contract is thought to be Precision Demolition Co (PDC), the company that suffered an equally disappointing outcome on the Harworth Pit Tower just a few weeks ago.

    P-DEMOLITION from Granada Reports on Vimeo.

    Video – DSM goes reggae…

    UK companies carry out successful twin-stack blast in Jamaica.

    Back in 1980, a rag-tag group of unemployed young men from Birmingham appropriated the music of Jamaica to record their first hit song, Food for Thought. And so, the band UB40 was born.

    Now, almost 40 years later in what is like some protracted student exchange programme, Birmingham has repaid its debt to Jamaica by sending over a somewhat less rag-tag group of demolition experts to implode a pair of chimney stacks in a live cement works in Kingston, Jamaica.

    Together with explosives experts from Robinson & Birdsell, that blast was carried out successfully over the weekend. And we have an exclusive video of the blast.


    Video – A terrible and mammoth task…

    New video shows scale of challenge facing workers at Didcot Power Station.

    Yesterday marked the eight week anniversary of the tragic collapse at the Didcot A Power Station that left one man dead and three still missing.

    Today, Thames Valley Police have released a short video that highlights the sheer scale of the task still facing demolition and recovery crews working at the site.

    Accordingt o Thames Valley Police, a large volume of material has been removed from the debris pile as part of the recovery phase. The images show around 20,000 tonnes of material on the ground. Clearance of the debris pile is progressing and up to 40 metres of the overall pile, which is around the length of a football pitch has been cleared so far.

    These debris removal works are ongoing seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. Whilst to date everything is progressing to plan, due to the complex nature of the collapse the recovery phase will still take some time.

    Of the debris and steel work removed, approximately 250 pieces of differing sizes and weights have been removed for evidence processing.

    Video – Bauma highlights…

    A look back at the world’s biggest and best equipment exhibition.

    By any stretch of the imagination, Bauma 2016 was a show to remember. Almost 600,000 people flocked to the Messe Munchen in Germany to view literally thousands of items of construction and demolition equipment in what is the wrld’s biggest exhibition.

    DemolitionNews was lucky enough to be there for a few (far too short) days and – together with our video partners DemoVision – have compiled this highlights reel to either show you what you missed or to remind you what you witnessed:

    Video – Kobelco sneak peek…

    New high reach excavator on its way to Europe.

    Excavator manufacturer Kobelco used Bauma as a test-marketing exercise for its new SK400DLC-9 demolition excavator.

    Although the machine was shown on the company’s stand, it is still more than six months away from an official European launch.

    However, we do have a sneak preview of the machine:

    Video – Smashing up Brum…

    Liston Group at boiling point at Kettleworks.

    Here’s a cracking new video featuring Midlands-based Liston Group tackling the demolition of the Birmingham Kettleworks.

    Enough said.

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