THE Peterlee skyline has changed forever.
The three-storey office block at Caterpillar, on the North West Industrial Estate, was pulled down at the weekend to mark the end of a six-week demolition programme.
Senior facility manager Tony Whittle said: “We had already removed the second and third floor west elevation before demolition and then we brought in a Caterpillar excavator to complete the job.
“We only use equipment we have on site.”
The iconic building, which could be seen by drivers travelling up and down the nearby A19, stood for 40 years and housed 65 office workers including the finance and IT sections, as well as the boardroom and managing director’s office.
Mr Whittle said concrete spoil from the building was due to be used on an extension to the car park which is expected to be carried out next month.
The project has already been hailed as one of the greenest demolition programmes in the region.
Every bit of the concrete and glass from the office will be ground up and re-used on construction projects.
All the steel, metal and wood is being locally recycled and most of the furnishing is being re-used, while the rest has been donated to Caterpillar’s business partners.
Caterpillar has already prepared a new £1.5m state-of-the-art 15,000 sq ft office block and learning centre elsewhere on its complex, complete with rainwater harvesting, climate control, and the latest light dimmers.
It proved to be a more viable alternative to refurbishing the existing tower block which would have cost £9m.