What were they thinking…?

I simply don’t have the words to express my feelings on this photo:

My thanks to www.demolishdismantle.co.uk for drawing our attention to this image.

Demolition quote of the moment…

“…high reach excavators are like surgically enhanced breasts. They are unnatural; their cost is disproportionate to their additional utilisation; and our fixation with them does us no credit…”
Mark Anthony

Dome demolition on schedule…

The implosion of the RCA Dome, former home of the Indianapolis Colts, is less than five weeks away.

Since the roof was deflated on September 24, crews have been working to get everything out of the building. Now, the remainder of the conventional demolition is continuing, getting ready for the implosion which is scheduled for the morning of December 20.

Full story here.

General comes clean at Soho baths…

General Demolition has been engaged by ISG InteriorExterior to perform demolition and strip out works for the £25m regeneration of the Marshall Street Baths in the heart of Westminster, situated between Poland Street and Carnaby Street in London’s Soho.

The 21-week demolition programme includes strip out works in the main baths, the complete demolition of the ‘second class’ pool and basement, structural alterations to the Soho NCP car park and ‘top down’ demolition of the existing Westminster City Council cleaning depot and four-storey building above.

The ambitious Marshall Street Regeneration project will see the restoration of the stunning, 1930s marble-lined main pool to its former glory, delivering a high quality refurbished and upgraded leisure centre including a gym, exercise studios, health suite and treatment rooms. The scheme also includes a new purpose-built Council street cleansing depot in Dufours Place, an upgraded car park in Poland Street and residential flats with a proportion of affordable housing.

The Grade II listed building opened in 1932 and is famous for its barrel vaulted roof. The baths closed in 1997 due to health and safety and operational maintenance concerns. The refurbished leisure centre is scheduled to open in the first half of 2010 and will be run as a public facility by Westminster City Council.

New MD for Volvo Construction Equipment…

Val Ledden has been appointed as Managing Director of Volvo Construction Equipment Limited, the wholly owned dealer for Great Britain.

Previously Sales Director and deputy M.D., Val takes over from Rob Dicker who has been appointed as Senior Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the Volvo Construction Equipment Group in Brussels.

NFDC and NDTG training scheme – Exclusive Video…

C&D Consultancy’s John Woodward provides a useful insight into the NFDC and NDTG training scheme. Filmed live at the EDA Autumn seminar in Istanbul, Turkey.

Woodward appointed IDE vice president…

Fresh off the back of his highly successful trip to Istanbul as the IDE representative at the latest EDA seminar, John Woodward has been elected vice president of the Institute of Demolition Engineers.

A lifelong demolition man, Woodward has been a member of the IDE for many years, most recently acting as the Institute’s events chairman.

“I am honoured to have been elected as IDE vice president and I look forward to working with the new president, Terry Quarmby, to really drive the institute forwards,” Woodward says. “We have huge plans for the IDE, many of which I explained to the delegates at the EDA event in Turkey. With the backing of the IDE council and its members, we can now bring those plans to fruition.”

EDA Autumn Seminar – Slideshow….

In this exclusive video from Demolition News, you can see some of the sights and speakers that participated in last week’s EDA seminar in Istanbul, Turkey.

Yet more job losses at JCB…

JCB has announced a further 398 redundancies as it reduces production at UK factories by 34% for the last two months of the year and for the first quarter of 2009.

The plant manufacturer has already announced over 700 job losses this year but said the extreme deterioration in business levels and confidence around the world has lead to a significant reduction in orders.

Full story here.

EDA Seminar – NFDC Crusher Guidance – Exclusive Video…

The National Federation of Demolition Contractors’ press officer Mark Anthony used the EDA seminar to unveil the Federation’s new guidance notes on the safe use of mobile crushers in a demolition environment.

His presentation can be viewed in this exclusive video: