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ISSUE 2 - 2015

5 President’s Page

8 Federation Matters

14 Dem-Master Demolition 18 Armac Demolition

28 Erith Group & ECY Haulmark 30 Demolition Expo 2015 40 Forshaw Demolition 42 Recycling Lives 48 Keltbray

52 Windmill Demolition

56 JCB & Northeast Demolition


11 Where’s Howard?

60 Institute of Demolition Engineers 65 Windsor Waste 66 Classifieds

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The past four months have been extremely busy across a wide range of sectors. In the height of summer, the talk of the month I am delighted to report is the great success of this year’s Demolition Expo and send my sincere gratitude and congratulations to all involved in the production to make it such an outstanding event to raise the profile of our industry. It was a joint venture of two of our established organisations within the UK, the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) and the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) as they came together for a meeting of minds at the event. The Demolition Expo was an opportunity for the ISP members of the NFDC to showcase the equipment and services they have to offer and how they can benefit the corporate members in delivering the projects they undertake. It was an occasion to network between the NFDC and IDE and education from the half a day seminar. All of which helps to develop relationships to benefit towards the future of the demolition industry.

I cannot enter into the second quarter of this year’s Presidency without thanking all who attended the Demolition Expo 2015 and for the efforts and exceptional

contribution from all of the organisers of the event. It was fantastic to see such enthusiasm and engagement with both the NFDC and IDE for the success of the Demolition Expo 2015. A special mention to John Mould who transformed his property for the good will of the event- your contribution is greatly appreciated.

On behalf of both our corporate and ISP members, we continue to offer competitive solutions using innovative techniques, whilst primarily considering both cost and risk. We continue to promote within the NFDC for the benefit of those members, including full page advertising in Construction News, Demolition & Dismantling magazine and of course in addition to our Demolition Expo event.

Developing the skill set our workforce can offer and using innovative techniques to complete complex projects, is an aspect of progression our members aim to achieve. Without the specialised equipment our ISP members have available, the continuous evolution of our industry which comprises of such talent would not be possible. It is important to celebrate and promote all areas of success and emerging alterations within the NFDC to industries which we respect and admire.

Communication is key as we illustrate these for the benefit of all our members and we consider our industries future within the UK and to our competitors within the global market.

The NFDC Convention 2015 is being held at the picturesque Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in County Down, Northern Ireland from the 4th to the 7th September. All federation members are invited to join for the occasion which is situated in six acres of immaculate private grounds bordering a beach and with the world renown Royal County Down Golf Course in a close proximity.

The convention is a great benefit to all members which is a further networking opportunity whilst being educated by the main sponsor Sandvik at their factory in Ballygawley. The NFDC’s half yearly business meeting is being held at the factory where attendance by our federation members is paramount. I look forward to seeing many if not all of our members joining us as we celebrate successes and strengths of the federation and come together to develop our future.

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As a previous President of the NFDC, Tom Greenham has seen great changes in the demolition industry since he joined in 1957. The Greenham name has been present in the London demolition industry from 1850 with Tom taking the reigns of the family firm of London Demolition in 1957 upon the death of his father. “The demolition industry has been very good to my family over the years” explains Tom “We have undertaken some very interesting projects during my time working in the industry including the demolition of the famous Intercontinental Hotel in central London.


As an authoritative voice for the demolition industry, The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) have been keeping a keen eye on the recent changes to the Construction, Design, Management Regulations, CDM 2015.

2015 has seen the biggest changes in the regulations for over a decade and the NFDC have been keen to ensure that their Members are being kept fully up to date with any changes that will effect the way in which they operate their contracts. NFDC CEO, Howard Button explained that he has been in close contact with the HSE as to the changes being made and has made representations on behalf of the

As the founding Member of the IDE and instrumental in the inception of the EDA and NDA, Tom has overseen many changes in the industry including the implementation by the Health and Safety Executive in 1974 to insist

on the wearing of hard hats on demolition sites. While this was initially frowned upon by the unions, it was the start of the push by the demolition industry to be recognised as industry leaders in looking after the welfare of their operatives. The one thing that Tom fondly remembers about his time within the industry was the camaraderie between fellow demolition professionals especially the late Claude Brown and Peter Griffiths, both of whom were prominent members of the NFDC and IDE. Even though he has now retired from the industry, Tom still keeps a watchful eye on proceedings with his son running the family firm of London Demolition UK Ltd.

demolition industry as to the changes. The key change in the CDM Regulations 2015 is the dropping of the CDM Co-ordinator role created under CDM 2007, a role currently frequently contracted out to a third party consultant, and the introduction of the Principal Designer who will be drawn from the project design team. The structural simplification of the regulations and the replacement of the Approved Codes of Practice with a more targeted guide will hopefully make the regulations easier to understand.

To assist members with the upcoming changes to CDM the NFDC are currently in the progress of drafting an updated Guidance Note for Members.




MATTERS PURCHASE OF VITALIA HOUSE The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) and National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) are pleased to announce the purchase of Vitalia House in Paradise Industrial Estate, Hemel Hempstead.

The building will soon be the new home for the NDTG to undertake demolition, health and safety and construction related training. Currently the NFDC and NDTG share the adjacent Resurgam House but an increase in enquiries from the demolition and construction industry for specific training has prompted the group to look at expansion.

demolition and construction industries a safer place to work.”

Iain also when on to explain that the expansion for the NDTG will be a major benefit to the demolition industry; “Vitalia House will give the NDTG greater flexibility in providing courses keeping the NDTG at the forefront of bespoke training for both our Members and customers in the demolition industry. The provision for a dedicated room to house the demolition plant simulator will greatly improve the ability to offer specific training courses in plant operation.”

The NDTG offer a wide variety of course subjects for all levels of the demolition industry from general site operative through to demolition management. General construction safety course are also offered along with tailored demolition plant training including high reach excavator and skid steer loader. Courses can be held at the NDTG premises in Hemel Hempstead or at clients own premises if required. The NDTG issued over 12,000 certificates to successful candidates in 2014 and the expansion into Vitalia House will provide a significant increase in these figures for 2015.

Plans for Vitalia House include the construction of two large dedicated training rooms, a large purpose built room to house the very popular demolition simulator along with a large indoor practical training area. Construction work at Vitalia House is due to start imminently with the first trainees using the facility in the new year. NDTG Lead Trainer/Assessor, Iain Kirk commented on the expansion; “The new training facility will give the NDTG more scope in course delivery and will enable us to train more individuals in making the


The NFDC is proud about its commitment to supporting both Corporate and ISP members. Recently our Marketing and PR Executive Louise Calam has been promoting corporate members throughout the wider construction industry with an advertising campaign in the leading construction based magazine, Construction News. Our in-house magazine, Demolition & Dismantling has also seen a massive jump in

circulation thanks to a large increase and updating of the database with the magazine now being sent to more relevant bodies within the demolition, construction, recycling and wider industries.

A weekly e-newsletter along with regular press releases are now being distributed throughout the database to keep everyone informed of the latest news effecting the demolition industry. A new information pack is being

developed for distribution throughout the architectural and construction industries to highlight the benefit of using an accredited NFDC demolition contractor. The pack will contain details of the commitment to training, technical competence and dedication to client satisfaction. For more information on the NFDC and membership please contact Louise Calam,




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WHERE’S HOWARD? WE FOLLOW THE NFDC CEO AROUND THE COUNTRY structures along the proposed route. While the meeting focussed on the benefits of using Federation members, HS2 cannot guarantee that only our Members will be able to tender for such projects. While this can only happen in a transparent and just marketplace, HS2 were very keen to embrace the standards set by the NFDC for their members and have agreed to set out certain criteria for demolition companies to meet when such work becomes available.

Our CEO Howard Button has

been kept busy over recent months attending both the Regional Meetings and various other NFDC and NDTG functions. While Howard is kept very busy with Federation matters, he also goes out to the wider industry to promote the work and ethics of the Federation and its Members.

The Regional Meetings have been reported as very positive. With ever increasing turnout from Member companies, Howard is keen to encourage Regional Chairmen to push for more involvement from local members. While attempting to attend every meeting on the calendar there have been occasional clashes with Howard offering his sincerest apologies for being unable to attend.

The BBC has recently been showing a three part documentary series entitled “The Wrecking Crew” Initial enquiries from the BBC to the Federation in relation to this series brought the film crew and producers in to Resurgam House to discuss possible leads for filming and to undertake training on demolition site safety. Through the Federation the BBC contacted many of our Members to enquire about the opportunity to work with them on various projects with Best, Bradley, Coleman and Co, DSR, Howard Stott and Robinson and Birdsell agreeing to let the camera crews in to see just what it takes for professional demolition crews to undertake their day to day operations. Howard explains that Marketing and PR Executive Louise Calam has monitored various Social Media platforms throughout the series with the

response being overwhelming. Facebook and Twitter comments were up hugely and traffic to the website also went up dramatically with many people calling for a second series.

Funding for the NDTG is always a hot topic. Howard and the team have recently secured additional funding from the CITB and have negotiated a deal to reduce the costs for Managers, Supervisors and Chargehand courses to NDTG Members.

The recent announcement of a merger between UKCG and NSCC.has raised concern at Federation board level. Despite a high level meeting with NSCC CEO Suzannah Nichol several questions remain unanswered. While details are still up in the air, Howard is still determined that the UK demolition industry will have a presence and maintain a voice within this important group.

One final undertaking over the recent months has been the talk of workers cards from CSCS. There are rumours regarding changes to the system and the possible introduction of smart card technology for affiliated cards and while this may be something in the future, the NFDC and NDTG will be keeping its Members informed of any changes in the industry.

While the Government are still pushing ahead with plans for HS2, the infrastructure work associated with this mammoth undertaking are growing ever larger and more complex. Howard recently met with the Director of Procurement for HS2 to discuss the demolition of



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recently completed one of the largest and most complex demolition projects undertaken in the city of Edinburgh for many years. The buildings were located on the junction of St Andrew Square and South St David Street, and overlooked the very popular St Andrews Square, right in the very heart of the bustling capital.

The former mixed use buildings had lain dormant for almost a decade since Dem-Master originally undertook the soft strip out of the building. The soft strip was not the first time the company had been involved with the buildings having undertaken some facade retention works almost 25 years ago. Dem-Master Managing Director, Peter Speedie explains that his company had undertaken the strip out contract of the buildings in readiness for demolition for a previous client. The demolition was postponed for numerous reasons with the building staying empty until last year when Bowmer and Kirkland were appointed to redevelop the city centre site.

With the majority of the buildings on site ready to be demolished, applications were put to the local council to obtain footpath and road closures to facilitate the use of high reach machines working at safe distances and to ensure a safe exclusion zone around the site. The council were hesitant about road closures as there were a number of important events planned for the city centre during the demolition programme and ultimately refused any long term closures. Footpath closures were put in place for the duration of the project, but the lack of road closures meant Dem-Master needed to look at the logistics of commencing the demolition works. The buildings were all of reinforced concrete design but had varying

facades including granite and glass cladding designs and were situated in very close proximity to hotels and office blocks which were to stay in use during the demolition works. Another problem the Dem-Master team had to deal with was the partial listing of some of the buildings. While this caused temporary delays in commencing operations, client discussions with the relevant authorities eventually saw the buildings de-listed. Although not a quick decision, the Dem-Master team were able to work around these obstacles until the delays were fully resolved.

With a full scaffold including protection fans to stop falling material dropping on to the road erected and hoardings in place, the company first protected the pavements and fixed street furniture around the site. Although the majority of the paving will be reinstated at the end of the construction work, there were masses of fibre optic cables situated below the surface. A live substation was also protected with a scaffold and fully boarded enclosure during the demolition works. With adequate protection in place, the company developed a quirky method of protecting a number of

phone boxes by using up-turned bulk bins. The first task for the demolition team was to remove the top five stories of the building fronting South St David Street. The ten storey block was situated less than five metres away from shops and restaurants on the main Edinburgh shopping thoroughfare, Princes Street. To make matters more complicated, the small space between the two buildings was also a goods access to the rear of the shops and was to be maintained fully during the demolition and subsequent construction works. Unable to obtain permanent road closures, the company decided the only way to commence operations was with temporary night time closures and with these in place, Dem-Master delivered their Hitachi high reach excavator to work its way into the site. The 44m Hitachi demolition rig was delivered safely to site using a number of one way streets and the company are very quick to praise the local traffic constabulary for their help and co-ordination of the complex moves. Working from a protected highway, the company commenced the demolition of the smaller building situated at the corner of the site. This was seen as the best way of getting access for other plant and



machinery into the site. Following a number of night time demolition sessions, the company had opened up enough space on the site top allow the Hitachi to remain on site and commence daytime operations. The first operation for the Hitachi was to lift four mini excavators to the roof of the ten story building along with a Brokk demolition machine to commence the deconstruction of the building. The structural integrity of the building had been checked prior to the mini excavators being lifted up and with sufficient tolerance in the imposed loadings available, the demolition work commenced at pace with all mini excavators and skid steer loaders quickly reducing the building down to six stories. While the company had intended to bring the building down with the high reach machine, the lack of full time road closures meant the rethink of their operations. The top down operation was a more time consuming affair for the demolition team but the ability to alter their method of demolition was much appreciated by the client. The proximity of basement structures also meant that positioning of heavy equipment over the demolished buildings required careful consideration. With many of the basements being retained along with a number of retaining walls, a series of structurally designed temporary fill solutions and temporary propping works needed to be designed and installed. This was also true of some of the listed structures where a large amount of temporary steelwork was designed and installed to ensure the structure remained stable. Once the de-listing of the buildings came into force, the steelwork was removed for the demolition work to progress. The scaffolding subcontractor used for the job was required to have a presence on site from the start of the demolition works as was the pace of the demolition. “We needed scaffolding to be moved constantly during our operations.� explained Mr Speedie.

With the first building down to a manageable level, the company took the remainder down to street level with the Hitachi high reach which was then able to work from 16

the small courtyard to the rear of the buildings. With a 28 week programme to meet, the company also brought in two Liebherr R954, one a 28m high reach, and two Hyundai 225 excavators to assist in both the demolition and material removal. With the site being centrally located, the company decided to remove the material to the nearby docks at Leith for crushing and screening as any operation of this type on site would have slowed the overall progress up and also created potential noise and dust issues. The potential problems created by both noise, dust and vibration were taken into account at he start of the job with a number of remote monitoring systems installed to constantly monitor all levels and automatically report should levels near their limits. Dem-Master and their clients are proud to say that there were no breaches of any noise, dust or vibration limits at any time during the demolition phase of the operations with the noise of passing traffic and trams creating more disturbance than the demolition itself! The relatively tight demolition programme was further compressed as the client required part of the site to become available for construction work to commence after just 16 weeks. Working a series of shifts, Dem-Master provided Bowmer and Kirkland with the portion of the site which they required to enable them to commence their operations and actually completed the full demolition package two weeks ahead of schedule.


While the majority of the demolition work involved raising the buildings to the ground, one of the structures required to the granite facade cladding to be removed for potential reuse on the new structure. To facilitate this, Dem-Master used a number of large cherry pickers to remove the granite panels before numbering, protecting and putting them into storage. With the majority of the building stripped out prior to the demolition contract commencing, Dem-Master are looking to recycle almost 100% of the demolition arisings with a small amount of material coming back onto the site to provide a piling mat for the construction operations.

Even though the project threw a number of curve balls at Dem-Master with extra structural bracing having to be installed and subsequently removed due to delisting and the lack of road closures meaning a change in methodology, the company completed the highly complex and awkward project within their allowed programme time to the complete satisfaction of Bowmer and Kirkland. Both Senior Project Manager, Craig Paterson and Senior Site Manager, Phil Bates were extremely pleased with the way in which Dem-Master approached and completed the project. So successful was this complex project that Dem-Master have been awarded with the British Safety Council International Safety Award and has helped them to the Construction News Demolition Specialist of the Year Award.

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the M1, M6 and A14 roads and is currently under reconstruction by Skanska in a major push by the Highways Agency to alleviate the hold ups and accidents caused by the huge amounts of traffic using the junction. The weekend of the 21st of March saw the busy junction on the UK motorway network brought to a stand still, albeit temporarily, while demolition specialists Armac deftly removed a now redundant bridge over the M6 North access junction.

The bridge was once part of the Southbound carriageway of the M6 and since the road realignment work had been underway, this portion of the carriageway had been unused. To facilitate the further construction of the structures for the new section of road, the bridge was in need of demolition. The decision to blast the structure was one made on time scales. While Armac have the know-how and equipment capable of removing the bridge, the need to re-open the Northbound M6 slip road as soon as possible was the defining factor in this decision to blast.

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the 10pm blast was put back an hour causing a few nervous moments for the Armac crew who were already on a tight schedule. The Highways Agency had demanded that the access road be back in operation by 2pm on the Sunday afternoon meaning Armac, from their original 10pm blast time, had only 16 hours to drop and clear the bridge.

With rolling roadblocks in place shutting the there roads down, the blast took place an hour behind schedule. Going off without a hitch the circular legs were collapsed allowing the bridge deck to drop onto the protective matting below. With a total weight of approximately 4000 tonnes the fleet of excavators quickly enveloped the area and proceeded to dissect the remains of the concrete structure. The preferred method of dispatching a bridge with explosives would be to drill and blast the deck to aid in the final cutting and breaking operations. This method was not accepted on this project leaving Armac with the

added task of breaking up an almost complete deck.

With the job site declared safe, the traffic was allowed to flow and the excavators moved in to commence their work. Armac are specialists in the demolition of bridges and take great pride, and rightly so, in the precise organisation of such projects. Such is their expertise in undertaking projects of this nature, the company are amongst the few recommended by the statutory authorities to undertake such work. “We started bringing in plant and equipment a couple of days before the blast.” explains Managing Director Adrian McLean “The logistics of a job such as this are immense. We have over 40 heavy vehicle movements associated with this job and coordinating them is a major task in itself.”

Armac have recently equipped their entire fleet of heavy demolition excavators with the OilQuick coupling system. Supplied by ECY Haulmark in Warrington, the company have been successfully

Work to prepare the bridge for the blast commenced in the weeks prior; drilling the heavily reinforced legs for the 100 plus kilos of explosive was undertaken with great care to ensure the legs collapsed correctly leaving the bridge ready for further demolition. With the access road closed prior to the blast taking place, the Armac team quickly placed a protective timber mat topped off with a layer of protective stone covering to allow the bridge to drop to the ground and minimise potential damage to the road surface and any services running beneath. With the police running behind schedule slightly,



running some of their smaller Hitachi Zaxis 225USLR machines with the system for a number of years. It has been the solid build quality and ultimate cost savings associated with running OilQuick equipped machines that has led them to equip the rest of their heavy demolition fleet with the system. “We have looked at the figures for purchasing the OilQuick system and retro fitting it all of our attachments and although it is substantial, the longterm benefits far outweigh the initial cost.” comments Mr McLean.


One of the company’s Hitachi Zaxis 225USLR machines was present on the job but was used in a support role with the major demolition works being carried out by five Volvo EC380DLC excavators, a pair of Caterpillar 345CL and a pair of Hitachi Zaxis 470LCH excavators. The main demolition excavators were assisted by a Volvo EC250D and three Volvo A30F articulated trucks used to ferry material to stockpiles. Also on site was a Caterpillar 966G wheeled loader used with forks to move some of the large demolition attachments around the site and a bucket to aid in the stockpiling of the concrete arisings.

The Caterpillar 345C and Hitachi 470LCH excavators are the latest machines in the fleet to be equipped with OilQuick with one of the Hitachis coming straight from Kocurek for this particular job. The older Caterpillar machines have been fitted with a Caterpillar designed and built modular arm system. Seen by Adrian McLean as one of the best excavators he has ever had in the fleet. “The only downside with the CAT is the pin arrangement on the modular arm. If it had the Kocurek system, it would be ideal.” The two Hitachi excavators and a single Volvo EC380DL have all been equipped with Kocurek’s modular ABC arm system. Launched two years ago, the ABC concept allows Armac to have base machines with a standard, identical boom foot capable of taking a variety of arm variations. Arm configurations include either a 2m or 4m extension coupled to either a short digging/straight boom or high reach arm with a maximum of 28m reach. While the three ABC equipped excavators are similar in size, they sport slightly different OilQuick couplers. The Volvo EC380D has been fitted with the 320kg OQ80 coupler designed for excavators


weighing between 25 and 40 tonnes. Capable of providing an oil flow of up to 250l/min, the Volvo will share attachments with the remainder of the EC380D fleet. The slightly larger Cat and Hitachi excavators are all equipped with the larger 630kg OQ90 couplers. Again delivering up to 250l/min, the OQ90 provides ample oil flow for any of the attachments used by Armac including the large dedicated Demarec processors and the 7t Atlas Copco hammers. Both couplers are fitted with a number of hydraulic ports, the OQ80 is fitted with six coupling ports, two each of 1/2”, 3/4” and 1” while the OQ90 has 1x1/4”, 3x 1/2”, 1x 3/4” and 4x 1”. While some of the attachments for the excavators can be similar in size, Armac and ECY have addressed this with the newer OQ90 couplers being supplied in factory finish white as opposed to the red of the OQ80. Attachment hanging brackets have also been colour coded to avoid any potential damage from attempting to connect the wrong attachment. “With the fitment of OilQuick to the fleet we are now specifying dedicated attachments.” explains Adrian Mclean “We used to go for multi purpose machines but the cost of

buying these has now escalated to the point where dedicated tools and OilQuick are now almost on a par. The addition of OilQuick and dedicated tools means that operators are always using the correct tools for a job, there’s no more making do and incurring potential damage and repair costs. Hose repairs and replacement oil is another area where we have saved money with the OilQuick. We have a fitter from Pirtek on site for there duration of this job. It may sound like overkill, but we like to cover all eventualities.” The Kocurek conversion does not only extend to the ABC arm configuration but also includes a tilting cabin with full demolition guards. The deal with ECY Haulmark means that almost the full fleet of Armac excavators are fitted with OilQuick. “ECY’s salesman, Steve Parker has been instrumental in this deal.” explains Mr McLean “Steve and the whole team at ECY have been very helpful throughout our discussions and we feel we have purchased the ideal solution for our business.” With the bridge deck on the floor, the fleet of excavators quickly descended. All operators were wearing radio headsets and were in

constant communication with both Adrian McLean and his supervisors. With a vantage point from the still intact bridge abutment, the job was undertaken with pinpoint accuracy. With six 38 tonne plus machines working in close proximity and perfect harmony to quickly dispatch the bridge deck, the single 25 tonne Volvo was tasked with stockpiling the resulting concrete tipped by three Volvo A30F trucks before commencing crusher loading. A Volvo EC380D and Cat 345 were employed in processing steel rebar while the newest Hitachi was on crushing and rebar handling duties to the far side of the job. The hammer equipped machines were making light work of the heavily reinforced deck exposing the rebar before the rebar was swiftly cut and balled ready for dispatch later in the week. Swift and also safe attachment changeovers meant that the machines could go from breaking the deck to loading the arisings within seconds meaning that the speed of the operation was so quick. With no need for any operative to be on the ground changing hoses over as the attachments were changed, the job

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has passed its final sentence; its own death penalty! The building along with an admin building and link-bridge will be demolished to make way for a new civic centre. The existing civic centre will then be demolished to make way for future development of the town centre.

Button-Linguard had been tasked with the demolition project that involved a large amount of asbestos removal from both buildings prior to demolition. With the asbestos removed the company set about soft stripping the two and three story buildings. The River Gade runs directly behind the building and to mitigate any potential contamination of the watercourse during the demolition phase it needed to be protected. While the buildings were being soft stripped Button-Linguard employed a scaffolding sub-contractor to undertake the substantial task of creating a temporary scaffold frame


from bank to bank before boarding it out to protect it from any falling debris.

Once the buildings were stripped and the link bridge cut the work to demolish the buildings could commence. The 12 week project involved the use of a wide variety of machinery from the ButtonLinguard fleet including 14, 21, 35 and 65 tonne excavators equipped with a wide range of demolition


attachments. The company also used the services of a Caterpillar tele-handler and a JCB Robot skid steer for undertaking the menial fetching and carrying jobs on the project.

While the project threw up some interesting challenges for the company, the project was completed on time and to the total satisfaction of the client.


Kier Construction Ltd has

awarded Demo One Ltd the SHE Managers Special Recognition Award for their standard of work while carrying out the demolition of five fire stations in London and the South East. Following the appointment by Kier, Demo One undertook demolition of stations in Leytonstone, Purley, Dockhead, Dagenham and Shadwell as part of a private finance initiative (PFI) funded programme that will deliver nine new fire stations across London.

All of the structures included drill towers of up to five storeys and due to their urban locations within built-up environments required controlled deconstruction techniques which Demo One specialises in. The demolition of the Dockhead station will be particularly poignant as it was ‘Blackwall Fire Station’ for many years in the ITV series London’s Burning. Built in 1928, the threebay station which was developed to include a small film studio, will be replaced by a new, three-storey building and will include facilities for the local community.

residential, construction and services group which invests in building maintenance and renews places of work and housing.

The needs of the London Fire Brigade have changed significantly since the stations were built, many at the beginning of the twentieth century, and new fire stations will cater for the demands of the 21st century with the aim of being the most energy efficient fire stations in the country. They will feature energy efficient heating systems, rainwater recycling systems, photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, solar collectors to

provide hot water and high levels of insulation.

Demo One, which specialises in deconstructing high-rise and citycentre structures, was assimilated into the McGrath Group in 1991.

“Over the last 6 months you have completed the demolition work in a safe manner in accordance with the requirements of the programme,” said Malcolm Burton, Contracts Manager at Kier Construction. “It has been a pleasure meeting and working with you and your teams. Let’s hope we can develop this relationship further going forward on other projects”.

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pecialist demolition contractors Erith Group have recently made a significant investment in new plant and equipment to add to their already extensive fleet, including Hitachi Zaxis excavators ranging through various models in the 3050 ton class. Erith Group Director Dave Darsey was insistent that all the new demolition spec machines purchased were to be fitted with the OilQuick automatic quick coupler system supplied and installed by Warrington based attachments specialists ECY Haulmark.

Having made the move initially to OilQuick back in November of 2013 Erith have since been reaping the benefits the OilQuick systems has to offer, in terms of safety for the site, operators and the increased productivity by no longer having to spend time manually changing between attachments. Come Spring of 2015 Erith Group now have nineteen of their machines fitted and operating with OilQuick.

ECY Haulmark were invited along to witness one of the new machines, an Hitachi Zaxis 470LCH fitted with OilQuick OQ80 in action,


working on a six month project in Garston, Liverpool dismantling a redundant gas holder.

The complexity of the project required the need to make up to twenty five attachments changes per day between steel shear, selector grab and bucket. Site Manager Matthew Balson explained exactly what was involved in dismantling the gas holder. “With limited access around


the gasholder being an issue, we designed a methodology to dismantle the holder from the inside of the structure. We firstly had to remove a section of the crown to allow access for the excavator to get inside. The central area of the chamber was made up of a series of brick pillars with a cast iron stanchion which was supporting the crown. A selector Grab and LaBounty MSD2000R steel shear were able to

ECY HAULMARK INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY simultaneously demolish through the brick pillars and steel in sections at a very quick rate, thanks to the OilQuick being fitted. We then removed the outer steel walls which were 12.5 metres deep. Unfortunately due to space constraints our machine operator Paul Best could only reach to a depth of 10-11 metres with the shear. We overcame this by Paul lowering a man cage into the annulus with a burner working along and upwards to six metres height. This then allowed Paul to reach in with the LaBounty steel shear and remove sections at a time all around the inside of the holder. The inner brick wall is to be retained to allow the remaining annulus to be infilled. Once this section of the project is complete, granular infill will be used to create an access within the central container to allow for a telescopic crane to enter and begin dismantling the surrounding circular steel structure working to a height of around forty five metres”

Matthew added, without the ability to make the attachment changes so quickly this project would have taken much longer to complete or seen the need for more machines working inside of the chamber.

Erith Group Managing director David Darsey commented “We initially took the OilQuick system on a two month trial demonstration in 2013 on one of our Hitachi 280 excavators and then subsequently purchased the system. On that machine I’m pleased to say, since the OilQuick system has been on we have been totally satisfied with its performance to date carrying out heavy demolition activities using various attachments, not one hose has been replaced. Since then we have purchased a further eighteen units. This is a testament to the quality of the OilQuick product, together with a great after sales back up from ECY Haulmark.



Demolition Expo 2015 The NFDC and IDE have recently held the second Demolition Expo to great acclaim from the industry. Held at J Mould’s quarry in Reading, the show has ballooned since the first show in 2013 with the uptake from the industry being simply magnificent. The amount of exhibitors almost doubling since the previous show but more importantly for our industry, the quality has increased significantly. The first Expo was held as the country was trying hard to get out of the deepest recession in modern times and, as we all know, the demolition industry is usually the first to suffer in a down turn yet the first to see the green shoots of recovery. This years show kept getting bigger and bigger with our ISP Members and other exhibitors desperate to be in on the action. A larger marquee area had been set aside for exhibitors of the non-mechanical variety and this was very busy with the likes of C&D Consultancy, Ritchie Brothers, Number8 and many more reporting an excellent first day. The NDTG brought along the latest version of the demolition simulator. The Friday morning saw NFDC and IDE Members attending the show for a business meeting opened by NFDC President Martin Wilson and IDE President

Duncan Rudall before talks from John Underwood of the HSE, NFDC CEO Howard Button, John Rimmer from Cantillon and Luigi Della Sala speaking about the life cycle of gypsum based products. The mornings meetings were concluded by Fergal O’Neill from NFDC Sponsors Sandvik. The outside areas were massively popular on both days with the large array of high reach machines dominating the skyline. Many of the premier manufacturers had turned up to support the show including Liebherr, Volvo, Komatsu and Kocurek who had all brought various examples from their ranges with the Squibb Demolition’s Liebherr 34m reach R954C being matched by Kocurek’s Caterpillar 349 conversion for PP O’Connor for the tallest machine on show.. Both machines epitomise the variety of options available to demolition contractors looking for mid range machines. The Kocurek stand also boasted a UK first for the demolition industry with a pair of Kiesel Multi-Carriers being shown in the stunning blue and silver corporate livery of AR Demolition. The two machines based on Hitachi Zaxis350 base machines drew massive interest from the weekends visitors. Designed by Kiesel, Kocurek’s strategic partner in Germany the MultiCarrier system comprises a boom mounted OilQuick hydraulic quick coupler which allows a variety of boom options and configurations to be fitted including a 21m high reach capable of handling a 4t tool, and a hydraulically adjustable boom which will carry a 4t tool to a height of 14m. The two machines have also been supplied with a mono boom to allow the productive use of digging buckets and hydraulic hammers. Sitting alongside the Cat and Hitachi excavators Kocurek also showed a zero tail-swing conversion on Rye demolition’s Hyundai ECR235. Hyundai dealers Molson Group were also at the show presenting the range of Korean excavators which have quickly carved themselves a healthy market share in the demolition sector. The Bristol based dealers

Demolition Expo 2015 proved to be the UK’s most exciting demolition weekend.







previewed examples of the Hyundai excavator and wheeled loader ranges. Situated next to Molson was another dealer in the Korean way of thinking, Promac. Headquartered in Aldermaston, Promac supply the demolition industry with the popular Doosan range of excavators along with Bobcat, Miller, Montabert and Terex compact ranges. The latest Dash 5 excavators are just making their way into the UK market and one of the first to emerge, a DX420, was at the show thanks to its new owner Comley Demolition. Volvo Construction Equipment proudly displayed their Quinto Demolition liveried EC380E high reach excavator which can reach to a maximum of 21m with a 3t tool. Volvo also displayed a wheeled material handler designed to handle the rigours of a demolition site and an interestingly liveried Police bike safety scheme 8x4 tipper. As with the first Demolition Expo, Volvo kindly bought in an articulated dump truck to ferry small (and large) children around a specially built off-road course on the Saturday. The course was also home to various examples of the Isuzu range of 4x4 pick-ups supplied by the Cordwallis Group who were also displaying various other commercial vehicle ranges under their dealership. JCB have recently added new items to their demolition specific range including new 30 tonne JS300XD and 37 tonne JS370XD excavators, both of which were on display at the show. Fitted with full cab guarding, side guards and auxiliary pipework as standard, the JS300XD was on static display while the demo area was graced by the 370XD undertaking crusher loading duties throughout the two days. The 370XD in the demo

area was accompanied by a new 457 wheeled loader which was being used to move the processed material around the site. Also on static display was a version of the joined by the new 300 Robot skid steer loader. Ideally suited to working in confined spaces, the 300 offers a relatively low height combined with a high lift arms and can be equipped with a wide variety of demolition attachments thanks to the machine’s quick hitch carriage. The Robot was joined on the stand by examples of JCB’s power generation range along with mini and midi excavators. Alongside the R954C in Squibb livery, Liebherr had an R922 demo spec excavator on show. The 22 tonne machine has been hailed as a “World Beater” by many users and the company have generated a lot of interest with this model at the show. The company also showed a UK exclusive in the form of Total Reclaims’ R956 straight boom demolition excavator. Fitted with a heavier duty undercarriage and straight demolition boom, the machine now tops the scales at an impressive 60tonnes, up 10t from the standard excavator version. A material handler in the shape of an LH40M was on static display while the company had an L566 wheeled loader undertaking various duties in the recycling area. Caterpillar compact dealer Versatile Equipment arrived at the show with a wide range of equipment including a new 320E compact radius excavator which was one of a 6 machine order to be placed by Midlands Members Armac. The 320 was joined by a 3022 material handler along with a wide variety of compact and mid sized wheeled loaders, skid steer loaders, excavators and





tele-handlers. Caterpillar also had a late entry to the demonstration are in the form of a 349 excavator working on the Worsley Plant stand. Chinese manufacturer LuiGong announced a 6 machine deal to Keltbray on the first day of the show and continued to impress the visitors with the range of excavators and wheeled loaders. P Flannery shared stand space with LuiGong displaying a variety of demolition spec’d models from the Chinese manufacturer which are proving very popular additions to their vast range of hire equipment. Hitachi occupied the final manufacturers stand and displayed a wide range of wheeled loader and tracked excavator models. Very popular amongst the demolition fraternity, Hitachi also had a major presence in the demonstration area thanks to hosts J Mould’s love of the Japanese machinery. The manufacturers 5-25 tonne models were being used to demonstrate many of the attachments on show. This years show was a mecca for anyone looking to invest in new attachments. Inmalo, ECY Haulmark and Worsley Plant occupied a massive area dedicated to showing off the latest technology in demolition attachments. Inmalo showed off their range of MBI pulverisors and shears along with a Rammer hammer. The company demonstrated the range of attachments available on machines ranging from 3-25 tonnes. The company are the leading supplier of dust suppression equipment in the UK and proudly showed off versions from the DustBoss range and the very portable MotoFog self contained dust suppression system which



was used on demonstrations around the working area. ECY Haulmark offer their customers a wide range of attachments from LaBounty, Furukawa, VTN and Dynaset along with the OilQuick hydraulic coupling system. The OilQuick was being demonstrated on a PR Plant Doosan excavator and was wooing the crowds with its safe and speedy attachment changeovers. The company also had a RubbleMaster compact crusher on static and demonstration which was proving very popular. Worsley Plant made a major announcement on the Friday revealing ex Kocurek General Manager, Brian Carroll was starting with the company to spearhead a drive in to the Southern Counties and manage a new depot around London. Like ECY, Worsley are heavily pushing the fully automatic quick coupling system with the German Lehnhoff system. The company had examples fitted to a number of excavators which were working away demonstrating the range of Rotar shears, processors and selector grabs and MB and Remu crushing and screening buckets. Hydraulic Attachment Services and MST were also present along the working area. HAS showed off the range of Italmek pulverisers and shears which they are sole UK distributor for along with their Blade Supermarket range of replacement shear blades. LDH attachments were also on site with their range of Dehaco selector grabs and hammers. Motley Plant were displaying their range of fixed strut grapples and pulverisers along with an Indeco hammer. The company are also dealers for the Kinshofer and Demarec range of hydraulic attachments of which they had many examples on show. The ProDem range of attachments and hammers were on display alongside the Arden range of hydraulic attachments with Miller GB showing their range of heavy duty attachments and couplers.











Neil Grainger from Always Digging who walked away with the prizes kindly donated by JCB and Armac. There were three other awards with John Mould winning the best vintage vehicle, Worsley Plant for the best stand and Sandvik for manufacturers innovation.

The crushing and screening area was filled with a variety of jaw crushers from Sandvik who were proudly displaying a new QJ 241 jaw crusher sold to Armac along with a QJ341 from Tyne Tees Crushing which was feeding a three way split screen. Kleeman were demonstrating their Mobirex MR110Z mobile tracked crusher with additional screenbox while Blue Group were showing a Premiertrack 400 jaw crusher feeding into a Warrior 2100 finger screener. The final demonstration machine in the crushing and screening area was a from Anaconda. McCloskey equipment were showing a number of static screens and crushers on their stand. Husqvarna were showing their range of demolition robots alongside one of their end-users, Gnat-UK. The popular range of compact yet powerful machines were being showing with a variety of attachments including hammers and from Gnat, rock and metal saws. John Moore Tractor Parts enjoyed the show with excellent enquiries for their range of cutting edges and GET.

The Saturday was a fun-filled family day with the landtrain in operation taking children and adults for rides around the site and a whole host of activities for the youngsters. The crowds also enjoyed the 4x4 and Volvo ADT course as well as the day long demonstrations from the attachment and crushing manufacturers. The excellent weather brought out the crowds in huge numbers with almost 3000 visitors on the Saturday alone, close to 5000 over the two days. Such was the large attendance and support from both the manufacturers and industry representatives that many exhibitors were already asking about the possibility of a show in two years time. Both the NFDC and IDE would like to extend their gratitude to all involved in the organisation of the show especially John Mould and his workforce, Duncan Rudall and Adrian McLean who worked tirelessly in the organisation along with the many members of staff from both camps who have put a greta deal of effort into making Demolition Expo 2015 the huge success it was.

The NDTG held burning competitions for ticketed operatives along with demonstrations of the Coleman remote control JCB excavator and a Yanmar mini excavator equipped with an offset boom capable of putting a contortionist to shame. The weekend’s hosts, J Mould (Reading) kindly brought along a small part of his vintage truck and plant collection to go on show with the RB dragline and drop ball cranes along with a number of excellently restored Caterpillar traxcavators. The Operator Trials were also on site with competitions held to find the fastest operator capable of stacking a number of tyres using a mini excavator equipped with selector grab. Competing head to head, the winner was





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FORSHAW D DEMOLITION OF THE WOODFORD AERODROME earmarked for demolition on the With the site laying dormant for a Woodford Aerodrome on the first phase. The demolition would number of years due to the outskirts of Manchester has had a very important part to play in the history of the Royal Air Force and in the manufacture of some of the most famous aircraft in British history.

The former private airfield was originally opened in 1924 by the AVRO company and became an important production centre for military aircraft during the Second World War with notable aircraft such as the Avro Anson, Avro Lancaster, Avro Shackleton and the iconic Avro Vulcan being manufactured at the site. The site then went on, under different owners, to produce the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod before, after 80 years of aircraft manufacture, being sold off in 2011.


recession early 2015 eventually saw contractors making a start to remove the very substantial structures left on site. While part of the site will be kept as the Woodford Air Museum, an attraction that boasts one of the original Vulcan bombers in its collection, the remainder of the site is due to be developed with over 1000 properties destined to fill the land once occupied by the famous aircraft. The first phase of the contract required the demolition of large pre-war hangers. The hangers were constructed from steel frames with large brick infill panels while the roof was a mass of steel lattice trusses covered in asbestos cement sheeting. Smaller and newer buildings were situated around the original hangers and these were


then encompass the remainder of the site which included more modern office accommodation and smaller workshop space.

One of the UK’s largest and most experienced demolition contractors were successful in obtaining the contract to demolish the buildings, totalling almost 250,000m2, and remove the hard standing and runway areas in preparation for the building works to commence. Forshaw Demolition have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the demolition industry and with a huge plant holding to call on, were ideally placed to undertake the complicated and fast track project. Not only were there time constraints on the project, the main hangers also provided their own

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issues by being clad in asbestos cement sheeting. While a straightforward asbestos strip out of a building would mean setting up adequate encapsulation of the area to be worked on, the hangers presented the company with a totally new problem. Faced with the massive expense and inconvenience of building enclosures around the structures, the company investigated various methods of removing the low hazard material whilst keeping within the imposed time frame for the project. After detailed analysis of the material and lengthy discussions with the relevant authorities, the company were allowed to carefully remove the sheeting as the demolition of the building commenced. To undertake this method of operation the sheeting was thoroughly soaked as worked commenced and was kept doused with water until cleared up into secure skips. Forshaw also sited extensive monitoring equipment around the perimeter of the site giving constant reading of air quality during the demolition process. During the duration of the sheeting removal there were no issues with any air quality with all results coming back clear. The sheeting was removed with the aid of a high reach excavator and was

taken apart in large pieces so as to reduce the possibility of creating dust particles.

With the sheeting safely removed with no contamination to the surrounding area, the teams concentrated on the removal of the steel frame of the buildings. Aiding labourers with the clean up of the sheeting were a team of skid steer loaders. The speedy and effective way in which the loaders dealt with the material meant that any sheeting hitting the ground didn’t stay around for long before being transferred to skips.

Once the sheets had been cleared, the large fleet of excavators quickly moved in to dispatch the steel frame of the building. Cutting the sections into short lengths, the material was then taken off site for further processing. Demolition of

the large open span of the hanger buildings meant sections were carefully collapsed in order for the material to be cut into manageable sections. The fleet of excavators included the company’s flagship Komatsu PC800 equipped with short boom and extension arm wielding a Verachtert shear and a handful of 38 and 42 tonne Doosan excavators. As the initial phase of operations was very on a very tight timescale, the fleet of machinery quickly processed the material once on the ground and loaded it on to bulkers for recycling. As the developer was looking to start construction works very quickly to meet the local demand for housing, the first hanger and some smaller associated buildings were being cleared to a certain point before the team went back to remove the concrete slab and foundations which was then crushed and stored on site for the developers future use. Yet again Forshaw demonstrated their commitment to achieving their customers’ requirements with the ability to provide the correct equipment thanks to their impressive plant holding. Not only was the first phase of the demolition works undertaken in total safety but the time constraints put on the company were also met with the site handed to their client on time.




hat does Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mean to you? For many, it is little more than a box to be ticked when completing your paperwork. However, CSR is becoming increasingly important in the industry, as reports are consistently finding that businesses and consumers alike are selecting services based on the social impact of the service provider. A recent study commissioned by Cone Communications found that 90% of consumers would refrain from doing business with a corporation if they didn’t have a CSR plan. So, why concern yourself with CSR? Apart from the overwhelming statistical evidence suggesting that it can win new business, having a CSR strategy can improve your public image, increase staff engagement and attract media coverage – whilst still getting you the best price for your scrap metal. Considering your social responsibility is evidently becoming an important factor for your business – one that you can’t afford to ignore. One of the most recent additions to the NFDC portfolio is Recycling Lives, a national metal and waste recycling company with social impact at its heart. Recycling Lives is based on a unique social business model. Various successful commercial services, such as scrap metal recycling, waste management and skip hire, sustain the Recycling Lives social welfare charity, which helps vulnerable men facing homelessness and unemployment to achieve independent living. Through a holistic six-stage programme of work experience, training, personal support and education, charity residents leave Recycling Lives with a full-time job, a place to call home and a myriad of skills and qualifications. This life-changing service would not be possible without the Recycling Lives company and the 42

services they provide. To sustain the charity, they also operate a range of community recycling services, known as community dotcoms. These are affordable recycling services for businesses and householders across the UK, including and, and were designed to support the Recycling Lives charity and other charities throughout the UK. Recycling Lives provide total waste management solutions nationwide, to meet the individual needs of every client. They handle all grades of ferrous and non-ferrous metal, with the ability to process all waste streams. With impressive recycling rates and a commitment to diverting waste from landfill, they provide professional, environmentally sustainable services across the UK. But besides the service they provide, there is another reason to choose Recycling Lives. As an ethical company, they are committed not only to sustaining charity, but also to environmental protection and sustainability, which


is key in the industry. Every time you work with the company, you will directly support the activities of the charity, whilst knowing that your waste will be dealt with responsibly and diverted from landfill; they recycle up to 100% of what they process. What’s more, with all of these great benefits, they can still offer you the best prices.

Soon, fulfilling your CSR obligations will be a necessity to ensure that you stay competitive – but it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Simply by choosing Recycling Lives, your business can get ahead, and easily adopt a social and environmental CSR strategy to tell your customers about.


he NDTG were recently asked to take their state-of-the-art demolition simulator along to Ipswich based demolition conversion specialists Kocurek. Along with providing bespoke training to the demolition industry, the NDTG have been able to tailor a general health and safety on demolition sites course for some of the staff at Kocurek.

Lead Trainer, Iain Kirk delivered the course to the fitters and managers likely to be involved with any site activities before moving on to offer staff a generalisation on operation of the high reach machine through the simulator program.

The NFDC/NDTG demolition plant simulator gives novice operators a chance to operate either a high reach demolition machine or standard excavator in ultimate safety and with no risk of damage or injury to other parties.


The Kocurek employees were taken aback as to the finesse needed to safely operate a high reach machine as the simulator mimics the exact movement of a high reach machine when in operation. While the Kocurek site staff are called on to operate machinery on a regular basis both on site and at the


workshops, the day on the simulator offered them an insight into the difficult nature of operating a high reach machine in site conditions.

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held two customer demonstration days at Reigart Demolition’s recycling centre in Scotland.

The well attended event gave demolition, recycling and earthmoving industry professionals the opportunity to see close up machinery in action and if the correct tickets were presented, gave them the chance to test the machinery out themselves. Sandvik brought along three items from their large range of crushing and screening ranges with the QJ 341 tracked jaw crusher, a QE341 three-way screener and a small QE140 screen to complement the array of machinery brought along from Liebherr and also supplied by hosts, Reigart.

On the demonstration plots a customer owned LH30M MultiUser was being used to full effect. The Multi-User concept combines the base wheeled material handler with straight material handling boom and short, excavator style dipper stick. While the materialhandling boom offers the reach required when stockpiling material or loading high–sided tippers, the dipper stick offers the machine true versatility. Fitted with a Liebherr Likufix hydraulic quick coupler the operator is able to swap attachments over in seconds with this example being supplied with a five-tine scrap grab, magnet and MSD1500 rotating shear. The attachments can be swapped over in under 30 seconds from the safety of the cab and provide the end user with a single machine capable of performing a multitude of tasks quickly and safely.


with 6.8m straight boom and full cab guarding. The 40t tonne machine was effectively using a fixed strut muncher manufactured by ECY Haulmark to remove masses of steel reinforcement from lumps of concrete. Utilising the full power of the host excavator, the fixed strut muncher provides a low cost, reliable option to hydraulic versions.

Two smaller excavators were present during the demonstration day, the R922and R914 Compact. Both machines were being used to load the Sandvik QJ341 and QE341 respectively and both generated a lot of interest during the two-day event. The R922 coming in for particular praise from Reigart’s operator who claims the machine is the best he has ever driven. The final machine came from Liebherr’s very popular range of fuel-efficient wheeled loaders. The L556 is a 14t machine with bucket capacities ranging from 3.6 to 10.0m3.

Reigart have been a Liebherr user for many years. One of their larger excavator models, an R946, was present on the demonstration plot and had been fitted out to full demolition specification complete


Powered by a 140kW engine, the Liebherr benefits from a hydrostatic drive system that offers a high power to weight ratio along with reduced fuel burn. The L556 on demonstration was equipped with a set of industrial lift arms. The industrial lift arm is available as an alternative to the standard Zbar linkage and gives parallel lift arrangement along with offering greater torque in the upper lifting range, which is ideal when using larger attachments. Running around the site feeding the Sandvik QE140, cleaning around the crusher and larger screen and loading road-going trucks with material, the L556 proved very popular with its operator and the visitors alike.



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and Castle in London is currently undergoing major transformation thanks to large financial investment from the UK Government and European Union.

One of the largest projects to be undertaken in the area was the demolition of the housing stock situated around Deacon Way and Heygate Street where main contractor for the demolition and remediation works Keltbray demolished over 1000 units over a three year period. Keltbray were appointed to remove the 1960s flats and maisonettes to make way for future housing redevelopment in the area and worked very closely with Southwark Council and Transport for London to undertake the massive project with as little disruption to the local community as possible.


The site was one of the greenest housing estates in South London and contained eleven blocks of five storey maisonettes surrounded by five, 12 storey blocks of flats surrounded by a variety of native and european species of trees. The first job for the Keltbray team was to protect the trees coming under the councils tree protection order. Careful pruning and pollarding to the trees took them to a position where the demolition works could commence. Once these were adequately protected and all incoming services to the buildings cut off, scaffolding was erected to the blocks of flats while soft strip works to the maisonettes commenced. As part of their environmental commitments to the local area, Keltbray installed a series of five Casella boundary monitoring systems all linked back to the site offices to allow the early warning of potential issues with noise and dust. The system records


and reports all dust present in the air and can send text message alerts to site staff, should the levels exceed a prescribed point.

With protective measures in place and the scaffolding erected, work to strip the asbestos form the flats could commence. While a small amount of asbestos board was found in each property, the bulk of the asbestos containing material was found in artexed ceilings to every property. It was the close co-operation with Keltbray Environmental Services who undertook the removal of the contaminated material, that the project moved along so quickly.

With so many buildings needing to be demolished the team were able to work on more than one at a time with strip out work on-going to one block as demolition works proceeded to another. Initial plans to demolish the blocks with a high reach machine were scuppered as

the nature of the construction meant that potential collapses could not be ruled out. The team then looked at a top down method using mini excavators to break out sections before using one of two crawler cranes situated on the site. To facilitate the top down method, structural calculations to allow the use of suitable sized mini excavators need to be undertaken before any work could commence. To allow the work to commence, over 10,000 heavy duty Acrow props needed to be used to prop the two floors below the one being demolished. Not only was this a time consuming aspect of the demolition work, but all props had to be man-handled before being fixed into position with an almost constant rotation from floor to floor as the demolition works progressed. Along with vertical propping to the floors, raking props were also required to stop walls from deflecting under the imposed load from above. The maximum weight of the machines allowed to operate on the floors was 3.5 tonne and while these were seen as small items of equipment, they still proved man enough to undertake the task of breaking the floors out allowing the cranes to lift the sections to the ground for further processing by a large fleet of hydraulic excavators. Scaffolding to the tower blocks was a major undertaking with the subcontractor having men on site at all times to strike the scaffold as the blocks were demolished. Once the blocks were down to six floors, the remainder of the scaffold was removed and the company completed the demolition of the

blocks with a high reach excavator. This method of operation was deemed safe as the risk of collapse had now been removed. Working from the gable ends towards the centre, the blocks were systematically reduced at an angle, again to reduce the possibility of potential failure.

Keltbray were aiming to achieve a 96-97% recycling rate for the demolition arisings from the site with the majority of the crushed material being stockpiled on site for future use by the developers. Along with the removal of the housing stock, the company took down a redundant footbridge over a weekend road closure working in conjunction with the local council and TfL. Such was the forward planning between all parties concerned that the job went better than expected sand the road was handed back to the local authority well within the agreed time. A former petrol station was also demolished within the contract with Keltbray undertaking the removal of all the old fuel tanks

and the subsequent cleaning of the ground.

As Keltbray carry their own comprehensive labour force, the company also entered into the Section 106 agreement with Southwark Council and have employed a number of operatives from the locality giving them training including Demolition Awareness, Asbestos Awareness and getting them to obtain relevant CSCS card accreditation. While employing over 30 local individuals and business’ for the duration of the contract the company has put itself in the position to increase its core workforce for forthcoming projects with many of the individuals still employed by the contractor and now working of other projects in the Capital.

At the time of our visit the company were in the final throes of the project with a small amount of demolition left to undertake along the site boundary. One excavator was still employed crushing some of the final hardstanding whilst another was laying a temporary road with some of the previously crushed materials on one part of the site while on the Heygate Street site the company were using some of their plant fleet to undertake the removal of footings from the final block of flats. A pair of Caterpillar excavators were removing the heavily reinforced concrete prior to processing. The company had also installed full wheel-wash facility on both sides of the site in an effort to reduce the amount of mud carried on to the street by the trucks leaving the site.



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have improved on their two previous Bronze site awards by receiving a Silver award for a project in Chichester carried out in the second half of last year. This is the third year running they have received one of these prestigious awards. The scheme was created to improve the image of the construction industry and their banners are seen on the best run sites in the country. The Surrey based contractor was rated as being exceptional in the areas of Site Safety and Appearance and were deemed excellent in the other categories such as Environment, Community and Workforce.

The project was the demolition of a shopping mall in the centre of the historic cathedral city. The site was surrounded by a dentist, a camera

shop and a restaurant so particular sensitivity was needed in the amount of noise and dust so as not to cause disruption to the neighbours. To this end a block work wall was specially constructed by SDC Ltd to protect the camera shop that was relocated to the former entrance to the arcade. This site was also selected by the contractor to be the location for the annual NFDC Site Audit which received accreditation for the excellent standards of safety, working methods and management.

Site Manager Tom Egerton received the award in a presentation in London with SDC Managing Director Paul Hunt. They are already in discussions on further improvements they can make to try and bag a coveted Gold award next year!

MCGEE DEMOLITION As part of its drive to increase

CSCS CARDS HELP MCGEE’S DESIRE TO REVOLUTIONISE SYSTEMS efficiency and improve safety by developing bespoke mobile applications to simplify time consuming paper based processes, McGee is using CSCS smartcards to automate checking and recording workers’ identity, qualifications and training.

McGee Group, the broad based construction company and multidisciplined specialist contractor, is using android phones and tablets to scan CSCS smartcards both to check that the cards are valid and store the information held on the cards in its cloud-based database. Being cloud-based means that authorised site managers and administrators across McGee’s operations may access the information held to verify workers’ records and confirm that they have the correct qualifications to carry out their work on site.

Director John McGee says: “Recording workers details in this way means that we can eradicate a great deal of form filling and multiple inputs to databases. Just reading a worker’s CSCS smartcard means that their record is not only accurately captured within seconds but that it’s available wherever and

whenever authorised users need it.” This is one of a series of bespoke mobile applications developed for McGee in partnership with Mobilengine, which specialises in creating apps that mimic companies’ business processes in order to improve them.

CSCS chief executive Graham Wren says: “Companies like McGee are adding to the growing list of organisations using the technology embedded in CSCS smartcards. McGee can now be confident that everyone on site has the correct qualifications for the job they do. The technology really is simple and cost effective and it’s great to see McGee benefiting from improved productivity and safety on its construction sites.”



WINDMILL D SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER Manchester based demotion

specialists Windmill Group have recently been undertaking a series of strip out works at the University of Leeds.

The Worsley Building is home to the University’s medical school and works in close co-operation with that adjacent Leeds General Infirmary and many other medical practices around Leeds. Windmill’s contract was to undertake the removal of all internal fixtures, fittings, walls and ceilings in preparation for a full refit. While this may seem to be a run of the mill project, the remainder of the building was to stay in constant use and occupation during the operation. Access to the work area was also very limited with only a 4m2 goods lift providing access for all plant and materials. and a single stair core providing personnel access and a suitable fire escape. Add to that the floor in question was the sixth and you can see why the contract was a little more interesting.

Constructed in the early 1970s, the Worsley Building consisted of a concrete reinforced frame and insitu concrete floors. There were no load bearing walls within the building with only the lift shaft and


stair cores providing any internal support to the slab. The sixth floor was once home to the medical research department and contained a myriad of small rooms all constructed from breeze block with many housing strong steel cages. The cages were present from the floor’s former use as an animal research centre yet had been redundant for many years. Once the initial survey of the floor had been undertaken and a small amount of notifiable asbestos removed, the company set about installing temporary protection to the lift, stair wells and access corridors along with undertaking the complicated and timeconsuming service disconnections. Initial thoughts for the removal of all the waste arisings would have been to build a suitable rubbish chute down to the small holding yard where the company had just enough room to place a couple of 40cyd skips. This plan was immediately refused by the university and hospital management due to the perceived noise and dust levels because of the close proximity of the children wards in the nearby hospital, instead, the company had to use the existing goods lift as sole means of removing all of the material from site.


With the inside of the lift protected and suitable designated walkways from the ground level lift lobby to the goods yard defined, the company set about the soft strip. Windmill Group employed a specialist M&E contractor to carry out all service disconnections and isolations which they managed as Principal Contractor for the project. All electrical services to the sixth floor bar a temporary supply for lighting and power tools were disconnected along with the water and gas supplies entering the floor and a temporary water supply was installed at a later date to supply water for dust suppression purposes. The schedule of works put forward by Windmill Group to the University called for the demolition to progress within the working week only and while this was okay during the soft strip works, the demolition of the 950m3 of block work walls created noise and vibration above and beyond reasonable levels. To assist in the smooth running of the operation, Windmill Group management agreed to undertake some of the noisier and more disruptive operations on night and weekend shifts leaving just the clearing of materials to be undertaken during the daytime shifts.

While the block work walls were part of the original strip out package, the floor screeds were not and a late instruction to remove almost 5500m2 of sand and cement screed meant extra shifts having to be brought in. This was not a problem for the 30 strong Windmill team with the workforce coping well to undertake the extra work within the allocated schedule. While many floor screeds are of a near uniform depth, the screed in the Worsley building varied dramatically from 50mm up to 175mm all of which needed to be broken out by a team of CCDO

DEMOLITION by Paul Argent accredited operatives with handheld breakers before being removed in large wheeled carts to the lift.

The original use of the floor was a medical research unit and at one time undertook animal research. To hold the test animals, a series of heavy duty steel cages had been installed and while the animal testing had been discontinued many years ago, they had remained installed until the demolition team arrived. Along with the animal cages, the company also had to deal with the removal of a large incinerator and boiler package once used to dispose of contaminated materials. To undertake this task the company decided to leave the room in which to plant was situated in place whilst the cutting operations were taking place. The surrounding block work walls were only pierced to provide access points for the ventilation fans and ducting to be installed to remove fumes and keep a flow of fresh air into the confined space. As with the rest of the demolition, the boilers and incinerator needed to be reduced to manageable pieces before being removed from the building. A team of highly skilled burners commenced the cutting of the units with great care being taken throughout the shift to ensure the risk of fire was kept to an absolute minimum. Senior Contracts Manager, Neil Garner explained that the relatively straightforward nature of the project was made more complex due to the fact that the floors above and below were in constant use throughout the period of the contract.

The professionalism shown by his team on site has ensured the contract was completed without a hitch and to the full satisfaction of the main contractor and client.




D&D for an exclusive view of their new demolition specification machinery at a site in Muswell Hill, North London.

The site was being redeveloped by Northeast Demolition who are long term users of the Staffordshire manufacturers products and were kind enough to let the manufacturer have unrestricted access to the site and all the materials need to undertake a photoshoot for the new demolition brochure being produced for the manufacturer.

While the company were still undertaking demolition of the former hospital buildings, D&D were lucky enough to have a walk around of the latest offerings for the demolition industry including a


new 30 tonne JS300XD excavator. Designed for the rigours of the demolition industry the excavator is supplied with heavier duty underbelly protection as standard along with upper body side protection. The operators cabin offers which is mounted on 6 viscous rubber mountings to isolate it from noise and vibration offers an excellent working environment and its safety for work in the demolition industry is enhanced with the standard fitment of a full Fops cage and front screen protection. The 221hp machine boasts a fuel efficient Isuzu diesel engine and features a fully welded X-frame undercarriage to provide a strong base. Like all JS machines the JS300XD benefits from JCB’s 2Go system which only allows the machine to be started in the safe, locked position via two separate inputs. The 300XD was fitted with


a ProDem sorting grab and was being used to load bulk bins with timber arisings from the strip-out of the buildings

Alongside the JS300XD the company had their largest wheeled loader, the 457. Equipped with material handling arms and straight edge bucket, the 457 has been designed for high productivity material handling and features the latest fuel efficient engine technology from an MTU diesel which meets current Tier4 emissions regulations without the need for any additional aftermarket treatment. The loader also benefits from ground level servicing points and is also fitted with the JCB CommandPlus cab which JCB claims offers an unrivalled driving experience.

ST DEMOLITION by Paul Argent

Compact machines have also been included in the demolition specification range with the introduction of a new range of skid steer loaders. The 300ECO model sits towards the top end of the JCB skid steer range and benefits from a vertical lift path with unrivalled forward vision thanks to the machine’s single loader arm design. Power comes from a Tier4 final JCB EcoMAX engine developing 74hp with the machines cab having superb side access thanks to a wide opening door, something most skid steer loaders are sadly lacking. Compact excavators were also on show with the company demonstrating the benefits of an 8018 compact tail-swing excavator. Ideally suited to working inside buildings, the 1.8 tonne machine can either be fitted with a full cab

or an open canopy and is seen as a perfect tool for use in top down demolition projects. The recently launched midi range of machines were also featured with an eight tonne 86C-1 machine being demonstrated with two piece boom and HM386Q hammer. The two piece boom offers a larger working envelope compared to a standard mono-boom making the machine particularly versatile. The 86C-1 was also equipped with a three way hydraulic dozer blade. Although not a run of the mill option for the demolition industry, the blade would be very useful in the levelling of material at the end of a project.

One of the most used items at the demo was a 550-80 Loadall. The machine was being used non-stop

to ferry items around the site and while often overlooked as a production machine, the Loadall range provide a much needed back-up to some of the frontline demolition machines. As with the 300 skid steer, the Loadall was fitted with puncture proof tyres, ideal for working in the demolition industry.

Northeast also had one of their own JCB machines on site, a JS220 which was working with a selector grab and have further increased their fleet of JCB excavators with the purchase of the JS300XD and its bigger brother, the 37 tonne JS370XD.



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Environmental provide safe and compliant transportation for the removal of soil and stones containing dangerous substances from Highbury & Islington Station. Transport for London (TfL) is replacing the A1 Highbury Corner Bridge to ensure its continued safe usage and to avoid any further unplanned closures or restrictions. Hazardous waste removal company, Gilpin Environmental Ltd, sister company of Sam Gilpin Demolition, was contracted by Hochtief (UK) Construction and TfL as part of this ongoing works at the Highbury & Islington Station which sits on the bridge.

Gilpin Environmental was required to remove soil and stones containing dangerous substances from Vault 3 beneath the station. The works at Highbury & Islington Station had to be carried out outside of operating hours whilst the station was closed to the public as the waste had to be transported along the platform, up the public elevator and across the main forecourt. To ensure safe and compliant transportation, the hazardous waste had to be in sealed units so Glipin Environmental employed 200 litre Hazibags. The bright orange flexible intermediate bulk containers are UN approved for Packing Groups II and III and suitable for the containment and transportation of a wide range of solid hazardous wastes including COSHH waste, spill response, contaminated soil, asbestos waste and Japanese knotweed. As Hazibags come flat-packed, they could be easily stored and delivered to where they were needed in the vaults. The hazardous material was loaded into the Hazibags and stored in the empty vaults. The Hazibags were then transported using sack trucks and loaded directly into a 35 yard container on a wait and load basis. They provided a fully

compliant and safe option for the containment and transportation of hazardous materials through public spaces and proved ideal for working within the confines of the vaults and the station’s restricted lift access.

Rob Burley, Operations Manager, Gilpin Environmental Ltd says: “Where the use of skips are not possible due to site restrictions, Hazibags provide us with a safe, secure, and compliant means of storage and transportation for our hazardous waste. We have recently utilised Hazibags on multiple sites following their successful use at Highbury & Islington Station for Hochtief (UK) Construction. Hazibags have proved cost effective on projects where the use of a skip would not have been feasible. We will definitely continue to use

Hazibags and now see them as an intrinsic part of our waste removal and handling procedures.” The exclusive licence for Hazibags in the UK is held by NFDC Industry Service Provider, Windsor Waste Management. Paul Wood, Hazibag Manager, Windsor Waste Management says: “Hazibags provide a safer, easier, greener and more compliant way to manage solid hazardous waste and it’s great to see these benefits experienced by the demolition industry”.

Hazibags are being used to demonstrate innovation and good practice in hazardous waste management on the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) online best practice hub and have proved one of its most popular entries since its launch in January this year.




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