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January 23, 2017

Tributes for Dot Hull - Britain's first female demolition worker

We are sorry to report that Dorothy Hull (better known to her friends as Dot), Britain's first female demolition worker, died on January 15th aged 77 due to asbestos-related cancer.

A female on a demolition site in the 1960's was certainly unusual considering what women were "expected to do" back then. It's also a sign of how far we have come. Females working in any industry now is no longer unusual or surprising.

According to The Star, which featured Dot back in the 60's:

"Dot ran ADH Demolitions Ltd as equals with her devoted husband Archie. They were contracted to Sheffield Council along with five other firms when they had the mammoth job of demolishing hundreds of homes and factories between 1962 and 1989 through compulsory purchase orders."

Dot commanded respect on site and even saved "one of the lads" lives when he made a jump, didn't make it, and she caught him. Her arm caused her trouble after that, but we're sure she would have done the same thing again if given the chance.

If running a demolition company on equal terms with her husband in the 60's, working on site, and saving someone's life in the process wasn't enough of an achievement to impress you, we'll give you one more. Last year, aged 76, Dot gained her LGV lorry license!

Dot will be remembered fondly and our thoughts are with her family. She is survived by her husband Archie, daughter Tina, and two granddaughters Chloe (14) and Hannah (9).

Source: The Star (complete with photos of young Dot working in demolition)

January 19, 2017

Worsley Plant Invitation

Please click the flyer below to see it full size:

January 18, 2017

Bulletin: How Drugs are Handled by The Body


A SureScreen Diagnostics bulletin regarding how drugs are handled by the body has passed across the desks of C&D, and it's a bulletin worth sharing.

Although a little science-heavy, the 4-page bulletin offers good insight into how drugs can impact the body in different ways, including how long their affect lasts.

You can download the bulletin by clicking here (it's a PDF document).

January 17, 2017

IDE South-East Regional Meeting confirmed for February 1st

An IDE South-East Regional Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 1st February and is sponsored by Worsley Plant Ltd.

The venue address is as follows:

Worsley Plant Ltd.
Unit 4 Waterside Business Park,
Eastways,
Witham,
Essex CM8 3YQ

The programme is being organised by Brian Carroll with registration beginning at 12pm (noon). There will be tea, coffee, and lunch on arrival with a chance to network with other attendees. The meeting and presentations begin at 1pm with our very own John Woodward talking, as well as Adrian McLean of Armac Group and Robert Eastaff of Anglian Demolition. You can also look forward to the NFDC Simulator and Worsley Plant Equipment being available.

IDE Members will receive 2 hours CPD for attending, but non-members are also welcome.

The event is free, but please register your interest with The National Secretary by emailing info@ide.org.uk. Places are limited!

January 16, 2017

A trip down memory lane… Thursday, 16th January 2014


Three years ago today, C&D’s founder John Woodward visited Smestow School to speak at their school assembly as part of a government initiative called ‘Inspiring The Future’, which encouraged UK engineers to devote some of their time to promoting engineering as a future career choice.

The talk was designed to encourage school leavers to consider a career in demolition in which John showed the audience examples of both high reach and explosive demolitions and how ground-breaking technology is taking the industry to new heights.

He spoke passionately about the myths and stereotypes surrounding the industry, comparing the media’s view of demolition to that of teenagers – outdated and, ultimately, completely wrong.

John also used examples of where demolition has cleared the past to make way for the future, citing London 2012 as a case in point where the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) demolished a former industrial site in Stratford, East London to clear the ground ready for the construction of Olympic Park, which included a main stadium, aquatics centre, velodrome, three sports arenas, a hockey centre and accommodation for competitors.

John’s talk had an immediate impact on one particular student who contacted C&D a few days later to enquire about the possibility of work experience.

That young man was Matt Birch, who now works full-time with C&D as a trainee demolition engineer.

It’s amazing what a little bit of inspiration can do.

January 10, 2017

IDE invites you to the first Regional Meeting of 2017

The IDE has announced the first Regional Meeting of 2017 will be happening next Tuesday, January 17th.

It's a Midlands Regional set to occur at the following location:

JCB
Lakeside West,
Denstone Road,
Rocester,
Staffordshire ST14 5JP

The meeting is being sponsored by AR Demolition Ltd and starts at 5pm. It's free, counts for 3 hours CPD, and is open to Non-IDE members. There will be a number of speakers attending, and if you arrive early (3pm), JCB will be happy to take you on a mini tour of their factory, which should last 30 minutes.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest with The National Secretary at info@ide.org.uk.

January 9, 2017

Mike Kehoe featured in The Times

Our very own Mike Kehoe featured in The Times newspaper recently as part of the paper's Working Life interview series.

Demolition & Recycling International gave the following summary:

"The interview focused on Mike and his team’s response to an emergency in the south east of England last August, when a bridge over the M20 motorway was seriously damaged. It also covered a career spanning more than 30 years during which Mike has been responsible for demolishing 150 tower blocks."

Online access to The Times requires a subscription. However, the slides for the talk he gave at the recent World Demolition Summit are not. You can view and download them from the summit's website.

January 3, 2017

IDE Spring Seminar 24th February

Happy New Year everyone!

The IDE has announced that the Spring Seminar is set to take place on the 24th February at the Royal Armouries, Clarence Dock in Leeds.

If you're interested in attending, please email the IDE directly and you will be sent a booking form as well as details of exhibition space if any remains available to use.

December 21, 2016

IDE President shares a seasonal greeting

IDE President David Darsey has written a seasonal greeting we thought was worth sharing:

With 2016 drawing to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the members, for your continued support of the Institute over the last twelve months.

We have seen many new members join us this year and attendance at all IDE events, Seminars, Regional Meetings, Annual Luncheon - to name but a few - have exceeded all of our expectations. The IDE 40th Anniversary celebrations in July at the Science Museum was an amazing success and the feedback extremely positive during the whole evening.

The IDE continues to grow from strength to strength and exciting times are ahead for the us in 2017, especially with the introduction of the new Demolition Degree that will be the first of its kind for the industry.

Personally I am looking forward to the next two years as your President and would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Very Prosperous New Year.

David Darsey, FIDE FRSA
IDE President

December 19, 2016

John Woodward appears on Made in Birmingham TV show



A few weeks ago our very own John Woodward appeared on the Made in Birmingham TV Business Show, presented by Carl Jones, with Stourbridge media wizard Nick J Townsend. You can watch the full show above.

We'd like to thank the production team at Made in Birmingham for allowing us to share this episode with you.