Japanese firm develops new technique to demolish Tokyo's Akasaka Grand Prince Hotel

Tuesday 12 February 2013 18.34
The Akasaka Grand Prince Hotel in Tokyo closed in March 2011
The Akasaka Grand Prince Hotel in Tokyo closed in March 2011

A Japanese company has developed a new way of demolishing high-rise buildings in densely built-up areas.

Taisei Corporation is using a "shrinking" technique as an alternative to using wrecking balls or explosives.

The luxury Akasaka Grand Prince Hotel in Tokyo, which closed in March 2011, is being taken down floor-by-floor.

Hideki Ichihara of Taisei Corporation said: "In Japan, and many big cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, and in the US, there are many towers over a hundred metres that will need to come down. In this way we can do it safe and clean."