oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Demolition of the Athlone Cooling Towers : project awards : winners and finalists
category : technical excellence

Volume 19, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The Athlone Cooling Towers, also known as the "two ladies of Athlone", used to be a distinctive Cape Town landmark. In February 2010, however, the stiffening rings on Tower One failed and the entire tower was at risk of collapsing. Following inspection and evaluation of the towers, it was recommended that both towers be demolished as a matter of urgency. Kayad Knight Piésold Consulting was appointed as consulting engineers and on 22 August 2010 the towers were imploded, collapsing exactly onto their footprint, as designed. The demolition was a world first in terms of stiffening rings being imploded, and regardless of all the initial concerns and issues raised, the results were technically perfect.

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