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Video – The all-new Demolition TV is here!

Closing out Season 2 of Demolition TV with a bang.

Yes, you could watch The Sound of Music for the umpteenth time. Sure, you could settle down on your sofa and catch the Queen’s Speech. And you could probably question why TV channels no longer bring the family together in quite the same way as the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Specials.

Alternatively, you could sit back and watch close on 20 minutes of 100 percent exclusive new demolition footage from the final episode of Demolition TV for 2017.

The show will be back – refreshed – in the New Year. But, until then, sit back and enjoy:

Video – Demolition drones after dark…

Night-time demolition captured from Maltese Falcon’s eye view.

We went about nine years without mentioning demolition in Malta once. And then, for some strange reason, we have managed to mention it several times in just a few short weeks, thanks in no small part to this project.

But if there’s one thing we like even more than drone footage of demolition, it is drone footage of demolition shot at night. And this video – which captures the demolition of the former Bim Factory to make way for The Marsa Junction Project – is a fine example.

Video – Sweet work for GBM…

Sugar beet silos are coming down in Sproughton.

The landmark sugar beet silos at the British Sugar site in Sproughton, Ipswich are coming down. And a pair of high reach excavators – one from GBM Demolition, the other on hire from 777 Demolition – are spearheading the sweet works.

Kirwan Blanding blocks face axe…

University of Kentucky’s twin 23-story towers are scheduled for demolition.

For 50 years, the Kirwan Blanding complex — its towering twin towers looming over the south side of campus — were among the University of Kentucky’s most iconic images.

But those icons can no longer provide the housing spaces that students desire, so they are being demolished.

On Tuesday, the UK Board of Trustees approved a plan to demolish the entire complex, which includes the two 23-story towers and eight low-rise buildings that are tucked amid gentle rises and trees. UK officials said the nearly 13 acres will become campus green space, and they were quick to say that the towering canopy of oak trees, planted in 1969, will remain.

The demolition is estimated to cost about $15 million, compared to a $126 million estimate for renovation to modern standards, which include private bedrooms and bathrooms.

Demolition will be complicated, officials said. Directly underneath the complex is a series of utility tunnels. Those will all have to be rerouted, which could happen as soon as next year. Then asbestos abatement must occur before demolition can begin.

Read more here.

Hydraquip

Fatality firm to lose license…

Company to have transport license revoked following attempted fatality cover-up.

Following a public inquiry last month, the Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England, Simon Evans, has made an order to revoke the transport licence held by SR & RJ Brown, with effect from 31 January 2018. This means the company will not be able to run commercial vehicles after that date.

In his written decision, a copy of which is attached to this email, Mr Evans concluded:
 
“I find it difficult to envisage a much more serious set of circumstances than those that surround the role of this company in the death of Benjamin Edge. That is, two of its directors (the Brown brothers) committing the company far beyond its capability, acting in a reckless fashion, not keeping fellow directors informed and then seeking to cover up in a most despicable fashion what they had done when things went wrong.
 
“The operator is expected to put in place safe systems of work whether related to transport or not, to be operated in conjunction with its transport manager, to ensure the safety of staff deployed in the business. I am not satisfied taking into account the history of this operator, that I can be assured that the sort of system and process failures that led to the death of Benjamin Edge will not be repeated in the future in the context of transport, particularly with the Brown brothers playing such a prominent role in it.”

Three company bosses were jailed in March this year following the death of father of one, Benjamin Edge, who fell from a roof he was working on, without safety equipment and in windy conditions.

Read more here.

Keltbray appeals to hearts and minds…

Contractor unveils new training initiative.

Keltbray Training today announced that it is taking part in a trial to explore the relationship between the human mind and the human heart by researching what is referred to as heart/brain coherence. This pilot involves the utilisation of a system of science-based and scientifically validated, coherence-building skills designed to help bring the 50 participants’ physical, mental and emotional systems into balance to improve their ability to focus, and reduce stress and fatigue.
 
Keltbray is working with Vector Equilibrium to help the people in this trial to improve wellbeing and communication, be more effective at problem solving and increase personal and organisational coherence.
 
“The overall goal of this programme is to increase self-awareness and build and sustain resilience by enhancing people’s ability to more intelligently self-regulate their energy which directly affects performance, explained Director of Vector Equilibrium, David Price.
 
The three-month trial, which also includes representatives from HS2 and the Costain-Skanska Joint Venture, is based on the Institute of HeartmMath’s methodology and involves a mixture of coaching and intervention. It follows a Construction News mental health survey published earlier this year which revealed that one in four construction workers had considered taking their own life. It also found that 55 per cent of workers had experienced mental health issues, and that 42 per cent had suffered these issues at their current place of work. 
 
“In addition to an increasingly tough climate for business generally, in terms of new legislation an uncertain economic outlook and continuous change, which has become a way of life for everyone, we in construction work in an environment where we are constantly having to juggle multiple disciplines and risks, and where the consequences of a lapse in concentration or error of judgement can be catastrophic,” said Training & Development Director for Keltbray Group Holly Price, who initiated the trial after attending a Heartmath programme herself three years ago.
 
With the establishment of KML Occupational Health in 2014, Keltbray has been at the forefront of looking after the physical health of its workforce. “We very much see this trial as a natural progression in how we evolve the care for our people and bring their physical health into balance with their mental and emotional wellbeing,” concluded Holly.

Video – DSM makes start at Heath Town…

DSM Group starts work on demolition of Wolverhampton housing estate.

A seven-month demolition contract that will kick-start the regeneration of Wolverhampton is underway; and DSM Group is already making significant inroads at the Heath Town housing estate:

Date with destiny…

Grimsby skyline to be redrawn in the New Year.

The date when Grimsby’s skyline will begin to change forever with the demolition of East Marsh’s high rise flats has been revealed.

Taking a year to complete using a combination of explosives and machines, work to demolish the six 50-year-old structures will be begin on January 31.

Shoreline Housing Partnership has confirmed that the high-rise blocks which have dominated the skyline for half a century will be blown up and dismantled brick by brick in under two months’ time.

As owners of the empty buildings, Shoreline has submitted a prior notification application for demolition works to begin to North East Lincolnshire Council.

Stripping and weakening of the structures will begin in just under two months ready for a series of blasts to level the blocks.

The proximity of Bevan House to the newly-built Strand Court is expected to rule it out from being demolished using explosives.

But the others, Albion House, Nelson House, Garibaldi House, Tennyson House and Thesiger House could be felled with explosives.

Read more here.

Breaking News – PCD goes into liquidation…

Cheshire-based demolition company folds.

DemolitionNews can exclusively report that Cheadle-based demolition contractor PCD Consultancy has entered voluntary liquidation.

According to the Companies House website, the company issued an extraordinary resolution to wind-up the firm on 16 November 2017. Liquidator Clive Morris was appointed on 3 December 2017.

A creditor’s report issued by the liquidator suggests hate largest single creditor is Funding Circle which is owed £160,000. The company’s employees are reportedly owed just over £37,000, while Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs is owed a total of £94,000.

In total, the company is said to owe more than £476,000.

The lean green edition is here…

The all-new edition of Demolition magazine has arrived.

It is the world’s biggest, best and most widely-read magazine for the global demolition industry. And it is back with a bang.

The new edition contains contributions from the likes of Keltbray, Downwell Group, Mick George Ltd, Erith Contractors, Dem-Master and Clifford Devlin.

It also contains an extract from our new book – Demolition 2051 – which is coming to the Amazon bookstore soon.

As always, the electronic edition of the magazine is free to read (below). You can subscribe to the paper edition here.

Comment – Back from the brink…

I almost lost my house to spiralling debt.

For a brief time this weekend, Demolition News Radio slipped in (and, sadly, back out again) of the Top 20 podcast chart on Anchor FM, the online platform we use to broadcast to the demolition world.

This was not because users of iTunes and Google Play Music had suddenly developed a fascination with demolition. And it certainly wasn’t because of my dulcet tones.

The reason we attracted (and continue to attract) such a huge audience is due to one episode that has virtually nothing whatsoever to do with demolition and which instead is focused on the subject of debt.

The debt discussed in the show is mine; but the content has clearly struck a chord. Not only did this show become our most popular to date (and which is still attracting listeners as we speak), it has also attracted the most feedback.

So if you or someone you know is struggling with debt, then I recommend that you give it a listen below:

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