Multi-storey car park demolition shortlisted for global award

The demolition of the old multi-storey car park in Barnsley town centre has been shortlisted for a global award.

Precision Demolition Company (PDC) – the company behind the blow down – has been shortlisted in the Explosive Demolition category at the 2020 World Demolition Awards for its work on the multi-storey in January 2019.

The destruction in Barnsley has been shortlisted alongside two other demolitions in Johannesburg, South Africa and Victoria, Australia.

Working alongside Barnsley Council and Henry Boot Construction, the car park was brought down by PDC to allow work on The Glass Works – the multimillion pound redevelopment of Barnsley town centre – to progress. Around 800 explosive charges were used in the demolition.

Footage from the explosion is available here.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “It’s great that PDC has been recognised for the fantastic work it did on our car park to safely bring it down”.

“The demolition paved the way for the exciting construction you see now, as we head towards the opening of The Glass Works next year.”

Robyn Rushforth, Managing Director of PDC, said: “I would like to thank Barnsley Council and Henry Boot Construction for entrusting us with this high profile project, showing confidence in our company’s capabilities and making the decision to use explosive demolition for the first time in Barnsley.

"With the technical demands of the project, we knew it would be a worthy entry for the World Demolition Awards. It’s fantastic news that the project has been shortlisted and we look forward to the online ceremony on 12 November 2020.”

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