Demolition contractor Despe has demolished 3000 cubic metres (cu m) of reinforced concrete in just two days at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium in Bergamo, Italy.

The Italy-based company used seven excavators to complete the works in record time - eight days ahead of schedule - as part of renovations to the stadium’s North Stand.

The first stage of the works saw Despe demolish a total of 6,000 cu m of reinforced concrete in three weeks. Equal to 10,000 tonnes, the concrete was then loaded onto vehicles and taken to a recycling centre.

Despe also excavated a further 20,000 cu m for new foundations to be constructed.

Home to the Atalanta football team and also known as the Gewiss Stadium, it was originally built in 1927 with a seating capacity of around 12,000. Due for completion in 2020, the current redevelopment works are anticipated to increase capacity to 24,000 seats.

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