The purchase of a Bentley might be a sign that a demolition director is doing well. Equally, it could be an indicator that the demolition director has lost focus and that a financial crisis might just lurk on the horizon.
When the reaction to the publication of a rainbow-coloured digger is "get that gay shit off my Instagram feed", it is clear that the industry still has a long way to go till it achieves anything even approaching inclusivity.
For the next year, we will be following the fortunes of a new demolition company called b-line. In this pilot episode, we lay out the intentions of the show which will also appear on our Demolition TV YouTube channel AND in the Demolition magazine.
A diagram tracking construction workload over a year generally looks like the wave patterns experienced in the North Atlantic with perilous peaks and bottomless falls.
But since the beginning of 2018, that chart has looked as calm as the most serene of mill-ponds.
And that continued in May as the industry delivered a BCLive league table total of £4.34 billion, the fifth consecutive month in which the sector has topped the £4 billion monthly total that is rapidly becoming the accepted and expected norm.
With a potential financial bonanza from the decommissioning and dismantling of oil and gas platforms, there has never been a better time to pioneer and develop new equipment, new methods, and new techniques.
The National Federation of Demolition Contractors has less members than it had a decade ago, and yet it employs five times as many people and operates from about 20 times as much office space. How does that work?
The birth of a demolition company.
We follow a fledgling company as it takes its first tentative steps on the demolition ladder.
We will follow them as they recruit and train staff; as they purchase equipment; and as they win their first demolition projects.
And we plan to follow them throughout their first year in this rough, tough but ultimately rewarding business.
So check back soon for the first episode of:
Birth of a demolition company, exclusive to Demolition News Radio.
A mammoth framework project for the residential arm of Wates Group could mean a windfall for demolition contractors in the south of England.
This episode is sponsored by The Builders' Conference and the BCLive league table.
In our 100th episode, we look at three quarters of the UK's demolition contractors are abiding by the training rules and regulations laid down by the other quarter; and how they're paying handsomely to do so.
If you are a non-NFDC company that uses the NDTG's training services, we strongly recommend that you give this a listen.
Just days after Erith Group confirmed that it had won more work in a single month than construction behemoths Sir Robert McAlpine and Laing O'Rourke, we look at the dawning of a new era of super-sized demolition companies.
With the UK's National Federation of Demolition Contractors scheduled to meet soon for an extraordinary general meeting that MIGHT decide the fate of the incumbent Federation president, Demolition News Radio acts as soothsayer.
On Friday last week, I returned to the Didcot A Power Station, the scene of an accident that killed four demolition men on 23 February 2016.
I went primarily to pay my respects to those four men who were taken from the families and friends on that fateful day.
I went also to be a part of a BBC Radio show that looked back on the events that unfolded on that terrible day, and the events that have unfolded since.
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