World Demolition Award Winners 2023

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World Demolition Award Winners 2023

Global recognition for Thompsons of Prudhoe

We are excited to share our recent win at the World Demolition Awards in Toronto, Canada.

The award celebrated Thompsons of Prudhoe’s work to clear the former Redcar Steelworks site in Teesside. The £24.5m project involved one of the largest explosive blowdowns conducted in the UK in the last 75 years and recognition on the night was paid to the team who delivered the project ahead of programme, on budget, and with zero health and safety accidents.

BOS Plant Demolition

“Our team delivered one of Europe’s largest demolition schemes to date with incredible skill, quality service, and attention to detail at every stage – we’re all so proud to see this work recognised on a global scale,” said Managing Director Nick Shilling. He continued: “Clearing a 4,500-acre site in less than two years was a complex and challenging project but our teams rose to the occasion and have delivered something quite outstanding. Aside from seeing 105,000 tonnes of steel brought down within 30 seconds as part of the planned explosive element on this job, we also recycled more than 98% of the demolished materials – an incredible achievement for the whole team.”

BOS Plant Demolition

Teesworks is Europe’s largest brownfield site and is backed with hundreds of millions of pounds of Government support, with a 25-year vision to build a world-class industrial site heavily focused on clean energy and advanced manufacturing. 

Mayor of Tees Valley, Ben Houchen, commented on the recent award win:

“Clearing the Redcar Steelworks site has been a mammoth task and one that required the best of the best, which is why we brought in Thompsons of Prudhoe. This award is a testament to their tireless work on the site to help us make progress. Our plan is to transform the Teesworks site at pace, but we want it to be done to the highest standards to attract the biggest and best investment from across the world. A huge well done to Thompsons who truly deserve this international award for their incredible work in delivering a demolition that was on time and on budget and – most importantly – was done safely for both workers and the public.”

BOS Plant Demolition

Site owner and investor, Martin Corney, said: 

“Thompsons of Prudhoe have been outstanding to work with over the over the last few years and have supported us from the very beginning. The sheer volume of work they have achieved in the shortest of timescales is quite remarkable. To witness the impressive 105,000te BOS Plant cathedral structure being brought down to the ground in one of the UK’s biggest ever demolition explosions was quite something! We thank Thompsons for their hard work, effort, and professionalism shown throughout the project. We quite simply could not have achieved the same successful outcomes without them.”

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