The Break Fast Show #629

In today’s show: We’re saying bonjour to a small but perfectly formed new model from Manitou; there’s no business like snow business for Bobcat; get set for the Kentucky bridge blast; and CASE cleans up the Ivory Coast. PLUS someone is for the chop from Madame Guillotine. Join us LIVE for your daily fix of…Read moreRead more

The final nail in the coffin

Construction News is reporting that Squibb Group has been officially wound-up. It brings to an end 75 years of trading for one of the UK’s best-known demolition contractors. The court appointed the official receiver as provisional liquidator of the company despite pleas from the Squibb Group barrister to appoint two individuals that have been dealing…Read moreRead more

Biffa acquires Hamilton Waste

Biffa has today announced the acquisition of Hamilton Waste and Recycling Limited (HWR), Scotland’s leading construction and demolition collection and processing business. HWR, a family-owned company that has been incorporated since 2002, is one of the leading independent recycling and resource management companies in Scotland, processing over 135,000 tonnes of material annually. Its processing and…Read moreRead more

The Break Fast Show #624

In today’s show: JCB is back in black; Birmingham prepares to say goodbye to the Irish Centre; 10 million tonnes moved without human intervention; and we have a blast from the past – a Clark Michigan wheeled dozer. PLUS from Russia with love. Join us LIVE for your daily fix of news, views, video and…Read moreRead more

FREE children’s books

We find ourselves in the midst of a cost of living crisis. Far too many demolition and construction professionals have found themselves between jobs. And Christmas is almost upon us. So I have raided my archives and I have found some spare copies of a pair of children’s books written by myself and my friend…Read moreRead more

Demolition and the Great Capone Ploy

Winston Churchill, perhaps the greatest of all Britons, famously once said: “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. With that in mind, I am going to begin with a very brief but timely history lesson. Alphonse “Al” Capone was a notorious gangster during the American prohibition era of the 1920s….Read moreRead more

Chinese manufacturers stand accused

Chinese excavator manufacturers stand accused of excavator dumping – selling machines at a significantly reduced price to gain a foothold or to secure market share to the detriment of incumbent manufacturer. In response to complaints made by British manufacturer JCB, the Trade Remedies Authority has opened two new investigations into the import of excavators from…Read moreRead more

The Break Fast Show #616

In today’s colourful show: We’re going green with Sennebogen; we’re in the red with Mantovanibenne; it’s Code Yellow as Italian backhoe loaders go on military manoeuvres; and re-animated – When machines of the past come back. PLUS how Las Vegas prepared for the F1 takeover. Join us LIVE for your daily fix of news, views,…Read moreRead more

CIOB calls for demolition levy

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has added its voice to the growing clamour to incentivise repair, refurbishment and refit by proposing an increase in VAT on demolition projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Under Ireland’s current tax structure, a reduced rate of 13.5 percent VAT is applied to demolition projects; taxation parity with the…Read moreRead more

Bid to save Ringway goes legal

Campaigners fighting to save a Birmingham city centre landmark have turned to the law in a bid to save it from demolition. The Save Smallbrook group has appointed a senior barrister to challenge the decision to knock down the historic Ringway Centre. The group has appointed climate and heritage barrister Estelle Dehon KC to challenge…Read moreRead more