The Weekend Wrap #11

The CITB’s profligacy is called into question; Arden Equipment is sent to Coventry; and a stunning compilation of the biggest and baddest explosive demolitions on the planet.

All that and more, on The Weekend Wrap.

Demolition World – 15 years a Diva

What do you do when a hurricane sweeps through your home city, killing 1,800 people, inflicting $125 billion in damage, and leaving you both homeless and unemployed?

Well, if you’re Simone Bruni, you seize the moment and start a demolition company.

And now, 15 years after Hurricane Katrina wrought havoc on her native New Orleans, we look back at the Demo Diva’s journey from adversity, through acceptance to accomplishment.

The Break Fast Show #82

In today’s show: CITB called out ahead of consensus; proposals could see planning permissions lost if development does not commence within 18 months; Cawarden adds youth and experience to its board; and Aggregate Industries meets West Midlands demands for concrete with new readymix plant at Coleshill.

PLUS, we get a first-look at a brand new Komatsu dozer that has gone to work with Tru7 Group. (You can check out the full-length film here:

All that and more, on The Break Fast Show.

Cawarden freshens the board…

Derby-based Cawarden has strengthened its Board with three key internal promotions.

The announcement sees Malcolm Lowes, Oliver Crooks and Samuel Crooks joining the Board of Directors with immediate effect.

Demolition Director, Malcolm Lowes is a highly experienced demolition professional who has a wealth of experience in all forms of demolition.

He has over 40 years of industry experience under his belt, including 17 with Cawarden.

Bringing fresh perspectives, brothers Oliver and Samuel Crooks have also received promotions and join the Board of Directors. Oliver has stepped up to the role of Commercial Director from Commercial Manager and Samuel to Contracts Director from Demolition Manager.

With William Crooks’ time taken up with presidential duties at the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, these are timely appointments.

Sad news as Scudder name is set to die…

Carey Group has announced that it is closing loss-making divisions including demolition arm Scudder as part of a major restructuring.

The other operations closing are Careys New Homes and asbestos arm ION Environmental.

Careys said it will continue to offer demolition services but is dropping the Scudder branding.

Latest results filed at Companies House revealed that the non-core businesses made an operating loss of £16 million from a combined turnover of £88 million.

The move means Careys can now concentrate on its core civil engineering and dry lining businesses.

You can read more here.

Stack blast lets in the sun…

Controlled blast fells Florida’s last coal stack.

Florida Power & Light imploded the towering chimney stack of its last coal-fired generating plant yesterday, a milestone in its transition to cleaner energy sources.

The former coal-fired plant is scheduled to be replaced by a solar powered solution.

The Break Fast Show #81

In today’s episode: The value of construction disputes rises amidst COVID delays; JCB uses pedal power in platinum fundraiser; there’s a school sports pavilion that requires the attention of a competent demolition contractor; and we have a MASSIVE celebration of the blaster’s art.

PLUS, you can catch a first glimpse of our brand new, long form show: Demolition World.

All that and more, on The Break Fast Show.

A celebration of the blaster’s art

Four and a half minutes of explosive awesomeness.

Explosive demolition might account for only a small percentage of all the demolition that takes place around the world. But there is no denying that it’s the part of the sector the public finds most fascinating.

Well, the secret to online success is giving the public what they want. And that’s precisely what the team at Diggers and Dozers have done with this epic celebration of the blaster’s art.

So sit back and enjoy The Big Bang.

The Break Fast Show #80

In today’s show: UK construction job vacancies hit an all-time high; Coinford Plant places massive excavator order with Hitachi; Engcon brings its tiltrotators and quick couplers to smaller excavators; and there’s a demolition project in Oxford just waiting for the right contractor.

PLUS, undercarriage and wear part supplier Astrak has a solution to summer boredom for kids and budding builders. (You can order the Astrak childrens’ activity book here.

All that and more in The Break Fast Show.

The Break Fast Show #79

In today’s show: How the extension of COVID restrictions might impact upon the construction sector; London labour rates are on the rise; French attachment manufacturer Arden Equipment sets up shop in the heart of the UK; and it’s a happy anniversary to Demo Diva.

All that plus a look ahead to a virtual product launch from tilt rotator specialist Engcon, in The Break Fast Show.