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UK's tallest demolition machine arrives in Glasgow to bring down flats

The Liebherr 984C is due to demolish high-rise flats at 8 Ibroxholm Oval and 9 Ibrox Terrace in the south side over the next nine months.

Demolition: The machine, brought up from Ipswich, is due to start work on the site later this week.
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The UK’s tallest demolition machine has arrived in Glasgow to bring down two multi-storey flats.

At its highest point, the 220ft long-reach machine is taller than 15 double-decker buses placed on top of each other.

The Liebherr 984C is due to demolish high-rise flats at 8 Ibroxholm Oval and 9 Ibrox Terrace in the south side over the next nine months.

Work is expected to start soon on the project that will see 198 flats in the 22-storey blocks flattened.

A team of specialist workers travelled with the machine from Ipswich to the flats which are owned by Glasgow Housing Association.

David Fletcher, the association’s assistant director of regeneration, said: "We are continuing to play a key role in changing the face of Glasgow for the better and delivering social housing which is fit for the 21st century.

"The use of the long-reach machine will minimise any disruption to residents and local businesses while the demolition work takes place."

The residents in the two blocks were re-housed in new-build properties, other upgraded association homes in other areas or in houses belonging to other registered social landlords.

The third block, 15 Ibroxholm Oval, at the site was also due to be torn down. However, after the association secured a £1.1m Scottish Government grant, the structure will be kept and revamped for £7m to become affordable mid-market flats to rent.

Technical Demolition Services, which previously worked with the housing association on demolitions in Yoker and in Sighthill, is overseeing the latest project.

Craig Wilson, commercial director of the demolition company, added: "We are delighted to continue our working relationship with the association as part of the regeneration of Glasgow and we look forward to yet another successful contract.

"We are always keen to invest in new technology and, as a result, we’re excited to be using the new super high reach machine in Scotland for the first time."

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