Concrete, even though it’s the world’s most commonly used building materials, is not very appealing to the eye. Neither are parking garages. That’s why people spend so much money covering them up. So, when exposed concrete and a parking garage are combined, it’s a double whammy of boring and ugly. That’s what makes this particular demolition so much more enjoyable.
The Cow Green Multi-Storey Car Park was located in Halifax, which is located in West Yorkshire, UK. It stood prominently in the city since the 1970s, but, according to ITV News, it was closed three years ago after it failed a structural inspection.
The video below, uploaded by the Calderdale Council, shows the rough condition of the interior of the parking garage, followed by the implosion. In it, you’ll see black tarps covering the bottom 3 stories of the garage, which was used to catch a lot of the debris after the explosions. The building was successfully demolished into a cloud of dust, while simultaneously setting off a few car alarms.
Last July, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that undergoing a demolition suddenly fell, amid odd circumstances, and flying debris fatally injured one of the contractor’s project managers. Now, the family of the man killed is filing lawsuits against all parties involved with the demolition, calling it “illegal” and “reckless.”
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.
JPMorgan Chase announced their intentions to tear down their existing 52-story headquarters in Manhattan, New York City early last year. When the demolition is complete, it is widely believed that it will be the tallest building ever to be voluntarily demolished. It’s speculated that the building will be dismantled floor-by-floor, as opposed to imploded, due to obvious safety concerns.
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.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.