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Video – Chimney quartet reduced to duo…

Two of four stacks pulled down at Morwell Power Station.

The quartet of chimney stacks at the former Morwell Power Station in eastern Victoria has been halved as demolition of the derelict site ramps up.

The chimney stacks have graced Latrobe Valley’s skyline since the coal-fired power station opened in 1956.

Now just two of the four towers can be seen.

“Everything went exactly as planned,” said Barry Dungey, general manager of remediation at Energy Brix, the company that ran the power station.

Wire cables were run up the 94-metre stacks and the bases weakened before they were pulled over by an 87-tonne excavator.

New Demolition magazine has dropped…

122 pages of demolition gorgeousness, available now, FREE!

If you’ve been wondering just what we’ve been up to this past few months, you’re about to find out as the all-new edition of the Demolition magazine has now arrived. And at 122 pages in length, it is a beast.

You can, of course, read this from cover to cover at your leisure. But there are also a few highlights that we’d like to draw to your attention.

You can use the links above to navigate straight to each of these features or, as always, you can simply browse the whole edition below:

Audio – Pilot episode of new show unleashed…

Demolition News Radio gets under the skin of the industry with brand new podcast.

One of our primary objectives when we set up DemolitionNews and the Demolition magazine was to be for the entire industry. Not just the biggest demolition firms, not just for the managing directors of those companies. But for everyone in the sector.

And this is something we’re looking to replicate with what we are hoping will become a new audio series that we’re currently calling InSite.

In these shows, we intend to feature individuals from across the industry spectrum. From the apprentice learning the trade, through the operative on site, to the site managers and company directors.

We have devised a series of about a dozen standard questions that we will ask each guest. Over time, we’d like to think that this will give us an insight into the industry – Hence the name of the show.

But before we go fully live, we wanted to produce a pilot episode, partly to test the way in which we intend to record the shows, but also to test the response of our listeners.

As a result, this new show has no fancy jingles, no advertising, and no sexy graphics. What it does have, however, is a conversation with a demolition man with a growing reputation around the Hampshire area and online through his various social media activities.

That demolition man is Chris Charlton of CJ Charlton Group. And this is InSite, part of the Demolition News Radio network.

If you’d like to be featured in a future episode, or if you know someone that would, then please drop us a line:

Video – Brayton Point towers toppled…

Exclusive close-up of cooling tower implosion.

The planned implosion of the two cooling towers at the Brayton Point Power Station went without a hitch. And thanks to our friends at dust suppression specialist HKD Blue, we can afford you a ringside seat of the action with this exclusive video:

Firm fined over flashover burn injuries…

Man suffered electrical burns after crowbar is thrown at electrical equipment.

Two companies have been fined after a worker received serious electrical burns during demolition work.

Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard how on the 12th April 2017, two demolition workers employed by sub-contractor R B Haigh & Sons were removing electrical distribution equipment from a switchgear room at the former Molecular Products site in Thaxted, Essex. Alan Banks had been told by the principal contractor that the electrical equipment had been isolated. To reassure his colleague that it was safe he threw a crowbar at the 400V ac equipment. This came into contact with live exposed wires, causing a flashover and temperatures of several thousand degrees, followed by a subsequent fire. As a result, Banks suffered serious burn injuries and was immediately hospitalised.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the task being undertaken had not been properly planned and suitable control measures were not implemented to ensure the isolation of the power supply. The principal contractor, A J Wadhams & Co Ltd failed to follow the clear procedures outlined in their risk assessments and method statements, which identified all equipment must be treated as live unless written authorisation proved otherwise.

Russell Haigh and Stuart Haigh (Partners of R B Haighs & Sons) of Thaxted, Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and have been fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3882.65.

AJ Wadhams & Co Limited trading as Wadham Homes of Charterhouse Street, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and have been fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3816.60.

Read more here.

Demolition Services gets the nod at Ironbridge…

Demolition Services Group the surprise winner of power station contract.

DemolitionNews understands that Leeds-based Demolition Services Group has been named as the contractor responsible for the demolition of the former Ironbridge Power Station.

After several weeks of speculation during which a number of contractors were being linked with the prestigious project, Demolition Services Group has apparently begun to deploy men and machines on the site, while the company’s name also appears on planning documentation associated with the contract.

The power station is the subject of considerable redevelopment plans, with a consultation about the future of the site expected to begin at the end of spring.

The site was purchased in June last year by Harworth Group, which had confirmed that it expected demolition to begin in “late spring”.

An update posted by the company said: “Harworth Group has now appointed a contractor to undertake demolition of the former power station, including redundant buildings and associated infrastructure. The finer details of how we will approach demolition and the phasing are currently being finalised. On site preparations are currently being made in anticipation of demolition works proper beginning in late spring.”

The company said it was still having discussions with local residents and organisations over the demolition.

Video – Trip down a dusty memory lane…

Can you imagine the outcry is this was replicated today.

Although we like to keep our finger on the pulse of the industry today, we still enjoy a trip down memory lane from time to time; particularly when that trip includes an insight into how things used to be done.

Case in point, the explosive demolition of the Cuyahoga and Williamson buildings on Cleveland’s Public Square back in 1982. It was an event that attracted thousands of onlookers as well as TV cameras. Just one problem. No-one, aside from the man in charge, was prepared for the ensuing dust cloud.

Check out the video below and be sure to stick around to the 1.43 mark as that demolition man gives one of the best and most succinct interviews in the history of TV.

Video – Bauma 2019 highlights…

Exclusive new film captures highlights of a remarkable show.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Bauma 2019 was the biggest and by far the best Bauma exhibition on record. More than 600,000 people from some 200 countries across the world gathered to check out the latest and greatest developments in the field of demolition and construction equipment.

For those that were lucky enough to make the trip, the following exclusive Demolition TV episode will serve as a reminder of an unforgettable week. For those that couldn’t make it, check out the film below and then – when you see what you missed – book your tickets for 2022:

Douneray decomissioning delight for demolition firms…

Demolition firms front and centre on latest nuclear framework.

Winners of a decommissioning services framework worth up to £400 million at Dounreay have been revealed, according to industry news portal Construction Enquirer.

Work at the Scottish nuclear site will include construction of a size reduction facility, shaft and silo decommissioning and demolition of historic active laboratories.

Six framework contracts have been awarded, bringing together the capabilities of at least 28 companies and their supply chains, initially for up to four years with the possibility of extensions of up to an additional three years.

Winners will now compete in ‘mini competitions’ for distinct packages of work that move the site towards its ultimate closure.

Stephen Adamson, Head of Commercial Services at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said: “This agreement will deliver real and visible signs of progress towards achieving our mission.

The winning bidders are:

  • AECOM E&C UK; MW Hargreaves; Kier Infrastructure and Overseas; Morson Projects; NIS; NSG Environmental; Squibb Group; Westinghouse Electrical Company UK
  • Dounreay Decommissioning Framework (DDF) Alliance; Cavendish Nuclear; BAM Nuttall; KDC Contractors; JGC Engineering and Technical Services
  • Dounreay Wood Alliance (DWA); Wood; Aquila Nuclear Engineering; GD Energy Services; Orano Projects
  • Jacobs UK; Atkins
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Ltd (NDL); James Fisher Nuclear; REACT Engineering; Shepley Engineers; WYG Engineering; JBV Demolition; RPS Consulting Services
  • Nuvia; Graham Construction; Oxford Technologies; Thompsons of Prudhoe

BHGE HQ faces axe…

Plans have been lodged to demolish the former Aberdeen base of an oil and gas firm.

Silverburn House in Bridge of Don has been earmarked for demolition by owners Parklands View LLP.

It is unclear what the Manchester firm will replace the former Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE) headquarters with.

A catalogue issued as part of the sale says the property “may benefit from conversion” to other uses, such as housing.

The demolition warrant submitted to Aberdeen City Council next week details £175,000 of work to demolish the office block and an associated link corridor in the boundary of the site.

Lodged through Aberdeen-based agency Space Solutions, the local authority has set a target date of May 14 for a decision to be made.

Read more here.

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