Demolition Summit anounced…

D&Ri publisher KHL announces Demolition Summit for later this year.

A major new event for the world-wide demolition industry is being launched by D&Ri and the European Demolition Association. Called The Demolition Summit, the event will take place in November this year in the Okura Hotel, Amsterdam.

The summit – which is expected to attract more than 400 people from leading firms and suppliers – will include a top-level conference and the inaugural Demolition Awards gala dinner, a celebration of the very best in the industry from around the globe.

For full details, please click here.

Quick Hitch Sneak Preview…

Miller International provide a sneak preview of the future of quick coupler technology

Later this month, within digging distance of the new Wenbley Stadium arch, Miller International will unveil its latest generation of quick couplers. As the anti-semi-automatic debacle continues, the timing for the launch could not be better. And judging by the video here, the product looks the part too.

More information will follow just as soon as we have it.

Nottingham chimney felled…

Implosion of brick chimney marks end of an era.

On Sunday 15 March, the Nottingham skyline was changed forever as the last brick-built chimney used by the city’s dying industry was brought down in a controlled implosion carried out by ProDem and overseen by C&D Consultancy’s John Woodward.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO – EDA Update and Demolition Awards…

Exclusive video from NFDC AGM featuring an update on the EDA.

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, newly-elected NFDC 2nd vice president William Sinclair provided members with an update on developments within the European Demolition Association. At the same time, D&Ri editor Lindsay Gale officially launched the new Demolition Awards to a UK audience.

The following video captures the key highlights from these two presentations.

Demolition, the opera…

Bridge implosions set to operatic music makes for stunning video.

Word reached us recently that C&D Consultancy’s John Woodward had been employed as a script consultant on a theatrical production in which the lead character is a demolition expert. At the time, we all thought this was something of a first in the demolition/culture mix.

However, we have just stumbled across this video that sets a series of impressive Virginia bridge implosions to operatic music. Enjoy:

D&Ri features demolition-jobs initiative…

D&Ri, the world’s most widely read demolition magazine, has featured www.demolition-jobs.co.uk

D&Ri editor, Lindsay Gale
D&Ri editor, Lindsay Gale
Having attended the official launch of www.demolition-jobs.co.uk at the National Federation of Demolition Contractors annual general meeting last week, D&Ri editor Lindsay Gale has now featured the initiative in the online version of his magazine.

Click here for details.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything…

UK rental company moves LEGO pharaoh.

This isn’t demolition-related but, knowing the industry’s love of equipment and its use in delicate operations, we simply couldn’t resist sharing this with you:

Click here to see a 4 metre, 200,000 piece LEGO Pharaoh being moved.

Cuddy bags demolition Oscar…

Neath-based Cuddy Group has been named Demolition Contractor of the Year.

John Cuddy (centre) joins the other award winners on stage
John Cuddy (centre) joins the other award winners on stage
International demolition contractor Cuddy Group has scooped an Oscar of its own for ‘demolition contractor of the year’, at one of the construction industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony.
Triumphing in their fiercely contested category, the Neath-based company beat off competition to pick up the gong at the Construction News Specialists Awards 2009, announced at the London Hilton on 5 March 2009.

The annual event has become a major milestone in the construction calendar, with the aim of highlighting the critical role of specialist contractors in the industry. Joint managing director John Cuddy, who accepted the award on the night said: “Having been a finalist 6 times in the past, we are delighted to have finally won this esteemed award, which reinforces, and gives credibility to, the claims that we are proud to boast. Since our inception in 1983, we have worked hard to build a solid reputation for professionalism that treads beyond the traditional realms of the demolition industry. Especially in the current climate, clients need to invest their trust in a hard-working, dependable and technically capable company, and this award is welcome recognition of our ability to fulfil these requirements and expectations – all whilst ensuring a continuous investment in health and safety, staff development and sustainability.

“Whilst we are obviously incredibly proud of this achievement, our skills actually span much wider than just demolition. We now want to work hard to ensure that our other areas of specialism – including decommissioning, land remediation, civil engineering and asbestos removal – achieve the same level of recognition as our demolition division.”

The project that helped Cuddy to win the coveted award was the much anticipated and high profile demolition of Mansfield Brewery last year, in which the 12-man team combined traditional dismantling techniques and the controlled use of explosives to clear the site. Councillor Kate Allsop said at the time: “Cuddy did a truly excellent job and ensured a safe, professional and organised approach throughout. That’s what I expected from them, but they went over and above my expectations.”

demolition-jobs.co.uk video introduction…

Exclusive video introducing the new demolition-jobs.co.uk website.

Mark Anthony, press officer of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors and the editor of Demolition & Dismantling magazine, narrates an introduction to www.demolition-jobs.co.uk, a new website developed to help the demolition industry’s unemployed back into employment.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO – NDTG Update…

Sophie Francis & Howard Button provide update on NDTG training.

The National Federation of Demolition Contractors took the opportunity to update its members of progress with a multitude of training-related matters at the Annual General Meeting on London on Friday 6 March.

In this exclusive video, NDTG training officer Sophie Francis and NFDC chief executive Howard Button discuss key matters including the latest progress on the CPCS/CSCS card scheme.