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UK Demolition Expo to co-locate with Letsrecycle Live in 2021

Environment Media Group and the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) are delighted to announce that the UK’s Demolition Expo event will be co-locating with Letsrecycle Live in 2021. 

The Demolition Expo is a biennial event showcasing suppliers and businesses within the demolition industry organised by the NFDC.

Around 2,000 visitors attended the last Expo in 2019 in Hertfordshire, where a huge display of demolition machines and equipment including high reach, excavators and skid steers from the world’s leading manufacturers were on show and in action.

Letsrecycle Live also takes place every two years and was established in 2019, where its inaugural show was seen as being successful and well-received. Daniella Jarvie-Thomas, event director for Letsrecycle Live, said the partnership with Demo Expo will mean the Stoneleigh Park event is now on track to grow by more than 50%.  She said: “We’re delighted that such a well-established show in a closely connected industry will be co-locating with Letsrecycle Live in 2021. There are a number of benefits for the visitors and exhibitors of both shows and it will present an unheralded opportunity for cross industry collaboration.

Demo Expo will retain its own identity and we’re really excited to work with the NFDC to begin shaping its own dedicated features and speaker programmes. 

Both events share a vision for creating a business-like, yet relaxed atmosphere, which is conducive to networking and building lasting business relationships. It seemed a natural move to align the two shows. 

Stoneleigh Park, 22nd-23rd May 2019

Letsrecycle Live is on course to grow by more than 50% in 2021, so we’re expecting to see more than 250 businesses and organisations exhibiting at the show. We’ve opened a third exhibition hall to cater for the demand for space and this partnership will help to add value for everyone in attendance.”

Howard Button, CEO for NFDC added, “Demo Expo has been a flagship event for NFDC and the overall demolition industry for many years and we are excited to be co-locating with Letsrecycle Live to bring even more value and benefit to our exhibitors and visitors. As the only show in the UK dedicated solely to demolition, we are committed to ensuring that the Demo Expo brand retains its identity and focus yet embraces the obvious cross-industry synergies this collaboration brings. NFDC is delighted to be joining forces with the like-minded team at Letsrecycle Live and looks forward to taking both events from strength to strength.”

Stoneleigh Park, 22nd-23rd May 2019

The 2021 event, will take place on 12-13 May at the National Agricultural Exhibition Centre (NAEC) in Stoneleigh Park and promises to be a vital addition to the sector’s calendar.

It will feature six sector specific zones stretching across indoor and outdoor areas. The NAEC is a centrally located venue with transport links by road, rail and air.

Free parking is available on site and a free shuttle bus is provided from Coventry station. This flexible and secure venue allows for indoor and outdoor exhibitions, live demonstrations and much, much more.


Covid 19 – Office

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We are issuing subscription invoices for 20-21 memberships – this is an administratively lengthy process but they should all be sent to members over the next few days. Given the risks involved with posting over 400 invoices we decided to email them this year and hope this isn’t inconvenient – we really do appreciate your cooperation at this time of unprecedented events. Please do contact me next week if you haven’t had an emailed invoice.

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From the President: As a Professional Institute consisting of individual members…

As a Professional Institute consisting of individual members the IDE are not obliged to endorse or comment on opinions that are expressed publicly by an individual and/or the companies that they are employed by. All public statements produced by the IDE or on behalf of the IDE will be reviewed by the IDE Council of Management and judged on their suitability in-line with the Institutes Rules and, in particular, the Code of Conduct. 

The IDE exists to promote demolition engineering as a skilled profession. It aims to provide a forum for demolition engineer professionals to network, develop their skills and learn from each other. As an individual membership body, the IDE does not recommend or issue guidance regarding methods of demolition.

Furthermore, the Institute does not adopt responsibility or liability for any individual member’s viewpoints regarding approaches to demolition works.

AGM and Annual Luncheon 22nd November 2019

The Pall Mall headquarters of the Royal Automobile Association was the venue for the 43rd Institute of Demolition Engineers AGM and Awards ceremony. Click here to read the full minutes AGM-minutes-2019

Following on from a turbulent year in the industry, President Gary Bishop FIDE welcomed everyone to the packed venue and thanked all within the IDE for their help and assistance throughout this time.

On a pleasing note, Bishop reported that the Institute was in a healthy state with membership increasing from 414 in the previous year to 421 in 2019 and a full intake of students taking part in both the first and second intake for the Foundation Degree in Demolition Management. Congratulations were also passed on to the first students to pass the initial intake of the MSc and become the first in the World to obtain a degree in demolition. “We are now looked upon as the best of the best in this industry.” Bishop commented “And we should encourage our membership to consider sitting the degree course as the next step in their development within the industry.” On a more disappointing note, it was said that of the 15 participants in the March to September IDE examinations, only 9 passed with the remaining 6 being encouraged to try again as soon as possible.

Both Bishop and Honorary Treasurer Stuart Accleton FIDE confirmed the healthy financial position at which the Institute currently resides thanks in part to sold out Seminars at Leeds and London. On the issue of Seminars, the cancellation of the Scottish Seminar was seen as extremely disappointing with a call for the event to be rescheduled or the organisation of further regional meetings over the border to cater for Scottish members. The sound financial standing of the Institute has also seen the Council of Management hold off any increases in subscription fees for the foreseeable future and leaving the current rates as they were in 2019. Accleton then went on to comment on the Institute’s forthcoming guidance on CPD along with praising members for their generosity in raising over £5,000 for the President’s charity, Niemann Pick UK at the 2018 AGM.

Dr Terry Quarmby FIDE took to the stage to give an update on the degree and masters courses currently running stating that the uptake is still very good. Dr Quarmby stated there were calls from the members to introduce distance learning to the courses and whilst this has been investigated, the stumbling block is currently with the education providers and it is something the Institute is looking into with the hope of implementing within the near future. Quarmby went on to say that the Institute is in discussions with the University of Bedfordshire to offer Foundation degree students the chance to complete a BSc Hons degree in Construction Management as a follow-on course. There has also been a call for topical learning courses to be available in specific subjects. This is something the Institute is looking to proceed with and invited members to offer their skills in writing and delivering such courses.

Training and learning has been a topical issue with the many incidents within the industry this past year and whilst there was a call from the floor for the Institute to speak up on the matters, Past President David Darsey was quick to point out that the legal implications don’t allow either the Institute or the NFDC to speak on individual cases. “It is disgraceful that the authorities take so long to bring a case to conclusion, eight years on average. But we cannot act on rumour and gossip and will only comment when the full facts of the investigation are released.” On this subject, Vice President Richard Dolman FIDE brought up the possibility of re-launching the information sharing forum which he started a couple of years ago. In the light of recent incidents, this offer will be considered with the possibility of it being hosted by either the NFDC or the IDE.

Following on from lunch in the stunning Mountbatten Room, over 40 certificates were handed out to new and progressing members with Past Presidents Steve Jack and John Woodward along with ECY Haulmark’s Richard Yarwood being given Honorary Fellowship awards.

The afternoon’s events were rounded off with the generosity of the members coming to the fore and raising funds for NPUK. £20 in the envelope, the raffle draw and Past President David Darsey FIDE leading a charity auction.  Once the accounts have been finalised for this event the final fundraising figure will be announced.

The Institute would like to extend their thanks to the event sponsors, ECY Haulmark, Erith Group and Swanton Consulting along with the kindness of everyone who donated raffle and auction prizes.

IDE Elections 2019 Update

John Brierley RIP

Autumn Seminar 2019

One Great George Street was host to the IDE’s Autumn Seminar again with the prestigious venue being booked up weeks in advance for yet another interesting event.

Welcoming guests to the auditorium, IDE President Gary Bishop FIDE, asked attendees to stand for a minute’s silence in remembrance of Total Reclaims’ Joe Childs who sadly passed away recently.

Usually presiding over the Institute’s accounts, The Erith Groups Stuart Accleton FIDE was the opening speaker for the day. Stuart delivered a message to Members on the importance of CPD and the need to ensure that any hours accrued during the year are collated by the Institute to give Members a true record of their development. As the Institute is audited by the Engineering Council, it is necessary for records to be updated regularly to keep your membership compliant.

With mental health rightly being a hot topic within the industry of late, Morgan Sindall’s SHE Director Martin Hall took to the stage to speak about the massive issue facing the demolition and wider construction industry. “1-in-4 will suffer from mental health issues.” Martin commented before going on to say that the industry will clamp down on people caught in random drug and alcohol tests whilst not discovering the reasons behind their use as both substances are used predominately by sufferers to self-medicate. The latest figures for deaths in the construction industry stands at 43 in 2016, workers are 15 times more likely to take their own lives which actually equates to a staggering 454 workers from the construction industry passing away in 2016, the first-year figures were collated. If these figures were included in the statistics, the HSE wold close the industry down immediately according to Martin who closed his talk by urging the industry to commit to making a difference. Martin Hall Mental Health

Ryan Noon from Howard Stott Demolition spoke about his company’s contract to demolish a fire damaged car park at the M&S Arena in Liverpool. The structure had been extensively damaged by an intense car fire with many of the floors inaccessible due to their dilapidated state. From the initial enquiry from one of their regular clients to the issues with potentially contaminated material from the building, the Stott team were thrown a number of curve balls including the need to keep certain areas of the structure open, dealing with apartments and a hotel a few metres from the structure and the requirement to remove the source car and others safely and securely all within a small working area littered with underground services and access tunnels. Ryan Noon Echo Arena Car Park 2

Jon Miller, Solicitor and Partner at Fenwick Elliott LLP commenced the late morning session with a talk on the importance of reading, understanding and following to the letter any form of contract a company enters into. Jon recounted a number of cases where the description laid out in a contract was deemed to be onerous on either party. Contract disputes are often over payments and Jon explained that the simple rule of thumb is that when an application for payment is received it should be read, understood and either a payment or a pay less notice issued. “Many contractors say they never have the time, but just by doing this, you can save yourself a fortune should a dispute be entered into.” Jon left the audience with these words echoing in their ears; “Contract, contract, contract, always read the contract.” Jon Miller Fenwick Elliott Legal Update

NFDC CEO Howard Button FIDE came to the stage with a plea for Members to send him wood samples. Not by the skip load that many hoped for, but samples of older timber from properties being demolished. The Environment Agency are on a crusade to classify waste wood as a hazardous product which will incur massive onward costs to the demolition industry having to find alternative waste receivers for the 250,000 tonnes of material produced annually by just NFDC member companies. “We have had a small number of samples sent in.” Howard explained “But, the EA require us to test in the region of 300 per category and we need your assistance to do this before they load us with additional charges.” Howard Button 2019-09-27 Wood Waste IDE Seminar

The afternoon session started with a change of speaker with Back to Back Production’s Nigel Gainsborough talking about the making of the hit tv programme Scrap Kings which airs on Quest. Nigel spoke about the way his filming teams interact and produce the show which documents the trials and tribulations of a number of high-profile demolition contractors undertaking interesting projects around the UK.

Long-term IDE Member, Bruce Atkinson took to the stage to talk about his long career in the industry with a look at the methods of demolition and deconstruction carried out for a number of Yorkshire based companies he has been employed by. From battleships to power stations, Bruce has made a career out of demolishing and recycling some impressive structures throughout his 60 years in the industry and spoke about how at points the Government controlled where scrap went, how costs of living and working have changes and how health and safety has made a huge impact on the industry. Bruce Atkinson

The CCS has been running for over 20 years and Mike Petter was the penultimate speaker of the day taking the stage to speak about the benefits the scheme has to offer contractors. Mike spoke about the changes in perception from the public to construction sites and the professional looking image many of them now portray. Mike also added that the demolition industry is quickly realising the benefits of the scheme with a dedicated Recognised Constructor badge specifically tailored for the industry. Mike Petter CCS Is Image Everything

The final presentation was from Gilpin’s Duncan Rudall FIDE and Richard Taffs from Teignmouth Maritime Services who spoke about the challenging removal of portions of a World War Two gun emplacement on a cliff side in Guernsey. The complex project involved the hand and explosive demolition of the concrete and stone structure to stop it falling into the sea, damaging the cliffs and potentially taking some of the existing heritage structure with it.  Working with Autostem to loosen the material, the structure was made safe with the aid of hand demolition working by a team of experienced abseiliers.

The Institute would like to extend their thanks to everyone who attended the event and to our exhibitors; ANV Measurement Systems, BPH Attachments, Campbell Associates, Caterpillar, ECY Haulmark, Liebherr Great Britain, National Federation of Demolition Contractors and Worsley Plant.

Author and Photography: RPA Photography

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