A small victory

Councillors stick with decision to demolish Birmingham’s Ringway Centre. Birmingham’s landmark Ringway Centre – described as one of the city’s ‘brutalist icons’ – is set to be demolished despite a campaign to save it. Birmingham City Council’s planning committee yesterday approved plans for the building in Smallbrook Queensway to be demolished and for three apartment…Read moreRead more

Squibb creditors left high and dry

Construction Enquirer has reported that creditors hit by the demise of demolition contractor Squibb Group late last year have no prospect of getting their money. Squibb collapsed in 2023 owing twenty four point six million pounds to its creditors. The company has cited the impact of covid and a drop in scrap sales in its…Read moreRead more

Ringway demolition now in doubt

Yesterday, we reported that the demolition industry had scored a notable victory over the refurbishment sector as Southwark Council gave the go ahead to bring down the controversial Maydew House. Unfortunately, it now appears that the refurb industry could be on the verge of scoring an equaliser in Birmingham. Architects Journal is reporting that Birmingham…Read moreRead more

Demolition 1 – Refurb 0

Having already spent upwards of £15 million attempting to refurbish the Maydew House tower block, Southward Council in London has given the go ahead for the block to be demolished. The council had previously wanted to refurbish the 26-storey Bermondsey block – spending £15 million on works and plans – only to scrap the project…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

Another project hits the buffers

Demolition contractor Colin Smith & Sons will have to hold off on its plans to tear down the vacant Mill Street building after the city council asked for more information on the plans for the site. Liverpool City Council has scuppered Mill Street Developments’ proposals to demolish the former Dingle flour mill, having refused the…Read moreRead more

HSE targets demolition dust

The Health and Safety Executive is set to launch a summer campaign targeting construction sites across Great Britain, with inspections focusing on preventing life-threatening diseases caused by dust at work. The campaign, supported by HSE’s Dust Kills initiative, will provide free advice to businesses and workers on the control measures needed to prevent exposure to…Read moreRead more

HSE cancellations up 200-fold

The prospect union says there has been a 200-fold increase in cancellations of HSE investigations due to resourcing shortfalls. The number of HSE investigations cancelled because of insufficient resources in 2016-2017 was two. In the period of 2021-2022, that figure had risen to 389.

CMA – Word is spreading

Any hopes that news of the near £60 million fines handed down to 10 UK demolition companies entangled in a bid-rigging cartel might just “blow over” have been dashed as word has spread across the media here in the UK and much further afield. DemolitionNews has compiled a list of more than 30 publications that…Read moreRead more

The £60 million scandal

CMA hands down fines of almost £60 million after three-year collusion probe. Ten firms have been handed fines totalling almost £60 million for their part in a bid-rigging scandal that has stained the reputation of the UK demolition industry. The fines are the culmination of a more than three-year probe by the Competition and Markets…Read moreRead more