A surprising number of lay people still think that demolition is about blowing things up or bashing them down with a big iron ball.
But modern demolition is often the most delicate of construction operations, a creative activity requiring great precision and a generous helping of technical ingenuity.
There couldn’t be a more eloquent demonstration of this than Erith’s current façade-retention contract in Grosvenor Place which we describe on page 25.
Elsewhere in this issue, our analysis of the financial performance of the top 20 demolition contractors indicates that business is still booming. But as this issue goes to press, dark mutterings in certain corners of the specialist media suggest that all is not well with the industry’s trade body, the NFDC.
However, the launch last month of a new trade association for demolition contractors working in Scotland is, we are assured, nothing to be alarmed about.