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Taking a bite out of the “sausage bridge”…

M62 bridge closed ahead of demolition.

The “sausage bridge” across the M62 near Huyton has closed for good today, as work begins on a replacement.

The Greystone footbridge, as it is officially known, will be demolished this weekend, giving keen users just a few days to see the bridge for the last time.

A Knowsley council spokeswoman said the brown footbridge had “helped generations of the local community safely cross the M62″, but that it had now “reached the end of its serviceable life”.

The council spokeswoman added that the new bridge, due to open on October 19, “will also give visitors to the borough a real sense of arrival as they pass through this impressive gateway”.

Read more here.

Is this machine UK-bound…?

64 metre high reach rumoured to be joining fast-growing UK hire fleet.

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Industry rumour is rife that a new demolition giant could soon be available for hire in the UK.

Based on a Caterpillar 385C, the unique machine has been modified by Rusch to allow it to operate a five tonne attachment at its maximum 64 metre work height. The machine is currently stationed in Jeddah but DemolitionNews understands that a deal is underway that could see the massive machine joining the hire fleet of Messiah Corporation.

DemolitionNews spoke to Messiah’s Tony O’Sullivan who refused to confirm that he has secured the machine. “We are always on the lookout for new equipment to add to our dedicated demolition hire fleet,” he says. “But I can’t confirm that we have bought this machine.”

If the machine does join the Messiah fleet, it will become the second-largest high reach in the UK behind the 70 metre reach Liebherr unit operated by Dem-Master. Although it has the same working height as the machine operated by Technical Demolition Services (TDS), the Rusch machine’s ability to wield a five tonne tool marks it as unique.

We will be following this story with considerable interest.

Jobs – Join the AR Team…

AR Demolition is looking for a CPCS Demolition Plant Operative.

Anyone that follows the Demolition Machines group on Facebook will know that the operators working for AR Demolition are among the best and most tight-knit in the industry.

And now you have an opportunity to join that crew.

The award-winning company is actively seeking a CPCS Demolition Plant Operative to joins its team.

Successful candidates must be highly skilled, hold a Full UK Driving Licence and will have excellent industry knowledge, possess an exceptional understanding of the CDM regulations, Health and Safety processes and procedures and be a strong organiser with a professional attitude.

Communication skills are essential as well as a strong sense of customer care.

To find out more, please click here.

Dominic Ogden – Paying respects…

Family announces funeral details following untimely passing.

The family of Dominic Ogden of DSR Demolition who sadly passed away last week have announced details of his funeral.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday 5th August 2015. 2.15pm – Service at St John The Baptist C OF E Church, Church St, Dronfield, S18 1QB

Family flowers only.

Donations to the Intensive Therapy Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Calow, Chesterfield

Approximately 4.00pm – Wake to be held at Whirlowbrook Hall , Whirlowbrook Park, Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield, S11 9QD

Funeral Directors and Chapel of Rest – Alfred Dunham & Son Ltd, 56 Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2HP, 01246 413205 [24-hour service]. The Chapel of Rest is open one day from 11am to 5pm on Thursday 30th July

Tributes to Dominic to be in the Sheffield Star on Thursday 30th July

Many thanks again from Dominic’s family, friends and colleagues for the many messages of condolence. We hope you will join us in remembering him on 5th August.

Video – Supermodel at work in pool…

Look very closely; all is not as it seems.

A Liebherr 960 excavator equipped with a hydraulic hammer breaking out a swimming pool. Nothing out of the ordinary there…or is there?

Remarkably, the film you’re about to watch features a scale model excavator and attachments. But the breaking and attchment-switching is very real indeed.

Check it out:

Demolition magazine – The App has landed…

Smartphone and tablet users can now read the Demolition magazine via a dedicated app.

AppWhen first opened its doors, the iPhone had just been launched and was little more than a covetable novelty. Who knew that seven years later, that trinket – and the iPad
tablet derived from it – would have taken the world by storm and would now account for more than 20 percent of all traffic to the website.

And so, we took the decision to make the Demolition magazine – the demolition world’s most widely-read industry magazine – into a stand-alone and dedicated free app.

It has taken considerable investment, trial and error, and jumping through several unforeseen technological hoops, but we have finally delivered on our promise.

That means that you can now read the demolition world’s most widely-read industry magazine on your smartphone and tablet 100 percent FREE.

To get your copy of the app, just go to your chosen app store and search for Demolition Magazine.

There is an optional sign-up – this merely ensures that you are automatically notified when each new issue is added – but you can access the latest edition (and all the back issues) in a matter of seconds.

We hope you like it.

Video – Plans call for demolition of Gates Circle hospital…

Buffalo hospital could fall.

The planned development of the Trico site on the edge of Buffalo’s medical campus, has the developer looking to demolish the oldest structure of the complex. Originally built as an ice house to service local breweries, the structure has deteriorated.

Removal of the ice house clears the way for a courtyard, where people will enter of each of the newly renovated buildings.

Developers of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital site will go before the Buffalo City Planning Board next week for permission to demolish the main hospital building and some smaller structures. After the small buildings are removed, the plan is to implode the main hospital structure.

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

Video – Festival of Britain demolition…

We revisit Nostalgia Corner with this look back at the demolition of the Festival of Britain site.

The Festival of Britain was a national exhibition held in the summer of 1951.

It was organised by the government to give the British a feeling of recovery in the aftermath of war and to promote the British contribution to science, technology, industrial design, architecture and the arts.

But when it was all over, many of the structures – including the Dome of Discovery – were demolished to make way for the development of London’s South Bank.

This fantastic Movietone news footage looks back at that demolition work:

Operator pleads guilty over accident that killed six…

Sean Benschop enters guilty plea over Salvation Army store collapse.

A Philadelphia heavy equipment operator pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering for his role in a botched building demolition that killed six people two years ago.

Sean Benschop wants to “take responsibility for his actions and the responsibility he bears for the loss of life,” lawyer Bill Davis told the Daily News before the plea was entered. “He cries and prays almost every night for those people who lost their lives and their families.”

More than a dozen people were injured when part of the building being demolished collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift store on June 6, 2013. Rescuers using buckets and bare hands worked through the night removing bricks and rubble in search of survivors and victims.

Benschop, 44, pleaded guilty to six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 12 counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of causing a catastrophe.

Read more here.

Another demolished pub to be rebuilt…

Council orders “brick by brick” rebuilding of Battersea pub.

A developer in Battersea yesterday lost his battle to secure retrospective planning permission on a historic pub he bulldozed in May. He must now rebuild The Alchemist in St Johns’ Hill ‘brick by brick’ according to the council’s original ruling earlier this month.

The confirmation of the decision follows a similar ruling in Maida Vale earlier this year after the Carlton Tavern was demolished without consent.

The unlawful destruction of The Alchemist, a three-storey Victorian pub in a conservation area near Clapham Junction, was described by planning chiefs as a “very serious breach.”

The developer Udhyam Amim had submitted his retrospective planning application with the justification that the building was structurally unsafe, and that salvaged materials would be used on a new building featuring a restored facade.

This was “roundly rejected” as an attempt to get permission “by the back door” according to planning chair Cllr Sarah McDermott. The full statement is available on Wandsworth council’s website here.

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