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Since our inception we have always striven for perfection. We are far from that, but we are learning what the industry wants, enjoys and supports from a regular, readable, all-encompassing demolition magazine. Our mantra has always been positivity, alongside including diverse voices to give a clear and unscripted view; with neither agenda nor negativity, to shine a light on the positives the industry should shout about and on the flipside, learn together from any issues or challenges. I strongly feel that this, the fourth issue of Demolition Hub, is our best yet. I am delighted to boast that we have surpassed 100 pages (rather easily as it happens) and yes, we have added a gold hue to the magazine in celebration of that achievement. But aside from the aesthetics, we have gone up a gear not only in quantity of content, but quality, solidifying our place as your bi-monthly demolition read. I have been more than happy with what we have produced from last autumn up until February’s issue, but always looking to serve the industry and further our appeal, we brought on a specialist Demolition Editor. Here, Paul Argent makes his debut. It caused quite the fanfare on social media when Paul and Demolition Hub announced his ongoing participation. Paul, it seems, surpassed even us in his popularity and how well he is thought of in the industry as a demolition and construction writer. Paul is a very welcome addition to the editorial team and can only contribute to our goal to serve the industry as well as possible. NFDC-wise we have seen the announcement of a new President in William Crooks from Cawarden as Holly takes a well deserved rest after a fantastic two years at the helm. We wish her well. Alongside William, who our own Toby Wilsdon interviews on page eight, Gary Bishop is incoming as Vice President with John Lynch as Second Vice President (elected on Friday 26 March). A busy few weeks for the NFDC saw it launch the much needed Mental Health Hub. Please read more about that on page 12. It’s been busy for us too. We have had two site visits with Keltbray (page 40), the launch of another demolition brand, the Hub-Club, allowing contractors to spread their good news (page 16) and juggling the logistics of our very own British Demolition Awards, which is now confirmed to take place in September at Brighton and Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium. As ever, please let me know what you like, don’t like, would like to see or want more of: ben@chambers.media. Until June, My very best,

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NFDC announces the appointment of William Crooks as President Demolition Hub speaks exclusively to William Crooks NFDC launches mental health and wellbeing hub



Coyle Equipment Services receives Epiroc Dealer of the Year award The Demolition Hub Club More new jobs on way at JCB as 700 get permanent contracts R Collard wins double at National Recycling Awards EDA to publish guides to attachments and carriers for demolition and recycling Paragon Bank supports AR Demolition with funding CPA Stars of the future rescheduled A personal story for World Autism Awareness Day by Alex Jarrett



Declan Sherry joins Clifford Devlin as non-executive director Labour forces at Rye Demolition Interview with Emma Attwood of Cawarden



Seb Fossey, Managing Director of McGee speaks to Demolition Hub



Keltbray: Decoy Farm landfill remediation




CAT reveals the new D7 dozer Bobcat: Tools for the Italian job Packing a Punch – Brokk 900 Doosan DX530DM in Milan



Smooth Operation: Cawarden repurposes former silk manufacturing site outside Cheadle



Eleanor Hearne of LDH Attachments talks to Demolition Hub

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Some of the best demolition excavators available



Chris Charlton of CJ Charlton



McGee appointed for redevelopment of iconic Canary Wharf Estate Top marks for Epiroc combi cutters



A roundup of some of the best attachments



Smart demolition – S Evans takes on the M4



Richard Dolman, President of the IDE



Professional Demolition is preparing the former Eastman Kodak site near Liverpool for redevelopment



Jacqueline O’Donovan



A profile of Prime Consultancy Group



Steve Peacock



British Demolition Awards 2021



Jennings of Pudsey in historic York



Meet Paul Argent For those in the industry that don’t know me, here’s a little insight into what I do and where I’ve come from. Growing up, I’ve always had a passion for plant and equipment. Standing on the edge of sites (no hoardings in those days) watching the machinery work was where I was at my happiest. To be honest, I’ve never grown up and still enjoy just watching machinery at work and feel very fortunate that I am able to make a crust out it. My working career has taken me from labouring through to working as a project manager on a wide variety of construction projects across the country and building up a knowledge of how the industry operates on many levels. This all changed back in 2008 when the country went into recession and I was made redundant. With my passion for the construction and plant industry, I formed RPA Media, specialising in supplying media services for the industry I had worked in since leaving school some 20 years previously. Since forming RPA Media, I have been fortunate to work with many leading companies and suppliers throughout the construction and demolition world, reporting on some of the largest projects that have taken place in the UK. My aim for my work with Demolition Hub is to bring my passion and my knowledge of the industry to these pages and I look forward to taking what the team at Chambers Media has developed and pushing it to another level. If you have any upcoming projects you would like to see in these pages, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Paul paul@chambers.media


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NFDC officially announces appointment of William Crooks as President

The NFDC, the leading trade body for the demolition industry, announced the appointment of Derbybased Cawarden’s Managing Director, William Crooks, as President following the 80th Annual General Meeting of the Federation on 26 March. Presidential roles within NFDC are appointed biennially, typically via a traditional ceremonial handover of the Chain of Office at AGM events hosted by the NFDC for members and special guests of the demolition industry. The ceremonial handover this year was instead witnessed virtually by 100+ members via an online AGM, due to the current Coronavirus restrictions on mass gatherings. The NFDC shared tentative plans for a member event to celebrate and commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Federation’s foundation later this year, where members will be able to raise a toast to the new President in person, assuming the COVID-19 roadmap back to normality remains on course. The President’s role at the NFDC is a significant undertaking and includes leading the NFDC National Council – a steering committee made up of representatives from all NFDC regions who help to define the agenda for key 6 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Federation activity which ultimately benefits the wider demolition industry. On his appointment to the role, William Crooks said: “30 years ago I was one half of a two-man band and now I’m NFDC President. The day Cawarden became members of the NFDC was a massive source of pride for me and the entire Cawarden workforce and my appointment today evokes the same feelings of pride for all of us. The Federation itself, many fellow demolition contractors and the demolition industry as a whole have come from humble beginnings, yet we’re all going from strength to strength. I understand that the role of NFDC President is both a privilege and a responsibility and I look forward to helping shape and further improve the NFDC for the benefit of members and the demolition industry over my term.” William Crooks, former Vice President of the NFDC, former Chairman for NFDC Midlands & Welsh region and current Chair of the NFDC Finance Committee, will be supported during his 2021 – 2023 term in office by Gary Bishop, of Bromley Demolition and immediate past President of the IDE, in the role of Vice President and the newly elected 2nd Vice President, John Lynch of Midlands & Welsh region member company, Newline Demolition. On handing the Presidential baton over, Keltbray’s Holly Price passed on her thanks to William for his support as Vice President during her challenging two-year term in office, along with good wishes for success in the role. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the Federation’s strategic plans and the absence of renowned member events during the past

year, Holly brought some of the softer issues in demolition to the forefront, particularly mental health and wellbeing and diversity in demolition. With energy and commitment to Federation business throughout her tenure, Holly’s presidency was valued by the wider NFDC leadership team and the membership of some 140 demolition contractors and 90 industry service providers. NFDC CEO, Howard Button, added: “On behalf of everyone at NFDC, we thank Holly Price for her dedication to the Federation from 2019 to 2021 and congratulate William on his new appointment. We trust he will enjoy a positive and productive term in office.”

President of the NFDC William Crooks Managing Director of Cawarden Co Ltd and the former Vice President of the NFDC, former Chairman for NFDC Midlands & Welsh region and current Chair of the NFDC Finance Committee Vice President Gary Bishop From Bromley Demolition and immediate past President of the IDE 2nd Vice President John Lynch From Midlands & Welsh region member company Newline Demolition.


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Demolition Hub speaks to incoming NFDC President, William Crooks On Friday 26 March, NFDC members attended the 80th Annual General Meeting of the NFDC online. A content-rich agenda included President, CEO and Strategic Projects reports, guest presenter in the form of Build UK CEO, Suzannah Nichol and the biennial ceremonial election results. Over 100 members tuned in as William Crooks, Managing Director of Derby-based Cawarden, took over the presidential reins from Keltbray’s Skills & Communities Director, Holly Price. Bromley Demolition’s Gary Bishop officially moved up to the role of NFDC Vice President and John Lynch, former Chair for NFDC Midlands & Welsh region won the members vote for the position of NFDC 2nd Vice President. Demolition Hub, media partner of the NFDC, caught up with the man himself, William Crooks, to find out more about the NFDC’s new President for 2021-2023 in this exclusive interview. Demolition Hub: As you take on the reins, is there anything you’d like to say about your predecessor, Holly Price? William Crooks: I’ve really enjoyed working with Holly. Holly has done a tremendous job in a very difficult time. She’s had all the hard work but missed out on the Convention, the AGM and many other interesting national and technical events. We’re not losing her, as she’ll still continue to sit on the NFDC National Council and Finance Committee, so I’m still looking forward to working with her over my term as President. Demolition Hub: What are your priorities for your presidency? William Crooks: I’m excited about increasing the profile of health and safety and we’ve agreed a budget to take that forward. Secondly, in a tough time when our members don’t know where we’re going to be 8 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

in a year, trying to keep the NFDC ship on a sound financial footing. I want the NFDC to continue to work closely with our Industry Service Providers (ISP) and encourage as many clients to use NFDC members as possible. Demolition Hub: 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the NFDC’s foundation, do you see it as a critical time for the NFDC? William Crooks: The NFDC is going from strength to strength. I think we’re significantly more professional and a lot more advanced technically now. I don’t think the NFDC would have survived without a strong link between Scotland, Wales and the rest of the UK and that’s one of the reasons the Scottish, the Northern Irish and Welsh come to the National Council meetings – it’s vital that we get the full spectrum of experience and viewpoints. I like meeting people. I like to understand different aspects of the business and areas of the country

from Scotland right down to Bristol and London. We miss the social events because we don’t get the exchange of ideas from meeting likeminded people. We’ve got regional meetings as well and they’re well attended – using technology and adapting our way of working has enabled us to keep members engaged and connected despite COVID. It’s like any democratic organisation, you start off locally and then work your way up to the centre. We’ve got links with the National Demolition Association in the USA and the European Demolition Association as well. The Americans have adopted quite a few of the things that we put forward in our training because they recognise the high standards we’ve worked hard to set, the same in Europe. We’ve had a number of NFDC presidents who have become presidents of the EDA. demolitionhub.com

substantial amounts to charity every year. A lot of people who manage and work for these companies have come from tough backgrounds, didn’t do that well at school but have become proficient, intelligent site managers and operatives with the help of the NFDC, IDE and NDTG. Everything we do is improving the education of people who perhaps weren’t so well served at a young age.

Demolition Hub: You’re involved with quite a few different organisations. Was that a natural course?

William Crooks: There are a good number of people who’ve done the demolition degree who started as site labourers. This industry is full of people who own their own businesses, who have become professional demolition engineers but started off as site labourers. It’s a difficult industry to walk into and become a demolition contractor with just a great education, without doing time working on the tools or driving a machine. It’s more of an art really. We don’t want the demolition industry to look like it’s a business for uneducated people. It’s not. It’s becoming more and more technical. We need to encourage people with degrees in construction or civil engineering to come into the industry. Some of the things we do are extremely technical.

William Crooks: My mother and father got involved with local community, regional and national organisations. They thought it was important to put back, not to take out. My father was deeply involved with county shows, ploughing matches and historical organisations. My mother was involved with local politics, the WI and charities. We’ve always put back. That’s why we, my family and people who work for us support local charities and other organisations. The NFDC nationally gives a huge sum of money to charities, far more than many corporates, and each region independently donates


Demolition Hub: How do you see the development of demolition as an academic subject?


I come from a farming family and it’s very similar. You get a group of farmers together and they want to talk about farming. If you get a group of demolition contractors together, they want to talk about demolition. When you talk about demolition, you learn what others do. You can give them your opinion and hopefully help each other. If you’re on the NFDC National Council for 15 years, you can make a lot of friends. The day Cawarden became members of the NFDC was a massive source of pride for me but also for all the people that have worked for us from the beginning. A lot of those individuals are still here, and they’ve been here for 30 years.

Therefore, we can’t just have people who’ve worked on the tools. The two sides have to work together – the experienced operatives who’ve seen it all with the younger people who are more formally educated.

Some of it is always going to be a hard slog, but modern technology is ever-increasing our ability to plan solutions. That’s why I enjoy seeing 17, 18-year-old apprentices, green as grass straight from school, grow into cracking employees and cracking people. It gives you a feeling of satisfaction. The NFDC works just the same. I was a two-man-band 30 years ago and now I’m NFDC president.

You need engineers who can calculate what will happen in a given circumstance and we also need the people who can speak from experience. We need to be wary that we don’t lose those people, and it’s very important to make use of them as teachers and mentors.

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People don’t want to go into demolition or construction because they perceive them as not very exciting career choices, or because they believe it’s a dirty, tough environment. There’s more to demolition than meets the eye. We need to encourage younger people in particular to join our industry. A lot of people like to watch demolition. You’ve only got to say you’re cutting the floodlights down on a football stadium and most of the town turns up to watch, even though you tried to keep it quiet for health and safety reasons. It’s exciting, but not everybody wants to work in it. I love being a demolition contractor – it’s been a way of life for 30 years. If you’ve planned the demolition of a 17-storey building, had to adapt the plan six times and managed to get it down safely, there’s massive fulfilment in that. The operatives working on site are really proud of what they do. They often demonstrate that by what they post on Facebook and the other social media forums. Demolition Hub: What do you see as the big game changers in demolition? William Crooks: Machine drivers now can’t just be a driver; they have got to be a technician to drive the machine. There is so much computer equipment in there.

Imagine what things are going to be like in another 20 years. You could be in an exoskeleton suit to reduce the wear on the joints and limbs. You look at robotics and think, how far are we from where it’s unacceptable to put any operative on a demolition site? Using telematics, we could all be sat in an office 40 miles away with just one person on site, or at least have the operative driving the machine from the site cabin. You’re already seeing machines being retrofitted with remote operation systems, so they

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can work in chemical factories and other places where there’s extreme hazard. We want to protect the operative from everything, dust, repetitive strain, muscle and joint injury, all things that come from long term wear and tear. They’re going to be taken away by technology, hopefully, that either carries out the job, or protects the worker. If you’re going to use equipment like that, you’re going to have to be better trained and better educated.

I think organisations like the IDE and NFDC are going to have to embrace that. We talk about the future and what we’re trying to do, but our industry encompasses everyone from the large multifaceted contractor, right down to the man with a wheelbarrow, a dog and a pickup. They have to be both inclusive and forward-thinking. Demolition Hub: How did you start out in demolition?

William Crooks: I left school at 16 and went to work on the family farm. Part of the business was agricultural contracting, so we were using tractors and trailers, working for other people. At that time, you could drive a tractor at 16 with no training whatsoever. I walked out of school on the Friday, and on Monday morning I was driving a tractor as a full time job, for £8 a week. It was great.

I went to agricultural college, learned a lot and met people from all over the country. Then I spent a year doing accounting and other things linked with the business before I went to Australia for a year. I worked in construction and agriculture there and then came back to work on the family farm. Then agricultural contracting turned to looking at farm buildings. I set up Cawarden in 1986. We were taking down farm buildings and selling the materials because barn conversions had suddenly become massively popular and they wanted the materials to match extensions and rebuilds. We knew a lot of farmers, so we started taking their buildings down, reclaiming the materials and selling them. We were always keen on recycling, before it was on the radar for environmental and social responsibility. We wanted to save things, we wanted them to be reused and we could make money out of it. Then people kept asking us to do other demolition jobs, so we started to do straightforward demolition and grew into what we are today, doing all sorts of demolition, remediation, civil engineering, recycling and crushing. The business employs a lot of people and sells an awful lot of bricks and tiles. It’s been really enjoyable. Some of it’s been tough, but it’s been good for me. I’ve met some great people and made some really good friends. demolitionhub.com

William Crooks: Yes, demolishing Derby County FC’s Baseball Ground. Ninety per cent of the Cawarden workforce are massive Derby County fans and our Cawarden company colours are black and white. We didn’t want anybody else knocking our ground down, wearing rival football colours. We were and are sponsors of Derby County, so to do that job was satisfying. It was sad to see the old ground go, but it was great that we were the ones to do it. I think the fans in the city appreciated the fact that it was a local contractor. We completed Derby Royal Infirmary, the 17-storey tower block and then the 15-storey main block, plus all the Victorian buildings as well. We were on there for two years. We did a lot of work at the Derby City Hospital years ago. Lots of sport grounds, Chesterfield, the main stand at Northampton Rugby Club and the American Adventure Theme Park.

looking at the worst case scenario, but I think to maintain a positive attitude you need to be prepared

AND FINALLY What’s your favourite tipple? Mount Gay Rum

Favourite cuisine?

Spaghetti bolognese or fish and chips

Personal bucket list?

I always have a list of 10 things to do before I die, of which I’ve done about forty per cent. One of the things that’s always on my list and I’ve never managed to achieve is

to see a puffin in the wild. It’s a very simple, easily achieved target, but if you never do it, it always leaves you with one thing left to do. And that’s why I’ve never actually done it yet.

for the worst so if it were to happen, it’s not soul destroying.


Demolition Hub: Have there been any standout projects for you in that time?

You just need to keep one simple thing that you know you can achieve and get the positivity out of that when you eventually do it. Ideally, if I’m eating fish and chips, drinking Mount Gay Rum and looking at a puffin at the same time, I’ll be pretty much there.

Demolition Hub: Your profile says you have a positive outlook on life… William Crooks: I’m the most pessimistic positive person you’ll meet! That means I look at a project as, what is the worst that is going to happen? Anything other than the worst is a positive. I love history, but I’m always looking to the future. I’ve got a number of different plans in my head. I’ve got the plan for this year, I’ve got the plan for the next five years, then I’ve got a retirement plan. I think you’ve got to keep positive and think you’re going to be here for a long time, so you need to plan ahead. I try to bring that positivity and enthusiasm to the people who work with us and I try to do the same at the NFDC meetings too. Mike Kehoe at C&D Demolition did a presentation called Prepare to Fail. I learned a lot from that. You need to have a disaster plan in place for any project and for life. You could say it’s a bit pessimistic, demolitionhub.com

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NFDC launches mental health and wellbeing hub

The NFDC has championed the demolition workforce for eight decades – campaigning for fair pay, better working conditions, training standards and safe working practices. In recent years, addressing the lack of awareness for mental health and wellbeing and promoting positive mental health in the demolition industry has risen to the top of the Federation’s strategic agenda. Knowledge of the vast spectrum of issues that constitute mental health has escalated globally, with the world on high alert to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns on the mental health of people of all ages and from all walks of life. The wealth of information and support that is now available via multiple charities and specialist organisations is tremendous yet can be overwhelming in terms of where to look and how to either give or get help. With the intention of centralising information and resources for demolition employers and individuals suffering with mental ill-health, the NFDC is proud to announce the launch of a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, located on the NFDC website at demolition-nfdc.com. The Hub acts as a central portal for the NFDC’s own mental health and wellbeing resources along with signposting to third-party information. Organised into 12 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Resources for Employers and Resources for Individuals, it is easy to find comprehensive information covering a range of mental health topics, without having to search across multiple websites. Information and support tools are also grouped by issue, such as stress, financial wellbeing and supporting others, and by assets to download, watch or read, such as posters, videos or articles. Since signing the Building Mental Health Charter, the NFDC has made significant investments in developing CPD certified training workshops for managers and ambassadors, producing resources such as posters, toolbox talks, pocket cards and articles, supporting the Lighthouse Club Construction Industry Charity and now launching the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub – with further plans for ondemand e-learning modules underway. Improving mental health and wellbeing in the industry is a long-term strategic commitment for the NFDC. Howard Button, CEO of the NFDC said: “Mental health and wellbeing came to the forefront of the construction industry’s agenda in the form of shocking

statistics regarding the number of construction workers taking their own lives. On a personal level, I have been deeply affected by the suicides of four former colleagues. “Nobody suffering with mental illhealth should feel alone or that they have no place to turn. It’s OK not to be OK and support is available. NFDC’s Mental Health and Wellbeing initiative aims to help end the stigma around mental health, raise awareness and provide vital support and signposting to demolition employers and individual workers.” The launch comes just in time for National Stress Awareness Month in April, for which the NFDC is issuing all members with newly designed posters to display on site, in canteens and welfare areas to help show their workforce that help is available and non-judgmental support will be given to those who may be struggling. The NFDC’s Mental Health Hub is set to evolve over time, with new resources and signposting being added regularly. Users can access and navigate the hub via the landing page on NFDC’s website at: https://demolition-nfdc.com/ hub-welcome-to-nfdcs-mentalhealth-hub/. demolitionhub.com

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Coyle Equipment Services receives Epiroc Dealer of the Year award Following its appointment as authorised dealer for Epiroc’s hydraulic attachment tools across north London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the West Midlands at the end of 2019, Coyle Equipment Services has seen a huge growth in sales across the region and it was named Epiroc’s 2020 Dealer of the Year this March. Keith Lambourne, Epiroc’s Business Line Manager for the UK and Ireland said: “William and his team at CES started the year with significant sales of hydraulic breakers – the products we are best 14 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

known for. CES’ commitment to local stock holding, prompt service and on site backup saw them further grow their business throughout the pandemic and by the end of 2020 they were confidently selling our full range of hydraulic attachment tools including selector grabs, drum cutters and concrete busters.” Established ten years ago, CES moved to its current premises with a purpose built workshop in west London in 2019. In March 2021, CES opened its new purpose built depot in West Bromwich to better service the Midlands. Through

a combination of on site repair services for all attachments, a well equipped workshop, stock of working tools and spare parts, its team of fully trained technicians is a recipe for success. William Coyle, Managing Director of CES, said: “We are delighted to have received this award. Taking on the Epiroc dealership was one of the best decisions we’ve made. Customers know and want their products, plus we get the backup of their fast and reliable service – the local knowledge and support we get is second to none.” demolitionhub.com

ALWAYS IN REACH Keith Lambourne, Epiroc’s Business Line Manager for UK and Ireland with William Coyle, Managing Director of Coyles Equipment Services at CES’s depot in west London.

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The Demolition Hub Club

In March this year we launched the Demolition Hub Club. We hope you have seen it on our website or socials. If not, here’s the low-down What is the Hub Club?

This is a brand new, free service from leading demolition magazine and media brand Demolition Hub to UK demolition contractors that enables you to showcase your jobs across all Hub platforms in the speediest and most efficient way. How does it work? Each demolition contractor member of the Hub Club can quickly and easily send us any job they deem relevant, whether we are in attendance or not. During works and on completion, they send the text, images and video to a designated mailbox.

What happens then?

Within minutes, we will get the footage, your write-up and, if at all possible, a brief Demolition Hub comment on: • • • • •

www.demolitionhub.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ demolitionhub Twitter: @demolitionhub Instagram: @demolition_hub YouTube: Demolition Hub

We will do a Demolition Hub Club roundup in the following issue of the bimonthly Demolition Hub magazine, including any jobs you have sent us in that time period. For large, extensive jobs, we would want to do a feature in Demolition Hub and for

NFDC members, we can potentially offer you added exposure in the NFDC’s own Demolition and Dismantling magazine. The one-stop email for all footage and explanations is: club@chambers.media. Ideally this should be sent as soon as possible after the job alongside (if applicable) a contact number for us to get a comment. Demolition Hub magazine has gone from strength to strength in its relatively short lifespan and is now seen as a key player in demolition media by many in and out of the industry. As you may or may not be aware, our social media presence is growing exponentially, with the guarantee that there is not a single paid-for subscriber, contact or follower. All the databases are rigorously checked by our social media manager and updated daily to remove any irrelevant accounts.

Finally, why have we set up the Demolition Hub Club? Our philosophy has always been the same – showcasing positivity in the industry, elaborating on challenges and learning from them together. All this alongside offering a swift, assured route to market for a contractor to know they have got the greatest possible coverage at the click of a button.

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More new jobs on way at JCB as 700 get permanent contracts In another sign that the UK construction industry is recovering well from the pandemic, JCB has launched a fresh recruitment drive. The plant manufacturer will be hiring hundreds more shop floor employees and plans to give hundreds more agency staff permanent contracts. The company revealed in February that it was hiring more than 400 UK shop floor agency employees and giving permanent contracts to more than 300 existing agency employees from 1 April. Now, JCB has now announced it will be recruiting a further 450 shop floor agency employees at its factories in Staffordshire, Derbyshire 18 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

and Wrexham – and later this year will give an additional 400 agency staff with more than one year’s service permanent contracts. These will include assemblers, welders, fabricators and CNC machinists. Chief Operating Officer, Mark Turner said: “The rebound following the COVID-19 pandemic continues to gather pace and even in the space of a month since we started recruiting, we now need a further 450 shop floor employees. “The creation of a total of 850 jobs this year is very good news for our business and for the areas where we operate. It’s also great news that this year we will give permanent JCB contracts to more

than 700 agency employees, starting this month.” The market for construction equipment has rebounded sharply after the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, which halted production at JCB factories around the world. In March last year, JCB’s orders disappeared overnight when the pandemic took hold. While no shop floor jobs were lost, many staff positions were impacted. It took more than six months for the business to recover to production levels last seen in March 2020. Forecasts predict a continued solid recovery, with strong demand from mainland Europe and North America. demolitionhub.com


R Collard named Best Recycling Facility and Independent Operator at National Recycling Awards R Collard’s reputation as a leader in the UK’s construction waste and recycling sectors was enhanced by winning in two categories at February’s National Recycling Awards. The waste company, which operates throughout the south of England, was named Best Recycling Facility and Independent Operator for 2020 in a virtual ceremony. R Collard’s founder and Managing Director Robert Collard said: “I am so proud that we have won these awards, which not only provide recognition and affirmation of the considerable investment we have made to bring innovative techniques and technology to the waste sector but also the hard work our employees put in every day to deliver on our commitments to customer satisfaction and service excellence.” Judges said that R Collard’s concrete recycling plant was the “standout winner” in the Recycling 20 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Facility category and “a great example of a closed loop solution and a sound operation with good figures to back it up”. Rob Collard believes the ability to generate high-quality ready mix concrete using construction and demolition waste is unique. He said: “By investing in R&D, plant and equipment we believe we’ve become the first company to produce a range of BSEN206 8500 standard ready mix concrete products using recycled concrete aggregates. “We demolish, process the arisings and return the same material in a different format back to site for an alternative use. This ensures landfill and virgin material cost savings for clients and, most importantly, reduces the carbon footprint of their operations.” In naming R Collard Independent Operator of the Year, the judging panel said the company had demonstrated “a clear plan that has shown growth, been dynamic,

adventurous, invested in R&D and is making a difference in the industry”. From its headquarters in Eversley, R Collard has been providing waste management and recycling services for more than 26 years. Through investment and acquisition, the company has grown into one of the largest privately-owned waste management companies in the south of England, employing more than 400 people and using 150 lorries, 4,000 skips and eight licenced waste transfer stations to provide end-to-end solutions across five counties. The annual National Recycling Awards bring together recycling and waste management professionals to recognise and celebrate best practice and innovation in recycling and waste management. The awards provide industry recognition and unrivalled networking opportunities. With 17 categories, the awards cover every aspect of the recycling and waste management industry. demolitionhub.com

The European Demolition Association (EDA) is working on its guides to attachments and carriers for demolition and recycling. The publications will be launched in April and May respectively. The twin guides are designed to give a general overview of carriers

and attachments, explaining their basic characteristics, functionalities, general requirements, how the equipment should be managed, how to use them in safe working conditions and the regulatory framework applicable. They are intended to serve as a reference document for all professionals linked to the demolition and recycling sectors,


EDA to publish guides to attachments and carriers for demolition and recycling especially contractors and end-users.

Both guides will be available free for online consultation by EDA members and in print format. Further details about these and other EDA publications can be found at www.europeandemolition.org/ library.

Paragon Bank supports AR Demolition with more than £860k in funding Paragon Bank continues to support UK SMEs, providing a funding package of £865,000 to the Nuneaton-based demolition specialist, AR Demolition Ltd. AR Demolition approached Paragon in order to update some of its fleet with the latest equipment to ensure the business remains at the forefront of the sector. The funding package of £865,000 enabled the business to buy three new excavators and two Scania trucks. The funding was key in supporting the business through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Matthew Munro, Finance Director at AR Demolition, said: “The support from Paragon’s Construction Finance team has given us the security we needed and demolitionhub.com

has provided us with fixed cashflows for the next five years or so, which will enable us to manage current capacity levels comfortably. “Paragon’s team is very knowledgeable about our industry. Having met with various funders in the three years that I have been with AR Demolition, Paragon was the first one that knew more about the assets than I do. “We experienced a challenging period, coming off the back of a tricky year and the ongoing pandemic, yet Paragon’s Construction Finance team was able to understand and articulate our situation very quickly and put a case together based on our history, current situation and future aspirations.”

Terry Lloyd, Head of Construction Finance at Paragon, said: “I’m really pleased that we have been able to support AR Demolition through the uncertainties of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and provide the business with some stability entering 2021. “Over the past year, it has been our priority to support our customers and our team’s specialist knowledge of the sector has enabled us to work closely with AR Demolition to fully tailor our support to suit the needs of the business.” AR Demolition is a leading demolition specialist and familyrun business, carrying out a wide range of projects for a variety of clients, from large-scale industrial demolition to groundworks.

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Awards rescheduled to September 2021 The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has reviewed timings for the CPA Stars of the Future Apprentice and Trainee Awards 2021 to ensure nominees and winners receive the recognition they deserve. The awards ceremony, which was to have been held on Thursday 1 July, has been put back to Tuesday 14 September 2021 so that a physical event can be hosted at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre, near Coventry. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday 31 May 2021. Nomination forms are available on the CPA website at www.cpa.uk.net. The headline sponsor for CPA Stars of the Future 2021 is Sunbelt Rentals UK. Kevin Minton, Chief Executive of the CPA said: “Stars of the Future is now in its ninth year and it has become firmly established as the premier event of the construction plant sector for recognising and rewarding the skills and calibre of the industry’s apprentices and trainees. Even though physical events may well be allowed from 21 June 2021, there is still a great deal of uncertainty and we didn’t want to run the risk of limiting the event to a purely online awards announcement for the second year running. “By holding the awards ceremony a few months down the line, we hope there will no longer be any issues with events and our intention 22 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

is to hold it as a live event at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre where winners are able to receive their prizes and receive rightful recognition for their efforts. Sponsors will also have the opportunity to meet and congratulate the nominees and winners face-to-face. “We also realise that colleges have only recently returned to live classes, so by extending the nomination deadline it allows more preparation time in terms of gathering information together for the nomination process. We’d like to urge employers in the construction plant sector to nominate apprentices and trainees who they believe should be recognised as stars in the making,” Kevin continued. For Stars of the Future 2021, several awards can be won and nominations are welcomed from plant-hire and crane companies, manufacturers, contractors, suppliers and others operating in the construction plant sector with apprentices and trainees in their workforce. Stars of the Future is a national awards scheme for apprentices and trainees in the construction planthire industry, organised by the CPA, the leading trade association for the plant-hire sector in the UK. The CPA has more than 1,700 members who supply 85 per cent of hired plant to the construction industry.

The awards categories for 2021 comprise: • • • • • • • • •

Plant Mechanic of the Year (Level 2) sponsored by L Lynch Plant Hire Plant Technician of the Year (Level 3) sponsored by NOCN Group Plant Operative of the Year jointly sponsored by L Lynch Plant Hire and ACOP Group Lifting Technician of the Year sponsored by Liebherr Hire Controller of the Year sponsored by L Lynch Plant Hire Plant Installer of the Year sponsored by L Lynch Plant Hire College of the Year sponsored by Flannery Plant Hire Best Personal Statement sponsored by Wolffkran Judges’ Special Award sponsored by Flannery Plant Hire

Stars of the Future winners will be in contention for a number of prizes, as well as national recognition. Previous prizes have included Snap-on tool kits, iPads and an all-expenses paid trip to Germany to visit a Liebherr crane manufacturing plant. demolitionhub.com





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Making my way in the world As I write this introduction, LinkedIn has reminded me that I have been working with Alex Jarrett for two years today, an apt anniversary as I look to celebrate working with my designer colleague who works hard, has become a great friend and happens to be autistic. In acknowledgement of World Autism Week (29 March to 4 April) and World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, Alex and I chatted about his condition and his work at Chambers Media. This is Alex’s story. Ben

by Alex Jarrett It was only about three years ago that I actually realised that I was autistic. My mother alluded to it many times but I misunderstood her words. I used to think she was saying I was artistic, which I am. I had thought I was like everyone else, but after a while everything started to make sense. All the bullying, my additional support tutors, my weird habits and rituals, difficulty socialising and all the special treatments and classes I attended. I was two when my parents started to notice my symptoms and it took a lot of battles with professionals to get someone to take note. When I was seven, I was formally diagnosed, after that my 24 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

parents could finally get me the help and support I needed. When I was young, I attended a number of speech therapies outside school. One time, I went to a house where a lady showed me pictures while playing a recording that described the picture. For example, I was shown a picture of a train going under a bridge. The tape said: “The train is going under the bridge,” and then played sounds of a train passing by. I always had a supporting tutor by my side during classes. I never paid much attention to why, although I did find it strange that other pupils didn’t. I can honestly say I gave them a hard time, because I was always in my dream world and not paying much attention. Sometimes I was allowed

to do whatever I wanted, and what I wanted to do was drawing. It’s a miracle that I was able to finish school and make it through college. My middle and high school years were not the best of my life. The realisation that I was autistic also explained why I was bullied a lot. Kids found me weird, especially when I brought Lego models to school or slipped off into an imaginary world where my friends were characters from movies I liked. Kids teased me by saying things and singing songs that would tick me off, just to see if I would react. Their bullying did not do well for my confidence. I became more insecure than I already was and it got so bad that I started to isolate myself. I did not want to go anywhere, I did not want to engage in anything and I did not want to socialise with anyone. There were times when I refused to go to school because I was afraid of getting picked on. All I wanted was the bullying to stop. I did not have any friends around my age, the ones I used to have had either gone their separate ways or turned on me. The only people I considered my friends were my tutors. Whenever I did go out, I tried to avoid kids on the street because to me, any kid looked like the kind of kid who would pick on me, even though I am sure many would not dream of doing so. I would blend into the crowd or walk in an opposite direction before being noticed. The scars remain to this day. Even in adulthood there are times when I feel insecure, especially when someone gets mad at me. It hurts me when people raise their voices at me. Whenever that happens, I just slip off into my own world. Sometimes when I am upset and annoyed with someone I imagine standing up to them, which I could never do for real, as a coping mechanism. My college years were a lot better than my school years. I actually had friends around my age. It was here where I was more engaging and very sociable. I learned how to be independent, cook for myself and manage in a work environment. After three years of taking up life skills, I went on to attend graphic demolitionhub.com

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design, where I became more independent and remained sociable. After my college days ended, I got my first job but the company went bankrupt and I became isolated from the world. That took a toll on my social network, which is still evident today. For the next six years, I spent my time on the internet editing a Wiki site on Disney and through this I interacted with users around the world. I barely went out or participated in any events and finding a new job on my own was tough. Aside from the difficulties, there are some positives to being autistic. First of all, I am incredibly artistic. I like to draw and write stories inspired by my imaginary world. I am also a perfectionist. I am never satisfied with my drawings or stories until they are absolutely perfect. I am also hyper-sensitive. I notice the slightest flaws that are unnoticeable or unimportant to others and I am hyper-sensitive to sound and smell. The slightest whisper or odour can attract my attention. I have a good memory, but only because I have a habit of repeating things over and over. For example, I have watched the Back to the Future films so many times I now know every sequence from memory, even the smallest details. I am also resourceful, coming up with quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties. Things that would take me a long time to do, I can now get done in half the time. Being resourceful is good for someone like me because when facing difficulties, I try come up with alternative solutions that work for me and everyone around me. “Work smarter, not harder” is what I live by. It has been a slow process, but I have worked really hard to get where I am now. I do not know what the future has in store for me, but I hope to continue improving myself by becoming more independent, more sociable and more engaging. I hope that my experience as an autistic employee will inspire others like me to overcome the struggles we face every day and achieve great things. 26 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

My work at Chambers Media It was in 2018 that I set a goal to change my life. With a lot of help, I was able to find a job that suited me, surrounded by good people. I owe it to my boss, Ben, for giving me an opportunity to work and make a living. He was the only one out of all the jobs I applied for who accepted me despite my autism. At Chambers Media, I work as the company’s graphic designer. I design and create graphics, mostly logos, for our magazines, websites, brands and ads. The job is flexible, I am surrounded by good people who are patient with me, understanding and encouraging. I am able to take things at my own pace and am not pressured into doing anything I do not want to. Being autistic is never easy. Coming out of my comfort zone has always been a challenge for me and everyone around me and rushing or pressuring me has never gone well. I have always been very firm about keeping to schedules, especially when it is time to go home. I like to go on the dot and if I am held for a just few minutes, I get an urge to throw a fuss, which I do my best to keep at bay. What would people say if I threw a tantrum? One time, I had to do a banner for Demolition Careers and Ben would not let us go home until we had completed it. Staying at work longer than usual made me uncomfortable but I went above and beyond and got the banner done, it helped Ben and I got through it. So, handling autism is never easy, but if you have the patience and take the right steps it is manageable. When I started working at Chambers Media, finding work for me was tricky at times. There was often not really much for me to do, I was tasked with drawing up graphics that I do not believe were ever used in our magazines. I realised that I needed to learn

new things as I could not come to work and do the same old thing. So, I started looking up graphic design tutorials on YouTube and supplying myself with all the things that were necessary in graphic design. My role as a designer started to take shape in 2020. By the end of the first lockdown in May I discovered my purpose in designing logos, leading to logos that we currently use in the company, Demolition Hub, Diggers Live, Demolition Careers and the British Demolition Awards. From summer 2020 and into 2021, I started looking more into logo design. I started buying books relating to logo design and watching more YouTube tutorials. During the current lockdown in 2021, I have started looking into professional logo designing and learned more tricks that would guarantee on target results and put an end to endless reviewing. Along with the logos, I also design banners for our websites, YouTube, and LinkedIn accounts. Recently, I have started coming up with designs for magazine covers and presenting my work professionally. I have become more engaging at work since I first started. Back then, I just kept quiet, followed instructions and focused on my work. But recently, I have started to interact more with my colleagues as well as coming up with my own ideas and giving advice to others. Next, I hope to try to communicate more during a briefing instead of remaining silent and nodding in agreement. I have also thought about participating in fieldwork. I could take up photography and accompany colleagues to take pictures for our magazines. At the moment I have no solid plans to do fieldwork, but maybe someday. Just need time and patience as slow and steady wins the race. demolitionhub.com




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Declan Sherry joins Clifford Devlin EOT as non-exec Civil engineering director, Declan Sherry, has been appointed to Clifford Devlin’s newly established Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) Board. He joins the London-based contractor as a Non-Executive Director with a remit to provide independent governance and oversight of the company’s ownership restructure. Declan said: “I look forward to using my experience at board level of various construction and civil engineering businesses to help Clifford Devlin transition to the EOT. The company has an excellent reputation in the industry and I am convinced the new ownership structure will allow continued stability and help facilitate its further potential.” In February Clifford Devlin announced it was transitioning its ownership structure to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). The restructuring, which saw members of the company’s management team appointed as Board Directors of Clifford Devlin Ltd, with one, Ian O’Connor, also being appointed to the EOT Board of Directors, is designed to provide the company with stability and continuity while existing members of the Clifford family gradually reduce their influence and hand over more 28 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

responsibility over the course of time. Managing Director, Tim Clifford said: “Declan’s experience of managing major infrastructure projects across a wide range of sectors will help develop and enhance our ability to deliver complex, multi-disciplined schemes, which has been Clifford Devlin’s forte for many years. His presence on our new board will provide the additional knowledge and expertise we need to manage our ownership transition.” The company, which specialises in inner-city, enabling works projects featuring demolition, asbestos removal, structural alterations and groundworks packages, recently completed a £7.5 million project to facilitate the development of the Euston hub of HS2. Declan Sherry has more than 30 years’ experience in the construction and civil engineering industries, having specialised in delivering projects across a wide range of sectors from infrastructure to defence, energy, commercial and residential both in the UK and mainland Europe. Most recently, he was part of the governance team at the £9 billion

project to redevelop the iconic Battersea Power Station. Declan has been a Chartered Civil Engineer since 2000 and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors since 2016. Declan’s career began in 1989 and among others he has worked for O’Rourke Civil Engineering, Lancsville Construction, Henry Underground & Rail Services and McGee Group. Declan founded Red Key in 2016 as a management consultancy. In addition to his work at Battersea Power Station, Declan has been involved in the successful delivery of a number of other major infrastructure and strategic projects. These include Hinkley Point C, Kings Cross, Urenco’s Tails Management Facility, a number of London Underground station and infrastructure upgrades, and iconic headquarter projects including BAA Riverside and Bloomberg London. Declan is a keen advocate of behavioural safety improvement and is passionate about mentoring staff, passing on knowledge and experience to aid staff progression. demolitionhub.com

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Labour forces Any business or industry’s biggest asset is its people, and it is proven that the most successful embrace a workforce with different backgrounds and perspectives. At Rye, we have spoken widely about our Sustainable Standard philosophy and our desire to ‘do what we do’ in the most positive way possible, working closely with the communities around us and society at large. We have five pillars under this framework – Health and Safety, Quality, Environment, People, and Community. Under the People pillar, we have a number of initiatives, including a recruitment focus to help bring in a range of skills and experiences. We know that a strong workforce, comprising personnel with different skill sets and life experiences can make a huge difference. With this in 30 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

mind, we are committed to adding to our workforce in four ways: • Ex-armed forces • Ex-offenders • Apprentices • Local labour The easy question to ask is ‘why?’ And our answer is quite simply that we believe it’s the right thing to do for our business, our clients and society at large. There are multiple benefits for all involved:

situations. These are clearly highly transferable skills that are in demand across demolition and construction. Likewise, ex-offenders lost to the system, apprentices with untapped potential and high levels of unemployment also mean that there are vast numbers of people who can contribute to our industry. Let’s not allow this talent to go to waste.

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For the individuals involved there are opportunities to develop their skill set, build on prior experience, feel fulfilled, support the lifestyle they want to lead, add purpose to their lives and grow as members of society. We believe that meaningful careers make a positive difference to individuals and will, in return, drive value for the industry,

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When workforces remain the same or people move within the industry without fresh input, innovation can be stifled. Injection of fresh talent with different backgrounds, interests, experiences and attitudes challenges the status quo, brings new ideas and drives innovation. It is with this innovation that we continue to improve and, in turn, deliver higher quality output, greater economic return for the business and the country and satisfaction for the people involved. While we are not excluding recruitment from other fields, we strongly believe that there is great benefit to be gained by looking into the areas highlighted above and we will redouble our efforts demolitionhub.com

to expand the diversity of our workforce in this way. The two apprentices we currently employ are delivering excellent value to the business, developing and gaining great experience. We employ ex-offenders and ex-services personnel already and they are superb examples of the difference that can be made by employing people with a range of experiences. We are constantly challenged to be better, to introduce greater rigour and process and to become more efficient. It is perhaps because of this experience that we are so keen to pursue this route of broad recruitment and are in the process of hiring two trainees – a trainee Site Manager and a trainee Health, Safety and Environmental Manager. The hope is that these trainees will find great satisfaction in working

with us and develop into their roles, becoming long-standing members of staff who will contribute positively to our business, our clients and the industry as a whole. Many skills that have become embedded through service are highly transferable and we want to create opportunities for those experiences to be utilised in a positive fashion. They will be coached and mentored by our Health, Safety, Environmental and Operations Director, Ben Griffiths, who is a former soldier himself. In summary, we believe that the construction and demolition industries present a fantastic opportunity and natural path of progression for many people. It may be a career they haven’t thought about in the past, but the potential career paths are wide and varied. DemolitionHUB Magazine | 31


With 12 months served at Cawarden, Emma Attwood speaks of her time there so far

How did you come to be working at Cawarden?

I was looking for a new role and a new challenge within the demolition industry that I know and love. I live in South Derbyshire so I was looking to join a local firm – so you could say

I was fishing in a fairly small pond. Recruiters, friends and family advised me that I needed to start looking at other industries and consider other marketing opportunities. Reluctantly, I did – I had to – but my heart was in demolition.

Through the power of LinkedIn, I was introduced to William Crooks, Managing Director of Cawarden. The rest, as they say, is history. I was delighted to join Cawarden last March, just a couple of weeks before the first lockdown. In a new standalone role, I joined the Cawarden team as their Marketing and Communications Manager.

What roles had you previously had?

I left college at eighteen and I took a temporary role as an administrator at a large power transmission and telecoms company in Nottinghamshire. The six-week temporary role turned into almost ten years and tons of opportunities. It was here that I was offered the amazing opportunity to be sponsored to do a full-time degree at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), while working part-time as a Marketing and Communications Assistant. It was possible to do both, I just had to duck out of most forms of ordinary student life. After completing a design/ business degree at NTU, I stayed with the firm for several more years and I took on some exciting roles, including Personal Assistant to the Managing Director and divisional Marketing and Communications Manager. I then took an opportunity to join a London-based specialist contractor as their Marketing and Communications Manager. I did that for seven years before joining Cawarden.

As a marketing professional, what drew you to use your skills in construction and demolition?

It was the engineering, construction/ demolition industries that gave me my skills. And if it wasn’t for certain people along the way seeing something in me, encouraging and supporting me and presenting some incredible opportunities, I most definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. I am so grateful to those people for believing in me, even when I didn’t always believe in myself. 32 | DemolitionHUB Magazine


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What have been the highlights of your career?

My roles have always been varied and that’s what I enjoy most. My career so far has presented a few highlights. Becoming an Associate Member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Winning a London Construction Award in the Marketing Initiative of the Year category for a charity partnership that raised more than £20,000. I got to stand up and speak on behalf of the charity in front of a room of 500 people, which was nerveracking, to say the least. Developing and leading an award-winning business/ academic partnership with Nottingham Trent University. Working with local communities to improve the image of construction and creating a positive legacy for projects. From supporting the Metropolitan Police with their Exchanging Places programme to organising lessons in safety for hundreds of primary school children. Leading industry award submissions resulting in prestigious awards shortlistings and wins at the Construction News Specialists, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Green Apple and the Construction Enquirer Awards. Working alongside client teams and their PR partners to plan and deliver an array of high-profile PR and hospitality events.

How does Cawarden compare with previous jobs?

It’s still just as busy and the last 12 months, pandemic aside, have been great. It’s been pretty much a blank canvas and I’ve enjoyed working with senior management to raise the bar with Cawarden’s marketing and communications activities. The work is similar to my last role, but I think that’s why I have been able to hit the ground running. 34 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

How have you grown into your role over the past year?

The Senior Management team have put their trust in me to deliver on the company’s marketing and communications requirements. I’ve been mostly working remotely, and that’s just meant we have all had to adjust to working together differently from what we had planned pre-COVID. Through the power of technology and a willingness by all, we’ve made it work. Now we have the foundations set which, among many other things, involved the launch of a new website last year. I’m very much looking forward to the next 12 months.

What is your passion at work?

I’m passionate about corporate social responsibility and demonstrating how we uphold our commitments to being a considerate constructor. I’m also passionate about internal communications. We’ve just launched an employee newspaper, which has gone down really well with the team. We have to remember that not everyone is on email or social media so our traditional newspaper is still key to keeping colleagues informed about all of the work that is expertly delivered day in, day out.

on reflection, they weren’t either of those, it was just a difficult time and I got through, which has added to my life experiences and the opportunities that arose as a result of taking a leap of faith.

At work, what is your greatest virtue?

Doing everything to the best of my ability and the highest possible standard. Ultimately, that helps to put the company in the best possible light.

Outside work, what is your greatest virtue?

Just like my mum, I hope to be a good role model for my daughter.

Is your boss easy to work for? William is a fantastic boss.

What would be your one piece of life advice to a child or young adult setting out?

When I left college, I had no idea where my career was heading. It was daunting as everyone else seemed like they knew what they wanted to do. However, despite not knowing “what I wanted to do when I grew up”, I kept trying different things. If you know what you want to do, then absolutely follow your heart. If you’re slightly lost, Iike I was, don’t panic. Try new things, take opportunities, keep going until you eventually find something you love. I never thought in 100 years that I’d be working in marketing and communications in the demolition sector.

“I’ve enjoyed working with senior management to raise the bar with Cawarden’s marketing and communications activities”

What makes a great job?

When your career and your passion collide.

You’ve worked in London and in the Midlands. Where do you call home? I’ve only lived here for five years, but South Derbyshire is home.

If you could “Undo” one thing in your life or career, what would it be? At the time they may have seemed like mistakes or bad decisions. But,

What is your proudest career achievement? Going to university, becoming a member of CIM and working in an industry I share the same interest with as the people working on the ground.




Seb Fossey, Managing Director – McGee Group on civil engineering jobs, bridge alterations and demolition works. In the 1970s, McGee got its first big break, being awarded its first major contract at Heathrow Airport. Going from strength to strength, in 1987 McGee secured the largest ever post-war demolition project in Europe – Battersea Power Station. In 2020, McGee went from being a family run business to an employee-owned one, under new leadership, led by me.


How has the scope of the business developed over time?


Tell us about the history and development of McGee Group.


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From our start as a demolition subcontractor, we are today, proud to be a “Specialist Engineering Contractor”. We develop smart engineering solutions to complex problems and develop methods of working that enable efficient delivery with safety and quality by design.


The company is employee owned. What does this mean in practice and what are the implications?


It means we’re more than employees, we are owners and as such everyone thinks and acts like that. We’re not only doing our daily jobs to the best of our ability, but we are also now stakeholders, strategists and owners. It brings a fresh perspective to all that we do and a desire to continually improve. It also means our employees are invested in the success of our business and delivering on our strategy. As a business, we remain committed to our value-based approach to delivering complex projects, all with the added benefits that come with an engaged and aligned team, where everyone’s motivated by one goal of delivering certainty for our clients. demolitionhub.com

interview Service tunnel connecting an access shaft to Claridges basement

in-house construction engineering expertise to develop the technical solutions that support it. We offer a breadth of service and can deliver integrated or integrable projects and solutions at every step. Bottom-up demolition of 122 Leadenhall Street in the City of London, to make way for Richard Rogers’ Leadenhall Building AKA “The Cheesegrater”


What makes McGee different?

There are four points of difference at McGee. Our geographic focus and longevity mean we have deep authentic relationships with our clients. This combined with our ‘can-do’ culture ensures that we give our clients the best solutions and a delivery experience to match. We have a self-delivery model. This ensures we have experience and a trained workforce, and a mature culture made up of people who are aligned with what we have set out to achieve, not least because our staff are all employee-owners. We pride ourselves on our technical excellence. We have the experience and knowledge to identify the risks and constraints on a project before developing the optimum delivery methodology. We then combine this thinking with our demolitionhub.com

We deliver all this in-house, with our specialist teams and support services. Working in this way means that we know we can deliver, supporting our objective of enhancing value and delivering certainty.





What kind of projects does McGee work on most frequently?

We’re becoming more known for our complex projects, often ones that others in the industry don’t believe are possible, such as our work on Claridge’s Hotel. We were appointed based on our ability to deliver the construction of a five-storey basement below the fully operational hotel, with all materials in and out through a single window. We love to work with clients that see the value in early engagement, working to understand the scope, risks and constraints associated with the scheme before developing and then engineering the best possible method to deliver the works. We then programme and price this optimised solution. We provide more time for clients and their teams to procure the main contractor that best integrates follow-on trade packages, meaning they can do so when the design is more developed, better coordinated and has less risk of change.

What are the standout projects from McGee’s history?

As mentioned, Claridge’s Hotel remains one of our standout projects (above). We pride ourselves on having some of the best minds in the business and we believe this project is testament to that. Another would be delivering an integrated solution for Edwardian Hotels, from demolition through to structures (see image over page). The 350-bed hotel, at six storeys below ground and 10 storeys above is the deepest commercial basement ever excavated in London. It plays host to the hotel’s new cinema, bars and restaurants all set 35 metres below street level, about the same depth as a new Crossrail tunnel. In a city short on space, the ability to unlock more clearly has huge advantages in terms of adding extra value. This is why we believe that the demand for basements will continue. DemolitionHUB Magazine | 37



What are the most significant projects McGee is working on at the moment, and in planning?


We’re currently working on the iconic Admiralty Arch. Appointed by Prime Investors Ltd in late 2019, we’ve been working hard to prepare the site, which sits at the Gateway to the Royal Parks at the end of the Mall. Working in phases to seamlessly maintain traffic flow through the area, the team has completed piling works to form the perimeter of the new 12-metre deep basement and has installed the RC top-down slab beneath the carriageway. At all times the team has kept traffic flowing through two of the three arches.


How do you develop your staff? What does “grow our own” mean in practice?


Our people are our greatest asset. We think it is a real point of difference for McGee. Our direct delivery model combined with our

employee ownership structure means that we have a highly trained team to deliver our projects. To this end we invest in our people, so we have the best minds in the business. We have a focus on nurturing talent such as apprentices and graduates so that as they develop, they understand the McGee model and have worked with some of the most highly trained people in the industry.


How has COVID 19 affected McGee and how do you see the business coming out of it?


At a personal level, coronavirus has clearly been challenging for everyone. I know many of my staff, like many people in the UK, have lost loved ones through this difficult time. During the pandemic we have undertaken significant investment in PPE and on-site safety in terms of ensuring all our employees are protected while working. At a corporate level, McGee and the wider construction sector have fared well, owing to the clear government support since the first lockdown in March 2020.

Looking ahead, McGee is in an excellent position for growth. There is only a handful of companies in our industry that offer the ability to self-deliver the range of activities that we are able to, and we have the technical excellence all delivered by our in-house teams.


What do you envisage will be the future technological game changers in the industry?


I think that the industry is lagging behind in terms of the capture and application of data to inform improvements. I think success over the next few years will come by better understanding how we deliver efficiently, and sharing that value with our clients. We have made a great first step at McGee and have a rich dataset that we have built up over the last five years. I also see the carbon and the circular-economy agenda being huge for all of us, and rightly so. Demolition and de-construction have a big part to play here and at McGee we are focusing our efforts very much in this space.


How do you see the outlook for the demolition industry?

I think the outlook is positive. The construction sector as a whole has had clear government support in recent years, and I do not see that changing any time soon as large, complex projects are invested in.


How do you envisage McGee in five to 10 years?

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Excavations for the six storey basement at Edwardian Hotels’ The Londoner, Leicester Square

My hope is that in five to 10 years’ time we will look back at a McGee business that has continued to evolve – a business that is recognised for the value it brings its clients on the most complex projects in London. I’m more interested in seeing this and retaining our reputation for delivering on our commitments than I am about growth targets. I believe that the business will grow sustainably. demolitionhub.com

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Client: Worthing Borough Council Period: 21-weeks Site: Decoy Farm former landfill Brief: Prepare for brownfield redevelopment, dig out landfill, repack and reseal with crushed concrete


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Decoy Farm landfill remediation

by Ben Chambers

I’ve become accustomed to wearing a hat these days; for one thing, I won’t brave a haircut from a family member – or an unqualified colleague (yes this happened in our offices in March). COVID-19 has meant that I haven’t been able to have a haircut since mid-November. Vanity aside, the Demolition Hub team and I are getting out and about on site rather frequently this year, so I have to choose which branded hard hat is most befitting of the site. Do I wear my Demolition Hub hard hat or the Diggers LIVE one? As it happened, for the site visit at Decoy Farm, Worthing in West Sussex, either would have done. We were representing both the demolition and construction equipment magazines we produce as guests of Keltbray over two visits in February and March, looking on at quite the transformation of the West Sussex former landfill site. The task in hand was to prepare the site for commercial redevelopment, transforming it into a new employment area, creating up to 13,500 square metres of potential floorspace for businesses. Decoy Farm in Dominion Way forms part of the East Worthing Trading Estate and has lain dormant since 1979 due to contamination. Now, as part of a wider programme to create jobs post-COVID, Worthing Borough Council brought in specialist contractors Keltbray to decontaminate the land. The Keltbray setup was Joe Darcy, Operations Director; Eoin Lawless, Senior Project Manager; and Ryan Bower, Assistant Project Manager. On two cold and DemolitionHUB Magazine | 41

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damp afternoon visits we were made very welcome and after the obligatory, “who do we all know from the construction and demolition world,” we were sat down to a very impressive presentation of drone footage pre and during the works, as well as an explanation par-excellence. The 21-week project was on its last couple of days when we attended and as I write this at the end of March, it has been successfully completed. Eoin told me: “It was a cold, wet January when the works began with a hard cross breeze through the site. No matter how many thermal layers you wore it was still cold, the lads were wet, it was horrible and that does make this kind of job harder.” There was a cool and dry period of five to six weeks around February, which allowed the site and material within to dry out, making it all a bit easier from there. On all jobs, Keltbray uses local suppliers, local agencies and local resources as much as possible. Here the muck away was done by Dudman of Brighton and Penfold Verrall of neighbouring Horsham. The importer of material was again Dudman, and Lynch was the plant go-to. When I asked Owen what problems he and the team had encountered, he said: “There was a lot of landfill.” Unsurprising for a landfill site, but it was more the muck in the landfill adding additional weight; the rain had created additional material going out of the door than they wanted. We have put videos on the Hub website and socials from our visits, but these pictures should give you a better idea of the professional job completed by Keltbray than my scribblings. We look froward to shadowing Joe, Eoin, Ryan and the team on future endeavours and also featuring more from Keltbray in the Hub Club. demolitionhub.com

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Cat reveals the new D7 Dozer Demolition Hub attended the latest of Caterpillar’s COVID-safe online presentations in March, with the launch of the new D7 dozer and 140 GC Motor Grader as well as a demonstration of the mastless Cat GRADE with 3D for motor grader system, which launched at CONEXPO last year. Here we focus on the D7 dozer, most relevant to demolition contractors. The presentation was introduced by Francine Shore who ran through protocols before handing over to Dozer Applications Specialist, JeanFrançois Villard. At 197 kW (265 hp) and with an operating weight of 29,776 kg (65,644 lbs), the new D7 dozer replaces the D7E. Like the D6 and D8T, the new D7 is driven by a fully automatic fourspeed transmission. This offered optimum fuel and dozing efficiency plus ease of operation, Villard said. The smooth-shifting transmission 44 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

continuously adjusts for maximum efficiency and power to the ground without added operator input and a wide choice of easy to use technologies allows customers to make the most of their investments. Most important to productivity, said Villard, was comfort and the completely redesigned cab, common with the D5 and D6/D6 XE, raises the standard here. Operators will find more space; an air-suspended seat and controls with multiple adjustments for optimal comfort; and an easy-touse 254-mm (10-inch) touchscreen operator interface. A standard high definition rear-view camera is prominent on the main display. Storage – including for food and drinks – more space and increased visibility, take standards of comfort to a new level. “It is an exciting update,” Villard said. “The D7 delivers performance and value and it comes with wide

range of technology to suit all needs.” Sam Miller, Caterpillar Product Specialist then did the product walkaround. “The D7 has the broadest choice of easy-to-use technology features,” he said. Key attributes, he told the audience, were elevated sprocket design, the latest technology and an amazing new operator station. The new D7 could process up to eight per cent more material per hour than the D7E, he said. This was in part down to six per cent greater weight, 12 per cent greater horsepower and a 10 per cent larger blade, he explained. On top of this, performance cutting edges would improve functioning in tough materials, he said. The new D7 offers high drive undercarriage design, which delivers better ride and balance, as well as increased penetration force. demolitionhub.com

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Further examples of the D7’s technological prowess include Slope Indicate, which is standard with the premium display package, showing machine main fall and cross-slope for easy reference. ARO with Assist is a grade-ready option bundled with basic blade control and a new set of assist features that work in the background to help operators get more done in less time. • •

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Cat Grade with Slope Assist provides basic blade positioning assistance without added hardware or a GPS signal. Factory Attachment Ready Option (ARO) provides optimal mounting locations, brackets, and hardware and simplifies installation of any brand of grade control system. Blade Load Monitor gives real-time feedback on current vs. optimal blade load to help optimise blade capacity. Second generation Stable Blade works


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seamlessly with operator blade inputs for smoother surfaces. Traction Control automatically reduces track slip to save time, fuel and track wear. AutoCarry automates blade lift to help maintain consistent blade load and help reduce track slip.

Customers can also add factory integrated Cat Grade with 3D. Advanced Inertial Measuring Units (IMU) provide greater speed and accuracy without position sensing cylinders. Small antennas are integrated into the cab roof for better protection and GPS receivers are mounted inside so they can be secured by locking the cab doors. An intuitive 254-mm (10-in) Grade operator interface works like a smart phone, making it easy for operators to pick up quickly. Android OS platform allows installation of custom apps for more versatility.

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Remote control ready

The D7 is Remote Control Ready from the factory. Internal components are integrated into machine systems and an external connector allows dealer installation of a plug-and-play roof-mounted remote control unit. Cat Command for Dozing provides a remote control solution for enhanced safety and greater productivity and is offered as a Command Console for line-ofsight (LOS) remote control, or with a Command Station for LOS and nonline-of-sight (NLOS) remote control.

Connect to greater efficiency

Cat Link telematics technology helps take the complexity out of managing job sites by gathering data generated by equipment, materials, and people and serving it up in customisable formats. • Product Link collects data automatically and accurately from equipment assets – any type and any brand – which can be viewed online through web and mobile applications. • Access information anytime, anywhere with VisionLink. Cat dealers can help configure a customised subscription, available with cellular or satellite reporting or both. • The Cat App helps manage assets at any time from a smartphone. • Remote Troubleshoot saves time and money by allowing the Cat dealer to perform diagnostic testing remotely. Remote Flash updates on-board software without a technician being present, at a convenient time, potentially reducing update time by as much as 50 per cent. • Application Profile and Operator ID help save time by saving preferred machine settings. • Passcode provides an optional additional level of security by requiring an operator to enter an ID before the machine will start. 46 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Equipped for the job

The D7 is available in Standard or Low Ground Pressure (LGP) configurations, with a variety of blade and track shoe choices to optimise the machine for the intended application. The D7 can also be ordered with specialised guarding to take on the challenges of waste/

landfill work and forestry/ land clearing. In addition to machine protection against impacts and airborne debris, these speciality dozers can be ordered with an impactresistant cab, applicationspecific undercarriage and a speciality blade.


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Tools for the Italian job Demolishing a building in the centre of Milan demands specific criteria are met. The work must be carried out with surgical precision without damaging adjacent buildings or disturbing residents, all in full compliance with environmental and safety regulations. This was certainly true in the case of the interior demolition of a prestigious five-storey building in the heart of the city. To carry out this delicate work, the contractor, Seli Manutenzioni Generali Srl of Monza, bought a fleet of five new Bobcat compact machines, comprising two E17z mini-excavators, an E10z miniexcavator and two S70 skid-steer loaders. Thanks to their small dimensions and low weight, the three Bobcat mini-excavators, equipped with breakers and other attachments, easily dealt with the precision demolition of the floors and other structures to make way for new stairwells and lift shafts. One of the E17z mini-excavators was also used in the top-down mode to demolish the roof to create new floor levels for the building. 48 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

The two S70 skid-steer loaders were used to complete the process by handling and removing debris, unloading it into self-tipping bins, which in turn were moved with a crane.

The five compact Bobcats inside the building were able to work comfortably in even the tightest spaces, where bulkier machines would not have been able to manoeuvre properly. demolitionhub.com


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Seli Manutenzioni Generali Srl

Founded in the 1960s, Seli is a well-established company specialising in the construction of civil and industrial buildings. Seli is structured into four business units – Construction, Finishing, Plant and Demolition/Excavation – each of which is managed by a technical manager with proven experience in each sector. The most recently formed business unit is Demolition/ Excavation, which has recruited several engineers and Ivano Perego as Sales Manager. Since October 2019, this division has been winning important contracts, particularly in Milan and its province. Ivano Perego said: “We chose to purchase Bobcat skid-steer loaders and mini-excavators as we consider them to be extremely high performing and reliable. This allowed us to provide a guarantee to 198x128_PlusLine.pdf



the customer that the job would be carried out with maximum efficiency and precision. Our operators are completely satisfied with the quality of Bobcat machines and attachments, in terms of their power, comfort and safety. We are very happy with the choice of Bobcat equipment and our relationship with the Bobcat dealer, DMO.” Seli has recently signed an agreement with DMO – the Authorised Dealer for both Bobcat and Doosan for the regions of Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Lombardy – as the company’s main supplier for rental and sale of construction machinery.

Gianmaria Lupis, DMO sales manager for Lombardy, said: “The strong partnership with Seli has led to a number of machinery orders, including the five Bobcat compact machines involved in this demolition work. “Alongside DMO’s role in sales and rental, we also offer a full aftersales service, which proved to be a decisive factor in Seli’s choice of DMO as machinery supplier.”


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Packing a punch The Brokk 900 demolition robot Brokk has introduced the Brokk 900, the world’s largest and most powerful demolition robot. It builds and improves on the success of its predecessor, taking a big step up in power and performance. The Brokk 900 has 25 per cent more power and meets the new industry benchmark in reliability that Brokk introduced with its SmartPower 52 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

technology. It comes in two models, the standard Brokk 900 with the most powerful breaker ever put on a demolition robot, and the Brokk 900 Rotoboom, with a high-precision rotating boom system. Ten years after the introduction of the Brokk 800, currently the world’s largest demolition robot, Brokk is now introducing the

next generation. Leveraging the success and experiences of its predecessor, Brokk has developed the new robot to meet the extreme requirements of the toughest hard rock underground work. The Brokk 900 is a big step up from the predecessor in many ways. The design and engineering of the machine is reinforced, the demolitionhub.com


power increased, its operation made even more precise, and the new breaker is more powerful too. And all this with almost no increase in size and weight. A signature Brokk development. Using Brokk SmartPower technology to improve the powertrain, the Brokk 900 delivers a 25 per cent increase in output demolitionhub.com

power. At the same time, reliability and machine uptime meets the new industry benchmark for demolition robots set by the introduction of Brokk SmartPower a few years ago. The Brokk 900 comes in two different models: the standard Brokk 900 with the heaviest and most powerful breaker, and the Brokk 900 Rotoboom with a high-

precision rotating boom system. The standard Brokk 900 comes with the option of two different hydraulic breakers, both of which are more powerful than the breaker on its predecessor. The BHB 1500 is a 1,500 kg breaker for the hardest of materials. Paired with the hydraulic power of the Brokk 900, this delivers a phenomenal punch in each blow. The BHB 1300 is a slightly lighter breaker for maximum productivity in heavy concrete demolition. When not breaking tough granite, the higher blow frequency and nimble size of this breaker will maximise the production rate. Of course, like all Brokk robots, it’s easy to change between breakers to have the optimal attachment for the job. The Brokk 900 Rotoboom is designed for maximum flexibility in applications where access and precision are more important than power. It has a 360-degree continuous boom rotation with smooth movements for maximum precision, it is heat protected for redhot refractory work in metal plants and it comes with Brokk’s patented heat-shielded hydraulic breaker. Both Brokk 900 models come with the option of electric or diesel powertrain. The electric motor is the obvious choice for both operating cost and environmental impact. However, the new diesel engine is not far behind, meeting the toughest emissions standards that exist today. It is compliant with both the USA standard EPA Tier 4 Final and the EU Stage V standard. Serviceability has also been stepped up a notch. Even though the machine is big, weighing in at over 11 tonnes, it is designed to be serviced by one person with no heavy lifting required. Martin Krupicka, CEO of Brokk, said: “All in all, the new Brokk 900 represents what we are known for. More power in a compact and smart package. And that stays true even for our biggest demolition robot.” Delivery will start at the end of the second quarter of 2021. DemolitionHUB Magazine | 53


Doosan DX530DM tears down Milan’s Belloli oil mill Demolition is a vibrant sector that has seen growth both in Italy and in Europe. To meet this demand, Doosan has launched a new range of high reach excavators, comprising the DX235DM and DX530DM models introduced in 2020 and the DX380DM, which will be launched in the first half of this year. A particular advantage of these machines is their flexibility, allowing the user to easily switch between the demolition arm and an excavating arm, making it possible to perform different jobs on the same site with the same machine. Doosan demolition excavators are also equipped with a high visibility cab that tilts up to 30 degrees, specially designed for high reach applications. These features were decisive for Seli Manutenzioni Generali Srl in choosing the most suitable machine for demolition work on the former Belloli oil mill in Inveruno in the outskirts of Milan, where a new school complex for the town would be built on the site. The need to raise the standard of school buildings in Inveruno, together with the need to redevelop the abandoned area of the former Belloli oil mill, which had been closed for 20 years, led to the decision to build a new school complex on this 18,000-squaremetre site in the centre of the town. Seli Manutenzioni Generali Srl, a Milan company with over 50 years’ 54 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

experience in the construction sector, won the contract for the demolition work. The firm has seen impressive growth in its new Demolitions & Excavations Business Unit, thanks to the proven leadership of Ivano Perego, Commercial Manager of the division and his staff.

Doosan DX530DM: Perfect for the job

The demolition work involves the removal of the two sets of buildings in the old oil mill: a smaller tower and the imposing old concrete silos where the oils were filtered, rising to a height of about 32 metres and with a capacity of around 12,000 cubic metres. The Doosan DX530DM, the largest demolition excavator model produced by the company, was the ideal choice with a 29-metre boom and impressive work range. In this top-down demolition, the DX530DM, equipped with shears was used to tear down a building made up of reinforced concrete beams and pillars and thick brick slabs, from above. As with the entire Doosan range of demolition excavators, the DX530DM offers hydraulic undercarriage adjustment, allowing the width to be extended to 4.37 metres for optimal stability, which is essential on sites of this type. The undercarriage width can also be reduced to 2.97 metres for transportation purposes.

The DX530DM with demolition arm has been joined by two other Doosan crawler excavators on site: a DX235NLC-5 working with a concrete crusher and a hammer and a DX300LC-5 with a concrete crusher working on the demolition of the concrete tanks. Once the demolition is complete, the DX530DM will carry out the excavation necessary to prepare the ground for subsequent construction works. For this work, the demolition arm on the DX530DM is simply replaced with the digging arm, maximizing the versatility of the machine on site. To facilitate the quick and easy change of the arm, the machine is equipped with fastacting mechanical and hydraulic connections. A cylinder drive completes the operation by pushing the locking pins into place. demolitionhub.com

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The modular design of the Doosan demolition excavator family also offers two mounting configurations for the excavator arm, further expanding the versatility of the machines which are therefore usable in three different configurations.

Doosan authorised dealer

The Doosan machines on Seli’s Belloli project were supplied by DMO, the Authorised Dealer for Doosan and Bobcat for the regions of Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Lombardy. The two businesses have built a successful commercial relationship and Seli has chosen DMO to be the company’s main supplier for the rental and sale of earthmoving machinery. Ivano Perego, Commercial Director of Seli’s Demolition & Excavation division, said: “We rely on DMO both for the purchase and rental of Doosan machines, which we customise with the white and yellow colour scheme that distinguishes our fleet. Based on our excellent experience with the Doosan range, we have implemented an investment plan for our new Business Unit in order to have a machinery fleet capable of coping with the important orders we are winning. “Seli is currently active on 11 demolition sites in Milan and the surrounding province, as well as on an important construction site in the heart of Turin, in Piazza San Carlo, where we are carrying out a demolition with Doosan machines on behalf of Banca San Paolo. The workforce at the Demolitions and Excavations Business Unit is also growing. We already have a team of more than 30, including operators and site workers. We expect to be employing more than 50 people this year.” Gianmaria Lupis, DMO sales representative for Lombardy, said: “The strong commercial relationship between DMO and Seli is continuing to translate into new machine orders, including the recent 56 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

arrival of 40-tonne DX380LC-7 and 50-tonne DX490LC-7 excavators. “The two new Doosan excavators are extremely robust and productive, ideal for demanding jobs such as demolition. DMO offers efficient specialised technical assistance, both in the 2,000-square-metre workshop at our new Melegnano headquarters, and directly on site, through our service engineers. This service is highly valued by Seli and by our

other customers who continue to place their trust in DMO.” Seli’s investments are not just limited to the company’s fleet. The company has purchased a 20,000-square-metre site for the storage of inert materials, where a recycling plant will soon be established. This area is in the municipality of Bernareggio, in the province of Monza and Brianza. A new Doosan wheel loader is already planned for the new depot.


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Smooth operation Paul Argent visits Cecily Mills outside Cheadle, where Cawarden is repurposing the former silk manufacturing site

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The empty site had been snapped up by one of the country’s leading house builders but had lain empty for over three years by the time Derby-based Cawarden arrived. Once silk production had ceased, the building was repurposed for alternative manufacturing before shutting for good in 2015, with the site left to nature. With its forthcoming role in supplying much-needed housing for the town, the existing slabs and foundations required removing and the job was awarded to Cawarden. Below-ground demolition and remediation works is an area Cawarden has successfully undertaken over the years, with former colliery works and pottery land in and around the Midlands being reclaimed and reinstated to provide land suitable for building and development. The site contained some very large foundations and bases, some of which were buried more than four metres into the ground. Cawarden’s Senior Project Manager Martin Hurley said: “Normal demolition projects require a nominal two-metre dig and reinstate. This has taken us slightly more than that with a lot of concrete being brought up.” At five acres, the site isn’t small and adding in the fact that both legs of the land are long and narrow made Cawarden’s job more awkward. “We only had one access to the site, off Oakamoor Road,” Martin explains. “We also have the issue of the watercourse running through this part of the site.” Palm Brook as it is known, runs the full length of the larger part of the plot and had been bridged at just one point, allowing limited access for the men and machines to get to the final part of the site. With almost the entire length of the waterway left open, nature had taken its course and covered the banks with a variety of shrubbery and plants, including Himalayan Balsam. “The concrete is an easy part of the job.” Martin joked “We have to deal with the invasive plants and whilst doing that ensure demolitionhub.com







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we don’t disturb the kingfishers, brown trout and suspected voles that frequent this stretch of river. A specialist contractor – overseen by the client and their environmental advisors – safely dealt with the removal of the Balsam to ensure that it wasn’t allowed to spread.” Working closely with ecologists and environmental engineers, the stretch of water was suitably protected during the slab and foundation excavation with the river works programmed to take place prior to Cawarden leaving the site. The sheer quantity of concrete in the ground called for the use of Cawarden’s large Komatsu PC490 demolition machine on the project. Rigged up with its short boom and dipper, the 56-tonne machine was ideal for the job of pulling the large lumps out of the ground. With the boom set into the cranked position, experienced demolition operator Colin Williams was able to use the full power of the excavator to firstly remove the slabs covering the site before excavating around any obstructions and removing them for processing. Once one corner of the site had been excavated, the company delivered its McCloskey jaw crusher to start processing works. Material management was key to the quick and safe delivery of the job. With the developer keen to keep as much of the crushed material on site, space was required to store the material as it came off the crusher’s belt. Martin said: “We have just enough room to work one leg of the site, crush and stockpile the material before we have to shift some of this to the excavated part of the site.” With a wheeled loader managing the stockpiling and distribution, a second Komatsu was employed to undertake the breaking of the oversize blocks being dug up. The 30-tonne PC290 is one of a number of similar machines employed in the Cawarden fleet and has been fitted with an OilQuick hydraulic coupler to allow the rapid changeover of attachments. 60 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

“It has to be the way forward for demolition companies,” Martin said. “We don’t need a lad on the ground near the machine or the operator to be climbing in and out of the cab to swap hoses over. It’s safer, cleaner and makes us more productive.” The smaller Komatsu has been equipped with an FRD breaker from ECY Haulmark to break some of the

blocks before swapping to a bucket to feed them into the crusher. As Cawarden’s motto, emblazoned on all of their machines says, from destruction to construction and despite some inclement weather, the tight confines of the site and the environmental issues to deal with, the Cawarden team delivered yet another successful project.


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The supplier interview: Eleanor Hearne of LDH Attachments talks to Demolition Hub

How has the scope of your business developed over time and are you in the process of developing your range of services?

How did your company start how has it developed since then?

LDH Attachments is a family run company that started trading in 2010. David Hearne, a consultant for the company, had been working for Hitachi Construction Machinery for almost 30 years at the time and he expressed his dissatisfaction with the current selector grabs on the UK market. LDH Attachments was then founded by David’s wife Lesley and myself. Since then, it has steadily grown into an organisation with a premises in Hampshire and a reputation for reliability and service.

Tell us about the services you provide and how your relationship with clients works At LDH Attachments, we have an extremely specific business model that is committed to focusing on specialised, high quality and most importantly reliable products. Our core products are excavator

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excavator manufacturers, LDH has also supplied Okada attachments that have contributed to huge demolition jobs such as Hughes & Salvidge’s demolition of Bargate shopping centre; Rye Demolition’s dismantling of the Kodak factory and Armac Group’s M27 bridge deconstruction. Throughout these jobs, Okada breakers, rotating pulverisers and concrete crushers were all used to dismantle the structures safely and efficiently. Why were Okada attachments chosen for such important work? Okada has been manufacturing since 1938 and has perfected the design and function of the attachments it produces. Every issue encountered along the way has been investigated and a correction made. This equates to dependable products. It’s the Japanese way of doing things; if a component has failed, they correct the design instantly.

mounted timber and selector grabs, large demolition attachments, and portable dust suppression units. Although it may be tempting at times to supply an attachment outside of our range, we will not supply any product that we do not have sufficient knowledge or spare parts to support after the sale, it’s just not how we want to run our business.

What are the standout contracts from your company’s history?

As well as supplying Dehaco selector grabs to most of the major

At LDH Attachments, we are always looking out for new products to add to our range. As the range is small, however, it needs to be something unique and time-tested. We trial products in the field long before they make it onto our website, if something goes wrong in the meantime, that product is out. We only want to supply the very best products to our customers.

What makes your company different?

LDH Attachments is a small enough operation to offer a personal service to its customers and to be flexible to their needs, however, it is large enough to have freehold premises in the UK to stock parts and attachments so that they can be offered at a fast delivery with the support of engineers where necessary. As a company that has 100 per cent female directorship, we offer a fresh perspective on business operations, with profit in mind but values and credibility at the core. demolitionhub.com

How do you gain business and spread the word about your services?

David Hearne is a huge asset to LDH Attachments, starting as an engineer for Hitachi in 1984, climbing the ladder as the company grew, becoming a Director in 1997, and eventually being part of the MBO team in 1999. David had a great career with Hitachi. They built the brand from the ground up and met some great customers along the way. These customers are now the customers of LDH Attachments as they know David will never let them down. Of course, LDH is also cultivating new customers through Instagram, LinkedIn and Google. As we are often out on site speaking with our customers face to face, we have a constant supply of new product photos to post online, which attracts attention from potential new customers, but word of mouth and having a good reputation is the best way to gain business.

How has COVID 19 affected your business?

As a family run company, we have been able to carry on supporting customers throughout the pandemic by continuing the same operations with some extra precautions in place to protect staff and potential customers. The furlough scheme was never a consideration due to the essential nature of the demolition and waste management industries. LDH has thousands of attachments working in the UK that require constant support, shutting down was never an option for us. demolitionhub.com

What are the biggest technological developments you have seen in your industry and what do you envisage will be the future game changers?

For the UK demolition market, we envisage that most demolition firms will own a floor stripper in the near future. The feedback we received from the Dehaco DTS range of floor strippers has been unbelievably positive. One of our customers, Alan Beattie of Beattie Demolition, told us: “We purchased our Dehaco DTS floor stripper a couple of months ago and I have had great feedback from my operators about the ease and the speed of floor stripping using this tool. Stripping out tough flooring used to be a long process but the DTS allows us to get the job done in a fraction of the time and I have my second unit on order already. I am delighted with the product and would recommend it to anyone who enquires.” Another stand out product is the Japanese-style steel shear. This style of demolition shear is used for cutting steel beams and reinforcements in the air rather than on the floor. The blade is very long and curved, replicating a pair of scissors; the body is made of cast alloy for superior durability and decreased weight. A few demolition contractors in the UK have discovered this style of shear and we predict more will adopt this way of working.

How do you see the outlook for your sector and demolition generally, in 2021 and over the following years?

Since lockdown, the waste and recycling industries have become increasingly busy due to the high demand for skips from those doing all the home improvements that they had been putting off in recent years. As Britain moves towards a carbon neutral existence, the recycling industries will only become more important and selector grabs have helped waste management


This combination of characteristics has been vital to our success in an industry that still values being able to pick up the phone and speak to someone. We switch the office phones over to our mobiles in the evening, we are always contactable. Even if the person calling just wants some advice, we don’t mind as they could become a customer in the future.

companies to sort through waste and send less to landfill as a result. In terms of the demolition industry, six months ago the UK was facing a no deal Brexit and a pandemic that only seemed to be getting worse. Now that a Brexit deal has been achieved and the vaccine roll out has begun, we are feeling very optimistic about the future.

How do you envisage your company in five to 10 years?

Growth and profits are important, but they aren’t the main priority for LDH Attachments. We focus on supplying the customer with the right product to suit their requirements, a product that will last them many years and contribute to their financial success. At LDH Attachments, we do not want the stress or embarrassment of supplying anything that is subspectacular; the London demolition industry is fast paced and stressful enough without unsatisfactory machinery getting in the way of progress.

AND FINALLY What’s your tipple of choice?

A good pint and an espresso martini – two I know but put that down to lockdown.

Favourite cuisine?

Migrated from Indian to Chinese recently.

What’s your bucket list activity?

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Excavator Feature

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Hitachi ZX350-7

Exceptionally efficient and versatile, the new Hitachi ZX350-7 will enable you to reduce your running costs and increase profits. Thanks to the refined design of the cab, it gives you the power to perform productively, with ease and reduced fatigue. You can count on the highest quality, the ultimate in operating comfort, exceptional safety and reduced running costs with the new Hitachi ZX350-7 medium excavator.

Features & Benefits: • • • • •

Redesigned state-of-the-art cab Eight-inch LCD monitor Air conditioning, DAB+ radio and Bluetooth 270-degree birds-eye view with the Aerial Angle camera system Improved profits with impressive fuel economy of Stage V compliant machines

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R2-series E60 sixtonne mini excavator

The new Bobcat R2-Series E60 six-tonne Stage V compliant miniexcavator offers many state-of-theart features such as Bobcat’s unique, award-winning Advanced Selectable Auxiliary Control (A-SAC) system and Automatic Track Tensioning System (ATTS). The conventional swing excavator features a more powerful engine and a larger cab, while a tail overhang of only 280 mm allows it to be operated in confined spaces. This makes it an ideal tool for demanding applications where performance is a priority. The E60 is powered by the new D24 Stage V high torque diesel engine, designed for Bobcat compact equipment and based on a well proven design.

E60 mini-excavator specifications:

Operating weight: 5,685 kg Engine power: 41 kW Maximum torque: 193 Nm Pump capacity: 138.6 l/min Width: 1,960 mm Height: 2,566 mm Max digging depth: 3,981 mm Max reach at ground level: 6,256 mm

CX85D SR D-series hydraulic excavator


Lift capacity: Bucket digging force: Arm digging force: Rated Net Power: Maximum torque: Max digging depth: Max digging height: Max dumping height:

1,700 kg 56.9 kN 39.5 kN 50.7 kW at 2,000 min-1 283 Nm at 1,300 min -1 4130 mm 7370 mm 5280 mm

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CASE’s CX85D SR combines the energy savings of the new Stage V engine with the reliability of larger machines. With 20 per cent more power, 45 per cent greater displacement and 56 per cent more torque, it is the most powerful in the segment. There is no compromise on safety thanks to a cab with the space, camera and maximum view seven-inch monitor of a large excavator. The option for offset or mono booms enables robust and reliable operation in confined spaces. Improved balance between components means higher speeds with lower fuel consumption and Pump Transition Reduction Control (PTRC) enables lower pump loads demolitionhub.com


Cat 352 UHD The Cat 352 UHD reaches where other machines cannot. With its unique boom coupling system, you can switch between Ultra High Demolition and Retrofit fronts with no special tools in just 15 minutes. Where the real power comes in is through the hydraulic system; you can rip up or tear down structures all day long with a great deal of speed, precision and control. With a quiet and comfortable tilt rotating cab, easy-to-reach maintenance points and complete aftercare support, the 352 UHD sets the standard in high performance demolition excavators built specifically for the industry.

Key Specifications • • • • • • • • • •

Max vertical pin height of 28 metres with 3.7 tonne tool and 15.8-metre horizontal reach Cat active stability monitoring system Variable gauge undercarriage of 3,000 to 4,000 mm C13 EU Stage V compliant engine Three power modes – power, smart and ECO p5A 10 mm laminated glass in front and roof of cab High resolution touchscreen monitor Cat apps manage fleet location, hours, and maintenance schedules. Extended service intervals Rear and right-hand side cameras as standard

Doosan DX530 DM demolition excavator


Type: High reach demolition excavator Weight: 60.5 tonnes Maximum tool weight: Three tonnes Maximum pin height: 27.5 m Maximum pin reach: 16.5 m Tail swing radius: 3,800 mm Engine (SAE J1995 net): 283 kW @ 1,800 rpm demolitionhub.com

Doosan has expanded the company’s High Reach Demolition Excavator range with the launch of the top-of-the-range DX530DM. Like the DX235DM launched last year, the DX530DM provides flexibility with a modular boom design and hydraulic lock mechanism. This facilitates an easy change between demolition boom and an earthmoving boom. The DX530DM has a hydraulically adjustable undercarriage, which extends to a maximum width of 4.37 metres to provide optimum stability when working. The width of the undercarriage can be retracted to 2.97 metres for transportation. It has a high visibility cab, tiltable by 30 degrees well suited to high reach demolition applications.

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Hyundai HX 10A (electric option)

The mono-boom is mounted on a swing-post, which allows the HX10A to dig close to a wall or across the entire width of the machine. Its low operating weight of just 1,000 kg and excellent lifting and breakout forces make the excavator ideal for small demolition jobs and construction sites with restricted access or in residential areas. In addition to the existing diesel engine, the compact excavator can, as an option, be operated electrically and emission free – with the same performance. The Hyundai Twin Drive concept is an innovative solution with zero tolerance for noise and exhaust emission, working indoors and in sensitive areas.


Engine model: Yanmar 3tnv70 Engine power: 9.9 kw/13.3 hp Operation weight: 1,087 kg Bucket capacity: 0.014 m³ – 0.033 m³ Stage V Engine Electric option Fits through standard doorway Ideal for operating in confined space

JCB 220X

Specifications: • • • • • •

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Engine capacity: 4.8L (JCB Dieselmax 448 Stage V) Power: 129 kW Heavy Duty Dipper (2.4 m or 3.0 m) with wear strips FOPS Level 2 operator protection cage 10 mm heavy duty upper structure belly protection 10 mm heavy duty undercarriage belly protection and track drive motor covers Bucket Ram Guard Wide Core Radiator

The JCB 220X crawler excavator is available in full demolition specification and following a programme of intensive component and product testing, it achieves increased levels of build quality and reliability for customers. With the underlying DNA of the proven JCB X-Series range, the XD machine provides a safe and productive machine ready to tackle a range of demolition applications. The XD package has been designed to protect the operator and the machine’s vital components in challenging conditions.

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Komatsu PC390HRD-11 excavator

The Komatsu PC390HRD-11 excavator is a revolutionary and versatile high reach demolition machine that removes the need for multiple machines in the demolition process. It was designed and developed, using customer feedback, at the Komatsu UK plant located near Newcastle. The PC390HRD-11 can be

configured in six different working arrangements, can carry a 2.5 tonne demolition tool up to an impressive height of 26 metres, and can also work with a fourtonne demolition tool up to 15 metres. This machine scooped the prestigious National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) Award for innovation in 2017.


• Operating weight: 45,760 kg to 61,800 kg • Max attachment weight: Medium Reach Demolition, 4,000 kg High Reach Demolition, 3,350 kg Extended High Reach Demolition, 2,500 kg • Tilting cab for optimal visibility • Heavy duty side guard and undercover protection • Hydraulically variable wide gauge undercarriage for easier transport and set up • Tool control system allows precise flows and pressures to be stored for up to 15 attachments • 360-degree working range indicator with side stability pre-alert function • Demolition specification cab with ISO 10262 Level II OPG guards and high impact glass (EN356 Gr P5A)

Kubota KX060-5


Engine output: Weight: Noise level: Arm length: Emission standard:

47.6 PS/rpm 5,560 kg 74 dB 1820 mm EU Stage V

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Powered by a high power, low emission, Stage V compliant Kubota engine, the KX0605 offers impressive digging force and arm reach, ensuring even the toughest jobs can be completed quickly and efficiently. Innovative features include a load sensing hydraulic system for smoother operation regardless of load size, float function for easy ground finishing and an auto-shift system that offers intuitive control when turning. The

newly designed cabin is larger, quieter and offers enhanced insulation and superb all-round vision, with 20 per cent more glass in the front window, skylight, and left and right windows and the option of installing a rear view camera. demolitionhub.com

933E Specifications

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Operating weight 32,700 kg Engine: Cummins QSB 6.7, EU Stage IV Engine Power (net): 212 hp (156 kW) Maximum torque: 949 Nm@1,500 rpm Max. Bucket Digging Force: 203 kN


LiuGong E Series

No matter the task, moving, sorting, loading and processing debris, LiuGong excavators excel in the arena of demolition. LiuGong E Series excavators are built for maximum performance on all types of demolition sites with features that enhance efficiency, durability and safety. Demolition contract periods are now becoming shorter and legislation increasingly stringent. The E Series excavators are designed to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time. Featuring stronger boom, arm and bucket breakout forces, greater hydraulic flows, higher swing speeds and improved cycle times, these excavators will make light work of the toughest demolition sites.

Liebherr R 940 The new R 940 carries the same design flair and robust build quality as found on its larger brethren, just in a smaller package. It has four undercarriage options to choose from, a tilting operator’s cabin and quick release couplings to all major hoses on the boom, allowing rapid changeovers. Powered by a Tier V Liebherr engine, the machine meets all current emissions regulations. For enhanced operator safety the R 940 is protected by Liebherr’s award winning LDC system, which constantly monitors the position of the arm and ensures the machine stays within a safe working range at all times. demolitionhub.com

Specifications: • • • • •

Operating weight: Short boom height: High reach boom height: Engine output (ISO 9249): Backhoe bucket capacity:

48,700 to 63,900 kg 12 m 23 m 200 kW / 272 hp 1.6 to 2.15 m³

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Kobelco SK550D from Molson Molson Equipment is pleased to offer customers the latest Japanese purpose-built demolition machine from Kobelco. The SK550D is packed with innovative features, including the intelligent NEXT system. The modular design of the demolition arm means it collapses to a compact size and can be transported easily. The counterweight is also concealed inside the case, reducing mass and transportation costs. The unique boom joint system means that assembly and disassembly are safe, quick and easy. Additionally, the hook and pin design connects the machine and demolition equipment quickly. The separate boom and big crusher are also ideal for low-level demolition works.


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Quality and service the Charlton way

Demolition Hub speaks to Chris Charlton of CJ Charlton Group How did your company start how has it developed since then?

After working for R Collard, I purchased my first machine in 2014, a Takeuchi three-tonne mini excavator and focused on operated plant hire working for domestic and small developers. In 2015 my workload increased and I worked on a large redevelopment scheme for the regeneration of Aldershot. This work included local conservation areas and canals. As work increased, I was joined by Daniel Thompson, whom I had previously worked with. Daniel had a wealth of experience in demolition and between us we started to explore the industry with enthusiasm. We felt a little despondent at first since being unknown in the industry meant we found getting our foot in the door wasn’t easy. However, we worked hard to gain accreditations such as SMAS, CHAS and Constructionline. Our first main demolition project was awarded to us by a property developer in a prestigious area of Surrey. With the power of social media and word of mouth, our capabilities and reputation became recognised and this led to further enquiries.

different challenges. We have become skilled in working alongside residents local to our domestic projects, taking into account the impact such works can have on people’s day-to-day lives. Our commercial projects involve major strip out and alterations works. These projects take a lot of planning and involve working closely with our clients to meet their demands and programme.

What are the standout projects from your company’s history?

• Strip out of over 4,500 square metres of disused wards and a mental health unit at Heatherwood Hospital. This project had its daily challenges as the hospital was fully operational. • Demolition of a large teaching block at Farnborough Technical College, while the college was live.

What kind of projects do you work on most frequently?

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This project took precise planning as it involved manually cutting two buildings to separate them. • Large industrial strip out of a former college for development into self-storage units. This project was carried out during the first lockdown and strict COVID measure needed to be taken.

How has the scope of your business developed over time and are you in the process of developing your range of services? We will be focusing on demolition and strip out services. Our aim at CJ Charlton is to move into the recycling/waste industry in the near future.

What makes your company different? All our staff were known to us prior to taking them on board. They were selected for their skills, experience and work ethic, giving a family feel to the CJ Charlton team. We strive to deliver the highest possible standards of workmanship within designated time frames.

Do you undertake any ongoing training?

We are constantly investing in staff training to protect our staff, clients and the environment. We are accredited by CHAS, SMAS and Constructionline and are working towards becoming NFDC Members.

How has COVID 19 affected your business?

COVID 19 has affected us all both professionally and personally. We’ve made a huge effort to protect our staff, their families and our clients. We have invested in training, hand wash stations, protective clothing and signage. Fortunately, the nature of our work enables safe distance working; one machine, one operator. We will also continue to monitor HSE legislation and take appropriate action where advised. We regularly review method statements and risks assessments.

How do you gain business and spread the word about your services?

We have broad presence on all social media platforms, but a large proportion of our work comes from recommendation and repeat clients.


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What are the most significant technological developments you have seen in the industry?

• Increased safety features on machines such as 360 degree cameras with automatic cut off and FHOSS lighting systems.

• 3D phased method statements. • Plant fitted with vibrating RFID tags, making site workers aware of the vehicle, while the driver is alerted by sound and flashing lights in the cab.

commercial demolitions for new and existing clients.

Do you have any notable projects in progress?

The CJ Charlton ethos is to preserve the quality of service to our clients using a carefully selected workforce. We anticipate a gradual expansion enabling us to maintain this practice.

We have a large industrial unit project in West Yorkshire, together with a variety of residential and

How do you envisage your company in five to 10 years?

AND FINALLY What’s your tipple of choice? Hennessy XO

Favourite cuisine? Indian

What’s your bucket list activity? Swimming with sharks

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McGee appointed for redevelopment of iconic Canary Wharf estate

McGee was appointed as the principal contractor for the first phase of the 30 South Colonnade redevelopment on the Canary Wharf Estate in early March. The complex demolition work includes the removal of two storeys from the 62-metre building, above the 11th floor slab, while keeping the existing floor slab intact. As with many London schemes, it has the added complexity of ensuring navigation of the UKPN assets and has required interaction with many local stakeholders while developing a bespoke temporary works scheme to complement the

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unique structure of the existing building. McGee will use its in-house capabilities and highly skilled team to complete the works, along with its extensive plant and temporary works designers from its construction engineering team. Working this way means it can efficiently deliver the works and add value in doing so by creating best-for-project solutions and manage risks. Delivering the works for UK real estate developer Quadrant and its joint-venture partner, McGee will undertake key elements of the redevelopment including the soft-

strip, structural demolition, facade removal, enabling and structural strengthening works to the 1980s steel frame building. This is believed to be the first major redevelopment of its kind on the estate. Seb Fossey, Group Managing Director, said: “As specialists in London, we understand the scope, risks and constraints associated with the scheme, which means we engineer the best possible method to deliver the works. Our operating model ensures that when procured early, we’re able to collaborate with key stakeholders, mitigate risk and save programme time in doing so.”


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When it came to selectively demolishing old school buildings in the middle of a residential area just south of Munich, Epiroc’s combi cutters proved to be just the tools for the job. Demolition specialist Ottl Abbruch & Rückbau was tasked with making room for a new building quietly and with minimal vibration. For this reason, the company chose the new CC 3700 demolition combi cutter to use alongside its existing pool of Epiroc attachments. More than 27,000 cubic metres of building space had to be demolished and restored over a 80 | DemolitionHUB Magazine



Top marks for Epiroc combi cutters period of nine months. Although the buildings generally had the same design, they differed in terms of the height and roof construction, meaning suitable specialist equipment was required. The main building was approximately 18 metres tall and consisted of a high quality reinforced concrete skeleton construction with masonry infill, meaning a compromise had to be found between excavator and attachment tool. Ottl chose a Hitachi ZX 800 long-reach excavator, combined with the CC 3700 Epiroc combi cutter, its first use of the attachment. demolitionhub.com

Herbert Schiefer, Technical Manager for Ottl said: “That was exactly the right decision. The concrete had no chance against the CC 3700.” The former gymnasium was of a flat roof construction, requiring a different approach. Here, Ottl used a Hitachi ZX 300 track excavator with the CC 2500 Epiroc combi cutter and a CAT 336 with Epiroc’s CC 3300. The company also chose Epiroc selector grabs and hydraulic breakers to use on the site. Epiroc products are used in the demolition industry worldwide and the reason for this was

demonstrated during the demolition work in Taufkirchen. Epiroc’s high-quality attachments ensured a comparatively low noise and vibration level for the residents, while still completing the job efficiently. The CC 3700 and other cutters in the Epiroc portfolio combine high crushing force, short cycle times and high reliability. Modular design, 360 degree rotation, well protected cylinders and ease of maintenance with universal, steel cutting and pulverising jaws made them the ideal choice to complete this job in a residential area. DemolitionHUB Magazine | 81


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APRD/Konverma HCG grabs can only be described as engineering excellence, built to perform on the most demanding demolition and recycling job sites. The highest grade materials are used, so long life is guaranteed. Less downtime generates more productivity, which makes using • • • • • • • • • •

the HCG grabs a more profitable endeavour when compared to their competitors. Oversized slew rings combined with High torque Parker motors generates more power for the most challenging environments. The APRD/Konverma HCG grabs are the absolute best choice for professional users.

Hardened and quenched tempered steel bushings Exchangeable HARDOX 500 wear blades 360° continuous hydraulic rotation Highly reliable Parker-hydraulic motors Robust four-point ball bearing with hardened gear Induction-hardened pins made of tempered steel Hydraulic cylinders with end-damping Reinforced frame with limit stops High closing forces and wide jaw openings Robust hydraulic cylinder with load safety valve for closing and catching

Xcentric XC20 crusher bucket Xcentric has changed the market’s perception of crusher buckets and Murray Plant provides its whole range, including the XC20. This can process 450 tonnes per day on a 20-tonne excavator, complementing a demolition contractor’s fleet for jobs that do not require large trackmounted crushers. Its


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reverse crush function frees blockages and the size setting can be changed in just two minutes, meaning less downtime. The XC20 has the unique ability to handle sticky material with the Xcentric crushing action. It is nimble around compact sites and no haulage is required as it arrives on a trailer or with digger.

XC20 specifications: • • • • • • • • •

Excavator size: Weight (without top plate): Loading capacity: External width: Internal width: Length: Height: Crushing size: Jaw opening:

20 to 25 tonnes 2,500 kg 0.8 m3 930 mm 730 mm 2,465 mm 1,300 mm 20-140 mm 420 mm

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BMC Buckets

Dehaco Hyrax hydraulic compactors The Dehaco Hyrax hydraulic compactors are perfectly suited for every carrier. The Hyrax-series contains six models in a carrier range from 1.2 up to 45 tonnes. The smaller models have a single

The Bucket Manufacturing Company, BMC, produces these versatile buckets to suit excavators ranging from 24 tonnes down to one tonne and has received fabulous feedback on them. Buckets are built to withstand the harshest conditions and are certainly made to last. Assembled from HB400, with bolt on AR400 on

both clamp sections, the AR400 front cutting edge is supplied with optional ground engaging tools (GET) available to the client’s preference. This is another fine example of the products being produced at what are widely regarded as the UK’s best bespoke specialists, which is an excellent reason to back British Manufacturing Companies.

eccentric weight, whereas the larger models have twin eccentrics, each powered by its own hydraulic motor. The exclusion of a geared transmission simplifies inspections and maintenance.

Specifications: • • • • • •

Safety first: incorporated safety belt Suitable for both compacting and pile driving applications High performance and impact energy Very large amplitude Simple to maintain Designed and built in The Netherlands

Specifications for KB49: • Excavator weight: 20-24 tonnes • Fully open: 1,080 mm • Unit width: 1,370 mm • Unit weight: 1,350 kg • Capacity: 0.87 m3

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Packed with demolition power, equipped with the heaviest Brokk hydraulic breaker and built to withstand demanding jobs, meet Brokk 900. All of this combined with reliable SmartPower™ makes the Brokk 900 the perfect solution for heavy demolition!

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Demarec DCC-C and D two-cylinder concrete crushers

Where the DCC-D line is more or less the same model as the A version but equipped with exchangeable wear parts and standard cutting blades, the C-version is a complete new model. The DCC-C line have exchangeable tips, shrouds and long cutting blades. The concrete crusher works perfectly with the latest excavators as well as

specialised high reach demolition machines. The crusher has two pivot points, ensuring jaws have greater torque to generate the maximum closing force. With the newly developed DemaPower 2.0 cylinder and perfectly tailored geometry, DCC concrete shears produce 25 per cent more force on average than similar shears.

Epiroc CB 2500 lightweight concrete buster for high reach demolition Epiroc’s concrete busters are ideal for high reach demolition and perfect for use within residential areas. These concrete busters are equipped with two powerful hydraulic cylinders, which deliver almost continuous closing force for maximum productivity, and the two independently moving jaws reduce stress levels. The

hydraulic cylinders are fully protected by piston rod guards. They also boast an integrated speed valve, which gives faster working cycles. Epiroc’s range delivers impressive power to weight ratios with high cracking forces. The CB range has seven models with service weights from 320 to 7,400 kg and suits carriers from two to 85 tonnes.

DCC two-cylinder concrete crusher: • • • • • • • • • • •

25 per cent more power compared with similar crushers Double rotator motors or single piston motor Optimal force closing curve Filters in rotator protect rotation circuit High penetrating force Robust slewing ring for even the heaviest demolition work Highly durable jaws Optimal cylinder protection Hydraulic system protected by yoke DemaSafety Valve System prevents overpressurisation

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Carrier weight class: Service weight (including adapter plate): Jaw opening: Cycle time (opening/closing)

20 – 35 tonnes 2,600 kg 1,100 mm 3.8/2.8 seconds demolitionhub.com

The MBI Eagle Shear range benefits from the same design advantages as the MBI Pulveriser range, with easily accessible multirotational blade edges along each main cutting surface. Forged reverse cylinders provide rod protection, more power and reduced tool weight. Double-edge piecing tips, fall-away jaw enabling more power on a reduced

surface, automatic lube system and rapid jaw opening response enable the MBI Eagle Shear range to deliver reduced operational cost and greater productivity.

Italmek IC54 steel shear The IC54 steel scrap shear is one of the best sellers of the Italmek attachment range due to its ideal sizing for heavy-duty applications that also require speed and productivity. It is robust, powerful and has a good working speed. As such, it represents the


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achievement of the goal of the best power to weight ratio, one of Italmek’s prime objectives. This has been achieved thanks to sixty years of experience in mechanics and the exclusive use of SSAB steels and the highest quality components.

Italmek IC54 steel shear specifications:

Specifications: • Innovative blade and jaw design: • 12 Models available from five to 200 tonne machine • Robust interchangeable shear blades • Blades can be rotated on three edges for longer life • Double edge piercing tips for longer life • Auto Lube System for large models

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Weight: 6 to 6.4 tonnes in working order Mouth opening: 790 mm Mouth depth: 760 mm Length: 3700 mm Working pressure: 350 bar Appetite: 360 Hea beam

MBI Rotating Pulveriser line Inmalo has been the UK dealer for Mantovanibenne (MBI) for more than 20 years. The partnership has worked so well due to both companies’ attention to detail and innovative designs. Reduced lifetime costs are key for MBI. Reliability, fewer breakdowns and innovation in spare parts are demonstrated in the innovative split jaw plate on the Pulveriser.

Customers reported wearing the front jaw on the Pulveriser long before the rear, so MBI’s new split plate lets you replace half at a time, saving materials and labour costs.

Specifications: • Seven models available for six to 100-tonne machines • Split jaw plate for longer life and half replacement cost • Large protected cylinder for power demolitionhub.com

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MB Crusher MB-L160

Make the best of your backhoe loader and skid and use them to produce your aggregates; instead of taking debris to landfill, reduce and reuse them. MB’s units are designed to produce high-quality

product out of demolition debris. And they can reach even the most inaccessible points and those with difficult access to other crushing equipment. The MB-L160 is part of a larger family of jaw crushers.

Specifications: Equipment: ≥ 4,5 ≤ 16 tonne Load capacity: 0,35 m3 Opening dimensions: L 1100 x H 250 mm Output setting: ≥ 15 ≤ 60 mm Dimensions: 1300 x 1630 x 835 mm Oil flow: 110 l/min Pressure: > 200 bar Counter pressure: < 10 bar Weight: 1.45 tonne

Promove CF series Promove’s CF crushers feature wide opening jaws, high breaking force, fast working cycle and robust design. They feature a mobile jaw with three rows of two easily interchangeable, low cost and low maintenance teeth in anti-wear steel; reversible four-edge blades; oversized pins to face the hardest working conditions and a system of bushings that guarantees minimum wear. They have three easy to reach grease points and a quick and easy screw and nut pin locking system. The Promove CF crusher series consists of five models, namely CF130, CF200, CF240, CF280 and CF350.

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Crusher weight: 1,295 kg Excavator weight: 12 – 18 tonne Max opening: 701 mm Jaws useful length: 761 mm Width: 460 mm Closing force at tip: 53 tonne Closing force at blades: 161 tonne Opening/closing oil flow (min/max): 140 – 200 l/min Opening/closing pressure: 350 bar





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As main dealers for all OilQuick products we are able to offer, coupler systems, adapter plates, parts and service. OilQuick allows hydraulic work tools to be connected and disconnected from the drivers cab. The system is available for excavators from 1 to 120 tonne. • F ast & efficient - The operator can change over attachments within a few seconds, such as hydraulic breakers, sorting grapples hydraulic magnets etc. • Highest quality and precise fit • Safe - Safest system on the market. Safety features include, double hose break valves, lock switch with double function, a warning light and alarm • Cost effective - due to the fast tool change and efficient use of the excavator • Eco-friendly - as all of the OilQuick couplers are fitted with leak-free oil quick couplings which are eco-friendly

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Promove CR Series crushers

CR series crushers are distinguished by their speed and versatility, a single attachment is able to carry out both primary and secondary demolition, aimed at recycling, separation or crushing. Salient features include compact design of the crusher, which is a single block between the body and the fixed jaw, eliminating welds that would weaken the structure; rapid opening and closing and oversized pins protected by a system of bushings, guaranteeing maximum durability in the most demanding working conditions. The crushers are built entirely in Hardox 400, and have interchangeable teeth, resulting in easy maintenance and a reduced costs.

SQ quick couplers The SQ Auto Connection system allows excavator operators to change quickly between tiltrotator and hydraulic work tools such as breaker, crusher, shear, pulveriser, grapple, screening bucket, compactor and any mechanical work tool, without leaving the cabin. Steelwrist SQ quick couplers are suitable for

all types of excavators working across demolition and construction sites. Designed to be able to connect to other brands using the same type of oil connection system (in compliance with the Open-S standard). The patented Front Pin Lock technology has been upgraded to support heavy demolition work tools.

Specifications: • • • • • • •

Steelcasted Locked front pin maintains the work tool in a safe position Best in class hydraulic flow characteristics Change work tools in seconds Always use the right tool for the job No exposed hydraulic hoses EN474, ISO13031 and SUVA compliant

CR800 Specifications: • • • • • • • • •

Crusher weight Excavator weight Max opening (A) Jaws useful length (B) Jaws width (C) Closing force at tip Closing force at blades Opening/closing oil flow (min/max) Opening/closing pressure

760kg 6 – 13 tonne 546mm 545mm 195 – 320mm 33 tonne 90 tonne 70 – 110 l/min 350 bar

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Trevi Benne offers operators the new range of PMZ Series grapples, ideal for the demolition of structures of medium consistency, for the selection of aggregate in recycling centres, and environmental recovery. The PMZ Series is characterised by an HD “Heavy Duty” rotation


Trevi Benne PMZ Series

unit, has been lightened in structure, simplified in construction and modified in design to make it even better performing. The PMZ grapples range consists of 10 models, from the 405 kg PMZ 05 to the 4,070 kg PMZ 40, ideal for excavators from 3.5 up to 67 tonnes.

Specifications for PMZ 12C: • • • • •

Type: Demolition sorting grab Weight: 1,040 kg Open dimensions: 1,960 x 920 x 1,250 mm Closed dimensions: 1180 x 920 x 1,490 mm Capacity: 0.6 m3

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Groundforce Attachments

Groundforce Attachments (previously known as Sandhurst) supplies a comprehensive range of safe and efficient excavator attachments to the demolition sector. The most versatile attachment in the demolition range is the Hydraulic Breaker, designed for a more

precise method of demolition, minimising the production of waste during the demolition process. The large fleet of Hydraulic Breakers are fully silenced with low vibration and provide sufficient power for the most demanding breaking work where high production is essential.

The new VTN Plus Booster line VTN has introduced a line of demolition tools equipped with a hydraulic power amplifier called Booster for enhanced performance. The Booster is a device that multiplies the power of the pressure in the hydraulic cylinder with respect to the normal input pressure provided by the excavator hydraulics. As the jaw closes and the required

cutting force increases, the booster device automatically kicks in. This offers a lot of advantages: increased cutting and crushing strength when required; faster working cycles; optimal use of the operating machine pressure and oil flow; reduced fuel consumption; lower environmental impact and higher productivity.

Specifications for FP Plus – rotating pulveriser with Booster: • • • • • •

Three sizes cover excavator range from 17 to 36 tonnes Attachment weights from 1,800 to 2,800 kg Jaw openings from 695 up to 930 mm Replaceable bolt-on tooth plate system and interchangeable rebar cutting blades Tip force up to 120 tonnes Faster work cycles at 250 bar

Key features: • Safe start-up and smooth operation • Integrated energy recovery control valve for optimal efficiency • Oval-shaped locking bars for precision tool guidance and high durability • Built-in check valve for percussion chamber ventilation • Nitrogen piston technology provides constant rate of high impact energy

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Smart demolition

The M4 smart motorway project requires the widening of the road and consequent demolition of numerous bridges, nine of them by S Evans and Sons. Paul Argent reports on the final of these, the Datchet Road bridge

A fortnight before Christmas saw the culmination of an epic 18 months of work for Widnes based S Evans and Sons with the demolition of the final bridge on the M4 widening scheme between junctions three and 12. The Datchet Road bridge, was number nine for the NFDC North West regional member and will leave the main contractors free to complete the remainder of the massive infrastructure works by June 2022. With many of the existing bridges feeding conurbations either side of the road, temporary or new structures needed to be in place prior to demolition to allow traffic to traverse the ongoing works. While many of these were placed away from the bridges requiring demolition, Datchet Road bridge was within a metre of the new crossing, meaning the S Evans team could only demolish it from one side. Jonny White was one of the project managers involved in all nine of the structures the company removed. “This last bridge not only involved us removing over 1,400 cubic metres of concrete, but we also had to remove almost 10 metres of material from the existing motorway embankment while we had a full closure in place.” 94 | DemolitionHUB Magazine


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The 57-metre-long reinforced concrete structure sat very close to a row of existing properties and a public footpath to the southern edge of the motorway and was made up of two lanes with a large footpath to each edge. The deck sat on concrete structures in the central reservation and hard

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shoulders and cantilevered over to the large abutments on either side. S Evans believes in selfsufficiency for the majority of its projects and relies on its own fleet of demolition specific excavators from Hitachi to undertake the demolition works. “We know where we are with our own fleet, our own transport and our own men,” Jonny said. “The only items we have hired

in are the four large dust cannons from Willow Hire. Even our transport is carried out in-house to ensure we get what we want, where we want it and exactly when we need it.” The fleet of machinery deployed on the project represented a good portion of the larger machines operated by the company. Four 50-tonne class Hitachi Zaxis 470 excavators were joined by a pair of



with a dedicated dipper-mounted LaBounty shear and was employed solely on cutting out the tangle of rebar found in the concrete. Contracts Manager, Lee Brash said: “We find it quicker to do this and remove larger chunks of material directly from source.” The final bridge beams to be removed were dispatched thanks to one of the 870 excavators complete with

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88-tonne Zaxis 870 machines with a 35-tonne Zaxis 350 undertaking the load away duties. The larger excavators took on the demolition of the main spans of the bridge, while two of the smaller 50-tonne excavators were deployed on breaking out the spans from the hard shoulder back to the abutments. One of the 50-tonne machines was equipped

an 8.8-tonne Rammer RCC 80R concrete cracker supplied by ISP Blue Machinery. With a jaw opening of almost 1,800mm, the cracker was able to tackle the large beams with ease, quickly breaking them apart and dropping them safely onto the crash deck below. With the proximity of the new bridge, the abutments of which were suitably protected from flying debris prior to works commencing, loading material out was an awkward job. The first section of the bridge to be demolished was loaded onto a fleet of articulated dump trucks to be transported to a holding area, where it was processed, ready for reuse on the project. With a path driven through the material, the clearance operation could proceed at a steady pace, allowing the remainder of the bridge columns and deck to be removed. Four large dust cannons, aided by the odd shower of rain, were on hand to create a fine mist around the working area and suppress any particles emanating from the works. The large Dehaco units were constantly fed from a number of large road tankers around the site. Jordan Sumner, Operations Director for S Evans said: “Datchet Road marks the final milestone in what has been a great scheme for us to be involved with. From planning to execution, we are immensely proud of the achievements of our team. “To be able to plan and deliver multiple bridge demolitions, within strict programmes is demanding. The team take this within their stride and the commitment they show to give up their own time to enable us to offer this service is commendable. Without them we couldn’t make it happen, so I would like to say a huge thanks to them.” The completion of the demolition of the final bridge by S Evans and Sons, marks a milestone in the development of the M4 smart motorway project, which should alleviate some of the traffic issues road users have to deal with on a daily basis. DemolitionHUB Magazine | 97


Open to learning in demolition by Richard Dolman Director of AR Demolition and President of the Institute of Demolition Engineers If we’re honest, we all know the challenges facing our industry – I’d suggest they’re perceptions regarding our professionalism and finding new entrants in a competitive recruitment market. That’s why I think the new master’s and foundation degrees, both developed by the Institute of Demolition Engineers alongside the University of Wolverhampton, can play such a vital part in carrying our sector forward into the 21st century. By demonstrating our expertise in the form of internationally recognised qualifications, we can dispel any notions that we operate under anything other than the most stringent safety standards, with openness and honesty about lessons we learn. And by proudly telling the stories of the new entrants into our profession, by showing youngsters and career changers that demolition is an exciting and technologically interesting place to be, we can attract new talent to our companies. We all have a part to play in this. We should be engaging with 98 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

graduates and potential apprentices through our networks – business and personal – to shout about the opportunities we can offer. It is not only the youngsters we should be appealing to. Many of those already in construction, engineering, project management, finance or health and safety should find us a welcoming and stimulating industry to become involved with. So we’re working hard to develop the foundation degree, with continuous improvement following feedback from previous cohorts. We’re on our third cohort now, all studying online until COVID restrictions lift. While we’d prefer to be in a classroom, this is a time for us to meet challenges and look to the positives, such as the opening up to a global learning audience. On the theme of learning lessons, I wanted to share the experience of AR Demolition following a recent incident involving the partial collapse of a structural void. As you may know, I publicised this message to share some valuable lessons, or at least act as

a reminder of the dangers around voids. While the incident itself would have been extremely difficult to avoid without the prior use of major intrusive surveys, stretching the limits of practicality, the bigger lesson was the reaction to the publication of my alert itself. The response and the number of people reaching out was extremely positive. This showed me that the underlying willingness to be open and exchange thoughts and ideas on challenges across our sector, is fundamentally there. For me, this is the important lesson from this whole experience and it is something we need to capitalise on across the industry. It would be great if more people were prepared to raise their heads above the parapet and have these discussions in an open forum. In the long run, this will help address the industry challenges that I’ve outlined and I’m convinced it’s the best policy for all. This article also appears in the IDE’s Demolition Engineer magazine demolitionhub.com

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Professional by name... Professional Demolition is preparing the former Eastman Kodak site near Liverpool for redevelopment. Paul Argent reports

We like to work alongside our clients and work with them to plan and execute their projects safely and within budget

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Despite its development of the digital camera format, Eastman Kodak’s heritage of manufacturing film has caught up with it and seen the company massively scale back its operations across the globe. One of its UK operations was based on the outskirts of Liverpool in the suburb of Knowsley. Famous for its Safari Park, Knowsley is also home to a vast industrial estate and once housed the special projects division of Eastman Kodak. The plant in Knowsley has, over the years, been massively scaled back as operations downsized. Many parts of the plant were sold off and taken over by other companies with just the large admin and warehousing hub remaining until late 2020, when it was the final part of the photography giant’s operation to fall. Undertaking the demolition of the buildings fell to north-west and Yorkshire based Professional Group. Working predominately across the north west, Yorkshire and Midlands regions, Professional Group offers a full, one stop shop for its clients, from initial site and building appraisal, asbestos removal, demolition through to site remediation and earthworks. Owned by Peter Hardman, the company has continually grown from its start back in 2009 to its position now where Operations Director Stuart Hall says most of the future order book is coming from repeat clients. “We like to work alongside our clients and work with them to plan and execute their projects safely and within budget,” he said. demolitionhub.com


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The former Kodak plant will eventually see new industrial units built on the site. With the huge amount of derelict industrial property around the UK, the company undertakes this type of work regularly. Stuart said: “We find many of our clients are looking to redevelop their industrial parks, either scaling back on the size of the buildings and increasing the amount of property, or just building large warehousing facilities as the country moves to more and more online shopping.” While industrial redevelopment plays a major role in the company’s fortunes, changes to the planning laws over industrial land and its redevelopment for residential purposes has massively increased over the past decade. This has given Professional a massive boost, with many sites requiring not only the demolition of former industrial buildings but the remediation of the land they once sat on. “We’re not a huge company and have no intention of becoming such that we are desperate to take on jobs,” Stuart said. “We like to see ourselves as a sensible, pragmatic company that will only take on a project so long as there is a deliverable solution and profit to be made. I do the majority of pricing for the demolition projects and will always look at the profit. There have been too many companies going in low, ‘buying’ work and trying to gain their profit through variations. We’re not like that. We give a fair price for a fair day’s work. This is why we believe we win a lot of repeat custom, everything is laid on the table before we start a job.” Having worked for many of the big names within the UK, Stuart and co-director Jim McEwan have a vast knowledge of the demolition industry. Bringing this knowledge to the table and their approach to delivering complicated projects before handing sites over to customers has benefitted both Professional and its clients. The company owns a small fleet of equipment specifically purchased to work across the range of disciplines it regularly

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undertakes. Stuart said: “We would love to have a machine available for every eventuality. We know this isn’t feasible or commercially viable and whilst we have almost 100 per cent utilisation from our own kit, we hire in additional items of plant to supplement the fleet depending on our requirements. Hire rates are that favourable these days that it would be silly to tie our money up in plant we may only end up using for eight months of the year. We can get additional kit in as and when we want them.” Professional runs a fleet of Komatsu and Liebherr excavators with a rake of new British built Komatsu demolition spec excavators arriving later this year. “We like the quality and reliability of the Komatsu product. The older machines have been very reliable for us and it is reliability that is key to fulfilling our requirements with our clients.” The main building at Knowsley was covered top to bottom in ivy when the team arrived on site. This was cleared away and disposed of prior to the strip out and demolition. Working with UPUK, Professional was able to undertake the timely and safe disconnection of services to the buildings to be demolished.

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“We have suffered issues in the past with slow disconnections,” Stuart explained, “but with UPUK on board for all our projects, we have no issues whatsoever now.” Complex services disconnected and a sizeable asbestos strip out completed, the buildings were demolished. Jim said: “We needed to keep full HGV access to the rear of the site at all times. All of this was controlled through a manned gatehouse at the site entrance to ensure no businesses were affected as the demolition works were carried out.” As some of the services feeding the businesses to the rear of the Kodak buildings couldn’t be disconnected, the team was forced to leave part of the network of pipe racks carrying them in situ until

developers can re-route them safely. Once this is done, the Professional team will return to complete the small sections of outstanding work. While many of Professional’s projects involve the complete delivery of a construction-ready site to the client, a decision on the amount of work to be carried out at Knowsley hadn’t been made. “There is a certain amount of contamination below ground,” Stuart pointed out, “We hope to be back to carry out further works prior to the site’s redevelopment.” Concluding our site visit, Stuart said: “We’re not a huge company, we don’t want to be. We’re very happy delivering a cost effective, reliable and safe one-stop service to our trusted clients.” Professional by name, professional by nature.


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Stand up and be counted by Jacqueline O’Donovan

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Women make up around 10 per cent of the construction sector workforce and of those, the majority are in office based roles. In demolition, these statistics are even bleaker and it begs the question, why? As a woman who has been in the construction and demolition sector for years, I find it astonishing as it’s a great industry. I had not planned on a career in the construction and demolition industry, but when my father died unexpectedly in 1985, I was thrust into the business along with my siblings as we stepped up to continue his legacy. I was just 17 years old. In the ‘80s, being a woman in construction was a complete anomaly. I often found I wasn’t taken seriously, with many preferring to speak to a male member of staff instead. By the age of 19, I was a young, female managing director in a male dominated industry. Because of these two factors, I have had to work harder to prove to various people, (whether bank managers or clients), that I actually did know what I was doing and was doing it right if not even better than others. I was often mistaken for one of the team as opposed to the Managing Director and many in the sector assumed that I was not knowledgeable. My ability would surprise them, however, especially in relation to legislation, equipment and safe working practices – something I have continued to develop and promote during my career. But although times have changed massively, I am still disappointed to find myself as one of only a handful of women at industry seminars and demolitionhub.com

Men tend to celebrate their achievements whereas women do not. Whether this is modesty or being more reserved, I’m not sure, but we have to change. We need to shout about our successes and celebrate our achievements more. We need to be far more outgoing and set aside thoughts that we are inferior. I know many women who are more than capable of being highly successful. Take the leading expert in demolition explosives in Europe – a woman and one of the most knowledgeable professionals I have met in the sector to date. Regardless of gender, the demolition industry just wants good talent and to be able to recruit more easily. We have spent the last decade empowering women to join the industry and what a phenomenal industry it is to work in, but still women waver. I know it is not always easy and there are always people ready to knock and criticise – I get my fair share. We need to work to challenge perceptions and negativity


events. I am still the only female MD of a waste management company in London and the south-east. Men are still more commonly bosses, decision makers and leaders and a lot of women are still working in more junior or supportive roles. I firmly believe that, in many cases, this is of our own doing and most certainly does not have to be the norm. A gender insights study by LinkedIn showed that women apply for fewer and less senior jobs than men, despite data showing that when they do apply, they are actually more likely to be hired than their male colleagues. These findings suggest that women are not seeing their true potential. I even find this when I am recruiting or promoting internally. If a female member of my team believes she does not meet all of the criteria for the role she won’t apply, whereas a male member of the team would have no hesitation and give it a go with the attitude, “I have nothing to lose.”

and more importantly, change those views. Being a woman in the demolition and construction sector has huge advantages, especially when it comes to overcoming challenges and finding solutions. Collaboration really improves the dynamic and is a positive for the industry. Having experienced the obstacles women face first hand, I try to support and inspire other women to follow in my footsteps and enter the industry I am so passionate about. But there comes a point when you have to say, ‘come on, ladies’. You are more than capable so step out of your comfort zone and step up to the plate. I know the majority of our male counterparts will be delighted to have more diverse, vibrant and interesting co-workers and associates. As for female leaders, we not only have to ‘be the change’, but we also have to let others ‘see the change’ in order for them to want to join us.

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Primed for growth

Adam Tynan, Managing Director

Tony Tynan, founder of Prime Safety

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Prime Safety was established more than 20 years ago by the late Tony Tynan, a prominent figure in the demolition and asbestos removal industries who enjoyed a career in these fields for more than 40 years. Prime Safety celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and with Adam Tynan and Steve Peacock now driving the company forwards, the company continues to go from strength to strength. As well as being former Regional President of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) and former President of the National Demolition Training Group, Tony Tynan was involved with assisting the formation of The United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA). A pioneer in many respects, Tony was the first Health and Safety Officer employed by a UK demolition company, which was Brown and Mason. He spent several years in this role for Brown and Mason, a time he cherished. Tony went on to form Prime Safety, a health and safety consultancy in Maidstone, which grew organically from his time advising companies earlier on in his career. Prime later diversified into delivering health and safety training as the business developed and its reputation began to flourish. Always driven by the desire to help people and to see them succeed, Tony remained closely involved

in the business until his passing in early 2019. Following his passing, it was time for his son, Adam Tynan, to take the reins and move the company forward. Adam began working for Prime Safety in 2012 as Operations Director and was therefore well versed in the day-to-day operational requirements of the company. Like his father, Adam brings a personable approach to business, listening to the needs of clients and tailoring services accordingly. Steve Peacock was also welcomed aboard, having been a consultant and trainer for the company since 2009. Steve has a strong background in the construction industry, having worked for himself and other reputable companies for many years, involved in asbestos removal, demolition and groundworks. With a company rebrand and extensive redecoration of the training facility, it has been a busy

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2 to level 7, Prime Qualifications was formed to meet the growing need from clients to offer a more diverse range of services and to become an all-encompassing consultancy provider. Likewise, Prime HR has enabled the business to offer clients outsourced personnel solutions. The NVQ division has proven to be very popular since its inception and in just a few months, it has more than 30 delegates in the process of completing their vocational qualifications. NVQs available range from operative to management qualifications and cover a range of industries including demolition, trowel occupations, formwork, and the removal of hazardous waste. Zoom and other remote learning tools have enabled delegates to continue with their qualifications during the pandemic. The City & Guilds Learning Assistant Portal helps facilitate this, enabling NVQ delegates to submit their evidence online and to receive feedback and communications from their assessors remotely. During this


couple of years for Steve and Adam. Although asbestos and demolition training remain at the core of the business, Prime Safety has also earned IOSH and CITB accreditation, adding a range of site management and supervisory training courses to its portfolio. As its range of services has expanded, the business has welcomed new members to the team, each with significant experience in their fields. David Lanckmans joined in 2019 and is an invaluable member of the training department and site auditing team. With more than 35 years in environmental remediation, Dave’s hands-on experience is a real asset when delivering licensed asbestos removal courses. Alan James also joined the team in 2018 and specialises in the provision of asbestos, demolition, and Oxy Fuel courses. At the heart of any good business are those often forgotten about, without whom it could not function. In 2020 Emma Stafford came on board full time, another Tynan family member who has been around the business since the age of 16. Emma works tirelessly to ensure that customers get the training and qualifications they need. Despite her busy work life, Emma is also the cofounder of Hayley’s Heroes, a registered charity in memory of her cousin, who sadly passed after a long battle with cancer. Through the charity, Emma helps to provide 18-45 year olds with special lasting memories. Then we have Charlie Smith, a long-standing member of the team who left Prime in 2015 to live and work with family in New Zealand. She could not stay away for too long and returned full time in May 2020. Charlie assists with the day to day running of the office but is mainly focused on marketing, putting her degree in the subject to good use. Her baking skills are also much appreciated. In 2020, the Prime Consultancy Group was formed, incorporating Prime Qualifications, Prime Safety and Prime HR. Delivering construction based NVQs from level

time, staff have worked tirelessly to overcome the barriers of lockdown and ensure they continue to support clients. Steve and Adam look forward to the continued growth of the business, building on its newly formed HR and NVQ divisions while maintaining Prime’s reputation as one of the leading training providers in asbestos removal and demolition in the south of England. Adam said: “We are proud when reflecting on the last few years. Closing in on 100 retained clients and with eight trainers and auditors, it is important to take stock of how much Prime Safety has grown. “Undoubtedly 2020/21 has been and will continue to be a challenging period for the industry and Prime Safety is no exception. We regard delivering a premium service with exceptional customer service as our utmost priority and no matter the circumstances, we will endeavour to continue to do so for years to come.”

When blow downs were a family affair, Tony Tynan used to take granddaughters Charlotte (left) and Emma Green (now Stafford) along for a day-out.

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A sense of purpose by Steve Peacock, Managing Director of The Prime Consultancy Group Limited

When asked to write an article on make is calling their people, staff training in the demolition sector, or employees. That is legally what initially I wasn’t keen. Although they are, but if they are treated I enjoy passing on knowledge with greater value and seen as and experience and get great members of the team, productivity satisfaction in the belief that I am and standards will almost certainly helping others achieve, I often find increase. Giving people a sense of people’s perceptions of training and purpose means they take greater its validity frustrating beyond belief. pride in their work, resulting in less It would be easy for me as a damage to plant and equipment, safety practitioner to less absenteeism, projects finishing dribble on for 1,000 on time, less snagging, words about the legal, fewer disputes with Empowering moral and financial clients and importantly, your people reasons for managing a lower turnover of safety, of which training with knowledge staff. All of which is an integral part. will create a great and skills will Failure to develop reputation, more work set a tone of employees for the and better profits. excellence purpose of saving Empowering your throughout the people with knowledge money is extremely short sighted and there and skills will set a company is more to training tone of excellence than just box ticking throughout the to achieve legal compliance. It is company and be a huge selling point about having a workforce that is in tendering for projects. Too many fit for purpose, that has enough companies spend the absolute knowledge to leave the organisation minimum on training rather than but enough respect for the leaders developing their people to push the of the organisation not to want business to greater successes. to. This stems from the top of the But we do struggle to attract organisation and the culture the young blood and those with the senior directors set, which in the enthusiasm to want to climb a ideal world will be built around ladder to success. This is often quality, standards and projects because we are stuck with the delivered with excellence by the stigma that demolition is manual people the company has developed labour and fit only for those with over time. Far too often in the a lower education. School leavers demolition sector, we see quality looking to head into construction and standards play second fiddle to rarely consider demolition as a commercial operations, which on worthy trade and opt for traditional some projects may improve profit, routes such as groundworks, but is rarely a long-term positive carpentry, and brickwork. Little outcome. do they know that demolition is The first mistake employers complex and requires a great deal

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of engineering, skill and finesse. I feel this is partly our own fault, due to the old-school mentality of insisting you work on the tools from the bottom to the top. In the modern world that just isn’t the way. Fast-tracking and the use of technology is what school leavers want; they do not want to spend years earning their stripes. That doesn’t mean I agree with it, it’s just the way it is. We now have a generation of workers who don’t want or cannot stomach the manual labour often required on a demolition project. Training in the demolition sector has changed significantly in the last 40 years. The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) and the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) have gone to great lengths to promote the sector, promote our professionalism and improve the way in which training is designed and delivered. With training now available for everything from visiting demolition sites to an MSc in demolition management, it has never been a better time for people to choose a career in our sector. So how do we attract new enthusiasm? I don’t have all the answers and my opinions are just that and will not be everyone’s cup of tea. Perhaps through secondary education making children aware of our sector and the rewards it demolitionhub.com

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has to offer. Or maybe, just maybe, as we gain recognition as a professional partner to the construction industry, we will gain visibility and interest. The development side of the industry has seen great success over the last few years, with the NFDC promoting its suite of courses and CCDO card scheme from visitor through to demolition manager, including vocational qualifications for each level. And then we have the IDE which, working closely with The University of Wolverhampton, has gone leaps and bounds in the design and delivery of degrees in demolition management. All this comes at a cost. Many of our demolition men and women are self-employed or on temporary contracts, giving them little

security and a reluctance to spend hundreds, if not thousands on their personal development. For companies that are CITB levy payers, there are grants and pots of funding available to help companies plan the development of their people. This is a system that is not used by many companies, either through a lack of understanding or simply not knowing it is available. For most short courses, a company can claim back £50 per person for five days per year and potentially thousands of pounds if they successfully applied for the skills funding grant. As we look ahead to the easing of COVID restrictions, we have a lot of be proud of. The popularity of the CCDO card scheme and the successful delivery of the demolition master’s degrees show that the industry is now being recognised

as a viable career. Combined with the empowerment of current employees, perhaps this will help sustain the workforce for years to come, recognising training and development not just a formality but as an opportunity. Demolition is skilled and often complex work and the more we communicate that the better. It’s an industry that’s growing, striving to change perceptions and is one The Prime Consultancy Group is proud to be associated with. Prime Consultancy Group offers a wide range of UKATA, IOSH, NDTG and CITB training along with construction based vocational qualifications from level 2 to 7. It is based in Maidstone, Kent and has been serving the construction, demolition and asbestos industries for more than 20 years. For further details visit www. primeconsultancygroup.co.uk.

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The British Demolition Awards 2021 It is with a precautionary outlook that we have decided to use our backup date of holding the British Demolition Awards in the month of September 2021. The exact day in September (as we go to press) is being discussed with the NFDC for when is best for us, them and the industry, but it will now certainly be in September from the

planned July. The change of date was in part necessitated by the American Express Community Stadium wanting a full refit of the awards room, making an even better experience for our guests. This is alongside our concern that July is too soon after a potential ease of lockdown this summer to guarantee going ahead.

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Jennings of Pudsey One of Yorkshire’s oldest names in demolition, Jennings of Pudsey, has recently completed one of its most challenging, yet interesting projects, right in the heart of York City centre. With more than 60 years of undertaking demolition projects across the region and further afield, the company is headed up by the third generation of Jennings, 30-year-old David. “As a company, we try and keep a low profile.” David said. “But this is such an interesting job, I would like to talk about it.” For anyone familiar with the centre of York, the narrow streets lined with medieval buildings don’t lend themselves to a simple demolition project and this project was not far from the norm, with David and his company being involved for almost three years prior to work commencing on the site. 114 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Working in close cooperation with his long-standing client, David’s remit was to undertake a substantial scope of works on, around and within the Guild Hall and Mansion House complex just off Saint Helen’s Square within the city. The project included soft strip and asbestos removal throughout the complex to facilitate underpinning and shoring operations along with demolition works to remove further buildings in full or in part, allowing major redevelopment works to begin. As with any historically significant structure, major protection works such as removing important parts of the building were undertaken before the artefacts were safely stored for later reuse. A large part of the demolition works had to be undertaken by hand, as machinery wasn’t able to access

some parts of the structure, although the company was able to squeeze a one-tonne Brokk into a listed tower at the northern edge of the site. Dealing with historic artefacts is one thing, but during some of the excavation work, human remains were discovered. Removing these and the subsequent archaeology that follows such a find, inevitably resulted in delays. The find also meant that any further excavation work would need to be carried out carefully as other remains could potentially be found. With three years of precommencement planning and organisation, Jennings and its client originally decided to deliver plant to the site via the River Ouse, which passes directly behind the building. Thanks to a combination of extremely high tides and flooding throughout January 2020, these demolitionhub.com

case study plans were scuppered and the team had to reduce the size of the equipment from 13-tonne down to more manageable eight, five and three-tonne excavators and attachments. David said: “Our original plan was to take the undercarriage off our 13-tonner and lift it in using the small tower crane on the site, as its lifting capacity wasn’t the best. The high water stopped this as well as submerging part of the site.” Two very narrow passages leading off Saint Helen’s Square allowed limited access to the site and it was these, suitably protected, that were used to bring in the smaller excavators and remove some of the soft strip materials, which were taken away using the company’s own fleet of roll on, roll off skips. Working in close coordination with the city council demolitionhub.com

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the company was able to secure short-term permits for dropping skips onto the tight streets around the job as and when they were required. While the soft strip materials were transferred from the buildings by a combination of small dumper and a dedicated labour force, the bulk of the hard demolition arisings wouldn’t have been able to leave via the same route. David said: “From the outset I had it in my mind to use the river to remove spoil. The client was happy with this as it meant no disruption to the congested city centre and no clogging up of the only entrances to the site for the client and the rest of his workforce.” With a suitable vessel secured, plans were drawn up to load the barge with material and ship it down the Ouse to Goole for disposal, a trip of approximately 28 miles. David said: “We had allowed for a day to Goole, a day to unload and a day back, but with the flooding early in the year, this turned out to take

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a lot longer, something we couldn’t afford to happen. “As the year progressed and more material was to be shipped out, we needed an easier plan. With the assistance of our client and the council, we took on a small section of quayside further down the river where we stationed one of our 22-tonne Cat excavators on a bed of 6F2 material to protect the cobblestone surface. The Cat was the ideal size to unload the barge straight into tipper trucks thanks to some careful operating by long-term machine operator Paul Drake. The trucks then completed the rest of the journey without bothering the busy city centre traffic. Faced with removing large amounts of material rapidly, the use of the Ouse for freight, as opposed to the usual sightseeing traffic, solved the problem. “We had nowhere to stockpile material to load wagons. Neither did we have the ability to load bins on the road outside. This would have impacted the programme severely The barge solution was the right option.” With a purpose designed gantry on the quayside, material was quickly ferried from the demolition and excavation sites to the barge for the short trip along the Ouse. “By the time the project is completed, we will have removed more than 100 tipper movements from the city centre.” The ultimate successful delivery of this complicated project was enjoyed by David and his long standing and loyal team. “We enjoyed the opportunity to work on such an iconic structure and the challenges it presented. It helps when you have a good team, but most of all, working with a client that wants you to succeed for the good of the project. It has been a pleasant experience.” demolitionhub.com

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Supply and Inventory Specialist, Greenford

Coyle Equipment Services Ltd has an opportunity for a full time supply and inventory specialist.

Crane Operative for scrap metal handler, Kings Lynn Goldstar Metal Traders has an opportunity for two crane drivers with at least two years’ experience operating scrap handlers moving bulk materials. You will be based in Kings Lynn and may be required to travel on occasions. 50 hours per week Monday to Friday. Salary negotiable. Key requirements: • Carrying out daily checks • Loading vessels, bulk tippers, rollons and skips with metals • Unloading vehicles where required • Sorting tipped metals into grades and heaped into correct bays • Keeping the yard and working area safe and tidy • Maintaining the scrap handler, carrying out regular checks and services Skills, knowledge and experience • Scrap Handler Ticket Essential • Experience of working in a Scrap Metal yard preferred • Ability to grade metals essential

Plant fitter for scrap metal handler, Kings Lynn Goldstar Metal Traders has an opportunity for a plant fitter. Must have experience working on frag plants, heavy cranes, shearing machines, crushers, screeners, earth moving or similar equipment, with mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and welding certification. 7.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Attractive salary and benefits for right person. Will consider assisting relocation. Key requirements: • Full UK driving licence. • Cover all Goldstar depots. • Work outside in all conditions. • Prioritise work based on criticality. • Ensure critical spares available at all times. • Used to working on own, but know when to ask for support. • Flexible re working times. • Plan maintenance programme for all plant and equipment. • Maintain appropriate records. • Provide summary reports daily and weekly. • Respond to emergency breakdowns. • Work in a safe manner wearing appropriate PPE.

The Job: • Communicating with customers. • Sage Line 50 and MS Excel required. • Processing orders, internal and external. • Monitoring stock levels and procurement. • Booking deliveries of goods out. • Understanding post-Brexit regulation an advantage. • Monitoring and tracking deliveries to warehouse. • Purchasing maintenance equipment and consumables. • Processing service job cards into invoices. • Accurate record keeping. • Organising stock controller • Ongoing sourcing better opportunities and improving working process. • Technical knowledge of spare parts in heavy plant an advantage. • Willingness to learn is a must. The person: • Focused on excellent customer service. • Accurate record keeping and meticulous data input. • Effective planner. • Self-starter with record of problem solving. • Great memory and attention to detail. Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm. Salary depending on experience.

Full time banksman for scrap metal traders, March, Cambridgeshire Goldstar Metal Traders has an opportunity for a banksman at its March depot to assist yard supervisor managing traffic. Key requirements • Guiding movement of all vehicles in busy metal recycling yard. • Briefing and instructing all drivers and employees on loading and unloading. • Ensuring anyone on site wearing correct PPE. • Grading metals and ensuring loads tipped in correct areas. • Ensuring working areas kept tidy and hazard free. • Ensuring visitors and drivers operate within health and safety policies. • Must be flexible. Skills, knowledge and experience • Previous banksman experience an advantage. • Grading of metals essential. • Previous experience working in scrap metal yard an advantage. • Health and Safety awareness essential. Salary depending on experience. 7.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

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About a person: • Driven and focused on excellent customer service. • Accurate with record keeping and meticulous with data input. • Effective planner with ability to stay one step ahead. • Proactive self-starter with proven track record of problem solving. • Great memory and attention to detail is a must. About the Job: • Answering communications from customers, assenting needs, and issuing quotes. • of Sage Line 50 and MS Excel required) • Processing orders (internal and external) in a timely manner. • Monitoring of stock levels and procurement of stock from UK, EU and ROW suppliers. • Booking deliveries of goods out – UK, EU, and ROW- understanding of new post-Brexit regulation will be an advantage. • Monitoring and tracking progress of deliveries to our warehouse.Purchasing maintenance equipment and consumables for the workshop as required by MD, or Workshop Manager.Processing Service Job Cards into and Invoice.Keeping accurate records in accordance with Company Policies.Organising work of Stock Controller • Continuous work on sourcing better opportunities and improvement of working process. • Technical knowledge of spare parts in heavy plant would be an asset but can be taught internally. Willingness to learn is a must.

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