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High Reach Demolition

Client: Glasgow Housing Association
Discipline(s): High reach demolition, site investigation, asbestos removal, local labour sourcing
Location: Broomloan Court, Glasgow
Programme: 35 weeks  


Coleman & Company demolished three 21-storey tower blocks at Broomloan Court as part of the continuing Partnership Framework with Glasgow Housing Association.  

Scope of works

Demolition of the tower blocks required the following works:
  • Ultra high reach machine demolition - offering the safest, most practical and cost effective demolition method and a good alternative to explosives
  • Demolition sequencing
  • Full site investigation and desk study assessment
  • Ground stabilisation and temporary works to support the ultra high reach machine
  • Resourcing through local labour, at a time when competitors were not hiring
Project challenges
  • There were a number of challenges to overcome, including:
  • Identification and removal of asbestos flue pipes encased in concrete
  • Restricted access to two tower blocks on one side, due to a gas main running parallel within seven metres of the building. The gas main was protected with steel road plates, geosynthetics and a layer of hardcore
  • One block fell within Network Rail's failsafe distance for operating machinery adjacent to rail tracks. Sections of the block were demolished under track possession at night during weekends, using innovative sequencing to maximise machine working time

The site was located close to Network Rail tracks, Glasgow Rangers football stadium, a National Grid station, the Ibrox service station and the M8 motorway. Block three was also adjacent to a dual carriageway. In order to contain wind-blown fragments, a bespoke protection screen was manufactured and suspended by crane in conjunction with the UHR machine work.           .