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Contents - Welcome Issue 2 of D&D!

President’s Page 5

Message from William Sinclair Plantworx


Safedem 12

Northbank 18 Page 14 - Plantworx

Erith 22

PTS Demolition 30

Spotlight on Scotland 36

DEMOLITION EXPO 2013 38 Lawson Demolition 48 Tip-Ex 2013 51

DDS Demolition 62

Rising Stars in the Demolition Industry 44 Page 38 - Demolition Expo 2013

Meet the Team 76 Classifieds 78

The Events Issue

Our massive 80 page events special is bursting at the staples with all the latest industry events the NFDC have been involved with since Issue 1 back in March. Whilst it has only been four months, we have been extremely busy, virtually non-stop! This second issue includes lots of firsts for the Federation, with the arrival of Plantworx, a brand new construction event held in May this year. Also, The NFDC exhibited and had a takeover day at Tip-Ex 2013 to spread the ISP wings and introduce ourselves to an otherwise neglected part of the demolition industry, haulage. The end of June saw the NFDC and IDE join forces to create the unforgettable Demolition Expo 2013. This well received industry event had us all talking for days, with endless positive feedback the full report can be found from page 38.

We hope you enjoy Issue 2 and the next Issue - The Convention Special - will be out at the end of September

Executive Editors National Federation of Demolition Contractors

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Consultant Editors

David Keane FIDE Editor-in-Chief Martin Wilson MIDE Sub-Editor Andrew Forshaw AMIDE - Sub Editor

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our members whose advertisements appear throughout this publication. Whilst every care has been taken in compiling this publication and statements it contains, neither to the promoter involved or the publisher can accept responsibility for any inaccuracies for the products or services advertised. The opinions expressed in Demolition and Dismantling do not necessarily represent those of The National Federation of Demolition Contractors including its officers and members.


Richard Comley - In Memory of an Industry Gentleman On Tuesday 11th June, NFDC and IDE members were confronted with emails and phone calls regarding the devastating news of Richard Comley's untimely passing.

Sadness, shock and sympathy are a few of the emotions that consumed the entire industry on this tragic day and emotions that have been left hanging over us all ever since. Richard (Managing Director of Comley Demolition) will have been known by many through his active roles within the NDTG and IDE. A member of the IDE Council Committee and Vice Chairman of the NDTG, Richard has been instrumental in making the industry a safer place for those following in his footsteps. His positive attitude and 'smiles all around' approach had a tendency to lighten up rooms full of committee members and politics, however in such a way that he has helped steer our industry to what it is today.

Richard was always keen to share knowledge and believed others should do the same. This belief forms the core of the industry CCDO card scheme as we know it, and despite the scheme changes over the years, Richard has fought to ensure it remains true to its core.

William Sinclair, President of the NFDC describes Richard as 'the Best President the NFDC never had'. Richard may not have been honoured with the Chain of Office, but his decisions, his input and his industry duties have without doubt been carried out honourably, respectfully and with the utmost integrity.. all that can be asked from by our industry gentleman.

Sadness, shock and sympathy, those emotions that hang over us. Sadness due to the loss of our industry friend. Shock as his positive attitude and 'smiles all around' approach had never faded. And sympathy for the loving family he has left behind. Our thoughts are now with his devoted wife Julia, his son Toby and his daughter Jennifer. As an industry we are always family.

Donations gratefully received to Richards’ desired Charity - Bright Research. During his treatment Richard held many Fund Raising events and managed to raise over £6000.00 during the last 18 months.

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William Sinclair - President of the NFDC Exciting Times! – two words that only go part way to sum up the first few months of my Presidency, which has included visits to San Diego for the NDA Convention , and to Milan for the EDA Conference.

There is a lot more detail of all the Federations current activities throughout this bumper issue of Demolition and Dismantling, the official journal of the NFDC. Produced in house by Louise Calam, Marketing and PR Executive which has seen a massive boost in readership for the first issue alone, with 8,530 online views, and a physical 6,500 distribution, this has been without doubt our biggest journal to date. Demolition and Dismantling showcases the expertise of our members in delivering the best demolition service available to clients across the UK and beyond.

This issue includes a detailed report on the inaugural Demolition Expo 2013, a combined seminar and exhibition hosted jointly by the NFDC and IDE. The event was held at Arden Brickworks in Birmingham, and thanks must go to Adrian McLean of NFDC member Armac for all his hard work in getting everything ready for the show. Demolition Expo has been heralded a great success.

At Demo Expo, our Chief Executive, Howard Button, launched one of the most innovative products to arrive in the Demolition and Waste industry sectors for many years – DRIDS. It is my view that DRIDS will become an invaluable source of licenced disposal facilities with a true emphasis on waste management and recycling. Other features of the custom designed app will include the ability to produce Site Waste Management Plans at a touch of button – DRIDS will become the MUST HAVE app for Demolition Supervisors and Managers of the future. Demolition Expo 2013 also saw the launch of the worlds first dedicated demolition high reach simulator – an entry level training tool for high reach operators, where they can gain the experience and feel of a high reach machine at work – all in the safety of a controlled environment. In recent months we have also re-branded our Associate membership to better reflect the wide and varied services our associates provide. Following a unanimous vote at National Council our associates will now become Industry Service Providers (ISP) members.

Our ISP members are extremely important to the Federation, and as ISP membership continues to grow, we have elected a dedicated ISP liaison representative from National Council. This new role will be filled by our Second Vice President, Andrew Forshaw, and I know that Andrew has already called a meeting for ISP members in September. One of our objectives is to promote cooperation between Corporate and ISP members to deliver bespoke demolition solutions for the complex projects NFDC members are renowned for tackling – this cooperation and working together is evident in a number of the case studies featured within this issue.

Amongst all the activity, all the innovation and all the forward planning, your Federation is also working towards a reorganisation of Regional activities, with NFDC Group Manager, Sophie Cox, attending all the Regional meetings, keeping members better informed and creating efficiencies for the future. Congratulations and thanks must go to the North East region who have been the first in the country to formally achieve the change, and it was a personal delight to hear the Regions representatives talk so enthusiastically about Sophies impact at a Regional level – well done !

The exciting times look set to continue as we look forward to our annual Convention to be held at Gleneagles in September, 2013. Returning to Gleneagles, where the weather can be... changeable! it was fantastic to achieve a sell out within a few weeks of the venue being launched. Your Convention team is working on the final arrangements and will be waiting with a warm Scottish welcome.

William Sinclair, President - NFDC 5

Plantworx 2013 This year saw the first of a brand new biennial exhibition for the construction equipment industry, Plantworx. May 14-16th saw the inaugural Plantworx take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwick. This beautiful pocket of midland countryside saw exhibitors from all over the UK and some from overseas set up and raise their flags to be part of this new beginning of industry exhibiting. Two years of planning and hard work from the Plantworx team saw this live event to be a fantastic success. With the support of over 250 exhibitors, Plantworx became the largest gathering of plant and equipment in the UK this year.

The National Demolition Training Group had its stand in the Training and Education zone, fronted by Kaila Francis - Center Coordinator and Iain Kirk Lead Trainer. Together they were able to offer advice and information on high standards of training and competency that the demolition industry upholds. Including construction to demolition conversion routes, a variety of training courses from site operative to manager and of course, information on the arrival of our Volvo High Reach Simulator. I too, was in attendance for the first two days representing the federation, as we had an excellent presence of federation members – up to 15 of them! With the Federations change and expansion of the Associate Membership to Industry Service Provider, Plantworx was a fantastic avenue to open up our new encompassing membership. Over the two days I spent at Plantworx it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with the associate members, which was much better than the usual communication by e-mail or phone. So my journey began at The Pavilion, which was home to Health and Safety law specialists THSP.

Based in Bedfordshire, THSP deliver cost effective assistance with not only Health and Safety but Employment Law, HR Management and Environmental Compliance in ordinary language to give sensible and practical advice to its customers.

Amongst the members exhibiting in the Site Clearance zone were Worsley Plant, Dash Commercial Finance, ECY Haulmark and Komatsu. Gathering crowds, even throughout the wetter periods, the live demonstrations by our associates were a huge success.


Dash Commercial Finance were on board to offer their expertise in the asset finance industry. The company is a specialist in the construction and demolition sector and can easily understand the challenges that its customers face on a day to day basis.

ECY Haulmark employed the services of NFDC and NDTG member AR Demolition and their experienced operator David Simmons to demonstrate their very popular OilQuick range of fully hydraulic couplers. Mounted on an immaculate 3 year old Hitachi, the demonstration included the changing of various attachments supplied by ECY including, grab, shear, pulveriser, hammer and magnet without the need for the operator to leave the cab. Alongside the OilQuick range, ECY featured products from their VTN Europe, LaBounty, FRD, Dynaset and Xcentric Ripper ranges.

Komatsu had teamed up with Worsley Plant and nationwide hirer Ridgway to supply an outline of the innovative, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly PC215-1 Hybrid excavator. Claimed to improve fuel consumption by up to 25%, the hybrid technology works on the principle of swing energy regeneration and energy storage using Komatsu’s Ultra Capacitor system.

Worsley Plant showcased the new MB S10 screening bucket, which can salvage wet materials and when used before crushing can reduce crushing times by up to 60%. Other newcomers on Worsley's stand included the MB L160 and MB L200 crushing buckets suitable for use on skid steer loaders and backhoe loaders/excavators capable of processing up to 22.5 and 31.5 tonnes per hour respectively. Worsley also demonstrated models from the popular range of Remu screening buckets and also had a selection of equipment from Rotar including shears and pulverisers for carriers between 15 and 65 tonnes on static display.


The Central Zone with its static displays featured Associate members Atlas Copco, Inmalo, L Lynch and Northerntrack.

Atlas Copco were displaying a variety of products from their Construction Technique range, including power packs and a gaiety of handheld demolition tools. Alongside the smaller equipment Atlas Copco's display included the largest hydraulic hammer in their range, the HB10000DP. Suitable for carriers up to 140t in weight the hammer was joined by the CC6000 Combi Cutter. Equipped with an opening jaw size of 1.4m and a cutting force up to 830t the CC6000 is designed for carriers up to 85t in weight. A recent expansion of the product range from Atlas Copco has seen the introduction of crawler mounted mobile crushers and their display saw a PC4 model being exhibited. Inmalo made the most of their display area by showing a wide variety of the demolition and recycling attachments from their portfolio. Supplying well known and high quality brands of equipment is key to Inmalo's success with their range of Dust Boss dust suppression systems, Mantovanibenne hydraulic demolition attachments, their own, custom made demolition attachments and the recently re-introduced range of Rammer hydraulic hammers. Suitable for carriers ranging from 0.6t right up to 100t the Rammer range has recently been joined by the Bretec range of hammers. Manufactured by Sandvik in Finland, the silenced breakers are offered for carriers weighing 1.6t to 25t.


L Lynch were present, and they specialise in the nationwide hire of plant and equipment specifically tailored to suit customers needs. Headquartered in London with satellite depots across the UK, Lynch offer a full and comprehensive service supplying excavators, loaders, dozers, attachments as well as tipper and heavy haulage services. After beating them at their own game of mini putt, the team from Lynch was pleased to have exhibited many of the groups new excavator purchases around various stands during the show.

Northerntrack have been manufacturing high quality demolition and re-handling attachments in the UK for over 22 years and their static display at Plantworx featured examples from their range as well as the Trevi Benne range of hydraulic demolition attachments. Examples of the company's NTSG selector grab range were on display. Featuring a pair of twin acting hydraulic cylinders, the NTSG range is built specifically to withstand the rigours of the demolition industry from Raex steel. Interestingly, alongside the attachments, Andy Hair - Managing Director was also showing a line of garden sculptures manufactured from the offcuts from his manufacturing processes.

The Dig Zone was by far the busiest area over the three days with the crowds flocking to see the larger working exhibits from the likes of Finning Caterpillar, JCB and Volvo. Finning were showcasing various items of equipment from the Caterpillar range with their Compact Dealer Network. New mini excavators and skid steer loaders along with the new 438F backhoe loader with Cat's lock-up torque convertor transmission, which claims to reduce fuel consumption were all gracing the stand. Visitors were also graced on the Wednesday with a visit from explorer Sir Ranaulph Fiennes.


JCB opened up the show with the announcement of a substantial deal with A-Plant for almost 800 machines. Fuel economy plays a major part in equipment purchase today and JCB were displaying their latest Tier 4 interim/Stage 3B engines in their Loadall, JS130 and ever popular 3CX.

Volvo not only brought along a pair of excavator simulators for visitors to try but also premiered the Kokureck-built Comfort Cab as fitted to an EC480D excavator. Mounted on a parallelogram arm the cab is able to be lowered directly to the floor enabling the operator to get in and out of the cab without having the risk of climbing up onto the machine. Mounted on a parallelogram arm, the cab can be lowered directly to ground level to allow the operator to get in and out without having to climb up onto the machine. A tilting demolition version is also available for high reach excavators. Despite the somewhat unfortunate and dreary weather, Plantworx proved to be a great success. With nearly 12,000 visitors over three days visiting a variety of exhibitors, there was something for everyone. I think we can all congratulate the Plantworx team and all the hard work that went into this exhibition, what more could we have asked for? So for now, we can lul in the post exhibition blues, but soon we can look forward to the next Plantworx in 2015!


Safedem - Working with NFDC ISP members Another classic case of teamwork has proven to be yet another success with NFDC ISP members Liebherr and ECY Haulmark joining forces with corporate member Safedem to help complete their project at Tayside House, Dundee.

Safedem have been featured in the previous issue of Demolition and Dismantling with their large Liebherr R974 excavator demolishing the redundant fuel storage depot in Rosyth. While the R974 is still hard at work on the Rosyth project amongst others, a new Liebherr has just entered service with the company. Continuing their longstanding relationship with Liebherr, Safedem have recently taken a 34m high reach machine from the manufacturer’s French factory at Colmar to work on a high profile job in Safedem's own backyard of Dundee.

The project is Tayside House, a former home to the local council situated on the main arterial road around the city. Sitting on a piece of land in-between the main road and Dock Street, the 18 story Tayside House is constructed from a reinforced concrete frame with Bison beam floors and a panelled facade. A relatively straight forward design, the job has been made slightly more complicated by the way in which the Bison beams have been fixed to the surrounding structure. Reinforcing mesh has been tied from the ends of the beams to mesh in the wall panels and these have been concreted in to form a permanent fixture which has been proving stubborn to remove.

Safedem have a reputation for being amongst the best in the world for demolishing high rise buildings with their expert use of explosives. Their recent accomplishments include various properties on Glasgow's Red Road estate including a 30 story building dropped with a space of less than 5m between the next building using 88kg of explosives. Initially, Tayside House was looked at for demolition with explosives but the proximity of such a busy main road and the fact that it stands above a rail tunnel serving the East Coast main line led to a different approach to both the costing and actual demolition of the building. As a rule, explosive demolition is a less costly approach to bringing a multi story building down, especially a concrete structure, compared to mechanical means, but the limitations with the surrounding area made this decision untenable. While Safedem posses a varied fleet of equipment, a suitable excavator of sufficient reach was needed to perform the task at Tayside House safely and without too much moving around on the tight site. Not only was the main building to be demolished but there was also a pair of raised concrete and steel walkways crossing both Dock Street and the A991, joining the building to the land on which the soon to be demolished Hilton hotel stands near the waterfront and the city centre to the West.


These two large structures were removed during planned night closures of the road and were removed with a large telescopic crane and lifted into the grounds of Tayside House where they were attacked with a fleet of small excavators equipped with concrete crushers. With the building separated from any surrounding structures the initial demolition sequence was commenced. Firstly the building was scaffolded, the windows removed and soft strip on the interior completed, after which demolition of the structure could commence. The top eight floors were removed from the top down using Brokk skid steer demolition machines with all the arisings being dropped through the building’s redundant lift shafts. Once the top eight floors had been safely removed, leaving the building at a manageable ten storeys, an engineered three story ramp and platform were constructed using the materials crushed and reclaimed from the previous demolition operations. The three storey ramp was engineered and installed in accordance with the NFDC Guidance Notes for High Reach Demolition. This raised platform meant that the new Liebherr was easily ably to reach the remaining parts of the structure from almost one position on the pad.

Boasting a reach of 34m, the new Liebherr is only the second one of this type to enter service in the UK. The version purchased by Safedem features some changes and differences in specification, including an interesting feature to make attachment change over and boom removal an easier and quicker affair.

While the standard R954C excavator weighed in at around the 55t mark, this Safedem variant tops the scales nearer 90t with the main increase in weight being in the undercarriage and additional counterweights. From the ground up the Liebherr has been built specifically to withstand the rigours of the demolition industry. The tracks and track frames have been taken from an R964C excavator for this machine, almost 7m in length they are shod with heavy duty 600mm, double grouser shoes enabling the machine to not only bear its own increased weight but to allow it to turn easier when asked to. The central section of the undercarriage has been made to hydraulically extend both track frames out a maximum of 4.6m.


When retracted the overall width is reduced down to a manageable 3.6m resulting in easier transportation between job sites but when extended to the max, the wide base provides a very stable platform from which to operate. This is echoed by experienced operator Paul Barlow. Paul has been fortunate enough to have operated some of the largest demolition machines in the UK including 777's Hitachi EX1200 and TDS' 67m, Liebherr R984. "This is a very, very stable machine to operate. Even at full extension there is no movement in the base of the machine." comments Paul.

We can't believe how stable it is! Most excavators of this size do tend to nod a little but this one stays firmly planted to the ground whatever we need it to do. Steve Simpson, Site Manager

Sitting between the undercarriage and the superstructure, Liebherr have fitted a heavy duty slew ring. More commonly found on an R954C industrial excavator the heavy duty slew ring ensures that the tie between the undercarriage and superstructure can take the stress at even the furthest of working radii and that the machine is able to operate at a full 360â—‹.

Essentially the superstructure is the same as a standard production R954C with the exception of the additional counterweights, the tilting cabin and the demolition boom foot arrangement.

Sitting inside the superstructure beats Liebherr's own 6 cylinder D936 diesel engine developing 326hp. Fuel economy is never really an issue with machines of this nature. The Liebherr's engine will never be working at maximum RPM for long periods of time, requiring just the maximum to provide full pressure to the hydraulic system. With a hydraulic attachment over 34 m away the need to provide a constant reliable hydraulic supply is of paramount importance and Liebherr have fitted the R954C with two pumps capable of supplying hydraulic oil at 350 litres per minute to the tool. The boom mount on the high reach R954C is a slightly different casting as to the standard excavation machine. A slight difference in geometry enables the boom to be raised higher and only brought down to ground level.

Moving to the cab of the Liebherr, a 30 degree tilt has been fitted and has also been equipped with an integral FOPS guard. Access to the cab is easy with conveniently placed folding steps on the track frames, ideally located grab handles and a wide opening door. Once seated in the air suspended seat the cab is large and airy and even though the FOPS is visible, the slenderness of the bars make visibility very good. The cab is seen as a very comfortable work place. The controls are well laid out with a full range of adjustment and the unit has been equipped with Liebherr's LDC high reach control system. These active safety components, ergonomically arranged in the driver’s field of view, provide details in real time of the tool position and the standing inclination of the machine.


If a critical measured value is exceeded, the LDC automatically activates the electronic reach limitation system. When the reach limit is arrived at, the system ensures that no further movements of the equipment elements are possible which might reduce the stability of the excavator. An added safety feature is the bulletproof glass that has fitted to the cab windows ensuring that should any fragments of concrete pass the FOPS guard then the operator is still safe at the controls. Moving to the 16 tonne, 34m high reach arm, Liebherr have designed and built this arm, along with other versions, in house. Liebherr also offer a telescopic version built in conjunction with UK specialists, Kocurek and have recently supplied a very special version to another UK demolition contractor, more of which in a future issue. The three piece boom comprises of a 14.5m demolition boom, 2.5m intermediate boom and 11m demolition stick and is capable of handling a 3 tonne tool at full reach. For the hydraulic connections between the demolition boom and boom foot, Liebherr now offer as an option to fit multi-couplers to the boom to allow a series of hydraulic connections to be made in one go rather than one at a time. Using a "D" handle to connect five different hoses at one time the male and female couplings are very quickly and easily taken apart resulting in a very quick changeover from standard digging equipment to the high reach equipment. Stick cylinder protection comes as standard as do a pair of guards fitted to both the boom hoist cylinders. At the business end of the demolition stick sits a Liebherr quick coupler that is currently carrying a VTN MT20. With a jaw opening width of 860mm the MT20 is equipped with interchangeable jaws making it the ideal tool to use where there is a variety of different material to process. Supplied by Warrington based ECY Haulmark the VTN MT20 is one of many pieces of VTN equipment currently working in the Safedem fleet and are seen as a reliable and high quality piece of kit.

Commenting on the purchase, William Sinclair, Safedem Managing Director and President of the NFDC explains the decision to purchase the R954 was a relatively easy one. "The machines are well built, fuel efficient and widely regarded as THE quality demolition machine. We have now purchased a number of specialist Liebherr machines over the past three years and each transaction has been an entirely positive experience thanks to Liebherrs approach."

It is still early days for the Liebherr but early indications and reports are very positive. Both Owner, Site Manager, and operator are very pleased with the whole package and if the cast iron reliability and back up from Liebherr is anything to go by, Safedem will have no problems in keeping the machine busy changing the skyline around the UK. Sinclair concludes – “this collaboration of expertise is exactly what the NFDC is about – Corporate Members working closely with our ISP’s to deliver the best demolition solution available in the market – thats why clients come to NFDC members”

Darren Bennet (Liebherrs National Accounts Manager) works hard to understand our needs and aspirations then works harder to deliver the solution - but most importantly Liebherr maintain a close working relationship with our managers and operators when you buy from Liebherr you don't just buy a machine, you gain a strategic partner. William Sinclair - Safedem Managing Director 15

Atlas Copco - Working with L Lynch for Crossrail As part of a £12 million investment in new equipment during the last twelve months, Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage, a leading name in the UK plant hire sector, has purchased no fewer than 22 Atlas Copco hydraulic breaker and compactor attachments, and the company is planning to make an even larger purchase of Atlas Copco products in the near future. Many of the attachments from the current batch, which includes five MB 1200E medium breakers, six MB 750E medium breakers, ten SB 302 small breakers and one HC 350 compactor, are already in use on the Crossrail project, which will see 42 km of new rail tunnels constructed under London. Much of the equipment from the future order is destined for use in the construction of the new nuclear power station at Hinckley Point near Bristol.

“We have chosen to invest in Atlas Copco equipment because our rigorous testing of the company’s products has confirmed that they provide excellent performance and reliability in even the toughest of operating conditions,” said Merrill Lynch, Operations Director of Lynch Plant, “which is what our customers justifiably expect.”

In fact, the dependability and ruggedness of the Atlas Copco products are especially important for the Crossrail project, because the large amount of dust and the high temperatures in the tunnels means that they present a particularly difficult operating environment for all types of construction equipment – only the very best survives in these conditions. Merrill Lynch, Operations Director of Lynch Plant

Atlas Copco equipment provides two further key benefits that are of particular importance for the Crossrail project. The first is high productivity, as the attachments are used alongside the main tunnel boring machines and must be able to keep pace with the rapid progress these are making. The second is quiet operation, as much of the tunnelling is being carried out beneath residential and commercial buildings, where high noise levels are unacceptable. The breakers incorporate Atlas Copco auto control valve, energy recovery and dampening systems which prevent damaging vibrations that could be detrimental to both the carrier and the operator.


From left to right: Kevin Prince, General Manager, Atlas Copco Construction & Mining, Merrill Lynch, Operations Manager & Liam Moore, Attachments Manager for L.Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage Ltd

We’ve now been working with Atlas Copco equipment for over a decade and we’ve found that it may not always be the cheapest to buy, but it is consistently the best. And, as our clear objective at Lynch is always to meet the highest demands and expectations of our customers, there’s absolutely no doubt that Atlas Copco products are the right choice for us. Merrill Lynch, Operations Director of Lynch Plant

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Northbank - Working with ECY Haulmark Based in Cadishead, on the outskirts of Manchester, Northbank Demolition recently won a contract to demolish six redundant rest homes and remediate the sites ready for future social housing developments.

The first of these projects was underway in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. The compact site was accessed via either a service road leading to a car park or a residential cul-de-sac. This was not ideal when having to move heavy plant and trucks around but none-the-less Northbank was undertaking the project with the minimum of fuss and disruption to local residents and business. Although a small project compared to some of Northbank's recent undertakings, the company treats every project in the same manner no matter the complexity or monetary value.

Operating a varied fleet of standard demolition excavators from Caterpillar, Komatsu and more recently Doosan, Northbank prefers to hire in specialist high reach kit as and when its use is required. Paul Richards, Northbank's MD explains the companies thinking behind this: "Some jobs may only require the use of a 17m machine where as others are looking to 50 or 60m. We find it much more cost effective to rent in a high reach machine that is suited to a specific job rather than having to use wrongly spec'd kit that was on the fleet waiting to do a job." Although the majority of their fleet are based on standard manufacturers fare, they have recently been converts to the OilQuick system supplied by ECY Haulmark from nearby Warrington. "The decision to purchase the OilQuick and VTN equipment is so much easier than excavator choice." says Mr Richards. "The quality and the value of the products is one thing, but the excellent service and the good working relationship with our local Sales Manager, Steve Parker, is fantastic."

The virtues of the OilQuick system have been seen many times in various industry news and is very quickly becoming de rigueur in the demolition industry with unit sales almost doubling year on year. While there is a cost implication over a standard quick coupler, end users are all in agreement that the added cost is more than out weighed by the versatility of operating such units and that, in most cases, the costs are recouped in 12-14 months. General earthmoving contractors may benefit from such a system but it is the demolition and recycling industry that will see the most benefit from OilQuick. Attachment changeover times are massively reduced, damage to hydraulic hoses and the associated downtime, and possible environmental damage are also elements that have been virtually eradicated. In addition, there are cost savings, proper machine and attachment utilisation and the health and safety benefits from not having to get the operator to leave their cab. The system is also virtually maintenance free with only the hydraulic connections having to be cleaned with a cloth on a regular basis. While the newer machines entering the Northbank fleet are being equipped with the OilQuick system, some of the older


machines on the fleet are still using standard quick couplers. Paul Richards, Managing Director explains that the non OilQuick systems are still a good tool but once drivers have been on the excavators fitted with OilQuick, they don't want to go back!

One of the latest machine to join the fleet is a Doosan DX225LC excavator. Supplied in standard specification with a 5.7m boom and 2.9m dipper, the 167hp Doosan was being used in conjunction with a smaller, 109hp DX140 excavator equipped with a standard hitch at the Prestwich site. At the time of our visit the building had been taken down with all recoverable materials removed for recycling, leaving a pile of brick and concrete left for crushing before that too was reused. Both machines were being used to remove the 200mm thick concrete floor slab of the old building and were both sporting more ECY Haulmark kit in the form of VTN concrete pulverisers.

The DX140 was carrying a VTN FP12 capable of providing up to 350 bar of pressure through its 635mm wide opening jaws. Unusually the smaller excavator was being used solely to process the concrete on site whilst the larger DX225 was seen as more of a utility machine possibly because it was sporting the versatile OilQuick system. Supplied to site with a variety of attachments including a VTN sorting grab, FRD hammer, digging and ditching buckets and a Dynaset hydraulic magnet, with the latest addition to the Doosan's arsenal being a VTN FP24 concrete pulveriser. Built to VTN's exacting standards at their facility in Italy, the FP24 boasts a jaw opening width of 930mm with a weight in excess of 2.4 tonnes. Seen as a first class product by Northbank, the VTN range boasts a full compliment of attachments including crushing and screening buckets, multi-processors, shears and grabs as with all OilQuick equipped machine, the installation was very tidy with no hoses trailing down from the dipper leading to the attachment. Seeing the two machines working side by side the difference in the amount of hose on show is immediately apparent with the OilQuick system having almost zero hose on view.


The larger Doosan had previously been used to break holes on the concrete slab to allow it to be handled easier by both machines. Once in manageable sections both machines used their respective pulverisers to remove almost 100% of the concrete from around the steel mesh reinforcement. The ease with which these tools process the concrete is very impressive and the amount of material left on the mesh is negligible with any remaining steel being shed in the crushing phase.

While the majority of steel rebar is left in large pieces and easily sorted into waiting bulk skips for onward processing, the smaller pieces would normally end up being fed through the crusher when it is being loaded by the excavator. The possibility of causing damage to belts, blockages or increased crusher wear has been seen as the norm and although the steel will be taken out of the finished product with the use of an overband magnet, the damage and increased wear has already been done. Northbank do not operate this way and within 30 seconds of tracking from the spoil heap the DX225 has removed its pulveriser and replaced it with a magnet. There was no operator getting out of the cab, no struggling to remove hoses and then reattach them, absolutely no fuss whatsoever! One minute later the Doosan is raking its way through the crushed concrete and is effectively removing any steel left over from the concrete processing operation.

Although only taking a relatively short period of time to do, the amount of material recovered is large making the whole process worthwhile.

With the project nearing completion for Northbanks team, the machines will shortly move to a similar scheme as they have won a number of similar contracts from the same client. As with many protagonists of the OilQuick system the initial purchase cost may put potential customers off but if the investment is made then the returns can be significant. Team this with the correct choice of attachment and not only will clients benefit but company accountants may crack a small smile!

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Square Mile Broking - DNA Recent figures indicate that the cost of Plant theft to the Construction industry is in excess of ÂŁ400m, with a theft recovery rate of only 10%. In recognition of this and knowing just how important an investment your Plant is to your business, Square Mile Broking has launched a brand new Plant Protection initiative called Square Mile Broking DNA+.

This new initiative complements your existing, more traditional Plant Security and is simple to use with just a trace or single particle being enough evidence for forensic analysis. It works on two levels. Firstly, as a visible deterrent by way of the warning signs (both for machinery and site hoardings) that are provided and secondly it also has a unique, invisible forensically coded microdot which provides irrefutable evidence of ownership, as Square Mile Broking register these individually to each client. The liquid glows under UV lighting making it very easy for police to detect. It has been proven by police to be an extremely powerful deterrent to thieves and also makes it easier for them to secure a conviction on the recovered plant Jamie Coyne, Director of Square Mile Broking has said,

Unlike many other Brokers, we genuinely appreciate just how big an issue Plant theft is to our clients and want to be proactive in helping to prevent losses in the first place, rather than just assisting after a theft has occurred. We felt that for too many years Brokers have just paid ‘lip service’ on this issue without actually offering anything tangible to clients. This exciting new initiative allows us to do just that and will help premiums low, whilst also avoiding the unnecessary downtime and stress that thefts invariably cause. For more information regarding Square Mile Broking DNA+, please contact Square Mile Broking on: 0844 561 6075.

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Erith - Bringing down the Law Forward thinking and excellent planning saw Erith bag the bid from Barratt Homes. After nearly forty years of dispensing justice, the Westminster Magistrates' Court closed its doors in September 2011. The court first opened its doors in 1975, and has seen appearances by the famous and infamous and, due to its proximity to Scotland Yard, was the scene of many landmark hearings. Its final closure was delayed so it could process round-the-clock cases arising out of the violent disorder and looting we won’t forget on London's streets in August 2011.

Following on from Erith’s previous contract to carry out the demolition of the original Magistrates court superstructure Erith set to work at 70 Horseferry Road on 24th September 2012 after winning the contract from Barratt Homes who will be creating a prestigious development of 129 bespoke luxury residences aptly named The Courthouse. With help from Swanton Consulting - Erith’s in house Consulting specialists, who masterminded considerable savings by redesigning the original piled scheme in favour of a raft foundation.

Works soon commenced, starting with the existing two level reinforced concrete basement being demolished with further earthworks excavation beneath the lower level of the original structure through virgin sands, gravels and clay extending a further 3m below the original lower basement level, totalling some 11m below the surrounding pavement level and within the existing diaphragm wall.

The integrity of the diaphragm wall had to be maintained throughout the construction process until such time loads were supported by the permanent works. Some 300 tonnes of temporary propping was designed and fixed at two levels

As a result of the condensed site there was no other option but to place the site welfare on a scaffold over the pavement of Horseferry Road and materials storage on a gantry on the adjacent Marsham Street with pedestrian tunnels beneath. Licences for these together with an ‘Approval In Principle’ for the temporary works support to the main works were obtained from Westminster City Council.

Prior to the main works commencing, baseline readings for noise, dust and vibration were established around the perimeter of the site and real time monitoring for movement in the diaphragm wall was set up by way of Auto Tilt levels, an automated system in which any movement above set trigger levels would be sent out instantly via text messages. Dilapidation surveys of the surrounding roads, footpaths and street furniture were also carried out for future reference.

Early thoughts on the removal of the 2m thick B-2 slab centred around chemical bursting, or explosive demolition. A trial blast was carried out on 10th December 2012, initially this appeared to have the desired effect by internally fracturing the slab and 3 more blasts were carried out, but as work progressed it became obvious that the 2m thick slab had originally been cast as two 1.5m thick slabs with a construction joint between them. Instead of the blast now


fracturing it, it was tracking along the point of weakness on the construction joint and having the effect of elevating the top slab off of the bottom slab and not having the fracturing effect. A decision was therefore made revert back to the more traditional method of using heavy breakers on 45 tonne excavators, which proved in the end to be quicker and less disruptive with no adverse affect to the existing wall.

This busy site with up to 50 men working at any one time during this project will enable Erith to have the first half of the works finished by 21st July to be handed back to Barratt Homes, while the other half will be completed and returned two weeks after that date.

Throughout the entire time on site Erith have been working closely with Westminster Council, Barratt’s appointed liaison team Hard Hat, and with the Home Office, the London School of Veterinary Surgeons and residential properties situated directly around the site. Regular liaison meetings are held to ensure transparency with the project and give everyone a chance to voice any concerns they may have. So far, feedback has shown that there have been zero complaints from all parties. This is due to Erith’s honesty and openness with the works being carried out, including consideration to nearby residents and general public. These complaints will remain at zero with weekly air, noise, dust and vibration monitoring as these are things that are not only hazardous to the workforce but to all surrounding areas.

Erith’s site at Horseferry Road just proves how advanced present day demolition is becoming. With a competent workforce, latest technologies and elements of creativity, demolition isn’t just about demolishing a past, but also, creating a sustainable future for everyone.

To manage such a highly prestigious job in the heart of Westminster where Complexity of Planning, Production and Safety on such a confined, multidisciplined site from Demolition to re-build has certainly been an exciting challenge – and Erith look forward to more of the same in the future. Richard Turner - Contracts Manager

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Walters - Wales’ Largest Office Demolition Contract When a structural survey revealed that Cwmbran County Hall and Civic Offices had ‘concrete cancer’ with an estimated repair bill in excess of £30m, the local authorities acted promptly to condemn the building complex and ear mark the site for future redevelopment. This sparked a bidding war between major demolition contractors from across the UK, with NFDC member Walters eventually coming out on top to land the +£1,000,000 contract, Wales’ largest office demolition contract of recent times.

The County Hall complex originally opened in 1974 as the headquarters of the then newly created Gwent County Council. When the authority was abolished in 1996 the building became a base for two of its successor local authorities - Monmouthshire County Council and Torfaen County Borough Council - and was home to some 1,300 staff before it closed late in March 2012.

Following advertisement, Monmouthshire County Council received 36 expressions of interest from demolition contractors from around the UK and tender submissions were invited on a price and quality submission basis. Following analysis of the tender submissions, Walters were included on a shortlist of contractors who were invited to meet with Council officers for presentations and a question and answer session. Shortly following the meeting, Walters received news that they had been successful and planning the start of the 32 week contract could commence! Walters eventually mobilised to site on 7th January 2013.

Environmental Challenges

As well as the challenge of demolishing the various multi-storey buildings and chimney structures on the site, the Works also provided Walters with a number of interesting environmental challenges to overcome.

Site location

The location of the site and the close proximity to neighbouring residential, educational and commercial facilities meant that stakeholder consultation and control of environmental nuisance factors was key to the success of the project. A newsletter was developed in conjunction with the Client and distributed to inform neighbours of key programme dates and likely activity durations. A ‘Residents Meeting’ was held at the local Community Centre prior to commencement of the mechanical demolition phase to provide an overview of the works and the control measures to be employed. The meeting was a huge success and provided the residents with confidence that their concerns over potential environmental nuisance factors were being properly addressed.


Breaking out in excess of 30,000m3 of heavily reinforced concrete adjacent to residential areas had high potential to be a major nuisance issue. To counter this, Walters employed a fleet of DB60 DustBoss units to blanket the demolition area with a fine mist water spray to drive dust particles to ground at source. Boom mounted water sprays were utilised on high reach machines to suppress dust at high level and mobile bowsers and road sweepers we employed throughout to keep site haul routes clean.



Noise was another issue with a high nuisance potential and a major concern to the local community. Walters engaged the services of independent noise consultant (Hunter Acoustics) to undertake a study of the plant and equipment likely to be employed during the demolition work and to produce a ‘Noise Map’ for the site to provide local residents with tangible noise prediction evidence. This information was presented to local residents at the pre-commencement residents meeting and was very well received. Walters undertook regular noise monitoring throughout the mechanical phase of the works, feeding the results back to Hunter Acoustics for them to check and update the noise prediction and provide Walters and the Client with accurate noise emission data. No breaches of permissible noise limits were recorded at any stage.


Pre-commencement surveys identified that the buildings contained confirmed roosts and high roost potential for several species requiring the client to apply for a European Protected Species Licence before work could commence. But, the nature of building structures and the large number of inaccessible potential roosting areas prevented the survey from providing conclusive results. As no methodology existed to rule out their possible presence (other than destructive searches which were not appropriate in this instance), a systematic process of high level external soft stripping was undertaken concurrently with the internal soft stripout of the buildings under the watchful eye of an ecologist. Bats found were captured by the ecologist and removed to the safety of a purpose built ‘Bat House’ which was constructed by Walters prior to the bat inspections commencing. Only when all external areas of the structures had been forensically searched and the bats relocated did the ecologist confirm that no further bats were present in the buildings allowing demolition with heavy machinery to commence.

Programme and progress

Following the removal of notifiable and non-notifiable asbestos materials, Walters undertook an extensive internal stripout of the 40,000m2 of building floor area, an operation which involved over 40 operatives. Removed soft materials were deposited to ground level via externally constructed scaffold chutes. Walters commenced demolition of the various heavily reinforced multi storey and high rise structures comprising the County Hall site in early March 2013. By the end of May, just over 12 weeks later and ahead of programme, all superstructures on the site had been safely reduced to ground level. This success was made possible through the dedication and hard work of Walters highly skilled demolition and plant teams who were equipped with a range of cutting edge demolition plant, attachments and ancillary equipment and superbly supported by a team of in house fitters.


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PTS Demolition - ICI Plant One of the newest company's to gain NFDC accreditation are County Durham based PTS Demolition and Dismantling Ltd. Although a new name to the industry, PTS offers a wealth of experience in all demolition, dismantling and civil engineering disciplines as the company is the new vehicle for industry stalwart Dave Gouja.

One of the first contracts undertaken by the fledgling company is not for the faint hearted and has firmly put PTS in the demolition spotlight.

Anyone with any knowledge of Teeside will have heard of ICI Billingham and although the ICI name has all but disappeared from the area, the legacy lives on, albeit on a smaller scale, in the guise of GrowHow. Over the last few years the site has seen closures of much of the plant with the area stripped and left empty ready for future development. The facility currently under de-construction is the Methanol plant which has been purchased by Chinese company, Infinity Max, with the intention of rebuilding in China within 18 months. The timescale for what is effectively a relocation of the plant is much shorter that an estimated five years to construct a plant from scratch and will also involve a smaller financial investment. Dave Gouja has brought his considerable experience to the table to form a joint venture on the project with international crane and heavy logistics provider Sarens. With Sarens providing the substantial craneage element of the project: a 500 tonne mobile, 250 tonne, 2x 280 tonne and 600 tonne capacity crawlers, the cutting and physical de-construction of the plant is being taken care of by PTS employees and contractors. Representatives from the Chinese owners are marking up the sections for PTS to cut to size as the majority of the 26,000t plant is to be shipped in 40 foot open top containers to the port of Xinj Dai. Loading and shipping of the 300 plus containers is being undertaken by Ainscough Vanguard. Larger section such as chimney stacks, distillation towers and condenser towers, tanks and various other components too large or heavy to fit inside a standard shipping container are being removed and shipped as complete items. These bulky items are termed "conventional items" for shipping purposes but there is nothing conventional about them as they weigh between 50 and 220 tonnes. "We have already removed, boxed up and shipped 24 complete fan units explains Gouja. Everything is being handled on site, including the packaging of the various items. We have brought in a 50t capacity reach stacker to allow us to progress with the packing as soon as an item is removed from the plant."

Constructed in the early 1970s the plant de-construction is seen by Gouja as a very important project for PTS. 30

While there isn't a great deal of traditional demolition involved on the contract, PTS have still provided a substantial workforce to complete the project in the allotted time scale. An average of 50 operatives are working on site undertaking the variety of stripping, cutting and burning operations involved with the dismantling of the plant.

Working at height plays a major part in the operations with operatives having to accurately cut the various components to size from either a temporary scaffold platform or one of six MEWPS with varying reach capabilities of between 60 and 125 feet. Additional plant from the PTS fleet has also been utilised including six tele-handlers and a 35 tonne excavator to remove any masonry and concrete structures. PTS have also supplied transport around the site for the components as they have been removed.

The future for the land has yet to be decided but once the plant has been cleared PTS will ensure that it is levelled and finished ready for its new occupiers. The demise of the UK's manufacturing heritage may be seen as part of our countries progression but one thing is clear, the technical ability and drive for safety provided by the UK's demolition industry in decommissioning plants such as this means we are leaders in this field worldwide.


The project is not only is it the largest our young company has undertaken, but it shows how emerging economies are recycling our redundant plants and how we have been able to rise to the challenge of dismantling a complex process structure for re-erection.


Dave Gouja - Managing Director - PTS Demolition


Square Mile Broking - Fee For Intervention

The Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Fee For Intervention’ scheme (FFI) hit the construction industry in October 2012.

Under FFI all organisations inspected by the HSE and found by the Inspector to be in material breach of health and safety law will receive an invoice for the HSE’s costs where the Inspector requires action to rectify the breach. The level of a FFI will vary between cases, according to the time and costs incurred by the HSE but the HSE accept that in some cases the FFI will be several thousand pounds and in extreme cases tens of thousands of pounds.

In today’s litigious society it is imperative that we are alert to all new Legislation that affects our clients. Jamie Coyne, Director of Square Mile Broking

We spoke to many NFDC members who were concerned about this new risk and are delighted that we have now sourced a cost effective solution to this issue. In the first two months of FFI, over £700,000 of bills were issued, with a significant focus on the construction sector.

It is apparent that this is a real issue that cannot be ignored and therefore Square Mile Broking have negotiated a new Management Liability product that includes full cover for FFI, along with unlimited advice from solicitors on any business topic, not just FFI.

Our solicitors employ specialists in HSE and FFI who will support you throughout the HSE’s intervention – which could range from an inspection only to a full and lengthy investigation including caution interviews. Premiums can start from less than £10 per week and we can turnaround quotations in minutes, irrespective of the size of company. I will be very pleased to hear from members to assist with this.


Square Mile Broking’s appointed solicitors will: • Advise you on if the issue is a material breach or not. • If it is a material breach then they will help define it in the strictest possible terms. As once this is on your record it can be used against you in future prosecutions and may affect your insurance premiums. • Once they have defined the breach in its strictest terms they will help you reduce any FFI to a fair amount. This Management Liability Policy will also provide indemnity in respect of more traditional areas such as Directors & Officers Liability, Company/Entity Liability, Employment Practice Liability and many other covers. Some current Construction Industry legal cases being worked on by our solicitors include:

Case 1

The client was the principal contractor demolishing, designing and rebuilding a College. The demolition work was sub contracted and during the demolition of a timber framed temporary classroom the subcontractor removed the structural support leading to the collapse of the classroom. Three people were trapped by the collapse and one suffered serious injuries. They are representing the client in an HSE prosecution. It is alleged that they failed to ensure the subcontractor did the work safely.

Case 2

The client was the principal contractor undertaking structural work and refurbishing a town centre Council building. Solid metal hoarding was erected around the site perimeter. In strong winds a section of the hoarding blew down, striking a member of the public and causing her serious head injuries. They are representing the client in an HSE investigation. It is alleged that they failed to prevent the public being exposed to risks to their health and safety.

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Gilpin Demolition - Loughor Viaduct, Swansea Gilpin Demolition had a 100 hour possession to dismantle 650 tonnes of steel that fabricated the viaduct spanning the river Loughor, South Wales. The result was a complete and early success. At 220m long, the 104 year old viaduct stretches across one of the most unforgiving rivers in the UK. Working with rushing tidal flows and typical British weather Gilpin Demolition had a 100 hour possession to dismantle 650 tonnes of steel that fabricated the viaduct spanning the river Loughor, South Wales.

Originally built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the grade II listed viaduct was rebuilt in 1909. Steel beams were constructed and positioned across 17 timber trestles with major alterations being carried out on the structure again in 1981. Years of harsh weather and rough waters encouraged the ageing structure to crumble and rust. Reinforcement had to be continuously added over the years to strengthen the longitudinal and lateral restraints of the single track viaduct that carries the South Wales Mainline.

At the pre-contract stage of the project it was determined that a range of 20t, 35t and 60t demolition spec 360° excavators working with shears would be used working from the adjacent replacement bridge and from barges. Intense planning soon began in September 2012 when awarded the contract, a considerable addition to Gilpin’s portfolio. During the early planning stages Andun Engineering Consultants were employed to design detailed 3D CAD modelling to decipher the complex demolition process. Influenced by many conflicting factors, such as the definite condition of the structure and risk of collapse under demolition, this was an intricate task to undertake. The viaduct stood in a river with intense tidal flows, well known for attracting inclement weather and surrounded by an environmentally sensitive area just to name a few more issues acquired with the job.

Although months of planning were behind Gilpin, a commercial decision had to be made weeks before the works commenced on Easter bank holiday 2013 resulting in alterations to the works and design for the dismantling of the viaduct. Eighty and 90t crawler cranes would now assist the demolition phase with operatives executing the demanding task of oxy/propane cutting the 72 beams from man-riding baskets. This method was not initially favourable due to the high possibility winds


could jeopardise the possession but it was the only practicable method available. In 3 teams, each consisting of a 80 or 90t crawler crane, truck-mounted 48m MEWP booms and aid of a spider crane, each team would work in a specifically designed order to dismantle the beams and directly load on to articulated low loaders to be taken off site or in the case of the middle team loaded on to barges to be transported to the nearby beach.

At 6:00 am the possession commenced, 20t excavators working from the centre of the bridge, keeping a bay apart for stability, began scrapping the ballast from the timber decking of the viaduct and loading over into lorries on the new bridge for disposal.

Machines then repeated the same process to remove the dilapidated timbers that formed the deck of the viaduct. Working away from the exposed open edge now created it was critical for the machines to stay on the centre two structural beams. The 2nd of the 10 shifts each 12 hours long began at 6:00pm, machines tracked on to the Gilpin Demolition bespoke track protection system into specified positions before rigging the cranes ready for the 54 lifts ahead. MEWP booms lowered the operatives above the exposed steel to start oxy/propane cutting the beams free.

The capacity of the cranes meant that the north inner 2 beams could be lifted together, substantially cutting down the amount of labour intensive cutting to be carried out. Each of the 18 bays were dismantled in order of south outer beam and handrail, south inner beam and then the two north beams and handrail together.

The much dreaded rain and wind fortunately held off, which could have restricted the cranes and added further risk to the already problematic conditions of the project. With the endurance of Gilpin’s operatives the viaduct was successfully dismantled in 64 hours, 3 shifts ahead of schedule. The combined efforts of all members involved with the project insured that it was completed at the high professional standard Gilpin strive to for every project.


Spotlight on Scotland - Interview with George Beattie & Sons Stephen McCann (jnr) of Forth Demolition met with Alan Beattie of Beattie Demolition one of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Region’s most active demolition contractors, at the recent regional meeting on the 1st May. After gentle persuasion he conducted an informal interview to get his view on demolition and how he feels it has evolved.

Good afternoon, could you please introduce yourself? My name is Alan Beattie, I’m the director of George Beattie & Sons Demolition. I have 25-years experience in the industry ranging from labourer level to director. I am trained in many aspects from PASMA to first aid to Demolition Engineer. 25-years is a long time in the industry, how has the industry evolved in that time? I think it’s fair to say the industry is night and day from where it was not only in the advances of safety and regulations, but also techniques and recycling rates and even the avenues in which material is recycled has vastly expanded.

Alan, I see you at a lot of the IDE events, do you think the IDE is a good professional group to belong to? I really value the time I spend at any seminars or meetings with the demolition engineers. There is good interaction with other contractors and clients, discussions about techniques and methods and up and coming changes in regulation and advice on what we need to do to comply with those changes.

How do you see the industry evolving in the future? I keep mentioning regulations, they are going to get tighter. We have just had a discussion at the regional meeting [NFDC Scottish and Northern Ireland regional meeting] about further training qualifications that are going to be required in the future, which can only be a good thing, if it’s sensibly approached and the courses are relevant to the work we carry out. As I say, further regulation and training and maybe, as I say different avenues for recycled material. More acceptances by clients for buying recycled material as there is a great reliance on buying cheap imported stuff now the green issues are promoting the recycled material. It’s more sustainable, gone are, well, dwindling are the days when the client just looked at what they needed X3 of stone so we must get it out a quarry when we are taking the building down on site and what ever volume is in that can used for some of the fill. So this is more like the circular economy approach to recycling? Well yes, it’s full circle you’re cutting down on transport [reducing the carbon foot print] and you’re using the existing material. It’s much more sustainable.

What is the most interesting contract/project you're been involved with? We have just completed a contract on the Forth Road Bridge which was a dropped object canopy removal. There were a lot of challenges, with the working environment being just one of them as it wasn’t the best time to be out on the Forth bridge. Then there was the location full stop, working at height, the overall terrain and the bounce of the bridge. There were also substantial issues involved with working around live traffic, which required contra-flows and road closures, as well as time constraints.

That’s one hell of a job. That’s what I said!


Is there a second part of this contract? No, that’s it completed however Balford Beattie, the main contractor has some remedial works, painting, bolt replacement and generally just doing it up. We were looking at dismantling it for reuse but with the new paint system they have on the bridge it was a scrap job. So this maybe changed the methods slightly from when we originally looked at it.

What do you think is the most important part of any demolition contract/company? I think in demolition/asbestos all the parts are interlinked so the environmental forms part of the safety which forms part of the recycle rate which affects the cost base for the job. There is no one single [ most important] part in demolition, if you do it 100% safe, which is a good target that all still links together through the training , environment, the health and safety on the site, the programming, everything is totally integrated within the demolition contract so I don’t think I could pick out one single part. Well maybe the planning to enable these things to go ahead, maybe the first stage but there are a lot of stages that all need to be linked. So integration of the elements is the key? I think so.

What advice would you give to someone looking to enter the demolition industry? Other than avoid the industry! Or look at an apprenticeship somewhere else! Seriously, join a recognised company. I feel that there is no better training than coming from the ground up that way you understand all the different stages. I have nothing against university degrees but they lack the hands-on training that I feel is essential to give you a full understanding of every stage from the start to completion. So get out there and get your hands dirty? Aye, that’s about the size of it.


Demolition Expo 2013


A brand new two day event which saw the NFDC and IDE join forces to create an unforgettable Demolition Expo 2013. With a core purpose of combing two of best trade associations for the demolition industry to showcase exactly what we are all about. Demolition Expo 2013 received great support and sponsorship from CITB, Volvo, Inmalo and Liebherr, One Stop Recycling and Ward Recycling for which we cannot thank them enough.

Any outdoor event would not be complete without a typical wet British summers day, luckily, Friday could not dampen the spirit and the enthusiasm shown by exhibitors and attendees for the inaugural Demolition Expo 2013 held at Armac's Arden Brickworks in Solihull.

Organised by the NFDC and IDE along with an unprecedented amount of organisation and support from Adrian McLean and his team at Armac Group, the two day event has proved to be a massive success with endless positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors.

Friday saw The National Federation of Demolition Contractors Vice President, Martin Wilson, opening proceedings in the packed seminar area of the marquee of just over 150 delegates, along with Steve Jack IDE President. The two well attended sessions kicked off with Howard Button NFDC CEO launching the multi-platform and interactive Demolition and Refurbishment Information Datasheets. A specially designed free App is now available to download, created for the demolition industry and project managers alike to plan, recognise and organise their waste from site. This will also provide a fantastic opportunity for recycling companies across the UK to advertise their services for very small fee. The free sheets will also be available in hardcopy making these comprehensive datasheets able to provide excellent reference for new comers to the industry. The official website can be found at:

Demo Expo’s 2013 real success is that as an Operations Director in the industry, I wanted to create the first bespoke demolition and recycling plant show in a great venue where spectators could view from above or down in the quarry basin and manufacturers and agents could demonstrate the operational capabilities of their plant and products. This has set the milestone for future events and will I am sure lead to more and more exhibitors in the future and the obvious growth in the numbers of members and clients attending.

Adrian McLean, Operations Director - Armac Group

Next up to the podium were Sophie Cox NFDC/NDTG Group Manager and Phil Jones Volvo National Account Manager launching the world’s first demolition plant simulator software. The NFDC, working with their training arm the National Demolition Training Group have commissioned the development of new demolition plant simulation software for the industry. Working in partnership with Volvo, our valued Industry Service Provider and an experienced software development team at Oryx Simulations in Sweden we are very excited about this latest innovation. The NFDC & NDTG recognise the need for demolition plant simulator training for a number of key areas:


Foundation level training for novices and apprentices- whilst on-site training is a recognised and a proven option for demolition plant operators, simulator training at this level has a number of key benefits. It can be carried out in a safe and controlled environment & Employers can test skills prior to allowing operators onto live demolition sites.

Upskilling existing plant operators- existing plant operators can undergo upskilling programs. For example an operator progressing from a conventional 360 demolition adapted machine to a high reach machine. Attachment training will cover changing of attachments and best positioning. For example, the breaker programme will highlight the best position of the attachment to increase productivity and reduce breaker damage.

Promoting the industry as a positive career path- the NFDC & NDTG will now be in a position to promote the industry as a skilled career path to school and college leavers. The simulator will be taken to a number of industry trade shows and education exhibitions throughout the UK. The two day event was a perfect opportunity to showcase the latest NFDC/NDTG innovation with its introduction made available to everyone who attended Demolition Expo 2013, from our future operators to the more mature and experienced in the industry. Finally, Brian Carroll General Manager of Kokurek, gave us a detailed look into the Kokurek ABC High Reach – with the actual boom available to see at Kokurek’s outdoor stand dominating the skyline. Belonging to the hosts, Armac, the Hitachi 470 was equipped with Kocurek's ABC boom set up. Offering up to eight different configurations on a standard 45 tonne excavator the ABC boom gives a working range from a standard excavating arm with high reach versions ranging from 14m to a maximum of 28m. Developed jointly by Armac and Kokurek. Our indoor exhibitors were kept busy with the influx of visitors arriving through the entrance of the marquee who had travelled far and wide to visit this original UK event. Some of the indoor exhibitors twinned their stands with their outdoor displays to give maximum impact upon arrival. The impressive marquee was host to the seminar area, indoor exhibitions and the Training Zone which accommodated the demolition plant simulator.

Exiting the marquee, the viewing gallery gave us all a sight to behold over Armac’s quarry with plant, machinery, crushers, vintage plant, attachments and some rather fun JCB Workmax buggies! The NDTG training area (sponsored by Volvo) located outside the marquee featured a regular display from Iain Kirk NDTG’s Lead Trainer/ Assessor, Chris Doyle IDE assessor and their respective trainees in the art of steel hot cutting.

Demo Expo 2013 was a great opportunity to meet customers both old and new and we at Hitachi hope that the event will run again backed by both the IDE and NFDC members in two years time, a special thanks should go to Adrian McLean and all at Armac Group for the outstanding facilities they organised for us and all the hard work to make the event happen.

David Hearne, Operations Director - HM Plant Ltd


While the rain did it's best to dampen the spirits on the Friday, a steady stream of visitors took the time to brave the elements and take the walk around the monumental site. Dedicated solely to the demolition and recycling industry, the exhibitors made up of NFDC and IDE members were able to connect with the right people from various contractors. While over 500 attendees lent there support on day 1 of the event, the positive talk amongst the exhibitors was that the days visitors was about quality, not quantity. This made Demolition Expo the perfect marketing platform for any exhibitor. With quality so good, it was easy to see why Worsley Plant's Sean Heron announced exclusively to the NFDC that they had become the sole UK dealer for a range of Lehnhoff “Variolock” quick couplers in the UK, signing the deal on the day.

This exhibition was well worth doing. Its the first time there has been a dedicated working demolition show giving us a chance to show the Rotar concrete processors in action on a 50t excavator. Fantastic! Sean Heron, Managing Director - Worsley Plant Ltd

A variety of ISP's were situated at the top of the ramp which was also home to the now famous Caterpillar 320 excavator featured in the most recent James Bond film, Skyfall. With its cab on the "wrong" side the CAT drew plenty of attention from the crowds wanting to know why it was like that and how it was operated. Unfortunately for some, Daniel Craig sadly could not make it. Walking beneath the CAT's outstretched boom, the quarry opened up to reveal static displays from many associate members including Finning, HM Plant, JCB, Liebherr and Volvo. The quarry floor was also home to the crushing and screening demonstration area. Powerscreen, McCloskey and Hammel products drew the crowds with their attendant excavators and wheeled loaders. One of the biggest draws was the Hammel VB950DK shredder. With an insatiable appetite for cars, the shredder was devouring cars and rejecting pressings within minutes.


Attachment Avenue was host to our attachment manufacturers and their demonstration areas. Inmalo, ECY Haulmark, Worsley Plant and LDH all reported great interest from prospective customers from both days. Inmalo also premiered their new Motofog self-contained dust suppression machine capable of throwing out a dampening mist up to 30m, this compact yet impressive piece of kit certainly gained attention.

Nearby, fans of vintage equipment were not disappointed either with a pair of vintage cat traxcavators on display with an immaculately restored Hitachi excavator. The venerable old Scammell Routeman 8 wheeled tipper was found alongside what ranks as a veteran demolition man’s favourite, the 22RB with drop ball brought to us from Comley Demolition. If nostalgia is what you were after then vintage area was right up your street.


The afternoon brought with it a second session of seminars, with familiar faces, John Woodward Past IDE President, John Underwood Health & Safety Executive and John Rimmer from Cantillon. John Woodward stepped in last minute (not that it was obvious) to speak about competency in the industry and give us the latest case studies in demolition from around the UK. The Healthy & Safety Executive John Underwood gave a full and thorough presentation on “Temporary Works in Demolition’. Whilst this topic could seem endless, John made specific and direct points with the aid of case studies gathered by the HSE in the past 5 years. Finally, John Rimmer braved the graveyard shift with his delivery of ‘Gypsum to Gypsum – The Perfect Loop’ to discuss a European collaborative project between the recycling industry, the demolition sector and the gypsum industry.

Saturday brought a much brighter day and whole families flocked to the show. JCB trains, bouncy castles, trampolines, zorbing and climbing walls were amongst the attractions, with a host of other children’s entertainment for all ages, indoor and outdoor. Probably one of the biggest queues you could find was back at the Volvo stand. A specially created course up and around the site allowed visitors and exhibitors in the cab of a Volvo A40 ADT. The short ride had kids, and big kids alike elated with this unique experience.

Another star attraction of the day was a vintage, ex-demolition, steam engine called Avis. Piloted by the NDTG Chairman, Richard Dolman, Avis was constantly ferrying families around the site with much delight and amusement!

This was a great 2 day event incorporating both business and pleasure. It was nice to meet not just the person that signs the cheques but also the Operators/Engineers and most all the families that may possibly be our future staff or customers, we look forward to the next bigger and better show in 2015

Kimberley Page Sandvik Construction


A day of this nature, aimed at families, is a unique sight in many industries today. However, the arrangements put in place by Adrian McLean of Armac ensured safety, fun and DEMOLITION, a recipe for a perfect Saturday afternoon in the sun. It really was an event for the demolition industry, with everyone putting their differences aside and all of us worked together for what was truly important. The sense of camaraderie and congeniality kept us all in high spirits across these two days, with a force so strong it seems, the demolition industry could never be torn apart! Talks are now underway about the next Demolition Expo. Early discussions like this can only mean one thing. The NFDC, IDE and of course Adrian McLean have left exhibitors, attendees and families wanting more! And that is exactly what they will get. All organisers however are keen to alternate years with Hillhead and will therefore say for now. Watch this space for Demolition Expo 2015.


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Bretec first made its mark in the hydraulic breaker OEM business back in 1994. Now after almost 20 years since Bretec’s first impact, International Marketers (London) has boarded its own offering to include for the first time, a Bretec branded breaker offering of silenced and pin-on hydraulic breakers. The seven-model Bretec range has been strategically placed to offer competitive products that are good quality and cost-effective for the middle segment market.

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Lawson Demolition - Sutton Benger’s former processing plant Located in Sutton Benger, Wiltshire, the chicken processing plant was once a quarry for gravel, in 1958 the site became home to a busy and local source of poultry. By 1987 the Processing plant prepared 400,000 chickens for human consumption per week. Closure of the factory in 2008 paved the way for a different future.

Investment came from one of the largest construction companies in the UK, Redrow Construction, for the development of 63 new homes. In 1979 Redrow started from humble beginnings and has grown there organisation to operate within 9 divisions of England and Wales. The site is located in a quiet but prosperous village, with a small convenience store, post office, pubs, restaurants and only 3 miles from junction 17 of the M4, proving convenient for people interested in living in this area.

The 4.2ha site had given Lawson a large and complex task. With the removal of an estimated 14000sqm of asbestos, both licensed and non-licensed, the 11th February 2013 saw the start of a busy 20 weeks of asbestos removal prior to demolition works.

Each building on site with asbestos present was enclosed in a timber and polythene airlock, each set up with a Negative Pressure Unit (NPU) for the extraction and filtration of harmful air; protecting the health and safety of fellow workers and residents in the local area, as with every asbestos removal we undertake.

The detailed and careful removal of asbestos required the precision of highly qualified staff members. Lawsons asbestos site supervisor was present at all times during the asbestos removal process accompanied by eight trained operatives. The site was set up with a decontamination unit where the asbestos handlers are required to change into and out of their asbestos coveralls. Scaffolding has been positioned around each building to assist the workers in the safe removal of asbestos.

A full ecological survey highlighted the site was home to reptiles and trees that required protection; exclusion zones were erected prior to works commencing and regular inspections undertaken. Today, it is vital more than ever to understand the effect we are having on the environment. Lawson Demolition regularly reuse or recycle over 97% of materials found on site.

The site is well on track to being handed over to the Redrow Construction to a high quality and on programme for the development of a stunning collection of new homes.



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MGL Demolition - End of an Era MGL Demolition has completed yet another high profile and challenging project, this time at home in Durham City.

The redevelopment of the iconic former ice rink site on Freeman’s Place, adjacent to the world famous Durham Cathedral and Castle, represents an important phase of the Durham Riverside Renewal. The Freeman’s Reach Project included asbestos removal, soft strip and remote demolition of existing structures including the bowling alley and health club building and adjoining substation. The mill building was carefully demolished by hand during three distinct phases.

The mill race and all foundations, basements and pits were removed with subsequent infilling of the resultant voids. External hard landscaped areas were also removed.

During the course of the reduced level dig an area of buried asbestos was quantified and removed thereafter from site in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

MGL Demolition’s scope of works also included the dismantling and removal from site for reuse of the existing hydro generation plant.

The location of the project was particularly sensitive due to its close proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The River Wear, Millburngate Road Bridge, footbridge and adjacent commercial and residential properties. The gas main on site also required protection throughout the demolition works.

Accordingly from inception of the project until its successful completion MGL Demolition worked closely with the Client, Project Team and all other stakeholders including the general public. During the course of the demolition works MGL Demolition utilised various plant and equipment including its Liebherr R954C high reach machine and a Komatsu PC360.

In line with MGL Demolition’s ongoing commitment to recycling and sustainable waste management some 98% of all waste was recycled / reused with 6F2 specification fill material being generated on site from suitable materials following the demolition works.

The project was a resounding success overall. It was completed safely, on budget, on time (12 weeks) and to the required environmental and quality standards.

Once again we have clearly demonstrated our ability to successfully deliver challenging projects.

Mark Davison - Managing Director


Tip-Ex 2013 - Branching out For the first time the NFDC made their presence at Tip-Ex 2013 with their take over day on Friday 31st May at the Harrogate International Centre.

With the NFDC’s re-branding of the associate membership into ISP - Industry Service Provider, we thought we should make a start somewhere in an industry that has been generating the most enquiries, haulage. Haulage is an integral part of any demolition project, whether it is delivering or removing machinery, waste or equipment from site. So much so, several NFDC corporate members have their own dedicated haulage departments.

Meeting exhibitors at Tip-Ex gave us more insight to this area of demolition, and with it interest in becoming an Industry Service Provider with the NFDC. To let them know a bit more about us, and what we do, an afternoon of presentations were held at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, part of the large scale Tip-Ex site.

The first presentation was brought to us by Guy Mallard, Assistant Transport Manager at Erith, talking to us about haulage from demolition sites in the city environment. While it maybe easy to think that waste removal from sites are as smooth as clock-work, very careful and strategic planning has to go into every mile. With many sites working under the Considerate Contractors Schemes the planning of vehicle movements is essential, insuring that adjoining roads are kept clear and safe for local residents. William Thompson from Thompsons of Prudhoe was up next covering the changing face of demolition debris transport. Safety is at the heart of the federation’s ethos and its members - we constantly strive to improve the safety of staff and anyone who may come into contact with works being carried out. But this is not just on site, but also when waste material leave the site. William gave us a clear an informative breakdown in this area.

Andrew Forshaw, Managing Director of Forshaw Demolition and NFDC 2nd Vice President introduced us to a recent case study of the heavy haulage of demolition plant and equipment. Haulage of demolition plant and equipment is a daily occurrence for most demolition contractors. All types of machinery including attachments need to be on site on time. This means safe, effective and reliable haulage is required to ensure all tools are made available when required. He detailed the expert planning and coordination it takes to get the job done.

Erith scooped NFDC’s Safe Transport award during the Gala Dinner on a successful evening for the Group. The ceremony, held at the Majestic hotel in Harrogate, seated over 350 guests across the construction and transport industry with the awards judged by the National Federation of Demolition Contractors. The success of the award focused on Erith’s investment in training, staff development and implementation of safety initiatives including Erith’s commitment to the City of London’s Safe Cycling campaign.


C&D Consultancy and DCS Training - Break Out New Training Course NDTG approved training providers - C&D Consultancy and DCS Training have joined forces with Rammer to introduce a new training course to help companies and their operatives get the most out of their hydraulic hammers.

C&D Consultancy, headed by John Woodward - Immediate Past President of the Institute of Demolition Engineers – and with assistance from IDE Vice President Duncan Rudall have unveiled a new training course aimed squarely at owners and operators of hydraulic hammers. Built around the Rammer operator training manual and backed by the hydraulic hammer specialist, the new course has been developed to ensure the safety of operators and operatives whilst gaining maximum productivity and working life from the breakers together with reduced owning and operating costs.

Operator misuse, abuse and neglect are universally accepted to be the single biggest cause of hydraulic hammer failure within the demolition sector. Our training course is designed to overcome that problem by demonstrating best operating and maintenance practice to ensure that the operator is safe, that the breaker performs to optimum levels, and that wear, tear and failure are minimised. John Woodward IDE Immediate Past President Rudall says that some of the course content is based upon known principles and working methods and is designed to reinforce best practice. “Trying to break off too much material, levering the material with the tool, or hammering in the same position for a prolonged period will all impact upon the life expectancy of both the breaker and the tool. Long impact cycles of more than 15 seconds can cause the impact head of the piston to heat up, causing damage or ‘mushrooming’.”

“The piston might also start to vibrate inside the cylinder, breaking the lubricating oil film and causing seizure between the piston and cylinder. In addition, the tool can heat up, causing more rapid wear. If the material hasn’t broken after 15 seconds move the tool to another position; stress fractures will have already been created in the material,” Woodward and Rudall assert.


“The training course will show operators how to approach specific tasks while covering items such as breaker and carrier matching, hammer, carrier and hydraulic hose checks, pre-start site checks, correct greasing procedures and general hammer care. With regular maintenance, you can avoid major, unplanned breakdowns, and ensure that your hammer achieves the highest possible levels of availability and profitability. For example, operators should know to check the tool bushings condition regularly. If they can insert a pencil between the tool and the lower tool bush, it may need to be replaced, or turned 90 degrees if that feature is available.” Woodward and Rudall say that, although the training course is based upon the Rammer training manual, the course is open to companies running any breaker brand and is not limited purely to demolition applications. “Regardless of manufacturer or specific application, the challenges of optimum safety, productivity and reliability remain the same,” Woodward concludes.

By learning correct procedures, it is possible to increase hammer productivity and extend the life of the hammer and the tool substantially. With so many demolition sites, mines, quarries and recycling operations reliant upon a hydraulic hammer, a small investment in operator training can have huge benefits.

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Keltbray - Station over the Thames Italian contractor Despe may have taken the 2012 Contract of the Year but it was a close run contest. Here, D&Ri reports on the first of two projects that according to the judging panel were hot on its heels– UK contractor Keltbray and its work at Blackfriars Station in the City of London.

The unique inner city environment, working in and around a live, fully operational rail terminal and tube station and the Thames River, imposed huge operational constraints upon the site. Almost all aspects of the work had a major interface with London Underground (LUL), Network Rail (NWR) or other contributing stakeholders such as the Port of London Authorities (PLA).

London Blackfriars Station handles millions of passengers every year. The landmark station will be providing increased interchange between national rail and LUL services and make London's Bankside and South Bank tourist areas much more accessible to passengers. The redeveloped Blackfriars station will be the first in London to span the entire length of the River Thames and will provide improved interchange between rail and tube, and a new station on the South Bank.

Keltbray delivered the demolition package at Blackfriars Station as part of the £350m redevelopment. Working for Balfour Beatty on behalf of NWR, Keltbray were awarded the contract in 2009 as part of the £6bn Thameslink Programme to upgrade the line to increase passenger throughputs and increase service patterns. The NWR Thameslink service remained operational throughout the duration of the works, with the exception of a limited amount of possessions that were utilised for essential works. At the North station, LUL services remained operational throughout within a temporary tunnel while the station was closed to allow total demolition and reconstruction of the underground station.

The redevelopment of Blackfriars station has been a hugely complex engineering challenge. Retained infrastructure both overhead and underneath live operating train tracks carrying both public and freight train stock, and the heavily trafficked Thames below, imposed constraints that required meticulous planning and risk analysis to develop the appropriate methodologies.

The works incorporated the demolition at the North and South stations, excavation of a propped basement, and the removal of two large trusses spanning the Thames – all with major rail interface. The project can be summarised across four main work areas. First was the north station demolition work, which consisted of the removal of the existing national rail station including the roof, platforms, track structure, abutments and superstructure; the


existing LUL ticket hall structure directly over the LUL temporary tunnel; the existing building over the railway - comprising compound plate girders and 200 tonne truss; the brick arch structure over the LUL temporary tunnel; and the existing entrance building adjacent to both LUL and national rail assets.

Demolition at the south station consisted of the phased demolition of the existing viaduct incorporating temporary works along the cut lines and partial demolition of the existing bridge abutment; the salvaging of retained stonework elements; and groundworks including excavation, pile probing and pile breakdown.

Work over the Thames required the removal of two trusses each over 60m (197 ft) long over the river.

Excavation work made up the fourth area of activity and this included the excavation of the new basement within a secant piled box to 3 m (9.9 ft) depth below the LUL track; the design and installation of a jacked propping scheme for the new basement, incorporating a temporary bridge and finally, the Installation of a propped temporary ‘king post’ wall to facilitate the piling works, and a specialist structural piling deck to facilitate the piling works. Working in a live rail environment with multi-disciplinary stakeholders, the Blackfriars project team (led by Anthony Walsh, Project Director, and Nick Smith, Project Manager) worked in partnership with Balfour Beatty and Network Rail while satisfying the requirements of Transport for London and the Port of London Authority, to successfully deliver the demolition and ground works elements of the contract within the project milestones and with an excellent safety record.

To this end a fully collaborative culture was adopted by all parties from the start that included a focus on early involvement, establishing common processes and tools, measurement of performance and implementing long term relationships to achieve the vision ‘to deliver the work safely, within programme and within the target cost set out’.

The complex structural and foundation works undertaken to build the first railway station to straddle the Thames in London required Keltbray’s expertise spanning a diverse range of disciplines including demolition & civil engineering, piling, Keltbray Rail, asbestos removal and structural engineering. Keltbray believes that the project provided a clear demonstration of the benefits and synergies that can be delivered by providing a total in-house service.

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Blackfriars Station Project – The Key Facts

• Live and fully operational rail terminal and underground station • Weekend and night possession • Environmental control of noise and vibration • Removal of a 200 tonne truss over a live railway • Lifting out 100 year old trusses spanning 63 m (207 ft) over the river Thames

Project statistics

• £13 million (US$20.7 million) contract • 2.6 hectare (6.5 acre) site • Completed on time and to budget • Use of PSC certified timber 100% • 65,000 tonnes of material removed • 95% recycling rate achieved


HM Plant - Proves a hit with J Mould (Reading) NFDC Corporate Member J Mould (Reading) team up with the Federation’s ISP members HM Plant, LDH Attachments and ECY Haulmark to get the job done. J Mould (Reading) have recently taken delivery of a new Hitachi ZX350-5LC demolition specification excavator from HM Plant. The machine pictured was supplied with a Dutch built Dehaco DSG 2500 Selector grab from LDH Attachments and has gone straight to work on contracts in the Thames Valley area. The 36 tonne Isuzu powered stage 3B machine features the revolutionary Trias Hydraulic system from Hitachi. When we were shown the fuel savings from the new Hitachi Dash 5 range we had no hesitation in ordering another new machine from HM Plant. We also chose another Dehaco Selector grab from LDH Attachments as the operators find them so easy to use and they are well built, our first Dehaco Selector grabs are coming up to 3 years old and they have proved to be ultra reliable.

John Mould - Proprietor has also ordered a La Bounty MS 1500R Scrap shear from ECY Haulmark for use on the new machine.


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Cantillon - Green Apple Environmental Award Cantillon take a bite of the green apple with their recent deconstruction project winning them the Green Apple Environmental Award

Congratulations to Cantillon on their recent achievement, we can all imagine how delighted and proud they are to have won this award. Winning such an accolade just proves to support their company ethos and shows that their green approach is paying off. Cantillon strive to achieve these green standards, not just as a business, but also for genuine consideration for our environment. So, how did Cantillon manage to achieve this award? While they carry many green projects under their belt, the project that saw them become a winner was the deconstruction of 29-37 Davies St in Mayfair, a 7-storey building, including a basement. The building had to be deconstructed rather than demolished because of a number of environmental issues: ● Out-loading material arisings from the deconstruction ● Noise pollution from the proposed work ● Inevitable dust created from a building some 100 years old ● Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)

Not least of all, being able to manage a project of this size in one of the most congested areas in West London. Directly behind the building were the Italian and Canadian Embassies including the Argentine Consulate, as well as residential apartments.

Cantillon compiled several 3D noise models, predicting noise levels from the ground to fifth floor. The building was then encapsulated, Powerclad Acoustic sheeting (also fire retardant) was used and in places added acoustic blankets to enhance attenuation further. Removing the ACM was the next issue to overcome without danger of contamination to the public and wider environment. This was achieved by treating it as though it was Licensable Asbestos and all areas where it had to be removed were enclosed, ensuring that no material was able to escape.

Next Cantillon had to remove the ACM using something that was as environmentally friendly as possible and the company’s research identified a substance that was derived from citrus fruit, thus replacing substances such as chlorinated and kerosene based solvents. This substance softened the bitumen allowing it to be scraped off the surfaces but also kept any asbestos fibres within the confines of the bitumen; this allowed the arisings to be easily packaged and sent away for disposal, eliminating environmental and indeed personal contamination. The project required the use of a crane but instead of a large mobile crane, use of which would have meant closing the road, we used a mobile tower crane was employed. This reduced the footprint required and allowed traffic to continue to use Davies Street.

In all, Cantillon were able to recycle 99.94% of the materials resulting from the deconstruction of this 7-storey building. In anyone’s books, this is a winning project, and a truly deserved Green Apple Environment Award.

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DDS Demolition - Port of Call Kent-based DDS Demolition Ltd is in the middle of fulfilling an extensive demolition and dismantling contract for the Port of Dover as part of the Port’s Traffic Management Improvement (TMI) Project. Recognised as a major gateway to Europe and handling £80bn worth of trade every year, the Port of Dover is investing heavily in the new scheme in order to reduce congestion, enhance the aesthetic of the Port and increase its operational capabilities for the benefit of its customers and the community.

As part of the TMI project, some of the largest structures within the Eastern Docks are being removed in order to create a buffer zone enabling the Port to handle higher volumes of traffic. The demolition work of some redundant buildings has to be done with minimal disruption to the busy operations of the Port. It is also important for the client to keep the environmental and local community impact down to a minimum. Mr Bodell, Head of Infrastructure Development at the Port explains “This is one of the most exciting infrastructure projects in the UK. Introducing major changes to the Europe’s busiest Ro-Ro Port is not easy and requires careful planning. The project will improve Port operations and customers’ experience. Our goal is also to enhance the visual impression at the front of the Port as well as reduce traffic congestion on the roads leading to the Port” DDS Demolition’s contract is set to last a total of 3 years, and centres on removing the dockside structures deemed surplus to the Port’s requirements. These include a giant Overhead Vehicle Deck (OVD).

While the structures earmarked for demolition vary in size and complexity, from single storey canopies to huge reinforced concrete flyovers, their removal is being carefully organised and executed by DDS Demolition. The company’s managing director Wesley Ray explains further, “Each structure has to be safely removed in a manner that does not adversely affect the Port of Dover’s operation, specifically the loading and unloading of high numbers of vehicles and passengers from cross channel ferries. We methodically plan each demolition stage, working closely with other contractors redeveloping the Port’s road network as well as Dover Port itself, thus ensuring minimal disruption for end-users of the Port”. The first two structures removed were a pair of single-storey vehicle inspection canopies. Originally used by UK Border Forces to examine vehicles, the canopies were located immediately adjacent to one of the Port’s busiest sets of traffic lanes. The structures were dismantled in a controlled fashion by a pair of 20 tonne demolition excavators which stripped corrugated roof and side wall sections from the buildings’ frames before dismantling the frames themselves.


The resultant waste material was loaded into hook bins and removed for recycling. During peak times of traffic movement at the Port work would occasionally be halted in order to ensure drivers and pedestrians were not unduly disturbed by the on-going works.

Following the removal of the inspection canopies, DDS Demolition began dispatching the largest structure earmarked for removal at the port - a gigantic bridge deck or Overhead Vehicle Deck (OVD). Approximately 40m wide and 150m long, the concrete structure originally afforded an elevated queuing area for vehicles waiting to board the ferry, whilst those vehicles being unloaded could route underneath it at ground level. No longer required, the OVD was identified for removal with DDS Demolition planning the demolition in two separate stages. The first stage involved removing the southern half of the OVD. With 2 discharging traffic lanes on one side of the OVD and a Passenger-Handling Building on the other, careful consideration had to be given during this undertaking. A further requirement involved protecting the ground-level roadway beneath the OVD from falling debris. DDS Demolition erected a protective scaffold along the wall of the Passenger Handling Building and active traffic lanes immediately adjacent to the OVD and also hung a protective canopy against the nearby car park. Some 1400 tonnes of clean, crushed concrete was spread beneath the OVD to act as a crash mat for material falling down onto the road. The first identified section of OVD was demolished using a mixture of demolition excavators and qualified personnel using gas axes.

The structure was demolished in sections with the excavators using hydraulic breaker and rotating crusher attachments to break-out the concrete slab sections, leaving only the bare steel frame and concrete support legs in place. Afterwards, operatives utilising oxy/propane gas cutting torches cut the steel beams allowing them to fall safely to the ground. The gas-cutters would typically work from the safety of access cages elevated aloft by all terrain telescopic handlers. The remaining concrete and steel support legs would be finished-off with the company’s excavators, again using hydraulic breakers. Throughout the process, dust suppression systems were utilised in order to prevent excessive levels of dust to disrupt passenger and workers at the port.

In the coming months DDS Demolition will demolish the remaining northern half of the OVD as well as the Port’s number one control and passenger terminal buildings; all whilst the Port continues to operate at near maximum capacity and significant utility and roadway alterations are executed.

Having successfully completed the first half of the project at the Port of Dover we will strive to ensure the remainder of the project is executed with minimal disruption to the client, local community and Port’s customers Wesley Ray - Managing Director


Rising Stars in the Demolition Industry We speak to Ashley Grant, Assistant Contracts Manager of Wessex Demolition & Salvage, about his journey in the industry, the ever growing workload and his plans for the future. I’ve been working in the demolition industry in one form or another since the age of 16. I started my working life after completing my GCSE’s when I decided I needed to save money before college. Back then I never thought I’d stay within the industry for very long, my intention was to become a professional racing driver or work in law and earn lots of money!

After completing college I realised another 3-5 years of academic life and the debt that comes with it probably wasn’t for me so I started working full time. By this time I’d done my stint labouring and moved up into excavators I loved it and learnt a lot, but Wessex was growing and I was asked if I’d like to assist in the office to reduce the burden of the ever-growing workload.

My current role within the company has grown somewhat since I began assisting in contracts management. I’ve worked under the guidance of Richard Grant, my father and Director of Wessex Demolition, Health and Safety Advisors and Contracts Managers, as well as under my own steam to get jobs done. I feel working in a range of different job roles has helped me develop a more open and rounded view of the company and rather than knowing a lot in a small area I have gained knowledge in many areas. It has also helped me see demolition from a variety of perspectives, which is helpful when dealing with situations and people.

I am currently in charge of organising and booking staff training, compiling Risk Assessments, Method Statements and most project related Health & Safety documentation. This involves meeting our clients on site prior to the project starting. It also involves ensuring I am up-to-date with all the latest Health & Safety legislation and guidance. I keep up-to-date not only by researching and reading through guidance, but also through Health & Safety training and Environmental training courses. I find I am constantly learning in this industry and really enjoy finding solutions to overcome new challenges faced on and off site. I have successfully managed a number of projects from start until completion, although I predominantly only assist in this role. I am actively involved in gaining accreditation for Wessex Demolition as well as new client acquisition. My plans for the near future are to get our company’s quality, environmental and health & safety management systems accredited to ISO’s 9001, 14001 & 18001. In the longer term I aim to further increase my knowledge within the industry by working with our estimating department and learning from them.


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The McCloskey B230 is the most innovative mobile BIVITEC screen available. With the largest hopper in its class and specialist BIVITEC system, this machine is certainly a world leader. The innovative BIVITEC system can size material as low as 0.08mm. It provides a number of benefits over the traditional system, e.g. it is designed to prevent blinding and pegging with rapidly expanding and contracting dynamic screening mats, keeping the screening surface clean, even under the most demanding conditions.

In addition, the “Ox-Horn”design prevents wear between the screen mats and the side plates of the machine. This will reduce maintenance time and labour costs whilst increasing operating efficiency thus eliminating any spillage. The hydraulic folding wing plates provide an enhanced rear feed loading target 3.8m (12’6”) and the hopper has just over 15yd3 capacity.

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Wooldridge Group - Clearing up a redundant NHS The Coalition Government’s target to reduce NHS expenditure by £20bn over the next four years has resulted in many health organisations selling large swathes of surplus land and redundant medical establishments. As a result, NFDC members are experiencing an increase in demand for their services from house builders who require redundant NHS sites to be cleared and prepared for new housing developments. One such company is Bagshot-based Wooldridge Group which has been busy fulfilling two large-scale hospital demolition projects in Surrey simultaneously.

The first contract centred on demolishing Oaklands Hospital in Caterham. Opened in 1870 and originally named the Caterham Asylum, the hospital was built to house Victorian Society’s ‘insane paupers’. While it continued to treat those suffering mental health issues throughout the Twentieth Century, all that remains today is small social care home for adults with learning disabilities. The remainder of the site is now owned by a national house builder who plans to redevelop it with 161 homes, predominantly consisting of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses. As part of the redevelopment, all but a handful of the old hospital’s buildings were earmarked for demolition, an undertaking awarded to Wooldridge Group in 2012. Spread over 15 acres, the site housed a variety of structures ranging from small, single storey out-buildings to vast accommodation blocks. Having successfully been awarded the project, Wooldridge Group was able to deploy its latest acquisition a Volvo EC480D high-reach demolition machine. Based on Volvo’s standard 50 tonne excavator, the EC480D sports a bespoke front-end demolition rig which affords the machine a pin height of 26 metres. The new Volvo was utilised to good effect to fell the largest building on site, a four storey accommodation block. A second high-reach machine was also dispatched to the Oaklands site in order to demolish a number of ancillary buildings located adjacent to the accommodation block. The company also deployed a brand-new Volvo EC360 excavator to fulfil secondary demolition duties which included sorting and stockpiling demolition arisings. Further machinery included loading shovels, all terrain dump trucks and a fleet of road-going tipper and bulk transport lorries to transport material generated by the demolition process. With many of the hospital’s buildings dating back over 140 years old, the company also instigated a major brick reclamation project with a team of labourers deployed to segregate, clean and stock pile suitable bricks. This process helped boost the project’s recycling rate to in excess of 95%. During the eight-week long contract special consideration was given to neighbouring businesses and residents as well as the social care home located immediately adjacent


to the demolition work as Director Nick Anderson explains,

We confidently accepted the client’s challenging deadline to complete the demolition phase of the site’s redevelopment and were able to complete this during pre-agreed working hours and in a manner that did not cause unnecessary disruption to the care home on site or those living and working nearby. The second project centred on Wooldridge Group’s ongoing work at the West Park Hospital site, just outside of Epsom. Originally opened in 1921, the sprawling facility once had the capacity to house up to 2,000 patients and consisted of 5 separate micro-hospitals specialising in the treatment of epilepsy and psychosis. Although a smattering of NHS healthcare services are still operational at the site, the complex has been in decline since the mid-1990s with most of the buildings left abandoned as services were consolidated on-site or moved elsewhere.

Wooldridge Group’s involvement with the site’s redevelopment began in 2009 and it set to continue for several years to come. Ongoing work includes soft stripping buildings, removing asbestos, demolition, dismantling and ground works. An estimated 45,000m3 of material will be handled by the company over the lifetime of the project.

Given Wooldridge’s capacity to safely fulfil multiple contracts on multiple developments, often against the adversity of the British climate and restrictive time constraints, it comes as no surprise to learn that personnel and equipment are already being dispatched to new sites where they are needed once again to assist in transforming the decrepit hospitals of yesteryear into modern residential dwellings.

We successfully broke-out and removed three ten-tonne iron water tanks located at the top of a one hundred and sixty feet-high water tower and also managed to shift an eighteen thousand metre-squared heap of sodden clay across the site during the depths of a very wet winter. These are just two examples of our ability to fulfill the requirements of our client without impinging on the intensive house building programme currently afoot on site. Nick Anderson - Director


JCB Insurance - At what cost? Every decision you make in running your business potentially opens you up to expensive claims and legal costs. Scary Statistics

 Your business is 10 times more likely to face a claim from one of your current or ex-employees, than you are to suffer a fire.  Employment claims have jumped 44% since 2009 to almost 250,000 per year.  The average cost of even successfully defending employment claims averages £11,000  Race discrimination awards average over £ 30,000 NOT INCLUDING legal costs  Directors can face up to 2 years in Prison for serious Health and Safety breaches

Legislation and red tape are often the bane of all our lives. There are however occasions when it is vital that all of the correct procedures are followed to the letter because the consequences of not doing could seriously damage your business.

Take HR as an example, gone are the days when you could simply sack someone on the spot if they did something that warranted it. More and more these days a 'no win, no fee' solicitor will back an employee or ex-employee to take you to a tribunal and try and bring a case against you for anything from unfair dismissal to sexual discrimination. Often, the quality of your HR policies and paperwork can mean the difference between successfully defending a claim or not.

Health & Safety is even worse. Failures in this area could mean that someone dies, but again, robust policies, procedures and audit trails are vital to prevent accidents in the first place but if the worse happens, God forbid, you need to be able to demonstrate that you did the right thing.

Both of these examples are issues that you will all face, every day and they represent a growing risk to both your business and also to you personally and this will only get worse in our increasingly litigious society.

How do you protect yourself?

You can do everything you can to minimise the risk but you can never get rid of it all, so you need to talk to an Insurance Broker who understands your industry and can arrange Insurance to protect you and your business.

JCB Insurance for example can arrange a Management Liability Insurance policy for you that covers both individuals managing the business and the organisation itself. Not only will it pick up the costs of defending claims, but it will also pay for awards made against you. The cost of regulatory claims and investigations by organisations like the HSE, VOSA, Environment Agency and HM Revenue and Customs can also be picked up under the policy. Remember, even successfully defending an HR case like wrongful dismissal costs an average of ÂŁ11,000.

In addition, to help guide you through the minefield of legislation, there are free legal, employment and regulatory helplines available to policyholders to help you deal with situations correctly.

The Management Liability Policy doesn't hide behind small print either, for example it will even pick up a claim when you've not followed any of the correct HR procedures, all it means is that you have to pay an excess where you wouldn't if you'd followed Insurer's advice. And it needn't cost the earth, for example, if your annual turnover is around ÂŁ1m, premiums are as little as ÂŁ 930.00. That's a lot of peace of mind, for not a lot of money.

JCB Insurance are Brokers and Risk Managers specialising in protecting businesses involved Construction and associated industries including Demolition. This means that we are perfectly placed to advise and work with you to ensure an effective programme of risk management and insurance for you and your business.

We are keen and competitive at arranging all types of Insurance from Employers' and Public Liability, Motor Fleet and Plant through to specialist insurance like the Management Liability policy described here. Give us a try, you never know, it could save you a fortune or even keep you out of jail...!


Beere Electrical - Demolition and Redevelopment Beere Electrical have worked on over a 1,000 projects both isolating and carrying out "reassurance" works. With this in mind, their 100% safety record make them a bright spark for the demolition industry.

What do we do?

We reduce electrical systems as far back as is possible pending the usually delayed approach by the electrical supply companies. We ensure that live areas are clearly marked and that all out going cables from these locations are physically separated from the live equipment.

This process we have found prevents your 40 tonne machine pulling 600amp live switchgear through a wall. Along with the corresponding upset that this is likely to cause to the rest of the surrounding area, unnecessary costs will be incurred. We do this in a structured, controlled and safe manner using method statements and risk assessments and a large dose of common sense. Usually we are the first team into buildings for a considerable time and as such our teams are trained to identify, stop and assess risks as diverse as:- asbestos, current occupation by undesirables, fauna, structural issues, gas and any contamination that may be present. Our ability to stop and re-evaluate risks as well as our ongoing training, PPE and the equipment available to us means that we have a 100% safety record both for our isolation works and our team safety. We use a very simple, bullet proof traffic light system when identifying electrical equipment on site:


Fluorescent RED paint means STOP! Live equipment or cables.

Fluorescent GREEN paint means GO! Safe to remove. No paint defaults to LIVE


This system is ideal as it can be easily conveyed to persons who may be unable to read or to whom English may not be their first language. Once electrical systems are reduced back to the suppliers head, allowing basic soft stripping to proceed, we either pass the details to the client so that they can request termination or utilise our contacts within the supply companies to fast track the removal and pot ending process.


How big? How small?

We have isolated hospitals, schools, colleges, MOD barracks, individual floors in multi tenanted buildings, bungalows, high rise blocks of flats, buildings adjacent to retained buildings, buildings containing high risks such as asbestos, biohazards, occupied buildings and hotels.

We have been used on a number of occasions to isolate buildings because the clients own electricians don’t have the equipment, knowledge or the ability to get the job done safely, nor are they prepared to put their name on the correct paperwork to satisfy the Safety (CDM) Coordinators.



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Environment Agency - Graham Winter New Auditing Approach

This month the Environment Agency has launched a new auditing approach for waste transfer and treatment sites. When we visit these sites we will focus on a particular waste stream and trace its progress through the site. We will look at how it is received and sorted, how it is handled on site, the treatments it receives, how it leaves the site and where it goes to.

You might find that we take a more detailed look at loads arriving on site and at transfer documentation. We will be looking for ways to improve the coding and descriptions of waste arriving and leaving the site. Getting materials managed properly and safely starts with the waste producer providing an accurate description. By following a single waste stream, we are confident that we will gain a good understanding of the way the whole site is managed and the level of overall compliance.

Before we visit the site, we will spend some time checking our records and data. This will ensure that our visits are intelligence led and risk based. The waste returns that these sites submit to us should give us a good idea of the type of activities on site, the main waste types managed and the potential risks posed. Perhaps we have not always made good use of this data in the past.

Clues from the data

The quarterly waste returns tell us what has arrived on site and what has left the site. In theory, for transfer stations, there should be some kind of mass balance. Of course, some materials are recovered and may go off site as a product and some may be treated for other forms of recovery and re-use, but these should be evidenced and gaps in data provide us with a means of identifying priority sites to audit. I hope that some of these anomalies highlight best practice that can be shared rather than only bad practice. Looking at the data I can see that in 2012 nearly 300 sites generated in excess of 1000 tonnes of soils and stones (17-05-04).

We think it highly unlikely that a mixed waste can be turned into ‘soil from a construction site’. There are also over 200 sites that managed to make waste more than 10 tonnes of waste gypsum disappear. Again, some of these will be being recycled into products, so will legitimately leave the waste stream, but we know that some is causing odour problems and health risks when disposed of incorrectly. We will be writing to these sites in advance of the audits and letting them know our expectations.


I often get asked why we get so concerned about inert wastes, particularly soils. But the problems caused by ‘inert’ wastes usually occur when they are not inert. Whether by poor handling and descriptions or by deliberate mixing and mis-coding, the labelling of mixed wastes, such as trommel fines as ‘soils and stones’ means that it ends up polluting anything from gardens to farmland. Of course poor quality may mean it saves someone some money, but that also undermines legitimate businesses that do go to the trouble of managing their wastes and products properly. It is these business we want to support as well as protecting the environment. This year we hope to make major progress on tackling this issue.

Forward Look

In August we will publish our updated technical guidance on identification and handling of hazardous waste (WM2). While there are no substantial changes to regulations, the guide will provide a number of worked examples relevant to construction and demolition wastes including asbestos, oily wastes and road planings. I hope to cover more detail on this in the next edition. In September we publish the second of our annual waste crime reports. Will CD&E waste still top the rankings? We will also be publishing our first annual pollution incidents report. How will C&D sites fare in this?

Labelling mixed waste like this as ‘soils and stones’ causes problems down the line.


Meet the Team - At the NFDC and NTDG Welcome to Resurgam House! Can you believe we are half way through this year already?

Where does the time go? Now we have had a brief chance to look up from our desk we can reflect on the fantastic events we have had so far that year. Plantworx, Tip-ex and of course, the unforgettable Demolition Expo 2013. As I am sure you can grasp by the sheer volume of this record-breaking 80 page publication, this tells a story of just how busy things are within the federation.We have recently hosted the first ever Demolition Expo 2013 event in conjunction with the IDE incorporating topical seminars with live plant demonstrations portraying the diversity of the industry. Members from both NFDC, IDE and Industry clients attended along with some potential future ISP’s. We hope you enjoyed the full report in the centre of the magazine.

With the success of Demolition Expo 2013, the NDTG/NFDC have also been busy with our latest purchase and commissioned the world’s first demolition simulator in association with Volvo UK, with interest already being expressed by KHL to demonstrate the equipment at the World Demolition summit event in Amsterdam. Intrigue has gone state-side with the NDA asking if we would consider demonstrating the simulator unit at the American Convention 2014.

The launch of DRIDS (Demolition & Refurbishment Information Datasheets) has received wide acclaim with interest expressed by DEFRA asking for Federation involvement in the disposal of HBCD a POP (Persistent Organic Pollutant) in accordance with the Montreal protocol, certainly not a material I can say I am familiar with. This will be an interesting and high profile project for the Federation. I hope you enjoy this events special issue and you can contact me anytime by email:

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Kaila - Centre Coordinator - NDTG “Every day is a school day at the NDTG, with something new always coming up! Taking on the role as Centre coordinator has been very challenging however rewarding at the same time, with a variety of tasks, queries and priorities including, team supervision, CCDO Scheme, Auditing, funding and plant shows just to name a few!! This role definitely keeps you on your toes but I wouldn’t have it any other way..” Ronnie Mould - NDTG Tester/Trainer - NDTG “Upon becoming a full time member of staff at the NDTG, has made me proud to get involved further with development and innovations in training for the demolition industry. Especially with the arrival of the new demolition plant simulator in which I am directly involved. I look forward to the experience this will bring.” Laura Davis – Senior Administrator – NFDC “Becoming a part of the busy NFDC Team is proving to be a very enjoyable experience and I am loving the challenges that it brings on a daily basis and I am learning all the time about the Demolition Industry.” 76


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NFDC Demolition and Dismantling Issue 2 2013  

The Events Issue. Including: Plantworx, Tip-Ex2013 and the unforgettable Demolition Expo 2013

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