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Technical Demolition Services Limited,
Head Office:
Dock Road South, Bromborough
Wirral CH62 4SQ, United Kingdom
telephone: ++44 151 666 1272
fax: ++44 151 666 1624


Glasgow Office:
Unit 1, Springhill Drive South
Glasgow Business Park
Glasgow G69 6GA
Telephone: 0141 314 3989

  We specialise in the dismantling of :
    Dockside Cranes

    Straddle Carriers

    Tower Blocks

    Petro-chemical Sites

    Equipment Removal / Relocation

    Portal Steel Frame Buildings
  News index...
TDS signs Cooperation Agreement for Demolition works in Turkey >> 

TDS wins major contract for asbestos removal and demolition works >> 

Second four year Term Contract with Glasgow Housing Association >> 

Flambards High Rise Tower Block, Wirral >> 

2012 International Safety Award winners >> 

Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission - 'First of a kind' project >> 

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 – Short Listed Finalist >> 

Another one bites the dust! >> 

TDS are once again bringing the houses down >> 

TDS awarded Cruddas Park Tower Blocks Demolition Contract >> 

Work Continues in Glasgow with Award of Ibroxholm Demolitions >>

TDS’ new ultra high reach demolition rig redefines perceived wisdom >>

TDS make the Telegraph's top 1000 businesses >>


TDS signs Cooperation Agreement for Demolition works in Turkey.
TDS Ltd signed a Partnership Agreement with the Eral Demolition in June for the undertaking of Urban Regeneration Projects within Turkey.
Eral Demolition are part of the Erkanli and Bemes Group who specialise in Real Estate Development, Construction and Waste Management and are one of the largest Groups of their type in Turkey.
Turkey's Demolition Industry is going through a major change and is currently looking to adopt European Regulations into this sector in order to modernise and develop health and safety standards across the industry as well as Waste Management procedures. These new Regulations will be issued later this year.
Turkey's agenda for the next 20 years is to engage in a major process of urban transformation and this Partnership Agreement will focus on Large Scale Projects.
asbestos removal and demolition
A Press Conference was held in Istanbul on 18th June and was attended by Tony Taperell (Managing Director - TDS), Craig Wilson (Sales & Commercial Director – TDS), Sermert Seren (Group Business Development Officer – Erkanli Group) and Mehmet Palm (Business Development Coordinator – Bemes) pictured, left to right.
Craig Wilson spoke to the Press Conference and commented that TDS were very excited about the prospect of working with Eral Demolition and looked forward to developing a long relationship within the Turkish Urban Regeneration Market.
TDS Ltd will look to announce some of these major projects soon.



TDS wins major contract for asbestos removal and demolition works at Whittingham Hospital, Goosnargh.

Technical Demolition Services Ltd has been successful in its bid for the prestigious contract to demolish the ex-Whittingham hospital site in Goosnargh near Preston.
Working on behalf of the client, the Homes and Communities Agency and including Project Management from CRE8 Management Ltd and White Young Green.
The contract involves asbestos removal and careful demolition of various large buildings on a 68 acre site and will need to be undertaken under controlled conditions given the age of the buildings and the instability of structures which have seriously degraded over the past 19 years since the hospital was last operational.
In addition to these issues there are strict Ecology controls in place for the safe capture and relocation of many species of bats which were found to be present within the buildings as well as various bird species.
Work commenced on site in February 2014 and the contract is due to be completed over a 12 month period. Minimising the landfill / disposal of waste materials from site is a key factor in the success of the contract with a target set of achieving over 95% for recycling.

Click on the plan below to see more images of the site -

Links to more information and images of the site:
Click here for more fascinating information about the hospital
Click here for a Drone's eye view of site
Click here for more images of Whittingham Hospital on Google


Technical Demolition Services have been awarded a second four year Term Contract for High and Low Rise Demolitions for our client Glasgow Housing Association.

The Phase 1 Package commenced in January 2013 consisting of the demolition of 5 number high rise 20 storey double blocks – Pinkston and 2 number high rise 20 storey single blocks – Kingsway. Works will also see us undertaking the demolition and clearance of the site chosen for construction of the Competitor's Village for the Junior Olympics which Scotland are hosting in 2018. All these projects will be completed using Technical Demolition Services Super High Reach and High Reach excavators.

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Flambards High Rise Tower Block, Wirral

Technical Demolition Services were awarded the contract for the demolition of the 14 storey 'Flambards' Tower Block in Woodchurch, Wirral by Wirral Partnership Homes at the end of October 2012. Work commenced at the site on 5th November with asbestos bearing materials being removed followed by the removal of furniture, carpets, plastics, timber, etc. from the property. The demolition design required the tower block to be demolished by our 'Super High Reach' excavator which is the largest in Europe standing at 67m tall. Demolition work commenced on the building on Friday 14th December and was completed on Monday 21st January which meant that (excluding the Xmas break)the tower block was demolished in an amazing 20 days. Work is continuing on site with the crushing of concrete from the tower block, removal of concrete slab and foundations and re-instatement of the ground which will see the site completed by the end of March 2013.

Click on the images below to see more pictures of our 'Super High Reach' in action.

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Celebrating Health and Safety - TDS are 2012 International Safety Award Winners.

The British Safety Council has announced the winners of their International Safety Awards for 2012, given to organisations in recognition of their proven commitment to workplace health and safety.


British Safety Council winners 

The International Safety Awards scheme, now in its fifty fourth year, is open to all organisations of all sizes across all industries who seek to promote high standards of health and safety management practice in order to prevent workplace injury and ill health. Award winners have demonstrated to the judges their commitment and determination to prevent workplace injuries and work-related ill health.

Announcing the results Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said, “We send our warmest congratulations to all 550 winners. What the winners have demonstrated is that well-managed health and safety ensures the safety and wellbeing of their employees, contributes to business effectiveness and success. The health and safety of employees is non-negotiable and the winners have shown their determination, like us, to ensure that no one is killed, injured or made ill by work activities.
The British Safety Council is proud to congratulate all of the winners on their success and effectiveness in keeping their employees healthy and safe.”
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Technical Demolition Services are leading the way once again. This time by undertaking a ‘first of a kind’ project for the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission to remove and dispose of all asbestos and demolish the 55MW Power Generation Plant at Penal, Trinidad.asbestos removal and demolition

Our works will see the building housing the plant remaining in situ for conversion into warehouse space.

The steam generation plant consists of 5 boilers, cooling water pump station and all remaining mechanical, electrical, control and instrumentation systems with recovered materials sent for recycling, in line to meet our self-imposed 96% recycling target for the project.

All major plant and equipment required to undertake this pioneering project was shipped from U.K. to Trinidad.

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Chairman and Managing Director, Tony Taperell is shortlisted as a Regional Finalist for Ernst & Young's 'Entrepreneur of the Year 2012'

Entrepreneurs create many of the world’s most dynamic and successful companies. That’s why Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year is considered the world’s most prestigious business award – because it goes to the most exceptional from among a unique group of people.

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program takes immense pride recognising those among us who have dared a bit more, dreamed a bit wilder, looked a bit further. Proudly celebrating what it takes to look ahead to see more than just the here and now.

For more information regarding the programme click here to link to Ernst & Young's website

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Another one bites the dust

On Sunday 20th November Technical Demolition Services Ltd undertook another first.

Glencairn Tower, Motherwell was the largest steel structured Tower Block in Europe to be demolished using explosives. Technical Demolition Services were awarded the contract in March 2011 by North Lanarkshire Council and after eight months of planning and preparation work the blowdown of the structure was undertaken on Sunday 20th November.
On the day a total of 270 people were evacuated from their homes between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 10:00a.m. which was followed by the placing of dust protection measures to various properties and areas around the block. A total of over 100 people were involved in coordinating the activities of the day with representatives from Technical Demolition Services Ltd, PDC Ltd, Strathclyde Police, North Lanarkshire Housing and Lanarkshire Housing Association fully involved in the process. At precisely 12.15p.m. as planned, the buttons were pressed and this local landmark was brought to ground in magnificent fashion. Over 2,000 people congregated around the Motherwell Area to view the blowdown with local and National TV coverage provided.
The dust clearance operation commenced immediately, which resulted in all residents being allowed back into their properties at 3:00p.m. again as planned. Resident liaison in the area has been extremely successful and is seen as a key part of the overall process for demolishing high rise tower blocks.

The site will now be operational for another three months whereby the structural steelwork and concrete will be processed along with the removal of the concrete slab and foundations followed by re-instatement.

Watch the video |  Click image below to open the gallery

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TDS are once again bringing the houses down

sandbourne demolitionFollowing the successful execution of the demolition of Sandbourne Court multi-storey flats in Moreton (above) on the Wirral peninsula, Technical Demolition Services were proud to be awarded the project of demolishing the remaining two neighbouring high rise blocks, Melrose and Thornridge (images below). The project again saw the implementation of reverse engineering to safely demolish these bison construct structures.
Demolition of high rise flats
All residents had been re-housed, although some 'summer guests' were more reluctant to leave. Works were suspended during the summer months while house martins were nesting. The birds have now migrated and works have resumed.

Watch our time-lapse video of the demolition>>

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Technical Demolition Services awarded Cruddas Park Tower Blocks Demolition Contract.

The Cruddas Park housing scheme was part of T. Dan Smith's grand plan for a 'city in the sky'.
Smith was from a working-class family in Wallsend rising to become a visionary leader of Newcastle City Council. He wanted to make Newcastle a modern city. His vision included urban motorways, a metro public transport system and high profile architecture (all of which Newcastle now enjoys). Work started on these tower blocks in 1961. Half a century later and the 2011 community’s housing requirements have changed. Technical Demolition Services are proud to be involved in demolishing the five tower blocks, regenerating the area, offering and enabling new visions of vibrancy for the future of Cruddas Park and community.

One down, four more to go - nothing is beyond our reach as works continue at Technical Demolition Services’ Cruddas Park site
Cruddas Park, High Reach demolition

The project involving the demolition of five multi storey tower blocks of flats in Newcastle is progressing. One block has been completely demolished utilizing TDS’ bespoke super high reach machine. Works continue on the four remaining blocks to regenerate the area.

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Work Continues in Glasgow with Award of Ibroxholm Demolitions

Technical Demolition Services have successfully been awarded by Glasgow Housing Association the contract for the demolition and site clearance of Blocks 8 & 15 Ibroxholm Oval and 9 Ibrox Terrace. We have consistently worked with Glasgow Housing Association during the last four years, and we are delighted to once again demonstrate our expertise in safely demolishing high rise structures.
The planned process for demolition of the Tower Blocks will be by the use of a ‘Super High Reach’ Demolition machine.
Technical Demolition Services Ltd has recently manufactured and purchased the UK’s largest ‘Super High Reach’ Machine standing at 67 metres high.
This machine has been researched and designed by Technical Demolition Services Ltd and Kocurek specifically for working on High Rise Tower Blocks and is leading technology in its class.

You can read more about our Super High Reach in the article below.

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TDS’ new ultra high reach demolition rig redefines perceived wisdom.
This article was first published on the Demolition News website 16_08_2011

In these troubled economic times, the field of high reach excavator development has changed somewhat from the ego-driven upward race of yesteryear. Contractors are less willing to speculatively invest upwards of £1.5 million in a machine with questionable utilisation prospects; there is a definite and widely-reported trend to shorter machines with larger attachments; and the collapse of the 90 metre Rusch machine – an incident that killed high reach pioneer Ad Swanink – there has been a shift away from the “height is everything” attitude that fuelled so much high reach excavator innovation.

But try telling that to the team at Technical Demolition Services.

Together with high reach excavator specialists Kocurek, TDS has just unveiled the UK’s largest high reach machine to date; a 67 metre tall Goliath that carries an attachment of 1.5 tonnes to its full working height (but which can also wield considerably larger attachments with the three-stage telescopic boom partially or fully retracted).

So, as Demolition News captured the first video footage of the machine in motion (below), we took the opportunity to ask TDS’ commercial director Craig Wilson some searching questions on the thinking behind the development of the record-breaking machine.

Has the 67 metre machine been designed for a specific contract?
"The machine has been designed for use on the demolition of High Rise Tower Blocks, although can be used in many other areas that require demolition of structures at height in a safe and effective manner such as the decommissioning of oil and gas platforms from the North Sea."

If so, what contract?
"The machine will commence its first contract working for Glasgow Housing Association to demolish three high rise tower blocks in Ibrox, Glasgow."

If not, why 67 metres?
"67 metres has been chosen given the typical height of high rise tower blocks and the requirement for additional reach to safely remove the top floor along with any ancillary items from the roof."

The machine is unquestionably impressive but at full reach it (understandably) carries a relatively small attachment. This seems to go against the current trend for shorter machines with very heavy attachments. What was the thinking behind your design?
"Large attachments working at this height cannot be controlled safely and therefore smaller attachments are required to safely control the demolition process along with the reaction forces when breaking through the concrete. This makes for a much safer demolition process overall."

The previous UK record breaker – Coleman’s UHD machine – has been sold to New Zealand. Some have suggested there is not sufficient work in this country for a machine of this size. What do you say to that?
"We have undertaken a planned review of the demolition contracts throughout the UK and Europe which will require a machine of this type to be incorporated into a planned and safe demolition process. This review has led us to believe that given the additional height of the new TDS machine it will be successfully utilised over the coming years. This utilisation can come either from direct contracting with the client base or through subcontract hire to third parties."

If memory serves us correctly, your previous highest machine is somewhere in the 30 metre class. Going to 67 metres is a big step up. What precautions are you taking in terms of operator training etc?
"We will use a process of continuous assessment for operator training whilst on site which will be undertaken by some of the UK’s leading Super High Reach Specialists. This training in addition (and separate to other previous super high reach training providers) will also incorporate the specific requirements for understanding high rise tower block demolition processes and building reactions to an operation of this type."

...and now the TDS giant goes to work…
UK’s largest high reach goes to work in Scotland on the demolition of a 22 storey tower block in Glasgow; and we have some exclusive footage, courtesy of Kocurek’s Alistair Janson

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The Telegraph's 1000 Britain's Brightest Businesses
TDS made the Telegraph list of the 1,000 mid-sized companies which have weathered the economic storm and are set to be the foundation of the UK's recovery.

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Concerns over the health of the economy disguise the fact that thousands of businesses across the UK are growing and generating jobs.

To highlight their untold story, the Telegraph mapped out this vital section of the econony.

They identified 1,000 private and Alternative Investment Market-listed companies, from farming to IT firms; restaurants and retailers; to construction groups and professional services.

Their snapshot focused on companies and partnerships with sales of between £5m and £500m. Many are growing quickly, others are doing so more slowly, often sustained over many years. It means young gazelles sit alongside long-established companies that have found new ways to grow.

The research was compiled with the help of NESTA, the innovation agency, which identified fast growing companies, and business information specialist Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), which verified our information.

The Telegraph also polled more than a dozen membership organisations, such as the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Chartered Insurance Institute, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as taking nominations from readers and conducting research of companies receiving peer acclaim.

The result is a snapshot of companies that collectively generate more than £50bn in sales that have operations across the UK and that have all shown resilience during the recession and stuttering recovery.

To read the full article go to The Telegraph website.

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