Bulldozing ahead with improvements to Rotherham centre

The high speed demolition of the town centre flyover in Rotherham
The high speed demolition of the town centre flyover in Rotherham
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Demolition crews have made speedy progress on work to bulldoze a concrete flyover.

Removal of the Centenary Way flyover in Rotherham started at the weekend with the removal of central sections.

the high speed demolition of the town centre flyover in Rotherham - Hammer and tongs: The scene as the demolition got underway.

the high speed demolition of the town centre flyover in Rotherham - Hammer and tongs: The scene as the demolition got underway.

Contractors from Ron Hull Group, based in the town, were given just 36 hours to complete the operation - but finished 90 minutes early despite pausing work for an hour on Sunday so the noise did not disturb Remembrance Day commemorations.

The road reopened at 4.30am on Monday morning.

Nigel Hull, director at Ron Hull Group, said: “The team has done extremely well. The operation could hardly have gone any better.

“With the actual demolition work completed in daylight on Sunday afternoon, it was then a matter of getting the site cleared and ready for re-opening.

“We got our machines and equipment off and the road swept with a couple of hours to spare.”

Demolition of the remaining parts of the flyover – which will not impact on Centenary Way and its traffic – will continue over the next few weeks.

The site is scheduled to be clear before Christmas.

Removal of the flyover is the last phase of a clearance operation that started in March last year when Crinoline House, the seven-storey former home of the Rotherham Council’s Social Services Department, was levelled.

The old Norfolk House council offices were bulldozed in June this year, followed by the Civic Centre and the old Central Library.

A new Tesco Extra store is being built in their place.

Describing the flyover demolition, Ron Hull Group operations co-ordinator Steve Raisbeck added: “A major concern was to avoid damage to the road surface and the first few hours were taken up with getting a protective covering in place.”

“Once that prep work had been completed the demolition machines were able to get started and they made faster progress than anyone had expected.

“The plan was to remove three sections of the flyover and three supporting piers but the team had so much time in hand that the decision was taken to press on and demolish a fifth section.”