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Newport's Capitol car park demolished

Newport's Capitol car park has been destroyed in a controlled explosion as part of a local redevelopment project.

The demolition, which lasted only six seconds, required 35 kilograms of explosives stored in 750 holes and two weeks of preparation.

The demolition contractors who setup the controlled explosion, had initially planned on demolishing the building from the inside, but plans were changed due to safety concerns.

However, Cuddy Group managing director Mike Cuddy suggested that time was also a concern for the contractors. He said: “We looked at all angles to try to speed the project up. The developer has been waiting a long time to get this development going."

Mr Cuddy has confirmed that much of the rubble on the site will be removed within the next four weeks for recycling or reuse elsewhere.

Part of a Newport city centre regeneration project, the demolition of Capitol car park made way for the £90 million Friars Walk shopping centre and leisure development.

Other buildings set for demolition include shops in John Frost Square and the old Newport bus station, all of which are expected to be cleared by February. Work on the new centre will then begin in March, set for completion in 2015.

Published January 13, 2014 | Back to demolition news | Subscribe to our rss feed | Bookmark and Share