Comment – Neither fish nor fowl

They are not hurt directly so their plight often goes unnoticed. But make no mistake. Accidents can have more than one victim. True story. Some years ago, someone I know was on their way to work in London. There had been torrential rain overnight, and the train station through which he was hurrying was puddled…Read moreRead more

Comment – Demolition’s problems encapsulated…

Don’t speak out about safety. It could cost you your job. It is widely known that multi-billion dollar technology companies like Google and Apple regularly employ the services of known computer hackers. Setting aside the “if you can’t beat them, employ them” ethos behind this, they do so for a very good reason. Computer hackers…Read moreRead more

Squibb gets Woolwich nod

Demolition at Morris Walk Estate kickstarts £220 million regeneration scheme. Development partner Lovell has appointed specialist Squibb Group to carry out demolition of the old 1960s council blocks. Soft stripping has started with hard demolition on the concrete frames and precast facades beginning later this month which will take around 12 months to complete. The…Read moreRead more

Comment – Preparing for the inevitable

Two incidents in quick succession underline the need for a dedicated demolition benevolent fund. Two incidents, exactly one week apart. One man dead. One young lady critically hurt. Two families in despair. One industry linked directly to both incidents. It is hard to look at the incident that critically injured Shannon Brasier on a site…Read moreRead more

It was Mee all along…

Demolition man found guilty of being head of burglary gang. Members of a burglary gang – including a former director of Mees Demolition Group – which targeted the homes of the rich and famous have been jailed. Thomas Mee – together John Barlow and Vincent Ball – was behind a string of break-ins across the…Read moreRead more

Dig Deep for Shannon

On Tuesday last week, a young demolition worker – Shannon Brasier – was seriously injured on a demolition site here in the UK. The circumstances surrounding that incident – frankly – are irrelevant right now. In fact, there are only two things that matter right now: Shannon making a full and speedy recovery; and providing…Read moreRead more

Demolition Technology 2020

Following the huge success of our Hillhead (almost) LIVE online exhibition, we are doing it all again. Only this time, the focus will be entirely on existing and emerging technologies that are shaping the future of the demolition sector. The online event will take place at 6pm (UK time) on 24 September 2020 and it…Read moreRead more

New Zealand cement works fall

Nikau Group strikes again with epic demolition project. New Zealand’s favouriate and most famous demolition sons – Nikau Group has carried out the demolition of a Holcim Cement Works at Westport during what is surely one of the most picturesque demolition project ever: Holcim Cement Plant Demolition Westport NZ from Nikau Group on Vimeo.

IDE seminar falls to COVID-19…

Key industry event postponed amidst Coronavirus fears. The Institute of Demolition Engineers’ Autumn seminar is the latest public event to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled to take place in September in its One Great George Street spiritual home in London, the event has joined the likes of the Hillhead exhibition and Wimbledon…Read moreRead more

Comment – Shooting ourselves in the foot…?

Industry veteran decries four-fold hike in training costs. Along with death and taxes, a skills shortage within the UK demolition and construction sectors is one of life’s great certainties. Now that the industry is returning to work full-time after the COVID-19 crisis, it is likely that we will once again find ourselves hampered and hamstrung…Read moreRead more