Erith Contractors changed the South Cambridgeshire skyline forever on Thursday with their explosive demolition event at the Barrington Cement Works.
Erith successfully carried out the controlled detonation of the 62m high chimney, located at the former Cemex site in Cambridgeshire.
Erith works began on the Cement Works site in August this year, clearing structures around the mills, precipitators, kilns and boiler structures to create the necessary room to fell the chimney. During this time, a demolition sequence was engineered by Erith, working hand in hand with Swanton Consulting, to model the demolition sequence & check the stability and proposed collapse mechanisms.
Under the watchful eye of the Health & Safety Executive, the chimney had a significant amount of explosive placed, stemmed and secured in readiness for the blow down. With an exclusion zone of almost a mile, involving several road and footpath closures, the event was tightly controlled by an in-house Erith resource of 40 staff.
Erith are carrying out the works, including asbestos removal and demolition which will carry on into 2019 on behalf of Redrow Homes, to allow for redevelopment. Redrow will be building 220 new houses on the site, which will also incorporate new parkland and open spaces for local residents.
At 9am on Thursday the 20th of December, a selection of invited guests, including news crews, Redrow Homes representatives and local residents joined Erith staff to watch the detonation. Local resident Kevin Stigwood had the honour of pressing the button for the detonation, having won the opportunity through the Friends of Barrington Association School raffle.
Andy Dyson, Industrial Demolition Manager for the Erith Group, commented, “Demolitions of this scale take careful strategic planning and Erith are delighted that everything went seamlessly this morning. It has been fantastic to be onsite co-ordinating the chimney demolition and wider programme of works with such a great team.”
See below youtube link for video of the blow-down