KILSYTH based Hunter Demolition has bulldozed its way to the top award at this year’s World Demolition Summit in Amsterdam.
The company beat off rivals as far away as New Zealand to take the award for their work in dismantling the former Bank of Scotland building at 110 Queen Street, Glasgow (see before and after shots, below right). Hunter is the first Scottish company to win this prestigious award.
Presenting the award in the ‘Contract of the Year’ category the judges said: “Hunter’s Glasgow city centre project is a superb example of performing high profile demolition work with meticulous attention to every environmental concern and technical challenge within the very heart of a major urban arena.”
The company, which employs over 100 staff and works all over the UK, has been providing demolition services for over 70 years.
Managing director George Beattie said that the project was one of the most challenging they had ever undertaken. “This was a compact city centre site with occupied buildings on either side, meaning the environmental aspects of the project were almost as complex as the physical difficulty of taking down a ten storey building.
“Dust, noise and vibration were obviously all issues for shoppers, traders, commuters and local residents, all of whom had to be managed sensitively.
“It was real team effort from everyone here, including our colleagues at BAM, to complete this job on time and budget and without incident with the minimum of disruption and I’m delighted everyone involved in the project has been recognised.”
The site on the corner of Queen Street and Ingram Street is currently being developed into a £50 million, nine floor office development by BAM Construction.