In January this year, the BCLive league table of new construction contract awards topped the £4.0 billion mark. Nine months later, and that monthly total has not dipped below the £4.0 billion mark, heralding a period of unprecedented stability across the sector. But it couldn't make it 11 consecutive months...could it?
An object lesson in why I should practice what I preach; and how a single comment on LinkedIn might just have saved my son's life.
Our thanks to Mavis Nye for inspiring this episode. Contributions to her charitable foundation can be made here: https://www.mavisnyefoundation.com/
Clocking up a massive £6.0 billion in new contract awards during October 2018, it seems that the UK construction industry has no truck with talk of Brexit-led crises.
But there is concern that the continued strength of the housing sector might ultimately prove to be to the industry's detriment.
In this Halloween special, Demolition News Radio brings you what we believe to be the world's first demolition ghost story.
Our thanks to Safedem's William Sinclair for his help and inspiration in the creation of this short story.
What would happen if you lost everything? Could you recover? Could you bounce back? Would you?
Having recently (though, thankfully, temporarily) lost more than five years' worth of data, I have stared into the abyss. And this time, I managed to step back from the edge. Could you?
After eight consecutive months in which the UK construction has achieved a new contracts award total of £4 billion, the BCLive league table held its breath for the outcome of the September countdown. And it wasn't disappointed.
The Builders' Conference CEO Neil Edwards looks over the figures.
Demolition is an industry of borrowers. The industry appropriated explosive technology developed for the quarry industry. It adopted hydraulic excavators from the construction sector. And it embraced hydraulic attachments.
So is there anything we might learn from the crane sector; anything that heavy lifting specialists might teach us; anything that we might apply to make the demolition industry safer or more efficient?
Cuddy Group accomplished so much over so many years. It carried out literally hundreds of successful demolition contracts. It employed and trained thousands of men and women; men and women that would help nourish the UK demolition gene pool for many years to come. It helped raise the standards for demolition in their native Wales and beyond.
But at the final reckoning, Cuddy Group's legacy is 68 slightly dog-eared A4 pages.
In the social media age, the ability to tell consistent, memorable and engaging stories is a key consideration across all aspects of the demolition business.
Don't believe me? Listen to this episode and see if you can remember the key facts afterwards.
The demolition industry has made huge strides in safeguarding the physical health and well-being of its workers. But the time has come for the industry to unite and take similarly good care of their mental health too.
Further falls in scrap prices; scrap pirates target sunken Royal Navy ships; and ScrapsAway focuses on trust within the industry. All this and more in the second episode of ScrapChat, exclusive to Demolition News Radio.
The relationship between the Health & Safety Executive and the demolition industry should be a two-way street.
But that relationship is undermined by the HSE's eagerness to enforce, and its reluctance to endorse.
Every major development in the demolition business in the last 20, 30 or 40 years has made the practice of demolition – actually getting a structure on the ground – easier, faster and safer.
And yet, during that same period, actually running a demolition business has grown progressively and inexorably harder.
In this launch episode, we look at how a growing trade war between China and the US is impacting on global scrap prices; how some recent rationalisation within the UK scrap sector has fallen foul of the Competition and Markets Authority.
But we start by addressing the large metal elephant in the room – The ongoing fall in scrap prices.
Long overdue, this episode is dedicated to all the under-appreciated people that have helped make Demolition News the global force that it is today; the people who have supported me personally over the years; the demolition and construction people that brighten my day.
A man called Samuel Landis is currently in a Miami hospital as a result of a demolition accident earlier this week. I don't know Samuel or his family. But my thoughts, and those of the global demolition brotherhood, are with him and his family and friends right now.
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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