Abyss Demolition crews have started to demolish buildings including the school sports hall at the old Bremer State High School.
Abyss Demolition crews have started to demolish buildings including the school sports hall at the old Bremer State High School. David Nielsen

Bremer High to come on down

THE contractor in charge of the dismantling of the old Bremer High will take a decidedly gentle approach to the job - as gentle as you could expect from a company that specialises in demolition.

When it comes to clearing the old school to make way for residential and commercial development, there will be no giant wrecking ball coming down like a pendulum to spectacularly flatten the old science, maths and English blocks in one swoop.

Instead, much of the work will be done by hand, by the 20-or-so men Abyss Demolitions has on the site at Eastern Heights.

In a laborious process that could take up to 16 weeks, the demolition company will salvage up to 90% of the materials they pluck from rooves, walls and floors at the abandoned campus.

Site manager Danny Halley said while an extensive survey and removal of all asbestos was still underway, buildings that had been made safe were already being pulled down - some piece by piece.

"It is hard to know exactly how much we will be able to salvage and how much we will have to throw away until we get in there and see what condition the materials are in," Mr Halley said.

The relatively new media centre, near the Grange Rd entrance, was the first to come crashing down. It was all but a pile of rubble earlier this week as work shifted to the much older school hall - the home of many sporting encounters, musical performances and stern principal's lectures.

Workers commented on the number of locals - some former students - that stopped outside to chat about the demolition.

Movement in the foundations of some buildings caused huge cracks and massive maintenance headaches for the state government, which eventually decided to shift the school to a new campus off Warwick Rd near the University of Queensland.

Ipswich City Council will take ownership of the land once the site is cleared.



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