Bid to save Ringway goes legal

Campaigners fighting to save a Birmingham city centre landmark have turned to the law in a bid to save it from demolition. The Save Smallbrook group has appointed a senior barrister to challenge the decision to knock down the historic Ringway Centre. The group has appointed climate and heritage barrister Estelle Dehon KC to challenge…Read moreRead more

The Break Fast Show #608

In today’s show: JCB goes platinum; we’re travelling to Rio for a Brazilian big bang; a Canadian bridge goes bye-bye; and turning hard facing into an art form. PLUS we meet a female Bobcat operator who is fording her own path. Join us LIVE for your daily fix of news, views, video and comment from…Read moreRead more

EXCLUSIVE – A new circularity

Construction giant Mace has just published a new report entitled Closing the Circle in which it lays out its hopes and fears, plans and aspirations for a sustainable construction industry of tomorrow. Refreshingly, while some within the built environment seem keen to push demolition to the very edge of acceptability, Mace believes that demolition has…Read moreRead more

Squibb’s financial black hole

The sheer scale of Squibb Group’s financial troubles has been laid bare in the creditor’s list issued as part of the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) the firm is currently pursuing to safeguard its survival. Documents shown to DemolitionNews show that the company owes more than £23.3 million to around 300 creditors. Unsecured creditors are owed…Read moreRead more

From CMA to CVA

From as long ago as 1948, the name Squibb has been synonymous with demolition. Founder Harry Squibb was hauling waste materials from East London and the docks using a horse and cart before the Second World War. When the war ended and Harry Squibb completed his national service, he found himself ideally placed to demolish…Read moreRead more

Don’t blame the undertaker

Have you ever been to a funeral during which it has been suggested that the undertaker was, in some way, responsible for the demise of the deceased? Of course you haven’t; such a preposterous notion would be out of place even in a particularly far-fetched Agatha Christie novel. And yet that is precisely the logic…Read moreRead more

The Break Fast Show #590

In today’s show: We are dozing with Liebherr; Simex is a star of the small screen; JCB calls for investment in the UK’s hydrogen future; and we are taking a guided tour of a 1955 Caterpillar D8 dozer. PLUS how Leica monitors movement of existing and newly-built structures. Join us LIVE for your daily fix…Read moreRead more

The Break Fast Show #587

In today’s show: We’re checking out all the tech within the latest generation of Hidromek excavators; Wacker Neuson is on the level; we’re back on the electricity charge with Fuchs; and you’ve heard of 3D printing. Well what about 3D paving? PLUS we’re heading Down Under to meet a satisfied John Deere excavator customer. Join…Read moreRead more

Opinion – Out of time

Kronos is the Greek God of Time. But he could just as easily be the unofficial God of Construction as so much of the industry falls under his existing jurisdiction. Virtually every aspect of demolition and construction is managed or carried out according to a pre-determined schedule. And there is a schedule for EVERYTHING. Even…Read moreRead more

The Break Fast Show #583

In today’s show: How Volvo Finance helped a US contractor realise his dream; we’re aiming high with Montabert attachments; and mailed it – How a young woman has tamed a big Cat ADT. PLUS JCB puts a new spin on the notion of Dancing Diggers. And on top of all that, we have some Kent…Read moreRead more