Quarmby quits…

Former IDE president resigns from Institute council. Former Institute of Demolition Engineers president Dr Terry Quarmby has announced that he is stepping down as a member of the Institute’s council and simultaneously relinquishing his position as a trustee of the organisation. His resignation brings to an end more than a quarter of a century of…Read moreRead more

Demolition man honoured…

John Thompson Snr named in New Years’ Honours List. John Thompson Snr, chairman of much-respected demolition firm Thompsons of Prudhoe, has been awarded with an MBE in the Queen’s New Years’ Honours List. Son of company founders and Madge, John Thomson Snr was honoured for his services to the economy and the community in Northumberland…Read moreRead more

Sinclair goes global…

“Grandfather of demolition” shows no signs of slowing. Someone recently described David Sinclair as the “grandfather of demolition”. I am sure it was not intended to be disparaging in any way. Sinclair turns 74 fairly soon and he has spent much of his working life in the demolition sector. He is also a grandfather. But…Read moreRead more

Breaking…and entering

Demolition man accused of £500k watch burglary at home of football boss. A well known Liverpool businessman has been accused of stealing £500,000 of watches from the home of a football chairman. Thomas Mee was arrested in relation to a break-in at Marsden Manor on Macclesfield Road in Prestbury. Marsden Manor is reported to be…Read moreRead more

Speaking out on scaffolding

AR Demolition boss calls for change of mindset over use of scaffolding. Richard Dolman, managing director of AR Demolition, has demonstrated the kind of leadership he will require when he takes up the reins as president of the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) by calling upon the industry to change its mindset in the wake…Read moreRead more

Collard contributes to Parliamentary Review…

Robert Collard shares his views. Chaired jointly by Lord Blunkett and Lord Pickles, The Parliamentary Review has become a staple in the political calendar. Bringing together views from across the political spectrum, The Review is a template for best practice across a multitude of sectors. Industry leaders celebrate their success, share their concerns and look…Read moreRead more

Price of Training…

New NFDC president joins board of Construction Industry Training Board. Newly-elected president of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors – Holly Price – has barely got her feet under the presidential desk but she has already been appointed to another role as a trustee of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Price is one of…Read moreRead more

Triple crown for Darsey

Erith Contractors MD takes up role of NDTG Chairman. The delegates at today’s annual general meeting of the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) voted to elect Erith Contractors managing director David Darsey as chairman with McWilliam Demolition’s Craig McWilliam elected as vice-chairman. It is the latest of many accolades for Darsey who has previously held…Read moreRead more

Untimely passing of “Mr Liebherr”…

Industry pays tribute to Liebherr’s Darren Bennet who has sadly passed away. The UK demolition industry is mourning the sad and premature passing of Darren Bennet; a man whose name became so synonymous with the equipment brand he represented loyally for many years that he was rightly dubbed “Mr Liebherr”. His business card said he…Read moreRead more

Comment – Unsung hero…

Popular demolition man hangs up his training boots…sort of. Today marks the last day of full-time employment for popular demolition man Roy Brown as he leaves Keltbray and slips into a well-deserved semi-retirement. Pretty much anyone in the UK that has undergone any kind of demolition training in the past decade or more will know…Read moreRead more