Robots bring house down — with help from humans
ROBOTS have been spotted tearing down city centre buildings!
But there is no need to worry, we are not being invaded by some machine race bent on destroying Swansea.
For behind every good robot is a good construction worker operating its controls.
The remote control robots are being used to strip tons of concrete and steel from Swansea's St David's Centre.
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Specialist processing equipment will then be used to sort out materials from the debris taken down so far for recycling.
Swansea Council and the Welsh Government bought the largely-empty St David's site earlier this year.
It is now being demolished to open up land for long-term city centre regeneration when economic conditions improve.
A car park will be constructed on site in the short term to meet the needs of city centre traders and boost the number of shoppers.
Some of the concrete being taken down will be used in the construction of the car park.
Much of the recent work has been focused on the part of the centre that once accommodated Safeway and S4C programme Heno's video-editing suite.
Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Many thousands of people will have visited the St David's Shopping Centre in the past, so I guess you could say it's the end of an era.
"But this demolition is badly needed because the centre's been an eyesore for some time that's stood in the way of progress.
"The recycling of the concrete and steel is important because it shows demolition can be achieved in a sustainable way and that materials will be salvaged and re-used wherever possible.
"The works programme is on schedule and we'll continue to keep nearby businesses and residents informed as the scheme moves forward."
The Welsh Government contributed grants towards the purchase and demolition of the St David's site through its regeneration area programme and the business, enterprise, technology and science department.
Two disused pedestrian footbridges have already been taken down as part of the demolition project — one that linked the centre with the Quadrant car park, and the other in the centre itself.
A huge majority of the work is earmarked for completion by the spring of 2013.