THIS was the scene when a landmark Rotherham Council building was reduced to 5,000 tons of rubble – in a matter of hours.
Crinoline House, the seven-storey former home of Rotherham’s Social Services department, was reduced to dust.
The demolition, which took 33 hours, had to be carried out quickly because of its proximity to one of the town’s main roads – Centenary Way.
Crowds of spectators, many of whom had brought young children along to see the action, flocked to the site to watch as the team started knocking the building down at 8pm on Saturday.
They worked around the clock to ensure Centenary Way could be reopened by Monday morning.
The bottom two storeys of the building will be pulled down over the next few days.
Built in the 1970s, Crinoline House has been empty since 2010 when the council’s Social Services Department moved to new offices.
An application has been made to redevelop the site for retail use.
David Wall, contracts director with Ron Hull Demolition, which carried out the operation, said: “I’m pleased to say that there were no dramas.
“The demolition went absolutely to plan, bang on schedule throughout and there was never any doubt that the work would be completed by the time that Centenary Way had to be reopened for the Monday morning traffic.”
Mr Wall said the workers broke up the concrete and cut down the steel as they went.
He added: “In addition to all our own machines and equipment, we brought in two specialist long-reach demolition machines from the London area to help with the operation.”
Mr Wall said they wanted to keep disruption to a minimum for traders and shoppers and ensuring the bus station could continue to operate all weekend.
The clear-up operation will take three weeks and all of the material from the building will be recycled.