Michael is the Managing Director for C&D Demolition Consultants. He follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather within the demolition industry. Michael has worked within the Nuclear and petrochemical decommissioning sector since the age of 16. Michael has worked on large, technically challenging demolition projects throughout his career worldwide, specialising in safe decommissioning and demolition techniques of steel-framed structures.
Demolition never really gets the credit it deserves for clearing the way for the future, and this is none more evident than in a complex project completed by S Evans and Sons, Safedem and C&D Consultancy in Scunthorpe.
British Steel employs 16,000 people over a 4000-acre COMAH site and required a 4000-tonne steel coking tower to be removed safely, in order to allow it to invest in the next stage of the plant’s growth.
At first glance, bringing a structure 75 metres tall down is a big task, made even more complicated by the fact that a coke hopper was present inside and full of 1500 tonnes of product.
When confronted by a project of this magnitude, it’s always best to take a collaborative approach and that was exactly what the principal contractor (S Evans and Sons) did in bringing in explosive specialist Safedem and industry experts C&D to map out the process and oversee the safety exclusion zone.
After significant consultation it was decided that two blowdowns should be completed. First, safely removing the coke hopper, giving the relevant space required to complete the second blowdown of the coke tower.
Both explosions were completed safely and with minimal inconvenience and noise to nearby residents and businesses. Emergency services were in place and Network Rail were consulted to ensure no trains were using the track.
British Steel now has the space it requires to invest in safeguarding the future of the steel works in Scunthorpe.