Monday, March 26, 2012

News: Ron Hull work fast to bring down Crinoline House


Rotherham experts, Ron Hull Demolition, has completed the project to tear down Crinoline House in Rotherham town centre in a race against time.

Because the work required the closure of both lanes of the town's busy Centenary Way, the specialist demolition team was allowed a window of just 35 hours to bring down the seven-storey former home of the Rotherham Borough Council's Social Services department.

The team began work at 7am on Saturday evening and operated round the clock to ensure that the road was re-opened at 6am on Monday morning.

David Wall, contracts director with Ron Hull Demolition, said: "Preparatory work has been underway for several weeks.

"The building is a seven-storey, eighty feet high, reinforced concrete structure. We brought it down by what's known in the business as progressive fragmentation, which is to say a top down demolition breaking up the concrete and cutting the steel as we go.

"In addition to all our own machines and equipment, we brought in two specialist long-reach demolition machines from the London area to help with the operation."

The former council offices were built in the early 1970s and were vacated in 2010.

The demolition was brought forward as the empty building had been a target for antisocial behaviour.

Anglo-Dutch developer, TCN is purchasing the council's 22,000 sq m Civic Site for £7m with Rotherham Council staff relocating to new offices, Riverside House on Main Street.

Plans have been submitted for a Tesco Extra store on the site of the Civic Building, Central Library and Norfolk House, plus a petrol filling station on the site of Crinoline House.

The majority of the demolished building will be recycled, with no waste going to landfill.

David explained: "In terms of a green operation, it is about as good as it gets. The concrete and brick rubble from the demolition will be crushed on the site in the coming days and used as hardcore.

"Meanwhile steel, wood and other materials will be moved to Mangham 80, the firm's multi-million pounds new recycling centre, which is just a mile and a half away."

The recently opened centre is one of the most advanced facilities of its type in the country.

Ron Hull Demolition website

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