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Sad loss of former member of the IDE: David Ross

The IDE are saddened to hear of the death of a past member David Ross on Saturday 8th July.

Dave joined the IDE on 16th February 2006 and reached Full Membership status in July 2009. He was extremely proud to have achieved IDE status after working in our industry for over 50 years and he was one of the first “old school” demolition men persuaded to join the IDE when we opened our institute to a wider range of entry criteria.

Past President, John Woodward commented “Dave was an excellent site manager, a great machine driver and a true Yorkshire man, never happier than when on a cruise ship on some distant ocean with his beloved wife Jean or demolishing a complex structure in a tight area. He will be remembered for his friendliness to everyone and his ability to think a job through to get it down in the safest manner.”

The Funeral will be held at 3:00pm on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at Rotherham Crematorium, Ridgeway, East Herringthorpe, Rotherham S65 3NN

There will be Family flowers only. All donations to Bluebell Woods Children’s Hospice in Dave’s memory. these can be sent direct or given to the funeral directors on the day.

Our thoughts go out to his wife and family at this sad time.

IDE Represented at HS2 Demolition Conference

HS2, the proposed high speed rail line between London & Birmingham, are gearing up for the initial site clearance works and part of the gearing up was a company conference on the demolition aspects of the project held in Central London on Tuesday 13 June.

The full day conference included presentations from HS2 staff, and IDE members from Keltbray and Coleman & Company with a specific IDE presentation. 

The IDE presentation, delivered by Mike Kehoe MIDE on behalf of the President, included the HSE view that clients need to be “informed clients” and how using an IDE member as part of the client team demonstrates clearly that the client can discharge their duties under CDM with regard to demolition works. Mike went on to explain the IDE membership grades and the route, via IDE Education modules, to a Diploma in Demolition Engineering and a Degree in the same.   The talk was very well received.

Author: John Woodward FIDE, IDE Past-President, C & D Consultancy

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. 


Scottish Seminar 2017: Event Update

South East Regional Meeting: 4th May 2017

On Thursday 4th May the IDE hosted it’s second Southern Regional meeting of 2017.  The event, sponsored by Erith Contractors, was held at their 33 Grosvenor Place site in London.

The event saw three presentations  and first to take the stand was Nick Turnbull from GNAT-UK.  Nick provided the audience with an overview of the Brokk remote Demolition of the Shrewsbury Flax Mills Silos which were located adjacent to the Grade One listed, and first ever, iron framed building erected in the World.  Nick also provided an in=-depth overview of the robotic Refractory Kiln Wrecking decontamination process that GNAT-UK have developed for removing kiln and tank linings.

Second to speak was Mark Greenhalgh from Peak Access.  Marks presentation gave a view of the rope access industry and how Peak Access had assisted Erith and the National Trust in recovering and documenting items of significant interest following the devastating fire at Clandon Park 18th Century stately home.

The final presentation, was from Terry Madden of Erith.  Terry’s presentation was about the Demolition, façade retention and enabling works package for the Cross rail Eastern Ticket Hall OSD Bond Street and Hanover Square redevelopment.

The IDE would like to thank all the speakers and Erith Contractors for hosting and producing yet another successful regional meeting that attracted over 37 attendees.  Watch this space for more news on the next South East Regional expected in either August or September.


A Huge Thank You to all IDE Members

On Monday 27th March IDE President, David Darsey, his wife Sarah Darsey and Maureen Tong-Ralphs, National Secretary & Events Director had the pleasure of visiting The NAS Helen Allison School in Meopham, Kent to present them with a donation of £7,000.  Thanks to all of our members, their colleague and families the School will now be able to build a new playground that will provide the pupils with a safer and more challenging recreation area.  The IDE are very proud to be able to support such a worthwhile cause and this would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of all who helped us to raise funds when attending our events throughout the year.  Read the full story here…


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Career Day at Carlton School

On the 07th March 2017 John F Hunt Demolition Ltd took part in a Construction Career Day at Carlton Primary School, Grafton Rd, London.  The main event was organised by Multiplex Construction and included other trades stalls.  As John F Hunt Demolition Ltd are the main demolition contractor at CenterPoint Project, we were the ideal choice for the demolition section.

The day involved some career education in construction for 2 streams of kids from Year 5 & 6, in line with the schools policy of early career education.

The day started with Multiplex introduction to the children and a video on construction.  The kids then split into 6 groups of 10 and did a tour around all the stalls to learn about the specific trades.  My demolition stall included a lot of photographs, pictures, pamphlets and IDE prizes such as caps and pamphlets.  There was also props such as PPE, First Aid boxes and a good video on my laptop of a building being demolished with dynamite.  I prepared a story about the origin of demolition in a bit of a cartoon theme to get the kids interested and let them add to the story by asking them to tell me certain missing words etc.  They found it extremely interesting as of course Demolition is the most destructive career in construction.  We made a lot of noise and acted out how excavators and cranes work, and did a little ‘Spot the Danger’  exercise on a typical dangerous site poster.

The types of questions I received were:

1.       Why is demolition needed?

2.       What’s involved in demolition?

3.       What’s best about working in demolition?

4.       What types of buildings have been destroyed by the company?

5.       What do you have to do to be a manager?   

All very good questions!  The demolition stall was definitely the stall that was the most difficult to get kids away from…

“I would like to thank you for your tremendous contribution to last weeks’ visit to Carlton school. I’ve had great feedback from the teachers who stated that the year 4s and 5s benefitted enormously from it. Your stand about demolition was particularly well received, judging from the difficulty that I had in trying to get groups to rotate away from it.”

Nick Wicks, Community Engagement Coordinator, Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd

Author: Mike Weller AMIDE, Project Manager, John F Hunt Demolition 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. 

IDE Regional Meeting: Midlands

On Thursday 30th March 2017 38 delegates attended a very successful IDE Midlands Regional meeting held at the Armac Quarry and sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment.  Representatives from Volvo carried out a presentation to introduce their latest factory produced High Reach, the V380, which was also on display at the event.  Richard Dolman, FIDE, A R Demolition Ltd followed with a presentation on the new Demolition Safety Association website and app which received a mixed response from the audience. 

The final presentation, from Adrian McLean FIDE, Armac Demolition Ltd, spoke of the hazards and pitfalls Demolition Engineers are likely to experience on site. 

The meeting closed with a Q & A session from the floor. 

The IDE wishes to express their thanks to both the hosts and sponsors for the success of this event and the very popular “fish and chip” supper that was kindly provided to all attendees.




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