ERITH Group began clearing the site of Beckton Gasworks, once one of the largest in Europe, in
September this year.
The 300-odd semi-demolished gas tanks, coke ovens and other facilities have become popular with film makers as scenes of urban decay, providing backdrops for Death Wish III, For Your Eyes Only and an Oasis video.
The demolition work is complicated by heavy reinforcement on a number of buildings and the fact that there are a number of underground voids.
The estimated 25,000 cu m of material to be removed requires a range of techniques. Erith Group has 10 excavators working full-time on the site, including two 47-tonne Fiat Hitachi machines fitted with heavy-duty Krupp hammers.
The HM2000 hammers supplied by Krupp's UK dealer, Sandhurst, were specified to cope with the large amount of heavy-duty reinforcement. Erith Group's site agent, Jim Hollands, says: 'Large
powerful hydraulic hammers are needed and experience with our existing fleet of Krupps meant we were confident in specifying two more for Beckton.'