05 Jun 2024

Innovative recycling practices demonstrated at the German Embassy demolition site

Glavbolgarstroy leads the change towards a greener construction future


In a significant move towards sustainable construction, Glavbolgarstroy is leading the EU/Horizon Europe funded R&D project MOBICCON-PRO focusing on innovative approaches to recycling construction and demolition waste, thus setting a new benchmark for the industry. As part of the realization of the action, GBS has recently hosted a consortium meeting of the international project team in Sofia in the course of which was carried out a workshop at the demolition site of the old German Embassy building in the capital of Bulgaria.

The workshop focused on the process of selective demolition practices which are in fact a fundamental phase of the processing  of the materials from the  demolition site of the German Embassy at the MOBICCON-PRO site, where they will be further  recycled. Thus the current demolition activities are embarrassed within the broader MOBICCON-PRO project seeking to develop effective circular solutions that will reduce raw material consumption in the construction industry.

Attendees, including site engineers, managers, and architects, began the day with a safety briefing, ensuring a secure environment for the site tour. The tour offered an inside look at the demolition phase, crucial for making way for a new embassy and parking lot. Participants observed the robust safety scaffolding and protective measures in place, showcasing Glavbolgarstroy's commitment to safety and operational excellence.

A standout moment was the demonstration of heavy machinery in action. Visitors watched as the mobile crane and the excavator performed the essential tasks of separating reinforcement from concrete and transporting materials to specialized recycling plants. This live demonstration underscored the advanced processes and technology Glavbolgarstroy employs.

The tour also detailed the meticulous deconstruction process. From disabling installations to dismantling furniture and masonry walls, each step was designed to ensure careful segregation of materials for recycling. This thorough approach highlighted the precision and care involved in minimizing waste and maximizing recyclability.

On the building's top level, attendees from the leading universities and research centers from Bulgaria, Denmark and France witnessed the use of advanced equipment like cutting disk machine and cutting robot. These state-of-the-art tools demonstrated the precise and safe separation of structural elements, emphasizing the company modern approach to the demolition process of the Embassy building.

Following the site visit, the consortium reconvened at Glavbolgarstroy's headquarters for a progress meeting. Detailed reports on various work packages were presented, focusing on the set-up of a regional territorial circular center, selective demolition practices, CDW pilot treatment, and the development of innovative construction products. The discussions underscored the importance of cross-country experience sharing, with previous visits organized by the Danish Technological Institute in Copenhagen. These collaborative efforts are crucial for the successful implementation of the MOBICCON-PRO project and for transferring expertise to reduce the environmental footprint of construction activities.

The workshop at the German Embassy demolition site in Sofia highlighted Glavbolgarstroy's leadership in sustainable construction practices. By showcasing innovative recycling techniques and fostering collaborative efforts, this event was another step in the direction towards a greener future of the construction industry of Bulgaria and the SEE region.