Last year, we shared a video of 6 Scottish high rise buildings that were imploded simultaneously, which was one of our favorite demolition videos of 2015. The problem, however, was that only 4 of them actually fell completely, causing delays as crews had to use high reach machinery to complete the job.
When the Red Roads high rise residential flats were built in the 1960s, they were actually the tallest of their kind in Europe. After a few decades of deterioration, the buildings had to be removed and they put on quite the show doing so. If you haven’t seen it before, you can check out the video, uploaded to Youtube by Green hand gang, below (NSFW language at 9 second mark):
As you can see, two of the buildings failed to fall, one still standing 11 stories high and the other standing 13 stories high. After months of investigation into the failure, the cause has finally been determined. According to BBC News, the main issue was the inconsistencies in construction records. Safedem, the demolition contractor, noted in the report that the 50 year old drawings stated the steel inside the buildings was considerably smaller than what had actually been installed, causing them to underestimate the “robustness” of the building. The report also states that “Safedem had carried out detailed surveys and noted a number of discrepancies between the surveyed buildings and the design drawings and therefore appear to have followed good practice.” Because of the discovery of discrepancies, the agency that completed the report also explained that the company could have done more to err on the side of caution, especially with regards to pre-weakening the structures.
The clearing of the site is still set to be complete on schedule in 2017.
Full story: Glasgow's Red Road tower blocks 'too tough' for blast demolition | BBC
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.