Liberty Industrial have received a World Demolition Award for the controlled explosive demolition of the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
Liberty Industrial’s Omega Transmission Tower Demolition project has been awarded the Explosive Demolition Award at the 2015 World Demolition Awards.
The awards, held at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam on Friday evening recognise excellence and distinction in the demolition industry. The annual event attracts thousands of demolition professionals from across the globe each year.
The Explosive Demolition Award is reserved for unusually complex or demanding demolitions involving the use of controlled explosives. Industry experts judged the projects submitted on the complexity of the project and various safety, environmental and stakeholder outcomes.
The Omega Tower stood an astonishing 432 metres tall. It was the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere at the time of its demolition earlier this year and remains the tallest structure demolished in the Southern Hemisphere to date.
Contracted by the Department of Defence to carry out the delicate operation, Liberty Industrial used carefully calculated preparatory oxy cutting and explosive cutting charges to sever the tower’s cable support stay plates and release the select guy cables, bringing the redundant naval communications tower safely to the ground.
This year’s win follows the success of Liberty Industrial’s HIsmelt Closure project, which took out a double win with two awards at last year’s World Demolition Awards. The project won both the 2014 Industrial Demolition Award and the overall 2014 World Demolition Award, the award recognising the best of the best across all 2014 award categories.
“We’re extremely excited to win this award” said Liberty industrial’s founding Director, Clinton Dick. “It really showcases Liberty’s diversity and skill set within the demolition industry.”