Watch the demolition timelapse for January 2016

This latest timelapse movie captures the extensive progress that has been made in the clearance programme to make way for the first buildings in the Paradise scheme.

Using an EX1200 hydraulic high reach excavator – which is one of only three in the country – sub contractor DSM has removed many of the exterior concrete panels of the Central Library and started work on the structure of the building. Clearance has also begun on the north and south elevations of the library and the gyratory bridge.


The machinery can also be seen removing parts of the platform on which the library stands and taking away the rubble for recycling. More than 30,000 cubic metres of concrete, enough to fill 12 Olympic sized swimming pools, will be crushed, half of which will be re-used on site.

Construction of the first phase of Paradise, which will comprise two premium contemporary speculative office buildings totalling more than 350,000 sq ft together with the enhancement of Chamberlain Square, is due to begin in mid-2016.