Blucon gone

West Midlands-based contractor the latest in liquidation. Solihull-based contractor Blucon Demolition has slipped into liquidation. Following hot on the heels of the collapse of Squibb Group, McCormack Demolition and – most recently – Wooldridge Contractors, the demise of yet another demolition company will be cause for wider concern for an industry seemingly beset with financial…Read moreRead more

Breaking News – Another one bites the dust…

Wooldridge Contractors to appoint administrators. It has been one of the worst-kept secret in the UK demolition industry for several weeks now. But industry news portal – Construction Enquirer – is reporting that Wooldridge Contractors has become the latest UK demolition company (and National Federation of Demolition Contractors member) to slip into administration. The company…Read moreRead more

Embodied carbon vice tightens

11 Trade bodies call for regulation of embodied carbon Influential trade bodies including the Chartered Institute of Building, Construction Industry Council, Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have joined forces to warn political leaders about the urgent need for regulation of embodied carbon emissions in construction. They warn regulation…Read moreRead more

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