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Demolition of light poles in Oostende

Oostende, Belgium Demolition Dismantling

Demolition of light poles in Oostende

This beautiful project took place at the station of Ostend, the largest coastal city in Belgium on behalf of Jacops nv. 8 concrete light masts had to be removed. These were light masts of various sizes and weights. It was quite a challenge because the masts were each 300 meters apart and this over a length of 3 km.

The term 'temporary and mobile construction site' could therefore be taken very literally for this project. DDM was also bound by the outer dimensions of the tracks at various times, which meant that we could not work continuously or during the weekdays.

Because we could not always reach the pylons with the crane, some pylons had to be hoisted first. For this we used cranes of different tonnages, with or without full ballast. The 700T crane had to be able to lift the mast 42m high at 66m HOH distance (closer was not possible due to the local station infrastructure). It was also quite a challenge to get the job done safely without hitting the tracks, railroad elements or overhead wires. It was also an extremely precise job to ensure a correct direction of fall. Sometimes we were given a 15 minute time span between 2 passing trains in which we had to drop the pylons. The masts were brought down in a very controlled way and in exactly the direction we wanted. The customer was satisfied and we were naturally very proud!

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4 specialists
28 tons crawler crane
84 tons of concrete
2 tons of aluminum
4 specialists
28 tons crawler crane
84 tons of concrete
2 tons of aluminum


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DDM was rewarded with a World Demolition Award in the Civils category.

Removing 5 arch bridges over the Amsterdam Rhine Canal was an intensive job. The schedule was tight and the expectations of all employees were high. But with a joint effort and incredible passion, DDM has successfully removed and recycled the 5 bridges within schedule.


Every year DDM holds a number of safety days to boost safety awareness.

Last year's objectives are evaluated and new objectives are determined. All managers and all operational employees discuss safety, policy and vision together. In addition to all regular training courses, DDM offers workshops and training to all employees during these days to take the qualities of the professionals to an even higher level. Together with all DDM employees, we are working on an increasingly higher safety ethic. Everyone at DDM carries out their work in a safe and healthy manner, with sufficient attention to the environment. And they're getting better at it. This applies to everyone; back to work healthy and safe and back home healthy.


Dow has awarded DDM a certificate for Outstanding Safety Performance.

Following various demolition and disassembly projects that DDM carries out worldwide for Dow Chemical Company, DDM has received recognition for its excellent safety performance during implementation. DDM always continues to strive for a higher level of safety. Safety First! Read below a quote from the letter that DDM received from Dow. “In summary, DDM continues to deliver excellent performance in safely planning and executing all work related to Dow demolition projects. We truly believe that your company's exceptional efforts continue to be a reflection of the leadership and support of you and the entire DDM Management team. "

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