Say Hello to Amy!

We are very pleased to welcome Amy Roberts to the IDE HQ team as our new Education and Training Administrator.

Amy will be looking after all administrative tasks associated with the IDE Foundation Degree in Demolition Management and IDE CPD Scheme.  She will also assist the National Secretary with the Examination process.

National Secretary, Maureen Tong-Ralphs  commented ‘Amy brings with her a wealth of skills and a strong administrative background and we are very pleased she has joined us at this progressive time for the IDE’.    

You will be able to meet Amy at the Autumn Seminar on 27th September, she can also be contacted at [email protected]

Mr Joseph Childs RIP

New Merchandise Lands at IDE HQ

RIP John “Johnny” Hennessy

For those wishing to pay their respects the evening mass will be held at the Visitation Church, Greenford UB6 9AN at 7:00pm on Thursday 25th July.

The funeral mass is at the same church at 10.00am on Friday 26th July. This will be followed by a cremation service at Breakspear Crematorium at noon – the family have requested this to be restricted to close family and friends due to limited space there.

The family would like to invite all those that wish to attend for food and beverages in the GAA Club in Ruislip, HA4 6QX following the funeral mass on the Friday.

IDE East Midlands Regional Meeting @ Ward Recycling 13th June 2019

The IDE East Midlands Regional Meeting was held at Ward Recycling, Chesterfield, on 13 June 2019; attended by 11 IDE Members and Ward employees the meeting was an interesting and very informative event.

The meeting was in two sections, firstly a tour of the facility, followed by two talks relating to waste – ‘Changes to Wood Classification’ and ‘Fundamentals of Scrap Metal Prices.

The tour of the facility was very interesting covering most aspects of waste receipt and processing, including, but not limited to, hazardous waste, controlled waste, wood, scrap metal and processing. The facility was impressive on many counts, the scale of operation, the range of activities, the plant/ equipment in use and the vision and investment, financial, plant/equipment and people necessary to both construct and run this undertaking.

The talks were very interesting, delivered by very knowledgeable members of the Ward management, they certainly gave attendees food for thought.

The ‘Changes to Wood Classification’ talk was given by Dan Egnar and gave details of the Regulatory Position Statement 2017 and details of the Wood Recycling Association Grades A, B, C and D of wood waste classification. Judging by comments from around the room, we are not all singing from the same hymn sheet, perhaps we need to have a closer look at our wood waste disposal?  What was interesting was the gap between the UK and German recycling figures – startling!

The ‘Fundamentals of Scrap Metal Prices’ talk was given by Toby Potter and initially gave an overview of the different methods of steel production and the required raw materials; the explanation of distribution/demand of scrap metal, the forces brought about that impact upon the price and the main ‘players’, some of whom the attendees were unaware. The one statistic that was astounding – the production figures of China against the UK.

The event was a success, very enjoyable for those who attended and our thanks go to Ward and all their staff who, by virtue of their knowledge, professionalism, enthusiasm and obvious pride in both their Company and their individual responsibilities, provided a thoroughly enjoyable and definite learning event.

I would also like to thank Ashley Oates for hosting the event, enabling it to run smoothly, and organising refreshments; I cannot forget the chocolate truffles.

Author: Vernon Watson, FIDE, IDE Council of Management

Cycling for Orlaith Update

30 Cyclists, all prepared for the challenge, cycled from Solihull to Westminster Bridge – a total of 135 miles – on 25th May 2019!  Past Council of Managament Member, Adrian McLean FIDE informed the IDE that all completed the ride safely and raised a staggering £65,000 for NICE.  They would like to thank all friends and colleagues for the Demolition industry who supported this challenge.  Orlaith’s Mum, Caroline has already donated a very impressive £63, 478.00 to this worthwhile charity and with this most recent addition, will be able to use the funds to support the invaluable work of the charity.

Adrian McLean also commented that, within an email from Caroline, she told him that “Orlaith is making progress.  She struggles to put weight on her arms to lift herself up without the use of arm braces and it is hoped that, in time, she may be able to crawl.  Following advice from Orlaiths Senior Physiotherapist they have booked an assessment at a centre in Malvern to see if she would be suitable to start an oral training programme which aims to isolate and develop the muscles in her mouth.  This will hopefully encourage better feeding and speech skills.  The assessment and any on-going treatment they advise will be paid for using the money that has been raised on Orlaiths Night.   We cannot thank everyone enough for the opportunities this has given Orlaigh and we will keep you updated on her progress!”

Mr Keith Prangnell RIP

It is with great sadness that we inform our members of the very sad loss of Keith Prangnell,

December 1947 – May 2019

It is with deep regret that the industry must say goodbye to Keith Prangnell of Southern Demolition Company, both a loyal and respected member of the NFDC, IDE Member from 1991 to 2017 and the Demolition industry for 31 years.

Keith was a face that many would recognize after having been involved within the London & Southern Region of the NFDC as well as taking part within one of the first ever Managers courses with the NDTG in 1998.

The Funeral will take place at Randalls Park Crematorium at 12:30pm on Thursday 20th June 2019, followed by a reception at Sutton Green Golf Club.

Should you wish to attend either the service or reception, please email Shelley Prangnell at [email protected] by Thursday 13th June 2019.

Keith’s family have requested that in lieu of flowers, an optional donation can be made to Cancer Research UK.  This can either be done in person at the Service on 20th June, or from 8th June onwards via the Alan Greenwood Funeral’s online ”obituary and donations” service.

Mr Tony Tynan MIDE, RIP

For those members who wish to pay their respects the funeral will be held at St Peters Church, 15 Button Lane, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent ME15 8NJ on Thursday 27th June at 10.00am. Please note that this will be an open invitation to the church service only.

Tony supported a number of charities over the years and with that in mind, the family have requested donations to be made, instead of flowers, to either the Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon or Pets as Therapy

Cycling for Orlaith

Next weekend, past Council Member Adrian McLean FIDE, Mick Regan and Chris Moen will be cycling 135 miles from Solihull to Westminster Bridge in London to raise funds for  Orlaith.  If you would like to know more and sponsor this event click here

East Midlands Regional Meeting: Tuesday 7th May 2019

The IDE East Midlands Meeting was held at Twycross Zoo on Tuesday the 7th May, hosted by Richard Dolman FIDE of AR Demolition and current IDE Vice President.

Over thirty delegates attended the event and enjoyed four thought-provoking presentations.

First up, Richard Dolman delivered a case study on the Demolition of a fire damaged former warehouse containing asbestos.  The case study covered the techniques used to mitigate risk in all areas of the project including the asbestos that was found in the ground.  The debate following the presentation covered the issue of ‘All Risk’ contracting and all issues around Hazardous Waste removal.

With May being Mental Health Awareness month John Ryan was up next to deliver an inciteful, moving and funny take on anxiety and stress-related issues.  We all need reminding that work is important, however, so are our families, friends and our general well-being and mental health.

The message: take care of yourself no one has written on their gravestone “I wish I had spent more time at work”. For more information follow this link to John’s website:

Silica Dust in the industry is currently a hot topic, so with this in mind, we invited Ms Chris Keen, Occupational Hygienist from the HSE to deliver a talk on the Breathe Freely Campaign.  The hope would be that the Breathe Freely can make a positive impact to controlling the risk of respiratory disease in the Demolition sector, hopefully in turn making a small contribution to improving the image of the industry by making it safer and more attractive to the next generation of Demolition Engineers.

Attracting the next generation into Demolition related careers was the subject of the final talk by Patricia Sloneczny, Development Director at A R Demolition.  Opening up a debate about the skills gap within the industry was the driver for this presentation and it was clear in the questioning following the talk that we all face the same recruitment challenges and although there are some great initiatives currently in place for example the new Demolition Degrees and Apprenticeship programmes, it was felt by the delegates that we need  some clearer, long term, innovative, strategic thinking driven by the industry to help resolve the issue of the Demolition industries skills gap and diversity issues.

The Institute of Demolition Engineers is ideally placed to champion all these important topics and it is likely that all the issues raised will be returned in future meetings and seminars.

The meeting was concluded on schedule in order that guests could enjoy the amazing food provided by the event organisers.

The IDE would like to thank A R Demolition and all the Speakers for their support in producing yet another successful event.

Author: Patricia  Sloneczny, Development Director, A R Demolition

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