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the country to emerge from the double-dip recession. As such today’s news is welcome as it indicates a return to
much-needed growth.
Yet it is clear that the construction sector has declined even further in the last quarter. Given the importance of
the industry to the UK economy, delivering projects that support growth in other sectors, as well as employment for
millions of UK workers, it is vital that steps are taken to rebuild UK construction.
The plummeting output for the sector should give the government grave cause for concern. Any continuation
of these declines runs the risk of dragging the UK into a triple-dip recession. We need swift action to unlock the
potential of the construction industry so that it can play its role in the sustained recovery of the UK economy.”
Contractors back apprenticeships despite infrastructure crunch
The annual Training & Development survey shows that the number of companies employing apprentices has risen
over the past three years, from 14% to just over 20% of respondents. However, it also indicates that there was a
decline in the number of SMEs who recruited apprenticeships in 2011.
More than a fifth of CECA members responded to the survey, representing a total of more than 20,250
employees. Of these, 45.7 percent said they expected to carry out more training over the next year, with 44.3 per
cent saying they expected to carry out the same amount of training.
Commenting, CECA National managing director Mark Roper said: “CECA is proud that its members continue to
support apprenticeships in the industry, despite the difficult economic climate they have been facing.
Results from CECA’s Training & Development Survey show that although contractors are facing increasingly
difficult trading conditions, they are continuing to train and recruit apprenticeships. This is vitally important for the
health of the UK’s infrastructure sector.
However there is a real concern that this demand is not reflected across the wider industry. In light of the aging
workforce, there is a vital need to provide quality apprenticeships to train tomorrow’s workforce today.
Demolition award goes to
Keltbray has won the 2012 World Demolition
Awards’ Urban Demolition Award for work carried
out at 30 Old Bailey and 60 Ludgate Hill in London.
The World Demolition Awards were presented
on 1 November as part of the World Demolition
Summit in Amsterdam, and Keltbray secured the
accolade on the back of the complexity of the
project, including the large scale and technical
challenges, and in stiff international competition
with companies from 17 countries.
Demolition of the five blocks included in the
scope was carried out next to The Central Criminal Court,
The Old Bailey, City Thames Link Station and in close proximity to St
Paul’s Cathedral. The confined nature of the site, which was bounded
by busy roads, pedestrians and influential neighbours also made this
project unique and challenging.
Project Manager for Keltbray, Mick Kelly, explained: “The blocks to be demolished dated back to the 1960s and
were from five to 12 storeys in height. They were located adjacent to Seacoal House; an existing main high voltage
electrical interchange which supplies electricity to vast areas of London. This meant stringent vibration controls
and monitoring regimes. We also worked to tight regulations around noise and dust based on planning and local
authority requirements. I’m pleased to say, however, that we completed the contract ahead of schedule, and
reached a recycle rate for the project of 98%, including 30,000 tonnes of concrete and 4,000 tonnes of steel.”
Pictured (left to right): Keltbray’s Project
Manager Michael Kelly and Site Manager
Bobby Gannon are presented with the award
by European Demolition Association President
Giuseppe Panseri