World's largest 'cruncher' attacks town

IPSWICH Waterfront's skyline is today being transformed after the largest “concrete cruncher” in the world moved in to consume the industrial buildings that have dominated the dockside for generations.

IPSWICH Waterfront's skyline is today being transformed after the largest “concrete cruncher” in the world moved in to consume the industrial buildings that have dominated the dockside for generations.

London-based demolition contractor 777, which is pulling down the former Paul's Albion Maltings building, brought in the giant grabber this week to help with the project.

Like a massive 21st century dinosaur this machine can grab the top of the concrete silos and bring them crashing to the ground.

Yesterday a whole side of the maltings building was brought down, and its destruction was captured on camera by Evening Star chief photographer Andy Abbott.

But this is just the start - over the next four months most of Cranfields and Paul's buildings will be demolished, bringing a new perspective to the Waterfront.

Paul Wilson from 777 Group said the Waterfront site presented many challenges: “There is very limited space to work in, certainly at this stage.

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“We have brought in the largest concrete cruncher in the world - we had it specially made to our own specifications about two years ago.

“It is the only machine large enough to reach the top of the silos from the ground - it is very useful for this kind of work.”

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