Stephen Sutton (3)On Friday 28th February 2014 the Institute of Demolition Engineers held their Spring Seminar at The Royal Armouries, Leeds. As always the event was very well supported with nearly 200 delegates, there were 15 exhibition stands in the main hall where coffee and lunch were provided and once again they said that they benefitted from attending.

The first morning session started with Simon Davies, the General Manager of  Veolia Environmental Services, who gave a presentation about the removal of oil and gas platforms and structures in the North Sea. He was followed by Stuart Armstrong, a Specialist Solicitor with S V Armstrong Ltd , who defends individuals and companies in civil appeals and other regulatory proceedings. His presentation about legal challenges to the HSE encouraged some very interesting debate on the subject.RPA_2742

The second morning session was led off by Ian Wharton from the RVA Group speaking about the problems of carrying out demolition projects abroad. Wayne Bagnall, who is an independent consultant and gives specialist safety advice and training in asbestos and demolition, then spoke about two projects, the main one being the dismantling of two travelling dockside cranes at Salford Docks. The session was concluded by a young man, Stephen Sutton, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of fifteen. He spoke about his positive lifestyle, living for today, when you never know when it might end and how he had put together a bucket list that he was trying to work through, he was a true inspiration to us all.RPA_2691

The afternoon session commenced with a presentation from Peter Baldwin who is a Senior Hygienist with the Health and Safety Laboratory, speaking about  surveys that have been carried out about asbestos and silica related diseases. Then Philip Baker, Managing Director of BPS Solutions, gave an update on the proposed revisions to the CDM Regulations which produced some lengthy discussions. The final presentation was given by Steve Jack from Magnox Ltd, outlining the processes they adopt for managing the decommissioning of Nuclear Power Stations using Framework Contractors.Peter Baldwin (2)

Wayne Bagnall (1)Click here for the Attendance Register 2014

Read all about it in the current edition of the RPA Publication


The Institute of Demolition engineers will be holding a number of regional meetings in all areas in the next three months, and have their Autumn Seminar at One Great George Street in London on 26th September followed by the AGM at the Tower of London on 14th November.

Since the Spring Seminar we have received fantastic feedback…

Thanks for a great day at Leeds, the speakers were fantastic. Please pass this to Steve and Duncan and everyone else who was involved in making this once again a great day in the calendar year. (Lee Mullholdand AMIDE)

I attended the annual IDE Spring Seminar at Leeds on Friday and yet again a very well organised and informative day. It was a very enjoyable day with great speakers promoting and reminding us of the innovative and professional work of the industry. Thanks for all your hard work ensuring the continued success and growing status of the IDE. (David Storer MIDE)

We thoroughly enjoy organising events for the benefit of our members and look forward to seeing you at the next one, the Autumn Seminar on 26th September 2014.