Cornwall Tower, an 18-storey tower block situated on Heaton St. in Soho, Birmingham, was successfully demolished yesterday at 09:14 am.
Working with Birmingham City Council, the tower, which was built in 1970 and stood at 52 metres high, was blown down, with surrounding roads closed and protected by timber mats. After preparing for 14 weeks, we removed all asbestos and soft-stripped the building of any non-structural material before placing explosive charges in pre-selected locations.
Police, Health and Safety staff as well as volunteers from our office personnel arrived at the scene well before schedule to evacuate residents within the 150 metre radius. With all procedures in place, onlookers and the DSM team watched intently as the building collapsed in 8 seconds.
We are delighted to say that the blow-down was a success, with no report incidents or delays, allowing our site team to quickly begin the clean-up operation.