Demolition Degree: Second Intake

Wolverhampton University have announced that they are currently taking enquiries for the second intake of this popular course

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Autumn Seminar 2017

IDE President, David Darsey FIDE FRSA

The Royal Institute of Civil Engineers, at One Great George Street, again hosted the Autumn Seminar for the Institute of Demolition Engineers.

The venue hosted a full day of interesting speakers combined with networking opportunities and stands from leaders in the supply of equipment, attachments and services to the industry

Opening a sell-out event, IDE President David Darsey welcomed almost 200 guests to the prestigious venue.

First speaker of the day was Terry Madden, Project Manager for Erith Contractors. Well versed in delivering complicated projects throughout London, Madden spoke about the company’s project to deliver the demolition and enabling works at the new Great Portland Estates development which involved the demolition of multiple buildings adjacent to the new Crossrail Bond Street Eastern Ticket Hall at Hanover Square.

Terry Madden, Erith Contractors

Throughout the works Erith were faced with working hours and crane restrictions along with the usual traffic and access limitations, they were also tasked with having to work above the recently completed Crossrail tunnelling operations whilst still working to tight deadlines. The demolition of twelve structures completed with a façade retention system installed to 8 of the structures due to them being in a conservation area. The scheme was completed to the total satisfaction of all parties involved which included various neighbouring properties under party wall awards and the neighbouring Crossrail.

Christina Wallace HS2 Ltd

One of the largest construction projects to be undertaken in recent years will be HS2. Christina Wallace, Senior Project Manager for the development spoke about the opportunities available for demolition contractors to work alongside the construction teams to help deliver this project. Whilst the first three phases have been appointed to main contractor JV’s the initial enabling works and route clearance work will not commence until mid-2018 at the very earliest with Wallace explaining that experienced IDE and NFDC members and companies should be the only ones considered for the projects. With complicated works especially around existing infrastructure such as Euston Station and Birmingham Interchange. The HS2 project is being vaunted with delivering a high level of health and well-being for its workers and is being said to promote innovation and delivery a legacy for the country.

Council Member and former President John Woodward took to the stage to ask “if we had a plan B?” The art of crisis management is not one to be overlooked and according to Woodward, something that is often underestimated when it comes to project planning. Whilst projects are meticulously planned from start to finish, the possibility of things going wrong or accidents happening are never taken into consideration. Woodward spoke about various projects C&D Consultancy had assisted with and how they dealt with the distribution of information to the media. “As facts never get in the way of a good story” Woodward spoke about the necessity to understand how your company needs to react in an emergency, the chain of command for investigating it and the honest and open way in which media enquiries need to be handled. Mike Kehoe then took the stage to divulge a particular project in Liverpool where the company assisted the demolition contractor after a failed blow down and how the emergency procedures put in place helped smooth the process. Kehoe completed his talk by saying that it is vital to have that plan B, but also a plan C, D and E! Before closing their slot, Woodward announced he will be retiring from both IDE Council along with transferring the running of C&D Consultancy over to Mike Kehoe.

Immediate Past President Duncan Rudall was next to the stage to speak about the major project he was involved in with Rye Demolition and their demolition of the Boleyn Stadium, the former home of West Ham United football club. The company had been employed to demolish the stadium for new housing and Rudall spoke about the issues and processes associated with the demolition works. Traffic and road closure issues along with overhanging structures close to neighbouring properties and an adjacent school requiring access through the middle of the site were just some of the issues faced by the team. Whilst the demolition works were relatively straightforward, Rudall spoke about the initial work of stabilising the existing playing surface to give a stable base to work from and the work associated with dismantling the large trusses which were covering three of the four stands. Security issues including the theft of security cameras and working with some of the largest mobile cranes in the UK has led to the project being nominated for the World Demolition Awards. 

Paul Hampton from the University of Wolverhampton spoke about the recently commenced Demolition Degree and how the university was delighted to be pioneering this degree and working to give the industry the same recognition as similar trades have.

Dr Terry Quarmby also spoke about the need for personal development in the form of CPD. Without maintaining a record of CPD to prove your competency you cannot prove you regularly seek to find information and knowledge to improve your ability to do your job. Quarmby went on to inform the audience that if they require any information on CPD to ask Maureen at the IDE. Rounding off his session Quarmby announced the latest courses for Demolition Engineers in the shape of a certificate in demolition engineering and a diploma in demolition engineering. With 8 and 12 modules respectively, the courses will be ratified by the University of Wolverhampton.

Paul Sayer Beroa Bierrum

Paul Sayer from Beroa Bierrum took to the stage to speak about his company’s methodology of demolishing tall chimneys and cooling towers and the requirement to design their own specialist equipment in which to undertake these tasks safely. Both access and demolition issues were talked through along with the development of mechanical and robotic demolition techniques including concept drawings of new technology being developed by the company.

Sarah Fox from 500 Words was next to the stage to talk about the issue of contracts. Commenting that, for the majority of contracts we agree to, we very rarely read past the first sentence before agreeing to abide by it. Whilst there are companies out there trying to buck the trend, the majority of modern day contracts are extremely long and irrelevant. A visual contract is far more readable and understandable and will put people at ease with the form as opposed to a wordy document. With over 20 year’s experience dealing with construction contracts, Fox believes there are two types, carrot or stick and that the easier a contract is to read and understand, the more trustworthy a company or individual is deemed to be.

Sarah Fox 500 Words

Rounding off the event was comedian John Ryan from Serious Glee, . The pertinent matter of mental health has been brought to the fore recently and Ryan brought a light hearted yet extremely detailed slant to the subject. Focussing on the need to speak about problems. Stating that social or financial status is not a barrier to suffering with mental health issues, the need for everyone to understand the trigger points and to avoid them as much as possible. “We need to move away from statistics and concentrate on individuals”. Finishing off with some audience participation, Ryan reiterated the fact that in a male dominated industry, we should take heed of the females in our lives and learn to speak to each other about our problems.

President David Darsey closed the day thanking everyone for their attendance.

Author and Photographs courtesy of: Paul Argent, RPA Photography

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 and NFDC London & Southern Counties Golf Day 2017

Mike Anderton (Swanton Consulting) (2nd from left) Individual Winner with 4 Pts

Over 30 keen Golfers attended this year’s Golf Day on 15th September 2017. This is the first time the IDE have organised a joint Golf Day with the NFDC with a mixture of handicaps taking to the beautiful greens at the prestigious international London Golf Club near Brands Hatch.

As with previous years, the weather was pretty good for a day outdoors competing for a variety of prizes and awards. A huge thank you must go to our sponsors: Worsley Plant, Swanton Consulting and Erith Contractors whose support ensured the success of this event.

Runner up: Tony Guerrier (Erith Contractors) (3rd from left)

Gary Burman (Erith Contractors) 3rd Place overall and winner of the Erith Group Silver Salver for the NFDC Corporate Member highest score. (2nd from left)

The day ended with a 3 course meal and presentations to the winners who were as follows:
Individual Winner: Mike Anderton (Better Back 9 19 Pts) 40 Pts
Runner Up: Tony Guerrier (Better Back 9 18 Pts) 40 Pts
3rd Place: Gary Burman 38 Pts
Team Winners: David Darsey, Paul Allen, Graham Taylor, Grant Styles
Nearest the Pin 8th: Tony Guerrier
Longest Drive 18th: Michael Louth
Ladies Prize: Sarah Clarke

Congratulations to all of the winners!
A great day was had by all!

IDE Elections Start Today!

First UK Demolition Degree gets off the ground

The University of Wolverhampton has officially launched the first Demolition Management Master’s degree in the UK – and a local businessman is one of the first to sign up for the course.
Richard Dolman, Director at Nuneaton based AR Demolition, is enrolling on the course which starts in September at the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment.

From left: Dr Paul Hampton (University of Wolverhampton) Patricia Sloneczny, Richard Dolman FIDE (both A R Demolition) and John Woodward FIDE (C & D Consultancy)

Accredited by the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE), the course has been designed in conjunction with industry specialists and will be delivered by both academics and demolition sector experts.  This follows the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Wolverhampton and IDE last September, providing significant opportunities for students and existing practitioners.

The sector, which works on more than £8 billion of projects every year, will use the qualifications to attract more young people into the industry, as well as ensuring current demolition engineers have access to the best possible professional development opportunities.  Key representatives from industry and academics from the curriculum delivery team have attended a series of planning meetings over the last two years to design the new Master’s degree course.

Richard said: “This new degree is a great step forward for learning and will be brilliant for our industry, moving forward in its quest to be ever more professional. I thought I’d like to get a degree in what I do, especially as I was never interested academically when I was younger.

“There’s a huge skills gap in demolition on all levels and it’s a personal challenge of mine to start to plug that gap.”

Dr Paul Hampton, Head of Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “Our focus is to develop courses that are sector relevant and partially delivered in partnership with sector experts. We are confident this will provide a significant offer to the demolition industry and the wider Built Environment sector. In particular, this will address the sector skills gaps and provide a meaningful step change for recruiting future talent.”

Mick Ulyatt, Chair of the IDE Education Committee, said: “The formal accreditation of this degree is an historic landmark for the development of demolition engineering and is an important milestone in trying to get more young people interested in pursuing a career in this field.

“We have no problem attracting labourers and operatives, which is great. However, we want youngsters looking to become chartered demolition engineers, senior managers and the leaders of the future.  There isn’t anything like this currently in the UK and the University of Wolverhampton has shown its passion and understanding of our sector by working with us to shape the content and delivery of the courses.”

Ten people have signed up for the Master’s course which will be delivered at City Campus in Wolverhampton, eventually transferring to the new Springfield Campus. The course will comprise of up to 15 different modules, ranging from asbestos removal and façade retention to working with explosives and health and safety.

The University’s ambitious plans for a new School of Architecture and the Built Environment forms the largest phase of its £100m redevelopment of the former brownfield Springfield Brewery site, part of its £250 million Our Vision, Your Opportunity investment to drive economic growth in the Black Country.  The new campus will be a centre of excellence for the built environment, construction and high value manufacturing to be delivered by the University and it is partners.

Boasting more than 450 members, the IDE exists to promote and foster the science of demolition engineering.  This includes promotion of more efficient techniques in the industry, encourage safer methods of working and the provision of a qualifying body for the industry.

For more information regarding the Demolition Management Master’s degree course please contact Dr Paul Hampton . You can also visit their stand at the IDE Autumn Seminar on 29th September 2017.

Author: Russ Cockburn is Director of Cucumber PR, a full service communications agency based in Shropshire
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.

Midlands Regional Meeting 15 August 2017

Tuesday evening, 15th August,  saw over 25 IDE members and guests gather at the Oak Hotel, Hockley Heath, Birmingham for an evening sponsored by DSM Demolition Limited and hosted by Robin Powell FIDE. 

Robin Powell welcomed everyone to the meeting and commented that he was pleased to see so many people in attendance. 

The evening then started with a presentation from Steve Tamplin from Controlled Scaffolding who gave us an insight into the changes in regulations covering scaffolding and what we, as Demolition Engineers, need to consider when using scaffolding on projects.  Steve made mention of the differing competencies required when erecting, adjusting and dismantling scaffolding and that system scaffolding requires a different design and erection procedure and HSE will require evidence of full competency when using system scaffolds. He emphasized that the loadings are key to the design and we should remember that 45 dry scaffold boards weigh one tonne and will, therefore impose a loading of their own onto the scaffold and that loading will increase when the boards are wet. Ties must be designed prior to erection and must be installed as the design and Steve emphasized that point with a good video of a scaffold collapse caused by ties being removed by the building contractor to “make it easier to work”.   Steve’s talk concluded with a round of applause and then questions from the floor including a need for him to clarify who can dismantle a “demolition scaffold”.   

The second presentation of the meeting was from Ricky Hay, Managing Director of Dem-master Limited who are collaborating with DSM on the demolition of St James Centre, Edinburgh. The demolition is complex and difficult as the brutalist architecture of the buildings on site has led to a number of methods being used whilst keeping John Lewis and the adjacent bus station open at all times.

Demolition methods used are – Traditional Top Down, High Reach, Ultra High Reach and Crane deconstruction.

The buildings are mainly of precast panel construction (similar to the infamous Ronan Point) which determines how they can be demolished. The temporary works to install props to every panel is a complex job on it’s own without the added pressures of demolition of those panels at height.  Following a long lead in period and extensive discussions with structural engineers it was decided that Ultra High Reach demolition was the best way forward as it was the safest method for both the operatives on site and the public and it could be demonstrated that the work was done as the HSE guidelines of risks being ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practicable).  To allow the work to commence the podium of the shopping complex had to be strengthened to take the additional loading from the temporary works and the loadings from the props. It was essential to maintain operator sightlines at all times whilst maintaining the structural integrity of the structures.  Ricky spoke about an uncontrolled collapse to one of the car parks on site and how the site team changed the methods to ensure ALARP by checking areas daily for overloading and ensuring that the buildings remained structurally sound at all times.  An idea of the complexity of the work can be found by clicking one of the following links:-

The final presentation of the evening was by Robin Powell who showed a short film of a Demolition in France by designed collapse mechanism using “Verinage” – a computer controlled hydraulic jacking system.  Watch the video here:

Robin Powell commented “Contrary to the opinions of many, verinage does not: 

1.    Use explosives of any kind. 

2.    Employ cables to pull the building down to the ground.

Hydraulic Jacks or cables are used to remove or deflect structural walls on collapse floors to initiate the process … Gravity does the rest.”


 Author: John Woodward FIDE
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. 



Demo Expo 2017

The IDE and NFDC recently held the third DemoExpo 2017 at the Herts Showground between the 22 and 24 of June 2017. Unlike the preceding shows, a third day was added at the request of many of the attending manufacturers.

Fortunately, a spell of dry weather graced the show letting the visitors enjoy the attractions particularly on Family Day held on the Saturday.

Almost all major manufacturers graced the event with Marubeni Komatsu showing their award winning PC390-11HRD to the public for the first time. Displayed in full 26m high reach configuration, the machine was only beaten for height by their larger PC490-10 model which was on display at Ridgway Rental’s stand. Komatsu were also keen to show the largest excavator in their Hybrid range, the PC365. Designed to save over 20% in fuel consumption on certain tasks, the 36 tonne machine was displayed alongside a PC290-11 excavator and WA320 wheeled loader in waste handling specification.

Hitachi Construction Machinery arrived with a wide variety of equipment from mini, midi and large excavators and wheeled loaders. Hitachi showed just why they are number one excavator supplier in the UK with all the machines sporting customer liveries and destined for job sites directly after the show. Hitachi products were also being showcased on other stands with     M O’Brien displaying a Zaxis 135-6 with short boom and 2.5 tonne Okada concrete processor, an ideal tool for internal and top down demolition. Demolition conversion experts Kocurek were also displaying a pair of Hitachi products with a 30t elevating cabbed machine destined for Pinder Waste sitting alongside a 100 tonne Zaxis 870 belonging to Manchester based PP O’Connor. The base machine had undergone the traditional Kocurek conversion for the undercarriage but the boom has been replaced with a heavy duty TAB boom enabling a range of positions to be worked at from a single machine. A 50m telescopic boom is also under construction to complete the unit.

Caterpillar dealers Finning were also present with a range of material handling and demolition spec’d machines including a hybrid 1 tonne mini excavator ideal for confined spaces. Complete with a HPU300 electric generator which attaches to the machine’s blade, the excavator can also run off its standard diesel engine and is a first for Caterpillar in this range. Hybrid excavators were also present on the Atlas Copco stand with a Takeuchi TB216 sporting an integrated electric motor. The machine brought in a great deal of interest from visitors thanks to its compact design and has been purchased by a hire company with the intention of using it on basement excavations thanks to having a zero emissions motor.

JCB as always showed up in force with a range of products including a crawler based material handler, something of a rare beast these days. Mini, midi and full size excavator examples were on show with the show judges deeming the British manufacturer worthy of taking a joint award for the Best Stand. While the machinery on the JCB stand drew in the crowds, a special mention must go to their hog roast supplier!

CPMS attended the show with a brace of Liu Gong excavators in NFDC company liveries including one of the first 50 tonne 950E machine in Brown and Mason livery. The Chinese manufactured kit is gaining a good reputation amongst the demolition fraternity with the latest examples certainly looking like they are now able to compete with established manufacturers. The CPMS stand was also home to their regular Irish Band who entertained visitors throughout the show.

Liebherr GB attended the show in force with a wide range of excavators, wheeled loaders and a new tele-handler with the star attraction on their stand being an LH30 material handler in a giraffe inspired livery for Wards Recycling. Liebherr also had a 120t R 974C in demolition spec situated on the demonstration plot. A used machine from the Coleman fleet, the huge machine drew huge interest and has rumoured to have been sold at the show. Sporting a 15t LaBounty shear from ECY Haulmark, the outfit was easily spotted from the main road!

For visitors wanting full sized crushers, both premium brands on the market were in attendance with Blue Group, Kleeman and Sandvik displaying the latest technology for the demolition and recycling industries. Kleeman’s UK dealer, Wirtgen also took advantage to display a small range of self propelled rollers.

When it comes to attachments, the show didn’t disappoint with the largest names in the industry displaying their wares. Both leaders in the supply of hydraulic hitches ECY Haulmark and Worsley Plant were present and were joined by supplier of the ProQuick coupler BPH. All three companies reported a busy show with orders being taken over the three days on their extensive range of attachments. The full Indeco range of equipment was on display including hammers and concrete pulverisers whilst Inmalo displayed a large range of Mantovanibenne equipment and the extremely popular MotoFog range of dust suppression equipment. Mutley Plant brought in a huge range of their Kinshofer and Demarec ranges of demolition attachments including an oversized dipper mounted crusher on a 13t Komatsu. Atlas Copco showed their range of attachments off on a beautifully crafted stand and included their huge 10t HB10000 hammer and CB2500 concrete cracker. Murray Plant, the UK Rammer dealer showed off a range of dedicated demolition tools and the popular Rammer range of hammers including the huge 9033 which walked away with a joint Innovation Award along with a new Okada concrete processor with built in magnet found on LDH’s stand. The stand also included the range of Dehaco dust suppression units and monstrous 5t selector grab and LDH’s David Hearne was pleased to announce the company had just been awarded the UK dealership for the Okada brand. For those looking for fixed concrete munchers MST displayed a heavy duty version alongside their demo spec buckets designed in conjunction under with AR Demolition for the OilQuick coupler. Staffordshire based Primal were also on hand with a wide range of fixed leg attachments, buckets and heavy duty rippers.

The increased use of what are known as demolition robots saw both Husqvarna demonstrating two of their smaller units while at the opposite end of the scale Gnat UK showed off their latest acquisitions, two 13t Brokk machines complete with Lehnhoff couplers and Rotar attachments. For those wanting a less costly and more versatile choice, Irish ISP Remoquip showed off their remote control system which can be retrofitted to almost any excavator within hours to give it a fully remote controlled capability.

Occupying a large area of the showground, Lee Brenard’s Asset Funder proudly displayed some of the recent deals his company has assisted in funding including an excavator to M&M Demolition, a range of commercial vehicles and an impressive low loader combination to Yates’.

The outside area was completed by a range of impressive vintage tractors and commercial vehicles from McGovern, J O’Doherty and John Mould along with specialist construction recruitment agency Romax along with SMH and the Drilling and Sawing Association.

Leading attachment dealers BPH, ECY Haulmark, Inmalo and Worsley Plant kindly took part in demonstrations of their hitches and attachments in the display area. The demonstrations of material processing were proving very popular with the visitors looking to see just what each manufacturer could offer. JCB also provided a wheeled loader in the area to undertake handling duties whilst Inmalo and M O’Brien’s subsidiary, Willow Hire supplied much needed dust suppression.

The large marquee also hosted a large number of exhibitors including Nortons, Swanton and Erith Group, HAS, JCB Finance and Hawk Group who kindly brought down their popular simulator. The NDTG also brought their simulator down manned for the three days by Dave Betts who was witness to a Presidents “simulator off” between IDE President David Darsey and NFDC President Paul Brown. The results shall remain a secret though!

All in all, the show was deemed a success and both the IDE and NFDC would like to extend their sincerest thanks to all those who participated in the event and for all their hard work which went into making the show the growing success it is.

Author and Photographer: Paul Argent, RPA Photography

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. 

Call for Visiting Lecturers

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.