October 17, 2016

We gave it our best shot but it was not enough to win!

The World Demolition Awards for 2016 were decided on Friday in Miami and this year there was no trophy for C&D.

We were delighted to have been shortlisted for two contracts in the "Collaboration" category as we feel that just making the shortlist as one of the best in the world is a great honour. To win the award is a bonus.

This year the Winners of Collaboration were : Kiewit/Manson, the California Department of Transportation, COWI, ESA and Ventura Consulting for a major foundation removal on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span.

The judges said: “A demanding project, including underwater demolition with the use of bubbles to absorb shock. Another brilliant project.”

A full list of the winners can be found on the KHL website.

October 14, 2016

APEX Contracting Group expansion

C&D customer Apex Contracting Group of Peterborough continue to grow in a difficult market by providing what the customer wants and when they want it!

MD Mark Nichols said "A few months ago we identified a need within our customers for smaller skips emptied on a daily basis, as often siting skips overnight can cause logistic issues in busy factories and shopping centres. We have responded to that need by investing in a fleet of specialist vehicles to service this market"

"This investment reinforces our position as the leading supplier of skips in the Peterborough area to domestic and commercial customers, whilst giving greater flexibility for waste removal from our own demolition contracts"

APEX Contracting Group recently signed a three year agreement with C&D Consultancy for supply of Health & Safety support and training across the group.

C&D lead consultant Mike Kehoe said "We are delighted to be collaborating with APEX as they continue to grow the business and we wish them well with this new venture"

Full details of APEX Group can be found at http://www.apexgrp.co.uk/

October 13, 2016

World Demolition Summit and Awards Approaches

The 2016 World Demolition Summit gets underway on Friday at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, USA.

A healthy attendance is expected for this year’s Summit, which is being held outside of Europe for the very first time and features speakers from Europe, North America, New Zealand, and Japan. This is followed by an evening awards dinner celebrating the best in demolition and recycling from a shortlist compiled of entrants from 15 different countries.

C&D Consultancy has a strong presence at the Summit. Demolition Consultant Mike Kehoe will be delivering a talk during the conference that explores the question ‘Can traditional demolition learn from explosive demolition?’

Industry veteran Kehoe joined C&D just over three years ago, running the Liverpool and London offices, and has quickly become recognised as an expert in inner city demolition. He follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who both worked in the demolition industry.

Furthermore, C&D has been shortlisted for two jobs in the Collaboration Award category of the World Demolition Awards.

The first nomination recognises the role C&D played alongside J Bryan Victoria, One Vision Housing and Technical Demolition Services in recovering the demolition of Seaforth Tower in Liverpool earlier this year, after initial explosives failed to bring down the two tower blocks.

The second is for C&D’s work alongside Dem-Master, Safedem, and Keltbray on the New Gorbals Housing Association’s demolition of the high rise flats at Glasgow’s Norfolk Court in May 2016.

“We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the Collaboration Award again this year, having won it in 2015 for our collaboration with Safedem on Whitevale and Bluevale Towers in Glasgow. ” added C&D Lead Consultant, John Woodward.

“It is particularly pleasing that we have been nominated for two jobs. I believe that these collaborative networks have strengthened our reputation as a trouble-shooter and technical expert and contributed towards our growth.”

John concluded: “I am thrilled that our work has been recognised and we are all really looking forward to the awards ceremony. We wish all the other nominees all the best on the night.”

Keep an eye on our website over the next few days to see full details and results from the World Demolition Awards ceremony.

October 12, 2016

EDA Think Tank 2016 registration is open

The EDA Think Tank 2016 will be held on October 27th in Brussels, Belgium. If a trip to Brussels isn't enough to tempt you, then consider the meeting is completely free.

Here's the agenda for the day:

08:30 Accreditation of participants

09:00 Welcome by Delegate of the European Demolition Association

09:15 Debate session 1
  • How are the technical requirements changing the way in which demolition is done?
  • What kind of equipment (carriers, attachments and other tools) does the demolition industry need? Who can develop them and when will they be available?
  • How are the business models changing for construction and demolition activities?
  • Ownership vs rental: how to combine both options them on a sustainable way for the industry?
10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Debate session 2
  • How to demolish systems and combination of several layers of construction materials?
  • What level of recycling can be achieved in demolition activities? Is it sustainable/reasonable to go for the highest level of recycling?
  • Should the owner of the space/infrastructure pay for everything?
  • What is the responsibility of the construction material producers and the Public Authorities, most specially in the case of new types of hazardous waste?
  • What are the challenges for the health and safety of the workers and the general public with the new scenarios that will come for the demolition activites?
13:00 Closing remarks by Delegate of the European Decontamination Institute

A light lunch will be served after the think tank to encourage networking and collective thinking.

If you would like to register to attend, please visit the EDA website.

October 11, 2016

APS's ninth National CDM and Student Designer Awards this month

Thursday, October 27th will see the ninth Association for Project Safety’s National CDM and Student Designer Awards. It's being held at London’s Radission Blu Portman Hotel with the awards kicking off at 7pm.

According to APS CEO Lesly McLeod:

"The evening is a marvellous opportunity to celebrate the best of the design and construction health and safety risk management sector as well as a valuable way to highlight the vital importance of health and safety in construction.

Celebrating outstanding contributions aimed at making work in the construction sector safer, the awards showcase innovation and exemplary practice and highlight how this can cut the number of workers who lose their lives or who suffer life-changing injuries or long-term health problems.

There's also great food, fantastic entertainment, and celebrity as well as industry speakers on offer. I believe the Awards strike the right balance between celebrating good practice and providing a sprinkle of star dust so everyone has a wonderful evening."

If you would like to attend, tickets cost £125 +VAT each, or you can book a table for 10 costing £1,125 +VAT. Tickets can be booked on the APS website.

October 10, 2016

Autostem Training happening next week

We've just put up details over on our Training website about Autostem Training happening next week on October 18th. Please visit the Training site for full details.

IDE North East Regional Meeting October 20th

There's an IDE North East Regional Meeting being held on Thursday, October 20th between 1pm and 4:30pm. The venue is as follows:

The Hardwick Hall Hotel
Co. Durham TS21 2EH

1pm registration with tea, coffee, biscuits, and a finger buffet (if you pre-register) will be followed by speakers at 1:45pm onwards. The talks cover:
  • RIBA Enterprises discussing BIM and the implications for modelling the demolition of a structure into its design phase
  • ESynergy discussing treatment/disposal/recycling options for the composite sandwich building panels and of particular relevance is the processing of the harzadous foam therein
The meeting is being sponsored by John Thompson of Thompsons of Prudhoe. John will also be presenting a case study. Attendance counts for 3 hours CPD and Non-IDE members are very welcome.

If you would like to attend please email the IDE National Secretary at info@ide.org.uk. Places are limited so don't leave it too late!

October 5, 2016

Meet the Team - Stuart Carter

Over the coming weeks we'll be posting some profiles/Q&A sessions with C&D staff. Our first is with Stuart Carter.

How long have you worked at C&D Consultancy?

John and I go back more than 30 years, but I’ve been at C&D for about 2 years now, mainly as a Health and Safety Consultant.

In recent months, I’ve been getting heavily involved in the training side of the business, which is going from strength to strength. with more than 4500 people due to be trained by us in 2016.

What does that involve?

I suppose the job is split into two parts. The Health and Safety element involves me working extremely closely with Craig Wilkinson on site audits, providing thorough assessments of how safe sites are for workers and the general public.

We have to be very tough with our clients as it is better for them to be told of any issues and have the opportunity to put them right before the HSE closes the site down and impose significant fines.

On the training side, we are growing all the time and have just opened an office in Wombourne so that we can deliver courses both at the customer.

Tell us more about how the training element of C&D is developing?

This is probably the fastest growing side of our business and I can’t see it slowing down.

Last year we completed 394 training courses, delivering anything from working at height and asbestos removal to plant training and softer skills that employees are now requiring. C&D tend to be very popular within the construction and demolition sector due to our ability to host group courses and also tailor the content so that the learning is applied to everyday issues faced on site.

We also offer NVQ qualifications, from Level 1 to Level 6 which is the equivalent and more of a Degree.

Trends for the next 12 months?

Companies do seem to be focusing more on taking care of their employees and ensuring they have a safe environment in which to operate.

This is being reflected by much improved audit scores and an increasing demand for training to give their staff all the skills they need to do their job well and to the best of their ability.

The other major trend we’re seeing is a leaning towards more environmental-based training courses.

What did you do before C&D?

I worked with a well-known Children’s charity for the best part of 25 years, finishing off teaching health and safety in schools and for local authorities.

What do you like doing out of work?

My three boys keep me busy so, when I’m not being ‘Dad’, I still enjoy trying to play football and love fishing. The latter is a great way of relaxing after a hectic time with C&D!

For adrenaline, you’ll sometimes find me teaching others to rock climb and how to raft.

We understand you have an interest fact to tell us?

Not sure it’s that interesting, but I was part of the original team that mapped out the original Satellite Navigation software. Just don’t blame me for any wrong turns it may take you!

October 4, 2016

Full World Demolition Summit programme announced!

The World Demolition Summit 2016 takes place on October 14th in Miami, and we've got our hands on the full programme for the Summit. You can check it out below:

09.10 – 09.40
Defining world class demolition: case studies in US military decommissioning
Tim Barker, D4 Programme Director, Aecom, US

09.40 – 10.10
Earthquake areas and high-risk demolition sites
Dr Jan Kupec, Technical Director, Ground Engineering/Infrastructure Aurecon Group, New Zealand

10.10 – 10.35
Can traditional demolition learn from explosive demolition?
Mike Kehoe, Demolition Consultant, C&D Consultancy, UK

11.20 – 11.45
Behaviour based safety - best practice in demolition
Brian Hornyak, Vice President, Major Projects, Sabre Demolition, USA

11.45 – 12.15
Sweating the small stuff: attention to detail in demolition projects
Mike Casbon, Technical Director, ERM, USA

12.15 – 12.40
What to expect from OSHA in 2017
Mark Lies, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, USA

14.00 – 14.40
Demolition in Japan: major projects and future trends
Hiroshi Konno, President & CEO, Akashigumi Company, Japan

14.40 – 15.05
Imploding a pre-stressed concrete bridge
Roberto Folchi, Mining Engineer/Geologist, Nitrex SRL – Explosives Engineering, Italy, and Ahmed Amir Khalil, Vice President, International Business Development, Applied Science International, USA

15.30 – 15.55
Demolition of the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centres, London
Dave Rowe, Technical Manager, and Jim O’Sullivan, Project Director, Keltbray, UK

15.55 – 16.20
Houston building is demolished, yields recycling bonanza
Joe Rizzo, Vice President, Business Development, Cherry Companies, USA.

Source: KHL

October 3, 2016

C&D star in Sky's The Demolition Man series

We are pleased to announce that Sky is showing a series called The Demolition Man, which we're sure all readers will enjoy. But what's extra pleasing about the show is the fact C&D feature in one of the episodes!

Check out the trailer above!