Blog Post: What’s Your Poison?

No, we’re not talking Monkey 47 Gin or Glen Grant Whisky, we’re talking demolition methods.

Whether it be the high-octane excitement of explosives or the traditional and rugged process of mechanical demolition, whether you’re watching or operating, we rhetorically and colloquially ask – what’s your poison?

With a wealth of knowledge and the weathered faces of experience to show for it, DDS Demolition has 40 years of razing to draw upon.

Personally, having watched (many, many times!) the video case studies on the website, I wish I had been part of DDS during the explosive demolition of Richborough Power Station. Aside from the technical competence required to execute such a project, the sheer amount of preparation and orchestration for the actual event is inspiring. I recall watching the video (before I even joined DDS) and the anticipation and excitement from the DDS team and the waiting crowds was palpable. I would have been beyond proud to be part of that project.

I decided to ask a few of our longer serving colleagues in the office what their favoured demolition method or projects have been…….

Jay Preece, Operations Manager:

“Being more of a “Peggy Sues” man back in the day, I enjoyed being a Plant Operator for DDS during the demolition of Neros Nightclub in Ramsgate circa 1995.

I started my demolition career on site in the early Eighties and even though I have been in the office for a good few years now, I would say mechanical demolition is still my favoured method of demolition, it takes me back to my roots!”

Michael Hennessy, Contracts Manager:

“In my role (as Contracts Manager) the actual demolition method is enhanced by the team that are carrying out the project. I need to ensure that the skillset and experience of the Site Manager and his/her team is suited to the method. For example, with the demolition of Sheerness Steel Mill Melt Shop, the Site Team had previous Mill demolition experience from Smurfit Kappa Paper Mill therefore could draw on their knowledge of dismantling heavily engineered / tall / reinforced structures”.

Sarah Brazier, Office Administrator;

“We (in admin) are relatively unaffected by demolition methods, it’s usually the type of project that creates a lasting impression.

Back in 2015 we executed a demolition project on a MOD site in Kent. The project was successful and the Site Teams did an amazing job however it became a learning curve for the admin team whose workload increased dramatically to accommodate the sheer amount of paperwork required for every single movement on and off site.

We were a smaller team back then and can modestly say that we felt proud to have successfully supported DDS with such a prestigious project”.

Paul Downer, former Site Manager, now Estimator;

“Speaking from two different perspectives, as Site Manager the top down demolition of Burlington House was exciting. The gratification of Top Down is the systematic, gradual process of safely razing an imposing structure such as a tower block. There is a level of satisfaction from the sequencing and organisation of this type of demolition too – often you are managing the interface between scaffold erection, asbestos removal and then the demolition itself.

As an Estimator, investigating different methods for the demolition of a structure is always interesting. We are never one dimensional in our approach to methodology, we will review the pragmatism of high reach versus top down or explosive for example with full consideration to each method”.


So, what have I taken from all of this? To channel my Prodigy-loving inner cool kid with a side of cheese and poetic licence, this is mainly what keeps running through my head…..”I got the poison, DDS has got the remedy!”

However, in a more professional tone, whether spoken from the front line of demolition action or the confines of our ever-interesting office, we all seem to have our memorable projects and have an endless repertoire of demolition methods to assist us.

Keep following the DDS Demolition Blog as we begin to drill down on this topic a little more over the next few instalments…….