Pier demolition to start soon…

Demolition work will finally start on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier in the UK next week. The entire pavilion building and most of the attractions inside were destroyed when fire ripped through the building on July 28.

Three arrested over asbestos dumping…

Three Polk County men have been arrested following an investigation into illegal dumping of asbestos-laden demolition debris into the Green Swamp in Auburndale, Florida.

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Dome deflation signals demolition…

It will take less than 45 minutes to deflate the roof of the RCA dome later this month, more than 24 years after the former home of the Colts became a staple on the Indianapolis skyline.

Full story here.

They do things differently in Japan…

The Japanese have come up with new innovative way to demolish a sky scraper. The Kajima Corporation says that its method of deconstructing a tower block – rather than imploding the structure with the careful placement of explosives – saves time and space, has less impact on the environment and makes the recycling of materials easier.

Click here to read more and also to see a movie of the process in action.

Nairobi’s sewer line houses face demolition…

Buildings constructed over sewer lines in residential areas face the possibility of demolition as the Athi Water Service board embarks on the expansion programme of the sewer infrastructure in Nairobi.

This follows implementation of the Nairobi River basin programme by National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and other government agencies to restore Nairobi water basin.

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A sure sign of impending recession…

UK’s Doncaster council has spent almost £14m of taxpayers’ cash flattening a town housing estate which was sold to developers for just £1.1m.

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New Atlas Copco pulveriser…

Weighing 2,050 kg, the DP 2000 hydraulic demolition pulveriser attachment is designed for carriers in the 18 to 27 tonne weight class. It boasts 265 tonne maximum cutting force and 85 tonnes of crushing force at the jaw tip. Operating at a maximum pressure of 350 bar and accepting hydraulic flow of 30 litres/minute, the attachment uses a straight-jaw design that allows the jaws to open 30.7 inches wide. An advanced speed valve allows shorter opening and closing cycle times for increased production. For easier operation, the DP 2000 hydraulically rotates 360 degrees.

Time-lapse demolition

High-speed cameras capture some really stunning time-lapse footage of a bridge demolition project in Washington. The video is proving impossible to embed but you can view it by clicking here.

HSE calls for modernisation…

Health and Safety Executive chairperson Judith Hackitt has used her speech to the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) North of Scotland event in Aberdeen on 10 September 2008 to call for a modernisation of the UK’s health and safety practices.

A full transcript of the speech can be found here.

EDA appoints new secretariat…

The new EDA secretariat is headed by Henriette Thuen (centre) and is based in the Danish city of Copenhagen
The new EDA secretariat is headed by Henriette Thuen (centre) and is based in the Danish city of Copenhagen
D&Ri reports that the European Demolition Association has officially announced a change to its secretariat. The previous secretariat operated out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, while the new secretariat is located in Copenhagen. It will be headed up by Ms Henriette Thuen in the role of general manager.

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