Project: Rhyl Sun Centre


The Iconic Rhyl Sun Centre closed in February 2014 following a poor structural report which left the facility unviable to continue. It was opened in June 1980 at the cost of 3.5 Million

Our Scope of Works was to undertake the controlled demolition of the site and the removal of all Footings and Foundations, processing and crushing to a usable graded Aggregate.

The project was hindered due to the entertainment Theatre being connected to the Sun Centre Building, this had to remain in operation at all times. Debris leaving the site was also a major issue with heavy winds from the sea front hindering the process.



The site, in its nature was lower then the external ground level, this and the fact that the site was so tight in external working space, the forming of a ‘drop zone’ externally in accordance with BS6187 was not possible.

There were a considerable amount of internal structures within the Sun Centre so Pre Enabling Demolition works were undertaken to demolish the internal buildings, process the material and back fill the pools to enable a solid working platform.

The structure was then demolished within the footprint of the pool.



The demolition / dismantling involved the shearing of over 500 tons of redundant structure, removing and cutting each section into 5ft sections to maximise the value of the material. Using our Volvo EC380E and one of our Rotar RSS40 Scrap Shear made light work of the process. The containers were loaded with our Volvo EC300E’s all fitted with Rotar RSG300 Demolition Grab.

During the removal of the foundations we drafted in one of our flagship excavators, a Volvo EC700 with 290kn of pure tear-out power. Following processing and crushing we produced over 10,000 m3 of usable aggregate.

Our team of Site Management undertook the works, causing little disturbance to the local residence and surrounding environment. We received excellent feedback from the client, residents and the Local Authority who owned the site.



The site called for extensive, specialist machinery to complete the project. Excavators for 6 tons to 70 tons were deployed to dismantle the structure in a controlled manner and to lift the massive foundations which you would expect from a building so close to the Sea Front.

The Processing and Crushing of the site developed over 12000 cu/m of usable aggregate which will be used for the forthcoming development.

We were appointed as Principle Contractor under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015.


The Demolition Process has been completed successfully and within the contract terms thanks to the dedication of Collins Demolition!

Tom Price – H&S Officer, Denbighshire County Council

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