July 7, 2015

IDE Autumn Seminar is happening in September. Book your places!

The IDE has revealed that their Autumn Seminar is happening on September 25th at One Great George St. in Westminster, London.

Here's the flyer advertising the event (click the image to see it full size):

If you would like to book places, please get in touch with the IDE directly by emailing info@ide.org.uk or phoning 01634 816255

July 6, 2015

Two Temporary Works training dates for your calendar

Over on our Demolition Training website we have details of two new dates (very soon!) for Temporary Works training.

Please head on over to the training site to find out more, and to book your places.

July 3, 2015

South East IDE Regional Meeting confirmed for July 16th

This is a quick reminder that a South-East Regional Meeting is being held by the IDE on Thursday, 16th July between 4-6pm.

If you would like to attend, the venue address is as follows:

The Tilbury Room
Hilton Dartford Bridge Hotel,
Masthead Close,
Crossways Business Park,
Dartford DA2 6QF

In order to attend, you need to email The National Secretary at info@ide.org.uk. And it's well worth attending, with David Matthews from Pro-Edge Ltd. speaking about Plant & Commercial Vehicle Visions Camera, Nicola Elvery speaking about Occupational Health, and IDE Past President Steve Jack discussing Demolition within the Nuclear Environment. Gary Bishop will also be present for a chat, and attending counts as 2 hours of CPD.

July 2, 2015

C&D Customer Berkeley Group see revenues grow

Berkeley Group is a customer of C&D Consultancy, and we are happy to see they are doing very well. Results for the year ending April 30th had revenue reaching £2,120 million, or £2.1 billion.

The two billion mark has been broken thanks to pre-tax profits rising 42% to £539.7 million. Overall revenue was up 31%. The next goal for the company? £2 billion in profits by 2018/19.

Berkeley has building operations active at every site where planning has been improved. That includes eight new sites started in the last year, including a joint venture with the National Grid, which will see in excess of 7,000 new homes built across 10 sites.

Source: The Construction Index

July 1, 2015

Most dramatic building demolitions in Nottingham

A great photo gallery has emerged of 28 of the most dramatic demolitions of Nottingham buildings. Some C&D customers appear in the gallery as well as a couple of jobs that John worked on years ago as well.

The Nottingham Post has the full gallery for you to have a flick through on their website.

June 30, 2015

Closing date for the Demolition Awards entries is July 31st

This is a reminder that the closing date for Demolition Awards entries is getting ever closer. There are now just over 4 weeks left until the deadline!

For details on how to make an entry, please visit the World Demolition Summit 2015 webpage. If all of your questions aren't answered by that page, then get in touch with Lindsay Gale by emailing lindsay.gale@khl.com or phoning 01892 786210.

The conference and Gala Awards dinner will be held on November 6th at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.

Source: Demolition & Recycling International

June 29, 2015

Institute of Construction Management President Gary Francis to be honoured by the Queen

We'd like to say congratulations to the Institute of Construction Management National President Gary Francis who has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours!

June 26, 2015

My Dad Does Demolition - Exclusive Book Trailer

If you'd like to buy a copy of the book, further details can be found here.

June 25, 2015

Free Courses announced by the NDTG

Over on our training website we have details of some new, free courses happening this year. Go check out the details, but here's the course list for your convenience:

Non-licenced Asbestos

Face Fit

Non-Licenced Asbestos


Supervisor Refresher
Thornaby (Northern Safety)

Oxy Fuel

Supervisor Refresher

Working At Height
25/09/2015 AM

Non-licenced Refresher
25/09/2015 PM

First Aid

Non-licenced Asbestos

Supervisor Refresher

Supervisor Refresher

June 24, 2015

Plan, Check, Do

“This was an entirely avoidable incident. The risks associated with demolition activity are well known and long standing. Demolition, dismantling and structural alteration are high risk activities which require careful planning and execution by contractors who are competent in the full range of demolition techniques. In this case, demolition using hand tools meant workers were unnecessarily exposed to the risk of structural collapse. It would have been safer to use a long reach excavator, which was subsequently brought in to complete the demolition following the incident. Ultimately, the system of work planned was unsafe, resulting in severe injuries which still affect the worker today.”

This is an interesting quote from an HSE Inspector commenting on an, unfortunately, all too familiar story. We don’t need to know the full details to know that something went seriously wrong, but what makes it interesting is the inspector’s clear indication that the planning process for the work was flawed. The point made was not that there was no planning, but that the system of work in operation was wrong and resulted in the incident. This begs the question, why carry out the correct procedure and planning, without making sure it is an appropriate and safe system of work.

If you’re not sure get it checked. C&D can help with this, our extensive knowledge of demolition engineering from years of experience has helped many companies with just such issues. If you need help get in touch and we will see what we can do together.