Police issue Didcot update…

Statement to mark fourth anniversary of Didcot disaster. Thames Valley Police has issued an update statement to mark the fourth anniversary of the Didcot A Power Station disaster which left four demolition men dead. “Thames Valley Police and the HSE remain totally committed to investigating the collapse and obtaining answers for the families. Our enquiry…Read moreRead more

Four years on…

Didcot – I will be silent out of respect; but I will be vocal out of anger and frustration. Earlier this week, I took a phone call from a researcher at a national radio station. “Hi Mark,” the researcher said. “Are you aware that this weekend marks the fourth anniversary of the Didcot disaster?” Am…Read moreRead more

Storming to the end…

Final explosive event at Didcot A Power Station completed. Even as the UK was battered by high winds and rain as part of Storm Ciara, the explosive demolition team at Brown and Mason was carrying out its final checks ahead of what would be the last explosive event at the ill-fated Didcot A Power Station….Read moreRead more

Going out with a bang…

Weekend blast will draw veil over ill-fated power station. With winds of up to 60 mph still expected, there remains a question mark over the explosive demolition event that is scheduled to take place at the Didcot A Power Station on Sunday. But, assuming the blast goes ahead, it will fell one of the tallest…Read moreRead more

Comment – The What and the Why…

In less than a month, the industry will pause once again to reflect on the loss of four of their demolition brothers in what still ranks as the worst demolition accident in living memory. It will be the fourth time the industry has done so since the catastrophic collapse of the boiler house at Didcot…Read moreRead more

Comment – Didcot’s end draws closer…

…and why we won’t be showing it. For some, it will mark the beginning of the end. For others, it will be merely the opening pages of a final chapter almost four years in the making; another painful reminder of an avoidable tragedy that unfolded to claim the lives of four working men back in…Read moreRead more

Comment – United in Sadness

I promised myself that I would not comment upon the Didcot disaster again this year. With investigators still sifting through almost 900 tonnes of material evidence, the police have issued a well-meaning but ultimately meaningless statement that offers no new insight; no sense that the investigation is nearing its conclusion; and no closure for the…Read moreRead more

Slow progress on Didcot investigation…

Experts still sifting through almost 1,000 tonnes of material evidence. As the industry prepares to mark the third anniversary of the Didcot disaster in which four demolition workers were tragically killed, DemolitionNews understands that forensic experts from Thames Valley Police and investigators from the Health & Safety Executive are still sifting through around 870 tonnes…Read moreRead more

Comment – The slow-turning wheels of justice…

In a little under two weeks, the global demolition community will fall silent once again as it remembers the four of its brethren that lost their lives so needlessly and so tragically at the Didcot A Power Station back in February 2016. This time last year, I was working on a commemorative article that attempted…Read moreRead more

Didcot – Two Years On…

Two years after the tragic death of four demolition workers in a boiler house collapse at the Didcot A Power Station, this one-off show looks back at the events of that day and the events that have transpired since.