September 2, 2015

2015 World Demolition Awards shortlists announced

D&Ri has this week announced the shortlists for the 2015 World Demolition Awards. We've included the lists below:

Civils Demolition Award
  • DDM Demontage BV, Netherlands
  • Despe, Italy
  • Matte & Associates, India
  • Micor, UK
Collaboration in Demolition Award
  • Coleman & Co, RWE Generation UK & Stonewells IPS
  • Coleman & Co, Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust, Holbrow Brookes, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Capita, Carillion
  • Keltbray, Capital and Counties PLC (Capco), Abnormal Load Engineering (ALE), Network Rail (NWR), Earls Court and Olympia (EC&O), Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Borough of
  • Hammersmith and Fulham.
  • McMahon Services, Australian Department of Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) and Lend Lease Building Contractors (LLBC).
  • Safedem, C&D Consultancy, Despe, Glasgow Housing Association.
Contract of the Year over US$1 million
  • Brown & Mason, UK
  • Cantillon Ltd, UK
  • Ceres NZ, New Zealand
  • Coleman & Company, UK
  • Erith Contractors Ltd, UK
  • Liberty Industrial, Australia
Contract of the Year under US$1 million
  • Coleman & Company, UK
  • Erith Contractors Ltd, UK
Explosive Demolition Award
  • Coleman & Company, UK
  • Fabio Bruno Construções Ltda, Brazil
  • Liberty Industrial, Australia
Industrial Demolition Award
  • Coleman & Company, UK
  • Delta Pty, Australia
  • Despe - Raffineria di Gela, Italy
  • Erith Contractors Ltd, UK
  • NIKAU Contractors Ltd, New Zealand
  • Two Rivers Demolition, USA
Innovation Award – Plant & Equipment
  • Dolan Demolition, UK
  • JCB & Coleman & Co, UK
  • Komatsu, UK
  • Lek Sloopwerken, Netherlands
  • Liebherr, UK
  • Protranz Earthmoving Ltd, New Zealand
  • Sandvik, UK
Innovation Award – Tools & Attachments
  • Mantovanibenne S.r.l, Italy
  • Rotar, Netherlands
Recycling & Environmental Award
  • AR Demolition, UK
  • Cantillon Ltd, UK
  • Coleman & Company, UK
  • GBM Demolition, UK
Safety & Training Award
  • AR Demolition, UK
  • Brown & Mason, UK
  • Cantillon Ltd, UK
  • Coleman & Company, UK
  • Despe, Italy
  • NIKAU Contractors Ltd, New Zealand
Urban Demolition Award
  • Adamo Group Inc, USA
  • Brandenburg Industrial, USA
  • Coleman & Company, UK
  • Costello Dismantling, USA
  • Erith Contractors Ltd, UK
  • Keltbray, UK
Source: D&Ri

September 1, 2015

C&D customer Armac get to work in Coventry

Armac has started work on demolishing The Rocket Pub near Coventry railway station. The work is part of the ongoing Friargate regeneration project for the area, and the removal of the pub, which has been boarded up for four years, will likely be welcomed by locals. Eventually the area will become a new business district with 25 new buildings being constructed.

Once removed, the land will be used for storage while a tunnel is constructed beneath Warwick Road to allow better pedestrian access from the station to Central Six retail park.

A gallery of images showing the demolition in progress as well as some historical images from the pub's past can be viewed at the Coventry Telegraph website.

August 28, 2015

Making Light Work Of Industrial Dismantling

Great film from Demolition News showing the complex demolition at Ferrybridge Power Station by J Bryan (Victoria) Ltd where C&D are providing full time demolition engineering and upskilling of the workforce.

Source: Demolition News

August 27, 2015

C&D customer Armac Group working hard at Bermondsey

Below is a two-minute video of both real-time and timelapse captured footage of Armac working at Bermondsey, part of the Thameslink rail project:

Armac has also been tweeting out pictures from the job, with this panoramic shot of the site being a highlight:

August 26, 2015

My Dad does Demolition crosses the pond

Joint authors of My Dad Does Demolition--John Woodward & Mark Anthony--are delighted that Bill Moore (judge of the World Demolition Awards in Amsterdam in November) liked the book so much that he ordered one for his grandson Jake.

Here is what Bill said when he sent through a picture of his grandson with the book:

"As promised, here's a picture I had taken yesterday after giving your book to my grandson, Jake, at his 8th birthday party.

My son, John, is 36 and is the general superintendent for Alpine Demolition, a suburban Chicago demolition contractor.

Jake may be the 3rd generation "wrecker"?

Thanks again for the great book!

We've also received picture proof from our friend and explosive demolition expert Fabio Bruno that My Dad Does Demolition has now reached Brazil!

You can still obtain copies via eBay.

August 25, 2015

C&D customers work together to improve efficiency on site

Manchester-based C&D customer Connell Brothers has decided to start transitioning to the OilQuick system on their new excavators.Mike Dowling explains all in the videos, or click the source link below for more detail information.

Source: ECY Haulmark

August 24, 2015

Doreen - The Movie!

Many attendees at C&D Consultancy training courses have seen a short film, Doreen's Story, about how difficult life can be...

Well now "Our Doreen" is on the big screen with previews all round the Midlands soon.

Tickets are now on sale for the Gala Previews of Doreen The Movie which is being screened at 7 independent venues around the Midlands from October – Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth, Lichfield, Broseley, Stafford, Sutton Coldfield, and Bromsgrove.

Come along and meet the cast, hear the speeches, grab a souvenir signed programme, and be one of the first to watch this unique Black Country indie comedy in a great atmosphere.

Be quick though – spaces are limited, one venue is already sold out and others are running low.

August 21, 2015

Demolition Magazine Issue 11 available to read

Mark Anthony of Demolition News has released Issue 11 of Demolition Magazine, which is freely available to read online. We've included the magazine below for your convenience:

Alternatively you can access it directly on the Issuu website.

August 20, 2015

Worsley Plant offers screening bucket that saves time and money on hydro electric power installations

A REMU Screening Bucket from Worsley Plant has helped Wyvis Plant &Power Ltd to save time, money and the environment in the Hydro Electric Power Industry in the Scottish Highlands.

Wyvis Plant & Power Ltd is a family owned business based in Strathpeffer Ross-shire, Scotland. It is presently run by two brothers, Ian & Alan Stewart. The company was established in 1968 by their father Kenneth. They specialize in installing Hydro Electric Power Stations for their customers.

Hydro Electric Power now accounts for around 12% of all Scotland’s electricity, and over half of Scotland’s hydroelectric schemes are in the Highlands and Islands area. Currently there are around 145 hydro schemes of various sizes operating in Scotland.

What is Hydro Electric Power?

Hydroelectricity is the term referring to electricity generated by hydropower; the production of electrical power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water. It is the most widely used form of renewable energy in the world today. Whilst a lot of focus has recently been on wind and solar, hydroelectricity offers Scotland significant energy capacity for the future.

Many of the Hydro Electric Power stations that Wyvis Plant work on are in hard to reach areas of the Scottish Highlands, where accessibility to the site is often poor. Roads are located high up in the mountains and moving plant and vehicles is difficult. The potential to take materials off site and bring in new material is a lot harder.

With some projects involving laying pipeline of over 1km in length, there is a lot of material being excavated, followed later by the need to backfill the newly laid pipes. Wyvis Plant could see the potential benefit of screening material on site. This would mean material could be reused, rather than taken off and bought onto site.

Alan researched screening buckets and was aware, from events he had attended, that Sean Heron, MD of Worsley Plant recommended REMU buckets as the best on the UK market. He made contact with David Marshall, Worsley Plant’s Area Sales Manager for Scotland, and made the decision to purchase a REMU EX140, which Wyvis Plant are now reaping the benefits of using on their 14t and 18t excavators.

The cost savings achieved when material from an excavation is screened on-site and used in the padding process of pipe excavation makes this the fastest growing application for the screening bucket. On-site bucket screening increases the time that machinery is used for profitable work by eliminating down time associated with waiting for the next truck to arrive with materials.

Alan, of Wyvis Plant says:

The REMU screening bucket has saved us considerable time, as well as transportation and material costs. The nature of our work, with the difficult site access, means that recycling materials not only makes the job more cost effective, but is also kinder to the environment. We are extremely pleased with how the REMU bucket works. Even with sticky material it performs well when others wouldn’t. Being in the Scottish Highlands material is often damp with a high clay content and the REMU bucket hits the mark.

When working with a screening bucket, you can screen the material from the excavation, and:
  • Use it for padding
  • Dump the oversized material on top of the padding
  • Even finalize the landscaping by using the topsoil from the job site
David Marshall, Area Sales Manager for Scotland, has been instrumental in setting up Worsley Plant’s Scottish Depot, which is now based at Glenfoot Farm in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire. This will allow us to be more focused on the needs of our Scottish customer’s and increase our response times on service and delivery.

August 19, 2015

Spillard Safety Systems

As we have explained on our sister site Demolition Training, Spillard Safety Systems now has a permanent link on the right-hand side of both sites. We feel the safety Spillard's services offer to those working in the construction and demolition industries is well worth the investment, and therefore highlighting.

Go check out what Spillard has to offer. We're fans of their very clever camera vision system for removing blind spots.