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The Coleman Group - Demolition contractor and associated services

Latest News from The Coleman Group


01 Nov 2019
Within London's Boroughs: Watermeadow Court Regeneration
The Coleman Group have been demolishing a housing estate in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham to make way for more housing opportunities in the local area. The project has taken nearly three years for different stages of the demolition process.The final demolition stage will be completed within a 2 month period and project director Jose Castro has been leading this project, alongside with site managers John Foster and Ian Crofts.

The Grea ...

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16 Oct 2019
The Coleman Group celebrates its 57th anniversary
Today, 16th October 2019, marks our 57th anniversary as an independent family business. More than five decades later, the family values, together with a continued investment in our future innovation, technology and our people, ensure that The Coleman Group remains the contractor of choice for some of the biggest name in the industry.

The Coleman Group continues to explore how we can use technology to transform operations for the better. Safety, contro ...

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08 Oct 2019
St Helen’s gas holder: Coming to the end of the road
The Coleman Group are now at the ending stages of the site, as it went through stages of demolition to remove and treat any water from the gas holder, before removing the sludge and any other debris from inside.

The site, on Navigation Road, St Helens, Merseyside, has been taken down as part of National Grid’s on-going nationwide gasholder dismantling programme. Gasholders are no longer required due to investments made to improve the national ne ...

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25 Sep 2019
A step further for Sale’s gasholder in Manchester
This article will explain how far the project has come since the last time we wrote about Sale’s gas holder. To recap on the on the project, you can catch up here.

The nearly demolished gasholder located in Sale, Greater Manchester has nearly been demolished. The Coleman group have undertaken this challenging task by removing this gasholder which was built in 1945 and as part of the ‘Northern Cluster’.

The gasholder in question was an ...

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13 Sep 2019
Three things we do to maximise our plant investment
We believe an organisation is only as good as its people, which is why we place great emphasis on our family values and company culture. One of the most important ways we support our staff is by making sure they have the tools and resources to do their job safely and effectively.

From our Brokk robotic demolition machines, to the Construction News award-winning Mega Muncher, a bespoke excavator built in collaboration with JCB, we’re always looki ...

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06 Sep 2019
Coventry Point: Changing the city skyline for the better
Coventry Point is the biggest floor by floor demolition in the history of Coventry, The giant city centre tower block is set to be removed as part of a regeneration effort of Market Way and the surrounding areas. It will be set to be demolished in time for the city's year as City of Culture in 2021.

Coventry City Council have deemed it a difficult structure to take down because of its unusual design - The structure is two towers connected by a glass wa ...

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03 Sep 2019
Japan visit supported our digital demolition strategy
The Coleman Group joined industry colleagues from across Europe to visit Japan as part of a research and development study tour with the European Demolition Association.

With visits to several cities and locations including factories, jobsites and equipment demos, the study tour offered a unique opportunity to look at different ways of working in a country which sets the standard for demolition and disaster response. The tour then finished with a works ...

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20 Aug 2019
The Coleman Group nominated for two categories in World Demolition Awards
The Coleman Group have been shortlisted for two categories that were submitted for the World Demolition Awards 2019. We have been shortlisted for the following categories:

-    Collaboration In Demolition Award
-    Safety & Training Award

This year is the eleventh year of the major international event celebrating excellence and innovation within the demolition industry worldwide. The awards ceremony takes place in Boston, Massac ...

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19 Aug 2019
Boxing match held in honour of lost son
A boxing match has been dedicated and held to helping Craig Ensor having tragically lost his son Jordan Moazami to knife crime this year. The match was used to raise money for Craig and his family but to also help raise awareness for knife crime on the streets.

Craig is a respected employee of The Coleman Group who is committed to improving his life and that of his family by working hard to climb the ladder over his 5-year career working with us.

Craig ...

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15 Aug 2019
Floor by floor: the power of Brokks
At The Coleman Group we’re committed to innovation. Innovation of processes, like our paperless HAZZAP platform for hazard inspection and reporting; innovation of facilities, like our demolition waste recycling facility at Great Barr – The Urban Quarry; and innovation in demolition and cutting equipment, to help deliver a better service and keep our people safe.

One of the best examples of this last point is our continued investment in Brok ...

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12 Aug 2019
A Feel Good Monday Story: The Coleman Group provides disability vehicle for father and his son
We speak to Richard Nicholls, IT Specialist for The Coleman Group about his troubles with transport for his disabled son. Richards’s son Daniel, has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy caused by Cerebral Atrophy caused by starvation of oxygen at birth.

This also left him with cerebral blindness so he’s limited to what he can see and also suffers from epileptic fits. His condition can also be life limiting especially if he gets ill. Mostly confi ...

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09 Aug 2019
Project and people focus is helping The Coleman Group back to profit
A focus on people and innovation has helped The Coleman Group turn the corner as it marks the beginning of a new era with an emphasis on the founding business values of trust and respect.

The contractor is expecting to return to profit in this financial year following a difficult trading period which saw the firm post a loss in the last financial year for only the second time in its 56-year history.

The closure of a loss-making recycling facility, a top ...

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19 Jul 2019
The next step for Sale’s gasholder in Manchester
Intro to the project

After an extensive and rigorous risk and environmental assessment, a now defunct gasholder located in Sale, Greater Manchester has begun to be dismantled. The Coleman group have undertaken this challenging task in removing this gasholder which was built in 1945 and was simply named “Gasholder No.5”.

Project Manager, Andy Crawford is spearheading the operation with fellow colleagues Chris Mann, Jemima Wong and Paul Cuth ...

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08 Jul 2019
The Coleman Group visits the Demo Expo 2019
The Demolition Expo was a huge display of demolition machines and equipment including high reach, excavators and skid steers. Visitors and company representatives also came to see the machines in action.

The Coleman Groups very own Director, Mark Carless attended the expo and the NFDC regional meeting with fellow colleagues, representing the company’s own interest for future demolitions equipment and machinery.

Major manufacturers such as Hitachi ...

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31 Jul 2018
£100 MILLION UNIVERSITY WORK STARTS AS BULLDOZERS MOVE ONTO SPRINGFIELD BREWERY SITE
Work starts on new School of Architecture  

Preparatory work has started on the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the £100m Springfield Campus.

Planning permission was granted in April and now specialist contractors have started work on site to prepare it for construction to start. The original scheme was altered after pre-construction works on the historic site discovered structures of ...

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30 May 2018
ASTON UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION FOR OUR STUDENT EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
The Coleman Group has scooped double success in the first stage of the Student Employee of the Year 2018 awards from NASES (National Association of Student Employment Services).  

As a company, we are proud to have been selected from 30 employers to be named as Aston University’s Student Employer of the Year 2018, and will now go forward into the regional judging stage to compete against employers chosen by other universities in the Midland ...

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17 May 2018
LIVERPOOL SCHOOL BOY HELPS NATIONAL GRID SPREAD SITE SAFETY MESSAGE
A Liverpool primary school student got his reward today for helping National Grid spread their message about site safety.

Connor Prendergast, age 9, of St. Hugh's Catholic Primary School, won a competition run by National Grid to design a poster to promote site safety during its works to dismantle four unused gasholders on its site off Spofforth Road in Wavertree. His prize was to see his poster installed on the site gates along with a framed version ...

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15 May 2018
PLANT AND TRANSPORT INVESTMENT PLAN – OLD ASSET DISPOSAL
I’m pleased to announce that The Coleman Group board have signed-off on a plant and transport investment plan for the next 12 months.   

Our over-arching 5-year strategy is to have diverse modern fleet, compliant with emerging environmental legislation and capable of meeting the business needs of the future.  

To part fund the investment we are selling the oldest items in the fleet.  
If anyone is interested check out https:// ...

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14 May 2018
HELPING DELIVER PERSONALISED HEALTHCARE
At The Coleman Group we understand the importance of mental and physical health in the workplace.

It is a huge issue. In the UK one in six workers suffer from anxiety, depression or unmanageable stress and more than 18 million days are lost to sickness absence caused by mental health conditions each year. In total, it is estimated that ill health by employees costs the UK taxpayer £60 billion a year.

We, like any employer, have an obligation to c ...

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24 Apr 2018
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM AALBORG UNIVERSITY, DENMARK VISIT WAVERTREE GAS HOLDERS
We welcomed three international students, studying MSc Urban Design, from Aalborg University in Denmark, currently writing their final master thesis on the Transformation of Old Gas Holders.

Students Eline Øyri, Mikkel Jensen & Lise Sakariassen chose The Coleman Group to visit the Gas Holder site at Wavertree, to support their final dissertation.  

Mikkel said, “The site visit has given us an insight into the structure and demolit ...

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12 Apr 2018
BRINGING OUR PEOPLE CLOSER TOGETHER
We believe good communication is key to ensuring engagement across the workplace, whatever your industry. But with employees across four separate businesses which make up The Coleman Group, and with staff based on site, at home and at our head office in Birmingham, we understand the challenges of employee communication more than most.

To ensure that we bring everyone in the Coleman family together, we’ve been using Workplace by Facebook - a simple to ...

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13 Mar 2018
NUTRITION & HYDRATION WEEK 12-18TH MARCH 2018
Nutrition and Hydration Week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.

The Coleman Group encourages the role of nutrition and hydration in maintaining the health and well-being of our employees.

Our employees have access to series of tools and tips on our internal Intranet platform, RewardMe, including a ‘Nourish Resource Pack’ which is a guide to pro ...

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08 Mar 2018
WOMEN IN DEMOLITION: LESLEY MORRIS
We’re running a series of mini profiles with employees from across The Coleman Group titled Women in Demolition – showcasing our commitment to diversity and highlighting the opportunities (and the challenges) for women in our industry.

Last time we focused on Jemima Wong, Environmental Manager for The Coleman Group. You can read her story here.

Now we turn to Lesley Morris, Finance Director & Company Secretary at The Coleman Group. This is her sto ...

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05 Mar 2018
THINKING OF PURSUING AN APPRENTICESHIP?
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (5-9th March), we asked Jade Hailing, an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor with The Coleman Group, about her experiences to date.  


The demolition industry is full of varied and exciting job roles, how did you know which one was right for you?
At first, I wasn’t 100% sure which role was right for me, initially, I joined The Coleman Group as a demolition apprentice and worked my way around each ...

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23 Feb 2018
DIDCOT SECOND ANNIVERSARY STATEMENT
Our thoughts today on the second anniversary of the tragedy at Didcot Power Station are with Chris, John, Kenny and Mick, their families and all those who continue to suffer the pain and hurt from that horrendous day.  

The team at Coleman & Company will be taking time out today to remember their colleagues. We remain committed to learning the lessons of February 23 2016, and reinforce our commitment to share those learnings with the families ...

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14 Feb 2018
DRIVING EFFICIENCIES THROUGH INNOVATION
Investing in innovation is one of our core values at The Coleman Group; innovation of processes, people, plant and technology in order to maintain our position as the contractor of choice for some of the biggest names in the industry.

Kirsty Howarth, Management Accountant for The Coleman Group, explains how our new company accounts system has created efficiencies and improved sustainability, including the introduction of new paperless processes.


The b ...

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08 Feb 2018
Coleman Engineering Services - BSI Certification
We’re proud to announce that Coleman Engineering Services (CES) have been recommended for certification by BSI for standards;
  • ISO9001 (Quality);
  • ISO14001 (Environment);
  • OHSAS18001 (Health and Safety) and
  • PAS99 (Integrated management systems).
Congratulations to Andre Jaarson – Technical Manager and his team at CES.

James Howard – Group MD, said “this is a great achievement and another positive step in our plan to have all Gro ...

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07 Feb 2018
WOMEN IN DEMOLITION: JEMIMA WONG
In this series of mini profiles with employees from across The Coleman Group, we are showcasing our commitment to diversity and highlighting the opportunities (and the challenges) for women in our industry.
This time we are focusing on Jemima Wong, Environmental Manager for The Coleman Group.

Beating off stiff competition
I joined The Coleman Group as Environmental Manager around 18 months ago. Prior to that I had spent ten years in proposal manageme ...

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05 Feb 2018
David Coleman – Retires After 55 Years
The Coleman Group today announces that David Coleman is retiring as Chairman after 55 years with the company.  

David joined Coleman & Company in 1962 straight from school, the year it was incorporated, becoming a shareholder in 1966, Managing Director in 1984 and Group Chairman in 2010.  

During his career David has been a hugely influential figure in the demolition and recycling industry as regional Chairman of the National Federation ...

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31 Jan 2018
DIDCOT - INQUEST UPDATE
Statement from James Howard, Director, Coleman & Company

We have heard today from Thames Valley Police, at a briefing to the Oxfordshire Senior Coroner, the current status of their investigation into the deaths of our 4 colleagues at Didcot Power Station in February 2016.  

Before I comment on the statement read out by the Police –  

I want to take a moment to say again to the families of our deceased colleagues how deeply sorry we ...

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23 Jan 2018
SUPPORTING OUR STAFF WITH THE HELP OF CIOB
The Coleman Group is delighted to say that we have entered into a Training Partnership with the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) to support the continued development of our staff – with some exciting plans to further develop the initiative.

The Training Partnership is a service offered by the CIOB, the professional body that represents construction and property professionals, to help the creation of a bespoke training, learning and develop ...

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11 Jan 2018
E-LEARNING. ANYTIME. ANYWHERE.
At The Coleman Group, we’re proud to invest in our people. We recognise that great people are the foundation of any successful business and we have worked hard to develop a structured programme to map competencies, develop careers and nurture talent across our businesses.  

We’re also committed to innovation – from the most advanced demolition techniques and equipment, to innovative software, solutions and technologies that enab ...

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18 Dec 2017
JEMIMA WONG – INTERNAL AUDITOR FOR INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Jemima Wong an Environmental Manager at The Coleman Group, has recently become an competent internal auditor of ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and PAS 99 Integrated Managements Systems.

Jemima achieved her competent status in October 2017, having being mentored by Gerrard Associates over the past 18 months.

Lesley Quinn - Group Compliance Manager said: “It was agreed with Jemima that both she and The Coleman Group would benefit from training and co ...

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17 Nov 2017
ACHIEVING THE STANDARD – OUR CERTIFICATION OF CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Demonstrating compliance with internationally recognised standards to achieve certification is much more than just a box-ticking exercise.

For any organisation, including those in the construction and demolition industries, it is crucial evidence of continuous improvement and of that company’s commitment to Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental standards. It is also independent confirmation that the relevant management systems are up to ...

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15 Nov 2017
GLOBAL RECOGNITION FOR WATERLOO PROJECT
The Coleman Group is proud to have been awarded a prestigious World Demolition Award, recognising the success of our complex demolition project at Waterloo International Terminal.

Bringing together all expertise from across The Coleman Group, the Waterloo project included strip out and structural alterations to help bring the former Eurostar terminal back into use, within some of the most challenging site restrictions we have ever encountered.
After r ...

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14 Nov 2017
THE COLEMAN GROUP SHORTLISTED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION NEWS SPECIALISTS AWARDS 2018
The Coleman Group has been selected by the judges as a finalist in the ‘Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor’ and ‘Training Excellence’ categories at the 2018 Construction News Specialists Awards, the only national awards that recognise the best specialist contractors from across the UK.

We are proud to have been shortlisted for the Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor category, for the work undertaken as par ...

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31 Oct 2017
STECHFORD FOODBANK GROWS FRESH VEG WITH SUPPORT FROM THE COLEMAN GROUP
Stechford Foodbank, which is housed inside a cabin donated by the Coleman family in 2014, has started providing freshly grown vegetables to local families in crisis - all thanks to a grassroots community gardening project by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) with support from The Coleman Group.

Under the guidance of the RHS’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme, which is part of Britain In Bloom, volunteers from the local commu ...

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16 Oct 2017
THE COLEMAN GROUP – 55 YEARS AND COUNTING
Today, 16th October 2017, marks our 55th anniversary as an independent family business. More than five decades later, the family values, together with a continued investment in innovation, facilities and our people, ensure that The Coleman Group remains the contractor of choice for some of the biggest name in the industry. We will celebrate our anniversary across all sites with our most values asset – our people.

We will kick off our celebration ...

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10 Oct 2017
BEING MINDFUL OF MINDFULNESS
World Mental Health Day is recognised on 10th October every year. This year the focus is on mental health in the workplace.
Many of us experience mental health and stressful or transitional points in our lives, which can affect our wellbeing.
By coming together on this day, we can break the silence that often surrounds mental health and create awareness that talking about this once taboo issue does not need to be so difficult.

In addition to stat ...

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21 Sep 2017
WATERLOO PROJECT NOMINATED FOR WORLD DEMOLITION AWARD
Coleman & Company is proud to have been shortlisted for the Civils Demolition category at the prestigious World Demolition Awards 2017, for work undertaken as part of the £600million redevelopment of Waterloo International Terminal.

Our team has recently finished on site at Waterloo, where they have successfully completed partial demolition of the old Eurostar Terminal, within a scope of works which also included internal structural alterati ...

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11 Sep 2017
HEALTH, FITNESS AND WELLBEING AT THE COLEMAN GROUP
Health and Wellbeing was high on the agenda at our recent strategy day and as a result, we’re proud to tell you about the launch of our new personal development initiative aimed at encouraging employees to exercise, make healthy eating choices and talk openly about mental health and lifestyle challenges.

Forming part of The Coleman Group’s people strategy, Coleman & Me, team members from across the business now have access to personal ...

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06 Sep 2017
THE COLEMAN GROUP EXHIBITING AT CONTAMINATION EXPO SERIES
Around 2,500 contamination professionals will pack out London’s ExCeL for the Contamination Expo Series on September 27th and 28th – and The Coleman Group will be amongst the exhibitors.  

Come and see our team on Stand C6150 at Europe’s leading event for contamination professionals, where leading industry names will be showcasing the latest in modern strategies, techniques and technologies. We’re exhibiting as part of the ...

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24 Aug 2017
RECOGNISING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
The Coleman Group is delighted to have been shortlisted for the ‘Most Unique Company Benefits’ category in the prestigious Engagement Excellence Awards, which celebrate the best in employee engagement.

Ever since the company was first incorporated by John and Norah Coleman in 1962, The Coleman Group has put its people first. We’re proud of our culture and of our family values, which remain at the heart of everything we do.

This nomin ...

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23 Aug 2017
INTERVIEW: MARK COLEMAN - BIM IN THE DEMOLITION INDUSTRY
BIM+ talks to Mark Coleman, managing director of The Coleman Group and deputy chairman of the CIOB’s Birmingham Hub, about how BIM can make a difference on demolition projects.

What are the main benefits of BIM for demolition and structural alteration work?
At The Coleman Group, we use 3D BIM for structural analysis and design, and 4D BIM to plan and programme. A BIM model helps us understand the impact of removing structural elements, what k ...

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22 Aug 2017
STRATEGIES FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Like any sector, continuous improvement is essential in the demolition and construction industries and we are committed to continuously innovating, improving and developing in order to maintain our position as the contractor of choice for some of the biggest names in the industry.  

That’s why each subsidiary and department across The Coleman Group recently held its own strategy day, focusing on business strategy, development and ways to im ...

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14 Aug 2017
COLEMAN & COMPANY KICKS OFF UCB PHASE 2
Coleman & Company is delighted to be starting work on a major new project in Birmingham this week, as part of the next phase of University College of Birmingham’s (UCB) £90million campus redevelopment.

After months of project planning, our team has now started on site in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, where works will include the partial demolition of 9 Charlotte Street and 12 George Street, formerly James Cond printers. ...

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09 Aug 2017
COLEMAN & COMPANY HELPS PRESERVE A PIECE OF WOLVERHAMPTON HISTORY
The Coleman & Company team has once again demonstrated its recovery and restoration expertise by carefully removing, preserving and transporting a historic frieze and coat of arms from an Edwardian tram garage in Wolverhampton.  

Built in 1902 and dramatically extended in the 1970s to accommodate a busy bus garage, Cleveland Road Tramway Depot in Wolverhampton, has been demolished as part of the city’s expansive urban redevelopment prog ...

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02 Aug 2017
WOMEN IN DEMOLITION: JOANNE SULLIVAN
We are proud to demonstrate diversity across The Coleman Group workforce and to showcase our commitment to people.

We’re running a series of mini profiles with employees from across The Coleman Group titled Women in Demolition – showcasing our commitment to diversity and highlighting the opportunities (and the challenges) for women in our industry.
Here we focus on Joanne Sullivan, who was recently promoted to Corporate Social Responsibili ...

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27 Jul 2017
NEW BOARD APPOINTMENTS FOR THE COLEMAN GROUP
The Coleman Group, a top ten contractor which brings together award-winning specialists in the field of demolition, remediation, specialist cutting and engineering, is delighted to announce changes to its Senior Leadership Team, including a series of new appointments from within the existing team.
The appointments will help shape the future direction of the Group and its subsidiary companies Coleman & Company, Coleman Remediation Services, Coleman ...

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20 Jul 2017
AIMING HIGHER: CLIMBING THE LADDER AT COLEMAN & COMPANY
Coleman & Company is committed to the continued development of its people, wherever they work and whatever role they fulfil.
It’s important to us that our staff are given the resources and feel empowered enough to take charge of their own career pathway, whether that’s working closely with senior team members, asking for training or grabbing a promotion opportunity with both hands. And we’re pleased to say that there are people t ...

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13 Jul 2017
THE COLEMAN GROUP NAMED ONE OF UK’S ‘MOST HIGH GROWTH POTENTIAL COMPANIES’
The Coleman Group is delighted to have been named in the latest edition of 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain, an annual report which highlights the best of British small business.

The annual report, which is collated by the London Stock Exchange Group and now in its fourth year, identifies the UK’s ‘most dynamic SMEs and high growth potential companies’ – and we couldn’t be any more proud to be included.

As well as ident ...

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29 Jun 2017
CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST COLEMAN GROUP SEMINAR
We were delighted to be joined by colleagues, clients and partners from across the industry for our first breakfast seminar in Birmingham, showcasing industry best practice alongside our own technical innovation and expertise.

The CPD accredited event was the first in a series of free seminars from The Coleman Group focusing on key industry issues and innovations, and the feedback has been unanimously positive.

Led by Mark Coleman, Group Managing Direct ...

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21 Jun 2017
FANTASTIC FEEDBACK AT WATERLOO
With all four Coleman Group businesses working side-by-side on the high profile project to redevelop the derelict Waterloo International Terminal, it is one of the most complex and comprehensive projects we have ever worked on. So it gives us great pleasure to be able to report a stream of positive feedback in recognition for the fantastic work being done by our site teams.

Coleman & Company, Coleman Remediation Services, Coleman & Company Spe ...

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13 Jun 2017
TIME TO ACT ON MENTAL HEALTH
By Mark Coleman, Managing Director, The Coleman Group

I’ve been reflecting on the Mind Matters campaign that Construction News is running to raise awareness of mental health matters in the sector.  (For more information, see here: https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/best-practice/mind-matters).
It is an important campaign that our industry should act on, because the costs of failure are stark. 

On a human level, depression, stress and suicide ...

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06 Jun 2017
CONTRACTOR'S HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARD - WESTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE
The Coleman Group is pleased to have completed our part in the major redevelopment of the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford city centre, set to open its doors this autumn. And even more pleasing is the way in which our commitment to health and safety shone through, after we were awarded a Contractor’s Health and Safety Award by principal contractor Laing O’Rourke.

Complete Group Solution

The shopping mall is being transformed into an 800, ...

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09 May 2017
FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION – JOIN US FOR THE FIRST COLEMAN GROUP SEMINAR
In recent years we have gained experience working on some of the UK’s most high profile projects. The valuable insights gained by our teams have enabled us to develop our business, improve our safety processes and deliver a better service for clients.

Now we’re sharing those learnings with our colleagues across the industry.Join us on 15th May at IET: Austin Court in Birmingham for the first in a new series of breakfast seminars from The Co ...

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21 Apr 2017
300 HOURS OF TRAINING AND COUNTING
Last year, Coleman Remediation Services delivered on its promise of further investment into our already comprehensive training programme; bringing the opportunity of new skills and refresher courses to all our staff throughout the company.

Like all companies within the Coleman Group, we’re committed to empowering our people to take charge of their own learning, development and career path. It doesn’t matter what role you do, whether you ha ...

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28 Feb 2017
STEWART GRAVENOR APPOINTED OPERATIONS DIRECTOR OF COLEMAN REMEDIATION SERVICES
The Coleman Group has appointed Stewart Gravenor as Operations Director for Coleman Remediation Services Limited (CRS).   Stewart will officially take up his post on March 1, having spent the last two years successfully turning the business around.  

CRS was marked by poor performance, significant losses and low client satisfaction when Stewart took operational control in 2015.   He realigned the business with core The Coleman Grou ...

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15 Feb 2017
COLEMAN ENGINEERING SERVICES EMBRACES BIM
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming common place across all Government funded construction projects. This means, under standardised BIM best practice, all construction professionals involved in the creation of publicly-funded developments will work with, and from, BIM as a central hub for sharing information.


What is BIM?

In short, BIM is an information-rich software tool used in place of traditional building design methods such as pencil ...

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07 Feb 2017
COLEMAN & COMPANY APPOINTED FOR WOLVERHAMPTON BUS DEPOT DEMOLITION
The Coleman & Company team is pleased to be back in Wolverhampton as we prepare to start work on the demolition of the city’s former bus depot.

The old bus depot is on the same site as the former Wolverhampton Royal Hospital, where Coleman & Company has already completed a successful project to demolish redundant structures and carry out decontamination of the Grade II listed hospital building. You can view a case study of the original p ...

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02 Feb 2017
LEARNING LESSONS AT SOUTHALL GASWORKS
We were delighted when a group of aspiring Mechanical Engineers from Southall Community College put on their PPE to experience a busy Coleman & Company site last year.

Led by National Grid with support from Local Dialogue as part of its ongoing CSR programme, the event saw seven students and a lecturer from the college visit the former Southall Gasworks, where Coleman & Company is using all of our extensive experience in gas holder dismantling ...

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20 Jan 2017
SHARING BEST PRACTICE
One of the best things about being at the forefront of the demolition industry is that we get to work with (and learn from) some of the biggest, best and most innovative companies operating across all aspects of the built environment.

We can all improve by collaborating with others. And it seems we’re not the only ones that believe in sharing experiences as we were delighted to welcome Lewis Sheen from Skanska, a world-leading project developmen ...

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06 Jan 2017
A COMPLEX REMEDIATION SCHEME FOR PREMIER FINISHES
Coleman Remediation Services (CRS) is delighted to have been appointed by Berkeley DeVeer to deliver a robust and highly complex scheme of remediation at the former Premier Finishes site in Kettering.

Working under the watchful eye of environmental consultant, Delta Simons, the CRS team has been tasked with tackling the source contamination and addressing the residual contamination caused by the former paint varnish and lacquer facility. 

This mu ...

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09 Dec 2016
SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES NEAR AND FAR
Here at The Coleman Group, supporting communities as well as local and national charities is an important part of our culture.

From skydives to bake sales, our dedicated teams are more than willing to go that extra mile to support a good cause and we are the proud sponsors of a number of local sports clubs and community initiatives, including local youth football teams and a major improvement project in Dartmouth Park, close to our Shady Lane HQ.

Some ...

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02 Dec 2016
COLEMAN & ME: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The Coleman Group is a family business, which has been run by three generations of the Coleman family over more than 50 years. The business and reputation may have grown in that time, but the family values instilled by John and Norah Coleman remain to this day.

As part of this growth, we launched a new people strategy in 2015 – a new way of doing things as we moved from an SME into a major player on the world demolition stage. The most important ...

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25 Nov 2016
THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR (PROCESS) IMPROVEMENT
As a demolition company, you cannot underestimate the importance of rigid systems and processes. From fundamental health and safety legislation, to complex management systems, it is vital that all processes are documented, communicated and – most importantly – complied with. They must also be reviewed regularly to enable continuous improvement.  

As part of this, The Coleman Group has undertaken a rigorous Group-wide audit of systems ...

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18 Nov 2016
FORS SILVER: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
As you may have read at the time, The Coleman Group is proud to have achieved SILVER accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), a voluntary accreditation scheme which encompasses all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations.

SILVER accreditation is awarded to operators who maintain their Bronze accreditation and are able to demonstrate that they have developed driver licencing verifi ...

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We Will Never Forget – Didcot 4
With the recovery of John Shaw earlier today, the last remaining colleague to be found in the debris of the Boiler House that prematurely collapsed on the 23rd February, everyone at Coleman & Company is reflecting on the terrible incident which claimed the lives of four friends and colleagues, Mick Collings, Chris Huxtable, Kenny Cresswell and John Shaw.  

Mark Coleman – Managing Director said “for the families, the loss ...

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Well Done James…
James Skyrme joined Coleman & Company in 2009 at the start of the Birmingham New Street redevelopment.  Since then he’s continued to work on a number of projects more recently at Waterloo International Terminal.

We are proud to say that James has successfully completed his NVQ programme, passing his level 3 NVQ Demolition Supervisor Card.

Congratulations James, well done….

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FORS Silver Accreditation
We are very proud to announce that the Transport Department of The Coleman Group have been accredited with “FORS Silver”.  

Silver accreditation is awarded to operators who maintain their Bronze accreditation and are able to demonstrate that they have developed driver licencing verification systems, their vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are equipped with a left turn audible warning system and their vehicles are fitted with blind spot minimsa ...

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Redevelopment of Waterloo International Station
We are very proud to announce we have now started work on the redevelopment of Waterloo International Train Station, London.  To have been selected by Skanska and Network Rail for this prestigious contract is a true testament to the quality service that we provide.

The full force of the Coleman Group will be deployed on this exciting high profile project, we are working with Coleman Demolition, Engineering and Specialist Cutting to carry out comp ...

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Considerate Constructors Award
Coleman & Company has received “Considerate Constructors” recognition at the 2016 awards.

Project Manager Paul Mayo received the award on behalf of the Directors, who are currently dealing with the recovery of colleagues at Didcot. The award recognised the excellent work undertaken in demolishing a redundant gas holder site in Walsall for National Grid Property.

Mark Coleman, Managing Director, has thanked everyone involved and recogni ...

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29 Apr 2016
Welcome back: Anthony Bates
SITE OPERATIVE RETURNING TO WORK

We are delighted that Anthony has returned to work having been off for 8 months to have treatment for cancer of the voice box.   Anthony says:

“I received great support from the nurses for my care as well as advice from dieticians and physiotherapists to get me going, and now I’m really happy to be working again”. “Coleman & Company were always there for me. They really couldn’t h ...

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International Workers Memorial Day
International Workers Memorial Day takes place each year on the 28th April to remember workers who have lost their lives at work. This year there is a special significance as we all come to terms with the tragic events of the fatal incident at Didcot.  

The Board of Directors invite you to join with them today at 16.04 in a 2 minute silence to remember our friends and colleagues, Mick Collings, Kenny Cresswell, Chris Huxtable and John Shaw.   ...

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Welcome to: Megan Walker
Megan joined in March to work with Joanne Barton, Group HR & Training Manager on delivering our People Plan, with a specific focus on training and development.  She is an HR specialist with a degree in Human Psychology from Aston University, and has recently been working for Midland Mencap where she was responsible for training and HR issues for around 250 staff. 

Megan said:  “When the opportunity at Coleman’s came, I w ...

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08 Jan 2016
R.I.P John O'Grady
It is with great regret to inform you that unfortunately, John O’Grady sadly passed away on New Years Eve.

John was a long-standing employee of Coleman & Company and spent 34 years at the company.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

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04 Jan 2016
The Coleman Group launches its in house remediation company – Coleman Remediation Services Ltd
Over recent years The Coleman Group has strategically diversified its offering, to provide a wider range of specialist in house services. It is our clear intention to provide better integration between related activities both on and off site. This allows our Clients to contract with one entity that can cater for their needs in the early stages of a project. Typically our projects are of a high profile complex nature for Blue Chip Clients, high profile ...

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21 Dec 2015
Environmental Manager Supports Further Development of Remediation Service, Eneotech
As part of the HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality) department here at Coleman & Company, Jemima Wong joined the company in August this year. Jemima’s undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Birmingham and MSc in Environmental Management from Sheffield Hallam University compliments her ten years plus experience in the environmental and demolition industry. With such skills, experience, and enthusiasm for the indust ...

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15 Dec 2015
Donation to School; Iceland Power Station Expedition
Nine students from Great Barr School, Birmingham, are travelling to Iceland in February 2016 for a 4 day expedition in connection with their S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum studies.

Students from years 11 to 13 will be visiting the Hellisheidi Power Station, South Iceland to witness first hand geothermal activity as a reliable energy source. The visit will also include a Northern Lights and ‘Golden Circle’ to ...

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20 Nov 2015
World Demolition Award; Project of the Year Birmingham New Street
Coleman & Company colleagues have finally come back down to earth! After such great success at the World Demolition Awards (WDA), Birmingham New Street Project Manager, Stephen Upton, has had chance to reflect on the recent win and achievement for the company.

From the international event, New Street on its own took home three awards. The World Demolition Award as voted for by the judging panel for the Birmingham City Centre demolition contract, Co ...

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13 Nov 2015
From 95 Metres To Concrete Slab; Battersea Gas Holders Are No More!
When arriving to the Battersea area of South West London, you’d be mistaken to rely on the gas holders as a landmark for navigation purposes. All four of the huge cylindrical gas holders have now been dismantled by Coleman & Company using a variety of demolition techniques.

Working with our client, National Grid, completing these demolition works within this urban, city centre location has been no easy task. The final stage of the Battersea g ...

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11 Nov 2015
World Demolition Awards; Congratulations to All!
After the incredibly successful World Demolition Awards (WDAs) ceremony held in Amsterdam on Friday evening, it’s only now that colleagues at Coleman & Company have began to let the good news sink in! Up against strong competition from UK and international demolition contractors makes us appreciate our overall success and achievement.

Coleman & Company entered eleven categories at the WDAs and were successful in three areas where awards h ...

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07 Nov 2015
World Demolition Summit and Awards; Success for Coleman & Company!
Last night, Coleman & Company achieved international success at the World Demolition Awards held in Amsterdam. Now in its 7th year, this annual event is recognised as the global benchmark for our industry with 240+ delegates, representing 98 companies from 22 countries.

The competition was tough as ever this year, with a wide variety of extremely impressive projects showcased. According to summit and awards organiser, Lindsay Gale, the highest amou ...

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30 Oct 2015
Coleman & Company Quarry; It’s Been A Busy October!
Ten months after Quarry Site Manager Graham Smith retired, Adam Edwards is doing a sterling job within the Site Supervisor position. At 24 years old, Adam is supervising Coleman & Company’s busy quarry in Meriden, on the outskirts of Birmingham. A vital resource which processes materials removed from current Coleman demolition sites.

Supervising a close knit team, daily tasks for Adam and his four colleagues are the crushing and screeni ...

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29 Oct 2015
Construction News Awards 2016 Finalist; Further Award Success for Coleman & Company
In addition to the successful short list of the World Demolition Awards, Coleman & Company are proud to confirm further award success with the Construction News Specialists Awards, 2016.

We have been shortlisted for two awards, Demolition Specialist of the Year and Project of the Year (subcontract over £2M) for the Birmingham Gateway Project, the demolition works that we completed at Birmingham New Street train station.

The second phase of awa ...

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21 Oct 2015
World Demolition Awards; Shortlist Success!
Coleman & Company have been shortlisted for all nine categories that we submitted for the World Demolition Awards. We are also included in a further two awards with JCB for the JCB 190 used on the Birmingham New Street demolition contract and with Liebherr for our recent investment in a variety of plant currently in operation at our industrial demolition contract at Didcot A Power Station. Both of these awards are shortlisted for the Manufacturers ...

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23 Sep 2015
Retail Demolition of Mere Green Shopping District; The End of an Era!
For the last 8 years, the retail development of Mere Green in Sutton Coldfield has been closed for business, boarded up and waiting for developers to move in and take over. The appearance of the empty shops and retail unit has tarnished the ambience of the area, which is located only a few miles away from Coleman & Company head office.

Over the years there have been several hurdles to overcome, such as planning agreements and development plans fal ...

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07 Sep 2015
Grade II Listed Victorian Building; Demolition in Birmingham's Business District
For 20 weeks, Site Supervisor Gary Bracebridge and Project Manager, Stephen Upton, together with a team of Coleman & Company site operatives have worked tirelessly on 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham. With a Grade II listed Victorian terrace façade to remain pristine and a Grade II listed 19th century banking hall to preserve, it was essential that this complex demolition contract was managed with skilled, expert and experienced staff.

Located in ...

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01 Sep 2015
Airport Demolition; A Flying Success!
Last month saw an end to the 19 week specialist demolition contract to dismantle Hangar 1 at Birmingham International Airport.

Hangar 1 was originally used to repair and store any damaged planes after flights and was located just 3 metres from the busy airside operations road and only 15 metres away from aircraft stand for private and military aircraft. As a result of the location and its surroundings, it was essential that considerable care was taken ...

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14 Aug 2015
New Staff Employed at Head Office
As the quality of specialist decommissioning contracts increases, employees with expert skills at Coleman & Company needs to continue increasing too. Three new employees have recently joined the team at Coleman’s. Welcome to the team! Here they are introduced:

Bryan Bradshaw (left image) - Health and Safety Manager  

With 5 years experience in demolition and several years in consultancy and training prior to that, Coleman & Company ...

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20 Jul 2015
Coleman & Company Have Landed; Airside Hangar Will Not Be Left Hanging!
The demolition contract at Birmingham Airport is progressing well.

Twelve weeks into the contract, Coleman & Company employees are working hard to dismantle the Airside Hangar Unit. The Hangar Unit was previously used to store and repair planes after flights using Birmingham International Airport.

Located within 15 metres of aircraft and within 3 metres of operational airport traffic, Coleman’s employees have been using a variety of demolition ...

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14 Jul 2015
The Next Generation of Engineers…?
Students from Didcot Girls School visited Didcot A Power Station today to have a tour and to learn about the different aspects of Engineering within the industrial demolition site. Five, year nine students attended with their teacher, Mrs Thewlis.  

The two hour visit included a welcome from Contract Director, Kieran Conaty and a tour of the site with Kieran and Site Supervisor, David Mackins. The tour gave a real insight into the works that have ...

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10 Jul 2015
‘Kings of De-Construction’; Ernest Bevin College become Engineering Experts
The ‘Kings of De-Construction’ competition drew to a close earlier this week. Students from Ernest Bevin College and Sixth Form Centre and employees from Coleman Engineering Services (CES - part of The Coleman Group) and National Grid have worked hard over the past twelve months to produce a replica of the Battersea Gas Holders.

Working in conjunction with the Coleman & Company contract at Battersea Gas Holders, thirty Sixth Form studen ...

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03 Jul 2015
Remediation of Grove Lane Prepares for NHS ‘Super Hospital’
Georgia Batchelor and Ruth Walton report.

Coleman & Company are working alongside members of the NHS and Sandwell Council, on the remediation of Grove Lane by preparing the land for the future development of an NHS ‘Super Hospital’. The contract started three years ago and will finish towards the end of summer 2015.

Eneotech, part of the Coleman Group is a specialist environmental division offering remediation of soil, groundwater and la ...

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23 Jun 2015
Scoring For Charity!
Coleman & Company employees, friends and family took over Goals Soccer Centre in Perry Barr, Birmingham at the weekend in a charity football tournament. Eight teams ‘demolished’ seven games in a 5-a-side tournament, braving the weather through blazing sunshine and torrential rain to raise money for UK Sepsis Trust and Sifa Fireside.

The effort from all the players was fantastic. For some, there were excellent displays of skill, fitness ...

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10 Apr 2015
Sad Loss; Rest In Peace Peter Harris
We’ve got some very sad news…

Peter Harris has sadly passed away this morning after suffering a major heart attack on Saturday 28th March. For those of you that knew Peter, I am sure you will have many fond memories, most of which will revolve around Pete’s very dry sense of humour – resulting in bouts of instantaneous laughter. Pete started working with us on a dump truck in our Quarry at Meriden, he said he needed a couple of ...

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03 Mar 2015
Gas Holder ‘Crest’; Museum Interest
Specialist demolition work of Gas Holders has been on-going for Coleman & Company around the UK for a considerable amount of time. Working closely with National Grid, a current major contract is the Battersea Gas Holders in London, due for completion in May 2015. Rather than the typical demolition of these Gas Holders, where waste is destroyed and/or recycled, Battersea has taken a historical twist that has generated some media interest.  

Th ...

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26 Feb 2015
Birmingham New Street; Last Lady Standing!
The JCB ‘Mega Muncher’ has been removed from site, the Atrium is now ‘closed’ to the media before Grand Central opens in September and the remaining employees on site from Coleman & Company are finishing off the final details of the project before they leave site completely. One of these employees is Health and Safety Manager, Debbie Burns.

Debbie Burns is a rare quality at New Street. Not only has she stood her ground as a ...

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25 Feb 2015
Demolition Work Finishes at Birmingham New Street
Several representatives from West Midlands press and media have been on site for the final time at Birmingham New Street train station, before the official opening of the ‘Grand Central’ shopping centre.

As demolition work from Coleman & Company draws to a close, the ‘Let There Be Light’ campaign really is in full effect as the Atrium impresses media interest.

Click here for further details and for a full report of all the a ...

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24 Feb 2015
Construction Plant News – JCB ‘Mega Muncher’ Coverage
As work for Coleman & Company draws to a close at Birmingham New Street Train Station, check out the latest copy of Construction Plant News - great coverage of the JCB JS190.

Affectionately known on site as the ‘Mega Muncher’, this report provides a technical insight into the bespoke design of the machinery and highlights its ingenious features, particularly the aspect of the remote control design.

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10 Feb 2015
Innovative Solutions Influence The Design and Development of Apps for Apple and Android
This market leading development concentrates on transforming the outdated paper based methods of hazard spotting (with HazzApp) and site inspections (with EasiApp).

The focus was to revolutionise outdated reporting systems that are in Coleman’s mind, flawed. To expand, if you look at best practice for hazard spotting, typically a paper pad is given to each person working on site or alternatively access to a card system. Each relies on the hazard ...

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16 Jan 2015
“From Boxing Club to Apprentice…”
Coleman & Company inspire future aspirations

The joint forces of Coleman & Company and Rectory Amateur Boxing Club (ABC), combined with Coleman’s apprenticeship training scheme introduced Daniel (Dan) Holmes to the company. Almost three months later, we met with Dan to see how the scheme was helping him progress with his role, what it involves and whether or not he is enjoying the opportunity that Coleman & Company have provided him. ...

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16 Jan 2015
“Work Experience Student of the Year”
Coleman & Company inspire future aspirations

Sixteen year old Sharni Logan completed her two week work experience here at Coleman & Company in August 2014. Three months later and she has now been awarded ‘Work Experience Student of the Year’ at her school, St Paul’s School for Girls in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Nominated by her teacher and supported by our company Managing Director, Mark Coleman, Sharni was presented with this aw ...

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13 Oct 2014
Coleman's Corporate Social Responsibility Project
Coleman & Company have recently embarked on an exciting Corporate Social Responsibility Project with our close friends at The Rectory Boxing Club in Sutton Coldfield.  Phil Brennan is the driving force behind the club, his dedication and  commitment to the lads and the sport itself is really something that helps many young lads achieve their ambitions.  

The project is a link between the boxing club and Coleman’s whereby we lo ...

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30 Sep 2014
R.I.P Alan Clark
On behalf of Alan Clark’s family, we would like to let everyone know that one of our best wagon drivers sadly passed away on Friday 26th September 2014 following a long and difficult battle against Myeloma Cancer.  Alan worked for Coleman & Company for many years and was respected by all his friends and colleagues.  He will be sadly missed by everyone who new and had the pleasure of working him.

Alan’s funeral will take place ...

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08 Aug 2014
Proud of Our Employee Success…
We are rightly proud of our key people; Each and everyone  involved in The Coleman Group - Demolition, Specialist Cutting, Remediation and Engineering Services is key to the continued success of the business and therefore all of our futures.   Over recent months there have been a number of notable successes for people who are part of our  team.

Joe Harper – Assistant Design Engineer
Joe has recently achieved a First Class Honors de ...

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10 Mar 2014
100th Apprentice starts at New Street Station
James Skyrme has become the 100th apprentice to be recruited at Birmingham New Street Station employed by Coleman & Company, working on site which has proved to be a real opportunity for him.   James had been unemployed for 2 months, after which time he completed a Future Jobs Fund application with Birmingham City Council’s Housing Department.  James registered on Birmingham City Council’s Employment Access Database, he ...

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20 Feb 2014
Shortlisted For NFDC Awards
Proud to announce we have been shortlisted for three categories at the NFDC Awards

We are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the following NFDC Awards for 
  • Demolition Training Commitment
  • Investing in Skills
  • Demolition Operative
  • Demolition Manager
Demolition Training Commitment
Coleman & Company believe that their employees are our greatest asset.  During 2013 we undertook a total ...

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20 Jan 2014
Coleman Times - 50th Anniversary Special Edition

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10 Jul 2013
Coleman Deliver Stylish Presentation in Milan
Coleman & Company was recently invited to speak at the European Demolition Association Convention in Milan, Italy.  The conference attracted industry experts from around the globe to discuss industry challenges and share best practice.  

Chris Holland’s (Coleman & Company’s Technical Manager) talk focused on the deconstruction of two MAN type Gas Holders in St. Helens. One gas holder used what be considered a more co ...

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20 Apr 2013
50th Anniversary – Triple 50 Charity Gala Dinner
A momentous evening with our charity target being SMASHED…On the 16th October 1962 Coleman & Company was incorporated by the late, John and Norah Coleman, the 50th anniversary of that date is a very important occasion for Coleman & Company - a date that records 50 years in business, some good years, some not so good. However we are proud to have stood the test of time, having developed a company from very humble beginnings to what we ha ...

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10 Apr 2013
Dave's Demolition Diaries Reaches 2000 Views
As part of our Triple 50 celebrations David Coleman decided to share his “Demolition Diaries”. Over the first three months Dave’s Demolition Diaries has notched up over 2000 views and has received comments from interested readers based in the UK and overseas.

www.davesdemolitiondiaries.com ...

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17 Jan 2013
Birmingham New Street and Pallasades
Birmingham New Street and Pallasades redevelopment update - Three month countdown to New Street’s half time switchover.

The existing station concourse and current entrances which have been in use since the 1960s will all close, replaced by the first half of the brand new concourse with new facilities and much better access to platforms.

A campaign to inform passengers about the changes kicks off this month with the first of a series of public e ...

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19 Dec 2012
Coleman Wins £2m Contract to Demolish Gorbals Tower Blocks
We’ve recently been awarded a £2m contract to blow down two 24 story blocks in the Gorbals estate, Glasgow The infamous Gorbals estate is now undergoing extensive redevelopment and we’re looking forward to playing our part in the areas’ new future when we start work there in January 2013. 

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