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MoD’s ‘Custard Towers’ demolished

Contractor Hughes and Salvidge is using an ultra high reach excavator to demolish the Ministry of Defence’s 12-storey food services school at Aldershot.

The building, known as ‘Custard Towers’ is being taken down piece for safety reasons and because it is next to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

A soldiers’ village will be build in its place providing single living accommodation for more than 1,000 within the St Omer barracks.

Around 9000m3 (2 tonnes per cubic metre) of crushed concrete from the demolition will be re-used on site.

General Officer Commanding Lamont Kirkland said: “The demolition of the tower is hugely significant in an number of ways.

“It is the final piece of a major demolition programme here on the St Omer site, where construction of the new soldiers’ village is already underway, as well as demonstrating the Army’s commitment to providing modern single living and working accommodation for our soldiers.”

Hughes and Salvidge is working on behalf of Aspire Defence and the demolition is part of Project Allenby/Connaught, the 35-year, £8 billion accommodation project.

Demolition is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.

Pics courtesy of Project Allenby/Connaught