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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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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Author: CIOB : Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Building
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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.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas