Demolition Daily #35

Face mask fallout and concerns over a desensitisation to construction and demolition deaths make up the lion’s share of todays show.

If you’re not outraged at the thought of a demolition-branded face mask, you can get your own here.

Video – CDC battles Army & Navy…

Essex Highways video captures epic battle between CDC and flyover.

After being a feature of Chelmsford’s skyline for more than 40 years, works to remove the flyover over the Army and Navy Roundabout were completed in April 2020.

Work started in February 2020 with the steel and concrete flyover taken down section by section before being transported away for dismantling and recycling. All 15 of the structure’s spans were removed overnight to minimise traffic disruption, while the two ramps were broken up and removed during the day time to avoid excessive noise at night.

McGee switches to employee ownership…

London contractor transitions to employee ownership.

Multi-faceted London contractor McGee announced today that it has become employee owned through an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).

Founded in 1959, the second generation McGee brothers have grown the capability, size and reputation of the business, making it synonymous with delivering world-class engineering solutions, either as standalone disciplines or as part of a high-value integrated offering. To date, it has worked on a number of London’s flagship infrastructure projects including: Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Airport T2B, Battersea Power Station, the Londoner Hotel and the award-winning, iceberg basement for Claridges Hotel.

Over its 61 years of operation, the business has consistently enjoyed the support of its highly skilled and very loyal employees. Recognising that contribution has long been a core value of McGee’s, which is one of the reasons why transitioning to Employee Ownership is seen as a natural next step in its journey.

Chairman, Brian McGee, says, “For us, it’s a move designed to secure the future of the business, continue the legacy that our father started in 1959 and reward the people who have made the business the success it is today – its employees”. The McGee family will continue to actively support the business in its next chapter, and (Third Generation) Tom McGee will join the Board of McGee Group (Holdings) Ltd as part of this commitment.

Seb Fossey, Managing Director, comments, “The decision by the McGee brothers to transition ownership of the business to the Group’s employees via an EOT underscores the respect for the contribution our people have made to the McGee business.

In doing this, the McGee brothers have created a clear platform for genuine alignment between all of our new ‘employee owners’ that will further reinforce our culture of delivering upon our commitments to clients, and stands us in good stead as we drive to achieve our strategic goals. Undoubtedly, at this time of crisis in the industry, our transition to Employee Ownership will serve as fuel for our business and will help enable us to emerge stronger.”

Clients will see no change in the mechanics of how the business functions as the same team remains in place, committed to our value based approach to delivering complex projects. They will however enjoy the benefits that come from working with an engaged and aligned business where everyone is fully motivated by our goal of delivering certainty.

Demolition Daily #34

As the UK takes its first tentative steps on the road to an easing of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, we speak to Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal.

As a keen advocate for training and worker welfare, Jacqui has expressed her concerns over a creeping COVID-19 complacency.

Tackling the “Climate Orphans”

As the world moves towards the use of cleaner and more sustainable energy sources, there is a very real danger that the remnants of our fossil-fuelled past could be left behind as “climate orphans”.

In this exclusive episode of the Demolition Daily LiveStream, we speak to Martin Bjerregaard of D3 Consulting, a company that is pioneering the aftercare of our industrial legacy.

Demolition Daily #33

Last night, I listened to a Content with Media podcast by Peter Haddock that talked about how the construction industry charity – The Lighthouse Club – is attempting to help workers and their families impacted by the Coronavirus whilst trying to plug a financial hole in the charity’s coffers also caused by the pandemic.

Today’s episode of the Demolition Daily LiveStream is my reaction to that podcast.

Demolition Daily #32

With lockdown restrictions seemingly on the verge of being reduced, today’s episode of the Demolition Daily LiveStream looks at the countless issues facing demolition and construction companies and employees working under the shadow of a Coronavirus that refuses to go away.

Demolition Daily #31

From the taste of tea from a flask, through the rubber smell of site gloves, the distant THUNK of a hydraulic hammer and the snug feeling of a well-fitted hard hat. Today’s episode of the Demolition Daily LiveStream is dedicated to a few of my favourite things.

Demolition Daily #30

In the latest episode of the Demolition Daily LiveStream, we look at the findings of The Construction Index’s report into the UK demolition sector and ask if the turnover and profit levels accomplished by the sector’s Top 20 firms is in any way indicative of the wider industry.

(I apologise in advance for the picture quality on today’s show – it was beyond our control).

Demolition Social Club #3 – The Revenge

At 7pm (UK time) the Demolition Social Club will reconvene, quite possibly for the final time in its current format.

There is a new system barrelling down the road towards us that will allow the social club to be easier to use and more widely available. But while we’re still waiting for that, we are sticking to the Zoom platform

If you’re available on Wednesday evening, we’d love to see you there.

You can join us here.