Demolition Hub Magazine - August 2022

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HUB MAGAZINE August 2022 | Issue #12

DEMOLITION DISCUSSION With Adrian Corrigan of GBM Demolition





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Welcome to our two-year anniversary edition. After 12 bimonthly issues, two end of year Demolition Directories and on the cusp of our fourth annual British Demolition Awards (2 September), we have packed an awful lot in since September 2020. It has been another busy couple of months between issues. We’ve been on site four times, meeting industry service providers at Hillhead, attending Husqvarna’s showcase of its DXR range of demolition robots and looking around decontamination experts Thermac’s HQ in Leeds, exploring its range of mobile contamination units; not to mention two episodes of our Talking Pints in-person pub interviews. I even found enough time to have a relaxed catch up with current NFDC President William Crooks after his visit to Paris and the EDA Convention. This month begins our working agreement with the National Demolition Association, which alongside our partnership with the EDA, will further push our coverage of the global demolition industry and international presence. I want to take this opportunity to thank both NDA President Scott Homrich and CEO Jeff Lambert for entrusting us as a quality medium to promote demolition from North America and for them hosting me in San Diego earlier this year at the NDA convention. We are delighted to feature Adrian Corrigan the Divisional Director from GBM Demolition and Chairman of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors for the Midlands and Welsh Region as the subject of the DEMOLITION DISCUSSION. See you in Leicester,

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Välkommen till London – O’Donovan acquired by Swedish waste giant, Sortera Cawarden wins family business award Erith director appointed to City skills taskforce EDGE Innovate appoints Red Knight 6 as exclusive dealer for England and Wales Collard Group makes strategic acquisition Competition and Markets Authority investigation: Demolition Hub’s stance RYE Demolition wins second environmental award of 2022 Warwick Ward wins Keestrack dealership for Scotland, in addition to England and Wales



All the news from the EDA’s Annual Convention in Paris Preparation begins for EDA Yearbook 2022 All set for EDA Think Tank 2022 – End-of-life of industrial facilities Purkupäivä 2022 – Finnish Demolition Day 2022 on 8 September



Paul Argent visits SJ Walchester Ltd




With Adrian Corrigan, Divisional Director of GBM Demolition



Ward Recycling by Paul Argent


HILLHEAD Q/A REVIEW Steve Peterson of Agg Pro Gary Vernon of Warwick Ward



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Ben Chambers previews the British Demolition Awards and British Asbestos Awards 2022 Registration open for Contamination and Geotech Expo 2022



RYE Demolition’s Ben Griffiths answers questions on complex large-scale shopping centre demolition in busy high street environment



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Q/A with Emma Attwood of Cawarden and Nottingham Trent University Productivity Through Innovation placement student, Moira Barcenilla



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Välkommen till London Swedish company Sortera is launching into the UK waste sector with its acquisition of O’Donovan Waste Disposal. The acquisition is part of Sortera’s strategy for continued growth and expansion in the UK and beyond. The O’Donovan directors and management team are remaining in situ and are excited about future opportunities in tandem with their European colleagues. Jacqueline O’Donovan, Managing Director of O’Donovan Waste said: “It is a hugely exciting time for the business and also for the staff. Together, we will be able to implement our Net Zero pledge, bringing different, alternative, greener initiatives to the market quicker, which will assist our clients in reaching their ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) objectives. The transaction has already created new roles within the business and we are keen to get like-minded

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people to join the team so we can work together to achieve our shared goals.” Sebastian Wessman, CEO of Sortera, said: “We are very happy to now join forces with O’Donovan. It is evident that they have carried out exemplar work to become one of the leading and most prominent

construction and demolition recyclers in London and the southeast. O’Donovan has a really strong customer focus and their systematic work with environment and health and safety has resulted in numerous prestigious awards, as well as a strong reputation among both customers and employees.”

Cawarden wins family business award Derby-based Specialist Contractor, Cawarden, has received a major award at an awards ceremony that celebrates the UK family business sector. The company was announced as the Midlands and Central Family Business of the Year by Rob Davies, Senior Affiliate at Banyan Global. It was also runnerup in the Property and Construction Family Business of the Year and Midlands and Central People’s Choice Family Business of the Year. The awards took place in an online premiere airing on YouTube, which brought the British family business community together to celebrate the very best of the sector. Businesses were judged against criteria including the roles family members play in the day-to-day running of the business, family values and the positive impact delivered to the

wider community through philanthropic activities. Cawarden Managing Director William Crooks said: “It’s fantastic to be chosen as the Midlands and Central Family Business of the Year winner as well as being a runner-up in two other categories. It means so much to my whole family and the wider Cawarden Family. We hope our family business serves as an inspiration to other family businesses out there. “This award is a testament to everyone’s hard work and I’m delighted by our success. We will be able to look back on this achievement with immense pride and it will form a wonderful milestone in our rich heritage, which all started from very humble beginnings. A huge thank you and well done to the entire Cawarden team – our award success would not have been possible without you.”


NEWS Erith director appointed to City skills taskforce Erith’s Operations Director, Stuart Accleton, has been appointed as an Associate Member for the City of London Corporation’s Skills for a Sustainable Skyline Taskforce. The taskforce formally launched on 5 July with an inaugural meeting bringing together 15 senior industry leaders and 72 sustainability experts. The taskforce has been set up to understand skills gaps, the business case for investment in skills, and qualification and training gaps in the industry. It is then tasked with delivering a workforce engagement campaign to encourage those already working in the built environment sector to upskill and re-skill with green skills. It will also look to attract diverse new entrants into the sector from schools, colleges and universities and supports Erith and the City of London’s commitment to net-zero carbon emissions.

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EDGE Innovate appoints RK6 as new dealer

EDGE Innovate, manufacturer of leading equipment for the recycling, material handling and quarrying industries, has appointed Red Knight 6 Ltd (RK6) as its exclusive distributor for England and Wales with immediate effect. Northern Ireland based EDGE Innovate designs and distributes a range of shredders, trommels and stackers around the world and has appointed RK6 with a view to replicating its international success in the UK. RK6 is a distributor of world leading crushing, screening and recycling equipment for the quarrying, demolition and waste recycling industries throughout the UK and Ireland and currently partners with Rubble Master, Komplet

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and MDS, among others. Tom Connolly, EDGE Innovate, Territory Sales Manager, said: “We have been looking for a partner that will work with us on a long term basis and help drive greater sales throughout the UK. The experience RK6 has and the way they want to work with their partners fits perfectly with what we are looking for to grow our UK business.” Paul Donnelly, Managing Director of RK6, said: “The EDGE Innovate product range complements the brands we already work with perfectly. We recognise the opportunity for EDGE Innovate in the UK is a huge one and we look forward to delivering similar success to that already seen by our other partners. We can’t wait to get started.”

Collard Group goes for growth In Collard Group’s latest strategic acquisition, it welcomed Amiante STR to the group in June. Amiante STR, based near Portsmouth, provides a full range of asbestos management services nationwide, from asbestos surveying to licensed and non-licensed asbestos removal and disposal. The acquisition brings additional expertise to Collard’s contracting division, which undertakes demolition and earthworks projects nationwide, including site clearance, structural and high reach demolition, soft strip, remediation and much more. This follows Collard Group’s acquisition of Raymond Brown Waste Solutions in 2019 and M Collard Waste Disposal in 2016. In other corporate news, the group recently welcomed Paul Beardall to its team as HSQE Director. This is a key appointment and underlines the group’s commitment to health, safety, quality and environment, growing its ability to deliver industry leading services to its clients. Paul is a chartered professional having worked in the utilities, construction and quarrying industries and he brings valuable knowledge and experience to this role.


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Competition and Markets Authority investigation: our stance by Ben Chambers

The news dominating the UK demolition industry over the past few weeks has been the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation into anti-competitive practices, in which eight of the UK’s leading demolition contractors admitted bid rigging and collusion, in breach of competition laws. You can read about the CMA’s provisional conclusions on the website. Search demolition from the following page: news. We also offer the verbatim press release in print (opposite) as an objective statement of where things currently stand. We have remained silent thus far. It’s true, many of the eight (and a further two appealing) are friends of ours. We feature many of them in Demolition Hub magazine and on; many of them have invited us on site visits; we get advertising revenue from some and have shared a drink at previous British Demolition Awards dos. In no way should or would we want to shy away from the troubling revelations, but on the flipside, we would not want

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to revel in the matter either. Therefore, since news of the CMA’s investigations hit our desks on that Friday morning in June, my team and I have been considering how best to balance reporting integrity with our stated aim of giving a positive voice to those in the demolition industry. We have approached some of the named eight (so far) and it is looking likely that we will be doing a special edition of Demolition Hub with the aim of giving an informed account from the CMA, “the named eight” and possibly the NFDC. The direction this may take us in is yet to be fully determined, with a few more of the details to iron out. If nothing else, it will serve as useful printed reportage on what happened, with facts from the CMA as well as an understanding from the firms as to how this happened. I have also extended an invite to the NFDC as well to contribute. We are fully aware of the non-disclosure agreements in place and that the CMA’s findings are provisional. For that reason, we will not be reporting any further at this time.

news CMA provisionally finds illegal cartels in construction industry Published: 24 June 2022 The CMA has provisionally found that 10 construction firms illegally colluded to rig bids for demolition and asbestos removal contracts • • •

Bid rigging conduct relates to 19 contracts worth over £150 million Eight of the firms involved admit participation Met Police Training College, Selfridges and Oxford University among those affected

Following an investigation launched in 2019, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally concluded that the firms colluded on prices through illegal cartel agreements when submitting bids in competitive tenders for contracts. These bids were rigged with the deliberate intention of deceiving the customer that they were competitive when that was not the case. The bids were rigged by one or more construction firms which agreed to submit bids that were deliberately priced to lose the tender. This practice, known

as ‘cover bidding’, can result in customers paying higher prices or receiving lower quality services. The CMA is proposing to impose fines on the businesses concerned if it reaches a final decision confirming that they have broken the law. In addition, the CMA has provisionally found that seven of the firms, on at least one occasion each, were involved in arrangements by which the designated “losers” of the contracts were set to be compensated by the winner. The value of this compensation varied but was higher than £500,000 in one instance. Some firms produced false invoices in an attempt to hide this part of the illegal behaviour. The CMA has provisionally found that the collusion affected 19 contracts for demolition work in London and the Midlands, including contracts for the development of Bow Street’s Magistrates Court and Police Station, the Metropolitan Police training centre, Selfridges, Oxford University, shopping centres in Reading and Taplow, and offices on the Southbank [sic], London. Not all of the firms were involved in colluding in each of these contracts, and not every contractor who submitted a bid for these contracts was involved in the illegal collusion. Eight of the firms have admitted

their involvement in at least one instance of bid rigging between January 2013 and June 2018: Brown and Mason, Cantillon, Clifford Devlin, DSM, J F Hunt, Keltbray, McGee, and Scudder. Two other firms, Erith and Squibb, have not admitted their involvement in any bid rigging and it should not be assumed that they have broken the law. Michael Grenfell, the CMA’s Executive Director for Enforcement, said: “The construction sector is hugely important to Britain’s economic wellbeing. Bid rigging can result in worse deals, which can leave businesses – and sometimes taxpayers – out of pocket. “This is unacceptable, and the CMA won’t hesitate to come down hard on these activities and impose appropriate fines.” The CMA’s findings are provisional, and it should not be assumed that any company has broken the law at this stage. The final total of any fines to be paid will also be determined at the end of the investigation. The CMA’s “Cheating or Competing” campaign has advice for businesses to help them spot, report and deter illegal anti-competitive practices such as market sharing, fixing prices and bid-rigging.

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pay tribute to innovation and progression in key areas of the industry. RYE Demolition was presented RYE Demolition was awarded the with the Best Green Initiative award Best Green Initiative Award at the in recognition of its outstanding inaugural Hill Supply Chain Awards in commitment to improving its London on 23 June 2022. environmental impact. RYE is the The event was organised by first SME demolition firm to make housing developer The Hill Group the wholesale switch to HVO and to recognise the outstanding is supporting other companies in achievements and resilience of their making the switch. suppliers over recent years and Having converted its entire fleet of site plant and machinery from diesel to HVO, RYE has committed to moving all of its road vehicles away from diesel with the purchase of Left to right: Greg Hill, Deputy Chief Executive at Hill Group; Sam Barlow, 600,000 l of Project Director at RYE Demolition; Ben Griffiths, Health, Safety and HVO fuel over Environmental Director at RYE Demolition; comedian Rob Beckett, awards host the next year,

RYE Demolition wins second environmental award of 2022

Warwick Ward, already Keestrack dealer for England and Wales since 2019, has been awarded the Keestrack dealership in Scotland. Frederik Hoogendoorn, CEO of Keestrak, said: “Due to their success in a highly competitive market in England and Wales, Warwick Ward was the obvious choice. Warwick Ward have the drive and professionalism to bring the highly efficient and innovative Keestrack equipment to market. Backed up with great after sales service and spare and wear parts. This was the reason they received the Most Improved Dealer of 2021.” Ashley Ward, Joint MD of Warwick Ward said: “We see the features and benefits of the Keestrack mobile crushers and screeners as a unique selling point as their drive systems

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thereby eliminating in the region of 1,700 t of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). In addition to the switch to HVO, RYE Demolition has committed to a “Sustainable Standard” framework that challenges it to make a positive impact wherever it works using five key pillars: Health and Safety, Environmental, Quality, People and Community. This has seen it undertake a range of initiatives including carbon audits, ongoing investment in modern plant, machinery, technology, and staff training, as well as community engagement and charity work. Simon Barlow, Managing Director of RYE Group said: “We are delighted to be presented with this award. It is our second environmental award of the year and validates the huge effort and investment we are making to improve our sustainability credentials. “To be recognised by a supplier is, in many ways, even more satisfying than receiving an industry award because it proves that our work is making a difference to the clients and communities we serve.”

Warwick Ward new Keestrack dealer for Scotland and design of their equipment ensure the lowest costs per produced tonne at the end user. Whether customers chose the electric plug-in e-drive, with an onboard diesel/gen set as backup, or the conventional diesel/ hydraulic drive system, either Ashley Ward, joint managing director of Warwick Ward, seals way they know they have the deal with Frederik Hoogendoorn, CEO of Keestrack chosen the most energy efficient mobile equipment on the can provide and support the full market. Advising our customer on range of crushing and screening which drive systems and which equipment from Keestrack, including options to choose is the task of our jaw, impact and cone crushers and highly trained salesmen.” scalper and classifier screeners, all in Warwick Ward (machinery) Ltd. stock and ready for delivery.

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All set for EDA Think Tank 2022 – Endof-life of industrial facilities Once again, the EDA is organising the Think Tank 2022, which will take place online on 5 October. This year it will be titled End-of-life of industrial facilities. In this meeting, we will have the opportunity to get together and meet other professionals. This is the continuation of great achievements in past meetings. There will also be several presentations by EDA members on decommissioning and demolition of industrial facilities. The roundtables with facility owners and practical examples to show them how we can help them when the end-of-life of their facilities arrives.

Purkupäivä 2022 – Finnish Demolition Day 2022 on 8 September Demolition Day 2022 is the main event in the demolition industry organised by FDA, the Finnish Demolition Association. The event will be held at Lahti Sibelius Hall on Thursday 8 September 2022 from 12:30 to 5pm. Among the programme of events and talks on offer is EDA Secretary General, José Blanco to speak on the future of the demolition sector in Europe. Demolition Day 2022 will feature a demolition project of the year award ceremony. 14 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Great success at EDA Annual Convention The 2022 EDA Annual Convention took place from 9 to 11 June, in collaboration with SEDDRe, the French association, and the European Decontamination Institute, with The Eiffel Tower one of the chosen venues. On Thursday and Friday there were several conferences and networking activities at the Pavilion Dauphine Saint Clair, a luminous 19th-century palace in Paris. During the professional programme, 15 conferences discussed demolition, decontamination, and recycling. Topics on the agenda included the challenges of explosive demolition, decontamination of hazardous substances, and the contribution of recycling to a circular construction branch. Nathanaël Cornet-Philippe of the EDA and Fulvia Raffaelli from the European Commission

discussed the circular economy and EU policies for achieving a circular ecosystem in the construction / demolition industry. This can be seen on the EDA youtube channel. Special mention must go to the Gala Dinner, at which the ceremony for the change of the EDA President and the new members of the Club of Honor took place. The event was held at the breathtaking Eiffel Tower and with live music and a delicious menu, no detail was missed. With the handover from Francisco Cobo to Stefano Panseri a new stage begins for the association. For those of you who came, and for those who were unable to attend this year, we look forward to seeing you at the next EDA convention, taking place in Amsterdam from 15-17 June 2023.

EDA begins to prepare contents of EDA Yearbook 2022 Having published the technical guides about attachments, carriers and couplers for demolition and recycling, the EDA has now created a new working group specifically for high-reach demolition. This group started a few months ago and the Technical Coordinator is Stefano Panseri, the same person who led the group that created the EDA High Reach Guidelines, published

almost 12 years ago. All those contractors, engineering companies and manufacturers who would like to participate in the update of this guide, can apply to join through the Secretariat or by going to the following site: groups/participate Join us to create reference documentation for the demolition industry.

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SJ Walchester by Paul Argent

Stoke on Trent based demolition specialist SJ Walchester LTD has recently completed a full demolition and site clearance project in the heart of Birmingham for client DB Remediation 16 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

The project at Orphanage Road, Erdington was formerly a large industrial and retail site containing storage facilities and associated office accommodation along with small retail units. The redundant site was surrounded by a mixture of residential properties, businesses, a leisure centre and school, all of which identified issues while undertaking the demolition works. Close cooperation and communication between the team kept local residents and businesses

informed of working times and deliveries so as to impact as lightly as possible on the community. The first phase of the project was the removal and disposal of the non-licensed asbestos roof sheets covering some of the buildings. Using its own team of fully qualified asbestos removal operatives, the sheets were safely and carefully removed and disposed of accordingly. The asbestos teams were then on hand to assist on the internal strip out operations.

case study As you can imagine, the variety of buildings on the site threw up a wide range of waste and through a detailed waste management plan, the material was segregated on site either by hand or using mechanical means before being removed to the relevant waste disposal points. The large number of skips and bulkers leaving the site on a regular basis called for a detailed traffic plan to be drawn up so as to avoid busy periods around the site such as school opening and closing times.

Following the successful strip out works, the phased demolition operations commenced. SJ Walchester has an impressive in-house fleet of plant and machinery capable of undertaking almost any demolition and remediation project it is presented with. One of the latest additions to the ever-growing fleet was mobilised to undertake the bulk of the demolition works on this project. The new Doosan DX300 with Rotar selector grab worked alongside a 70-t Volvo EC700C with multi-processor attachment to bring the smaller buildings down to the ground, sort the materials from the steel frames and preprocess the brick and concrete. The company brought in its Komatsu high reach machine to tackle one of the taller buildings safely before the Volvo, Doosan and a smaller Volvo excavator took care of the final material processing works.

During the whole demolition phase the company ensured dust was kept at bay thanks to a series of high-power Dehaco water cannons, providing a constant mist of water over the working zones. The Dehaco cannons are seen as an ideal solution to keeping dust down as they only require a water source. The fully road compliant trailers they are mounted on carry a silenced diesel engine and allow them to be relocated around the site within minutes. With the buildings cleared, the team was able to focus on the remediation of the entire site. Removal of footings, drainage and other below ground obstructions was undertaken along with an archaeological relic dig across the site. Once this was completed the entire site was excavated down to a metre, removing further contaminated material and historical fuel and waste tanks. This process was undertaken by the SJ Walchester team in partnership with DB Remediation. Any materials arising from the demolition works were either taken away for recycling or, in the case of masonry, processed on site with a Sandvik jaw crusher to a certified 6f2 material, which will be used to build piling mats during the ongoing development operations. While demolition contractors across the country understand DemolitionHUB Magazine | 17

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and deliver methods of dealing with noise, vibration, and dust pollution, the team was also faced with the adjacent school undertaking GCSE exams during the time the company was on site undertaking some of the potentially disruptive works. SJ Walchester’s Health and Safety Manager, Kirsty Walchester explained: “We sat down with the school at an early stage to listen to their issues over noise and the examination times. To remove any disruptive, noisy works during the days where the school held speaking and listening examinations, we looked at our programme of works and took into account these highly sensitive times altering our on-site working patterns to suit.”

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JUST DESSERTS: GBM Demolition reduces the British Sugar HQ in Peterborough

DEMOLITION DISCUSSION Interviewee: Adrian Corrigan Role: Divisional Director Company: GBM Demolition Having been brought up in a family business where civil engineering was the focus, my natural career path following A Levels led to me to train as a Quantity Surveyor on a five-year part-time degree programme, while working for a large regional building contractor. Shortly after gaining my degree and chartership with the 20 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, I found pastures new in the form of a major national contractor with a seven-figure turnover. Around five years into this career progressing from Senior QS to Area QS, I found myself wanting to focus my attention on a particular area of interest for me – demolition! That was 23 years ago and I have no regrets.



How has your career developed to where you are now? Were there any particular milestones? My career in the demolition industry was cemented when I was fortunate enough to become involved in GBM Demolition, a young, hungry, forward-thinking business where like-minded individuals could demonstrate a new way of approaching and therefore succeeding in all types of demolition works.



How did you start out in the industry, what attracted you to it? I was asked by a local demolition contractor whom I employed on various previous projects if I was interested in carrying out some tendering for them. I saw it as an opportunity to get an insight into the industry and to be honest, an additional income. I juggled my then day job as an Area QS with the demands of an extremely busy demolition business for around 18 months before I jumped ship and went feet first into the industry.

How has GBM Demolition evolved? The GBM acronym originated from Grantham Brothers Muck-away, set up by Simon and Andrew Grantham some thirty-plus years ago. When I joined, the business was already involved in demolition and had a skip business in Louth. Over the years we have grown it to include a second skip yard in Lincoln, a limestone quarry in South Thoresby, an aggregates processing facility at Tudworth and of course we now work on a fully national basis in the demolition division, delivering projects worth up to £3m.


Tell us about your team and the GBM working culture GBM’s success is wholly down to team work and a strong desire to ensure personnel are trained to the highest standards. This not only opens doors with new and existing clients, but ensures our people are confident and comfortable in the roles we ask them to carry

out. Dialogue and communication between senior management and the site teams is encouraged and everyone is happy to step in or step up, at all levels of the business.


What kind of projects does GBM work on most frequently, and/or how broad is the range? We find the majority of our current demolition projects are in the schools, prisons and hospitals sector, but we work on all types of structures and facilities including bridges, multi-storey car-parks, supermarkets, military installations, chemical works, power stations etc.


What are the standout projects from GBM’s history? Every couple of years or so a project comes along that really engages us technically and keeps us on our toes. One example would be the Huntsman-Tioxide project in Grimsby which included 22,000 t of ferrous metals recovery, very involved asbestos abatement, ecology challenges, blasting of the main boiler house and 100 m stack and treatment of NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material). The project ran for in excess of 12 months and because we had a stake in the land-ownership, we experienced the utopia of truly working for one’s self.


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ask for the previous site manager or contracts manager to look after their next project. Repeat business is a massive yardstick for us, so its very encouraging when all our clients who move from project to project invite us back for a second, third and even twentieth time.


How do you gain business and spread the word about your services? While a good proportion of our work comes from repeat business we have an excellent marketing team who chase down even the slightest hint of a job opportunity. We are members of most of the major procurement portals, scan planning applications for suitable opportunities and promote ourselves through all social media channels including LinkedIn.


Tell us about any apprenticeships or trainee schemes GBM has All personnel are enrolled on a training programme from the outset of their employment with GBM and close liaison is kept with the NDTG to ensure the relevant courses are offered at the right time. I actively encourage all of our senior managers to achieve and maintain the highest levels of training, as this demonstrates to potential clients our professionalism and dedication. This extends to our QSHE Manager who recently achieved his black CCDO Demolition Manager card.

Q BIG BANGER: GBM’s Volvo makes light work of the former Sainsbury’s sausage factory, Rennie House in Blackfriars, London

What about the availability of labour, experienced and inexperienced? Since Brexit and the COVID pandemic, we have seen the availability of quality trained labour fall away. We, as an industry, urgently need to remedy this situation and as part of my role as NFDC Midlands and Welsh Regional Chairman, I’m constantly pushing members and

TIME’S UP: Peterborough’s British Sugar HQ meets a sticky end

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all stakeholders to come up with a strategy to improve the situation. It’s not just about the hourly rate. We need to be able to demonstrate that the industry is stable and can offer a long-term, rewarding career.


Do you undertake any ongoing training or Continuous Professional Development? How does this affect your offer? I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Demolition Engineers, both of which require Continuing Professional Development to be recorded annually. I find this relatively easy to achieve, as we are constantly arranging new and refresher training courses for all staff. I recently refreshed my own black CCDO Demolition Manager qualification, so all of those hours count as CPD. I find clients really appreciate we have pushed ourselves forward in being as well qualified as possible, giving them the confidence that we can do the job in a safe and professional way.


What measures is GBM taking in regard to the climate crisis and sustainability? We’ve recently developed a mantra at GBM – “Sustainability, sustainability, sustainability”. We don’t consider it to be the next new thing or a buzz word. We fundamentally believe, if we don’t do something about it now, how will we explain ourselves to our grandchildren. Although our business and our industry have been leaders in the recycling realm for many years, there is still a great more we can do. Switching from standard diesel to other forms of fuel such as HVO or GTL is very high on our agenda and we wait with bated breath for their availability to increase to levels whereby all users have the option. The race to zero is real for us and to this end we have joined the SME Climate Hub and committed to the Climate Pledge. This is why our new strapline is GBM Demolition – Clearing the way to NET ZERO.

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ALL HAIL THE QUEEN: GBM demolishes an entire quay at HMNB Portsmouth for BAE Systems in preparation for the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier

encouragement. If the opportunity for progression presented, I would certainly consider it.


Tell us about any other engagement GBM has in the community We take our community engagement at GBM very seriously. Fifteen years ago, we set up The Pink Skip Co in Louth whereby £5 from every skip ordered is donated to the local breast cancer care charity, The Pink Rose Fund. We also sponsor various junior sports teams and have just signed a large sponsorship deal with Lincoln City FC for naming rights for the old Lincolnshire Co-op stand. 24 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Tell us about your involvement in the NFDC After around twenty years of attending regional meetings and AGMs, I’m very proud to be the current Chairman of the Midlands and Welsh Region of the NFDC. I have always held the NFDC in the highest regard as it really does strive to improve the safety and working practices of its members. I always knew there must have been much work required behind the scenes, but it was not until now that I am on the National Council I appreciate just how much. My friend and business competitor, the current 2nd Vice President John Lynch thought I might have what it takes to do the job and I’m grateful to him for the


What are the biggest technological developments you have seen in the industry? The ever-advancing technology in plant and machinery is truly amazing. Higher-reaching, more efficient, risk-reducing developments most certainly are the way forward. Taking the person out of the situation and replacing him or her with a machine that cannot get hurt has to be the continued aim of all manufacturers. It’s not that many years ago that we were still banging pins into attachments and now the range of quick-couplers available is vast.


Do you have any notable projects in progress or in planning? There are numerous large and interesting projects in the pipeline, which seem more and more to be


QUICKFIRE Who is your favourite artist? I’m a big fan of the mafioso/gangster genre of cinema, and the late Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro are my favourite actors. under non-disclosure agreements. However, look out for us on recently secured projects on Whitehaven Hospital for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and in South West London for Barratt Homes London.


How do you envisage GBM in five to 10 years? My fellow board members and I are not averse to growth, but we want it to be organic, progressive and manageable. We are satisfied with where the company currently stands and do not want growth for growth’s sake. Above all margin levels must be protected and new more efficient ways of working must be our focus.


And what about you in a few years? At 51 I still consider myself young and I hope I can continue for many more years in the industry that has given me a fantastic living from doing what I love. D

Who do you most admire? The former Irish Rugby Union Captain Brian O’Driscoll. One of the greatest players of all time, a thoroughly decent man and a great role model for the younger generation. What do you do for fun? I love Rugby Union, attending and sponsoring our local club and travelling around Europe to watch it. What gets you out of bed in the morning? The chase of winning the next big job and working with some great people. When and where are you happiest? I’m lucky enough to still have my parents, so with them in our house in the West of Ireland, with my wife, my daughter and my son, watching the moon rise over Clew Bay. It’s the only place in the world where my shoulders really do drop. What would you do for a company excursion/treat, money no object? Revisit the Monaco Grand Prix (above) with the whole GBM team. Start line seating, Café de Paris and Casino de Monte-Carlo.

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Ward Recycling by Paul Argent

One of the UK’s premier suppliers of waste management services to the demolition industry, Ward Recycling, has recently been on the acquisition trail to both increase its reach across the country and to offer additional capacity to its on-site operations. Ward was established in 1940, specialising in the recycling of ferrous metals in Woodville near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. With the company gaining ISO9001 quality accreditation in 1990, the directors realised the potential to develop and grow Ward Recycling by responding to the waste management needs of modern business and industry. Expansion during the following years saw the company move into its second location, a 10-acre site at Ilkeston in Derbyshire. This 26 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

expansion in developing the site represented a huge £5m investment. Buoyed by the increase in business being generated, further expansion came shortly after with the installation of high-capacity recycling plants to meet EU directives. Third and then fourth sites opened up across the Midlands before a move into Lincolnshire saw the company open its own deep sea export port facility within the ABP facility at Immingham to help the company deal with its growing export business. Today Ward has an annual turnover in excess of £300m, employs more than 400 people and operates a fleet of over 140 vehicles. The company is now managed by third and fourth generation

family members, who continue their commitment to developing waste management and recycling techniques, saving their customers money and helping them to meet and exceed their recycling targets. It was recently announced that Ward Recycling had acquired the business of L Clancey and Sons from York, further adding to its reach and its ability to service an ever-growing list of customers. To bolster its abilities at site level, the company has also added a new 52-t Liugong 952EDM excavator to its ranks, complete with a LaBounty MSD2500R shear. The first project for the excavator is on the company’s contract for John F Hunt Remediation, which is are currently working its way through the huge Shotton Paper site in North Wales. Ward Recycling is currently working through the large quantities of ferrous metals generated from the demolition works with both the Liugong and a team of experienced burners working through some

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of the larger sections and redundant plant and machinery coming out of the huge site. The 952EDM has an operating weight of between 49 and 51 t, depending on the specification, and is ideally suited to handling the large LaBounty shear that is currently fitted to the excavator. Power to the Liugong comes from a tried and tested Cummins X12, six-cylinder diesel engine delivering 300 kW, which meets the EU’s latest Stage V emissions regulations. The 952EHD has been improved in certain critical areas over its predecessor the 950E. A reinforced, heavy-duty boom and dipper manufactured to withstand the stresses of quarry and demolition operations has been fitted, manufactured from high-strength steel, with castings and forgings in high stress areas designed for heavy-duty performance and maximum uptime. The seven-metre boom and 2.9-metre dipper provide an excellent working range of

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11 m, extended by an additional 2 m thanks to the shear. Even with the additional weight on the front end, the machine’s balance isn’t compromised, thanks to a heavier counterweight, leaving the excavator free to work in a full 360 degree working range. The excavator comes in Liugong’s favoured demolition specification, which adds full length track guards to the undercarriage, additional side impact protection to the upper structure, a full ROPS and FOPS cab guard, dipper cylinder guarding, and standard fit additional hydraulic services. This comprehensive package allows Liugong customers to put their machines straight to work on a demolition project without costly delays in fitting additional equipment. To protect its investment, Ward has also fitted the machine with a full Fireward extinguisher system, which is plumbed throughout the upper structure’s engine and hydraulic bays. Supplied by Steven Wilson at Liugong UK’s Manchester depot,

the excavator has been extremely reliable during its first few weeks of work in North Wales. With the main contractor undertaking the demolition works using a fleet of large machines, Ward’s team has been kept busy grading and cutting the material that is arriving at their dedicated processing area. The Liugong is working alongside a Liebherr material handler, which mops up the five-footed material and loads the constant flow of bulkers leaving the site every day. By offering a full material management service to the modern-day demolition contractor, Ward Recycling is able to ensure the material it is removing from site is correctly segregated to the correct size and grade, allowing the customer to obtain a better return for the material. Having its own fleet of dedicated processing and loading plant also reduces the client’s requirement to put additional machinery on site, leaving the Ward teams to work in their own, segregated work zones in safety. D

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With Hillhead returning in June after an enforced COVID break, we spoke to some prominent exhibitors who were in agreement that this was the best yet

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of the day, that is what we all want to do so we can maximise the profitability of our businesses. Also, with the nature of our industry, it is hugely beneficial to see in person the sheer magnitude of some of the equipment. For example, the GIPO Roller Screener RR130 really needs to be seen to be appreciated. It’s a beast of a machine and I’m so glad we got to show people this exceptional piece of kit in all its glory.


Steve Peterson of Agg Pro


It was the first Hillhead since 2018. How did it feel to be back? In a word, amazing. First and foremost, I want to thank each and every person who visited the AggPro stand. It had been four years since the last Hillhead and I think most people will agree when I say, it felt that long too. Our offering at Agg Pro has developed so much over the last few years, notably in the form of new agreements with exciting brands such as Lippmann and Tesab. We just couldn’t wait to show everyone. On a personal level, I’ve really missed the face-to-face contact with friends and colleagues within the industry. How did the show compare to previous years? The show is growing each and every time we attend. More exhibitors and more guests, it really is a sight to behold. This time around, we wanted to create a stand that showcased


exactly what we represent within the quarrying and recycling industry, and also reflected our growth as a business. To be honest, I think we achieved this and then some. A huge thank you goes out to Dromgoole & Sons for making it possible to feature the truly unique J45 with a Peaky Blinders wrap. It was a real talking point at the show. I was delighted with how the stand was received by visitors and am incredibly proud of how the team worked together to create something really special.


Which aspects of the show were most useful to you from a business perspective? The footfall at the show was fantastic, especially on the Wednesday, when we saw lots of familiar faces and many new. As always, Hillhead proved a great networking event and an invaluable platform for developing relationships within the industry. We love speaking to customers and our goal is always the same – to offer advice to help them operate as efficiently as possible. At the end

What are your final thoughts from Hillhead 2022? I would really like to reiterate how grateful I am to everyone who visited our stand. We pride ourselves in providing unrivalled service and aftersales support from a team of longstanding, dedicated employees who are passionate about what they do. It was great to get to showcase this and let so many people see it with their own eyes. Business aside, after a challenging few years for a lot of us personally, it was really good to get together as an industry and celebrate everything that’s great about quarrying, construction and recycling.

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feature Gary Vernon of Warwick Ward


It was the first Hillhead since 2019. How did it feel to be back? Warwick Ward (machinery) Ltd. has been exhibiting at Hillhead since 1989 and it felt great to be back. I’m not sure if it was the fantastic weather or the extended wait, but this year’s event was the best yet.


Were there any noticeable changes? There were some new exhibitors and a slight change to the registration system, but all in all, it felt just the same.


Were you able to make any significant deals? We are well known in the industry, so we were able to see a lot of familiar faces and chat about upcoming requirements. There were also plenty of new prospects that came onto our stand, which makes the time and investment all worthwhile. 32 | DemolitionHUB Magazine


How about the facilities? We always provide great hospitality for visitors to our stand including food and drink, so I’d have to say it was great. The only negative about the whole show was access to the quarry, especially on the first day.


Tell us about the demo areas – how did these help you to see the capabilities on offer and make purchasing decisions? We had two separate demo areas as well as our static stand, which allowed us to demonstrate a good variety of machinery from our portfolio. Being able to see a machine in action, even briefly, adds a lot of value to an event.


Will you be attending in 2024? We are already looking forward to it. Tel: 01226 747 260 Email:


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British Demolition Awards 2022/ British Asbestos Awards 2022

by Ben Chambers The fourth annual British Demolition Awards are upon us – thanks to COVID, now in their fifth year. This magazine is the August/ September issue and therefore overlaps with the 2 September event. This year we move further north to Leicester and the King Power Stadium, home of 2015 Premier League champions Leicester City FC and soon 10-odd 2022 demolition award winners. This may be the second awards held in a football stadium, but it is

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the first in which we have invited the UK asbestos industry to join us with its own dedicated British Asbestos Awards, sponsored by Empire Asbestos. We now offer the UK asbestos industry a platform to be acknowledged, rewarded and championed alongside their demolition industry colleagues. The demolition awards side this year welcomes LiuGong Direct UK as principal sponsor and its support has been invaluable, as it has been in the magazine. The number of times I go on site and see LiuGong machinery in action is phenomenal; they are certainly doing many things right.

I enjoyed an insightful chat with LiuGong Direct UK’s Managing Director Steven Ford at Hillhead, who himself will be at the awards alongside 19 other colleagues. We had a flurry of late expressions of interest in entering the awards this year, which forced us to twice push forward the entry date. I was loath to do this, but the standard of jobs and entries I had a sneak peak at are well worth being in the hat. As we stand, we have collated the entries and sent them to the judging committee; I look forward to seeing what they decide. Last year, many trudged into Brighton city centre after the awards, making the bars awash with demolition folk. This year we have a nightclub on site, between the networking and stand area, and opposite the main awards hall, so you are not safe when it comes to dancing the funky chicken alongside industry peers. Lets have some fun, lets have a chat, set the world to rights and hand out an award or two. I can’t wait. See you there.

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he UK’s leading event for contaminated land, air and water takes place on 14–15 September 2022 at the NEC, Birmingham. This unmissable event will provide a platform for professionals across sectors to connect. The Contamination & Geotech 36 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

Expo will welcome 3,000+ visitors to the NEC with the opportunity to see live demonstrations, engage with expert speakers, participate in a range of exclusive free to attend networking events and enjoy the buzz and festival atmosphere of the on-site pub, street food market and live music.

Learning and knowledge sharing Over the course of the two days, the event will play host to more than 100 expert speakers, across 60 CPD accredited session, covering key topics within land remediation, brownfield regeneration, air quality, waste and contaminated water and hazardous materials. The broad programme is split across four theatres, providing unrivalled insight for local authorities, government agencies, civil engineering firms, the construction and demolitions sectors, hazardous removal and treatment, compliance and much more. Dedicated theatres include Land Remediation & Geotech, Wastewater and Clean

Innovation With innovation at the heart of the exhibition, the revamped layout of the exhibition floor provides space for groundbreaking suppliers to showcase their solutions in a live environment. This year, the event welcomes new features such as the HM Government Zone, engaging with government bodies such as the Geospatial Committee, the Coal Authority, the British Geological Survey, HM Land Registry and the Met Office. Visitors can also discover the latest industry innovations and technologies from the likes of Mick George, Brown and Mason, CTS Group and Euro Demolition & Dismantling.

The UK’s largest environmental event The Expo is free to attend and runs alongside the Flood Expo, RWM and Letsrecycle Live, which combine to form the UK’s largest event for the environmental sector. The co-located events will welcome more than 12,000 environmental professionals and over 800 exhibitors over the course of the two days. Social and networking events But the events are more than just an exhibition. In addition to the seminars, exhibits and demonstrations, visitors can enjoy the festival atmosphere of the onsite pub, street food market and take part in a host of exclusive, free to attend networking events. This year also sees the introduction of the Local Authority & Agency Lounge, allowing visitors to network with colleagues and discuss challenges and innovative schemes


Air, Hazardous Materials, and the Keynote. One of the themes for this year’s event is land remediation, designed to further the diagnosis, management, and remediation of contaminated land. The area gives environmental, remediation, planning and development professionals the opportunity to connect with suppliers showcasing new technology, innovations, and cost-effective solutions to help improve business operations.

being implemented in their local areas and beyond. As well as the Water Pollution Prevention Award, celebrating the latest innovations in water pollution prevention. Join us to connect and meet industry leaders such as RSK Group, Arcadis, Kier Group, Arup Group, Royal BAM Group and WSP Global at this unmissable event for anyone connected contaminated land, air, water and materials. The Contamination & Geotech Expo is free to attend – find out more by visiting or scan the QR code to register

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RYE Demolition plays part in complex Aldershot town centre regeneration project RYE Demolition has begun work on a contract from Shaviram Group as part of Rushmoor Borough Council’s large-scale plans to regenerate Aldershot town centre. RYE’s task – to demolish The Galleries and The Arcade shopping centres, a link bridge between them that spans a busy high street and a multi-storey car park – is highly challenging in terms of its technical requirements, necessary expertise, and potential for disruption to the public. RYE’s HSE and Op’s Director Ben Griffiths answers a few questions about the project. 38 | DemolitionHUB Magazine


Can you describe some of the challenges associated with a demolition project in a busy high street? The key word here is ‘busy’. Any kind of demolition work comes with the risk of a certain amount of interruption, but that kind of challenge is magnified in the context of a high street like Aldershot’s. Not only do we have to negotiate a consistently high footfall in general terms, but Aldershot also hosts local market stalls on Thursdays, which given their open-air nature, we’re particularly keen to avoid disrupting. In practical terms, this means

case study Left to right: Simon Barlow – MD, RYE Group; Ben Griffiths – HSE and Ops Director, RYE Group; Leo Docherty MP – Member of Parliament for Aldershot; Councillor David Clifford – Rushmoor Borough Council; Darren Pryke – Site Manager, RYE Group

that we need to carry out our works while accommodating the market stalls and shoppers in the local area, paying particular attention to issues like providing access, ensuring dust levels are safe, noise reduction, and vibration monitoring.


To what extent does this kind of project differ from those that take place in a less public environment? Without question, the link bridge – and its many implications – makes this project unique, particularly in the context of its position on the high street. Our first phase largely revolves

around removing the bridge. It’s a suspended pedestrian foot bridge that spans Wellington Street, directly above the market traders. We have carried out much of the work on this and it required very careful planning and preparation. In order to make sure we achieved this safely and with minimal disruption to the public, we carried out various aspects of the work overnight. We started off by completely wrapping the bridge with a protective scaffold screen and debris netting. We then dismantled much of the bridge internally – as much as we could, at any rate – by burning

through the existing steel structural support. With that done, we then completed the final removal of the structure by siting a crane on Wellington High Street (which, again, was an overnight process) to lift the larger support beams to the ground.


You’ve mentioned that the bridge was a unique aspect of the project – was it difficult to work out how to dismantle it? It’s the kind of challenge we relish, really, and we had to get a little bit creative in order to work out the safest and most efficient approach. For example, we took the time to DemolitionHUB Magazine | 39

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visit the council archives to hunt down the original plans of the bridge from the 1990s. Taking that kind of extra step towards understanding the site has allowed us to plan for as safe a removal as possible. The bridge isn’t the only technically demanding aspect of the project. When the main shopping centre demolition starts, we’re going to have to nibble at the concrete with our demolition excavator to get a real sense of how strong it is and update our plans accordingly. That phase of the project will also give us an opportunity to make use of specialist equipment like our high reach demolition excavator, which we can use to tackle the upper levels of the shopping centre, even from ground level.


Returning to the subject of safety, have there been any additional health and safety demands for a project of this nature? The footprint of work here is enormous – the shopping centres, car park, and bridge all add up to a very substantial site. As such, we’ve given extra thought to site security. We need to ensure that no unauthorised access can be made into potentially dangerous areas, and there are various methods that we can use to achieve this. For one thing, we’re creating a temporary hoarding around the development in order to limit access, which we’re supplementing with a mixture of security guards, CCTV cameras, and other detection technology too.


There’s another aspect to safety and disruption – the adjoining properties. How have you navigated their owners? As with our research into the bridge, we’ve put a great deal of time and effort into exploring and understanding the many party walls – walls that are shared by other buildings. Inz conjunction with that process, we’ve built up strong communication links with the residential and 40 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

commercial properties that adjoin the shopping centre buildings, and our SHE team has been fantastic at engaging with those building owners to discuss specific access, building protections, or temporary parking restrictions we may need to adopt. Of course, we try to carry out our work in phases, so whatever disruptions the demolition may cause will always be temporary for the locals.


Let’s talk about the local community. How has it been factored into this project? We really began engaging with the local community from the word go. Throughout the course of this project – bearing in mind it’s likely to take at least a year to complete – we wanted to make sure that the market would be able to function and that the main high streets would be able to stay open. That’s why, as I’ve mentioned, the more complex or high risk works are being planned as overnight projects.

We’ve also phased the works so that any disruptions to parking, for example, are only temporary. In fact, we’ve planned further parking mitigations by keeping a managed, temporary car park functioning so there should always be spaces in the event that cars need to be momentarily moved elsewhere. Plus, of course, we take pride in knowing that this project will ultimately benefit local residents and visitors.


Can you elaborate on what the long-term benefits of the demolition will look like? It’s my understanding that, by clearing the existing buildings, we’re paving the way for a new development that is planned to attract more students, businesses and homeowners to Aldershot. I think the aim is to make the high street more experience focused, with the aim of attracting more people, money, and diversification. D

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Powerscreen jaw crushers are designed to exceed the primary crushing needs of customers in the mining, quarrying and recycling industries. These crushers are among the most advanced and reliable in the market and are highly productive in a variety of applications. Jaw crushers are typically used as primary crushers because they can take large and variable sized feed material, so the original feed won’t have to be blasted down to a fine size. Powerscreen jaws are designed to be significantly more reliable and have lower wear rates, maximising production and minimising wear parts. The 400X post-screen tracked jaw crusher is designed for applications in the mining, quarrying, construction and demolition and recycling industries. Users have the option to choose between the 400X with hydraulic adjust or the R400X, which features a hydraulic release. This machine allows users to generate high volumes of a 400 tph / 400tph product from a single mobile 2.8 x 15.52 x 3.4 m machine. The quick release 4.33 m with side conveyor x 16.64 x 4.13 m system ensures optimal 52,300 kg (Tier 3); 52,500 kg (Tier 4) service, maintenance, and min 50 mm; max 150 mm uptime on the job site.

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feature McCloskey I4C/I4CR impact crusher supplied by Agg Pro The I4C and I4CR crushers are in a class of their own, bringing the productivity of an 1,125 mm impactor to a compact footprint for maximum power and manoeuvrability. Key design considerations for these machines included fuel consumption, feeder capacity, crushing power and stockpile capacity. The direct drive crusher rotor with advanced clutch technology delivers maximum power, safety and productivity while reducing fuel consumption and maintenance requirements. Where maintenance is necessary, the I4C/I4CR has a well-considered layout for operation, maintenance and service. The 1,050 x 1,125 mm, four bar impactor rotor and 1,150 x 800 mm feed opening combine to make a powerful crushing chamber and the 1,219 mm main conveyor, which lowers and raises hydraulically,

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provides extensive stockpile capacity. The one piece vibrating grizzly feeder offers a 5 m3 capacity, with processing speeds of up to 300 tph making the I4C/I4CR ideal for producing type 1 in concrete and asphalt. With its simplified controls and efficient hydraulics, this heavy duty track mounted crusher is sure to make an impact across a variety of materials Key features: and applications from • Open chassis design for ease of maintenance quarrying to asphalt, allows two hammers to be changed in concrete and demolition approximately 45 minutes, material. This is the • Aggressive blow bar design with larger perfect machine to give contact area for high-capacity crushing, added value to your • Asymmetric feeder integrated into single products by maximising feeder/hopper configuration, fines, 10 mm and 20 • 280 kW engine, mm aggregates. Variable • Crawler tracks, speeds also allow for • Integrated hydraulic folding stockpiling reduction of fines where conveyors, • Tough-Flex heavy duty conveyor belt for long required. lasting performance, • I-beam plate fabricated chassis construction, • Apron adjustment to suit primary or secondary crushing, • Fast setup.

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Rubble Master RM 120X supplied by Red Knight 6 Ltd

Austrian based Rubble Master is leading the impact crushing world with its range of RM crushers, available from UK distributor Red Knight 6 Ltd. The range is led by the RM120X, delivering maximum efficiency and simplicity for use on a wide range of applications. The RM 120X features a range of solutions to make the life of the operator easier and safer, while also delivering cost benefits back to the business through intelligent management of the machine, based on the amount and type of material being crushed.

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The RM Operations Assist material, basalt, limestone, gypsum, and RM GO! SMART functions granite) and recycling rubble, enable the operator to keep track asphalt, concrete, glass and of the machine’s performance production waste. RK6 offers five from the excavator cab, with live Rubble Master products in the UK, updates on engine performance, starting with the hook lift, 12-t RM fuel consumption and machines 60, through to the recently available performance all clearly visible via a 42-t RM 120GO! All the machines lighting system on the outside of the in the range are highly mobile, easy machine. to transport and have low running Rubble Master crushers are costs due to the hybrid electric versatile, powerful and ideal for hydraulic design. crushing natural Key features: rock (riverbed • Output (depending on material): Up to 350 tph • Inlet opening: 1,160 x 820 mm • Weight: 35,120 kg • Screenbox and recirculating system and CS available

feature Sandvik QJ341 supplied by Retec Retec is a premium supplier and reseller of specialist equipment in the recycling and quarrying industries and an official Sandvik Mobile Crushing and Screening distributor. Its Sandvik Crushers, the Sandvik QJ241 and QJ341s are the very best on the market, with huge space under the jaw chamber to prevent rebar becoming caught. The machines have a reverse crush, which has been proven over the last 20 years to crush asphalt, not just to relieve blockages. In fact, these machines have the biggest jaw boxes in their footprint. The machines have a remote control, which allows the user to fully operate from both inside the cab

and outside the machine. The Sandvik machines have unbeatable performance, quality and residual that others simply cannot match. Key features: • • • • • • • •

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feature Roco ICON 1100 Roco has just launched the latest addition to its ever-growing crushing and screening product range. The brand new 30 t impact crusher premiered at Hillhead in June, with the striking black and amber machine gaining favourable attention from the many show attendees. The innovative ICON 1100 features a hybrid diesel-electric build as standard to complement its already full options spec. With all-electric motor drives, the Hybrid ICON offers the user the option to run 40% more efficiently using its onboard generator or work completely fuel free by connecting the plant to the main electric grid via its quick release powerlock system. In an instant, the customer can operate completely on electric

power supply, which means zero emissions, no engine noise and more importantly no more expensive fuel bills. The ICON 1100 also boasts the option of a fully independent feeder pre-screen and vibrating underpan Key features: feeder which are both ideal optional extras • Diesel / electric HYBRID with grid plug-in for the aggregate option and recycling sector. • 40% fuel saving in comparison to same Some new patent class diesel-hydraulic crushers, pending designs • Proven crushing technology, • Hydraulic adjust rock shelf (stone on stone can also be found, crushing), which are all aimed at • Underpan vibrating table for maximum belt making accessibility protection (fully removable), and maintenance • Unrivalled work access for maintenance, schedules safer and • Fully demountable discharge conveyor, more seamless for the • 180° radial fines and multi-directional operator. overband magnet,

• Optional independent two-deck pre-screen, • Fully sealed conveyor tunnel, • LED work lights installed.

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Sandvik QI353 Mobile Impact Crusher

Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screens has launched its new QI353 mid-size impactor, the first of its new third generation 3-Series products. Designed in response to customer research, the QI353 has been built with more productivity, uptime, efficiency, flexibility, connectivity and safety at the forefront of its innovative design. The Sandvik QI353 features a ground-up new mid-size track platform and custom Prisec impact crusher. Targeted at quarry, recycling and contractor segments, the QI353 is the most versatile, mid-sized mobile impactor available today, designed to provide more uptime than any other. With the operator in mind, the QI353 offers a user friendly mobile solution, with controls and maintenance points located conveniently at ground level. A key highlight is the new automated control system featuring Optik™ intuitive user experience, with colour visual display, easy navigation, and total integration for troubleshooting, diagnostics and support. Key features: • • • • • • • • •

Pioneering engineering with largest feed opening and largest rotor diameter in its class, Free flowing feed arrangement to optimise material flow and reduce blockages, PRISEC crushing technology with the ability to operate in primary or secondary applications, Standard offering including height-adjustable overband magnet, vibrating prescreen, underpan feeder, natural fines conveyor, ceramic hammers and wireless tracking, Optional HS323 hanging screen module for sizing and stockpiling up to three sized products, Latest emissions compliant engine for maximum power delivery and fuel efficiency, Ease of operation with Optik™ intuitive new control system, My Fleet remote monitoring of key parameters to help optimise machine operation, Security+ extended warranty and service package for higher uptime and peace of mind.

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feature Keestrack B3 supplied by Warwick Ward The Keestrack B3 jaw crusher is a favourite in the crusher selection for its high productivity and fuel efficiency, typically using between 12-15 lph depending on application as a diesel hydraulic model. Innovative designs make it known for being a reliable machine in a range of applications from primary crushing and landfill recycling to construction and demolition. While compact, this machine has excellent throughput and feed capabilities handling material up to 550 mm and producing at a capacity of 280 tph. The patented Non-Stop System helps protect the machine as it automatically detects when non-crushable material enters and

intelligently opens the jaw to allow the obstruction to pass before resetting back to the initial CSS. Key features: • • • • • • • • •

Weight: 31 t, Feed opening: 1,000 x 650 mm, CSS min. – max: 45–160 mm, Optional hybrid drive, electric driven conveyors and magnet and plug out available for electric driven stacker or screen, Lowest fuel consumption in the industry, Intake hopper suitable for wheel loader and excavator: 4 m³, Hydraulic gap adjustment to safely prevent clogging, Smart sequential auto start/stop from remote, Raise and lower magnet via remote control.

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feature MOBICAT MC 110(i) EVO2 jaw crusher from Kleemann

important plant data to the smartphone. The CFS – Continuous Feed situations at selected points, which System – guarantees up to 10% Kleemann’s MOBICAT MC 110(i) are caused by excessively hard greater throughput and the EVO2 jaw crusher has innovative and uncrushable material. If such independent double deck prescreen technologies focused on economy, material enters the process, the effectively separates fines before operability and sustainability. crushing gap (CSS) opens twice as they reach the crushing process. During the development of the The extra long articulated crusher MOBICAT MC 110(i) EVO2, Kleemann fast as previously or, as an option, even up to 40x faster. This increases jaw guarantees improved feed concentrated on the requirements the availability and therefore the behaviour, and the flattened of demolition companies and overall output. transition to the crusher chamber contractors. With an output of up The further development of makes an optimum material flow to 400 tph, the new mobile jaw possible. The accessibility for fast, crusher meets the requirements in SPECTIVE has now made plant safe and convenient maintenance the medium to upper output range. operation even more simple. The 12-inch touch panel has has also been optimised. Focus was placed on the rapid been optimised with regard to The improved diesel direct drive setup of the machine. The startup user guidance and visualisation. concept is characterised by fuel procedure itself takes only around Furthermore, new components economy, minimising operating 10 minutes and includes setup such as a radio remote control and costs. The output-dependent fan, times for flaps, belts and feed a small radio remote control have which guarantees an increased hopper. been integrated in the SPECTIVE cooling capacity, operates only A particular highlight of the world. The new digital solution, when required and reduces fuel crusher is an effective multi-stage consumption. overload system. It detects overload SPECTIVE CONNECT, sends all

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All change – the Komatsu K100 system by Paul Argent

In June 2021, Komatsu announced a new variant of its PC490HRD-11 high reach demolition machine, featuring a brand-new boom connection system. Named K100, the new system allows the operator to change the configuration of the machine singlehandedly in only a few minutes, without leaving the comfort of the operator’s cab. One of the first of these new machines recently went to work in Bradford on an eight-month contract for Rotherham based NFDC member, Demex Ltd. The project will involve demolishing several buildings to make way for the construction of a new market and market square in Darley Street. The 76-tonne machine started work on the limited access city centre site in June, arriving in medium reach demolition configuration. This was necessary as access to the array of buildings limited the scope of works available from day one. Experienced high reach operator Justin Organ is the man tasked with looking after the first UK based K100 machine and was very

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case study complimentary about the new design: “It’s a very well thought out and a robust addition to what is a very good high reach machine. The ability to change and reconfigure the machine on my own and from the safety of the cab is a game-changer for me.” The varied buildings were once home to a variety of shops, most of which have now migrated to a newly built precinct up the road. There were, however, a handful of businesses still occupying some of the buildings to the front of the main structure and with these businesses staying in situ, extensive scaffold protection had been installed to protect their properties from any falling debris. Once a large soft strip operation had been sufficiently completed, the arrival of the Komatsu heralded the start of the structural demolition work. The first task after unloading the machine was to create access directly into the structure. Configured with its medium height demolition arrangement, Justin achieved this, working within the tight confines of the adjoining service road. Once inside the structure, Justin continued to work with the medium reach configuration to begin the demolition work and use the arisings to create a level pad to allow the machine to gain access to the higher sections. With medium height work complete, Justin was able to swap between high reach and low reach work as and when required. Since the buildings were constructed on a sloping site, the various levels were either filled in to create a platform to work from or deemed as exclusion zones, with all plant kept well away. Once enough space had been

created with the demolition and clearance of some of the lower structures, the high reach boom arrived. Reaching up to 28 m with a 3,400 kg concrete cracker, the high reach boom was immediately put through its paces on the taller parts of the former retail unit, which was built from a mixture of reinforced concrete and steel frame construction. Space on site was still severely restricted at this stage and Justin believes that the K100 system really came into its own at this phase of the project. Another addition was the fitment of a Lehnhoff Variolock hydraulic coupler, which allowed Justin to change attachments to suit the material he is demolishing. “There was not enough space for two machines on the site, so this one machine had to do the low work as well as the high reach work,” says Justin. “It wouldn’t have been possible to do this efficiently with a normal boom change system. To change the boom of a normal high reach machine in site conditions like this would usually take hours, but I’m able to do it in about five minutes with the K100 system. Most of the time is taken in travelling between one set of equipment and the next, so if the equipment was lined up differently, you’d be able to do it even quicker. I’ve not found any problems with lining up on site – it can tolerate a certain amount of uneven ground.” The K100 system relies on sophisticated software built into the excavator that guides the operator through a series of steps to align and connect the boom sections successfully. Should the operator accidentally misalign a section, the computer will not allow any further operation to take place until a successful coupling has been achieved.

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Justin has changed the boom configuration around 20 times since the machine arrived, with the PC490 having worked in most of its six different arrangements during its time on site in Bradford. The 32 m extended high reach arrangement was important when reaching to the southernmost sections of the building, located on the lowest part of the sloping site. Of all the available configurations, the high reach boom has seen the most action, proving itself more than capable of dealing with the challenges presented by the structure. Justin praises the comfort of

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the operator cab and the smooth power and combined movement of the work equipment. “It’ll work to its maximum reach comfortably and I can place the attachment just where I need it.” The short digging boom equipment has proved its worth in building the stable platform needed for the machine to access some of the furthest parts of the building, while also being able to get below ground level to clear out the basement of the former shops. The ability to swap booms over in minutes has also meant that Justin was able to load bulkers with scrap before returning to high reach work almost immediately upon completion of loading the tippers.

Simon Saunders, Working Gear Product Marketing Manager for Komatsu, was on site to see the machine in action during its first project. “It’s great to see the result of years of effort from the development team. “Watching the machine and technology take shape behind the scenes has been fascinating and we’re proud that the people in the UK factory have been fully responsible for the development and manufacture of such an impressive machine. For me, it’s great to see the customer benefiting from all that development work.” D

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Placing Moira Cawarden is committed to providing work experience opportunities for young people from all walks of life. So when the opportunity arose to work with Nottingham Trent University as part of their Productivity Through Innovation (PTI) scheme, Cawarden jumped at the chance. The project has given one young graduate 12 months of paid real-world work experience. Partfunded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), qualifying businesses are given a grant to fund 20% of the 60 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

graduate’s salary alongside support in the recruitment process to find the best and most suitable candidate to join the business. Not only is the scheme helping graduates, but it’s also improving business productivity and market competitiveness – the key to economic growth. Fast forward eight months, Moira Barcenilla, Group Marketing Officer, and Emma Attwood, Group Marketing and Communications Manager, chat about and reflect on Moira’s time to date at the Derby-based specialist contractor.

Emma Attwood: To kick things off, let’s introduce you to Demolition Hub readers Moira Barcenilla: I’m an architecture graduate from Nottingham Trent University. I originally signed up for the NTU Graduate Internship scheme back in 2021 and, with a lot of luck, I found myself with an opportunity to work at Cawarden for 12 months. EA: What drew you to Cawarden? And why demolition having studied architecture for three years? MB: Architecture will always be something that ignites my curiosity and I will continue to strive towards it. I wanted to have a short break and learn about something totally different, although, the more I learn, the more I realise that architecture and demolition are actually quite closely linked. The Cawarden Marketing Officer job description sounded like a

training fantastic opportunity to gain work experience in a new discipline while also getting an insight into the demolition sector. I was keen, intrigued and ready to start a new learning journey. EA: What has it been like working in the marketing department at Cawarden? MB: Working at Cawarden has exposed me to an industry that I had very little, if any, knowledge about previously. It’s been stimulating both intellectually and creatively. I’ve found that every time I have a little read through a case study or hear about a project and stories on site, there’s always something that’ll surprise me. I have been involved in all aspects of marketing including video production and design projects, presentations, website updates, site photography and helping to run the social media channels and coming up with fresh content ideas.

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EA: What have been key highlights so far? MB: A highlight for me has definitely been being able to tag along to site visits. I’ve seen some amazing projects spanning a wide variety of sectors. It’s been particularly interesting learning about the processes of demolition and dismantling. It’s also been very inspiring to speak to different members of staff who have climbed up the Cawarden ladder through hard work and perseverance. Everyone I’ve been introduced to has been so kind and welcoming. EA: We work remotely most of the time, how have you found this? MB: For me, even though I work remotely, for the most part, I’ve always felt involved. I have you, mostly, to thank for being the one to bring me into the business, for welcoming me at the beginning and for continuing to make sure that I’m handling everything well. EA: What have you found most interesting about working in marketing in the demolition sector? MB: To name one thing, would be a visit to a site in Derby when you were on annual leave and I was assisting our drone company, Skylapse, for the morning. Despite being nervous at first, for the unfamiliar environment, everyone was more than helpful and we managed to get some incredible aerial shots of the site. I was even told some stories by the site manager Steve about what the site would have been, as well as how the project was approached in terms of the demolition methodology. I’d also never seen a crane up close before, so that was interesting. I even made a video diary of the day. EA: What have you learned during your time at Cawarden? MB: No matter what your job role is, there will always be different factors that could affect a deadline; a final deadline is not always final, whether it is pushed back or forward. I’ve learned that the professional world requires a lot of adapting and initiative. 62 | DemolitionHUB Magazine


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EA: Would you say the placement with us has benefitted you? MB: From the very beginning, I’ve been presented with countless opportunities that I’d never expected. Signing up for the placement scheme was my way of trying to expand my horizons and be more productive for myself, as my graduation had coincided with the lockdown. Not only has Cawarden been accommodating and kind, but my original career choice has always been considered and we’ve found ways to keep my interest in architecture alive.

to show for it. From my experience, the Cawarden Family will take care of you. EA: So what’s next when you complete your placement with Cawarden at the end of the year? MB: I think my next step will be to get back into the architectural world with the new perspectives and the confidence that this placement has given me.

EA: Thanks, Moira. It’s an

absolute pleasure working with you and having you on the marketing team. You are a real asset to the team and business as a whole. D

EA: So would you say the placement has helped you in your career? MB: Yes, ironically, my original career choice was the opposite of demolition. With that in mind, working within the demolition industry has given me a different perspective. There are things that I wouldn’t have taken into consideration had it not been for this placement opportunity and I’ve learned a lot about the circular economy. Through the way I’ve been allowed to explore and build on the skills I’d gained from my course, and through projects I’ve been able to take part in, this placement has helped me in more ways than I imagined. EA: Would you recommend a placement within the demolition sector to other students or graduates? MB: Yes, even if your goal is not demolition there are so many things to learn from a placement with Cawarden. This is not necessarily just from the role you will be doing, but also from the people who have been in the industry and have a lot

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Making safe with Anglian Demolition and Asbestos by Lee Storer MIDE As the weather turned hot in the middle of July, a major fire broke out in a row of shops with flats above in Long Stratton. The intense heat shut the main A140 Norwich to Ipswich Road and six appliances were on site to get the blaze under control. We received the call from our London-based client at 4.50pm, asking if we could assist in the immediate aftermath and advise as to the stability of the buildings. I attended with a number of our staff and confirmed the stability of the remaining properties before the site was secured. Over the next couple of days, we carried out asbestos surveys, appointed structural engineers and planned and implemented the partial demolition of the damaged properties. While this was happening, another major fire incident involving 66 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

warehouse storage buildings in Brandon was reported and again we were contacted to assist. This time there was the additional hazard of asbestos to contend with, with delaminated fragments blown over the site, road and

neighbouring properties. Our trained operatives undertook a provisional environmental clean, with background air testing to confirm our dampening down procedures were effective and reassure local residents.

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The car park of the neighbouring community church was cleaned up on Saturday so religious activities on the Sunday could still go ahead. The beginning of the following week consisted of multiple meetings with insurance brokers, loss adjusters and landlords of the properties involved in these incidents as remedial works progressed to demolition or strip-out phases. Then the hottest ever recorded day happened. Among the multiple fires that had started, a field fire close to our headquarters at Ashill was developing, endangering houses in the village. Then news started to emerge that many houses had caught fire, some of which were under the control of a local social housing provider and previous client of ours. On Wednesday 20 July at 2.30pm, we received the call to attend site for advice. By 2.50pm Karl Endersby and I were on site and we quickly decided that some of the buildings would require immediate work to make them safe. By 4.30pm, our lowloader had delivered a 24 t demolition excavator and Mervyn Lambert Plant Hire brought in a 60ft boom lift. By 7.30pm we had made safe gable ends to various properties and secured the areas with heras panels. The local community was superb, rallying round and even brining food and drinks to our lads who were undertaking the works. The next couple of days were taken up by further meetings and preparing RAMS for the next phase of demolition works at each of the sites. Working alongside Norfolk Fire and Rescue on many jobs in the past, and now on these recent incidents, really makes you appreciate the efforts they make to keep us all safe. They are true heroes and we are proud to have worked with them on so many occasions, even having provided them with buildings to train in. We express our sympathy to all 68 | DemolitionHUB Magazine









those affected by these disastrous fires and have extended offers to help wherever possible. Ultimately, we are extremely proud to have been called upon to assist our community in its time of need. Having the right resources in-house – a fantastic workforce including trained demolition

engineers, asbestos surveyors and demolition operatives; a haulage division, a skip division and small works operatives – means we are able to react quickly to any emergency situation. Our clients obviously recognise this, making Anglian their first port of call on so many occasions. D


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Ahosen Palvelut invests in topequipped Lokotrack LT1213S recycling crusher

Top-equipped is a suitable description of the Lokotrack LT1213S impact crusher, owned by Ahosen Palvelut from Laukaa in Finland. The brand-new machine was purchased from Metso Outotec. It includes a diesel engine that meets the strictest emission standards, a wind sifter, a hydraulic magnetic separator, an accurate belt weigh feeder and a convenient remote monitoring system. CEO and second-generation

entrepreneur Joona Ahonen says: “By selecting a well-equipped machine, we wanted to ensure that we could crush recycled materials profitably and produce clean end products that are small enough to meet our customers’ needs. “Finnish origin, spare part service in close proximity and maintenance services were the crucial factors affecting our decision. We didn’t want to buy a machine from a manufacturer operating behind the Brexit wall.”

First trial in the freezing weather The first trial of the new Lokotrack recycling crusher was in the freezing weather of downtown Kuopio at the beginning of February. The machine had to crush approximately 10,000 tonnes of concrete that was heavily reinforced with steel and asphalt. The material was demolished from an old swimming hall. The site was next to the Niirala ice arena, a bowling centre and a residential area. It was therefore

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CEO Joona Ahonen hopes that the new LT1213S impact crusher will make it profitable to crush recycled material on demolition sites all over Finland

important to suppress dust emissions by water sprinkling. Crushing was allowed from 7 am to 6 pm on business days. Due to the large volume of concrete reinforcing bars, an

excavator with a magnet attached first went through the material to remove some of the bars. A Volvo excavator with a 1.5 m3 bucket fed the material to the Lokotrack LT1213S.

The crusher used the 90 mm setting, and the screen was equipped with 110 mm steel meshes. Overflow was directed from the screen back to the crusher on reclaimers. A height-adjustable magnetic separator installed in the unloading conveyor separated reinforcing bars from the crushed material before ready aggregates were transferred to a pile conveyor.

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The wind sifter, which is conveniently installed in the Lokotrack frame, separates wood and plastic from crushed concrete says. “The Volvo excavator can scoop material without interruptions, and the unloading conveyor seems to deliver material at a steady pace. Compared with the Citytrack 80 model dating back to the 1990s, the productivity of the new crusher is from another world. “In the future, the most important thing for generating profit will be that the machine continues to work with no sudden shutdowns. With the new Lokotrack, we can crush demolition concrete and asphalt, and produce good volumes of clean grades that meet the customers’ needs.”

Wind sifter removes wood and plastic Ahonen’s Lokotrack plant is the first machine in Finland to have an efficient Votex wind sifter, fitted to the frame in the factory. It blows away material like wood and plastic that is lighter than concrete. This ensures that recycled material is clean, which facilitates recycling. Joona Ahonen says: “The wind sifter seems to work efficiently. It accurately throws even wet pieces of 2x4 timber onto their own pile from the front end of the unloading conveyor.” A completely new belt weigh feeder will be retrofitted to Ahonen’s Lokotrack so that the crushed

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material can always be weighed accurately. It will also be possible to monitor the process remotely. Joona Ahonen says: “The most important thing for generating profit will be that the machine continues to work with no sudden shutdowns. With the new Lokotrack, we can crush demolition concrete and asphalt, and produce good volumes of clean grades that meet the customers’ needs.” Continuous production Joona Ahonen saw his new crusher in operation for the first time at the Kuopio site. There was plenty to see and study. “The start looks promising,” he

From fibre insulation to demolition contracting Ahosen Palvelut, established by Tommi Ahonen, became an incorporated company in 2002. At first, it was known for blowing cellulose fibre insulation in central Finland. Later, the business expanded to high-power vacuuming and demolition. Currently, the business employs approximately 40 people and is run by the father and three brothers – Joona, Eetu and Samu. Ahosen Palvelut owns a modern 1.7-hectare recycling centre in Leppävesi, Laukaa. Joona Ahonen concludes: “There seems to be plenty of work in the demolition and recycling business. After Kuopio, our new Lokotrack will travel to Juva and Saarijärvi to crush demolition concrete there.” D



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Sustainability, safety and service seal deal for RYE Demolition

RYE Demolition has bolstered its fleet with the addition of four new next generation Cat excavators – putting sustainability and safety at the heart of its operations. As well as having the latest technologies that optimise performance, alongside key safety features fitted as standard in the machines, it was the combined package of support and expertise provided by the Finning sales, data analysts and service engineers that swung it for RYE. The company is part of the RYE Group, experts in demolition, groundworks, plant hire and civil engineering. Sustainability has always been a key focus for the Bedfordshire-based company, and it was awarded Sustainability Champion 2022 status by the NFDC 74 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

only recently. For RYE, sustainability and social value is a driving force. The purchase of machines and partnership with Finning demonstrates how demolition contractors can operate responsibly, while mitigating fuel costs and reducing the environmental impact of their operations. Finning has supplied two Cat 330 and two Cat 336 excavators. All four machines are fitted with the latest onboard technology, specifically designed to improve and optimise performance and ensure efficient fuel consumption. The machines also have a tranche of built-in safety features fitted as standard, such as the 360-degree camera, height and slew restrictors and an overload warning system.

The machines are designed to reduce fuel consumption and costs, while increasing performance and operating efficiency – all of which were integral to the decision by RYE to purchase the Cat machines from Finning. Simon Barlow, Managing Director of RYE Group, says: “Fundamentally demolition projects require extensive use of plant and machinery. It’s vital therefore that we use machines that can not only do the job but can also be run efficiently, so we can keep operating costs down and continue to limit the environmental impact of our operations. For example, we’ve switched our entire fleet to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), the first company in the demolition sector to do so. “As a company we have always invested in the latest machinery with the most efficient engines available. We had a lot of discussions with Finning about how to reduce the rate at which the machines burn fuel for example. The mandatory switch from red diesel to white, and subsequent price hike from 60 pence to nearly £2 a litre means we need to implement operational practices that mitigate both of these.” The telematics fitted to the machines automatically feed data to Finning HQ, which is analysed by the FinSight team, and provide RYE with a monthly report on all of the machines’ performance. This ranges from showing how much fuel the fleet is using, to daily run time and idling time of the machines. RYE uses this invaluable data to regularly review operator and on-site practices, avoid fuel wastage and improve overall machine efficiency on site. The safety record of both Cat and Finning also influenced RYE’s decision to invest in the Cat machines. Simon continues: “For the demolition sector safety is arguably the most important thing to consider. Cat machines are probably

the safest machines available today, designed specifically to keep operators and demolition contractors safe while out on site. “The team at Finning also spent time to show us the benefit of the tailored operator settings feature in the machines. They were able to set individually tailored settings for each of our operators, including seat position, positioning and data showing on the home screen, through to setting the speed time preferences for each operator. “This is a genius feature. We have multiple operators who work across sites, so they would either have to recalibrate their preferences every time they used a different machine, which takes time, or operate the machine as it was

without the specific settings, which has a direct impact on how accurate the operator is, how efficiently the machine runs and how productive it is. “Although we have our own engineers, we decided to use Finning engineering and service for the first 12 months because of their quick response times and expertise in predictive maintenance to ensure the machines are operational as and when we need them. We simply cannot afford our machines to be out of action, so this intuitive, dataled service is invaluable to us.” “We’ve been extremely impressed with the service from the team at Finning, who take a tactical approach on identifying the best machines to strengthen our fleet. The new Cat

330 and 336 machines offer so many great features that help operator performance as well ensure they’re comfortable and safe.” Jack Pilgrim, Territory Account Manager for Finning, says: “We’re delighted to build on our relationship with RYE, with the latest additions to their fleet. RYE has complete peace of mind because all their machines are covered by our five-year 7,500-hour premier warranty so are serviced by our skilled engineers. This offers guaranteed protection against unexpected repair bills and costly downtime because our customers want a great machine, but more importantly they want to make sure it is working as hard as it possibly can.” D

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Dimensions that matter All construction sites, large or small, generate waste. Considering the difficulty in finding raw materials and the time it takes to get them, finding a new use for inert materials of all kinds is critical. This means recovering waste and putting it back into the production cycle in a fast, simple and cost-effective manner, and the solution lies in the carrier machine already on site. Combined with an 76 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

MB Crusher bucket, it can reprocess the material for immediate repurposing and reuse. For every excavator size, there is a crusher bucket that can transform a construction site into a recycling centre. Whether large or small, an MB jaw crusher can be installed easily, allowing you to directly reduce the grain size of the material on site. The below examples demonstrate how

Czech Republic A construction company from the Czech Republic needed to recover materials to develop and finish their works on time. On-site, they had an eight-tonne Yanmar B7 Sigma midi excavator. Recovering the material directly became simple when they installed an MB-C50 crusher bucket on the excavator. With a weight of 0.75 t and a load capacity of 0.15 m3, it is suitable for excavators and backhoe loaders starting from 7 t and has an hourly production rate up to 10 m3. This small jewel of an attachment transforms a construction site into a recycling centre, collecting material and crushing it to specific sizes ready for reuse in the urban and road sectors, all done on site.



In this Indian Ocean archipelago, the customer wanted to be free from procuring materials from quarries, both to save on transport costs and waiting times and to avoid the continuous coming and going of trucks to and from the construction site. There were two carrier machines on site working with MB Crusher equipment: a Bobcat T300 with an MB-L140 crusher bucket and a Kubota KX080 with an MB-S14 basket screening bucket. The combination of the two machines mimics an actual recycling centre. The waste is screened with the MB-S14, separating the fines from the bulk, crushed by the jaw crusher, and finally reused directly on-site for filling trenches. The waste saved time and money, but above all, it turned into new material.

Czech Republic

Back in the Czech Republic, this time the customer’s goal was to save on the costs of landfill disposal or having to purchase or rent a large mobile crusher. The excavator on site was a 36 t Doosan DX 350 LC, to which an MB Crusher model BF120.4 jaw crusher was installed. This represents a weight of 48 t for a load capacity of 1.3m3 and production that can reach up to 53 m3/h. Larger excavator but same results – the material is recycled onsite, there is no need to repurchase or dispose of it in landfills, transport costs and processing times are also reduced. And you work in total safety since the excavator operators conduct the operations themselves.

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The redevelopment of the area where the largest steel complex in the country was active for 40 years – the Kremikovtsi plant, whose dimensions were comparable to a city – saw one of the largest models of crusher buckets at work, the BF135.8, on a 45-plus-t Hyundai excavator. Vast quantities of reinforced C&D demolition material had to be processed in an area of approximately 12 million m2. For this reason, the MB Crusher bucket was chosen – a flexible piece of equipment, easy to transport and use, capable of a high hourly production, and capable of crushing the reinforced material without any problem. The reinforced concrete is crushed to the desired output size, and the iron separates quickly from the aggregate pile. At the same time, the number of journeys – and pollution – are reduced.

Solutions for sites large and small Whether the construction site is large or small, there is always an MB Crusher unit to create a recycling centre that allows the company to

be independent in material procurement. The cost of producing the recycled aggregate is much lower than that of purchasing virgin

aggregate; it is good for the environment and complies with the latest regulations in various countries on the use of recycled aggregates. D

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Neither fish nor fowl

by Neil Edwards,CEO of the Builders’ Conference

Construction contract awards for June 2022 hit a very healthy £5.9bn. But with the number of contracts and companies winning contracts down markedly on the previous month, it is difficult to paint this in a wholly positive light. Neil Edwards reviews the month of June with figures from Q2 2022

On the face of it, a monthly BCLive league table total that fell just a whisker short of £6bn should be cause for celebration; for the construction industry to pat itself on the back on a job well done. Furthermore, 13 individual

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companies won contracts worth more than £100m each to ensure that they could afford a punnet or two of strawberries at Wimbledon. But there is a growing disquiet in construction circles. So rather than entering the summer period with a spring in its step, the sector appears to be looking over its collective shoulder. A good deal of that disquiet comes from beyond the industry itself: fuel costs, the availability and price of materials and creeping inflation have conspired to make even the most optimistic industry forecasters narrow their eyes with concern. But the number of contracts recorded in June 2022 was down 19% on the month of May, and the number of contractors winning that work was down by 20%. It is not yet time to launch the lifeboats, but it might be wise to check that they are seaworthy. Despite all this, the team at Winvic will unquestionably be in self-congratulatory mood. The company bagged the biggest single contract of the month: a £1bn project for the construction of a mammoth industrial hub in Cannock, Staffordshire for client Oxford Properties. That hub will comprise more than 740,000 m2 of commercial space, with state of the

lose its familiar top slot, it also failed to break the £1bn mark it has enjoyed for so long, accounting for just £815m split across 92 individual projects. The capital was beaten into third place by the south-west (£1.22bn) and the West Midlands (£1.2bn). Scotland delivered a comparatively poor £223m in new work while Wales continues to languish, contributing just eight new contract


art units ranging from approximately 18,500 to 111,500 m2, all supported by its own dedicated rail hub enabling multi-modal movement of goods around the UK West Midlands Interchange. Coming in at a distant second place behind Winvic’s £1.2bn monthly total is a joint venture between Wates and Kier. The JV picked up six new contract awards during the month – all of them related to the upgrading and improvement of prisons for the Ministry of Justice – worth a total of £504m. The largest of these is an £84m contract to extend Bullingdon at Bicester in Oxfordshire. Having secured second place on the BCLive league table as part of a joint venture, Kier Group also secured the third place as a standalone entity. The company secured 15 new contract awards that together were worth £337m. The largest of these is a £300m design and build contract for a new dual carriageway at the A417 Missing Link at Birdlip in Cirencester. Helping to maintain the dominance of the house-building sector is Countryside Properties, which secured £257m of new work divided across five individual contracts. The most notable of these is a £200m contract award for the creation of 750 new residential units for client The Guinness Partnership at Tolworth in Surrey. Those Countryside Properties projects were among 110 new housebuilding projects secured during the month that were worth a combined £1.27bn. This meant that housebuilding retained its position as the busiest sector, narrowly pipping factories and industrial (£1.14bn) into second place. Roads, pathways and cycleways contributed a further £667m while offices eased back (£363m this month against £592m last month). Regionally, not only did London

awards, valued at under £37m. And so, as the UK construction industry begins the inexorable slide into the summer season, we should be thankful for a near £6bn monthly total; we should be concerned at the slowing of contract award numbers; and we should, perhaps, be thankful that we’re not reliant upon the Welsh region to keep the sector afloat.

Review of BCLive table for June 2022 (see over) • • • •

232 no companies were detailed as winning new contracts during June 2022 367 no new construction orders were researched by Builders’ Conference all detailed on the UK’s only Live league table of construction contract awards BCLive Winvic secured overall top spot with a single contract worth £1.26 billion Morgan Sindall Group was the company with the most number of new construction orders in the month with 23no totaling £137.5 million

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Contracts awarded: Internal project details report

CoundonAwarded Court School, Road, Contracts - InternalNorthbrook Project Details Report Coventry CV6 2AJ Report date

21 Jul 2022 11:18

Job number


First reported date

22 Jun 2022

Submission date

22 Oct 2021

Last amended date

22 Jun 2022

DoE category


Type of premises


Estimated value


Job description


Floor area


Site address

Coundon Court School, Northbrook Road, Coventry, CV6 2AJ







Job remarks

Demolition of six existing school buildings and erection of three new buildings for teaching and educational purposes changes to internal circulation routes, site drainage, landscaping and parking provisions together with a temporary haul road, sports and temporary classrooms for use over the construction period Department for Education - DfE Construction Framework Commencement of works on Site – Q3 2022 Provisional tender date

External notes

Wates awarded contract

Successful tenderer Wates Construction

Telephone 01372-861000 Email

Wates House, Station Approach, Leatherhead, KT22 7SW



Quantity Surveyor

Structural Engineer

Secretary of State for Education Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT

Telephone 020-7925 5000

Jestico & Whiles Sutton Yard, 65 Goswell Road, EC1V 7EN

Telephone 020-7380 0382

Mace Ltd Enterprise House, 115 Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2HJ

Telephone 0121-212 6100

AKS Ward Seacourt Tower, West Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 0JJ

Telephone 01865-240071





Not available

Main contractor tenderers BAM Construction Ltd

Telephone 0121 746 4000 Email

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Contracts awarded: Internal project details report HMP Bullingdon, Contracts Awarded -Patrick InternalHaugh ProjectRoad, DetailsUpper Report Arncott, Bicester OX25 1PZ

Report date

21 Jul 2022 11:16

Job number


First reported date

22 Jun 2022

Submission date

04 Mar 2022

Last amended date

21 Jul 2022

DoE category


Type of premises


Estimated value


Job description


Floor area


Site address

HMP Bullingdon, Patrick Haugh Road, Upper Arncott, Bicester, OX25 1PZ







Job remarks

Development of a new accommodation houseblock, new office/administration building, new workshop building, extension to existing medical office, new 'programmes/multifaith' building, and extension to existing physical recreation building; associated demolition works; extension to the prison car park; associated landscaping - Accelerated Houseblocks Development Programme (AHDP). See also Jobs 310942, 310945, 310946, 310939 & 310948

External notes

Wates/Kier JV awarded contract

Successful tenderer Wates/Kier JV

Telephone 01372-861 000 Email

Wates House, Station Approach, Leatherhead, KT22 7SW


Quantity Surveyor

Ministry of Justice 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ

Telephone 020-3334 3555

Cushman & Wakefield Pivot+Mark, 48-52 Baldwin Street, BS1 1QB

Telephone 0117 926 2210



Not available

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Contracts awarded: Internal project details report

Parkhouse Street,- Internal Project Details Report Contracts Awarded Camberwell, London SE5 7TQ Report date

21 Jul 2022 12:17

Job number


First reported date

10 Jun 2022

Submission date

01 Mar 2022

Last amended date

21 Jul 2022

DoE category


Type of premises

Mixed Use Development

Estimated value


Job description

New Build

Floor area


Site address

Parkhouse Street, Camberwell, SE5 7TQ







Job remarks

Demolition of existing structures, decontamination, remediation, and the construction of a mixeduse development comprising buildings up to 11 storeys in height and accommodating 109 new homes (92 Shared Ownership and 17 Affordable Rent) and commercial floorspace (Use Class B1c), complete with associated drainage and services alterations, all infrastructure, car parking, cycle parking and associated landscaping

External notes

ARJ Construction awarded contract

Successful tenderer ARJ Construction Ltd

Telephone 01462-768355 Email

Bedford House, Meadway Technology Park, Rutherford Close, Stevenage, SG1 2EF



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Southern Housing Group Fleet House, 59-61 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5LA

Telephone 0845 6120021

HTA Design LLP 78 Chamber Street, E1 8BL

Telephone 020-7485 8555




Contracts awarded: Internal project details report Contracts Awarded - Internal Project Details Report Contracts Awarded - Internal Project Details Report

Stonecutter Court, London EC4ADetails 4TR Report Contracts Awarded - Internal Project Report date Report date First reported date First reported date Report date date Last amended Last amended date First reported date Type of premises Type of premises Lastdescription amended date Job Job description Typeaddress of premises Site Site address Job description Site address Region Region Sector Sector Region Job remarks Job remarks Sector Job remarks

External notes External notes

21 Jul 2022 11:10 Job number 302466 21 Jul 2022 11:10 Job number 302466 08 Jun 2021 30 Jul 2021 Submission date 08 Jun 2021 30 Jul 2021 Submission date 21 Jun Jul 2022 Job number 302466 16 202211:10 OF DoE category 16 Jun 2022 OF DoE category 08 Jun 2021 30 Jul 2021 Submission date Office £120,000,000 Estimated value Office £120,000,000 Estimated value 16 Jun 2022 OF2 DoE category New Build 0m Floor area New Build 0m2 Floor area Office Estimated value Stonecutter Court, Site Bounded By Shoe 0£120,000,000 Floors Stonecutter Court, Site Bounded By Court Shoe & Floors 0 2 Lane,, Stonecutter Street, Plumtree New Build 0m Lane,, Stonecutter Street,4TR Plumtree Court & Floor area Farringdon Street, EC4A Farringdon Street, EC4A 4TR Stonecutter Court, Site Bounded By Shoe 0 Floors 11.0 Lane,, Stonecutter Street, Plumtree Court & 11.0 Farringdon Street, EC4A 4TR Private Private 11.0 To provide over 250,000 sq ft of Grade A office space Demolition of 1 Stonecutter Street and 81 To provide over 250,000 sq ft of Grade office space Demolition of 1 Stonecutter Street Farringdon Street, and associated worksA to retain the Hoop and Grapes Public House; theand 81 Private Farringdon and associated works the Hoop Grapesand Public House;ofthe erection of aStreet, new building constructed onto theretain retained lowerand basement basement 1 erection of aover new250,000 building on the retained lowerstories; basement and of 1and Stonecutter Street providing podium, and 13 upper usebasement of the Street building for81 To provide sqconstructed ftground, of Grade A office space Demolition ofThe 1 Stonecutter Stonecutter Street providing ground, podium, and 13 The use of the building forat offices (Class B1) at part ground and firstto toretain thirteenth floors,stories; retail /offices (Class B1, A1, Farringdon Street, and associated works theupper Hoop and Grapes Public House; theA3) offices (Class B1)building atatpart to thirteenth floors, retail /offices A1, A3) at podium level, retail partground groundand floorfirst (Class A1/A3) and associated delivery bay,B1, cycle erection of a new constructed on the retained lower basement and(Class basement of 1parking podium retailwith at part ground floor A1/A3) and associated delivery cycle out parking facilities,level, together ancillary plant at(Class basement andupper lower basement levels; the Stonecutter Street providing ground, podium, and 13 stories; The use ofbay, the laying building forof a facilities, together ancillary at basement and(Class lowerA1/A3) basement theB1, laying replacement private space,plant associated pavilion andlevels; enclosure, along with offices (Class B1) with at open part ground and first to thirteenth floors, retail /offices (Class A1,out A3)ofata replacement associated (Class and alongflank with of hard andlevel, softprivate landscaping; and the erection ofpavilion a screen to associated beA1/A3) attached toenclosure, the south west podium retail atopen part space, ground floor (Class A1/A3) and delivery bay, cycle parking hardHoop and together soft and the erection of a screen to beabasement attached tolevels; the south west the and landscaping; Grapes House toatbebasement planted toand provide green wall, along with the flank facilities, withPublic ancillary plant lower the laying out ofofa the Hoop and Grapes Public House to be planted to provide aaccess greenand wall, along withalong the enclosure of the yardopen to thespace, rear ofassociated the Public House with an A1/A3) to the new open space for replacement private pavilion (Class enclosure, with enclosure of the yard to theand rearthe of the PublicofHouse withtoan to to thethe new openwest space forof means of soft escape purposes hard and landscaping; erection a screen beaccess attached south flank means of and escape purposes the Hoop Grapes Public House to be planted to provide a green wall, along with the Mace awarded contract enclosure of thecontract yard to the rear of the Public House with an access to the new open space for Mace awarded means of escape purposes

External notestenderer Mace awarded contract Successful Successful tenderer Mace Ltd

Mace Ltd Successful tenderer Mace Ltd

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Testing made simple A new guide and workshops are making it easier for demolition waste handlers to identify and test potentially hazardous wood and save money. Caelia Quinault tells more

Disposing of hazardous waste wood is an expensive business for the demolition sector. Material that is hazardous can cost over £200 more to dispose of per tonne than non-hazardous wood, representing a significant outlay for businesses who are already grappling with rising costs. It is therefore important to determine exactly what material is hazardous and what is not, to ensure that only truly hazardous wood is sent down this route. To this end, the Wood Recyclers’ Association – the trade association for the wood recycling sector – this month launched a campaign to make it easy for those handling waste wood from demolition to identify certain types of potentially hazardous material and send samples off for testing. Items being targeted include fence posts, decking and certain kinds of wood from pre-2007 buildings such as roof timbers, external joinery and tiling battens. Testing is required to demonstrate the level of hazardous

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material in this waste stream, to ensure that demolition contractors are not left having to prove it later on an individual basis at their own expense or the expense of their clients. The campaign includes an easyto-use Quick Guide, which uses pictures to illustrate what wood is potentially hazardous and provides step-by-step instructions on how to take a sample of this material and send it to a laboratory for testing. The WRA is also holding a series of free training workshops on testing. The first of these was a one-hour online event on 3 August with and a face-to-face session on 14 September at the NEC in Birmingham at RWM and Live. Other dates will follow and bespoke sessions can be arranged for larger contractors if required. To download the Quick Guide and register for the Workshops, visit the WRA website, Both the Guide and workshops are aimed at operatives and

supervisors working on the ground, as opposed to site managers. They are being delivered in association with the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) and United Resource Operators Consortium (UROC).

Guide and workshops The Quick Guide makes it simple for operatives to correctly identify potentially hazardous waste wood and provides a form to fill out and submit with any wood samples they send for testing. The one-hour workshops reinforce these messages and will explain the regulatory drivers for why the classification and testing needs to be done and what the impact of failing to do this will be. Participants will then be guided through the process of identifying potentially hazardous material and collecting a sample for analysis, before being given the opportunity to ask questions during a 15-minute question and answer session. Julia Turner, Executive Director of the WRA, said: “The Quick Guide and Workshops will give clarity to those handling waste wood from demolition and refurbishment activities. “The simple format will help operatives to understand the importance of their participation in testing and what it is they need to do.”


The campaign This will help operators in England to meet regulatory requirements to correctly classify waste wood under Regulatory Position Statement 250 (RPS). This RPS allows some types of wood that are potentially hazardous to be dealt with by sites that are not currently permitted to receive hazardous waste, provided they are either sent to panel board manufacture or the correct type of incinerator. Slightly different rules are in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. While certain items such as railway sleepers and telegraph poles are widely known to be hazardous and continue to require specialist disposal, the picture is less clear with regards to hazardous material from pre-2007 buildings. Without these tests, the WRA says the Environment Agency (EA) will assume all demolition waste wood from pre2007 buildings is hazardous; it will be the responsibility of the waste generator to prove otherwise before the waste can be moved from their sites after the RPS expires in 2023. This will also involve a significant increase in the time the wood has to remain on site, taking up valuable space.

correct end market. Now, the WRA is urging the demolition sector to make use of the Quick Guide and workshops to help meet regulatory requirements and save the sector money in the long term. Julia Turner said: “We urge anyone who handles waste wood from demolition to sign up to one of our workshops. Testing is vital because if we don’t prove what is hazardous now on a national level, the demolition sector will have to prove it themselves later.” D Quick Guide: wp-content/uploads/WRADemolition-Wood-Quick-Guide. pdf Wood Recyclers Association workshops:

Classification The WRA campaign is intended to simplify the messages around testing set out in the more detailed 2021 guidance document, Waste Wood Assessment Guidance for the Construction and Demolition Sectors, which operators still need to follow in full. Published alongside separate guidance for the wood recycling sector, this 2021 guidance was produced as part of the ongoing Waste Wood Classification Project, an initiative launched by the WRA in 2017, which aims to ensure the right wood ends up in the

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The winds of change

by Jacqueline O’Donovan

I have never experienced as much change and upheaval as we are seeing today in the current business climate. We seem to be navigating our way through one tumultuous year after another. The climate crisis, Brexit, COVID, the war in Ukraine and the current political uncertainty in the UK – it is a long list and each has brought challenges that are impacting our operations daily. But change is inevitable and it brings with it a steep learning curve that can be challenging as well as character building, and in some cases it can be just what the doctor ordered. I have been navigating change in my own family business, which has seen some positive developments with O’Donovan Waste joining 92 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

forces with Swedish recycling giant Sortera. This kind of change does not happen overnight and there is an arduous road to follow when you make such a monumental decision. My priority was that any change would have minimal operational impact on my business and allow me and my team to continue doing what we do best. So it is business as usual. Whatever your individual priority is when making your decisions, don’t rush in. Whether you’ve spent a lifetime building a family business with a view to passing it down the generations or started a business with the aim to sell it and move on to a fresh challenge, there are many considerations and misconceptions about the process. It is a laborious

task for business owners to take on. The first and most important thing is to be 100% committed once you reach your conclusion and this will take time. There are many factors that will steer and eventually determine your decision. The next phase is to do your homework and investigate the market with whomever you feel is best positioned to sell your business for you. Choosing advisors from a selection is not as simple as it sounds, as these people will be communicating with you, day in and day out over a period of time, so do not rush this vital selection process. You will have to work closely with your advisors and so it is imperative to get it right as a good relationship is the key to success. The valuation of your business can also be a subject of great debate, as people look at their business in a number of different ways. Some add up and calculate different sections and parts until they reach a grand total whilst others use multiples of EBIDTA. It really is something personal to the person or people selling. The price tag must be agreeable, not only to the seller but to any potential buyers, and this figure can sometimes be very debatable. In addition to taking the decision, the next important element to consider is your team. Staff are undoubtedly the biggest asset of any company in the service industry. It is important to make sure that the communication is dealt with throughout the process. As the John C Maxwell quote goes: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, shows the way.” Your team will be looking to you for reaction and guidance, so it is important to be ready to offer that support at a time of considerable change. Whatever plans you have for your business, anyone that is navigating through the unpredictable current climate will look back at these tricky times in years to come and reflect on the way we rose to and managed such challenges. I think we will all be able to say that collectively, we learned a whole lot about resilience and determination. D

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opinion by Terry Lloyd, Head of Construction at Paragon Bank

Weathering the storm After a challenging start to the decade, the return of the Hillhead show has proved to be an ideal opportunity to take stock of our sector. With blue skies overhead, Hillhead was a veritable hive of activity that showed the tenacity of our sector. Deals were being struck, new equipment unveiled, and fresh contacts were made at the same time as old friendships were renewed. We made it through the pandemic, and now we were looking to the future. But while blue skies may have greeted us at Hillhead, grey clouds are becoming an almost permanent 94 | DemolitionHUB Magazine

fixture over the economy. Rising energy prices are helping to drive inflation, the Bank of England looks set to raise interest rates once again, and the OECD is projecting that the UK will record zero growth in 2023. Inflation has already started to bite. Pressures throughout global supply chains are seeing costs rise, investments delayed, and concerns deepen about whether clients will postpone projects until the economy stabilises. These are understandable concerns, especially with the governor of the Bank of England recently commenting that he expects the UK to record a further

step-up in inflation later in 2022. Companies are facing difficult decisions about how to plan for uncertain times, at the same time as knowing that business must continue, regardless of the economy. Simply waiting to see what happens is not an option, especially when demolition is vital to the health and growth of the economy – after all, we need to the clear the old to let the new be built. Firms still need to meet the challenge of rising costs, balance whether they pass on increases to customers, and to understand what can be absorbed. These are difficult decisions but there are solutions to the challenges we are facing, and investing time in exploring those options is time well spent. While new equipment purchases may need to be postponed for some, preowned equipment remains a viable option – and financing opportunities exist for their acquisition, just as with new equipment. Also, refinancing existing equipment is also an important tool available for those companies looking to plan for the years ahead. Our sector is used to thinking about the long term, and with greener options starting to come to the fore there is also the opportunity to still be investing now to meet the environmental challenges being set by the government for the next decade and beyond. As we saw at Hillhead, new equipment is available that can provide practical, long term cost savings and there is still the opportunity to go forward with new acquisitions – and I’m sure many left the show with a wish list of purchases. When we next gather for Hillhead we will no doubt be catching-up on how the sector has fared, and with the right planning we will hopefully be enjoying not only blue skies for the show itself, but also for the economy and our sector. Demolition has weathered hard times before, and it will again. D

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