Concrete Cracking > Concrete Breaking > Former Thorpe Marsh Power Station, Doncaster


Client: Bloom Plant Ltd
Completion Date: March 2013
Contract: Breakout


Webfell Minerals were awarded the contract for the concrete breakout on the former Thorpe Marsh Power Station site in Doncaster. Some 20,000mē of reinforced concrete slabs, which were the old cooling tower bases, were broken out at a range of 200mm to 350mm in depth.

Sometimes known as rubblising, this enables the slab to be easily excavated, loaded into dumptrucks, taken to a primary crusher and then crushed to make a fill material, which then can be re-used on site.

The work was carried out with one Guillotine Breaker, with a 2.4m blade weighing 5.75 tonnes. This method is fast, clean and cost effective.

The concentration of breaking effort and energy ensures that debonding of concrete from reinforcement occurs, enabling both mesh and bar reinforcements to be removed relatively cleanly from broken concrete. This method of breakout is far quicker and more economical than any conventional methods.


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