Rampage digger driver jailed…

Operator receives custodial sentence over criminal damage. A digger driver who caused a “trail of destruction” at a new hotel because he was owed £600 in wages has been jailed for five years and four months. John Manley drove a digger through the front doors of a brand new Travelodge in Liverpool in January last…Read moreRead more

Making a mockery…

Failed implosion becomes Internet meme and mockery target. A partial stand-up is the explosive demolition engineer’s worst nightmare; their fallibility laid bare for the watching world to see. But thanks to the inexorable rise and unforgiving humour on social media, that nightmare just got a whole lot worse. Having already endured for more than a…Read moreRead more

Cypriot search commences…

RVA starts search for power station dismantling partner. Following 12 weeks of collaborating with decommissioning consultancy RVA Group, the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) has embarked upon the international tender and selection process for a contractor to execute a Cypriot power station dismantling project. It was announced late last autumn that RVA had been appointed…Read moreRead more

Inside a CMA probe…

Bugged hotel rooms provide collusion evidence. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has used the launch of its new “Cheating or Competing” campaign to reveal what takes behind closed doors when cartels meet to collude on pricing. CMA has also lifted the lid and highlighted the secret conversations that take place inside illegal cartels. An…Read moreRead more

For your reading pleasure…

The all-new Demolition magazine is here. A profile on one of the UK’s most-respected demolition contractors, a full report on the recent Demolition Challenges 2020 Survey, and a look ahead to this year’s largest equipment exhibition. All this and so much more crammed into the latest edition of the world’s largest and most widely-read magazine…Read moreRead more

Leaning tower of Dallas…

Imploded building refuses to abide by laws of gravity. A high-rise office building set for implosion in Uptown Dallas Sunday morning refused to come down. Part of the 11-story tower is still standing at a slight angle at the corner North Central Expressway and Haskell Avenue, despite multiple efforts to knock it over. The area…Read moreRead more

Firm issues Fleetwood statement…

Total Controlled responds to online criticism. At the end of last week, DemolitionNews carried a story that highlighted issues reported on a demolition site in Fleetwood. The contractor involved – Total Controlled Demolition – has today responded with a statement that sets out their position on a project that has been the subject of considerable…Read moreRead more

HSE acts on debris concerns…

Work on Fleetwood demolition site halted to allow safety investigation. The demolition of a run-down Fleetwood flat block has ground to a halt after contractors were caught on camera tearing down the structure with no visible protection in place on the street. Workers carrying out the demolition of the Marine View Apartments on the corner…Read moreRead more

Let he who is without sin…

Demolition firm falls foul of late payment crackdown. The issue of late payments and the potential impact upon cash flow have been a bugbear for demolition companies for about as long as anyone can remember. So it came as no major surprise when this issue was identified as one of the key concerns in the…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