December 1, 2016

Is a "no cards Christmas" the way to go?

This year, as in the previous 10 years, C&D Consultancy will not be sending Christmas cards to customers and friends to wish them seasonal greetings, instead we will be making a charity donation equivalent to the cost of the cards and stamps to our charity of the year.

This year that donation has been made to Bark Inn Kennels after the kennel walk on Sunday.

I know many people love a house full of cards at this time of year, but we feel that the money we would have spent, this year £100, can be more useful to a charity hence our decision.

As more and more people use social media to send Christmas messages and share videos of themselves as dancing elves, perhaps you could do the same this year or next and help a charity close to your heart instead.

November 30, 2016

Practicing What We Preach

Continuing professional development is important for any professional person as I am sure we all agree. Equally important, however, is the continued development of the companies they work for.

Here at C&D we take this very seriously and as a result we have just renewed our SMAS certification, which evaluates our Health and Safety systems within our own business. Obviously, as Health and Safety professionals it is highly important that we practice what we preach and it is always nice for others to confirm that this is what we do.

Interestingly, following conversations with our allocated assessor, it would seem that our certification at Principal Designer level is possibly the only, certainly one of the very few, Demolition Consultancies certified at this level. Once again C&D is leading the field.

Please click the certificate below to view it full size:

November 29, 2016

November-December issue of D&RI Magazine available!

The latest issue of Demolition and Recycling International magazine is no available to download. The Volume 18, Number 6 November-December 2016 issue contains 60-pages of content, including:

Changing legislation and a trend to higher quality products are raising the profile of the Finnish company's natural stone recycling business.

For a small country in the centre of Europe, Austria has one of the world’s biggest concentrations of crushing and screening companies. D&Ri catches up with three of them, starting with Rubble Master.

A measured approach to product progression: the compact equipment market has remained a hive of activity during 2016 as manufacturers show that it is possible to have big plans for small machines.

We look back at the World Demolition Awards 2016 in Miami which featured five first-time winners including Priestly Demolition of Canada.

The first of two articles on the forthcoming Conexpo exhibition in the USA, taking place in March 2017 features exhibitors and new products.

D&Ri rounds up some recent developments in concrete cutting as the ingenuity of equipment suppliers becomes increasingly tested with complex and time-specific requirements.

The annual USA-based showcase for the global concrete industry returns after a 2016 show that was its most successful for seven years, with a total of more than 60,000 professionals attending the event.

You can download the PDF edition of the magazine by clicking here.

November 28, 2016

Changes to Midlands Regional Meeting Dates and Venues

Following discussions with Adrian McLean and Richard Dolman the IDE have decided to make the following changes to the Midlands Regional Meetings:-

Tuesday 17th January: Venue is changed from Armac Group to an AR sponsored venue. Details will follow but date remains the same.

Wednesday 5th April: Date is now Thursday 30 March at Armac Group Quarry to coincide with the launch of the new Volvo Demolition Range at the venue on the following day.

November 23, 2016

Training preview for 2017

As stated on our sister site Demolition Training, there's now a preview of the training courses we are offering during the first 3 months of 2017. We realize it's a little early to be talking about the new year, but as is the point of training: we like to be prepared.

To download a copy of the training programme click HERE, or contact Stuart on stuart@demolishdismantle.co.uk

November 22, 2016

Matt Birch chats about the UK's first Demolition Degree (on camera)

C&D's very own Matt Birch featured in this video chatting about the UK's first Demolition Degree, which starts next year at Wolverhampton University. Matt will be attending!

November 21, 2016

IDE Midlands Regional Meeting dates announced for 2017

The IDE have announced the Midlands Regional Meeting dates for 2017 and they are as follows;-
  • Tuesday 17th January. Venue:- Armac sponsored at new Armac offices.
  • Wednesday 05 April. Venue:- AR Demolition sponsored, Venue to be agreed.
  • Tuesday 15th August Venue:- DSM sponored. Venue to be agreed.
  • Tuesday 12th December Venue;- Possibly Mr Wongs, Birmingham. (Meal and meeting)
Please put the dates in your diaries.

November 14, 2016

McAuliffe offers free advice, releases hospital site transformation case study

C&D Consultancy customer McAuliffe has released two useful resources recently that may be of benefit to some of our readers.

The first is a case study covering demolition, remediation, and enabling works for Wates Living Space which saw a former hospital in Dudley transformed into a viable development platform for the construction of apartments and houses. The case study can be viewed and downloaded from the McAuliffe website.

The second is the provision by McAuliffe of free materials management advice to housebuilders, with the aim being to help prevent costly mistakes and environmental prosecutions.

According to McAuliffe:

"The team - who recently travelled to Ferrara, Italy, to deliver advice on managing asbestos at RemTech 2016 - will take their expertise straight to clients, presenting at client review meetings.

Topics covered will include demystifying core legislation and common urban myths. This includes how to navigate the CL:AIRE: Waste Code of Practice and implications of the new asbestos in soils (CAR-SOIL) guidance - as recognised by the Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency.

For more information, please contact McAuliffe via their website.

November 11, 2016

A chat with Matt Birch about the Demolition Degree

Last week we brought you the news that the UK’s first ever demolition degree had been announced.

C&D’s very own Matt Birch, trainee demolition engineer, was one of the first people to sign up for the course, which will be officially launched at the University of Wolverhampton in September 2017.

Here we speak to Matt about his journey with C&D so far and to find out what he hopes to achieve from the course.

What made you want to pursue demolition as a career?

It all happened when John Woodward (C&D founder) came to Smestow School in 2014 to do a talk as part of an initiative called ‘Inspiring the Future’. He spoke really passionately about the demolition industry and its use of ground-breaking technology, which I found very interesting.

Feeling inspired, I contacted John a couple of days later to ask if I could do a week’s work experience with C&D. He agreed and following that I returned for a further four week placement in 2015. Then earlier this year, I joined C&D full-time as a trainee demolition engineer.

Why did you want to sign up for the degree?

When I first heard about the degree, it was a very easy decision to put my name forward.

I enjoy learning and I have developed a real thirst for knowledge during my brief time working in the demolition sector and this gives me the ideal opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge even further, not to mention the chance to secure a national qualification in the process.

What impact do you think these developments will have on the sector as a whole?

There is a lack of understanding about the complexity of the industry as a whole, there is a lot more to it than just knocking down buildings and clearing the rubble. No two projects are the same.

Now is an incredibly exciting time to break into the demolition industry. Hopefully the course will go some way towards eliminating the common misconceptions surrounding the sector as well as presenting demolition as a viable alternative to other engineering career choices such as mechanics or architecture.

Will you continue to work at C&D during your studies?

Yes. The degree is going to have a big emphasis on working in industry, so the hands-on experience will only benefit my studies.

November 10, 2016

2017 Construction News Specialists Awards shortlist announced

Construction News has announced the shortlist for their 2017 Specialists Awards. You have to take "shortlist" with a pinch of salt, though, as this is quite a long list of categories.

Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year
  • Artel Scaffolding
  • BFT Mastclimbing
  • GKR Scaffolding
  • JECS Offshore Scaffolding
  • Taylor's Hoists
  • TIGER Scaffolding
  • Uni-Safe Access
  • WellMax Scaffolding
Apprentice of the Year
  • Corin Atkinson, Dodd Group
  • Paul Cairns, Nationwide Platforms
  • Thomas Davies, AR Demolition
  • Lorrie-Ann Frater, MACS Plasterboard Systems
  • Daniel Holdcroft, Novus Property Solutions
  • Paul Lancaster, AR Demolition
  • J'Maine Steadford, Erith Contractors
BIM Excellence
  • Bourne Construction Engineering
  • Cementation Skanska
  • Metek UK
  • NG Bailey
  • Plowman Craven
  • Severfield
Building Services Specialist of the Year
  • A.C.Wilgar
  • Briggs and Forrester
  • Bull Products
  • Cuddy Environmental
  • Dodd Group
  • J S Wright & Co
  • Priddy Engineering Services
Business Innovation of the Year
  • A.C.Wilgar: Surefire Software
  • AFI: Machine Familiarisation Videos
  • Alford Technologies: Explosives Demolition using Remote Methods
  • Bull Products: Cygnus Wireless Alarm System
  • City Access Scaffolding: Rolling Scaffold
  • Dynasafe BACTEC: BombRisk Pro
  • Hilti (GB): Hilti ON!Track Asset Management
  • Klawz: Klawz Scaffolding Fitting
  • Plowman Craven: 3D tunnel scan solutions for Crossrail
Demolition Specialist of the Year
  • ADM Regeneration
  • AR Demolition
  • Erith Contractors
  • H Smith (Engineers)
  • John F Hunt Demolition
  • Keltbray
  • R Collard
  • Wooldridge Demolition
Equipment Supplier of the Year
  • AdvantĂ©
  • Arco
  • Bull Products
  • Garic
  • Hilti (GB)
  • Kayleigh Plant Hire
  • Nationwide Platforms
  • RMD Kwikform
  • Uni-Safe Access
Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year
  • Aarsleff Ground Engineering
  • Bachy Soletanche
  • Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering
  • Cementation Skanska
  • Erith Contractors
  • Keltbray Piling
  • M J Rooney Construction
  • Van Elle
Health & Safety Excellence
  • Abbey Pynford Geo Structures
  • AFI
  • Ainsworth Civils & Engineering
  • AR Demolition
  • Bachy Soletanche
  • John F Hunt Demolition
  • Kayleigh Plant Hire
  • Prater
Materials Supplier of the Year
  • Alumasc Water Management Solutions
  • Cupa Pizarras
  • Hargreaves
  • IKO Polymeric
  • Lateral Design Studio
  • Polypipe Terrain
  • Tarmac
  • The Keystone Group
Project of the Year (subcontract up to £1m)
  • Abbey Pynford Geo Structures: Lifting and Moving
  • AR Demolition: Glensanda
  • PLAN Construction Solutions: Waterproofing - London Road
  • Plowman Craven: Providing a 3D solution for Crossrail
  • The Deluxe Group: Cadogan Offices: 29 Duke of York Square Chelsea
  • Thompsons of Prudhoe: Merrion House, Leeds - Deconstruction
  • TIGER Scaffolding: NYCC County Hall
Project of the Year (subcontract £1m to £2m)
  • ADM Regeneration: Remediation of Sonae construction board manufacturing site, Knowsley
  • Barton Plant: Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Facility
  • Clarke Facades: Premier Inn, Archway
  • IMS Access: Center Parcs
  • Lee Marley Brickwork: Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford
  • Leyton Group Construction: Sea Containers House
  • SPIE: Applied Technology takes BT's 23km of tunnels into a more sustainable future
  • Techjoint: PQC concrete bay replacement M25
  • The Deluxe Group: The Devonshire Club, London EC2
Project of the Year (subcontract over £2m)
  • ADM Regeneration: Remediation of Turner & Newall asbestos cement products manufacturing facility, Widnes
  • Erith Contractors: 42 Shoe Lane
  • Imtech: University of Nottingham Centre of Sustainable Chemistry Building
  • Lucas: South Bank Tower Specialist Fit Out and Finishing
  • McNicholas Construction Services: Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project
  • Metek UK: Oval Quarter at Myatt's Fields, Lambeth
  • NG Bailey: Wrightington Hospital
  • Severfield: 4 Pancras Square
  • The Deluxe Group: Dubai Parks & Resorts: Sony Pictures Motiongate Dubai
Roofing Specialist of the Year
  • Avonside Group Services
  • CA Roofing Services
  • Longworth Building Services
  • MAC Roofing & Contracting
  • SPV Group
  • Uni-Safe Access
Specialist Contractor of the Year with a turnover under £25m
  • Alumet Systems (UK)
  • AR Demolition
  • Lucas
  • M J Rooney Construction
  • Metek UK
  • Quest Joinery
  • Swift Brickwork Contractors
Specialist Contractor of the Year with a turnover of over £25m
  • Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering
  • Cementation Skanska
  • Imtech
  • Lee Marley Brickwork
  • NG Bailey
  • O'Brien Contractors
  • Prater
  • Severfield
  • Van Elle
Technology Supplier of the Year
  • Aconex
  • Alphatec Software
  • Dondseed
  • Human Recognition Systems
  • Reactec
  • Senceive
Training Excellence
  • Abbey Pynford Geo Structures
  • AFI
  • Cementation Skanska
  • Erith Contractors
  • GKR Scaffolding
  • O'Donovan Waste Disposal
  • Priddy Engineering Services
  • SPIE