A half century of kindness…

Former NFDC chaplain marks 50 years as an ordained priest. I am a man without religion or spirituality of any kind. But I like to think that I can sense the fundamental goodness and kindness of a person. Father Denis McGillycuddy is one of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met. He is…Read moreRead more

DemoExpo bumped…

Combined DemoExpo and LetsRecycle Live postponed. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has claimed anther victim as Demolition Expo and Letsrecycle Live have been rescheduled to 15-16 September 2021. The exhibition was due to be held in May 2021. With uncertainty continuing, the September date has been confirmed by the organisers. “Following consultations with key stakeholders, the…Read moreRead more

Co-Operative building felled in emergency demolition…

Emergency demolition removes hazard. An historic former co-operative building in north Manchester was the subject of an emergency demolition this weekend, the council has confirmed. The former Failsworth Industrial Society building at the corner of Oldham Road and Old Church Street in Newton Heath had been branded ‘dangerous’ by inspectors. Issues with the derelict building,…Read moreRead more

Fall of a Belgian giant…

Video captures demolition of former General Motors plant. There are big demolition projects, and then there’s this. The General Motors plant in Antwerp (though to be the former assembly line for the Opel car brand) has been demolished during a project that has lasted for more than a year. I

Comment – Batsh*t crazy decision…

Disproportionate fine as wildlife crime comes home to roost. Before we begin, I want to assure you that I am as big an animal lover as the next guy. There are currently two boxer dogs under my desk, both of whom came from a rescue home. I once adopted an orang-utan for my daughter. I…Read moreRead more

Deal sealed with an elbow bump…

Total Reclaims and CMEC clinch merger, 2020-style The coming together of a pair of Nottingham-based demolition contractors was one of the biggest industry stories of the past year. And the two companies have clinched the deal in the most 2020 way imaginable. Total Reclaims’ Melvyn Cross and Antony Hopkinson of CMEC came together for a…Read moreRead more

IDE bursary up for grabs…

The President of the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) is offering support for two people who want to upskill by studying for demolition qualifications at the University of Wolverhampton. Richard Dolman, newly-appointed president of the Institute of Demolition Engineers and a recent graduate of the Master’s Degree in Demolition Management in the University’s Faculty of…Read moreRead more

Comment – A sense of foreboding…

It’s way over eighteen months now since we revealed that the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) had turned its investigative spotlight towards the demolition industry. Indeed, it was initially thought that an investigation into alleged collusion involving as many as six UK demolition firms would have been concluded back in September 2019. As that deadline…Read moreRead more

RIP Graham Green…

It is with great sadness that DemolitionNews must report the untimely passing of Graham Green, director of Portsmouth Demolition and Salvage. It is understood that Green had been ill for over a year DemolitionNews has reached out to Green’s family and his son Andy – who is expected to take over the running of the…Read moreRead more

Armac says massive thank you…

Midlands demolition company acknowledges NHS in a big way. Armac Group recently took delivery of the UK’s first Caterpillar 352 demolition excavator and immediately put it to work demolishing the world-famous Wembley Way in London. But the company has now pressed the machine into action for an even higher purpose. The machine’s high reach boom…Read moreRead more