IDE and NFDC London & Southern Counties Golf Day 2018

On Friday 7th September this year’s Golf Day took place at the prestigious London Golf Club.  28 Golfers with a mixture of handicaps took to the international course, in good weather conditions, to compete for a variety of prizes.

Individual Winner: John Faulkner (right)

Individual Runner up Guy Barker

Team Event Winners

The individual winner was John Faulkner with 45 points just beating the runner up Guy Barker who finished with 41 points.   The team event was won by Mark Jack’s team with 126 points with the runner-up team close behind on 124 points.

Longest Driver: Stephen O’Loughlin

Nearest the Pin: Colin Knight

Longest Driver was won (dubiously) by Stephen O’Loughlin and Nearest the Pin was won by Colin Knight.

A huge thank you to our sponsors, Erith Contractors and Worsley Plant whose support ensured the success of this event.

Erith Group Congratulates Apprenticeship Graduates

Last month saw two Erith Group Demolition Apprentices complete their training to become fully qualified Demolition Operatives.

Afeez Bashiru and Harry Tetsill are currently involved with the regeneration scheme at the Aylesbury Estate in South London.  For the past two years, they have both been working towards their NVQ Level 2 qualification, gaining valuable experience and knowledge from Erith’s site personnel.

Their hard work paid off last month when they both received their NVQ qualification.  Their Project Manager, members of Erith’s senior management and representatives of Notting Hill Genesis, their client at Aylsbury Estate, surprised them on-site with personalised cakes and a well-deserved tea-break in the midst of the August heat-wave.

Steve Bennett, Project Manager at the Aylesbury Estate, commented: “Both Afeez and Harry have proven themselves to be extremely eager and hard-working individuals.  Their hunger and ambition to progress in the industry has been evident from the day they started on site, and it has been a pleasure seeing them progress and having them in my team.  I am proud to see them achieve their qualification and look forward to continuing to work with them going forward”.

Author: Adam James, Assistant Bid Manager, Erith Group

The content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers. 


Andrew Dale Glides Over Wales

Erith’s Industrial Demolition Proposals Director, Andrew Dale FIDE, recently took to the skies of Wales in aid of the Stroke Association.

On July 27th 2018, Andrew left the relative safety and security atop the 370 metre-deep Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales and glided down the over mile long pit, reaching a speed in excess of 100mph.  Strapped to the zip-wire in a horizontal harness and with a camera fastened to his precautionary helmet, Andrew soared the length of the quarry in under 60 seconds, with remarkable views of the 500-million-year-old slate and lake below.

This was not Andrew’s first charitable adventure.  On his 50th birthday, Andrew parted company with an air-plane over the fields of Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire, parachuting down to earth and raising over £2,000.00 for charity in the process.

This years expedition was in support of the Stroke Association, a charity with significant importance to Andrew.  In 2015, Andrew’s Mother, Isabel, suffered a stroke and tragically lost her life the following year in the aftermath.  The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to stroke sufferers.  Their focus is on providing the best possible treatment to those who suffer a stroke, and ultimately preventing strokes from occurring at all.  With over 100,000 strokes occurring in the UK every year, it is the fourth largest cause of death in the country.

Andrew managed to raise £2,000.00 for the charity, with generous donations coming in from friends, family and colleagues.  The money will be put to use by the Stroke Association in providing care and support to stroke sufferers, continue their research into finding improved treatments and expanding their network of services across the UK.

After completing his brief venture into aviation, Andrew commented “I am extremely thankful for the donations that have been sent in form everyone so far.  The Stroke Association is a worthy charity that is close to my heart.  I have seen first-hand the devastation a stroke can have on someone’s life after my late Mother suffered her stroke in 2015.  The fact is that even those who survive a stroke often have to try and rebuild their lives around the lasting damage it causes.  This charity does tremendous work in helping sufferers do just that and enable them to live a more comfortable life.  With regards to the zip-wire itself it was a great experience.  However, being suspended above what is essentially a giant hole was truly frightening!”

Andrew is still receiving donations for his endeavour via his Just Giving page

Author: Alison Gardner, Business Development Manager, Erith Contractors Ltd

The content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers. 


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Popular Presentations makes IDE Southern Regional meeting a Rousing Success

Last week saw the inaugural meeting of the IDE Southern Regional meeting, hosted by Council of Management member Toby Comley MIDE, in collaboration with the team at LDH Attachments, who provided the venue for the gathering at their HQ in Bordon.

The 36 IDE members and non-members were greeted with refreshments, including a tasty selection of vegan sandwiches and had the opportunity to network with other industry professionals in a relaxed setting.

With the meeting in full swing the presentations began with Roel van Oirschot of DEHACO talking about dust suppression units and David Hearne then displaying a “Terra 60 Dust Suppression Unit” in action. Toby Comley stated “the presentations were very interesting and well received by the guests present.  A highlight was when Jim O’Sullivan MIDE took the stage with his very interesting presentation on the “Mega Crane” at Earls Court, where he explained the complexities in building the largest crane in Europe on an inner city project and lift 1200 tonne concrete beams over underground tube lines.  Multiple questions then followed for Jim and one attendee commented that “it was the best presentation he had seen in a long time”.”

With the presentations complete the attendees had an opportunity to network further over a selection of delicious vegan cakes.

Toby added: “The event was very enjoyable and well supported by IDE members and non-members alike.  Thank you especially to LDH Attachments and to all that attended and made the event a success.  We look forward to this event being in the calendar every year”

Author: Toby Comley MIDE



Nancy’s Night Out

On the 16th June, Erith Contractors held an exquisite black tie Charity Ball at No.8 Northumberland Avenue, in aid of Niemann-Pick UK (NPUK) – for a cause dear to their hearts, they hosted a night to remember for a beautiful, strong and inspiring little girl and others just like her.

David Darsey and family welcomed David’s granddaughter, Nancy, into the world on the 4th November 2016.  However, the family received the devastating news that Nancy had Niemann-Pick Type C, a rare, life limiting, genetic disorder that mostly affects children.  To this day there remains no cure or effective treatment.

Taking action, Erith Contractors sought out NPUK, a UK registered Charity to show their support to the outstanding work they put in to help families of those affected by this heart-breaking disease.  In an effort to drive forward awareness of NPUK they held a fundraising ball in honour of the Charity.

Erith invited family, friends and many valued business colleagues to attend the event, all united in the fight against Niemann-Pick Type C.  They were overwhelmed by the turnout and support shown on the night.  A spokesperson for Erith said “we are extremely thankful to the Institute of Demolition Engineers who donated a heart-warming donation of £10,000 to the cause.  The night was a huge success and we, at Erith Contractors, donated a further £80,000 to NPUK, helping them to remain a driving force for the Niemann-Pick community”.

NPUK displayed their sincere gratitude for the tremendous donations received at the charity ball commenting “your generosity will help us to provide much needed care and support for the families affected by Niemann-Pick disease and to facilitate research into this devastating condition in the hope of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure”.

Erith Contractors would like to reiterate their immense gratitude to all attendees and donors.  In addition to the £90,000 raised by the IDE and Erith Contractors, over £60,000 was raised on the night through ticket sales, table sales and auctions.  The final account is still to be determined with many people still sending very appreciated donations.



This is Demolition and Scifest

The Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) has recently been represented at two events organised and hosted by the Wolverhampton University Faculty of Science and Engineering in partnership with Environment Technologies and Resource Efficiency Support Service (EnTRESS).

On Friday 29th June 2018 “This is Demolition” was held at Wolverhampton University ECMS Springfield Campus.  Dr Paul Hampton (Head of the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton) introduced the event.

The event was well attended by over 70 delegates interested in learning more about Demolition and the two new degree courses currently available: The Foundation Degree in Demolition Management and the current MSc Demolition Management.

University of Wolverhamptons Jackie Dunne (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Access & Lifelong Learning) and IDE President, David Darsey FIDE, FRSA signed the agreement for the new ground-breaking Foundation Degree.

On Saturday the 7th July 2018 the sun was shining in the courtyard at Wolverhampton University for the annual “Scifest” event.  The day was extremely well attended by young people and their families.  The IDE was again represented by IDE Council of Management member Richard Dolman FIDE at the Education Day.  Richard was able to pass on his passion for all things Demolition to the next generation.  The Demolition Simulator was a great hit with the young people attending and some of the Mums and Dads! A great atmospher topped off with a great result for the England Football team.


‘Oar-inspiring’ effort sees Erith and others raise over £35k for local charity

The Erith Group were delighted to support Greenwich-based charity, The Ahoy Centre, in their annual ‘50km in a day’ challenge.

This past Saturday’s event saw nine nautical newcomers to rowing take to the River Thames and race each other from the Meridian line to the QE2 Bridge and back again. After a gruelling four hours, one minute and twenty-eight seconds, our formerly fresh-faced rowers were almost too tired to celebrate their hard-fought victory, (judging by Warren’s face the in picture below), but most did manage a smile!

All this friendly competition saw the event raise over £35,000 for the Ahoy Centre. Such a sizable contribution will enable the group to continue their worthy work; helping disadvantaged children, vulnerable youngsters and those with disabilities gain access educational courses, qualifications and life-skills training.

The Erith Group thanks ‘Up Ship Creek’, (Mark, Lee, Chris, Warren, Guy, Natalie and Rob), for continuing our portfolio of charitable causes, as well as their winning effort!

An exhausted Mark Jack commented: “It was a great team effort and a fantastic day. Even though we ended up with a few blisters and some sore backs, we got a huge sense of achievement knowing that we have been able to help this great charity that works with disadvantaged, vulnerable and disabled young people. The whole team was thrilled to support the charity and the day was topped off by our unexpected win.”

Author: John Rasch, Erith Group

 The content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers. 

The IDE Foundation Degree in Demolition Management

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Support Trailwalker 2018

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For the second year running Dylan Lovelock MIDE has put together a team to raise money for the Gurkha Trust. Dylan who has been a member of the IDE since 2012 has been dedicating his time to this very worthwhile challenge which involves a team of four people hiking 100km across the South Downs within 30 hours. It is a very physically and mentally demanding event. If you would like to support him please click on the following links for more information:

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