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EDITORIAL I have been attempting a bit of a health kick during lockdown #2, quite the opposite of the first one. Clearly I have been preparing myself for gorging with family come Christmas (yes I mentioned it) as well as, is always imprinted on my brain, that we always have a plethora of annual end of year awards dos. So this year, shedding a little of the summer timber seems a little undervalued. I say this as I am close to fitting into my more formal and ungenerous evening suits, but what little need I had. I have attended both the World Demolition Summit and the Construction News Specialists Awards these past couple of weeks wearing something better suited to an Ibiza beach party – we cover both awards in the news section, by the way, with some great successes for home grown demolition contractors. Toby and I are really enjoying talking to the industry and we haven’t faltered in our desire to get the low-down on it. We are finding out what challenges contractors are facing and, as importantly, what positives they are putting in place to meet past successes, keep up with the pandemic and ensure they will survive and flourish. This alongside learning what you, the industry, want from your magazine. We hope we are ticking that box also. Speaking of talking, we have had a virtual sit down with Keltbray’s Holly Price wearing her NFDC hat; present our regular contractor feature, this time with Lee Storer, Managing Director at Anglian Demolition & Asbestos Ltd; and Jacqueline O’Donovan begins what will now be a regular column with us, this time discussing the impact of Covid-19 on mental health. This issue allows us to officially present ourselves as the International Media Partner to the European Demolition Association, a fact that we are really proud of. If this contra deal works out anything like as successfully as our relationship with the NFDC, then we can truly offer you the best in demolition content in both the UK and globally. Alongside this issue, we have posted the Demolition Directory, a helpful guide to all UK demolition contractors, and a must have for next year. This is the last issue of Demolition Hub in 2020. The next will be out in January next year and is already looking like a bumper edition (I said we like to talk), so lets hope for a bumper year for us all as well… #championingdemolition

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CN Awards; European Demolition Association; World Demolition Summit; CV Library Webster Technologies Sheffield Design Engineers demolish the competition



Exclusive interview with Holly Price, President of the NFDC Cawarden MD presents children’s charity with £12,000 cheque Delivering business technology by Derrick Madir, Managing Director, Coubari


THE DEMOLITION DISCUSSION Interview with Les Storer, Anglian Demolition & Asbestos Ltd



The Lighthouse CLUB – The Construction Industry Charity Bill Hill, CEO of Lighthouse CLUB, on ONS suicide statistics and how the charity is making a difference




From garage to global force – JCB marks 75 years in business Making Tracs with the JCB Fastrac JCB restores customer’s 1964 vintage backhoe to mark 75th anniversary World of Concrete announces new show dates for 2021



Inmalo helps fight against nuisance dust

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Liebherr presents new generation of articulated dumptrucks


Doosan adds DX530DM to demolition excavator range When resisting change stunts growth, MB Crusher is the solution Conveyors for demolition strip-out by Amanda Woollaston, Head of Marketing, Coveya Ltd Product Review – Coveya GP750 Astrak launches stabiliser pads for Brokk® machinery



Jacqueline O’Donovan, master of demolition



Ward crowned Metal Recycler of the Year at industry excellence awards



Jack Moody group invests in Hittachi wheel loaders Gordon Bow buys £1m JCB fleet



Jacqueline O’Donovan on COVID 19 – a mental health challenge The need to know of noise Roel Van Oirschot on Section 61 applications



Construction professionals’ networking club announce global brand ambassador



All the latest demolition industry jobs


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The 2020 Construction News Specialists Awards, conducted online and sponsored by the NFDC, proved to be fertile ground for the federation’s members, with multiple nominations and several notable winners at the event on 17 November. Among these was Erith Contractors, which, hot on its success at the World Demolition Summit the previous week, was nominated for no less than four awards. The category in which Erith was unsurpassed was that of Demolition Specialist of the Year. Criteria for the award included a good workforce culture, including training and embracing diversity; outstanding projects; ongoing clear strategy and vision; innovation and use of technology; health and safety; client satisfaction and business growth and performance on sustainability. Among the high profile projects that contributed to Erith’s awardwinning entry, was a year-long demolition job at Cleveland Street, in the shadow of the BT Tower. This was complicated by the presence of a redundant petrol station and a live grid substation,

Cantillon was another of the NFDC’s high achievers, with nominations in three categories and a winning bid in the Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor (£5m+) for its work on Ilona Rose House. Key factors to be taken into consideration were client satisfaction; health and safety record; sustainability; completion on time and to budget, innovation and the relationship to the supply chain.

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as well as the intact removal of a wall decorated by street artist, Banksy. Another showpiece project was the enabling-works package at 1 Sherwood Street, the site of the famous illuminated signage at London’s Piccadilly Circus, where uninterrupted operation is a key concern. Demolition to clear the way for the planned Paddington Cube was also completed in 2019, with Erith securing further packages to construct the building’s basement. Achieving ISO 45001 accreditation in April 2019, just a year after the new health and safety standard was finalised was significant. This commitment to safety and Erith’s adoption of building information modelling (BIM) have been key to securing work on high-profile projects. After more than 50 years in business, Erith still fosters a “family” feel, even though it now employs 1,100 people. The company was also nominated for Training Excellence, Community Engagement, Digital Construction Excellence and Demolition Specialist of the Year.


Running from March 2017 until April 2019, the ÂŁ23 million demolition, temporary works, enabling and piling contract on behalf of Soho Estates cleared the way for a new mixed-use development on the busy Charing Cross Road in central London. The congested urban plot is bounded by residential and commercial properties, with 10 partywall agreements to respect as well as a Grade 1-listed neighbour. According to Cantillon, Ilona Rose House was the most challenging project it has tackled in its 51-year history, as well as the first to incorporate significant piling works. Alongside the technical aspects of the job, Cantillon worked with the neighbouring House of St Barnabas charity to provide traffic-marshalling work for local homeless people. The company was also nominated for awards in the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Excellance and Demolition Contractor of the Year categories.

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EUROPEAN DEMOLITION ASSOCIATION The European Demolition Association, EDA, was founded in 1978 and is the European platform for national demolition associations, demolition contractors and suppliers. The EDA has a strong focus on developments in Europe, that are of interest to the demolition industry. Further, the EDA has among others, the following objectives: • • • • • •

To look after, promote and protect the interests of the demolition industry in Europe To set and to promote European standards on demolition techniques and promote recycling of demolition debris To be involved in and have an impact on health and safety legislation To be involved in improving the legislation concerning the removal, depositing, and recycling of demolition debris To exchange information on techniques, working methods, and training To maintain contacts with similar organisations in other parts of the world, e.g. Asia and the U.S

The EDA organises activities every year to get the demolition industry together from all over Europe (www.europeandemolition.org/events). The most important of these is the Annual Convention, a meeting that includes a technical part with presentations about key topics and optional leisure activities. The EDA also produces reports about the industry, to measure and analyse its evolution, as the EDA Industry Report (www.europeandemolition.org/industry-report).

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oosan Infracore Europe has joined the European Demolition Association (EDA) as a new corporate member. Founded in 1978, the EDA is the leading platform for national demolition associations, demolition contractors and suppliers in Europe. The EDA is also an important international organisation, maintaining strong contacts with similar bodies in other parts of the world, including Asia and the USA. Commenting on joining the EDA, Gilles Bendaoud, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Doosan Infracore Europe, said: “Demolition has always been an important market for Doosan. Our new membership at the EDA is a significant move as we continue our expansion in the demolition market both in Europe and globally. “It also nicely complements the launch of our DX235DM and DX530DM demolition excavators, the first models in our new range of High Reach Demolition Excavators for international markets. The first machines we have delivered have been very well accepted by customers and we will add a further model in the range – the DX380DM – early next year.” Dedicated to looking after, promoting and protecting the interests of the demolition industry in Europe, the EDA sets and promotes European standards in demolition techniques and promotes recycling of demolition debris. Among the other roles of the EDA are the body’s involvement in and impact on health and safety legislation in the industry. The EDA aims to improve the legislation concerning the removal, depositing and recycling of demolition debris and to exchange information on techniques, working methods and training.



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This has been a challenging year for individuals, organisations and events and to a greater of lesser degree, we are all getting used to conducting business, everyday work and events online, or in the case of sports, in empty stadiums. The World Demolition Summit, sponsored by the NFDC, was no different and the 2020 event,

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originally scheduled for Vienna, took place online this year. Despite the inability to press the flesh and the added social tools of food and drink, the virtual conference was a success, with close to 400 attendees and chat rooms and video calls available. Among the presentations, was a talk detailing NFDC members

S Evans and Sons’ demolition of the Churchill Flyover in Liverpool between September and December 2019. Angus Holdsworth, of collaborators on the project Andun Engineering Consultants, delivered the speech. Also making its mark was NFDC member Erith Contractors, nominated for four awards


and winning the Civils Demolition Award for its work on the substructure at 87-89 Cleveland Street in Westminster. David Darsey Managing Director of Erith’s demolition division said: “It was a very logistically challenging project. I think this award is a testament to the team that carried this out.” After many years as a judge on the awards section, it was time for John Woodward to hang up his judge’s hat. He had been approached to sit on the panel in 2009, while serving as Vice President of the IDE. Speaking remotely, he described some of the changes that had occurred since the inauguration of the awards, more than a decade ago. At that time, judges had met in a London hotel for two days, poring over the entries and discussing their merits before drawing up their shortlist. “Eleven


years later, it’s all electronic; the process is similar but the carbon footprint has been reduced significantly,” he said. He described how the summit had taken place in Amsterdam for the first seven years, before the locations went global, to take into account the increasing number of entries from around the world. “Recent years have seen more entries, from more companies and countries around the world than ever before,” Woodward said. He went on to describe some of the game changers he had seen during the lifetime of the awards. “Quick release attachment couplers have led to greater efficiency and better use of machines. Within explosive demolition, the biggest change is 3D computer simulation software, which allows us to predict with far more accuracy how a structure will behave.

“Perhaps the most significant change,” he said: “has been the deep implementation of reverse engineering to the demolition process, with companies now more than ever before studying closely the makeup of the structure to be demolished and how it will react under demolition loads, particularly if cantilevers, stored energy and top-heavy structures need to be removed to make way for the future.” “World Demolition Awards, it’s been a blast,” he concluded, before confirming that he would return as a delegate next year. Halfway through his remote presentation, he was joined by one of his greyhounds, which he said he looked forward to spending more time with in his retirement. The World Demolition Summit 2021 will take place in Chicago on 21 October.

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S EVANS & SONS’ DEMOLITION OF LIVERPOOL’S CHURCHILL FLYOVER The World Demolition Summit was conducted virtually, for obvious reasons, this year, on Thursday 12 November, but that didn’t stop demolition contractors from showing off their techniques, honed on challenging and innovative projects around the globe. Among these show-pieces was a presentation about the demolition of the Churchill Flyover in Liverpool, which took place between September and December 2019. The client for the project was Liverpool City Council and the demolition contractor was NFDC member, S Evans and Sons. The presentation was given by Angus Holdsworth of Andun Engineering Consultants, who carried out the temporary works demolition engineering. The flyover passed within close proximity to both the Liverpool World Museum and residential accommodation and Holdsworth described the demolition as a ‘complicated project in a restrictive city centre environment, completed within challenging timescales’. SPMTs were used to manoeuvre large, 450 tonne sections of the structure intact, before they were lowered to the ground by Sarens Sarlifts to be cut up, ready for recycling off site. The final four spans were demolished using traditional methods, due to the proximity of a gas main making the ground loading of an SMPT carrying a complete span impracticable. The lack of detailed plans from the time of construction in the 1960s posed another challenge, meaning this uncertainty had to be factored in to the demolition plan. Despite the challenges, the demolition was completed safely, on time and on budget, Holdsworth reported. S Evans and Sons was also represented in the awards, with a nomination for Contract of the year $1m+. 12 | DemolitionHUB Magazine


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ERITH CONTRACTORS SNATCHES CIVILS DEMOLITION AWARD Erith Contractors was shortlisted for no less than four awards at the World Demolition Summit. Of these, the Kent-based demolition firm won the Civils Demolition Award for its work on the substructure at 87-89 Cleveland Street in Westminster, London, a project in a residential area where one of the challenges was the potential for noise and vibration raised at the local authority approval stage. The winner was announced by Francisco Cobo of the European Demolition Association and presented to David Darsey Managing Director of Erith’s demolition division. Darsey said “We are delighted to have won in the Civils category for this years World Demolition Summit. “It has been a challenging year for all yet we remain in a strong position and are proud to add this feat to our successes,” Darcy continued. “I’d like to thank the judging panel for selecting our project. It was very logistically challenging and I think this award is a testament to the team that carried it out,” he said before thanking KHL for organising the virtual World Demolition Summit in difficult circumstances. Darsey added that he missed the good old days of the summit being in Amsterdam. 14 | DemolitionHUB Magazine


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has been. And this year, more than ever, the collaboration and support we’ve seen throughout the industry has been truly inspiring.” DemolitonCareers.co.uk, which partnered with CV-Library in October this year, has revolutionised the niche job board for demolition professionals. The dedicated demolition jobs board now boasts more than 300 active jobs for UK demolition industry professionals to view and apply for.

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SHEFFIELD DESIGN ENGINEERS DEMOLISH THE COMPETITION Sheffield based design engineers Webster Technologies are delighted to be winners in the category of Innovation Tools & Attachments at the 2020 World Demolition Awards. The prestigious awards are voted for by an international judging panel drawn from across demolition who lead the field in recognising innovation and best practice in the industry. Ian Webster, Chairman of Webster Technologies said: “We are honoured to have won the award for our new ROCKHIT hydraulic breaker. It is the first time we have entered the awards, so to be successful against worldwide competition is amazing. The ROCKHIT is being trialled on the HS2 project and we are hopeful the award will give us a platform internationally as well as in the UK.” Steve Ducker, Editor at Demolition & Recycling International said: “I congratulate Webster Technologies on their success at the 2020 Word Demolition Awards. The standard of entries gets better every year and winning a category is a considerable achievement. This year’s winners include businesses from Europe, North and South America, Africa and Australia.” 18 | DemolitionHUB Magazine


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DEMOLITION HUB SPEAKS TO HOLLY PRICE, PRESIDENT OF THE NFDC Tell us about the origins of the NFDC. We’re actually coming into our 80th year, which is no mean feat for a trade association. The war office asked for a group of people to help clear bomb-damaged buildings and the NFDC was formed shortly thereafter, in 1941. We still have all the original documentation upon the wall in our office. We’ve had a very strong membership from that time through to today, and as an organisation NFDC has grown significantly in terms of its leadership and influence within the sector.

What proportion of demolition contractors would be members?

I would like to think that the majority of bona fide, or ‘pure’, demolition contractors in the UK are NFDC members. But it’s very difficult to give an accurate percentage of member versus non-member contractors because there are an awful lot of companies who carry out demolition as part of their operations or view themselves as demolition contractors. We believe the UK demolition workforce is somewhere in the region of 20,000 people, and we have 140 accredited demolition contractor members and 83 industry service provider members. The principal activity of an NFDC member has to be demolition, so this does inherently limit our membership numbers. 20 | DemolitionHUB Magazine


nfdc What is the NFDC all about?

First and foremost, the NFDC is about raising, promoting and championing standards across the industry. So whatever we do, whatever guidance we publish, is available to everybody. The intention is to educate those working in demolition and make the industry safer, whether you are a twoman company doing a house renovation, all the way through to multi-millionpound demolition contractors delivering highprofile projects. When it comes to NFDC membership, however, we do have a strict audit standard that demolition contractors need to meet to become members, and to maintain their NFDC membership on an annual basis. All of our members are audited at least once a year, with a live site audit and a number of other aspects such as insurance and competency assessments are monitored to ensure compliance with NFDC’s expectations of a quality contractor. It’s about constantly raising the bar. But we’re equally there to encourage any company that isn’t an NFDC member to meet that standard. The ultimate goal is for the demolition industry to be wellinformed, creating a safe and happy work environment for everyone within it. This is why we make all of our guidance available to anybody. Federation membership is also very much about demolition contractors coming together to share knowledge, so we can continue to learn together as an industry, raise standards and challenge where we need to challenge, be that at a governmental level or local level. Our voice is so much louder as a collective.

Tell us about the structure of the NFDC.

We’ve always been very proud of the participation of the membership, which is organised into five regions that make up the NFDC; Scotland and Northern Ireland; north east of England; north west of England; Midlands and Wales; and London and the southern counties. We do encounter different challenges across the five regions of the NFDC, which is why we have local chairs and vice-chairs, who are responsible for getting the region’s voices heard via NFDC’s National Council, which is the ultimate governing body of the NFDC. National Council regularly comes together to discuss industry issues, strategy, who we need to be working with, how we can do more, how we can make the industry safer, all of those things. Then we of course have the HQ team at Resurgam House, Hemel Hempstead, who handle the day-today operations, marketing, member administration and so much more. NFDC shares offices with its sister brand National Demolition Training Group (NDTG), but NDTG operates independently as a company in its own right, with very different membership criteria. NDTG membership concerns demolition contractors who’ve got a commitment to training. They train with NDTG, and they receive certain benefits for being a training group member, but NDTG membership does not automatically qualify these companies as Federation members – NDTG only members are not accredited via the NFDC site audit, for example. Some demolition contractors may trade on the back of their NDTG membership, and clients assume that because they display the NDTG logo, they’re also NFDC accredited. That’s not the case and NFDC would always encourage those looking to commission a

the NFDC is about raising, promoting and championing standards


demolition project to check the NFDC membership and compliance status via the Federation website, to ensure they are appointing an active NFDC member company.

Tell us about the NFDC’s campaigning role.

We interact with a huge number of external organisations. We have very strong relationships with the European Demolition Association, based in Spain and the National Demolition Association in the United States. There is always a huge amount of work taking place within our dedicated working groups. We’re looking at the circular economy – demolition is an incredibly important part of that process. And we interface with the construction sector, a lot of the NFDC members work for large construction companies. It’s incredibly important for us to collaborate with other people and associations, such as Build UK, for example, where we have all the relevant trade associations coming together to discuss key issues affecting those who work within the sector. This could be a trade association for demolition, for concrete, for dry lining, all the way through the construction spectrum. The challenges that we face, particularly when it comes to skills and education, are very similar. We lobby bodies like BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and other organisations where we can say that we believe something to be the case or are for, or against, a plan or policy that could impact our industry. But it’s better to do that as a collective because it’s very difficult for sole trade associations to access people at that level directly or make enough noise independently. We are working very closely with the Construction Leadership Council on the recovery plan for the industry – demolition needs to be part of this because we’re the first people on site. We collaborate with other associations, such as with NASC (National Association of DemolitionHUB Magazine | 21

nfdc Scaffolding Contractors), where the NFDC delivered a comprehensive animated video guidance about safe use of scaffold in the demolition industry, which is accessible to anybody who needs it in the sector. We continue to work with our members, and NASC, to develop written guidance and share our learning. In many instances, the NFDC is working behind the scenes with the people who can elicit change, without necessarily shouting about it. The proof is in what we deliver. That is one example, and there are many more. Key strategic priorities NFDC is working on at the moment are safety in the demolition industry and the mental health and wellbeing of the demolition workforce. The NFDC plans to invest significantly in educating leaders in demolition around behavioural-based safety. Safety is everybody’s job. When something goes wrong, it’s not right to point a finger at the industry trade body alone and you can’t look to the individual on site, it’s everybody’s responsibility to ensure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day. That’s about more than just compliance. We’re going to be asking them to think about how they can lead safety. Factors like time, or pressure, influence how people behave on site. In terms of Mental Health & Wellbeing, NFDC has already invested in designing and delivering workshops for Managers and Ambassadors to members free of charge. Next year, we will be working to create a Mental Health Hub online, which centralises all of the information and resources from NFDC, as well as signposting the wealth of third-party resources out there to help those who are struggling have one ‘go-to’ place that’s readily accessible. We also have a benevolent fund which we run through The Lighthouse Club Charity (see page 36). It has a 24/7 anonymous helpline that is 22 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

available to any demolition worker struggling with any issue, whether that’s financial, mental or physical health, whatever it might be. The helpline is there for you.

Do you have relationships with trade unions?

The Demolition Industry Conciliation Board consists of representatives of the NFDC and the union, Unite. It agrees hourly rates and other working conditions as well as conditions for the settlement of disputes. Everybody understands that these things need to be fair and that we will always welcome any challenge from the union. They are very welcome to come to the NFDC with any challenge that they see.

How can members get involved?

If people within a business want to get involved in the NFDC, that generally begins at a regional level – we do ask that all members who join the NFDC participate and are actively engaged in Federation activities, otherwise we cannot be representative of the rest of the industry. So they can get involved on a number of levels. There’s lots of participation at local level, where we host regional meetings quarterly. We have a lot of interaction with our Industry Service Provider members as well and they add value through talking with NFDC and its members about innovations and service offerings to industry. And there’s a number of working groups that people can get involved in. So when we have an issue in a particular area or where we’re looking to make significant strides forward, we would invite anybody who has the knowledge from the industry from our corporate membership to join those working groups. The more input we get from people, the better the outcome.

NFDC also gives back to UK charities and members are just brilliant at getting involved with our charity fundraisers at social events on a regional and national scale. On average, year on year our membership raises about a quarter of a million for charity, which is immense. The charities that we support are all nominated by the membership too, so if there’s a cause that’s particularly close to their heart, that they, their workforce or their families are being affected by, that is another way we support the membership. It’s a real community spirit and NFDC does support a huge range of charities as well as those closer to home, that help workers in demolition and the wider construction industry. Every other year, we hold Demolition Expo, which is a large event for our ISP members to showcase their equipment – it’s not all diggers! Demolition training providers also exhibit, finance companies, insurance, all sorts. Demo Expo has always been incredibly popular and it’s a great place to network, in a really relaxed environment. Next May, we’re co-locating with Letsrecycle Live, which will bring even more value to those who visit. We do ask our members why they joined, and/or why they stay in the NFDC. And, on the whole, the same answer comes back that they want better for the demolition industry. They want to set the standards, they want to be part of the standards. They want to promote the industry for the right reasons. They want to be involved in creating a true perception of quality and professionalism in the industry, they want to attract new talent. People join NFDC because they believe in what it is that we’re trying to do for the demolition industry. The NFDC community and ethos has lasted for 80 years because people have got shared beliefs in what they want. That’s

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going to be for our members and the demolition industry? That is why a lot of demolition companies have diversified into doing things that you wouldn’t class as a classic demolition operation. A lot of work now goes on in infrastructure. We have to evolve with that. That’s why the NFDC, the NDTG and the IDE are critical parts of the industry. You can’t learn this stuff by yourself. Every building is different and when we’re looking at different types of structure, we need to share knowledge. We want to be proactive and not reactive in that setting.

What do you see as the short to medium term challenges for the industry?

What other game changers do you foresee in the demolition industry?

Our industry is ever-changing. Significant changes in building design tends to be where we have to learn as an industry. A lot of our members specialise in different types of demolition. We’ve had examples of the last couple of years of demolishing buildings of a particular structure that haven’t been demolished before. So that is an ever-changing situation. We work very closely with the Institute of Demolition Engineers, the Architects’ Journal, the Institute of Civil Engineers to share our findings and document for the future. Environmental legislation is changing very quickly at the moment, for proper reasons. The demolition industry has always been very green in the sense that we either reuse or recycle absolutely everything. That’s another reason why we’re working with European Demolition Association on the circular economy initiative. Ten or 15 years ago, regulations said all new buildings have to be reusable or modifiable so we are not just demolishing and rebuilding continuously, and they have to have a plan should they need to be demolished. So, we need to be mindful that there is likely to be less demolition. What are the options 24 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

There’s a lot of focus on innovation. When you take people out of the equation, there’s all sorts of social issues but there’s also an appetite to reduce risk by doing things robotically. So, I think we will see a reduction in demolition output, and possibly see a replacement with robotics, given the types of structures we might be demolishing in the future. I think jobs across the whole of the construction sector will look different to the ones that exist today. There are people wearing Oculus headsets, teaching people how the building’s going to be demolished, using virtual reality and augmented reality. We will model a building, and then you can see all the structural elements and we can see how safe it is to take it down. Technology brings some challenges, but it also brings a lot of opportunity. And one challenge for us in demolition is attracting young people. The more technology advances

in the industry, I think the more attractive it will become as a career choice to young people. We use robotics at Keltbray, Somebody can practice and practice and practice doing something in a what feels real situation. I’ve used it myself, I had to climb a mast and I knew I was stood in an office, but it still gave me the heebie-jeebies! If we can model something properly, we can solve the issues in advance, which demolition hasn’t historically had the luxury to do. When we go to work we are the first people on site, and that can be very emotive for local communities. If the community is not part of the process, very often demolition projects don’t go very well. That’s something that people possibly don’t spend enough time thinking about.

How about public policy developments?

We are continually going to meetings and to working groups and all sorts of weird and wonderful things come up in those. The impact of Brexit and COVID are massively significant. That’s another reason why trade associations like the NFDC need to stick to our guns, we need to keep doing what we’re doing. We need to hunker down and be there for our membership and be there for everybody in the industry, specifically with the Benevolent Fund. We are not in a luxurious position where we can rely on the output directly from the government. So we’ve got to make our own way.





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CAWARDEN MD PRESENTS CHILDREN’S CHARITY WITH £12,000 CHEQUE William Crooks, Managing Director of specialist contractor, Cawarden, presented a cheque of £12,000 to the Derby-based children’s charity, The Titan Children’s Trust in October. The money has been raised over the last three years by members of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) Midlands and Wales Regions. NFDC events, including the annual regional Christmas Ball, saw attending members dig deep for the charity. The NFDC is the only UK federation in the demolition industry and has championed the standards and professionalism of its members for more than 75 years. Alongside his Managing Director role at Cawarden, William Crooks is currently Vice President of the UK NFDC. He was also NFDC Chairman of the Midlands and Wales Regions. It was therefore fitting for William to present the cheque to the charity’s Founder, Felix Frixou. The presentation took place at Felix’s specialist car dealership, Benz Bavarian of Derby. William said: “I am a huge supporter of The Titan Children’s Trust and its vital 26 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

The activities are specifically designed to broaden horizons, develop key skills and create lasting memories. A holiday is something that many of us take for granted, but for some children it is a rarity, even a one-off. Many Pictured left to right: Felix Frixou and William Crooks of the children the charity work. I was therefore delighted to works with have never been on present Felix with the cheque on holiday before. behalf of the NFDC Midlands and To provide families with a muchWales Regions.” needed holiday, the charity has its Launched in 2015, The very own static caravan located a Titan Children’s Trust supports stone’s throw from the Skegness underprivileged and disadvantaged seafront. The four-birth caravan children in the East Midlands. By gives families the time and space providing access to a range of to relax, make new friends and sports and activities, the charity enjoy themselves. Holidays in helps them to develop life skills and Skegness are free to families have positive experiences. who meet the charity’s criteria. Felix said: “I am so grateful to The charity works alongside the the NFDC members who have Derbyshire Children’s Holiday donated to The Titan Children’s Centre to provide their holidays. Trust. This is an incredible sum With the help of the money of money, which will help us to raised by NFDC members, the continue helping disadvantaged charity can continue offering a children across the East Midlands. varied programme of activities – There are thousands of children from boxing and squash to horse that start life with the odds stacked riding and cycling. The money against them – but our work is will support the upkeep of the needed now more than ever.” caravan so it can continue providing Working alongside the Mount holidays for families in need. It will Cook Adventure Centre in also support the charity’s latest Matlock, the charity has created initiative, which involves providing opportunities for children to backpacks with educational items attend the centre to enjoy their and supplying families with boxes of adventurous outdoor pursuits. hygiene products. demolitionhub.com

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Technology solves challenges across all sectors. With uncertainties driven by the pandemic, business technology is more crucial than ever, not only to keep businesses operating but also to enable the unprecedented global shift towards remote working. The demolition industry is no exception. However, it is presented with a unique set of challenges and risks. While effective remote working has been the norm on some level for many industries, the demolition sector has largely been less quick to embrace this. This is to be expected; the work is hands-on and site-based and this work culture extends to the officebased staff. Coronavirus turned this upside down, of course, forcing the sector to embrace working patterns many businesses weren’t entirely comfortable with – and to embrace them on a grand scale. Businesses hastily deployed remote working solutions and worked out new ways of working together from a distance. And here’s the kicker. When technology is rushed, it can be insecure. Some businesses have a central decision-maker for IT, many don’t. Some businesses train their users in basic security, many don’t. This is a real worry. The construction industry accounts for six to 28 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

seven per cent of UK GDP, which makes it a very lucrative target for cyber criminals. The haste to catch up with remote working practices has not been matched, it appears, by haste to improve security – the average for businesses across sectors regarding cybersecurity as a priority is 80 per cent, but for the construction industry, it’s only 70 per cent. When we consider the array of apps, software, mobile solutions out there along with cloud-based solutions that help to manage every aspect of a project, streamline processes and improve productivity, we realise just how exciting the prospects for remote working are in this sector. Better real-time data collection, communication and integrated synced solutions resulting in instant

decisions and more effective collaborations means time is saved, projects continue and deadlines are met. And if it’s secure, the world’s your oyster. So, we know that security, productivity, time management, delivery of projects on time and on budget, and collaboration are not competing demands, they are complementary. But ask yourself, are you investing in the right tech to achieve these? Technology doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. You do have to ask the right questions before you invest in it, however. Has your system been audited for weaknesses? How often does your head of IT meet with your board to align your tech plans with the business strategy? How about the basics? Do you use multi-factor authentication for the applications that make a tangible difference to business productivity? In fact, do you even use the right applications? Coubari is an NFDC Industry Service Provider member and a member of Constructing Excellence, we deliver business technology by being one step ahead; we get the construction sector and we know IT.


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Demolition Hub speaks to Lee Storer, Managing Director of Anglian Demolition and Asbestos, about the origins of the business, how it has developed, NFDC membership and the future for the industry

asbestos removal, having been the Chairman of the ARCA Technical Committee and ARCA lecturer. We first met when I was attending an asbestos supervisor course and P402 surveying course. We became good friends and decided to set up Anglian Demolition and Asbestos Ltd after identifying a gap in the local market for a professional demolition company with its own asbestos removal licence. We set ourselves a goal to achieve this and even now we are the only demo company in Norfolk with a licence, and the only NFDC member.

What kind of projects do you work on most frequently?

How did Anglian start and how has it developed since then?

Anglian was formed around 12 years ago by myself and business partner John Fowler, who sadly passed away last year. My background was in waste management, recycling and demolition and John’s was in demolitionhub.com

We undertake projects ranging from individual houses to MOD bases. Over the last few years, we have targeted house builders, local authorities, school framework projects and works on MOD installations. Projects where the money tends to be allocated and ring fenced. We have gained an enviable reputation for undertaking these and other complex enabling projects to high standard – often taking on the role of PC. DemolitionHUB Magazine | 31


What are the standout projects from Anglian’s history?

There have been many projects that we have been proud to be involved in. Our first C-Type WW2 Hangar at RAF Marham was very satisfying – it was a project we worked hard to get and our success was partly due to a winning technical paper I submitted for the Institute of Demolition Engineers Claude J Brown Prize some years before. Apparently, during my presentation to the base and key stakeholders, a Whitehall official (who introduced himself to one of my colleagues as “the man that signs the cheques”) asked if that was the Lee Storer presenting who had produced the paper on demolishing hangars – a proud moment. Funnily enough, we are now preparing to undertake the demolition of another one, this time contracted to the client direct as PC. Another recent project was the demolition of the Orfordness Lighthouse (right), an iconic East Anglian structure that had started to succumb to the sea. Its remote location, access by boat and general history of the building and site made it an interesting project to be involved in and certainly one of the top memorable jobs we have done. Coming right up to date – we have started the soft strip and internal demolition of Norwich Castle. Again, another iconic structure that is undergoing remodelling works to take it back to its original layout, reinstating the medieval floors and rooms in the castle keep. It is a project that heavily involves our scaffold division, which is also undertaking the construction phase scaffolding and our waste division for the removal and recycling of the wastes produced – supplying crane skips to roll-ons and wheelie bins, a real showcase for Anglian’s unique services. RAF Marham and RAF Lakenheath both spanned two to three years and 32 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

were associated with the upgrade of infrastructure to accommodate the new F35s. Working for various main contractors and the client direct we have demolished Hardened Aircraft Shelters, nuclear shelters, hangars and squadron buildings; crushed tens of thousands of tonnes of concrete and removed thousands of tonnes of soil. Unfortunately these jobs tend to go unreported due to the sensitive nature of the works and reporting restrictions, but we are immensely

proud of the reputation we have built for these types of work. Another large project that demonstrated our services was the back-to-shell strip out and licensed asbestos removal to Norfolk County Council main offices, which remained live during the works. Working with the PC, we undertook the asbestos surveys, removed licenced asbestos, stripped each floor back to shell and removed the windows and external cladding to the 11-storey building. This took



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around two years and really helped put us on the map in our region.

How has the scope of the business developed over time?

We find our business constantly evolving from the demolition and asbestos removal outfit that we started out as. One of the notable areas we have expanded into is scaffolding, which we initially set up to aid our demolition projects. Clients quickly recognised the quality of work we were producing and started asking us to tender for the construction phases. Now it is a standalone division undertaking works from new housing estates to schools and even castles, and it is a real asset to the group. Our earthworks and remediation division has always been integral to the services we provide, more so now as our clients demand a more professional remediation service. We undertake works under deployment notices and material management plans using experienced operatives and the most up to date equipment and techniques. This enables us to offer an alternative to dig and dump, often saving our clients tens of thousands of pounds. We incorporate our earthworks and inert recycling into this division, carrying out bulk earthmoving, cut and fill and reduced digs to formation level – constructing temporary roads and compounds. When we leave site, the client can drop in their cabins and their groundworkers can start pulling foundations and service trenches on day one. Our asbestos division often carried out reinstatement works after asbestos removal, we identified what seemed to be a natural progression into passive fire protection. This coincided with the terrible events at Grenfell, which brought this sector more into the spotlight. We became FIRAS accredited 34 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

and employed the skills of trained managers and installers – and it is now a division that is going from strength to strength undertaking new build and refurb projects that we would not necessarily be associated with as a standalone demolition company. Our most recent growth has been in the scrap metal and waste recycling sector. As a large demolition firm, we have always dealt with large volumes of waste and the local waste management companies were struggling to keep up. This often had a detrimental effect on our works, so we decided that we would bring this in-house. Using my experience in the waste industry, we set up our scrap metal recycling facility. We gained the

planning permission and permits required to run the facility at our seven-acre HQ site and employed an old friend who had 30 years’ experience in the scrap industry to establish both outlets and new clients. The infrastructure of lorries and bins are now being utilised to service our sites other wastes requirements, initially third party tipping segregated wastes while our facility is developed further to include C&D waste recycling. As with our other divisions, our clients have noticed our growth in this area and the services we are able to provide – a full waste management service to external clients is now being structured.


We set up Anglian to make our clients’ lives easier. We undertake asbestos surveys prior to tender packages going out. We remove the asbestos, undertake the demolition works, carry out the earthworks, deal with contamination if it is found, supply the construction phase scaffold and waste management services and undertake the passive fire protection. All this, in-house and under the control of our management teams, which makes us unique in our region. We are big enough to undertake the largest of projects and lean enough to react quickly at both site level and as a company as a whole trading in these

uncertain times. Our whole team is passionate about what we do and proud of the Anglian brand, which is reflected in the quality of presentation and work we produce.

Tell us about the marketing and tendering process. To what extent is it proactive advertising and marketing, and to what extent is it merely tendering for contracts you are aware of?

As with any successful businesses, reputation and professional relationships are key to winning work. We rarely advertise, other than through sponsorship of local clubs and charity events. Where we do promote ourselves is normally


What makes Anglian different? What are your USPs?

through social media, such as LinkedIn and Facebook. We find this an extremely effective medium for promoting what we do. Tenders arrive regularly and we categorise these into divisions; who they are for, when they are likely to start and the probability of our winning. Out targeted job hit rate is extremely good.

You are members of the NFDC. How does your membership benefit you as a marketing tool?

NFDC membership certainly elevated to us to the next level in terms of competency and reputation and it is often a benchmark our clients insist on. The information and training provided by the NFDC and NDTG is extremely useful and helps us to continually improve as a company.

How has COVID affected your business?

As with most businesses, COVID has had a massive impact on our procedures. When it first hit, we decided to shut down until a safe operating procedure could be implemented on all our sites. Although this was not popular with all our clients at the time, it was the right thing to do – and gave us time to update all our method statements and procedures. We believed then as we do now, that this virus will be with us for the foreseeable future, and we implemented robust procedures that will help us learn to live with it.

What plans are you making to further mitigate the effects of COVID 19? We will maintain our high standards and monitor the progress of the virus and the government recommendations. As an industry we are in a lot better position than others that have been forced to close – we are resilient and used to overcoming or adapting to new situations and legislation. It’s what demolition men do. Our staff’s welfare is our priority and our health and safety and HR demolitionhub.com

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departments have worked tirelessly in making Anglian a safe place to work. Track and trace has been at the forefront of monitoring our staff’s health and potential exposure to the virus. We are registered with the local health authority as key workers and have access to immediate testing should someone develop symptoms or be informed that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. This has been used on six or seven occasions, thankfully all proving negative.

Do you have any notable projects in progress or in the planning?

We generally have around 15 to 20 demolition projects on the go at any one time, with the same in secured work booked in or awaiting start dates. Notable projects include the strip out of Norwich Castle, which is currently underway, along with

extensive asbestos removal and demolition of Endeavour Academy in Ipswich, demolition of large warehouses in Cambridge and various “need to know” projects on RAF Lakenheath. Awaiting start dates, we are looking forward to revisiting RAF Marham and more work at RAF Lakenheath for some exciting projects.

What are the biggest technological developments you have seen and what do you envisage will be the future game changers? Anything that takes workers away from danger areas or helps prevent harm. This may take the form of anything from remote Brokk type equipment to exoskeletal systems designed to enhance endurance or reduce fatigue. This may sound futuristic, but the technology is already there, just too expensive at the moment.

How do you see the demolition industry developing in 2021 and in the following years?

I think the successful demolition contractor will be called upon to take on more complex enabling works. We are already seeing it in London and other large cities as space becomes a premium and demolition and site clearance becomes more complex. Clients recognise that demolition contractors are able to undertake and manage these processes and be given the role of PC more and more. In the immediate future, the industry may contract a little in line with the economy but bounce back as government funded projects get the go ahead and the economy recovers. I believe strip out works will increase as shops and offices become vacant, which we are already seeing. 36 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

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THE LIGHTHOUSE CLUB – SUPPORTING DEMOLITION WORKERS The Lighthouse Club is the only charity that is 100 per cent dedicated to the physical, mental and financial wellbeing of construction and demolition workers and their families in the UK and Ireland. Its mission is to ensure that no construction or demolition worker or their family should feel alone in a crisis and it is achieving that mission through the delivery of a variety of completely free resources to support the industry community. The NFDC is a Company Supporter of Lighthouse Club, and pledged significant donations to enable the vital 24/7 helpline to stay open and support “its own” in times of crisis.

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24/7 Construction Industry Helpline and helpline packs

The 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline provides free and confidential support on a huge

variety of physical, mental and financial wellbeing issues for all construction workers and their families. To publicise the helpline to your employees and subcontracted workforce, you can purchase a helpline pack. Available at low cost, they contain wallet-sized helpline cards that can be distributed as you wish and A2 posters for offices and sites, to make workers aware of the helpline number.

Helpline App The Lighthouse Club’s free Construction Industry Helpline app is a preventative tool that helps to build resilience in the areas of mental, physical and financial wellbeing. Each section of the app offers information about a variety of conditions and issues, selfassessment tools, coping strategies

and referral pathways to access expert advice and support. It can be downloaded for free from the Apple and Google Play stores.


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A crucial element of the charity’s strategy to provide proactive support is to ensure the widespread availability of free construction focused training programmes, giving companies access to a robust wellbeing strategy to support every level of their organisation, from boots on the ground through to senior management. These courses range from hour-long interactive wellbeing sessions through to the half-day and full two-day MHFA England approved Mental Health First Aider courses.

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The Lighthouse Club desperately needs companies to pledge an annual donation and become a Company Supporter. These donations provide it with a predictable and sustainable income so it can plan with confidence and grow its vital charitable services to provide even more proactive support to

the industry. With two construction workers taking their own lives every working day, and stress, anxiety and depression accounting for a fifth of all work related illness, the industry needs The Lighthouse Club to continue to provide free and confidential support through its 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline.

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Suffolk Enterprise Centre, As one of the founder members of the industry’s Building Mental Health Programme, The Lighthouse Club has developed an online portal that provides free information and resources to help encourage a positive mental health culture. It includes a five step framework for better mental health and includes downloadable tool box talks and videos to support activities. demolitionhub.com

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Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse CLUB, writes about recently published ONS suicide statistics and how the charity is making a difference As well as the word unprecedented, we are now hearing the words mental health every day. That’s good because it means people are talking about the issues. But I was truly saddened to see the recent data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which found that male suicides are now at their highest in two decades and suicides peaked in the 45 to 55 age range. As a male dominated industry, we know that construction workers will account for a huge proportion of these figures. I hardly dare think about what that means for this year and I hate to use the word “figures”. These are people, and every one that takes their own life leaves behind parents, children, brothers, sisters and friends. The ripple is far reaching and devastating. We already know that construction workers are on the highly vulnerable list. Over 85 per cent of the workforce is male and over 50 per cent of the sector is made up of self employed, agency staff or zero-hour contract workers. The lack of job security can contribute significantly to poor mental health. And when they do get work, it can be away from home in an unfamiliar area without their normal support network of family and friends. Working long hours, trying to keep everyone happy including their family, their boss, the main contractor and the client, often to extremely 40 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

tight deadlines, can simply be too much. I have said before that I have sleepless nights trying to think of how we can get our services to individuals in crisis before they take their life. I am convinced that, if given the opportunity, we could turn some away from suicide. Despite the pandemic, I am proud to say that our charity has been able to respond to the needs of the industry. Calls to our 24/7 helpline increased by 56 per cent at the outbreak of the pandemic and our case load has almost doubled. Forty-eight per cent of the cases we manage are in the 40 to 60 age group and from lower income job categories in the sector – this is the most vulnerable group. Many have had a lifetime of physical labour and their bodies are failing but they need to keep working to support their families. Retirement for them is a lifetime away. One of the key findings of our recently published 2019 Impact Report was that 62 per cent of emergency financial grants were to pay for daily living costs, paying bills and clearing rent arrears. Financial wellbeing is one of the key factors affecting mental health and the introduction of “bang on budget” financial management sessions aims to directly address these issues. The fallout of Covid-19 has also seen an increasing number of

redundancies across the industry so we have now also added two sessions aimed at improving employability; At the Interview and CV Workshop. Our charity is hugely grateful for the generosity of the industry that allows all our charitable work to be free to the workforce but it would be great if we could reduce the cases by finding ways to better retain the productivity of these vulnerable skilled workers. Both the pandemic and the impending “B-word” have accelerated the use of technology in our industry. So perhaps focusing on retraining this age group on working with new machinery and technology might lower the calls to our helpline and give this workforce another 20 years’ working life and a retirement to look forward to. Our mission is to ensure that no construction worker or their family should be alone in a crisis and being able to respond so quickly to the needs of our construction community means that we really can make a difference. If you or anyone you know are struggling, you can reach out for free and confidential support through our 24/7 Construction Industry Helplines. demolitionhub.com



JCB marks75 years in business

Joseph Cyril Bamford

JCB was founded on 23 October 1945 by the late Joseph Cyril Bamford in a tiny lock-up garage in the Staffordshire market town of Uttoxeter. It was the same day as his son Anthony, now Lord Bamford, was born and as Joseph remarked “Being presented with a son tended to concentrate the mind and when you were starting at the bottom, there was only one way to go and that was up.” The foundation of the company was a tipping trailer made out of wartime scrap, which today stands proudly in the showroom of JCB’s World HQ. The vehicle was produced in his garage and sold for £45 at the town’s market. The buyer’s old cart was taken in part exchange and Joseph Bamford refurbished it and sold for another £45 – achieving

the original asking price of the trailer. By 1947 the company was expanding and because Mr Bamford’s landlady disapproved of his Sunday working, he moved a few miles down the road to a stable block at Crakemarsh Hall, owned by a Mrs Julia Cavendish, a survivor of the Titanic disaster. JCB also took on its first ever full-time employee, Arthur Harrison, who became foreman. By 1950 JCB was on the move again, this time to the site of a former cheese factory in Rocester. The location had been identified by Bill Hirst, who revelled in the fact his workplace was now closer to home and enabled him to “spend an extra 10 minutes in bed”. Bill had joined JCB as a £1-a-week teaboy in 1947,

ultimately rising through the ranks to become Service Director. 1953 proved to be a pivotal year, when Mr Bamford invented the backhoe loader with the launch of the JCB Mk 1 excavator. It was the first time a single machine had been produced with a hydraulic rear excavator and front mounted shovel. To date JCB has manufactured more than 600,000 backhoes and they are now made on three continents. This was also the year that the world famous JCB logo was first used on a machine, five years later it was registered as a trademark. By the 1960s, and with the launch of a range of new backhoes, it was clear this machine was revolutionising the building industry, JCB moves to stables at Crakemarsh Hall. Anthony Bamford in his mother, Marjorie’s arms as Bill Hirst (left) and Arthur Harrison are at work


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increasing productivity and reducing reliance on manpower. As the new decade dawned, the company was also harnessing new tools to generate business and promote the brand. In 1961, JCB Aviation was formed and the company’s first ever plane, a twin-engine de Havilland Dove made its inaugural flight. Customers from Europe were now able to make a return visit to the UK factory in a single day. It was in 1962 that the JCB Dancing Diggers first took a bow and JCB’s first ever overseas subsidiary in Holland opened. A year later the JCB 3C backhoe, a design classic, was launched. Such was the success of the company that in 1964, with sales up by 60 per cent to £8 million, employees shared in a £250,000 bonus. The news made national headlines and payouts were on such a scale that some employees were able to buy their first homes with the bonus they received. Joseph Bamford said: “I am giving you this money because I want you to share in the success of the company you have helped make.” demolitionhub.com


In the same year, JCB exported its first ever machine to the USA – a JCB 4C backhoe loader. In 1969 JCB produced a record 4,500 machines and by now was exporting more than half of them. It was in recognition of this export success that the company received the first of its total of 27 Queen’s Awards. Joseph Bamford also became a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) that year in honour of the company’s export achievements. In 1970 JCB opened for business in the USA, setting up a base in Whitemarsh, Baltimore to harness the huge opportunities North America offered. Between 1971 and 1973, turnover doubled to £40 million. In 1975 JCB’s Founder retired, telling staff in a farewell message: “Anthony faces the tough job of moving JCB forward through the next decades into a new century. This is a demanding task but he has been well trained for it and is supported by a very strong team from works staff to management. There cannot be any limit to the successes.” The new era that was dawning would see huge expansion of both manufacturing facilities and product ranges. It started in

1972 with the opening of JCB France. In 1977 the wraps came off the Loadall telescopic handler, a machine that revolutionised the way loads were handled on both construction sites and on farms. The Loadall has gone on to be one of the most successful products in JCB’s history. In 1978 JCB’s second UK factory, JCB Transmissions in Wrexham was built. But it was the decision to start manufacturing in India in 1979 that heralded a period of global expansion. Today JCB has factories in New Delhi, Pune and Jaipur, and India is now JCB’s biggest market behind the UK. Product innovation continued to be the lifeblood of the company and in 1985 the 3CX Sitemaster backhoe loader was launched, going on to be JCB’s biggest-ever selling backhoe. JCB also celebrated the production of its 100,000th backhoe that year. 1986 was a milestone year for JCB’s charitable work when the NSPCC became the company’s nominated charity. It was then that Carole Bamford, now Lady Bamford, set up an NSPCC fundraising committee and to date JCB and its employees have raised millions of pounds for the charity. In 1987 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited JCB’s World HQ and drove a machine off the production line. Ecstatic crowds greeted her and one member of the public planted a kiss on the cheek The JCB Dancing Diggers make their first appearance

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of the “The Iron Lady” as she toured the facility. In 1988 the wraps came off the JCB GT, a backhoe capable of 100mph that continues to draw the crowds around the world. By 1990 JCB was expanding into new fields with the launch of the JCB Fastrac tractor – the world’s first genuine high-speed, full suspension tractor. It cost £12 million to develop and took the world of agriculture by storm. It was also the year that Anthony Bamford was knighted, an honour he said “recognised the efforts of the whole JCB team”. JCB employees were given an extra day’s holiday to celebrate. In 1994 Joseph Cyril Bamford had a rose named in his honour. Called Mr JCB, the yellow rose was unveiled in the presence of the Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show. A year later and JCB was celebrating its 50th anniversary with a visit by the Queen to its World HQ, where she unveiled a replica of the Uttoxeter garage where Mr Bamford began his business in 1945. Future Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair visited in 1996 and helped assemble a 4CX and in 1997 the innovative Teletruk forklift – which can lift and place loads over obstacles – was launched. In 1998 JCB opened its second factory in Wrexham, Wales, and a year later opened JCB Earthmovers in Cheadle, Staffordshire. In 2000 the first machines began rolling off the production line at JCB’s new North American headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. On 1 March 2001, flags at JCB factories around the world flew at half-mast following news of the death of founder, Joseph Cyril Bamford. The Financial Times said he was blessed with a rare combination of “engineering genius and marketing flair”. The same year, 2001 JCB expanded its charitable work with the setting up of the Lady Bamford Charitable Trust in India and the adoption of a school a few hundred yards from JCB’s factory in Ballabgarh, near New Delhi. In 2004 employees gathered at the World HQ for a commemorative

photo to mark the production of the 500,000th machine. It had taken just short of 60 years to reach that milestone. The next half million machines would be produced in the next nine years. It was also the year that JCB took the bold step into engine production with the launch of the Dieselmax engine, manufactured at JCB Power Systems in Derbyshire. In 2005 JCB opened its factory in Pudong, China and announced news of the biggest order in its history, a $140 million deal to supply the US Army with a high-speed backhoe loader, known as the High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE), for military engineering tasks. In 2006 Sir Anthony Bamford’s son Jo became a director of JCB, the third generation of the family to hold such a position. That year also saw JCB set a record for the world’s fastest diesel car with the JCB Dieselmax Streamliner. Powered by two JCB Dieselmax engines it reached 350.092mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA, a title it still holds today. Sir Anthony Bamford joined the team on the salt flats to celebrate. JCB’s support of underprivileged children spread further around the globe with the opening in 2007 of the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development in Savannah, Georgia to support the education and social development of preschool children. It was in this year that JCB achieved its highest ever machine sales of 72,000 units. Meanwhile, in 2008 JCB Heavy Products – which manufactures tracked and wheeled excavators – moved to its new factory on the outskirts of Uttoxeter. This was followed in 2009 by a £40 million investment in JCB’s factory in Ballabgarh, India to create the world’s biggest backhoe loader factory. In 2009 HRH Prince William followed in his father’s footsteps when he toured the company’s headquarters and helped employees celebrate the production of the 750,000th machine. A national shortage of engineers demolitionhub.com




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David Cameron officially opened the new £63 million facility in Sao Paulo state. This year, JCB also celebrated securing a £60 million order for more than 1,000 backhoes from the Brazilian government. As JCB approached its 68th birthday in 2013, a new independent economic report revealed the company supported 24,000 jobs

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education. JCB also announced a $40 million project to develop a new range of skidsteer and track loaders to be manufactured at its North American HQ. As it looked to the future, JCB celebrated its heritage with the opening of the Story of JCB in 2011, a permanent exhibition marking the growth of JCB and the Bamford family’s roots in industry. These roots can be traced back almost 200 years, from when the family started out as blacksmiths in Uttoxeter, before, in 1871, they founded agricultural machinery suppliers Bamfords Ltd in the town. Global manufacturing extended to Brazil in 2012 and Prime Minister 46 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

in the UK and contributed £545 million to HM Exchequer. Hundreds of employees also gathered outside the world HQ for a commemorative photograph marking the production of the one millionth JCB machine. It was also a momentous year for JCB’s Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, as he became Lord Bamford after being invited by Prime Minister David Cameron to be a Conservative working peer in the House of Lords – prompting hundreds of messages of congratulation to flood in from around the world. In 2014, Lady Bamford presented a cheque for £2 million to HRH The Countess of Wessex for the NSPCC

after a marathon company-wide funding raising drive. Employees raised £1 million and the amount was doubled by Lord Bamford. In India production started at JCB’s new £62 million Jaipur factory complex and plans were announced for a £20 million new HQ for JCB Germany in Cologne. The company marked its 70th anniversary in 2015 with a continued focus on product innovation as the wraps came off the brand new 3CX Compact backhoe loader, a machine 35 per cent smaller than its bigger brother and designed to work on increasingly congested building sites. In 2016 the company celebrated the production of the 200,000th Loadall telescopic handler. It took almost 30 years for JCB to sell the first 100,000 Loadalls but it has taken less than 10 for the next 100,000 to be sold – testament to the growing importance of the product and JCB’s strength in this sector. Today JCB is the world’s number one producer of telescopic handlers. In this year JCB also marked the production on its 100,000th mini excavator and celebrated 25 years of production of the revolutionary Fastrac tractor. It was also the year when the new JCB Hydradig was launched to international acclaim. A new range of JCB powered access equipment was launched in 2017 after two years of secret development, seeing JCB enter a market worth $8 billion a year. The year also saw the company celebrate another Loadall milestone – 40 years since production started. Later in the year JCB marked the production of its 500,000th engine – enough engines to stretch from London to Paris. If 2017 was a year of milestones, 2018 was certainly a year for exciting product introductions with the unveiling of JCB’s first ever electric excavator. The 19C-1E mini excavator was developed in response to customer demands for a zero emissions machine that could work indoors, underground and close to people in urban areas. Once fully charged, it is ready to demolitionhub.com

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put in a full working day on the building site. The year also saw the launch of the hugely successful X-Series range of tracked excavators and the start of site dumper manufacturing at the World HQ in Rocester. JCB also announced a £50 million investment in a new factory to produce cabs in Uttoxeter. By 2019 the new electric mini excavator was in full production at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, with the initial first 50 orders delivered to customers. In June of the same year, JCB set a world record for the fastest tractor at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire. Called Fastrac One, the tractor reached a speed of 103.6 mph with motorbike racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin in the driver’s seat. To break its own record JCB then developed Fastrac Two, which is 10 per cent lighter and even more streamlined than its smaller brother. The tractor hit an astonishing peak of 153.771mph in October, on its way to recording an average of 135.191mph at Elvington. In its anniversary year, JCB marked the production of the 750,000th backhoe loader before the world became a very different place as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. When production lines

fell silent in March, JCB turned its attention to helping those in need. As part of JCB’s Covid response, company chefs in India and the UK prepared more than 200,000 meals for those most in need. A Staffordshire production line closed down as a result of the Coronavirus crisis was reopened to produce prototypes of special housings for a new type of ventilator following a national call to action. JCB also reopened its Innovation Centre at the World HQ in Rocester so that employees could volunteer to make medical grade visors for NHS staff on the company’s 3D rapid prototype machines. By the time production lines reopened in June, JCB was also previewing an exciting new development, after developing the construction industry’s first ever hydrogen powered excavator as JCB continued to lead the sector on zero and low carbon technologies. The 20-tonne 220X excavator powered by a hydrogen fuel cell has been undergoing rigorous testing at JCB’s quarry proving grounds for more than 12 months. The exciting development means JCB is the first construction equipment company in the world to unveil a working prototype of an excavator powered by hydrogen, considered by many to be the fuel of the future. Leading UK rental company A Plant ordered a fleet of 10 of JCB’s new electric JCB mini excavators

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events The new X-Series excavator is launched after a £110m investment

WORLD OF CONCRETE ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW DATES FOR 2021 After discussions with key stakeholders and feedback from industry-leading concrete and masonry associations, World of Concrete made the decision to reschedule WOC 2021 from January to June. World of Concrete’s decision to move the dates back several months was not easily reached but it was felt that it was the right choice for all involved. WOC will now take place on 8 – 10 June, educational offerings 7 – 10 June, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Jackie James, Group Director, World of Concrete said: “We have a commitment to our exhibitors and attendees to provide a valuable and productive face-to-face experience at WOC each year. This is the first time in our 46-year history we have been faced with circumstances that have caused us to reschedule the event. “We feel the new June dates will provide everyone with the necessary time to plan effectively and allow us to reimagine WOC for a different time of the year. Moving the event from winter to late spring in 2021


will allow for additional outdoor activities everyone can enjoy in the great city of Las Vegas, including topnotch exhibits, new product demos and exciting spectator events.” The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) has been awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation by ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. The GBAC programme is considered the gold standard for safe facilities and was designed to control the risks associated with infectious agents, including COVID-19. World of Concrete is also one of the first large-scale events to occupy The Las Vegas Convention Center’s $980 million West Hall expansion, which will add 1.4 million square feet of space to the existing 3.2 million square-foot campus. In addition to the exhibit hall, the expansion will feature a striking outdoor plaza, a grand atrium and state-of-the-art design and technology. Registration for WOC 2021 will open online in early 2021.

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In early October, JCB marked its impending anniversary on a field eight miles from the company’s global headquarters in Rocester with a numeric carving visible from space. The eight-acre motif was ploughed into the Staffordshire field by one of the company’s most famous products – the Fastrac tractor. A team of JCB employees uploaded a digital version of the artwork to the Fastrac’s precision guidance programme, which then delivered the calculations to the machine’s automatic steering system. The team consisted of Fastrac Sales Engineer Peter Williams; Senior Fastrac Sales Engineer James Coxon; JCB Agriculture Product and Marketing Manager David Timmis and Fastrac Product Specialist Tom Mowforth.

David Timmis said: “Seventy-five years is a big milestone to reach and we wanted to mark it with a product that has played a significant role in JCB’s success. Using the JCB Fastrac to create a giant JCB logo in a field that could be seen from space seemed the perfect idea and the whole team was delighted with the result.” With its all-round suspension, fourwheel steering, multiple implement mountings and high road speed, the Fastrac made the perfect tractor to take on the job. The Fastrac is manufactured at JCB’s plant in Cheadle, Staffordshire, 10 miles down the road from the market town of Uttoxeter, where the late Joseph Cyril Bamford founded JCB in a lockup garage on the same day that his son Anthony, now Lord Bamford, was born.

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JCB RESTORES CUSTOMER’S 1964 VINTAGE BACKHOE TO MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY One of JCB’s longest-standing customers unwrapped a unique present in August – a vintage backhoe loader restored to its former glory to mark the company’s 75th anniversary. Lincolnshire-based Eric Carnaby & Son has been a customer since 1959 and over the following six decades has bought more than 150 JCBs. Now JCB has said thank you to the firm for its loyalty by restoring the Carnaby family’s cherished 1964 JCB 1 backhoe. The project was kept a closely guarded secret until George Bamford – grandson of JCB Founder Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE – sprung the restoration surprise during a visit to the company’s base in Immingham, near Grimsby, to collect


the machine. Six months later, the backhoe was handed back to the company after a team at JCB’s world headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire spent hundreds of hours lovingly restoring it. Eric Carnaby & Son director Roland Carnaby junior said: “My family and I are over the moon with the restoration. Our JCB 1 is precious to us and we’ve been meaning to restore it for some time, but you know how it is – a business to run and all that.” George Bamford said: “It has been amazing to see an old machine brought back to life by the JCB team. It looks just as it would have done on the day it came off the production line in 1964.” Founded by Eric Carnaby in 1946, the plant hire and road haulage firm is now run by father-and-son team, Roland Carnaby senior and Roland Carnaby junior. The company’s first JCB purchase was a JCB 4 backhoe in 1959 and it was the JCB backhoe loader that formed the backbone of the Eric Carnaby & Son fleet for many years to come – with up to 12 in operation during the 1970s and 1980s. The company’s most recent purchase was the latest X Series excavator. The two family businesses have been strongly intertwined throughout the 61-year period, with 95 per cent of the Eric Carnaby & Son fleet now made up of JCB equipment.

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h&s news

INMALO HELPS FIGHT AGAINST NUISANCE DUST Health and safety inspectors across Great Britain targeted construction firms to check that their health standards were up to scratch during a month-long inspection initiative in October, the fourth health-focused scheme of its kind. As in previous years, inspections focused on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease; looking at measures to protect workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica and wood dust. This is part of HSE’s longer term health and work strategy to improve health within the construction industry and where HSE inspectors identified other areas of concern, they took the necessary enforcement action to deal with them. This included ensuring businesses were making workplaces COVID-secure. Inspectors also looked for evidence of employers and workers knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls, if necessary using enforcement 52 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

to make sure that people are protected. The construction initiative was supported by HSE’s Dustbuster campaign, aimed at influencing employer behaviour by encouraging builders to download free guidance and advice, increasing knowledge and capability to protect workers’ health. More than 3,500 builders die each year from cancers related to their work, with thousands more cases of ill-health and working days lost. HSE’s chief inspector of construction, Sarah Jardine, said: “Around 100 times as many workers die from diseases caused or made worse by their work than are actually killed in construction accidents. “Our inspection initiatives ensure that inspectors are able to speak to duty-holders and visit sites to look at the kind of action businesses in the construction industry are taking right now to protect their workers’ health, particularly when it comes

to exposure to dust and damage to lungs. “There are a few simple things that everyone can do to make sure they are protecting their health and their future. Be aware of the risks associated with activities you do every day, recognise the dangers of hazardous dust and consider how it can affect your health. “We want businesses and their workers to think of the job from start to finish and avoid creating dust by working in different ways to keep dust down and wear the right mask and clothing.” One of the ways those in the construction and demolition industry can avoid dust and protect health is by using the right tools for the job. Inmalo is one of the UK’s leading specialist of dust control products and it is constantly adapting to market needs. It has recently widened its offering for dust suppression units by adding MB Spray Cannons to its portfolio. demolitionhub.com

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“With exclusive distribution in the UK for the MB Spray Cannon and the very popular Motofog, Inmalo has the most comprehensive range available in the UK today to suit all applications on site. “MB Dust Control has a solution to suit the environment you work in, whether inside or outside large or confined spaces. With the

largest choice of Spray Cannons in the world for disinfection and suppressing dust / odour, our range extends from SC5 (5m indoor / outdoor models) up to the SC150 (150m).” Alongside the MB Cannon systems sits the MOTOFOG range of dust control units which go from strength to strength. They are now a common sight on many construction and demolition projects due to the flexibility of power and water supply options and on-site manoeuvrability. Charles Polak continued: “The Motofog is still our number one best-seller, our customers appreciate the simplicity of using them, especially without the need for a generator or mains water if you have a tank available. The MB range has opened up a larger market in construction due to the mounting configuration options for integrated masts, generators and on-board bowser tanks. Combined with the range of sizes and battery operated indoor systems, Inmalo is confident it has a flexible solution for the construction industry to meet its HSE health and safety obligations. Having rented Motofog units over the past few years, John F Hunt Group Ltd decided to buy them, adding six Motofogs to their line-up. Chairman John Hall said: “We chose The Motofog units as they provided the most flexible solution for our work sites where dust suppression was absolutely essential. A deciding factor was the Motofogs being simple to run and easy to manoeuvre on site. Their ability to run off the mains or a tank was also a serious consideration to the site teams. “We initially invested in six units (two MF20D and four MF40D) for sites in Kensington, Croydon and on our HS2 project in Euston, where they are not only suppressing the dust, but keeping our workforce safe while keeping clients and stakeholders 100 per cent happy.” As well as fully supporting sales and servicing, Inmalo also provides a wide range of units within their hire fleet. demolitionhub.com

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In late October, Liebherr unveiled the first in a new generation of articulated dumptrucks in an online event. The leading manufacturer of industrial plant developed the TA 230 Litronic on the basis of comprehensive market and customer analyses; designed it with state-of-the-art technical implements; and tested it to the limits in extensive phases according to the highest quality standards. The result: a product that represents maximum quality and reliability, impresses in terms of performance and efficiency and at the same time provides the utmost comfort. The powerful all-terrain machine is primarily designed for overburden transport and the mining industry. It is also useful for larger infrastructure projects thanks to its optimal structure gauge and can be used for specialised applications such as tunnel construction.

Maximum performance in challenging applications

The TA 230 has maximum ground clearance for superb off-road performance – front and rear axles are secured via sturdy A-rods at the articulated swivel joint and rear end; the powershift transmission is positioned safely and compactly under the cab; and the exhaust gas after-treatment is installed behind, allowing a large slope angle. The solid articulated swivel joint creates excellent off-road capability and allows independent movements of front and rear end, ensuring maximum manoeuvrability. The robust, positive-locking swivel joint with tapered roller bearing is perfect for the shear stresses arising during use, withstands maximum loads, and provides optimal force distribution.

Powerful drive, maximum traction The all-new dumptruck has a powerful 12-litre, six-cylinder 265 kW / 360 hp construction machinery engine that complies with the requirements of exhaust demolitionhub.com

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emissions standard V, while a robust drivetrain with automatic eight-speed powershift transmission ensures optimal force distribution. With the actively controlled longitudinal differential locks, the TA 230 Litronic is also available with automatic traction control – transferring torque to the optimum axle.

Increased productivity thanks to optimised trough The large, robust trough is designed for the effective transport of a 28-tonne payload, with improvements made for quick and efficient loading and unloading, as well as its safe transport. The front of the trough is straight and the sills are low so that loading with a wheel loader, for example, is easy along

the entire length. An innovative, as-standard weighing system shows the current payload on the display in the operator’s cab and an optional loading light on both sides at the back of the operator’s cab shows the loading level from the outside. To accelerate release of the payload, the inner edges of the trough are tapered, and optional trough heating speeds unloading at low temperatures. During transportation, the long chute at the end of the trough ensures minimal material loss. Trough volume can be increased with the optional tailgate, and tipping bulky material is easy thanks to the large opening width. Even with the tailgate, the overall width of the TA 230 Litronic is still below three metres – this allows the machine to be easily and quickly transported on a low-loader.

Optimal visibility and safety

The newly developed cab provides ideal conditions for safe, comfortable working. Thanks to panoramic windows and short, inclined bonnet, the driver always has an optimal view of the driving, working and articulating area of the machine. A touch display with integrated rear camera increases transparency to the rear and ergonomically arranged control elements in the soundproof cab facilitate intuitive operation. The offset steps and large driver’s door make access to the cab convenient and safe. LED headlights ensure improved safety and visibility – for both the operator and those around. Dippedbeam headlamps with integrated high beam illuminate the road while optional extra high power LEDs will illuminate the entire working area. The new Liebherr also has an optional LED access light, providing extra safety when mounting the cab.

Support systems

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of the trough lifting cylinders can be activated at the touch of a button. The trough lift is limited for working in height-critical areas with the aid of the height limit. The adaptive steering system continuously adapts the ratio of the steering movements to the current speed. This makes possible accurate manoeuvring at both low and high speeds, as well as fewer steering corrections when cornering or taking bends.

Maintenance-friendly machine design

The TA 230 Litronic automatically performs daily checks on itself thanks to advanced sensor technology, checking levels of engine oil, coolant, the central lubrication system. Any deviations are shown on the display in the cab. As a result, daily set-up times are reduced, costs saved and the durability of components extended. The electrohydraulic opening bonnet and integrated, folding ladder with non-slip steps provide easy, safe and clear access to the entire engine compartment. All relevant service points are visible and easily accessible.

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Unloaded weight: 24,600 kg Payload: 28,000 kg Max. trough capacity with tailgate: 18.1 m³ Engine power (ISO 9249): 265 kW / 360 hp Exhaust emissions standard V Max. driving speed: 57 km/h (forward) / 16 km/h (reverse)


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DOOSAN ADDS DX530DM TO DEMOLITION EXCAVATOR RANGE Doosan has expanded the company’s High Reach Demolition Excavator range with the launch of the new top-of-the-range DX530DM model. The third machine in the range, the DX380DM, will be launched in the first half of next year Increased flexibility

Like the Doosan DX235DM demolition excavator, the first model in the range launched earlier in 2020. The DX530DM provides increased flexibility with a modular boom design and hydraulic lock mechanism. This innovative design facilitates an easy change between a demolition boom and an earthmoving boom to accomplish different types of work on the same project using the same machine. The DX530DM also retains a hydraulically adjustable undercarriage, which extends to a maximum width of 4.37 metres to provide optimum stability when working on demolition sites. The width of the undercarriage can be retracted hydraulically to 2.97 metres for transportation of the machine. The adjusting mechanism is based on a permanently lubricated, internal cylinder design that minimises resistance during the movement and helps to prevent damage to the components. The maximum pin height of the demolition boom on the DX530DM is 27.5 metres, compared to 18 metres on the DX235DM. The impressive working range on the DX530DM allows the machine to provide a maximum reach of 16.5 metres with a three-tonne tool. These features are again 62 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

combined on the DX530DM with a high visibility, tiltable cab, particularly suited to high reach demolition applications and offering a 30-degree tilting angle.

Multi-boom design offers three configurations

The multi-boom design allows the earthmoving boom to be mounted in two different ways. Alongside the demolition boom, this provides a total of three configurations for the same base machine. When equipped with the digging boom in the straight configuration, the DX530DM can work to a maximum height of 13.5 metres. Using the digging boom in the alternative bent configuration, the DX530DM can work with an attachment to a maximum height of just over 11 metres. A stand is provided to facilitate the boom changing operation, which is based on quick-change hydraulic and mechanical coupler connections. A cylinder-based system is used to push the locking pins into place to help complete the procedure. On all Doosan demolition excavators, standard safety features include a FOGS cabin guard, safety valves for the boom, intermediate boom and arm cylinders and a stability warning system. demolitionhub.com

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Is using old methods the easy way out?

Old methods feel comfortable and safe, save you hours of research and appear to be less demanding on your budget. After using the same method for years, you know the ins and the outs of the procedure and how to solve problems when they arise. Or is remaining in your comfort zone costing you money? As jobs become more complex and bidding more competitive, could your unwillingness to discard outdated practices be limiting your company’s growth? A simple way of keeping up with new and complex projects is to embrace the change you’ve been resisting and look for new methods or equipment that help get the job done, giving your company the opportunity to grow and expand its services.

For example, a company in Argentina purchased an MB Crusher BF90.3 to recycle stones that it used to discard. By attaching the unit to their Hyundai, they now crush the stones and sell the product to others. A new revenue stream is coming in and the business is growing. Even a system that “has always worked” or “doesn’t require changing” can benefit from embracing an operational change. By installing MB Crusher’s BF90.3 to a Caterpillar 320 excavator, a small mining company in Peru found a way to invest in growth while cutting unnecessary expenses. The company used to sell chalk as it was at a very low price; now it crushes it with the MB mobile crusher and has a high quality aggregate that is highly valuable. This allowed

the company a rapid return on its investment. What is the solution when on a road construction project the cost of purchasing and transporting GSB (Granular Sub Base) fill material isn’t cost-effective? The answer is to manage excavated bedrock using a BF90.3 to reduce it to an appropriate size. Instead of using trucks to dispose of excavated rocks while purchasing and transporting GSB – using an MB mobile crusher on site allows you to produce your own supplies. MB customers are switching from old methods to new by looking at the manufacturer’s range of attachments and purchasing those that provide the most benefits, not only for their current job site, but for future projects as well. From bedrock, to concrete, blue granite and a variety of other applications, MB Crusher’s units make the transition from the old to the new smoother. A simple solution such as using an MB Crusher bucket to process material on site can give you the confidence to take on projects that you wouldn’t have dreamed of before.


CONVEYORS FOR DEMOLITION STRIP-OUT by Amanda Woollaston, Head of Marketing, Coveya

According to recently published figures, 40 per cent of all annual construction projects are for refurbishment and maintenance, with the remaining 60 per cent focused on new build, both housing and commercial. With so many buildings being recommissioned, some with extensive demolition and strip-out giving them a new lease of life; with much recycling in demolition and the wider

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construction industry happening, how can conveyors help? Conveyors can play an important part on demolition sites and there are many benefits to using them; from safely moving soil, rubble, demolition spoils, bagged asbestos and vegetation, to enabling a site to keep on track when there’s a shortage of labour. Conveyors also enable the movement of materials within complex or constrained sites, where heritage facades are a consideration or where public safety is paramount. Conveyors can also be used to move strip-out materials from commercial and other buildings, giving them a new lease of life. With the government now enabling

the change of use of so many redundant city centre offices and shops into affordable and social accommodation, conveyors come into their own. Some contractors will be faced with a difficult challenge – how to move old tiles, floors, panels, carpet and other waste safely and efficiently from a building to a lorry where traffic and people are still driving or walking past the site? Conveyors offer the perfect solution. They can be used at an incline to transport waste into a lorry or skip without impacting too much on the local surroundings and with a continuous and reliable throughput, they keep on going to get the job done. demolitionhub.com

Specialist robotic technology is rapidly becoming the way forward for the demolition industry. Astrak’s DuraLine XD replacement rubber pads for Brokk® robotic demolition equipment have been designed and produced with extreme durability, tough duty cycles and ease of fitting in mind. Every part of these cutting edge machines needs to perform flawlessly, especially when they are pushed to their limits. Settling for anything less than perfection in replacement parts could lead to costly but avoidable downtime.

With multiple belt width and types, they can handle pretty much anything, and with their modular design, they can be configured to take materials floor by floor, saving time and money. They can be installed quickly and operate continuously for as long as they are needed. The list of benefits conveyors bring is extensive but time and cost savings, improving efficiency, safety and productivity are at the top of the list. For contractors planning demolition and refurbishment projects across levels, conveyors offer a practical and more importantly, safe solution, saving time and money and increasing productivity. demolitionhub.com

100 per cent compatible with Brokk® robotic machinery range Available in all styles and sizes to fit the current Brokk® range, the DuraLine XD range is produced from top premium quality abrasion-resistant rubber at Astrak’s specialist manufacturing facilities using state-of-the-art equipment and next-generation quality control processes. Hardware is supplied with each pad to ensure a speedy fit without having to reuse old components. Customers across the UK



are already reporting that these pads are more durable and longer lasting than the current OEM offering. A strong manufacturing legacy These are merely the latest addition to the Astrak stable of market-leading rubber products for construction and earthmoving equipment. Designed in conjunction with leading OEMs and already the first choice for operators across Europe, Astrak’s DuraLine and DuraLine Plus rubber pads for tracked machinery have rewritten the quality standard throughout the construction industry. DuraLine XD for Brokk® robotic demolition machines are a low-risk solution from a partner you can trust.

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The UK demolition industry has taken advantage of the numerous benefits conveyors can bring for many years and with a greater emphasis on safety, efficiency and productivity, they continue to play an important role in moving demolition materials even when the site is complex, with a constrained or challenging access. With many different belt widths

and types available to move a vast range of materials, there are conveyors designed, manufactured, and built with the demolition industry in mind and one of them is the GP750 from Coveya. Coveya operates from its headquarters in Bristol and has over 30 years’ experience of supplying conveyors. With a real commitment to design and

innovation, its conveyors support various applications and industries throughout the UK and globally with a real focus on demolition, excavation and construction. The GP750 is one of the largest conveyors on offer. It is a highperformance system with a wide belt and a 5.5kW heavy-duty motor enabling it to maintain a throughput of up to 300 tonnes per hour, improving site efficiency and safety. The GP750 has been involved in some interesting projects including Canon Street in London, which saw the extensive internal demolition and redevelopment of a building with a listed facade. With little opportunity to enlarge a window opening, the demolition materials were brought down the building through an empty lift shaft that was used as a rubble chute. From there, a skidsteer shovel moved the rubble a short distance from the lift shaft to the conveyor, and the conveyor then sent the rubble via the window out to the lorry. The GP750 is available for both short and long-term hire and can be delivered, installed and maintained by the Coveya team. Coveya is a leading manufacturer and supplier of conveyor systems for demolition and construction. With a free onsite visit, Coveya will overcome project challenges by supplying the most appropriate conveyors for hire and purchase. For more information visit www.coveya.co.uk or call 0800 915 9195.

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JACQUELINE O’DONOVAN, MASTER OF DEMOLITION How will this add value to O’Donovan Waste?

We offer demolition services and have always done so, although some clients do not realise this. I am hoping it will highlight this to both existing and new clients. We strive to be the best at whatever service we offer or supply, and this degree will add to that. It is also a subject close to my heart, as my late father Joe started in demolition before moving into the waste industry.

You left school at 16. Was it a shock to return to formal learning?

You had a successful career, what prompted you to add an academic dimension to your skill set? It was a discussion that came up with several associates in the demolition industry who were talking about the course at Wolverhampton University. This was the first Demolition Management master’s degree in the world. It was a subject I knew about so I thought I would make enquiries. Wolverhampton University were very keen to get me on the course because of my experience, so I took up the challenge. 70 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

It was a massive shock to the system. I didn’t like school to be honest and I couldn’t wait to leave. I have spent years finding the quickest and most efficient ways to achieve what I need to do. As a mature student, I had to go back to writing 3,000 word essays, as opposed to writing my normal three line paragraph. This was challenging, as I was turning 30 years of experience on its head. I think the difference going back to learning this time was my passion for the subject and my knowledge of the sector, which really helped me to grasp the content.

How did you balance life, work and study?

It was more challenging than I would ever have imagined, balancing the workload of the course while running a company and everything that comes with that. The course was based in Wolverhampton so there was a lot of juggling diaries and commuting became a pain at times. I think universities need to appreciate and support mature students with full time jobs, as I found the support lacking. There was no real understanding of what

I did as a day job. This was most frustrating part of the course for me.

How did you get on with the conventions of academia – for example, writing style, formal argument, referencing, and using the resources available for research?

The academic style was a learning curve for me and an interesting one at that. It was often tricky to put my own thoughts and findings into the academic style required without losing my personal style. There was a lot of rearranging paragraphs and modifying. I loved all the research, however.

Did you need to take access courses, and how much support did the university provide, to students in general and in particular mature students?

The university had predominately full-time students in their late teens and early twenties, so they had come directly from one academic environment into another. For mature students coming from the workplace, it was a totally different ball game. The university had little or no understanding for business demands on my time and I found that very challenging. I think the university needs to consider this for the course to grow and be a success. Because I am so used to juggling tasks and work, and as much as I found it challenging, it was something I eventually overcame. However, I think people less used to juggling as much as I do, would struggle to continue, or not take up the course, which would be a massive shame. The camaraderie demolitionhub.com




























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with students on the course itself is fantastic and the stories and discussions about lessons learned over the years was simply amazing to listen to and very educational in itself.

What was your cohort like? Were there other mature students with experience in industry? I was one of two women on the course and there were 12 men – we all had very different roles but were all in the industry. This really added to the lectures, specifically for the demolition course, as it opened the conversation and examples of experience which were immense. The debates were passionate at times to say the least, but very insightful. I also found the differing approaches taken by the various pupils fascinating. For example, if we were in a general lecture with a mixed class of students who had progressed straight from school to university, they had a real sense of bottom-up thinking and methodology. Whereas I found the mature students on my course had been there, seen it and done it so we were looking top-down.

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What advantages did your experience give you over those coming directly from a bachelor’s degree?

bite-sized chunks. This enabled me to have the focus and drive to pick up where I left off.

It was the first ever delivery of the course, so we were all in the same boat. While a couple of students may have found the principles of academia easier, I had the experience and knowledge of the sector and terminology that they would not have had. I think all the people on the inaugural course found it educational in some way or another.

How would a relevant degree on a job applicant’s CV influence you?

What were the most challenging aspects, both of studying in general, and the course in particular?

Why should others who already have experience and a developed career consider adding an academic string to their bow?

Learning the university intranet, where our messages and instructions were posted, was challenging. I found it a nightmare as it was not something that I was familiar with and it was not a system I had needed to know in my business life. Time was a massive challenge too, as running a company with 185 staff is a lot of work and finding the time to study and research, while completing the assignments on top of everything was difficult. I eventually mastered doing the research and work in

It depends on the job, but I have always recruited based on knowledge and experience rather than a qualification. I have a newfound appreciation of the work that goes into achieving a degree though, so it will be something that I will take into account in future.

I think demolition is a sector that badly needed academic recognition. It is a very specialist industry that goes unrecognised and is undervalued in terms of people’s expertise and knowledge, not to mention the technology that is now available and being used in projects. I also see demolition being added to the BIM programme (Building Information Modelling) sooner rather than later, with everyone talking about making sustainable buildings that can be reused or recycled in line with the circular economy. Why it was not added years many ago is beyond me. Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge that this master’s degree brought and the diversification from my everyday job. I love a challenge; I’m not sure I will take quite such a big one on again, but I am not sorry that I did. I recommend the course to anyone in the industry and welcome the professionalism it will bring in time. demolitionhub.com

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WARD WINS METAL RECYCLER OF THE YEAR AT INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS Derbyshire based metal and waste recycling specialist, Ward, has been named as Metal Recycling Business of the Year at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management 2020. The awards, hosted by letsrecycle.com, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, champion innovation, dedication and success across the waste management and recycling sectors. The Metals Recycling Business of the Year category, sponsored by Liebherr Group, recognises the work done by a metals recycling company in providing a thorough and consistent service for customers, while exemplifying ongoing innovation, investment, 74 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

good practice and contributing to a circular economy. Donald Ward, Operations Director at Ward, said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised for such a distinguished award among our industry peers. It is a real team effort and this goes a long way to reward the hard work and dedication by everyone within the Ward business. “This has been a very challenging year for all businesses, but this event demonstrates the resilience of our industry and the continued investment and good practice by all the finalists of the Awards for Excellence during these difficult times. We’d like to thank letsrecycle.com for hosting the

virtual awards and continuing to make events like this possible.” The firm’s growing number of metal and waste processing sites and investment in machinery, plant and equipment at Immingham Dock contributed to the judges’ decision to award it the top prize for metal recycling. The awards, which are one of the most prestigious events in the environmental calendar, are usually held at London’s The Landmark Hotel and allow organisations a unique opportunity to gain industry recognition for their achievements and efforts in recycling, reuse and waste reduction. Although the awards were run on a virtual platform this year, demolitionhub.com

awards the event aimed to recreate an immersive environment that promoted networking and helped recognise the success still happening in the waste and recycling industry. As a multi-award-winning, independent fourth generation family business, Ward strives to be at the forefront of the bulk metal recycling and waste industry. An ISO accredited business, it provides safe, reliable and responsible handling of waste including metals, wood, plastic, soils, aggregates, food, textiles, glass and mixed materials. For more information on Ward’s metal recycling and waste management capabilities visit: www.ward.com. demolitionhub.com

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JACK MOODY GROUP INVESTS IN TEN HITACHI WHEEL LOADERS Following a successful demonstration day at the Renewable Energy Association (REA) event in early March, hosted by Jack Moody Group as part of the REA 25th year Anniversary, the company has invested in ten Hitachi Wheel Loaders including four ZW180-6s, four ZW250-6s and two ZW180-6 high lift machines. Founded in 1963 by Jack Moody, the company has become one of the UK’s leading experts in the landscape construction, maintenance and environment industries. In 2001 Jack Moody Group became the first company in the UK to achieve the BSI PAS 100 standard awarded by the Composting Association (now AFOR), as well as being designated a Best Practice Site by WRAP, a government waste reduction initiative. The Hitachis will be put to work at their multiple treatment sites across the Midlands, including Berkswell, Grendon, Telford and at the company’s head office at Hollybush. The sites specialise in the handling and processing of green waste, producing compost,

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and now also produce woodchip and biomass products. Robert Moody, Managing Director of Jack Moody Group said: “Our reasoning behind our purchase of Hitachi equipment goes back to 2017, where we had a ZW250-6 on demo. We committed to purchasing this machine and it has performed well in the last three years. The backup and service offered by HCMUK is exemplary. “Following a string of six contract wins in as many months, we began the process of reinvesting in our wheel loader fleet. “After performing a tender process during the lockdown period, we obtained multiple packages from

a number of suppliers and Hitachi offered the best deal overall. We have been extremely pleased with the service offered by HCMUK. The ConSite telematics monitoring system offers site managers and directors good visibility of the operations and maintenance of the units.” Mark Turnham, National Director of Sales and Marketing at HCMUK said: “HCMUK is delighted that Jack Moody Group has chosen us to replace its current fleet of frontline equipment. Having purchased their first Hitachi Wheel Loader ZW250-6 in 2017, this investment is testament to the productivity and reliability of our ZW range.”


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GORDON BOW PLANT HIRE INVESTS IN £1M JCB FLEET DEAL A Scottish plant hirer has invested in a fleet of JCB machines worth more than £1 million. Purchased by Broxburn, West Lothian-based Gordon Bow Plant Hire Ltd, the order includes JCB 220X and 140X tracked excavators and JCB Loadalls including the flagship, 20-metre, 540-200 model. The latest arrivals join an impressive fleet that already includes more than 60 JCB machines. Supplied by dealer Scot JCB, the machines will be put to work on new housebuilding, infrastructure, forestry and agricultural projects across Scotland for a range of major customers that Gordon Bow Plant Hire serves on a self-drive or operated basis. Gordon Bow Plant Manager, Jason Taylor, said: “We chose JCB for this order as we have a long history over the years with the products that it manufactures and thanks to the support and back-up that our dealer Scot JCB provides throughout Scotland. We have identified that they are the machines that work best for our business and customers alike.” The JCB 220X, 20-tonne tracked excavator model, is designed to provide maximum operator comfort, durability and reliability in operation. The 540-200 Loadall is JCB’s largest construction telescopic handler, features a five-piece boom giving a 20 metre reach height and boasts 78 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

the JCB hallmarks of unrivalled productivity, efficiency, safety and serviceability as standard. Gordon Bow Plant Hire was established in 1982 by Gordon Bow and is now one of the largest independent plant hire companies in Scotland, with Gordon’s son Graham now at the helm.

The company has an extensive fleet of plant and equipment for hire, which includes tracked and wheeled excavators, JCB Hydradigs, telehandlers and backhoe loaders, dumpers and rollers. Gordon Bow Plant Hire also supplies a wide range of attachments, all in line with the latest standards. demolitionhub.com


COVID 19 – A MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGE by Jacqueline O’Donovan

We are going into month ten of the coronavirus pandemic and if anything, we are in a state of chaos. We are no closer to nearing an end and we certainly do not have a plan or an idea of what the next three or six months will bring. I can sympathise with the government and the huge challenges they are facing in these unprecedented times. The last time there was something similar was the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 where almost quarter of a million people lost their lives in the UK. But those were very different times and people did not travel or meet as much as they do today. Medical science has worked hard to develop a vaccine. However, the full rollout of any vaccine is still a long way off and will only be available to the general public once frontline workers, doctors and nurses etc have their vaccinations first. These will be followed by the vulnerable or those with underlying health conditions. This will be the case on a global level, so we need to be 80 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

prepared and understand that [comprehensive] vaccination is a very long way off. Indeed, we are currently experiencing a huge delay in getting the flu vaccine and that has been around for years. There is another huge crisis imminent and that is the threat posed to people’s mental health. This pandemic is having a devastating effect on those with existing mental health issues. A recent survey from the charity Mind found that 65 per cent of adult participants with a pre-existing mental health problem said it had become worse during lockdown, with this figure jumping to 75 per cent among those aged 13 to 24. These figures do not even take into account those who did not have pre-existing problems and are suffering from challenges brought about by the lockdowns and restrictions that everyone is having to endure. More than one in five (22 per cent) adults who had no previous experience of problems prior to the pandemic now said that their mental health is poor or very poor. Those who were furloughed, changed jobs or lost their job due to coronavirus saw their mental health and wellbeing decline, with three quarters

(73 per cent) reporting lower than average wellbeing. There have also been reports of no access to support from NHS mental health services, with a quarter of those trying to access support unable to get help. The total NHS budget in England for 2018/19 was approximately £129 billion, with around 10 per cent allocated to mental health services. The NHS was already under extreme pressure prior to the pandemic so the urgent need to prepare for the huge surge of mental health requirements is becoming increasingly apparent. We desperately need a joined-up approach with significant investment specifically in mental health services in order to deal with the catastrophe that is coming further down the line. Now is the time for action – for the government to intervene and invest rather than wait for the worst to happen. Planning and organisation are key to mitigating the cost and management of what will clearly be the next pandemic. People are feeling very anxious once again as the news reports continue to hammer home all the negative aspects of the coronavirus statistics, as well reporting all the daily arguments and bickering in parliament. Clear and decisive action needs to be taken and communicated urgently in order to steer this country and its looming healthcare crisis through the uncharted waters we find ourselves in. demolitionhub.com

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THE NEED TO KNOW OF NOISE Roel Van Oirschot of Campbell Associates gives his take on Section 61 applications THE BENEFITS OF A SECTION 61 APPLICATION • • • •

Section 61 is commonly referred to when discussing construction or demolition related noise and vibration pollution impact on the environment. Section 61 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 is referred to when a construction or demolition firm applies to the local authority for consent to carry out works that are likely to have a significant impact on the neighbourhood due to their generation of noise and vibration. Section 61 applications outline the works that are planned to take place, the working hours of the site and a plan to mitigate potential noise and vibration impact by best practical means. Developers should apply for a Section 61 at least 28 days before the intended works are to take place. If they have carried out any works prior to this date, except for any minor preparation, prior consent might not be issued. Section 61 consent demonstrates to the local authority a proactive approach to reducing environmental impact, outlining what methods are in place to minimise disruption to the neighbourhood, thus reducing the number of potentials complaints. Having this consent means a local authority may not need to issue a Section 60 notice and it minimises the likelihood of the contractor’s work being stopped, as 82 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Reduced environmental impact Consideration plans in place to help protect the community and reduce the number of complaints Can protect you from further legal action – Section 61 can be used in an appeal against a noise abatement notice Evidences that the developer has considered the environment and has set out to reduce environmental impact (by best means practical) Reduced risk of costly delays and penalties. A great tool to support your Section 61 application with regards to noise would be the use of noise prediction software.

a mitigation plan is already in place. Using Datakustik CadnaA noise modelling software it is possible to predict noise levels at sensitive buildings and receptors. CadnaA allows the integration of Google maps, open street maps and imported drawings to map terrains and model machinery, barriers and buildings. Once a CadnaA map is created it is possible to model different phases of a project to identify potential noise issues. Acoustic barriers can be applied to quickly show the difference they make. With 3D and animation, it is a

great presentation and reporting tool. Campbell Associates runs dedicated training for using CadnaA and BS5228-1 construction noise. Please contact us if you would like to attend any upcoming sessions. Campbell Associates is a supplier of construction equipment and has been a member of the NFDC for several years, during which time it has enjoyed learning more about the demolition industry. Roel van Oirschot has been with Campbell Associates for more than five years and is the company’s expert NVD engineer.


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“CONNECTING CONSTRUCTION...” THE PROPERTY CIGAR CLUB ANNOUNCES STEPHEN HENDRY MBE AS GLOBAL BRAND AMBASSADOR With the recent rise in communities coming together, The Property Cigar Club has defined the community with its supporting pillars “Cigars & Lifestyle” which is a new and innovative approach to your typical private member’s clubs, where you’re expected to pay for access to the venue, with no added value involved. Our unique business model gives back to our members through products, services, and benefits while maintaining a niche community with high calibre individuals among our member base. The Property Cigar Club is the ultimate community for property & construction professionals, where similar minds can meet and friendships formed, as we bring people together with a shared passion for highquality Cigars and Lifestyle.

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7 Time World Snooker Champion Stephen Hendry MBE has been named the official Global Brand Ambassador for The Property Cigar Club. Stephen Hendry will begin his role on behalf of The Property Cigar Club across all media platforms as of today.


“​I am thrilled to partner with The Property Cigar Club. We share a passion around cigars, community and lifestyle and it instantly felt like a great brand fit”. “I am particularly excited about the long term plans to collaborate on future Property Cigar Clubs to include a Snooker room. I have always had a vision to create an environment that both combined the traditional values of Snooker with a more modern look and feel. The opportunity to bring this vision to life is exciting. I look forward to sharing my passion for Cigars, Whisky and Snooker alongside great company with the Property Cigar Club members” demolitionhub.com


Stephen Hendry MBE is a Scottish professional snooker player and a commentator for the BBC and ITV. As a seventime World Champion, he is the most successful player in the modern era of the World Snooker Championship and holds the record for the most seasons as world number one (nine seasons). His first world title in 1990, at the age of 21, made him the youngest-ever World Champion, a record that he still holds. Hendry also won six Masters titles (including five consecutively), and five UK Championship titles. One of only three players to have won all three Triple Crown events in a single season, Hendry is the only player to have achieved the feat twice, in the 1989–90 and 1995– 96 seasons. A prolific break builder, Hendry has recorded a total of 775 career century breaks and made 11 officially recognised maximum breaks in demolitionhub.com

professional competition. He was awarded an MBE in 1994 and voted BBC Scotland’s Sports Personality of the Year in 1987 and 1996. In May 2012, after featuring in his 27th consecutive World Championship, he announced his retirement from the game, bringing to an end his record 23 consecutive seasons in the top 16 of the world rankings. In September 2020, it was announced that Hendry would come out of retirement after having been given an invitational tour card for the next two seasons.


We thought long and hard on who we would officially announce as the Global Brand Ambassador for our brand. After finding out Stephen Hendry was a passionate Cigar Smoker and discovering his vision for the future, we felt Stephen was the right person to lead our brand through our global vision. Stephen is a remarkable personality and we know he’s only going to continue to rise to new heights with his return to the game of snooker. We welcome him to The Property Cigar Club family and look forward to exciting times ahead. Emre Gürler & Hilmi Osman DemolitionHUB Magazine | 85

No1 Site Manager, super-prime residential refurb/fit-out – Holland Park, London W8 Start December 2020 £25m turnover contractor, working on complex and challenging residential refurbishment contracts requires experienced Site Manager to manage refurbishment, new basement and complete fit-out to a super prime finish, on a single dwelling in Holland Park.

Health and Safety Professional – Harrow, London Experienced health and safety professional to work across variety of sectors from construction to leisure, engineering and retail. Responsibilities: • Providing health, safety and environmental services, carrying out key health and safety inspections and audits of sites • Writing effective reports highlighting areas of concern • Assisting customers in generating documents such as method statements, risk and COSHH assessments • Attending safety meetings with and on behalf of customers • Training customers in safety, health and environmental matters Essential qualifications/memberships: • NEBOSH Construction Certificate At least one of the following: • NEBOSH Fire Certificate • NEBOSH General Certificate / Level 3 in Health and Safety • Technical Membership of IOSH (Tech IOSH) working towards Graduate Membership (Grad IOSH) Desirable: • NEBOSH Diploma Level 6, NVQ 4/5 in Occupational Safety • Degree or equivalent NEBOSH Fire Safety Management • NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate or equivalent • Membership of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and/ or Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) or similar Scaffold Inspection Certificate • CSCS Card. Experience: • Construction/manufacturing/engineering experience highly desirable • Knowledge of fire safety management and fire risk assessment advantageous £32,000 – £45,000

Interior demolition is complete; facade retention underway; currently working on basement; fitout starts in approx. 6/7 months. Two years of project remaining. Site manager will have support of visiting contracts manager. Expectations: · • Proactive approach and ability to take full autonomy as the No1 on site • Attention to detail • Absolute commitment • Recent experience of prime central London refurbishment/fit-out projects • Successful delivery on similar super prime London residential projects as a No1 Site Manager • £58,000 – £65,000

CSCS Labourer – Derby, Derbyshire, DE24 Labourer required for immediate start. All applicants must have CSCS card. Demolition experience would be an advantage. Project duration two to three weeks.

Plant and Operations Manager/ Engineer – Remote working Full time Plant Technician Engineer Plant Operations Manager Gnat UK is looking for a full time Plant Technician Engineer/Manager to manage and oversee its extensive plant, depots and operational machinery. Essential skills and experience: • Managerial skills and hands-on experience • Clean driving licence • Willingness to travel nationwide and in mainland Europe

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Demolition Hub Magazine - December 2020  

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