Awards shortlist: Industrial

13 September 2018

Brandenburg Industrial Service Company

Country USA

Project Bannister Federal Complex

Client Bannister Transformation & Development

Bannister Federal Complex, formally a United States federal government property located in South Kansas City, Missouri, manufactured military aircraft engines during the Second World War and was later used to produce non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons for the National Nuclear Security Association. This 125 ha (310 acre) complex consisted of 10 buildings. Interiors of the complex were contaminated with asbestos, beryllium, lead-based paint and PCBs.


Country Italy

Project Former Stefana Steelworks

Client Esselunga

Industrial Despe web


This large steel mill in Ospitaletto, northern Italy, went bankrupt and was purchased at auction by a very well-known supermarket chain, Esselung, which promised to take care of the demolition with zero environmental impact.

Despe won the tender because it offered an absolute guarantee that there would be zero environmental impact and promised to carry out the job with minute precision and the utmost care. The request was to demolish 940,000 sq m (10.1 million sq ft) in only six months.

Jet Demolition

Country South Africa

Project Duvha Boiler 3 demolition

Client Eskom Holdings

Industrial Jet web index


Unit 3 boiler at electricity utility Eskom’s 3,600 MW Duvha Power Station in Mpumalanga experienced an over-pressurisation event, resulting in irreparable damage to the boiler structure and associated equipment. The contract for demolition of the coal-fired boiler and ancillary equipment was awarded to Jet Demolition with the key requirements being safe, controlled and rapid removal of the damaged 600 MW boiler to facilitate later replacement.

Liberty Industrial

Country Australia

Project Port Kembla Coal Terminal Stacker and Reclaimer Demolition

Industrial Liberty web


Liberty Industrial carried out the demolition of a coal stacker and reclaimer at Port Kembla to make way for new machinery as part of a broader terminal restoration project.

Normally, for a demolition of this nature, a complete shutdown of key operational assets, such as coal conveyors, bunkers, and ship loaders, would have been required.

Liberty developed a demolition methodology that enabled all preparatory works to be carried out without disruption to the coal terminal’s operations, keeping shutdowns to a minimum.


Demolition & Recycling International wishes to thank all the awards judges for their time and effort analysing this year’s entries. Look out for a feature on them in the September-October issue of D&Ri

The World Demolition Awards are part of the World Demolition Summit, which is organised in cooperation with the European Demolition Association and with the support of the National Demolition Association of the USA. Headline sponsor is Volvo Construction Equipment.

The awards ceremony takes place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday 8 November. For more details please visit

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