Awards Shortlist – Industrial Demolition

16 October 2017

Judges: Patrick Frye, Cardem, France; Bill Moore, ERM, USA; John Woodward, C&D Consultancy, UK

DDM Demontage (Netherlands)


DDM Demontage demolished two cooling towers for Shell Deutschland Oil

ProjectDeconstruction of two Hyperboloid Steel Cooling Towers

Client – Shell Deutschland Oil

Due to technological innovation, the two 72 m (236 ft) high hyperboloid cooling towers became redundant and needed to be removed. The cooling towers were constructed from external steel skeleton structures with asbestos cement sheeting on the inside. Since the 1950s the towers had been completely surrounded on all sides.

Extensive comprehensive planning and engineering by both the client and DDM resulted in both an innovative and safe plan of works

Delsan-AIM (Canada)

ProjectDemolition of former Abitibi Bowater Pulp and Paper Plant

Client – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Delsan-AIM entered into a contract with the government of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) to undertake the decommissioning and demolition of a former paper mill at Grand Falls – Windsor, NL. A hydroelectric generating facility, that was part of the mill operations, remained in-service during the course of the project. All work was performed safely, with no health and safety issues and in collaboration with the client, the hydroelectric generating station and the community.

Erith Contractors (United Kingdom)

ProjectBMS Site Transformation Demolition Project

Client – Bristol-Myers Squibb

This project saw Erith demolish a bulk pharmaceutical manufacturing plant for its client, BMS, to pave the way for one of the largest construction projects in Ireland – the construction of a state-of-the-art facility for manufacturing two brand new and ground-breaking drugs to treat cancer.

The project brought with it the challenge of safely disposing of around 650 t of hazardous chemical and pharmaceutical waste.

Raz-Max (Russia)

Project – Demolition of “Vostochny Mine’s Boiler House and Fuel Oil Facility”

Client – FosAgro Group

This project was technically complicated due to site-specific hazards, site density and the need to ensure the facility’s continuous operation.

Ambient temperatures varied from -28°C to 11.3°C. For 70% of the project time, temperatures dropped to zero necessitating the adaptation of equipment and infrastructure to extreme weather conditions. Other issues were underground cavities, tunnels and utilities in the main building, and densely built-up areas and ongoing operations at the site making it difficult to carry out explosion-assisted demolition (primarily stacks).

The World Demolition Awards are part of the World Demolition Summit, which takes place in London, UK on Thursday November 2. The event is organised by Demolition & Recycling International in co-operation with the European Demolition Association and with the support of the National Demolition Association of the USA. The headline sponsor is Volvo Construction Equipment.

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