LCCneo: We don't detonate, we nibble!

Make place – for LCCneo! An old vault for valuable freight out of pure steel also has to give way to the construction project. But how does one smash ten tonnes of pure steel? Explosives, billowing clouds of smoke and sooty, blackened faces – these are images that automatically come to mind when this question is asked. Or superheroes with superhuman powers flexing their muscles. But alright: stay realistic! Sort out your facts! Reality check!

The Facts
In the HIP hall in building 451 in Frankfurt, there is an old vault for valuable freight. The vault wall is built out of 80 cm of massive reinforced concrete; the vault of pure steel weighs ten tonnes, as much as seven VW Golf VIIs. "For the purposes of the vacating of the construction site for LCCneo, the space-forming walls including the door must be dismantled…" In other words: to make room for the new LCC, the monster has to be flattened.

The Reality
There are no superheroes in sight. Explosives are not an option: we don't wish to cause the colleagues in the office and the "ops" any unnecessary bother. So we have to get the hammer. To be more precise: a bulldozer together with a hydraulic hammer with exchangeable concrete demolition shears. The working tool to be used for the demolition of the area weighs 20 tonnes; on 28 April it will pave the way through the cleared-out and locked hall.

The demolition project will take two weeks because we are not demolishing it "with a bang"! Instead, we shall work through the heavy metal piece by piece. This will not only be very loud, but also quite dusty. And the concrete shears that slowly nibble through the concrete continually jettison larger fragments and parts when they break through the wall. Large-scale barriers, so-called dust-protection walls, will be used to protect people from dust and dirt.

The vault door itself will not be shattered, but dismantled and "returned to the working material cycle". Does that sound unspectacular? Well, the door that used to separate valuable goods from the rest of the freight is made of one of the most important and frequently used raw materials of our time. It won't just land on some back lot and be left to gradually rust. At almost 1,500° C, the ten tonnes of steel will be brought back into the cycle of re-processing.

We don't detonate. We cut and hammer our way a little further into a great, new future: LCCneo.