October 31, 2014

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

With Bonfire Night fast approaching its worth taking some time to consider ways of keeping family and visitors safe around bonfires and fireworks.

If you are organising a major public event, you will clearly need a robust and detailed approach to planning as well as professional involvement. If you are holding a local firework display, such as those organised by many sports clubs, schools or parish councils, you still need to plan responsibly, but the same level of detail is not necessary or expected. Even the small family parties in the back garden can benefit from a bit of advice and guidance.

Fortunately the HSE have an advice page which gives some sound advice for whichever type of Bonfire Night event you are organising.

Have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night.

October 30, 2014

Controlled explosion takes down 5 buildings at Kingsnorth Power Station

The video you see above is the implosion of 5 buildings located at the old Kingsnorth Power Station. The site was closed in March 2013 due to not reaching EU standards on pollution. Since then, demolition has been planned and scheduled, with the implosion above happening on October 23rd.

Source: Kent Online

October 29, 2014

Saturday training to become a regular option in Liverpool

Following many requests for odd places on a Saturday training course C&D have decided that we will now be running a NDTG certificated Demolition & Asbestos Awareness course on one Saturday each month in the Liverpool area with the first of those courses on Saturday 01 November with Mike Kehoe MIDE as trainer.

C&D have run open Saturday courses on a monthly basis in Birmingham and London for the last 18 months with great success and we now feel that this tried and tested model should be rolled out across other areas of the UK.

If you need a single place, or a dozen places please book them via email to mike@demolishdismantle.co.uk

Construction News Specialists Awards 2015 gets 8 new categories

The Construction News Specialists Awards 2015 are being held next year on the 18th March at Hilton Park Lane, London. The awards are free to enter, but you must submit your entry no later than November 7th. However, this year there's not just 10 categories of awards to choose from. There's 18!

8 new categories have been added, including the following:
  • Specialist Contractor of the Year with a turnover up to £25m
  • Specialist Contractor of the Year with a turnover over £25m
  • Business Innovation of the Year
  • Equipment Supplier of the Year
  • Materials Supplier of the Year
  • BIM Project Excellence
  • Sustainable Project of the Year
  • Structural Specialist of the Year

If you have any questions regarding your entry, please contact George Thornton on 020 7391 4530 or email george.thornton@emap.com. Remember, November 7th is the deadline.

October 28, 2014

John Woodward Watches the waste line in November issue of LAWR magazine

We are happy to report that our very own John Woodward has an article in the November issue of Local Authority Waste & Recycling (LAWR) magazine entitled, "Watching the waste line."

You can find out more over at the LAWR website.

C&D Customer Armac goes "On the Beer"

Armac has begun demolition contractor duties working on the "eyesore" building that is the block in front of the Brewery in Cheltenham. Last week a grabber started taking down the block, with site clearance expected to be completed before the end of 2014.

The principal contractor on-site is Kier Construction, appointed by developer Martin Commercial Properties. The aim is to redevelop and regenerate Cheltenham's lower high street. In total £30 million is being put into the redevelopment.

Source: Gloucestershire Echo

October 27, 2014

Toby Comley throws his hat into the ring that is the IDE Election process

Toby Comley, managing director of Comley Demolition, has decided to stand for election to the IDE Council of Management.

Speaking of the decision, Toby said:

"Although young in years and comparatively new to the Institute, I am passionate about the Industry which I have been involved in all my life – a third generation professional having been taught well – the Industry and associated Industries will have to adapt in the future as environments and the type of structures requiring demolition change."

You can read his full statement regarding his intention to stand for election over on the Comley Demolition website.

Asbestos Removal Works Warning

Are you carrying out asbestos removal works on your sites, or is an asbestos removal contractor doing that work for you? If so are you really sure that it is being done correctly?

The HSE are very concerned about asbestos works that are being done in accordance with CAR2012 and the ACOPs, so why not pop across to our sister site www.demolitiontraining.com to look at what they are focusing on at present, and if you feel that you need to improve your level of training why not contact margaret@demolishdismantle.co.uk to arrange a course.

October 24, 2014

UCATT focusing on stress

This week is European Safety Week and the main focus will be on STRESS! UCATT are so concerned about the issue that they have issued a free to download leaflet and a statement. They also recommend carrying out stress audits on site.

If you want to be involved and feel that this will be beneficial to your company (and I am sure that it will) then why not arrange a stress audit for your site by contacting john.woodward@demolishdismantle.co.uk

Equally if you would like a stress awareness course for the company please contact jill@demolishdismantle.co.uk

Stress is a real issue in today's working world and results in thousands of lost person hours so please do not ignore it.

John's Primary Futures talks get featured!

We are very pleased that one of John's Primary Futures talks is featured on the Primary Futures website. You can view it by clicking the link below:


John's work for Primary Futures is also featured on the Education and Employers website, including video and links to the images associated with the venture included below:

Photos available here:


Finally, there's an excellent article on the NAHT website discussing the Primary Futures initiative and how it boosts the aspirations of thousands of primary school children. It's well worth a read: