April 18, 2014

Latest edition of Demolition & Recycling International magazine available

The March-April edition of Demolition & Recycling International magazine is now available to read online, on your mobile devices, or to download.

This latest issue has the following highlights:
  • Explosive Demolition: D&Ri reports on the three blowdowns that made it to the shortlist for the 2013 Explosive Demolition Award
  • Crushing & Screening: A look at some of the latest generation mobile crushing and screening units to come onto the market
  • Site Report: AR Demolition carried out demolition as part of the refurbishment of Kings Cross railway station in the heart of the city of London, UK. D&Ri reports
To grab your copy, just visit the KHL Group website where it should load directly in your web browser.

April 17, 2014

Demolition & Dismantling gets first issue for 2014

We are pleased to announce that the NFDC has released the first issue of Demolition and Dismantling Magazine for 2014.

It's 80-pages in total and includes stories involving Syd Bishop & Sons, Balicrest, R Collard, Wessex Demolition, Total Reclaims Demolition, Gnat UK, and Husqvarna. There's also an article from the Institue of Demolition Engineers, an interview with NFDC CEO and Group Manager and a centre spread on our Annual General Meeting/Demolition Awards 2014.

We've embedded the issue below, just click on it to have a read:


Source: NFDC

April 16, 2014

Reflecting on the Government changes to prevent bogus self employment

C&D customer Number 8 Group Ltd. has reflected on the Government changes to prevent bogus self employment, more specifically, here is what one of their customers is doing about it:

You may be aware of a recent consultation paper issued by the government, focusing on ending bogus self employment within the construction and other industries. Whilst the consultation period will last up to eight weeks, it’s likely that the current set up of agencies and intermediaries supplying temporary self employed labour will change. Genuinely self employed people will not be affected however it remains to be seen exactly what the government define as genuinely self employed within the agency supply market.

It’s fair to say that construction companies of all sizes enjoy the flexibility of hiring self employed operatives from agencies, both from a cost and employment status perspective. In our opinion the industry would be in serious trouble if a significant proportion of the agency labour supplied came with the added cost of holiday pay, sick pay and employers NI not to mention maternity/paternity pay. This could add upwards of 25% to the actual cost of hiring in an operative, and this will have to be borne by either the operative, agency, contractor or end client.

This new legislation is due to take effect from April 2014 in some shape or form, which will be finalised after the consultation period has ended. So in four months from now, the way you hire in temporary labour could be very different and ultimately a lot more expensive. Having said that, there is a huge amount of issues and concerns to resolve, and as the government has gone through a similar exercise four years ago, the result could still be very little change.

At Number 8, we’re working with advisors to ensure we have a workable model by April 2014, whatever the outcome. We’re not sure what this model will look like at this point, however rest assured we will be reviewing every possible option in order for us to continue offering a cost effective labour supply service. We fundamentally understand that the recovery in the construction industry will only continue if a viable solution to this new piece of legislation is found, a solution that enables contractors to continue working competitively BUT within the new rules dictated by this legislation.

In the meantime it’s business as usual and we will keep you updated if there are any developments, and certainly inform you of our new model once finalised. Of course please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about these changes.


Thanks to Number 8 Group Ltd. for providing us with the above.

April 15, 2014

DSM Demolition tears down the back of Tesco in Walsall

Last month we posted about C&D customer DSM Demolition tearing down the back of the old Tesco building in Walsall town centre. Well, less than a month later and they've finished the job.

The Old Square redevelopment will see £21 million spent and a new Primark and Co-op being erected. The project won't be completed until 2015, but the demolition phase seems to be coming to an end withough any problems.

Source: Express & Star

April 14, 2014

Tipton Green school says thank you for John's talk to kids


You may remember a few days ago we posted about John Woodward giving a successful talk to the children at Tipton Green school. Well, not the school has responded with a big thank you!

Here's the email we received from the school:

Dear All, thanks SO much for all your help in making the Primary Futures Pilot at Tipton Green such a success. We really appreciated the time you gave up and it was clear that the children were inspired and excited by your presentations and the opportunities ahead for them.


The scheme John signed up to is called Inspiring the Future - Primary schools. And you can take part, too. Just head on over the the Inspiring the Future website and sign up!

April 11, 2014

Classic pictures from a 1970 chimney demolition


What was it like demolishing a chimney in 1970? How about 3 men, a few ropes, and some hand tools? Don't believe me? Then you need to take a look at the demolition gallery over on GetReading (link below).

The gallery is full of black & white photographs captured on a chimney demolition in early 1970. The chimney in question was owned by the Electricity Board and located at Vastern Road in Caversham and Reading.

Were you working demolition in the 70's? Is this a blast from the past or an eye opener about how it used to be?

If you need to demolish a chimney like this in 2014 put your men on a C&D Work at Height course before you start. Contact margaret@demolishdismantle.co.uk for more information.

Source: GetReading

April 10, 2014

Apollo GCL appoint C&D as their H&S advisors and to produce their ISO management system


New kids on the civil engineering block Apollo GCL have appointed C&D as their H&S advisors as they start to grow their business.

The high level of enquiries received by Apollo GCL has also meant that the production of an ISO management system has become a priority for their expansion and we are pleased to say that the order for this work has also been awarded to C&D.

C&D will produce a fully integrated ISO system along with obtaining certification from Constructionline and Achilles.

If you feel that you need an ISO system then why not contact John Woodward to discuss your requirements with prices starting from £4,500.

April 9, 2014

Talk at Tipton Green school hailed as a success

Thursday 27th March saw John at Tipton Green School giving talks to all of the classes about a life in demolition as part of the "Inspiring the Future" programme. The talks were the second time John had returned to school to talk to pupils and this time John was one of six people attending to give the pupils an insight into the real world of work.


The full programme saw John, and Steve Gray of C&D customer Apollo GCL, along with other professionals give short talks to each class in turn to inspire the pupils to consider a job other than a Pop Star or Footballer.

The programme, which can be downloaded, allowed little time for breaks to ensure that all classes heard each speaker.

John's talk, entitled "Demolition Engineering A Great Career Choice" was very well received with several of the pupils wanting to drive large machines and blow down buildings.



Following the talks John has agreed to return to the school to be interviewed on the school radio station.

April 8, 2014

Demolition Professional required in Australia, any takers?

Liberty Industrial has been in touch via the IDE and is seeking a Demolition professional with project management experience to take up a position in Australia. We've included the details below for anyone who may be interested. I'm pretty sure the weather going to be better than the cold and wet UK at least.

Australia’s leading industrial demolition and deconstruction company are currently seeking Project Managers for relocation to Australia.

Liberty Industrial provides demolition and deconstruction contracting and consultancy services to the mining, heavy industrial, power generation and oil and gas sectors throughout Australia. Specialising in large scale, technically challenging projects for blue chip clients, Liberty Industrial has built a reputation for excellence in their field.

As the successful candidate you will ideally have:
  • 5-10 years’ experience managing demolition projects, ideally in the sectors outlined above
  • Ability to carry out work to a high safety standard and drive a strong safety culture
  • Excellent communication, time management and leadership skills
  • Good commercial acumen with experience managing contracts
  • Ability to program and track the progress of projects using Microsoft Project
  • Team player with the ability to lead and manage a project team
  • Strong technical understanding of demolition
  • Experience with asbestos removal and/or remediation projects an advantage
As the majority of their projects are outside the major cities of Australia, you will operate on fly-in fly-out rosters of typically four weeks on the project with one week off.

They are offering an attractive above market remuneration package commensurate with your skills and experience and will provide you with assistance with 457 visas and/or sponsorship for migration to Australia.

This is an excellent opportunity to advance your career. If you have the required skills, want to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation and enjoy working in a young enthusiastic team they want to hear from you!

To apply, or for more information regarding this position or other demolition engineering employment opportunities in Australia, please contact Simon Gill on +61 1300 100 180 or email him at simon@libertyindustrial.com.au

April 7, 2014

EDA announce Demolition Forum June 12-14


The European Demolition Association has announced the 2014 Demolition Forum, which will happen between June 12-14 in Madrid, Spain.

The aim of the Forum is to be an open conference where all the related industries to the deconstruction process could work together towards this mutual goal.

On June 12th and 13th there will be a Professional program including an optional visit to SRR - Recycling and Recovery Trade Fair 2014 and the demolition jobsite: “Interior demolition of a building complex in Madrid.” The Leisure program includes a Welcome cocktail, guided visit to San Lorenzo del Escorial and surroundings (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and shopping, and an exclusive Gala Dinner in the “Gran Casino de Madrid”, with live entertainment and a unique location.

Saturday, 14th June is a Visit Madrid day where you can discover the most important sights of the city: Cibeles, Las Ventas bullring, Bernabeu’s Stadium or the Main Square are part of this guided visit on a panoramic tour. It will be followed by a traditional Spanish meal at a typical restaurant and, to conclude, a visit to the Royal Palace.

Attending the Demolition Forum requires a Conference Ticket which will cost 295 euros for members of EDA/IACDS/EDI/FIR, 395 euros for members of National Associations, and 495 euros for everyone else. Those prices are for registrations before April 30th. After that and they increase by 100 euros each.

The Leisure ticket, Gala dinner, and Visit Madrid tour cost 195, 175, and 95 euros respectively before April 30th. After that they increase by 50 euros each.

If you'd like to attend visit the EDA's Demolition Forum website for more information.