Demolition contractor Connell Brothers is currently dismantling the University of York's landmark water tower. The tower comprises an inverted 21m diameter conical tank made up of 32 precast concrete petals, each weighing 8.5t. Demolition involves lifting out sections of the precast petals before the support tower is munched to pieces by a specially adapted high reach excavator.
The tower stands in a quadrangle in the university's chemistry department. Close proximity to laboratory buildings means that dust released during demolition must be minimised. Vibration must also be restricted to prevent disruption of laboratory work.
Consultant for the project is Faber Maunsell.