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Time-Lapse Systems have provided custom ultra-high-definition time-lapse and site monitoring solutions for multiple and varied demolition projects since 2007.


Demolition projects often signify the end of buildings or structures that are no longer fit for purpose. Due to the nature of the work – the removal of concrete, steel and brickwork being razed, means that there are serious health and safety implications that must be strictly monitored. Our respected demolition industry expert clients, including Connell Brothers, John F Hunt, Squibb Group and Murphy & Sons Ltd, understand the importance of remotely monitoring and documenting such complex processes.

Through our bespoke camera systems and secure on-line viewing platform iRis 5.0, all aspects of demolition, decommissioning and remediation, including top-down deconstruction, remote-controlled demolition, piecemeal demolition, and explosive demolition methods can be fully documented.

Demolition work of a tower at Molson Coors

Town & City Centre Regeneration.

We’ve been honoured to have been chosen to work on large-scale town and city regeneration projects across the UK. Many have involved capturing the demolition of existing iconic buildings as they make way for new urban developments.

In Durham, we’ve been capturing Milburngate, one of the North East’s most important mixed-use developments. We’ve provided full documentation of the demolition works for the regeneration project in Durham from our strategically positioned camera system across the River Wear. Starting with the leveling process, our time-lapse shows the impressive progress made on this project.

In Manchester, we installed a camera system to report the transformation of industrial land into Mayfield Park – the city centre’s first new public park in more than 100 years. We have documented the whole story: from the dismantling and demolition of old industrial buildings through to the creation of 6.5 acres of attractive parkland. Demolition on the project proved a complex task as some of the existing Victorian structures, such as the bridges were deconstructed and reused, and re-engineered.

Also, in Manchester we captured as the kitchen area of Manchester Town Hall was demolished and dismantled by Bradley Demolition as part of the ‘Our Town Hall’ project. Due to its sensitive position, surrounded by historical buildings, a lot of the demolition was labour-intensive and completed by hand.

As part of Torquay town centre regeneration, we documented the complex partial demolition of the existing Old Magistrates Courts. Whilst as part of Ipswich’s Cornhill impressive large town square redevelopment, we reported on the full project from dismantling and demolition work, right through to the full completion.


Residential demolition.

Smaller-scale residential schemes also require the removal of buildings prior to construction. This was the case at Hazel Court for Dandi Living where a co-working space in Battersea was created.

Further along the river at Thamesview House, Walton on Thames we captured the demolition of the original PA Housing prior to the delivery of a “fully affordable” housing development.

Hazel Court
London Dock

Large Scale Developments – London.

As large-scale developments emerge across London, we have been busy producing time-lapse photography for the demolition industry. Due to the city’s limited space, any new large-scale development requires the demolition of previous structures.

Prior to the development of the prestigious Riverlight project at Nine Elms for St James, we captured the clearance of the old print works at Wapping through to significant portions of Nine Elms.

For St. Martins at Cleland House, we reported the commercial demolition of vacant government office buildings prior to the construction of luxury residential apartments in Westminster.

Whilst also in central London, prior to 190 Strand becoming a mixed-use building development for St Edward Homes, Berkeley Group our in-house team ensured the meticulous documenting of demolition work.

At London Dock, a St George residential-led mixed-use development on 15 acres in Wapping, we captured the demolition of all existing buildings on site except for Grade II listed Pennington Street Warehouse, and the refurbishment of Times House.

London Dock demolition
125 Deansgate

Office redevelopment.

As Manchester’s business districts have been redeveloped, Time-Lapse Systems has been tasked by technical demolition experts to capture their work. The construction of 125 Deansgate was preceded by the capture of the demolition of Lincoln House. Whilst nearby in Spinningfields we documented the demolition of City Wharf – Washington House to make way for the high-profile riverside office developments of the New Bailey.

125 Deansgate demolition
Old Oak Common


As a trusted service provider for HS2, we have documented the large-scale demolition programme and enabling works for HS2’s phase one. Using our numerous bespoke camera systems, we have been providing sustained high-quality time-lapse capture for the following demolition works:

  • Extensive demolition and ground works on the Euston approaches.
  • Extensive demolition and ground works at Old Oak Common.
  • HS2 Heartlands demolition: The demolition by Total Reclaims Demolition of a 50-acre industrial site in Birmingham to make way for a new rail and rolling stock maintenance depot.
  • Demolition reported from Clayton Hotel.
  • Birmingham City University demolition.
  • Park Street demolition.
HS2 Old Oak Common Demolition


Education facilities often occupy a tight space, so any redevelopment usually requires demolition first. As schools, further and higher education establishments are re-developed, we often provide short-term high-quality time-lapse capture of demolition work. Deconstruction of education buildings can be challenging as they are often on a ‘live’ site with staff and pupils moving around. Site monitoring and full documentation of the demolition process helps ensure safety procedures are complied with throughout. At Manchester Metropolitan University we captured a challenging, complex demolition including façade retention for Connell Brothers. Whilst when the Connell Brothers were appointed to carry out the demolition of Sandwell College, West Bromwich we installed our camera system onto the roof of the adjacent West Bromwich Building Society. The site comprised of a number of buildings including a 9 storey tower block, 2 storey teaching blocks and a number of single-storey buildings. We have also captured clearance projects such as the demolition of former Unite Student accommodation at Birmingham City University to make way for HS2. We are experts in documenting all aspects of multi-dimensional, engineer-led demolition and dismantling. With our experienced in-house team we are able to visually report complex civil engineering solutions and innovative demolition sequences.


As businesses develop, we have also been tasked with documenting demolition that precedes upscaling and expansion. At Molson Coors in Burton-on-Trent, we captured the Brewing Renaissance demolition – the first phase of the brewery’s transformation to make way for a new Energy Centre. To ensure we effectively reported both stages of the demolition at the huge site, our camera system panned across the vast area being levelled. Our in-house editors added motion to the time-lapse video to visually demonstrate the difference phases of the demolition by machine scheme. For Squibb Group - a recognised leader in the field of controlled demolition, we captured the Celanese Acetate demolition in Spondon, Derby. As we have a long-standing relationship with demolition experts Connell Brothers, we were trusted to capture the Enson Works demolition in Normacot. Stoke-on-Trent City Council wanted to monitor and record the project, as the site had four Grade II listed bottle ovens, which needed to be retained and preserved during the demolition. Remotely monitoring and capturing the full process ensured that as part of the regeneration project, the listed buildings remained fully preserved. The full video edit we produced for Connell Brothers exemplifies how time-lapse can archive both the old and capture the new, as we reported on both the demolition and construction processes at the Enson Works.


As hospitals and healthcare centres develop and evolve, we have also produced high-quality time-lapse photography of demolition work. As hospitals often only have a limited footprint, redevelopment construction is normally preceded by an older redundant buildings’ demolition. Many construction projects have been preceded by capture of demolition. At Whittington Health, we captured as the Waterlow Building – a disused Victorian building was demolished to make way for a practical modular build. As another example, we have worked to capture demolition projects such as the clearance of the Derby Royal Infirmary Nurses Home. Demolition of hospital buildings has the added complexity of being on a ‘live’ site, so site monitoring via our live viewing portal and documentation of this work is imperative for any safety issues. Hospitals are on a limited footprint and therefore unused or impractical buildings must be demolished prior to construction of modern healthcare facilities. At Time-Lapse Systems we are used to capturing full demolition works, followed by foundation removal and full site clearance prior to any follow-on development.

SPORT and leisure.

At Saracens RFC, Time-Lapse Systems captured as the old stand was demolished, and then as it was replaced by modern contemporary facilities. Visually reporting the full progress of this project showed exactly how the rugby union club facilities had been upgraded.

Whilst for Merlin at Alton Towers, for historic referencing, we captured the dismantling and demolition of the iconic Roller Coaster ride.

Corkscrew rollercoaster at Alton Towers during the final stages of being dismantled

WHY USE TIME-LAPSE SYSTEMS for your demolition project?

We are trusted by our clients to deliver capture of demolition in complex environments. Our experienced in-house team provides micro-managed bespoke solutions for a diverse range of challenging demolition projects.

Leaders in the demolition industry trust our bespoke camera systems and secure on-line viewing platform iRis 5.0 to capture all aspects of their demolition, decommissioning and remediation projects.

Our skilled in-house engineers are experienced in installing our bespoke camera systems with an optimal view of any dismantling process. Health and safety are a priority, and we always operate to the highest standards. We have membership of four SIPPS accreditation bodies and all our engineers having IPAF, PASMA, CSCS qualifications. We also use the highest security protocols.

Our editing team remotely monitors our camera systems to ensure high-quality visual documentation throughout all demolition and dismantling projects. Our bespoke on-line viewing portal ensures our clients can remotely check a site’s progress as it takes place. Our Ultra HD images can be viewed through a client’s custom portal from any device and once complete these images can be used to create a fully post-produced time-lapse edit of the whole process – ideal for marketing purposes.

We are well known for our experience, dedication and reputation for the highest quality work, so please get in touch to discuss any demolition project needs.

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Time-Lapse Systems are a part of Hideaway Media Ltd (est. 2007). World leader in the provision of bespoke time-lapse capture and site monitoring solutions. UK and Worldwide.