May 17, 2017

Ridiculous Decision: White asbestos not added to hazardous substances list

I think everyone visiting this website realizes just how dangerous asbestos in any form can be. So you'll be as surprised as we were to learn that white asbestos (Chrysotile) is not being added to the Rotterdam Convention's list of hazardous substances.

In order for a substance to be added to the list, a unanimous decision is required by all countries involved. At a recent meeting in Geneva that unanimity was not reached with Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Zimbabwe, India, and Syria all choosing to vote against adding it. That's despite the recommendation of the scientific community all countries are meant to listen to.

Arthur Frank, a public health scientist at Drexel University in the USA said,

"It is absolutely disgusting that a small number of countries that pedal death and disease to the rest of the world can block over 190 countries wanting to – not ban a product – but label it for what it is: an extremely toxic and dangerous, cancer-causing agent. This is the tyranny of the minority."

Chrysotile was first recommended for the hazardous substances list back in 2006. The fact it still hasn't been added, combined with the decision taken by those countries mentioned above to block it, calls into question the credibility of the Rotterdam Convention for some.

No next meeting of the Rotterdam Convention signatories does not happen until 2019.

Source: SHP

May 16, 2017

Wolverhampton Bus Garage Demolished

Back in October last year, the Homes and Communities Agency put out a tender for the demolition of the former Bus Garage on Bilston Road in Wolverhampton. Seven months on, and the garage is now demolished, with work continuing to clear the site. New images of the current state of the site can be found on the Express & Star website.

The site covers 12.5 acres of land, which once cleared will make way for new housing as part of the government's new housing plan across England. The Garage formed part of the Royal Hospital redevelopment project. Originally, Tesco was planning a £65 million superstore agreed in 2015, but pulled those plans due to ongoing and disappointing sales.

Local residence will hopefully be happy to see the redevelopment of the site progressing as it has been left in a state of disrepair since 1997.

May 15, 2017

Demolition Awards Deadline is June 30th

Last year, more than 50 entries contested the World Demolition Awards. If you want to be on that shortlist in 2017, you have just 6 weeks left to enter. The deadline for entries is June 30th.

There are 11 categories in all to choose between:
  • Civils Demolition
  • Collaboration in Demolition
  • Explosive Demolition
  • Industrial Demolition
  • Innovation – Plant and Equipment
  • Innovation – Tools and Attachments
  • Recycling and Environmental
  • Safety and Training
  • Urban Demolition
  • Contract of the Year under US$1 million
  • Contract of the Year over US$1 million.
If you would like to enter, or pass on an entry form to someone else you think qualifies, you can download them from the Demolition Summit website. Good luck!

May 12, 2017

IDE South East Regional Meeting summary

The IDE successfully hosted the second South Regional meeting of 2017 on the 4th May, and decided to remind everyone who couldn't attend what they missed. You won't want to miss the next one!

There were three presentations given during the meeting sponsored by Erith Contractors and held at their 33 Grosvenor Place site in London. Nick Turnbull from GNAT-UK spoke about the Brokk remote Demolition of the Shrewsbury Flax Mills Silos, which were located adjacent to the Grade One listed, and first ever, iron framed building erected in the World.

Mark Greenhalgh from Peak Access spoke about the rope access industry and assistance given to Erith and the National Trust in recovering valuable documents from an 18th century stately home fire.

Finally there was Terry Madden of Erith. He spoke about the demolition, fa├žade retention, and enabling works package for the Cross Rail Eastern Ticket Hall OSD Bond Street and Hanover Square redevelopment.

The next South East Regional Meeting will be held in August or September. 37 attended the May 4th event, hopefully the numbers for the next one will be even higher.

Source: IDE

May 11, 2017

C&D Consultancy to help 20 young people into employment

We are very pleased to announce that through a collaboration with Groundwork Greater Nottingham and support from the Big Lottery-fund Talent Match programme, C&D Consultancy is going to deliver specialist courses in asbestos awareness and NVQ Level 1 in Demolition to a group of young people in Derby and Nottingham.

The training targets 18-24-year-olds who have been out of work, training, or education for more than 12 months and who typically have a number of barriers to overcome.

Speaking to the Express & Star, our very own John Woodward commented,

"Our sector is crying out for young talent to come through the ranks and this is an ideal opportunity to get people to think about a career in this industry ... We have joined forces with the National Demolition Training Group, Groundwork and Talent Match to deliver these courses in the East Midlands and the first ones will cater for 20 people. If these are successful, we’ll look to hold more."

Matt Hanrahan, Employment and Enterprising Development Worker at Talent Match, added,

"The courses are a greater taster to the world of demolition and, importantly, gives our participants the opportunity to gain employment in a sector that is thriving and full of opportunities ... C&D Consultancy were chosen due to their expertise, track record in this specific industry and the style of their trainers, which gets the best out of people."

Source: Express & Star

May 10, 2017

IDE Scottish Seminar July 7th - Cancelled

The IDE has been forced to cancel the Scottish Seminar planned for July 7th due to circumstances beyond their control. This is a single event cancellation and we'll share details of when the next Scottish Seminar is going ahead when the date gets confirmed.

May 9, 2017

IDE President presents school with cheque to fund new playground

We are happy to report that Helen Allison School was recently presented with a cheque for £22,000 by IDE President David Darsey.

The funds were raised by the IDE and NFDC with a view to funding a new playground at the school. Speaking of the campaign, Mr Darsey commented, ""I'm delighted to help support such a worthy cause and enable kids to benefit from the new facilities."

Source: The National Autistic Society

May 8, 2017

World Demolition Awards deadline looms

The deadline for entries to this year’s World Demolition Awards is on June 30 - less than 2 months away.

The awards dinner takes place on November 2nd in London, during the World Demolition Summit, which is organised by Demolition & Recycling International magazine.

The entry process is easy, with entry forms available for download from the event website. ‘How to enter’ leaflets in five languages will also be available to download.

There are 11 categories to enter, as follows:
  • Civils Demolition
  • Collaboration in Demolition
  • Explosive Demolition
  • Industrial Demolition
  • Innovation – Plant and Equipment
  • Innovation – Tools and Attachments
  • Recycling and Environmental
  • Safety and Training
  • Urban Demolition
  • Contract of the Year under US$1 million
  • Contract of the Year over US$1 million

May 3, 2017

EDA President William Sinclair shares his thoughts on NDA Las Vegas

This past January, the NDA Annual Convention was held in Las Vegas. European Demolition Association (EDA) president William Sinclair was in attendance, and he returned to Europe with some new ideas and thoughts.

He discusses this at length on the EDA website, and it's well worth your time to give it a read. Here's an excerpt:

"The area that I thought was incredibly interesting was how the demolition industry could assist with Emergency Response for Disasters.

When your view the tragic consequences of disasters on your television screens, it is striking how so many show images of rescue workers bravely carrying out their duty amidst partially collapsed and dangerous structures.

Obviously, each and every emergency will require a bespoke solution coordinated with the rescue workers and authorities, but I cannot help think how effective, and how much safer, the task could be if the rescue teams has the experts assistance and equipment from the demolition industry.

Read more at the EDA website.

May 2, 2017

Collins Demolition Takes Delivery of Volvo High Reach

We were very happy to hear that Collins Demolition has taken delivery of a Volvo EC380E HR high reach machine complete with a brand new Rotar RSS20 scrap shear.

The EC380E has an operating weight of 113,410 pounds, a gross power of 303HP, tool weight of 6,600 pounds, and a reach of 23 meters (75 feet). By taking delivery of the machine, it means Collins no longer needs to rely on hiring a high reach machine when they need one, which will save money in the long run. They also have an existing fleet of Volvo machines together with a range of grabs, shears, and pulverisers.

According to Scott Craddock, director at Collins Demolition:

"Owning our own high reach strengthens our demolition offering and will help us to cut costs associated with hiring one in ... It is a welcome addition to our expanding range of equipment and we are looking forward to the next one ... We have also added to our range of Rotar attachments with the new scrap shear. We feel that the Rotar range is perfectly matched to our Volvo fleet."

Source: KHL

April 28, 2017

IDE announces new North West Seminar

The IDE has announced a brand new event which is sure to become a regular highlight on the calendar: the IDE North West Seminar.

The first outing of this event is taking place on Wednesday, 14th June in Penrith, Cumbria.

Delegates can book their place for just £50, and in return gain access to a half-day event (10am-2:30pm) of as-yet-to-be-announced speakers and presentations.

For more information, and to book your place (closing date for pre-booking is June 5th), please email info@ide.org.uk or call 01634 790548.

April 24, 2017

IDE South-East Regional Meeting May 4th

The IDE has announced that the next South-East Regional Meeting will be held on May 4th.

The event is sponsored by and being held at Erith Contractors, located at 33 Grosvenor Place, London SW1. Registration with refreshments and networking begins at 4pm, and this is a free event welcoming non-members that counts for 2 hours CPD.

Speakers at the meeting will include Erith's Terry Madden discussing the Hanover Square Demolition, GNAT UK's Nick Turnbull discussing the Brokk Remote Demolition of the Shrewsbury Flax Mill Silos, and Peak Access Maintenance Solutions' Mark Greenhalgh discussing Demolition and Installation of Temporary Works by Rope Access.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the IDE National Secretary by emailing info@ide.org.uk.

April 12, 2017

C&D Fishing days are back!

Regular readers will know that C&D hold golf days on a regular basis (the next one is on Friday, 2nd June at Enville Golf Club, register by emailing Craid at craig@demolishdismantle.co.uk if you would like to play this year).

But John is a fisherman, not a golfer, so he feels left out on the golf days. Therefore this year we are hosting one golf day and TWO fishing days!!!

If you are a coarse fisherman and would like to drown a few worms and maybe catch a net full of fish, why not come to a fishing day?

Dates and venues are as follows:-
  • Friday, 30th June at Moorlands Farm near Kidderminster
  • Friday, 4th August at Furnace Mill near Bewdley
Each day will start with a full fisherman's breakfast before drawing pegs for a 5 hour match. After emptying the pool of fish we will then have a meal and prize giving before driving home.

Both days are free of charge to invited guests, but places are limited to 12 people at Moorlands and 16 at Furnace Mill.

If you want to join us please email John at john.woodward@demolishdismantle.co.uk

April 10, 2017

Ramping up our Training

For the next 3 months we've managed to greatly increase the amount of training we can offer, so if you were waiting for a specific course to be added to the calendar, chances are it may be on there now.

Full details of the additional courses being offered between now and the end of August can be found over on our Demolition Training website.

April 5, 2017

John F Hunt Demolition Ltd Carlton School Career Day

2017 sees the launch of the first Demolition-focused degree, but in order for that degree to garner interest from students, who form the future of our industry, we need kids to know about demolition. That's why we're pleased John F Hunt Demolition Ltd attended a career day at Carlton School last month.

The IDE website has a full write up of the visit which is well worth a read. The only part we'll share here is the questions that the children asked, which included:
  1. Why is demolition needed?
  2. What’s involved in demolition?
  3. What’s best about working in demolition?
  4. What types of buildings have been destroyed by the company?
  5. What do you have to do to be a manager?
Source: IDE