Record turnout for IDE Midlands Regional Meeting

The Midlands Regional Meeting of the IDE, arranged by Adrian McLean at the superb visitor centre at Caterpillar, Desford on Tuesday evening, resulted in a record turnout for a regional meeting with over 30 delegates present, including two recent Past Presidents in David Ross Turner and John Law (over from his home in Cyprus for a visit).

The evening started with Chris Key of Caterpillar giving us an overview of the history of the company and the range of products before handing over to Richard Carless of Finning who talked us through the new range of Demlone high reach demolition spec models launched by Caterpillar at Bauma. The full range on view at Bauma can be viewed at

Following the presentations the delegates enjoyed a buffet provided by Caterpillar and then took the opportunity to view the new range of mini machines and loading shovels on the dedicated demonstration area before returning to the centre for the IDE meeting.

The IDE meeting commenced with Vice President John Woodward giving an overview of IDE up and coming events, the changes to CPD, as agreed at the Council of Management, and a request for technical papers for the IDE library.

Adrian Mclean reminded the delegates that the new range of  IDE clothing was on display at the back of the room and that orders could be placed via the IDE website.

Lively discussion followed with questions from the floor about International Membership, Changes to the Waste Regulations, use of untrained labour for soft stripping, how asbestos cement sheet removal impacts on SWMPs and DRI’s, and how the HSE currently audit asbestos contracts in the region.

The meeting closed at 8.15pm with thanks to Caterpillar and Finning for being excellent hosts.

John Woodward.

Welcome to New Members

The President and Institute are pleased to welcome the following people to Enrolled membership:

Stephen Balyski – Connell Brothers Ltd – Manchester
Robin Bourne – CMEC Demolition Ltd – Nottingham
Shane T Coyle – Erith Group Ltd – Kent
Micheal Dean – R Collard Ltd – Manchester
Christopher Doyle – CMEC Demolition Ltd – Nottingham
Christopher Graham – Connell Brothers Ltd – Manchester
Antony Hopkinson – CMEC Demolition Ltd – Nottingham
Richard A Jarvis – Sellafield Ltd – Cumbria
J Martin Malone – Sellafield Ltd – Cumbria
Tom McDonnell – Westway Demolition Ltd – Middlesex
Sam J Peck – DeConstruct(UK)Ltd – London
Darren W Quinn – RVA Consulting Engineers Ltd – Suffolk
Cecil Thompson – Sellafield Ltd – Cumbria

Steve Jack, Chairman of the Membership Committee and IDE 2nd Vice President, expressed particular pleasure at the number of successful applicants on 5 May and the hope that they would all sit the Institute’s examinations in September.

Congratulations on Examination Successes

The President and Institute would like to congratulate the following members on passing the Institute’s examinations.  Their new status as Associate Members will be ratified at the Council meeting on 5 May 2010.

James Howard – Coleman & Company Ltd, Birmingham
Michael Kelly – Keltbray Demolition Ltd, Surrey
James O’Sullivan – Keltbray Demolition Ltd, Surrey
David Rowe – Keltbray Demolition Ltd, Surrey
Kevin Taylor – Windmill Demolition Co Ltd, Manchester
Martin Webb – Keltbray Demolition Ltd, Surrey
Martin Wilson – Lawson Group Ltd, Wiltshire

Steve Jack, Chief Examiner, said that the successful candidates should be pleased with the result. The IDE examinations are set to test the knowledge and competence of a professional demolition engineer and are not easy. He added that he hoped those who did not pass on this occasion would take the opportunity to sit the exams in September. The Membership Mentor, Wayne Bagnall, was always pleased to help candidates.

President’s Golf Day 2010 – 21 July

Preference will be given, in the first instance, to IDE members as there are a limited number of places.

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Making Payments to the IDE

There are now a number of ways in which you can make payments.

Please remember to make it clear to whom the payment relates.   This could be done by placing the surname and IDE number of the back of the cheque or where the reference is required in Internet banking /BACS in the reference area of that system.

When you use Internet Banking or  BACS please make sure you let me know the payment has been sent – an email note will be fine.   This helps me to link the payment with you.

Payment may be made by:

  • Cheque, made payable to The Institute of Demolition Engineers and sent to IDE, 69 Poplicans Road, Rochester, Kent ME2 1EJ.  A receipt or receipted invoice will be issued
  • Bank or Internet transfer to
    Bank: Nat West
    Sort Code: 60-21-02
    Account No: 48065153
    Name of Account: Institute of Demolition Engineers No 2 Ac
    Please use your surname and IDE number as a reference and let me know – e-mail to
  • If you plan to regularly use internet transfer to make payments to the IDE, e.g. for seminars, subscriptions, Annual Luncheon etc, you should be able to set the IDE up as a payee in your Internet Banking facility.  Our account information is given above.  The facility will also ask you for a reference.  It would be best to use your IDE number and Surname – not the invoice number.  This will enable me to link your payment and your account quickly.
  • For international payments
    IBAN  GB51 NWBK 6021 0248 0651 53

You are welcome to pay by Credit /Debit Card if you would prefer but please be aware that a 5% handling charge is added..

  • Credit Card or Pay Pal by going to the IDE Shop or e-mailing the National Secretary for a Pay Pal pro-forma invoice.  A receipted invoice will be e-mailed to you once payment is received.
    Please check the amount you are paying carefully and note that some company networks do not allow the use of Pay Pal.
    Pay Pal will issue a receipt for the payment

Demolition Training Group Calls for Recognition

Button says that a number of main contractors, including members of the UK Contractors Group, do not readily accept the qualification, even though it far exceeds the requirements set within the UK construction sector.

“There is currently a widespread failure to recognise the NDTG/CCDO qualification, primarily because many main contractors are simply unfamiliar with it,” he says.   “But, the fact is, the demolition scheme is well-established, robust and exceeds the standards set by the equivalent qualification in construction.”

Exceeding Construction

As of 1 January 2010, UK Contractors Group member companies require that all supervisors working on their sites can demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to supervise their workers effectively.   “The Demolition Supervisor qualification devised by the NDTG more than meets these stated aims,” says NDTG Group Training Officer, Sophie Francis.   “Like the construction equivalent, it includes elements such as risk assessments, method statements, hazardous substances working at height, CDM Regs, personal protective equipment and occupational health.   But it goes furthers still.”

Francis reports that the Demolition Supervisors qualification requires candidates to have previous demolition experience or a peer assessment, and includes industry-specific elements such as BS6187, asbestos awareness and high reach excavator deployment.

“The construction supervisor qualification can be achieved in a three-day classroom environment course,” she says.   “The demolition course is also over three days but also includes a 12-week distance learning course and provides successful candidates with a recognised NVQ qualification.”

Universal Acceptance

Howard Button believes that main contractors and UKCG members are not dismissing the demolition qualification.   “They’re just unfamiliar with the qualification and the card and certificate that support it,” he continues.   “Unfortunately, the message is not getting through at site level.   But working with UKCG we are confident the problem can be resolved.”

The NDTG is planning a meeting with UKCG members in order to educate them on the robustness of the Demolition Supervisors qualification.   “Our hope is that the demolition qualification will become as widely known and universally accepted as its construction equivalent,” Button concludes.

An audio interview with Howard Button and Sophie Francis can be heard here:

How super are your supervisors?

Press release prepared by Mark Anthony Publicity.  Tel: 01372 721020

CSCS Demolition Engineer Card

Having a CSCS card brings benefits to professionals such as designers, consultants, architects, engineers, surveyors and other competency assessed members of professional bodies that meet CSCS criteria.  It shows clients and partners that you are committed to leadership in site-based health and safety.

The Professionally Qualified Persons (PQP) card is the appropriate CSCS Card for competency assessed members of professional bodies, such as the IDE, CIOB and IStructE

(The non-residency on site requirement has now been removed)

Full Members and Fellows of the IDE, whose IDE-CPD is fully up to date, will now have their professional competence as demolition engineers accredited alongside other professional bodies.

The applicant must have a full CPD record in the IDE scheme over the previous 3 years.  This is attested by the National Secretary from records held by the Institute.  

To apply for the card:

1. Download an application form for Professionally Qualified Persons

2. Pass the Managerial and Professional Health & Safety Test.

3. Affix your photo to the form

4 Fill in Section A

5. Leave Section B blank

9. Make a cheque out for £30 made payable to “ConstructionSkills”

10. Send the form and the payment to the IDE National Secretary

Once the form is received the National Secretary will verify that the applicant has:

  • completed the form correctly;
  • passed the appropriate Health & Safety Test
  • been elected and admitted to the IDE grade of Full Member or higher
  • acquired 9 IDE-CPD points in the last three years.

If all is in order the section you have been asked to leave blank will be completed and the form stamped with the IDE seal to verify the Institute’s approval.

The form and payment will be sent to the CSCS Office who will issue the card direct to you.

It is important for the card-holder to comply with the IDE’s Continuing Professional Development requirements.  When the application for the card to be renewed is made after five years it will  be necessary for the holder to have acquired a total of 15 IDE-CPD points.

Continuing Professional Development

In its aim to advance the science of demolition engineering the Institute demands of its members that they demonstrate that they are doing their best to keep their knowledge and expertise up to date and are thus competent Demolition Engineers.

It is through its commitment to continuing professional development that the Institute is able to contribute to the safety, efficiency and competence in an industry that is as old as the walls of Jericho but only perceived as a science over the last three or four decades.

Following comment from members and consultation with other professional bodies, the Institute has revised its scheme.  This is operational from 1 January 2011

Continuing Professional Development including a Development Plan and Record gives information about what will be required of all members who are not retired or Students.

There is a form to record CPD in the Members Area for which registration on the Login page is needed.

Alternatively, and you may find this more convenient, please e-mail with

  1. The date or dates of the CPD
  2. What you did
  3. How many hours you spent in the activity.


The Institute is pleased to receive applications for Affiliate grade from professionals who are closely connected with demolition engineering but not demolition engineers as such.