The Construction Collective Skills Special

Addressing the UK construction sector’s biggest single challenge…..LIVE!

With mammoth projects such as HS2 increasing demand for workers at all levels, the ongoing skills shortage within the UK construction sector s only going to get worse.

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, The Construction Collective hosted a special one-off LIVE show to address that issue. And it proved to be our biggest and most widely-viewed live show to date.

The show – hosted by DemolitionNews’ Mark Anthony and Peter Haddock of Content with Media – includes contributions from key employers, trainers and those that have benefitted from that training.

Some welcome good news…

Injured demolition worker on the road to recovery.

Regular readers will recall that at the end of July last year, we reported on an incident in which a young female demolition operative was seriously injured on a site in Essex.

There was an outpouring of sympathy and support across the industry as young Shannon Brasier fought for her life.
But this morning, DemolitionNews received the message from the young lady in question. And the news is extremely positive:

“My recovery is going well and I’m the right direction. I just want to get back to work and back on a demolition site. I hope you’re well. Thank you for asking about me.,” she says.

Shannon also expressed her gratitude to all those that supported the Dig Deep for Shannon campaign to raise money for her family while she was in hospital.

“I just want to say thank you so much for helping with the fund raising. There’s no words on this Earth that can thank you enough for your help. It means the world to me.”

The fact that this young lady is on her way to recovery provides some very welcome positive news; the fact that she’s planning to return to work within the demolition sector merely proves that she is made of the same stuff as the industry itself.

Final curtain falls at Longannet…

Blast fells final power station structure.

The final building at Lonagnnet Power Station in Fife was demolished earlier today.

Dramatic footage from the scene near Kincardine shows smoke and dust billowing into the air and being blown across the Firth or Forth.

The structure containing a boiler room, turbine hall and control room was levelled after plans were put in place months ago.

Video Exclusive – Connell off to college…

New video from Content with Media captures the action.

Salford-based Connell Brothers is currently demolishing Stafford College. The contractor s calling upon a full range of equipment, including a high reach excavator from CASE and some impressive attachments.

Peter Haddock of Content with Media visited the site and sends us this report:

Turning the spotlight onto skills…

MASSIVE video show coming next week.

The UK will mark National Apprenticeship Week from 8 to 14 February. To coincide with this national awareness week, DemolitionNews will once again takes its place among The Construction Collective to host a huge new video show that is focused entirely upon skills and training.

That new show will feature input from training providers, industry employers and several individuals that have been through the apprenticeship process and that are now pursuing a career within the sector.

The show will be broadcast LIVE here on DemolitionNews but if you watch on Facebook or YouTube, you will be able to post questions and add comments.

If you’re an employer in need of personnel to eep the wheels turning, or if you’re a young person seeking a viable career path, this show is for you.

Dust prompts public health motion…

Public health officials to be consulted prior to industrial demolition.

The planning committee in Hamilton City, Ontario wants Public Health consulted on industrial demolition projects minimise any impacts on people’s health.

They passed a motion today in response to the demolition of a building in 2019 that created a massive dust cloud and caused plenty of concern among Hamiltonians.

EXCLUSIVE – Hitachi Zaxis-7 Watch Party

Hitachi is one of the leading excavator brands in both the demolition and construction industries. Indeed, many UK demolition companies pride themselves on their loyalty to the brand.

But in recent months, one of the best got even better with the launch of the new Zaxis-7 range.

In an exclusive video presentation in partnership with our sister channel Diggers and Dozers, we took an up-close look at these exciting, powerful and efficient new machines.

The show, which was broadcast LIVE on our Facebook page, can be found just by clicking here.

A life in demolition…

DemolitionNews brings you ANOTHER video exclusive.

Straight-talking demolition veteran Roy Gibbons lived and worked through the golden age of the UK demolition industry.

He rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the sector, crossed paths with some of its biggest personalities, and considered many of them friends.

Now, as he hangs up his hard hat, Roy looks back over half a century at the cutting edge of the UK demolition business and the changes he has witnessed during a Life in Demolition.

The film premieres at 6.00pm tonight.

Business Briefing for January 2021

And still the video insights keep coming!

Nobody expected a repeat of last month’s £12 billion in new contract awards.

But the UK construction sector has started the New Year with anther exceptional performance fuelled by an uptick in spend on infrastructure, the continued dominance of the housing sector, and some big figures from London and the Midlands.

Keltbray engineers bridge solution…

Removal of power station bridge demonstrates engineering prowess.

It is often said that the skill of the demolition engineer lies in their ability to solve problems. That skill is exemplified in this superb new film that shows how demolition giant Keltbray set about removing a bridge at the Ferrybridge C Power Station.