Six high rises residential housing building in Glasgow, Scotland were demolished recently with several thousand pounds of explosives, but, just like a championship boxer, a couple of them refused to go down.
The Red Road flats, built in the 1960’s and, at the point, among the tallest buildings in Glasgow, was originally comprised of 8 total buildings. The first of the 8 towers to be demolished was in 2012 and the second came shortly after in 2013. Over the past few decades, the flats had deteriorated and had become a hotbed of crime and drug use.
After two of the towers did not completely crumble in the demolition, the Glasgow Housing Association apologized to nearby residents and announced an official review would take place. One building that remained standing left 11 stories to be demolished and the other left 13 stories. Officials believe the clean up after the demolitions will take an additional two years to complete.
Red Road Flats Demolition Video
The first video below, uploaded by Green hand gang, has some NSFW language at the 9 second mark, so beware.
Slow Motion View
This second video, uploaded by Press Association, shows a different view of the demolition in slow motion
2012 Red Road Flat Demolition
The video below, by westendpoet, shows the first building of the Red Road Flats that was demolished in 2012.
2013 Red Road Flat Demolition
This final video, by VideoVulcan, shows the 2013 demolition of the second Red Road flats high rise.
Completed in 1976, the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada held the record for the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1975-2007, until it was supplanted by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. At its highest point, the CN Tower, which is mainly used as a communications and observation tower, reaches 1,815.4 feet (533.33m). Last year, the tower underwent a $16 million renovation and Priestly Demolition shared a fascinating, in-depth video for how they took care of the demolition of the interior space and walls.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.
There are a lot of different specialty construction contracting sectors within the industry and cruise ships are definitely one of them. There are plenty of unique challenges when dealing with a moving ship versus a static building. A recent accident highlighted the challenges when a crane collapsed on a cruise ship under renovations, injuring 8 people.
Demolitions by implosion can be fun to watch when they go right – or wrong – but nearby residents can be greatly affected by the high powered blasts and huge clouds of debris that follow. A few years ago, a botched demolition in England left dozens of nearby residents unable to return to their homes for several days. Last week, an obsolete Steel Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia is leaving residents in a similar situation.
Over the years, Liebherr, the German Crane Manufacturer, has given us some absolutely amazing videos. For example, they put on a show for their best customers one year and lifted one crane with another crane, which was lifted by a third crane, which was then lifted by a fourth crane. Another video highlighted the 58 cranes that were on site at the same time at the world’s largest airport build in Istanbul. Well, the company is back at it again, this time on top of Europe’s new tallest building.
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
The Smithsonian channel is airing a series of shows titled America in Color, in which they enhance lost or forgotten video footage of the 1900s, beginning with the 1920s. Part of the first episode in the series shows the men that worked on skyscrapers in New York City and it’s been edited to show color, as opposed to black and white, for the first time.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.