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Video – Tragic Colombian bridge imploded…

Controlled blast fells bridge that claimed the lives of 10 construction workers.

Colombian authorities have destroyed the remains of a cable bridge that partially collapsed during construction earlier this year, claiming the lives of more than a dozen construction workers.

The Chirajara Bridge is located on the road that connects Bogota with the city of Villavicencio.

Some 200 kilos of explosives, 3,000 meters of detonating cord, 30 detonators were used in the implosion. Eleven experts supervised, reported the local group overseeing the work, Concesionaria Vial de los Andes (Coviandes).

A video of the controlled blast is featured immediately below, together with an amateur film that captured the moment the bridge originally collapsed in January this year:

Cuddy Group appoints administrators…

Welsh contractor in last-ditch bid to save business.

DemolitionNews understands that leading Welsh demolition contractor and National Federation of Demolition Contractors member Cuddy Group is working with administrators in an attempt to save the ailing business.

Cuddy Grouop sliding into administration is a further blow to an industry that has seen two big-name contractors – KDC Contractors and Maylarch – acquired by waste management companies in the past week, and which has seen Liverpool-based Sloyan Doyle closing its doors.

The developments at Cuddy Group also appear to have come as something of a surprise to the company itself. As recently as the end of June, it was seeking to recruit new staff via its Facebook page.

However, some unusual activity listed on the Cuddy Group listing at Companies House will have raised eyebrows. On 1 June 2018, two new directors were appointed: Yasmin Cuddy, daughter of company principle Michael Cuddy; and her fiancé Owain Davies. Davies resigned just 27 days later while Yasmin Cuddy resigned as a director on 7 July 2018.

Cuddy Group is thought to employ in the region of 170 people across its demolition, asbestos, scaffolding, remediation, plant and transport and civil engineering divisions.

Going under the hammer…

Sloyan Doyle equipment fleet up for auction this Saturday.

Following the decision of its directors to retire rather than carry on in the demolition business, the equipment fleet of Liverpool-based Sloyan Doyle is scheduled to go under the hammer this Saturday.

The sale is being handled by Shropshire-based auctioneer Malcolm Harrison and contains a truly mixed bag of equipment, vehicles, containers and site storage.

The auction follows just a few weeks after a shock announcement that the company was to close its doors after more than 40 years, its directors choosing to retire.

Incorporated in 1964 as J Doyle & Co (Demolition) Ltd and built up over two generations of the Sloyan family, Sloyan Doyle Demolition is one of the best known and respected names for demolition and recycling in the UK. The company is also a member of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC).

Full details of the auction and the lots available can be found here.

Cat crowned champions…

DemolitionNews’ Instagram followers declare Caterpillar their favourite.

To coincide with the World Cup 2018 that is taking place in Russia at present, we have been using the poll facility on Instagram Stories to ask our 24,000+ followers which brand of demolition excavator they prefer.

We have done this via a series of head-to-head rounds that have thrown up some truly momentous matches with Volvo taking on Hyundai, Komatsu battling Kobelco and Doosan taking on Hitachi.

But after three weeks and almost 80,000 votes, we have a winner of the Demolition News Excavator World Cup. And that winner is the mighty Caterpillar which beat Liebherr in a hotly-contested Grand Final.

Based on the success and unexpected popularity of the Demolition News Excavator World Cup (and given that we’re in the midst of Wimbledon fortnight) we have decided to run another contest to discover the industry’s favourite hydraulic breaker.

So if you’re an Epiroc enthusiast, a Furukawa fanatic, if you rave about Rammer or are mad about Montabert, the head on over to our Instagram Story for the Demolition News Breaker World Cup, and place your vote.

Video – Port Kembla documentary…

Video shows why Liberty Industrial is at the industry’s cutting edge.

Grab yourself five minutes (and 18 seconds) then sit back an enjoy watching one of the world’s leading demolition contractors what they do best.

This film features award-winning Australian demolition contractor Liberty Industrial undertaking the mammoth yet selective demolition at the Port Kembla coal terminal.

Video – I care about eye care…

Why I am belatedly taking better care of my eyesight on-site.

Over the years, I have spent hundreds if not thousands of pounds on designer glasses, sunglasses and reading glasses. And yet, when I am on site, I have traditionally relied upon cheap and disposable safety glasses to protect my eyes.

But not any longer. Following an accident in 2016 in which I was almost lost my left eye, I am now taking the matter of on-site eye protection more seriously. And I am doing so thanks to

NFDC Presidency thrown into turmoil…again

Caretaker presidency in question in wake of company acquisition.

The presidency of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors has been thrown into tumult and turmoil yet again with the news that Martin O’Donnell – caretaker president and president-elect – has asked the Federation’s National Council to consider his position.

His request follows the acquisition of his company KDC Contractors by waste management giant Veolia last week. As we reported at the time, this had the potential to place O’Donnell in the same position – not being employed by a current NFDC member company – that forced out his predecessor in the NFDC hot-seat, Paul Brown. It is thought that the nature of the Veolia acquisition might not impact upon O’Donnell’s position but it may still require ratification by the NFDC National Council.

It is the latest twist in a saga that can be traced back to November last year when moves were made to oust incumbent NFDC president Paul Brown. Brown fought off numerous attempts to force him out before he finally succumbed when his employment with NFDC member Lowery Demolition came to an end. Despite then being employed by another NFDC member – Total Reclaims – Paul Brown was not allowed to take up the reins again; and presidential responsibilities were handed to then vice-president Martin O’Donnell and second vice-president Holly Price.

DemolitionNews understands that Martin O’Donnell – demonstrating the dignity of a president-in-waiting – has asked the National Council to consider his position in the wake of the Veolia acquisition to avoid a repeat of the Paul Brown debacle. We further understand that O’Donnell is hopeful that he can retain his position as caretaker president before taking up the role of NFDC president in March next year.

The National Council of the NFDC is scheduled to meet later this month.

Clifford Devlin shuffles management pack…

Management restructure for contractor Clifford Devlin

Clifford Devlin has announced a restructuring of its management team. The London-based contractor, which specialises in demolition, asbestos management and building works, has created a second-tier ‘management board’ which will report directly to its main Board of Directors.

The new team will initially consist of Ian O’Connor (Group HSQE Manager), Derek Aslett (Head of Commercial) and Damien Flatley (Head of Demolition).

“The Management Board will ensure a seamless continuation of the Clifford Devlin business into the future,” says managing director Tim Clifford. “Its has been designed to reduce some of the burden for day-to-day activities on the Board of Directors and provide a development pathway through the business for key members of staff with the potential to achieve Director status.”

The new management board will be expected to provide fresh ideas, initiatives and input into the Group’s operational and commercial performance and be actively engaged in business development and client liaison.

Breaking News – Maylarch acquired…

Industry rationalisation continues as M&M Waste snaps up Maylarch.

M&M Waste Solutions has acquired Maylarch Ltd, an award winning, multi disciplinary, environmental services contractor. The company specialises in bespoke demolition, licensed asbestos removal, land remediation, waste management solutions as well as offering a full scope of environmental surveying services across the UK. The company has extensive experience working within a wide range of buildings and structure in the private and public sectors across health, education, commercial, industrial, utilities and social housing.

M&M Waste Solutions has been established over 45 years supplying waste collection services together with a full complement of waste management solutions throughout Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. An extensive fleet of collection vehicles operate from Worton Park near Cassington, Oxford where the business operates a state of the art Materials Recycling Facility and Waste Transfer Station which recycles up to 150,000 tonnes of material every year.

The two companies will continue to operate separately to maintain their branding, and specialist services.

“This deal will allow further growth and security for all those working for Maylarch and will increase opportunities for our customers and suppliers,” says Simon Ward, Managing Director of Maylarch. “We can see some great opportunities opening up with M&M”

This is a view shared by Rob Fluckiger, Managing Director at M&M Waste Solutions. “We are delighted that this deal has been concluded as we have recently enjoyed working on a number of successful projects with Maylarch,” Fluckiger concludes. “There is great synergy between our two companies and the combination of knowledge, experience and capability within both businesses complement one another extremely well.”

M&M’s acquisition of Maylarch follows hot on the heels of Veolia’s acquisition of KDC Contractors, and suggests not only a rationalisation of the UK demolition industry but also signals closer ties between the demolition and waste sectors.

Birth of a Demolition Company…

Our new audio, video and magazine show starts HERE!

If you have seen our latest (and largest-ever) Demolition magazine, you will know that we have something new and exciting in store for you. It is a new audio and video show and series of magazine articles that will follow the fortunes of a company as it takes its first tentative steps on the demolition ladder.

We are using a variety of formats to allow you to follow that story in the most convenient way for you.

So if words and photos are your thing, you can read the story of the new company here.

If you’d prefer to listen to the show, then you can check out the pilot/launch episode here.

And if you’d like to get to know the two men we will be following during this new series, you can check out the two videos below.

Please check back regularly as we will be producing updates as the company grows and wins new work.

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