March 28, 2017

John Woodward talks career choices in latest issue of Demolition

The latest edition of the world's biggest and most widely-read publication for the global demolition industry, Demolition, includes an article entitled "Save Lives Through Engineering" featuring our very own John Woodward.

The article discusses John's efforts to back an initiative and encourage children to consider a career in engineering, which of course includes the demolition sector.

Issue 18 of Demolition is free to read online. John's two-page article can be found on page 10.

March 24, 2017

Construction News Specialists Awards Revealed

The winners of the Construction News Specialists Awards were revealed on Wednesday at Grosvenor House Hotel. You can get a full rundown with pictures of the winners over at the Awards Website, but we've included all the finalists and winners per category below:

Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year

Winner: GKR Scaffolding


Artel Scaffolding
BFT Mastclimbing
JECS Offshore Scaffolding
Tiger Scaffolding
Uni-Safe Access
WellMax Scaffolding

Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Daniel Holdcroft : Novus Property Solutions


Paul Lancaster: AR Demolition
Thomas Davies: AR Demolition
Corin Atkinson: Dodd Group
Paul Cairns: Nationwide Platforms

BIM Excellence

Winner: Metek UK
Highly Commended: Severfield


Bourne Construction Engineering
Cementation Skanska
NG Bailey
Plowman Craven

Building Services Specialist of the Year

Winner: Cuddy Environmental


Briggs and Forrester
Bull Products
Dodd Group
J S Wright & Co
Priddy Engineering Services

Business Innovation of the Year

Winner: Alford Technologies: Explosives Demolition using Remote Methods


A.C.Wilgar: Surefire Software
AFI: Machine Familiarisation Videos
Bull Products: Cygnus Wireless Alarm System
City Access Scaffolding: Rolling Scaffold
Dynasafe BACTEC: BombRisk Pro
Hilti (GB): Hilti ON!Track Asset Management
Klawz: Klawz Scaffolding Fitting
Plowman Craven: 3D tunnel scan solutions for Crossrail

Demolition Specialist of the Year

Winner: AR Demolition
Highly Commended: Keltbray


ADM Regeneration
Erith Contractors
H Smith (Engineers)
John F Hunt Demolition
R Collard
Wooldridge Demolition?

Equipment Supplier of the Year

Winner: Hilti (GB)
Highly Commended: Arco


Bull Products
Kayleigh Plant Hire
Nationwide Platforms
RMD Kwikform
Uni-Safe Access?

Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year

Winner: Keltbray Piling


Aarsleff Ground Engineering
Bachy Soletanche
Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering
Cementation Skanska
Erith Contractors
M J Rooney Construction
Van Elle

<b>Health & Safety Excellence

Winner: AR Demolition


Abbey Pynford Geo Structures
Ainsworth Civils & Engineering
Bachy Soletanche
John F Hunt Demolition
Kayleigh Plant Hire

Materials Supplier of the Year

Winner: The Keystone Group


Alumasc Water Management Solutions
Cupa Pizarras
Hargreaves Ductwork
IKO Polymeric
Lateral Design Studio
Polypipe Terrain

Project of the Year (subcontract up to £1m)

Winner: AR Demolition: Glensanda


Plowman Craven: Providing a 3D solution for Crossrail
Abbey Pynford Geo Structures: Lifting and Moving
Plan Construction Solutions: Waterproofing - London Road
The Deluxe Group: Cadogan Offices: 29 Duke of York Square Chelsea
Thompsons of Prudhoe: Merrion House, Leeds - Deconstruction
Tiger Scaffolding: NYCC County Hall

Project of the Year (subcontract £1m - £2m)

Winner: IMS Access: Center Parcs


ADM Regeneration: Remediation of Sonae construction board manufacturing site, Knowsley
Barton Plant: Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Facility
Clarke Facades: Premier Inn, Archway
Lee Marley Brickwork : Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford
Leyton Group Construction: Sea Containers House
Spie: Applied Technology takes BT's 23km of tunnels into a more sustainable future
Techjoint : PQC concrete bay replacement M25
The Deluxe Group: The Devonshire Club, London EC2

Project of the Year (subcontract over £2m)

Winner: Imtech: University of Nottingham Centre of Sustainable Chemistry Building


ADM Regeneration: Remediation of Turner & Newall asbestos cement products manufacturing facility, Widnes
Erith Contractors: 42 Shoe Lane
Lucas: South Bank Tower Specialist Fit Out and Finishing
McNicholas Construction Services: Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project
Metek UK: Oval Quarter at Myatt's Fields, Lambeth
NG Bailey: Wrightington Hospital
Severfield: 4 Pancras Square
The Deluxe Group: Dubai Parks & Resorts: Sony Pictures Motiongate Dubai

Roofing Specialist of the Year

Winner: SPV Group
Highly Commended: CA Roofing Services


Avonside Group Services
Longworth Building Services
MAC Roofing & Contracting
Uni-Safe Access

Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover up to £25m)

Winner: M J Rooney Construction


Alumet Systems (UK)
AR Demolition
Metek UK
Quest Joinery
Swift Brickwork Contractors?

Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover over £25m)

Winner: Cementation Skanska
Highly Commended: Severfield


Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering
Lee Marley Brickwork
NG Bailey
O'Brien Contractors
Van Elle

Technology Supplier of the Year Award

Winner: Reactec
Highly commended: Cemar

Alphatec Software

Training Excellence

Winner: GKR Scaffolding
Highly Commended: O'Donovan Waste Disposal


Abbey Pynford Geo Structures
Cementation Skanska
Erith Contractors
Priddy Engineering Services

Construction News Special Award

Winner: Metek UK

March 23, 2017

April edition of Refurb & Developer includes full-page C&D advert

The April 2017 edition of Refurb & Developer magazine is now available to read (for free) online, and in this issue you'll find a full-page C&D Consultancy advert on page 6.

If you'd like to give it a read, head on over to the Refurb & Developer website.

March 22, 2017

Mike Kehoe on demolition contractors

The March 2017 edition of house building magazine Showhouse includes an article by our very own Mike Kehoe on page 75.

The article discusses Mike's top tips for the best way for house builders to select a demolition contractor, including his 11 commandments.

You'll be pleased to hear the magazine can be read for free in your web browser.

March 16, 2017

NDTG Demolition Manager Course Dates for Wombourne

We are pleased to announce that we have agreed dates for a NDTG Demolition Manager Course at Wombourne starting in April and running one day a week for five weeks.

Places are limited so if you want to do the Manager Course without travelling to Hemel Hempstead or Bradford, now is your chance. Just pop over to our demolitiontraining.com site where full details are available.

March 8, 2017

Policy on Waste in Wales Seminar, July 4th

We'd like to bring your attention to a new seminar that has appeared on our radar that will be of interest to anyone involved in the waste industry, especially in or around Wales.

The Policy Forum for Wales has announced a seminar being held on July 4th in Cardiff entitled "Policy on waste in Wales - next steps for management, energy generation and the circular economy," and includes a keynote address from Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy Branch, Welsh Government.

The seminar is CPD Certified and will focus on the future of waste policy in Wales and the implications for waste management, energy generation and the circular economy. It comes as the Welsh Government updates its waste strategy Towards Zero Waste and seeks to become a zero waste nation by 2050.

The seminar is scheduled during uncertainty over the impact of Brexit on waste regulations, and as Wales prepares to implement its own landfill tax.

Delegates will also discuss the impact of legislation such as the Environment (Wales) Act, Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and Planning (Wales) Act on waste policy.

Further planned sessions focus on managing waste to deliver the target of recycling 70% of waste by 2025, developing the circular economy and progress so far in gaining energy from waste and the potential for further action.

The seminar will run from 9am to 1pm and costs £210 +VAT per delegate. Materials and refreshments are included, with a PDF document covering transcripts of the speeches, questions and comments, as well as extra articles submitted by delegates, which is distributed to all attendees approximately working days after the seminar.

For more information and access to a booking form, please visit the Policy Forum for Wales website.

March 7, 2017

IDE Spring Seminar 2017 was a resounding success

The IDE has a new post up on its website going into great detail about the success of the Spring Seminar 2017, returning this year to the Royal Armouries venue.

We highly recommend you head on over to the IDE website and have a read. Here's an excerpt to whet your appetite:

"One of the largest and complex demolition jobs over the last few years has been Keltbray Ltd’s Earls Court project. Operations Director Jim O’Sullivan and Technical Manager Dave Rowe were on hand to describe the innovative and technically challenging methods involved in removing some of the largest and heaviest concrete beams found on a UK demolition site utilising the services of one of the World’s largest cranes. Working in close proximity to London Underground and Overground train services the team worked to limited time slots to remove structures without hindering the running of train services..."

March 6, 2017

John Woodward to be WDS 2017 Session Chair

We are very pleased to announce that our own John Woodward, along with Howard Button, CEO of the NFDC, will be session chairs at this year's World Demolition Summit.

The Summit is being held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington this year on November 2nd. Howard Button will chair the morning session before John takes over for the afternoon.

If you haven't booked your places yet, then head over to the official website for full details

February 20, 2017

WDS 2017: Two New Speakers Confirmed

The World Demolition Summit 2017 has two new speakers confirmed for this November's event!

They are Jacqueline O'Donovan and Scott Knightly.

Jacqueline O'Donovan is managing director of O'Donovan Waste Disposal, and her talk will focus on developing closer working relationships between the demolition, recycling and logistics industries.

Scott Knightly is president of the US National Demolition Association and also runs his own company called Envirovantage. His talk will focus on the demolition of an 11,000 sq m (120,000 sq ft) mill complex in the US.

To hear both speakers, as well as many more, head on over to the WDS 2017 website to book your places.

Source: D&RI

February 15, 2017

Meet the Team: Les Hemmings

We're in the process of updating our C&D team pages on this website, and the latest new entry is for Les Hemmings. You can read the answers to his Q&A session below:


Under the microscope is one of C&D Consultancy’s longest serving members of staff…Les Hemmings.

How long have you worked at C&D Consultancy?

I’ve been here since the very early days when John first started the business in 2003 and have seen it grow massively during that time.

It’s a real privilege to have been involved in the expansion, from working on some small projects to being the first ‘port of call’ when a complex demolition project is considered.

We’ve even become known in the sector as a bit of a troubleshooter, who can go in when a job hasn’t worked and quickly come up with a solution to take the structure down.

What is your current role and what does it involve?

General dogsbody! No seriously, I’m Principal Designer at C&D and that involves a myriad of responsibilities, from offering technical advice on the correct demolition process to project management and something as simple as ensuring the right communication channels are in place.

Due to my extensive experience, I tend to be dragged into very complex contracts that some firms will not touch. Whilst they are challenging and can be extremely time consuming (I’ve worked 24 hours in some cases) these are the ones that give you the greatest satisfaction and are always good to learn from.

Tell us about some of these projects?

Where do I start? I suppose one of the biggest ones I’m working on at the moment is the demolition of part of the Mander Centre in our hometown of Wolverhampton.

This is an iconic symbol of local life, but desperately needs a new look and modernising and we are well on the way to completing a traditional ‘top down’ process working with some very big machines. We also have to take into consideration noise due to the prime location and the fact parts of the centre are still in operation.

Other interesting ones were an oil reinfery that wanted to keep the roof intact and a two-year project for a power station that was badly damaged by fire.

Each job is different and has its own unique challenges…you have to face each one like this otherwise complacency will settle in and that is a very dangerous situation to be in.

We understand you have been a member of the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) for many years, how pleased are you with the new ‘Demolition Degree’?

It has been a long time coming and will finally give demolition engineers a recognised qualification that goes some way to highlighting the vast experience we possess.

For too long structural engineers and surveyors have hoarded letters after their name over us and this Degree will address that.

I’m very passionate about bringing young people into our sector and this will undoubtedly make us a more attractive industry to work in. I’m happy to play my bit and share my knowledge and experience with people on the course.

What do you like doing outside of work?

Clay pigeon shooting and golf are two of my biggest passions outside of work, although that passion isn’t always replicated in my actual performance on the greens.

I also enjoy spending time with my wife and my three children.