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James

UK’s biggest demolition machine set for Glasgow

UK’s biggest demolition machine set for Glasgow (© Evening Times)



The largest demolition machine in the UK is on its way to Glasgow to bring down
high flats in Ibrox.


The tallest mobile ultra-high-reach machine will arrive early next week ahead
of the demolition of flats in Broomloan Court, which is set to take place soon.
The machine, which stands at 65 metres tall and weighs more than 200 tonnes,
will stretch higher than 14 double-decker buses placed on top of each other.

It is being transported by three low-loaders from Birmingham to the Glasgow
Housing Association flats, where the three parts to the machine will be assembled.
Three blocks of flats at 5, 17 and 29 Broomloan Court have been earmarked
for demolition following an extensive consultation with residents through Clydeview
Housing Partnership Local Housing Organisation, which manages homes in the
area on behalf of GHA.

In total, 285 flats will be brought down during the demolition, which is expected
to last for around nine weeks. Each block is 21 storeys high and contains 95
flats. A decision was taken by GHA in February 2006 to demolish and clear the
three blocks following a decline in demand and high investment and running costs.
No final decision has been reached on the future use of the site.

Despite the site being bordered by a rail line, the M8 motorway and roads,
there are no plans for road closures or diversions.

Karen Thomas, of Clydeview Housing Partnership LHO, said: “The demolition
of the multi-storey blocks marks another step forward in our ongoing regeneration
of the East Govan and Ibrox areas. The area has already benefited from the
demolition of more than 400 tenements, with 600 tenants being rehoused – the
vast majority to either improved GHA homes or new-builds.”

Residents have been kept informed of developments through public meetings
and news-letters. The tenants who lived in the multi-storeys have been rehoused
within Clydeview LHO and neighbouring Mosspark LHO.

Jim Sneddon, GHA’s executive director of regeneration, said: “The demolition
of the blocks is a further sign of GHA’s commitment to playing a major part
in changing the face of Glasgow and delivering social housing fit for the 21st
century.”

GHA has appointed Coleman & Co as contractors for the demolition, a firm it
has worked with on many demolitions, including the high-rise flats at Shawbridge
Street, Pollokshields.

Paul Mayo, of Coleman & Co, said: “The key objective for this project is to
ensure the demolition takes place as safely as possible. The success of projects
like this depends on meticulous planning and teamwork. The co-operation within
the project team has been excellent.”



James H
maximusmop

read that today, went down to the site a few weeks ago and was told they woud not be blown down due to the gassworks proximity and the petrol station, have to set up a time lapse camera!  
Stuball

Re: UK’s biggest demolition machine set for Glasgow

james73 wrote:
Residents have been kept informed of developments through public meetings
and news-letters.


Umm.... no they haven't....
LowLight

Quote:
will stretch higher than 14 double-decker buses placed on top of each other


Thank fcuk for the Evening Times or I'd never be able to imagine 65m in height without thinking of 14 double decker buses on top of each other.

Just say the height. We know what 65 metres is.
cybers

LowLight wrote:
Quote:
will stretch higher than 14 double-decker buses placed on top of each other


Thank fcuk for the Evening Times or I'd never be able to imagine 65m in height without thinking of 14 double decker buses on top of each other.

Just say the height. We know what 65 metres is.


Think the statement is aimed at their usual readers educational properties rather than serving any functional purpose to the already educated.
Doorstop

What's 65 metres in cubits then?
cybers

142.17
norrie

So there will be no big bang, bummer

Bye for now, norrie
AlanM

should make for an interesting time lapse series - the building of the machine, then the demolition and then bringing the machine down again.
Stuball

Demolition started this morning and looks like it won't take them long. By the time I'd nipped round Asda, they'd stripped off 5 or 6 stories from the southwest corner
norrie

Hi Stuball, I am assuming the building has already been stripped of all the fittings.
By that rate it should be a pile of rubble pretty soon
Bye for now, norrie
Stuball

The western block was stripped of it's windows a few weeks ago. The southern block has started to lose it's windows now
Stuball




Click on this on for full size in all the gory detail

norrie

Hi stuball, I am surprised the verandah glass has not been stripped out, any building thats were demolished in Gorbals had everything  removed, only the concrete structure stood.
Norfolk CT Gorbals, blocks 54 and 66 are being stripped as I type, July is being talked of for its demolition

Bye for now, norrie
James

It’s a highly skilled operation (© Evening Times)

Britain’s tallest demolition machine is hard at work in Ibrox.


The massive 213ft machine, which weighs more than 200 tonnes, has been
drafted in to demolish Glasgow Housing Association flats in Broomloan Court.
It had to be transported from Birmingham by three low-loaders and assembled
in sections before it began working yesterday.

At its tallest point, it stretches higher than 14 double-decker buses stacked
on top of each other. Bill Robinson works as an ultra-high-reach-machine operator
at Coleman and Company and has more than 12 years’ experience in the industry.

He said: “I’ve been working on similar machines for years, but every job presents
a challenge. However, the machine has been developed specifically for the
demolition of buildings such as this and I can’t wait to get started.”

Three 21-storey blocks made up of 285 flats at 5, 17 and 29 Broomloan Court,
will be demolished following extensive consultation with the local community.
No final decision has been reached on the future use of the site.

Despite the site being bordered by a rail line, the M8 motorway and local roads,
there are no plans for closures or diversions. The machine will demolish each
block down to the fifth floor before a smaller machine takes over to complete
the job to ground level.

Around 30,000 tonnes of rubble will be crushed, graded and recycled, to be used
as much as possible in the area.


James H
fastnet

From today.





tartan1

Cheerio!!

Having lived of the 17th floor of the building now coming down before moving to one of the other too it's finally nice to see them coming down. They were at their heydays in the mid to late 70's and early 80's but then started to fall apart, the council is partly to blame for the neglect but the sense of community that used to exist was getting lost as many of the first people to live there either died or moved away.

There is a group on facebook to share your comments
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo...hp?gid=101411816568450&ref=mf

Please keep the pictures coming, being 3000 miles away I can't witness this in person.. Cheers!
Stuball

Hi tartan1 and welcome to UG! Thanks for adding your own memories of the place. Rest assured, plenty of pictures coming as I live locally and can even see the top of the buildings (if I move a couple of feet to the right....)

I think yesterday was some sort of test as there has been no change from this angle
John

Stuball wrote:


I think yesterday was some sort of test as there has been no change from this angle


Stu, the demolition started on Monday, on Tuesday they commenced demolition again for around half an hour and i`m assuming the machine has suffered a breakdown as there has been nothing done since.
Stuball

cybers

Is it still at a standstill on that site Stu ?
Stuball

No, it's still going... just slowly. The high reach pulls a bit down in the morning and the JCBs spend the rest of the working day clearing the rubble
big soup

they can only pull down so much at a time ,there is a large gas main running threw the site so they dont want to damage it in any way by pulling to much down ,the more they pull down the more weight that is on the main.thats how it only works in the morning and a smaller machine clear up in the afternoon  
Stuball



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Doorstop

Stuball wrote:


That's simply tremendous .. they all are, but that one in particular.  
Stuball

Cheers man... theres a couple more on flickr. And no doubt I'll be round taking more photos as they progress. It's not often things like that happen round the corner :)
cybers

Fecking hell it must be some bang when that masonary hits the bottom...
Getting much sleep big man  

Great action capture  
womble

our view of the demolition site yesterday (30th June 2010)



Stuball

Um... don't know what you were looking at but whats with the smoke???
calamity

more coiming down.

jinty maginty

Stuball wrote:
Um... don't know what you were looking at but whats with the smoke???


was watching the big monster eating the flats when I saw the smoke starting to drift across the site so thought I would grab a pic but our wee camera cant zoom in close enough to see if it was a fire set by the demo crew or just a fire close to the site Stu.
The "skinny" block 2nd left is the one thats being chomped down. It's almost obscured by the smoke.
calamity

Doorstop wrote:
Stuball wrote:


That's simply tremendous .. they all are, but that one in particular.  
love this one..
Stuball



cybers

No starting a new thread for it ... thought there was a broomloan demo thread already but it seems to be an in the news post...


Demolition by David C Laurie, on Flickr
Lone Groover



Lone Groover

cybers wrote:
No starting a new thread for it ... thought there was a broomloan demo thread already but it seems to be an in the news post...




More than a bit intimidated by that pic Cybers.  My poor 1/4 watt brain just can't take it all in ! ! !
Doorstop

It is mondo monster cool, isn't it.

Très Bon.  
cybers

Lone Groover wrote:
cybers wrote:
No starting a new thread for it ... thought there was a broomloan demo thread already but it seems to be an in the news post...




More than a bit intimidated by that pic Cybers.  My poor 1/4 watt brain just can't take it all in ! ! !


If you were round kinning park yesterday sir i am surprised we never bumped lenses...

though i was in and out more on a out mission than hitting anything of value ... most images were stored on my phone as possibles for later...

Might need to be calling in that raincheck soon  
cybers


BOOM !!! by David C Laurie, on Flickr
max stafford

Jings...!

Dave.
Stuball

max stafford wrote:
Jings...!

Dave.


Crivvens!
cybers

Help ma boab...

When did we move to Dundee and mer important wheres Daphne
Stuball

cybers wrote:

When did we move to Dundee


You mean they wurnae fae Auchenshugle?
cybers

nah that wiz you ... try n keep up lol

First edition Broons came from Auchentogle up near Stoorie Brae it was only later that they kinda transported mysteriously to Auchenshugle and the dundonians went mad !!!

They never had far to go  
max stafford

When I was a wee boy, I was convinced Oor Wullie was from Auchinairn!  
To the extent that the fields between Wallacewell Road and Robroyston I called Prannie Hill!

Dave.
Lone Groover

cybers wrote:



In the footsteps of.....






ChasR

Lone Groover wrote:
cybers wrote:



In the footsteps of.....









Third photo is spooky... Great effects
fastnet

Lone Groover wrote:




Lucy in the sky comes to mind.

Fantastic shot......
Vulcan

Glasgow, and demolition

i seen a similar demolition of a huge building, check this company out they had a huge machine too on a site in England,
http://www.vulcandemolition.co.uk...high-reach-demolition-birmingham/
wombatrock

Stuball

Not very good spam....

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