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.

February 13, 2017

Latest Demolition and Recycling International Magazine Available

The January-February 2017 issue of Demolition and Recycling International magazine is now available to read for free.

Highlights of this issue include:
  • ConExpo showguide
  • Demolition excavators
  • Mobile crushing
C&D Consultancy is mentioned twice in this issue, and more specifically, the Rosemount explosive demolition job is featured, which we collaborated on with Safedem.

You can download the PDF version directly, or get it for your Apple iOS or Google Android devices.

February 10, 2017

RGL Demonstrates How to Demolish Concrete Using Water

RGL is the UK's leading provider of water jetting services, and that includes using water for demolition jobs!

The company have been working on the corrosion protection and concrete repairs project at Coronation Arches, Folkestone for several months. Using Ultra High Pressure water jetting via robotic and hand held methods they have removed over 100 cubic metres of concrete.

To show exactly how this system works, RGL created a video showing the work at Folkestone. It's available to watch on the RGL website, and I highly recommend you pop over and spend a couple of minutes watching how it's done. They even replace humans with a robot during high tide, removing the risk of injury completely.