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Petrochemical Demolition  
We have a wide range of experience and a good track record for successfully delivering projects on time, without incident and within budget for this safety and environmentally demanding sector.
This vast industrial sphere ranges from downstream; on and off shore drilling and exploration through transport and refining, to the upstream activities of distribution and sales of finished products.

Experience:
We have experience in all sectors having worked on projects such as platform recovery and dismantling, major production plant demolitions in refineries, the demolition and remediation of disaster and accident sites right down to filling station forecourt disinvestments.

Our clients are major multinational corporations who have extremely high expectations of their suppliers and our ability to keep and grow our presence in this sector is proof of our quality and capability.

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Shell UK Ltd
Stanlow Manufacturing Complex
South Wirral, UK
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Demolition and site clearance of 17
production facilities and plant areas within a live oil refining complex.
Summary:
Working alongside the client's engineers and the CDM Coordinators we designed, implemented, managed and completed the entire works package from start to finish.
Initial Site Works:
Surveying for hazards and protective works.
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The entire demolition and removal of the plant which was in the centre of an operational oil refinery.
The entire project was delivered on time and within budget without any health, safety or environmental incidents.
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BASF Ltd.
Seal Sands Manufacturing Complex, Teesside
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Demolition and site clearance of 3 major production plants areas within a live chemical manufacturing complex.
Summary:
Working alongside the client's engineers and the CDM Coordinators we designed, implemented, managed and completed the entire works package from start to finish.
Initial Site Works:
Surveying for hazards and protective works.
Further Works:
The entire demolition and removal of the plant which was in the centre of an operational petrochemicals complex.
The entire project was delivered on time and within budget without any health, safety or environmental incident.
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Celanese
£650,000
Warrington, England
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Full plant demolition within live chemical works.
Activities Continued:
Full plant demolition within live chemical works, high level demolition using 'high reach' excavators. Dismantling of sections of plant - reactors and storage tanks, complete tank farm demolition and full site land remediation.
Notifiable asbestos removal, removal of pipes from live pipe track, demolition and dismantling of over 3000 tons of scrap metals, recycling of over 2000 tons of concrete and hardcore.
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Nuclear Decommissioning and Demolition  
We are part of an exclusive group of contractors that have been entrusted to work in the nuclear industry.

We have gained a wide range of experience and an excellent record of delivering projects on time, without incident and under budget. In a sector with unique environmental, safety and security challenges this is no small feat.

The projects we have been involved in include Power Stations, Manufacturing Plants, Reprocessing Plants and Military Facilities.

Our experience with the extremely high levels of security within these sites is invaluable. We have security cleared management and personnel available whenever required.

Our working experience covers:
Demolition and dismantling, decommissioning, management, sentencing and consignment of radiological waste, asbestos removal and site remediation.

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UKAEA
£200,000
Windscale, Sellafield, Cumbria
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Demolition of a brick and concrete building underneath and adjacent to a pile stack.
Summary:
The project was difficult as the limited access was through the separation fence.

Initial Site Works:
The roof coverings and gutters were removed and consigned as low level waste.

Further Works:
Demolition works and the removal of waste generated had to be done using small items of plant and equipment due to the restricted access.
The recycling rate of the demolition of the building was 100%. Safety and Environmental controls were a major concern for the client.
The entire project was delivered on time and within budget without any health, safety or environmental incidents.
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Demolition of B100
Sellafield Ltd
£200,000
Capenhurst, Chester
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Dismantling and demolition of a building inside a nuclear barrier, including the management and segregation of waste.
Summary:
The project was difficult as the limited access was through the seperation barrier.

Initial Site Works:
Asbestos was discovered and removed. Radiological contaminated wastes were mechanically sorted, size reduced and placed into containers with our own specialised plant and machinery. Containers were sealed and loaded into clients containers for disposal.

Further Works:
Dismantling and demolition of the building had to be done using small items of plant and equipment due to the restricted access.
Safety and environmental controls were a major concern for the client. The entire project was delivered on time and within budget without any health, safety or environmental incidents.
Industrial Demolition  
We look to constantly improve and seek innovative ideas and solutions to manage problems associated with demolition in the industrial environment.

We have over 50 years’ experience of working for leading companies in industry, and most of our work is repeat business.
Projects:
We specialise in complex projects in challenging environments such as Power Stations, Cement Works, Auto Plants, Pharmaceutical manufacturing and Food production. Working inside live environments and around vital infrastructure is a regular feature of our work and we have a good track record for designing and implementing plans and methods that reduce and remove the risks.
Our specialist fleet plant, equipment and our fully trained workforce give us the capability and flexibility to tackle any project.
We are exceptionally proud of our excellent Health & Safety record.

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Hanson Cement
£1,350,000
Padeswood Works, North Wales
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Enabling Works, Asbestos Removal, Demolition of Extremely Heavy Process Plant, Dismantling of High Level Plant Structures, Remediation.
Summary:
Working alongside the client's engineers and the CDM Coordinators we designed, implemented, managed and completed the entire works package from start to finish.

Initial Site Works:
The removal under controlled conditions of high level notifiable asbestos.

Further Works:
The entire demolition and removal of the plant which was in the centre of an operational cement works.
We implemented a highly successful dust management and abatement program. This was of paramount importance to the client due to the Environmental Agency placing severe controls on site.
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Hanson Cement
£650,000
Clitheroe Works, Lancashire
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Asbestos Removal, Demolition of Extremely Heavy Process Plant, Dismantling of High Level Plant Structures and Remediation.
Summary:
Working alongside the client's engineers and the CDM Coordinators we designed, implemented, managed and completed the entire works package from start to finish.

Initial Site Works:
Separating the kilns from the other site infrastructure to prepare them for demolition.

Further Works:
The entire demolition and removal of two wet kilns which were in the centre of an operational cement works.
Our successful dust management and abatement program was of major importance to the client as the site had severe controls placed on it by the Environment Agency.
Asbestos Management & Removal Services  
We are members of ARCA, and offer a full Asbestos management and Abatement service.

We are qualified and insured to provide advice and ongoing management of asbestos in client's buildings and property.
Asbestos Surveying & Disposal:
We also carry out full surveying services, right up to type 3 pre demolition, intrusive surveys. These are done in house, by our own trained and qualified surveyors.
Our removal experience ranges from power stations with vast amounts of lagged pipe work, down to individual properties with simple AIB fireproofing boards. The removal works are carried out by our own directly employed workforce using our own equipment and plant. The disposal is managed by us as licensed waste carriers, utilising our own vehicles and skips.
That aside, the same amount of care and best practice is applied to the removal of a single AIB board in a domestic property.

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Brunner Mond
£500,000
Winnington Works, Northwich
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Asbestos Removal to enable the Power Station Demolition via Explosives.
Summary:
The Asbestos Removal on this project was driven by the programme for the blowdown, which could happen on the plants only stand down day of the year.

Initial Site Works:
The amount and challenging locations of lagged pipes required intelligent planning.

Further Works:
During the initial phase the more accessible pipes were stripped in situ.
The solution for the remainder, make use of glove bags forming breaks in the pipe work. The sections were wrapped, cut and lowered to the ground using cranes. The cut sections were removed from the building to free standing asbestos stripping enclosures. The stripping generated 190 tons of Asbestos waste, a vast reduction compared with the weight and cost of tipping the un-stripped pipes.
The works took 8,640 Man hours and were completed on time, to cost and without incident.
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GrowHow
£300,000
Ince Works, Cheshire
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Stripping of lagged pipe work around high temperature steam pipes, and subsequent removal of redundant pipeline.
Summary:
The Asbestos project situated in and above a live stream main on the ammonia plant at GrowHow UK Ltd. The project was divided into 2 phases.

Initial Site Works:
The amount and challenging locations of lagged pipes required a well planned solution.

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Accessing the working area was via extensive scaffold platforms. Other live steam mains were in the enclosure which meant serious consideration had to be given to the internal temperature. Operatives were supplied with specialised cooling vests which were kept in refrigerators before use. Where the 1000 gauge polythene used to form the enclosures came into contact with the live steam lines, the pipes were overwrapped with thermal insulation blankets to protect the polythene.
Our engineered solutions to the clients specific problems, and previous track record, were a major factor in the client selecting us.
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects  
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) are major infrastructure developments such as power plants, sporting arenas, large renewable energy projects, new airports or airport extensions or major road and rail projects. Demolition is a key feature of NSIP as these projects frequently take place in the built environment. Due to social and economic needs changing, we are ideally suited to show innovative technology and solutions.
We have participated in a variety of projects of regional and national significance. Our experience ranges from demolishing bridges after road or rail upgrades, to dismantling and demolishing power plants that are outdated.

Notable projects we have worked on include:
- Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport
- The West Coast railway line modernisation
- Various Nuclear facilities

We are actively involved in the nuclear regeneration sector.


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Terminal 5 Enabling Works, Demolition of Perry Oaks fuel storage facility
AMEC Construction
£550,000
Airside, London Heathrow Airport
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Summary:
Working alongside the Amec's engineers and the Terminal 5 team, we designed a method of work to meet the Heathrow Airports' strict requirements for security and safety, health and environmental compliance.

Initial Site Works:
Aircraft were taxiing to and from runways only meters away from the site boundary fence, so the control of dust or other demolition debris that could cause "foreign object damage" to the aircraft was a major concern for the client. We were able to design methods and control measures to completely control the situation and alleviate their concerns.

Further Works:
Site levelling and preparation works.
Regeneration  
Regeneration is a term that is used to describe the renewal of Urban, Commercial and Industrial areas and facilities. As a UK leading demolition contractor we play a vital role in removing old and unwanted buildings and facilities to make way for new ones.

Residential Areas:
From the terraced slum clearance programs of the 60's to the demolition of the tower blocks that were built to replace them more recently, we have plenty of experience of delivering for the residential sector.

Commercial Areas and Buildings:
Changes in demographics and expectations have led to the development of out of town shopping centres and commercial zones.
These are often built on former industrial sites, and our specialist knowledge of this sector often gives us advantages over less experienced competitors
Industrial Sites:
In the industrial sector Regeneration is a regular requirement as technologies and processes evolve. Factories and manufacturing sites need to be reconfigured to change production. Our experience in this sector is probably unmatched in the UK. From Car Plants to Chemical Works, Food Factories to Military Complexes, given our 50 plus year history we have literally done it all!
Explosive Demolition  
The use of explosives in demolition can be traced back to 1773.
The development of high powered plastic explosives and modern detonation equipment has changed the practice considerably.

The use of guesswork with too many or too few explosives and the resulting consequences is firmly in the past. We are proud to offer this service with an excellent record for safety and reliability.
Methods:
Explosive demolition methods are generally used to bring very high or heavy structures down to ground level, by implosion or felling.
We have the capability both in house and by the appointment of external specialists to procure and deliver explosive demolition solutions.
We keep abreast of the latest developments and techniques by having our engineers regularly attend industry conferences and seminars.
We have worked with and know most of the industries specialist explosive engineers and associated consultants.

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Brunner Mond
£1,500,000
Northwich, Cheshire, England
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ACTIVITIES: Isolation of the Power Station, removal of connecting pipe-bridges, dismantling and removal of main electrical generators from inside, section stripping, dismantling and removal of all asbestos lagged pipe-work.
Separation by demolition of the Power Station from the electrical control building. Protecting a live 11Kv sub-station, 3 meters away from the Power Station boiler house. Structural pre-weakening of the boiler house.
Dismantling  
We have offered industrial dismantling services for over fifty years. During this time, we have carried out many major and small scale projects. Dismantling:
Dismantling is a key part of works we undertake, be it either as a standalone project to recover valuable plant and equipment from a demolition zone, or as a way of separating and segregating buildings and structures.

We have a strong in house engineering team who can design the dismantling sequences, method and implement the works into a project.

Our engineers produce CAD drawings, berthing plans and lifting studies in-house.

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80t Refuelling Crane Dismantling
Babcock Marine / Mammoet
£550,000
Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth
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Dismantle a 1450t Nuclear Refuelling crane on quayside within a nuclear installation.
Summary:
Working alongside the Mammoet's engineers and the Babcock team we designed a method of work to meet the dockyards strict requirements for programme and SHE compliance.

Initial Site Works:
Surveying for hazards such as asbestos, lead contamination and PCB's.

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Environmental controls were also a major concern for the client, prior to J. Bryan commencing on site. J. Bryan placed various control measures in to place upon discussions with the client to prevent pollution from entering the Devonport Dock. The entire project was delivered on time and within budget without any health, safety or environmental incidents.
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Removal of Power Station B Link Bridge
Brunner Mond
£250,000
Winnington Works, Cheshire
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The bridge was safely dismantled and removed from an occupied site.
The client had strict requirements for programme and SHE complience.

Initial Site Works:
Live local services and infrastructure remained within the demolition area.
The management of the protection of these services was imperative as damage could shut the entire factory down.

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The completion of this project allowed for the commencement of demolition on Power Station B on the same site.
The entire project was delivered on time and within budget without any health, safety or environmental incidents.
Environmental Remediation  
Generally we are dealing with the legacy of the industrial past.

Our environmental remediation work deals with the removal of pollution and contaminants from environmental media such as soil, groundwater, sediment or surface water. Our work can range from the general protection of human health and the environment to getting a Brownfield site ready for re-development.

The traditional remediation approach was primarily landfill "Dig and Dump" and groundwater "Pump and Treat". Modern methods are far less intrusive and deliver superior results by treating environmental issues in-situ.

The treatment of environmental problems through biological means is known as bioremediation. By using bacteria, plants or fungi we are able to offer a range of solutions. This allows us to mitigate environmental problems in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound way.
Scrap Metal Recovery & Recycling  
We have over 50 years’ experience in the recovery and recycling of scrap metals.
We are trusted to provide these services by major Blue Chip international companies.
We can provide financial solutions that track the commodities markets, and thus protect our client's financial interests.
We are able to provide a complete service, from valuation and identification of materials using our own analytical testing equipment, through loading and transportation to ultimate processing and recycling.
We operate modern roll on-off trucks with over 200 skips and also have specialised materials handler cranes and low loaders to lift and move outsized equipment.
Our modern processing works has the latest recycling machinery and is fully licensed with the Environmental Agency and the local authority.



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Project Tiger
Ineos
£1,500,000
Rocksavage Works Runcorn
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Summary:
This was a major plant revamp project, removing high value plant, equipment and recoverable scrap metal.

Initial Site Works:
Dismantling and Demolition of sections of a chemical plant.

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Safety and Environmental controls were a major concern for the client. The entire project was delivered on time and within budget without any health, safety or environmental incidents. We dismantled, removed and sold on the clients behalf over £400,000 of high value nickel based plant items and scrap, reimbursing the client against a market trading index.

Process Equipment removed included:
Tanks; Vessels; Heat Exchangers; Reactors; Pumps; Columns; Pipe-work.
Waste Management  
Waste management is not just effective recycling, it is the key to efficient working sites, and is one of our core strengths.
We can improve waste management strategies through innovation and the application of technology.
Waste Management:
We develop specific strategies and control systems that will comply with all legislation and codes of practice. The control systems are auditable and offer the client and any relevant statutory bodies the opportunity to view the processes from cradle to grave.
We produce Site Waste Management Plans which enable a 98% recycling rate of materials produced through demolition, thus minimising the impact on landfill. We hold ISO14001 Environmental Management Accreditation and own a fleet of Hook Lift wagons and 200 industrial skips.
We own a fleet of dedicated specialised loading machinery, which are used to fill the skips.
This commitment goes beyond standards established within our own industry, but in UK industry generally.

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Demolition & Remediation of Buncefield Oil Depot
HOSL, AMEC
£2,500,000
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
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Waste management from an oil storage terminal, following demolition due to a major explosion and the largest fire in Europe since World War II.

Summary:
All scrap metal on the site was contaminated with by chemicals used in the fire-fighting foam. These substances have a negative environmental impact, so a waste management strategy that would alleviate this, was designed by J. Bryan.

Initial Site Works:
Trials determined that the contaminants were destroyed by incineration above 1000°C. We established that the nearest steel mill had an electric arc furnace that reached 1100°C on its third charge. All relevant permissions and licences were obtained, in order that the contaminated metals could be transported from the disaster site to the steelworks.
Decommissioning and Decontamination  
Client Perspective:
Our clients know and understand their manufacturing and production plants. When the decision has been made to close a facility, the client may be entering into unchartered territory.

They need to know:
What condition should the facility and equipment be left in?
What level of information may be required by the project managers?
How to select an experienced contractor to safely undertake the work?

Where we can help:
We, at J. Bryan, are experienced in the safe decommissioning and decontamination of many sites including Nuclear, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical Facilities.
We have the capability to work offshore and in security sensitive instillations, both nationally and overseas.
We have the in-house experience to advise and assist our clients of the optimum strategy. We reduce and remove risk with our carefully planned strategies.

Our services encompass:
Planning the works. Preparatory activities, to bring their facilities to a known condition.
Managing and confidently undertaking the decommissioning and decontamination activities.
Our robust quality assurance systems and diligent record keeping, give clients confidence of satisfying their organisations and regulatory standards.

We provide risk reducing, cost effective solutions, through experience and innovation.
Welcome  
J. Bryan is a reputable family owned company that has been established since 1st April 1960. We operate on a National and European basis and have a firm commitment to all clients.

We work rigorously to ensure the highest quality service to meet individual project specification and ensure that our clients receive true satisfaction and value for money.

Health, safety and environmental considerations govern our approach to everything we do. We provide ongoing vocational and safety training which we believe creates a safe working environment for all employees. We operate our own large fleet of the latest plant, equipment, machinery and attachments which give us the ability to undertake any size of project.

Backed by a wealth of experience, the J. Bryan management team has gained a reputation for the ability to provide clients with flexible, innovative and unique solutions that meets specific demolition, asbestos removal and site remediation project requirements.

Clients  
One of the best ways to judge a contracting company is to look at their clients.

Leading companies and organisations understand the need to have a supplier who supports their values and enhances their reputation while providing exceptional value for money. They choose their suppliers very carefully and the process is extremely robust.

At J. Bryan we understand the importance of reputation and reliability. We work with leading companies with the goals of upholding their status and providing outstanding service.

We deliver to every client unmatched project success, regardless of size, scale or scope. We highly value our client base and we are proud that our clients use us time and time again.
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J. Bryan are members of the following organisations:
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The National Federation of Demolition Contractors is the voice of the UK demolition industry.
www.demolition-nfdc.com
The National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) provides specific and relevant training.
www.ndtg.org
ARCA (Asbestos Removal Contractors Association) has been in operation for over 30 years.
www.arca.org.uk
British Safety Council is one of the world's leading health and safety organisations.
www.britsafe.org
CITB bring construction, the built environment and local government closer together.

www.citb.co.uk
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J. Bryan are accredited to the following standards:
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J. Bryan are licenced for/ as:

Asbestos Removal by the HSE

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J. Bryan
Pickerings Road, Halebank Industrial Estate
Halebank, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 8XW
Tel: 0151 424 3229 Fax: 0151 495 1927

Email: emailus@jbryan.co.uk
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J. Bryan
Pickerings Road, Halebank Industrial Estate
Halebank, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 8XW
Tel: 0151 424 3229 Fax: 0151 495 1927

Email: emailus@jbryan.co.uk

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Testimonials  
"I am writing to express my appreciation for the way that J. Bryan carried out the recent dismantling project at Seal Sands.
The project was completed safely, on time and to budget J. Bryans' contribution was a major component in this successful outcome.
Your team on-site worked closely with myself and the site team in a spirit of partnership and co-operation that helped to ensure a good working relationship with all parties throughout the execution and duration of the project".
Ken Norrie - Project Manager
BASF.
"Thank you for the excellent task you carried out on behalf of AMEC at Sellafield.
It is no mean feat as a contractor like ourselves to be included in this publication.
Please pass the info on to your staff and thanks again for a job well done safely".
Roy Bainbridge - HSSE Manager,
AMEC PPE
"The scope of work was carried out to a high standard, with a safe system of work being strictly adhered to at all times.
The work was completed within budget, within the overall programme and most important of all, without any safety incidents".
Ron Anderton - Contracts Manager, AMEC.
"I wish to convey our appreciation of your performance in dismantling and recycling the 80 ton Refuel Crane at Devonport.
I have received positive feedback from a number of stakeholders who also echo the professionalism of your staff".
Malcolm Smith - Special Projects Director,
Babcock Marine.
"I would like to place on record our appreciation of a job well done!
In difficult working conditions on a live plant and on what is a COMAH Top Tier Site".
Powys Thomas - Project Leader,
GrowHow UK Ltd.
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Asbestos: The Facts
Asbestos is a historic mineral known to be useful by many great civilisations including Egyptians, Ottomans and Romans to name but a few.
It is a naturally occurring mineral that was used because of its inherent properties for insulation.
Long taken to have detrimental effects on health, only in 1906 did we begin to face up to medical implications following the world's first officially documented asbestos-related death.

Medically there are various medical implications to asbestos exposure:
Diseases associated with asbestos are, Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Diffuse Pleural Thickening and Lung Cancer.
The proliferation of knowledge about the dangers throughout the 20th century led to the eventual regulation of its use and through development of the Asbestos Removal industry.
Asbestos Raw
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Scrap Metals: The Facts
Metals recycling is a £5 billion UK industry, processing ferrous and non-ferrous metal scrap into vital secondary raw material for the smelting of new metals.
The industry employs over 8,000 people and makes a net contribution to UK balance of trade.
Worldwide, over 400 million tons of metal is recycled each year.
In 2005, 13 million tons of metal was recycled in the UK.
Around 40% of this was used in the UK and the remaining 60% exported worldwide.
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Demolition with Explosives: The Facts
One of the earliest documented attempts at building implosion was the 1773 razing the Holy Trinity Cathedral at Waterford, Ireland with 150 pounds of gunpowder, a huge amount of explosives at the time. The use of low velocity explosive produced a deafening explosion that instantly reduced the building to rubble.
In contrast, modern building implosion techniques utilise numerous small explosives, strategically placed within the structure. Nitroglycerin, dynamite, or other explosives are used to shatter reinforced concrete supports. Linear shaped charges are used to sever steel supports. These explosives are progressively detonated on supports throughout the structure.
Then, explosives on the lower floors initiate the controlled collapse. The technique weakens or removes critical supports so that the building can no longer withstand the force of gravity and falls under its own weight.
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Demolition Machinery Technology
When most people think of demolition they think of a big steel ball being swung by a crane into buildings.
Due to safety considerations and advances in technology, that method has thankfully been consigned to the history books.
Modern Hydraulic Excavators have been adapted by the manufacturers, from machines that dig holes into bespoke platforms that are designed for demolishing and loading. Attachments are manufactured which can cut steel and break concrete using the hydraulic power from the base machine.
Some machines are known as Robots, as they are operated by remote control, allowing the operators to work them from a safe location. Others can reach huge heights, thus eliminating the need for men risking danger.
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Waste Management and Recycling: The Facts
The Demolition Industry in the UK is a world leader in Waste Recycling.
In tonnage terms construction and demolition waste is the UK's largest waste stream, accounting for 90 million tons of material per year in England and Wales alone. NFDC contractors are averaging 90% recycling rates on projects, we are managing an impressive 98%.
Traditionally demolition contractors have recycled materials such as metals, timber, concrete, bricks and tiles. The leading contractors now also recycle plastics, plasterboard, glass, insulation materials and soils and vegetation.

These methods and processes help to:
Reduce waste disposal volumes and costs
Cut landfill tax payments
Potentially gain revenue from waste materials
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Demolition City 2:
For those of you that have never played the Demolition City game before, it is a strategic puzzle game, in which the object is to bring down buildings by strategically placing explosives throughout the buildings infrastructure.
Demolition Dude:
Help Bob in his quest to flatten the world! You are a demolition man. Destroy buildings with your head. And yes, do not try this at home...
Demolition City:
Place dynamite on the concrete pieces to reduce each building to a pile of rubble. The rubble must be below the blue life to complete a level. The original and some say it's still the best!
Magnet Crane:
Move and stack blocks with your magnetic crane as you try to build a structure that reaches the target height.
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Industrial Chimney Being Demolished:
The demolition followed concerns that the emissions from the industrial site may cause health problems.

A Hanson Cement spokesman said that the works were "never breaking emission limits" and that new cleaner processes were in place to reduce emissions.

The fall of the chimney at the cement works, formerly called Castle Cement, was witnessed by onlookers as it dropped.

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