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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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Smart Gloves Warn Workers of Vibration Dangers

Gloves embedded with tiny sensors have been developed to help protect workers from exposure to vibration.

The gloves, developed by Nottingham Trent University and spearheaded by Professor Tilak Dias of the School of Art & Design, include technology that aims to alert wearers when they experience vibrations likely to cause conditions such as vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Inmalo Sponsor NFDC Awards for Demolition Plant Operator 2017

Inmalo are once again proud to be sponsoring the NFDC Demolition Awards category for Demolition Plant Operator 2017. This year’s event takes place at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London on Friday 31st March 2017. The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the demolition industry across a range of categories. This particular category was won last year by Jake Whitehurst from Connell Brothers (see below). Who will it be this year?

IDE Spring Seminar 2017

Even Storm Doris couldn’t stop the recent Institute of Demolition Engineers Spring Seminar from being yet another resounding success. Returning to the excellent Royal Armouries venue saw the event overseen by new IDE President David Darsey.

The IDE Seminars are very quickly getting a reputation for hosting some excellent and very interesting speakers and this year was no exception. Opening up the day’s proceedings, David Darsey thanked everyone for attending and for contributing to a raffle at the event which raised £790.00 for the President’s chosen charity, Helen Allison School – The National Autistic Society. David Darsey will donate £210.00 to achieve a nice round number of £1000.00.  Thanks to everyone that bought a ticket! 

Anna Mason, Founder and Director of the Healthy Employee was first to take to the stage to ask for “volunteers” to take part in an anonymous survey of how healthy we are. Taking weight, body and muscle mass measurements from a number of delegates, Ms Mason would later return to the stage to report on her findings.

One of the largest and complex demolition jobs over the last few years has been Keltbray Ltd’s Earls Court project. Operations Director Jim O’Sullivan and Technical Manager Dave Rowe were on hand to describe the innovative and technically challenging methods involved in removing some of the largest and heaviest concrete beams found on a UK demolition site utilising the services of one of the World’s largest cranes. Working in close proximity to London Underground and Overground train services the team worked to limited time slots to remove structures without hindering the running of train services.

Due to being incapacitated with a broken leg, NBS’ Stefan Mordue was replaced by his colleague Phil Simpson to speak about BIM in deconstruction works. The last decade has seen the implementation of BIM, Building Information Modelling, throughout the construction industry with the technology now only being adopted to aid the demolition industry. Ending the morning session was AR Demolition’s Richard Dolman speaking about the launch of the new Demolition Safety Forum which has been launched in response to the industry’s lack of sharing information regarding incidents. Mr Dolman explained that the need to learn and share information regarding near misses and incidents as it is all too often covered up. The Forum will be constantly monitored to ensure that it stays focussed on informative information sharing and not a place for disgruntled employees.  

The second morning session commenced with the legendary Dick Green describing one of his recent contracts in South Africa with Jet Demolition. As with any of Dick’s presentations, the informative yet funny speech had the crowd in fits of laughter. Having spent many years undertaking complex blow-downs, Green was asked to undertake this particular tricky project which lay under 5m away from neighbouring buildings. The 15-story HG DeWitt building in Pretoria had an added difficulty with the building being cantilevered to both gables. The complex installation of over 60 cables to ensure the building fell into itself when the 530 electronic detonators fired. Erith’s Grant Styles rounded off the morning session with a detailed look at their recent project at Farringdon Road in the City of London for Goldman Sachs. The 8500m2 project involved a detailed security system with over 60 camera positions and a constant security presence around the clock. The immense scaffolding project was handed to two different contractors to negate any possible time issues due to the massive amount of work being involved. Erith also worked closely with TfL to reduce the impact of works on the already busy streets by turning a bus lane into a loading area, using a basement for loading demolition arisings and altering bell-mouths on junctions to prevent damage. Such was the professionalism and expertise shown by Erith during the contract they were duly awarded a Gold Considerate Constructors Scheme award and were ranked amongst the top 5 construction sites in London.

 The afternoon session, chaired by IDE Vice President Gary Bishop, kicked off with an NFDC and IDE double act in the shape of NFDC CEO Howard Button and Immediate Past President of the IDE Duncan Rudall advising of the forthcoming changes to the CCDO and CCDO +Plant card schemes along with the push towards Smart Card technology and the benefits it will bring to the industry. The contentious subject of monitoring of airborne fibres was brought to the stage with SMH Group’s Chris Donne. Harley Scientific, part of SMH Group has recently launched the wearable FibreCheck HS-FC6 monitoring device. Although it will detect the presence of the smallest of fibres, it is not accepted as a replacement for traditional sampling methods currently undertaken in the UK. The FibreCheck can examine 20 times more air than conventional membrane filter tests reaching the same level of statistical significance in 1/10th of the time. Returning to the stage with some surprising test results, Anna Mason spoke about the need for workers to enjoy a healthy and well balanced diet. The results from the few who participated showed a great need for both the industry and the wider population to eat healthier and exercise more. Commenting on the widespread use of sugar in products, the delegates were surprised to see the actual amounts in certain foods. Ms Mason spoke about the benefits to employers in ensuring employees try and eat as healthily as possible with dehydration, sluggishness and lack of response being amongst the top causes of accidents on site. It is not only healthy eating that is needed to keep people in top form, many people in the theatre were taken aback at the need to undertake at least 2.5 hours per week of physical exercise with at least two sessions of muscle building exercise.  

With the sobering thoughts from Anna Mason ringing in many ears, the day’s proceedings were closed by Gary Bishop setting a date for the Scottish Seminar on 7/7/2017 and the Autumn Seminar at One Great George Street. London for the 29/9/2017.

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Architectural Technology Awards: 2016 winners

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is pleased to announce the winners for its annual Awards.

The awards celebrate Architectural Technology globally at its very best. The winners and shortlisted entrants were selected by a judging panel made up of experts within the discipline.

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology

Winner: GM Design Associates Ltd

The winning project is the Castle Hill Events Space in Dungannon, Ulster. It illustrates the transformative power of Architectural Technology on one of the most important archaeological sites associated with the ancient seat of the O’Neill’s, the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster.  The completed building is comprised of four distinct elements: the old garage which now forms an internal exhibition space, a three storey viewing tower, the covered external events space and a single storey utility building.

Highly Commended: Lee Evans Partnership LLP for Samphire Hoe Education Centre. The building is the country park’s newest facility. The shelter provides a haven from the harsh weather conditions frequently experienced at this coastal location, whilst also offering a centre where visitors can learn about the Hoe.

Commended: Brian Davies MCIAT and Mark Davies MCIAT of Arc Design for Streamline House, a unique modern residence influenced by art deco design.

The Alan King Award

(for projects valued £750k or under that have demonstrated outstanding excellence in Architectural Technology.)

Winners: Brian Davies MCIAT and Mark Davies MCIAT of Arc Design

The winning project, Streamline House, is a unique modern residence influenced by art deco design.

The house, with its subtle curves, takes advantage of the natural curvature of the stream nearby. It incorporates surrounding elements such as the sound of water rushing underneath the overhanging balcony which looks out over an existing secret garden.

Highly Commended: Chetham Architecture Design for Hill House – a barn conversion in Brigsteer, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The existing property and its attached barn were converted into habitable accommodation with its orientation shifted to enjoy views of the Lyth Valley.

Commended: GROW Design Studio for Goff’s Oak, a marketing suite for a collection of luxury homes built within an eight-week construction programme.

Vice-President Technical, Kevin Crawford MCIAT and Chair of the Judging Panel said ‘The shortlisted entries for both Awards were of an exceptional standard but they all shared one thing — demonstration of Architectural Technology as a key design function and how necessary it is to achieve buildability, usability and create inclusive environments. My congratulations go to all those who were shortlisted and look forward to visiting the projects and presenting the plaques for permanent attachment to the buildings.’

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project)

(recognising outstanding design achievement in Architectural Technology based upon a university/college assignment)

Winner: Nathan Saulle ACIAT, Sheffield Hallam University

The winning project is the Woodland Works Discovery Centre, a mixed-use two-storey building with galleries, seminar rooms, a dual height exhibition space, café with terrace, laboratories, offices and workshops.

Inspired by the form and anatomy of a pinecone, the complex gridshell uses biomimetic approach in its design. The solution develops an innovative and adaptive nodal fixing which reinforces the forest context.

Highly Commended: Tom Welch ACIAT from Southampton Solent University for Glastonbury Tor Heritage Education Centre. The building is for use all year round with a museum for the Glastonbury Tor and town’s heritage.

Commended: Wayne Croasdell ACIAT from University of Central Lancashire for Ullswater Yacht Club Replacement Clubhouse, a new clubhouse combating regular flooding and a rise in membership numbers.

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report)

(recognising outstanding research achievement in Architectural Technology from a dissertation or research assignment)

Winner: Sean Knight ACIAT, Coventry University

The winning report, Integrating New Structures Within Historic Buildings, reviews and proposes methods of integrating new structures within historic buildings with a specific emphasis on the improvement of thermal efficiency and damp prevention.

Highly Commended: Naomi Clare ACIAT from Sheffield Hallam University for Woodland Works — Greater Sustainability Through Intelligent Design. An in depth investigation of the materials and construction methods selected for a woodland visitor’s centre.

Commended: Nathan Saulle ACIAT from Sheffield Hallam University for Design Integration, Product Information and Performance Within a Mixed-Use Timber Building, exploring the resolution of the technical complexity of a six layer gridshell construction and development of an innovative adaptive nodal fixing.

Vice-President Education, Paul Laycock MCIAT and Chair of the Judging Panel said ‘Our Architectural Technology students continue to deliver innovative and thought provoking designs and reports that take the discipline to the next level and I am excited by how they will be practising and utilising these attributes in the real world. With talented graduates such as these I look forward to the future of creating robust sustainable design solutions that perform and endure over time.’

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Author: Adam Endacott, Media & PR Director, Archivist, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)

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AGM and Annual Luncheon 11th November 2016

al3The Institute of Demolition Engineers recently held their 40th AGM and awards ceremony at the prestigious venue of the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

The busy day started early with a meeting for the Council of Management before commencement of the AGM where President Duncan Rudall welcomed everyone to the venue.  The event was the last to be hosted by Duncan Rudall as President as he was to hand over the chain of office to incoming President, Erith Group’s David Darsey.

Duncan Rudall thanked the Institute for their hard work over the past 12 months in pushing the Demolition Degree a step further, the move to larger offices and for the successful seminars held in Leeds and London.

Treasurer Stuart Accleton, whose post was then confirmed for the next two years, confirmed the Institute’s financial standing. An increase in income bolstering the coffers, was offset by an increase in venue costs for seminars and office relocation costs. Even with the increase in expenditure, the Institute remains in a healthy financial position and will look to expend further finances in education and development for the betterment of the industry.

With a view to the future, Dr Terry Quarmby reminded the attendees of the Institutes need to foster and promote the science of demolition engineering. With this in mind, the forthcoming Demolition Degree, which is still in the final stages of discussion, will take the demolition engineer to the forefront of their industry. Whilst a start date is not yet confirmed, early expression of interest to the Institute is recommended.


From left: Gary Bishop MIDE, Vice President, David Darsey FIDE, FRSA President

With David Darsey moving up to the Presidential position it left a vacancy for Vice President for the next two years. The extremely hard fought campaign between two Members; Gary Bishop and Richard Dolman eventually saw Gary Bishop take the position. Both Duncan Rudall and David Darsey thanked the candidates and Institute Members for their applications and voting despite some vociferous media coverage. Commenting on the voting process, new President David Darsey explained that any future voting processes will only allow candidates to provide a biography to be sent out with voting slips.

In his final speech, Duncan Rudall thanked the Institute, Council of Management and all of its Members for all of its help throughout his two-year tenure. Special thanks were given to Maureen and Michelle in head office for their tireless work in keeping everything running smoothly. “Despite becoming fatter, greyer and more sceptical over the past two years, it is something I wouldn’t have missed out on. I wish David all the best in his Presidency and Gary as Vice President. We are good at what we do but you should all remember; we do it for you.”

Incoming President David Darsey thanked the Council of Management before committing to taking the Institute forward from the excellent position they are currently in. “I am very passionate about the industry and look forward to expanding on where we are at this time. We need to attract youngsters into the profession otherwise it will get stale. We must promote the IDE to clients as the best way forward.” David Darsey rounded off by saying; “I will support the Institute in all areas, what I do, with my heart and head, is for the benefit of our industry.”

A final word at the AGM came from Mick Ulyatt asking for more members to step forward and take up the challenge of stepping up to become chartered engineers. “The industry needs more experience and we need to grab this opportunity.”

The afternoon’s proceedings commenced with David Darsey welcoming guests to the lunch before taking charge of presenting over 30 Members with their professional qualifications within the Institute.


From Left: John Woodward FIDE and Steve Jack FIDE


From left: David Darsey, IDE President and Honorary Fellow Ron Callan

The day rounded off with David Darsey presenting an award to two outstanding members of the demolition community who are standing down from the IDE. With over 50 years of IDE experience between them, Steve Jack and John Woodward have taken the hard decision to take life a little easier with Steve looking to play more golf and John spending more time fishing. A lifetime achievement award was also presented to Kocurek’s Ron Callan for his services to the demolition industry.


From left: David Darsey, Stuart Accleton and Duncan Rudall

The awards ceremony also saw the introduction of a new award; the Presidents Award. Specifically chosen for those who have given a significant contribution to the industry in developing and fostering the reputation of the industry as a career and profession, the award was given to Stuart Accleton of the Erith Group. Decided upon by the Council of Management, the award was presented to Stuart Accleton for his work on the Passion Project which aims to get young people back on the straight and narrow and into a possible career in the demolition industry.


From Left: Adrian McLean and Duncan Rudall

A final presentation was made by Armac’s Adrian McLean to outgoing President Duncan Rudall. A huge Exeter Chiefs rugby fan, Adrian McLean presented a very happy Duncan Rudall with a shirt signed by the entire Chiefs team.

A copy of the minutes of the AGM and all related documents is available on request from the National Secretary

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