Russian explosive demolition compilation…

A truly, remarkably bad idea…

I would NEVER advise anyone to try to run an excavator down a ramp comprising a pair or unsecured I beams, particularly when they’re covered in snow!!

French high reach in action…

A nice clip of a Caterpillar 365BL high reach demolition spec machine in action for French company Ferrari.

High Reach Guidance presentation…

Here is an exclusive download of Mark Anthony’s presentation at the recent EDA seminar in Istanbul which contends that the EDA should have merely adopted the NFDC’s original guidance as its own.
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This presentation is best read after viewing Stefano Panseri’s presentation of the EDA’s own findings which can be viewed here:

What were they thinking…?

I simply don’t have the words to express my feelings on this photo:

My thanks to www.demolishdismantle.co.uk for drawing our attention to this image.

Demolition quote of the moment…

“…high reach excavators are like surgically enhanced breasts. They are unnatural; their cost is disproportionate to their additional utilisation; and our fixation with them does us no credit…”
Mark Anthony

Dome demolition on schedule…

The implosion of the RCA Dome, former home of the Indianapolis Colts, is less than five weeks away.

Since the roof was deflated on September 24, crews have been working to get everything out of the building. Now, the remainder of the conventional demolition is continuing, getting ready for the implosion which is scheduled for the morning of December 20.

Full story here.

General comes clean at Soho baths…

General Demolition has been engaged by ISG InteriorExterior to perform demolition and strip out works for the £25m regeneration of the Marshall Street Baths in the heart of Westminster, situated between Poland Street and Carnaby Street in London’s Soho.

The 21-week demolition programme includes strip out works in the main baths, the complete demolition of the ‘second class’ pool and basement, structural alterations to the Soho NCP car park and ‘top down’ demolition of the existing Westminster City Council cleaning depot and four-storey building above.

The ambitious Marshall Street Regeneration project will see the restoration of the stunning, 1930s marble-lined main pool to its former glory, delivering a high quality refurbished and upgraded leisure centre including a gym, exercise studios, health suite and treatment rooms. The scheme also includes a new purpose-built Council street cleansing depot in Dufours Place, an upgraded car park in Poland Street and residential flats with a proportion of affordable housing.

The Grade II listed building opened in 1932 and is famous for its barrel vaulted roof. The baths closed in 1997 due to health and safety and operational maintenance concerns. The refurbished leisure centre is scheduled to open in the first half of 2010 and will be run as a public facility by Westminster City Council.

New MD for Volvo Construction Equipment…

Val Ledden has been appointed as Managing Director of Volvo Construction Equipment Limited, the wholly owned dealer for Great Britain.

Previously Sales Director and deputy M.D., Val takes over from Rob Dicker who has been appointed as Senior Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the Volvo Construction Equipment Group in Brussels.

NFDC and NDTG training scheme – Exclusive Video…

C&D Consultancy’s John Woodward provides a useful insight into the NFDC and NDTG training scheme. Filmed live at the EDA Autumn seminar in Istanbul, Turkey.