Demolition robot from Husqvarna…

This November marks the production start of Husqvarna’s first demolition robot – a remote-controlled demolition machine developed by Husqvarna Construction Products in Jonsered, Sweden. The robot is the first product from a new Demolition Robots category, which is projected to strengthen the group’s leading position in machinery for the construction industry.

The market for demolition robots has grown continuously and has been dominated by one manufacturer. During November, Husqvarna will manufacture its first demolition robot, the Husqvarna DXR 310, developed to complement the Group’s product offering to the construction industry.

More details here.

Thoroughbred Volvo high reach…

Amidst all the talk of 90 metre high reach machines, this 21 metre Volvo unit rather crept in under the radar. It is owned by Nuneaton-based AR Demolition and while its height doesn’t make it unique, the fact that it’s the UK’s largest pure Volvo high reach certainly does.

Of course, there are plenty of other high reach Volvos out there but this is the biggest to feature a Volvo high reach boom rather than one from a third-party modifier such as Kocurek.

The unit weighs in at just under 40 tonnes and, judging by this video, it boasts some pretty impressive balance and stability.

UK contractor picks up another gold…

On 31 October 2008, General Demolition’s team of site managers and operatives will be presented with The City of London’s Considerate Contractor Gold Award for their overall performance at 1 Tudor Street, the former north wing of Unilever House close to Blackfriars Bridge in London. This is General Demolition’s second Gold Award in three years and will be presented by The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Alderman David Lewis at the Considerate Contractor Scheme Awards Ceremony to be held at Plaisterers Hall.

“We are extremely proud to have won another Gold Award,” said General Demolition’s senior projects manager Tom Henry who led the site team. “The award recognises that we consistently exceeded the requirements of the City of London’s Code of Good Practice, carrying out our operations in a safe and considerate manner. It also reflects a spirit of pride in our work, an awareness of the passing public and due regard for the surrounding environment,” added Tom.

In 2006, a Gold Award was presented to General Demolition’s site management team, also led by Tom Henry, for its performance on Galliford Try’s 20-26 Cursitor Street project in London EC4.

Israel to crack down on C&D waste…

Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry is working on an arrangement to transfer responsibility for hauling away construction and demolition (C&D) waste to the local authorities in the coming months.

At present, responsibility lies with the individual or contractor, a largely unsatisfactory situation because most C&D waste does not reach authorized sites, Uri Tal, the ministry’s coordinator of C&D waste treatment, told The Jerusalem Post this week.

Just 2 million of the 7.5 million tons of waste produced per year in Israel reach official sites, Tal said. Of that 2 million, 1 million is recycled and about another million is deposited in landfills.

Full story here.

Memorial Bridge, phase II…

The Memorial Bridge in Bismarck, North Dakota is no more. Following a recent stage 1 implosion earlier this month, the second stage has just been completed (29 October). See the bridge fall below:

Ovaltine chimney implosion…

Despite protests and local community opinion, the former Ovaltine factory chimney finally disappeared from the Chicago skyline yesterday (29 October) in a controlled implosion.

2012 Olympic time lapse video…

Interesting time lapse video showing demolition works in progress at London 2012 Olympics site.

Fire delays bank implosion…

Crews from A&R Demolition working to prepare the West Texas Midland Savings Building for its pending implosion are expected back on scene this morning after a fire sparked in the elevator shaft Monday afternoon causing thick smoke to pour from the 13-story building as flames blazed inside.

The fire started at around 2:15 p.m. Monday at the corner of Colorado Street and Wall Street when hot slag from a cutting torch hit debris inside the elevator shaft, said Fire Marshal David Hickman. The smoke and flames continued flaring up until after 4:30 p.m.

Full story here.

Empty rates relief climbdown…?

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Government is considering performing another tax U-turn, just weeks
after its humiliating climb-down over the 10p tax rate.

Growing evidence of the disastrous side effects of the removal of empty property rates relief on commercial buildings has led members of the Government to reveal privately they are already considering reintroducing the relief.

Full story here.

Keltbray preparatory works at Willington…

UK contractor Keltbray has successfully completed works involving the dismantling and removal of concrete pack support structures at the former Willington A Cooling Tower in Derbyshire. One of five remaining towers, the 91 metre high structure measures some 66 metre diameter at the base.

A full report on this impressive contract is scheduled to appear in the Winter edition of Demolition & Dismantling magazine.