Demolition of 10 Murray St goes without a hitch

The demolition of government building 10 Murray St in Hobart, described as the biggest demolition in Tasmania’s history, is almost finished.

Hazell Bros Managing Director Geoffrey Hazell has paid tribute to more than 200 staff and subcontractors involved in the demolition project.

“We began preparation work for this demolition in October 2017 and in August 2018 we are nearing completion,” Mr Hazell said.

“Structural demolition began in September last year, when we erected the tower crane on Murray Street.

“This allowed us to crane three excavators to the top of the 17-level building and work their down.”

About 20,000 tonnes of concrete was recycled from 10 Murray St.

Hazell Bros hired 50 new employees to work on the demolition which the company said went without a hitch.

The next stage involves further excavation for the plaza as part of the Parliament Square development.

“We protected the beautiful heritage façade of 12 Murray Street, which will become the entrance to the new Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel and have completed the demolition of the old building behind,” Mr Hazell said.

All work is expected to be finished in the next 12 to 15 months.