Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Asbestos Supervisor opportunity within the Lawson Group team

Lawson Group are today delighted to announce that a vacancy has arisen within the company to add a new Asbestos Supervisor to our team.

The successful candidate will have a vital role within the company, overseeing current contracts.

The ideal candidate will have multi sector experience and be able to undertake all supervisory duties including completing relevant paperwork accurately. Asbestos Supervisor experience is essential, Demolition experience would be beneficial.
Possession of a current Supervisor’s ticket would be required along with a full driving licence and willingness to work UK wide.

An immediate start would be available for the candidate selected.

For more information, or to apply for the role Please forward CV to Emma Fletcher by emailing

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lawson Group through to finals of World Demolition Awards

Nationwide demolition and asbestos removal specialists Lawson Group Ltd were delighted to announce that the company’s work in Newport, Gwent was short listed in the category of ‘Contract of the Year’ at this year’s World Demolition Awards 2010.

Lawson Group reached the short list of the World Demolition Awards with a submission detailng the demolition works carried out by the company at the former Orb Steelworks in Newport.

This large scale industrial demolition was undertaken on the historical site for valued Client Taylor Wimpey to make way for a new housing development. The demolition works at the site were of interest not only in terms of the history of the Steel Works and its significance to South Wales but also in sheer size and the complex demolition and asbestos removal requirements.

Director and founder of Lawson Group Martin Wilson commented: “We are absolutely delighted that our work has been recognised alongside some of the biggest and best contracts in the world. We take a huge amount of pride in our work and strive to achieve the highest possible industry standards in all that we do for our Clients. The project that we carried out for Taylor Wimpey in Newport was one of our largest in 2009/2010, where we were not only able to bring employment to the local area, but also help to improve it by creating space for new housing. We have worked on a variety of projects in and around South Wales, including the current demolition works we are carrying out at the former Billybanks Estate in Penarth.”

Lawson Group were one of only three UK companies to be commended in this category, which comprised of only six selected projects from around the world.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lawson Group work alongside Welsh Fire and Rescue Service to offer on-site training for team

Lawson Group have today released images of the Welsh Fire and Rescue Service carrying out training at the former Billybanks Estate in Penarth, where Lawson Group have been carrying out demolition works.

The images were taken when the Urban Search and Rescue Team undertook training on the site back in June this year, and show how team members are trained to rescue victims from a real life situation. The Urban Search and Rescue team typically deal with disasters such as collapsing buildings etc much like those that were involved with the recent rescue efforts from the devastation of natural disasters such as Haiti. This type of on-site training is invaluable to the Urban Search and Rescue Team to prepare their staff for the dangers that they could be up against in a real rescue.

Mac Stephens, Trainer for the Welsh Search and Rescue said: “The team pictured is the Welsh USAR Team. Lawson Group and Crest Nicholson kindly gave permission for the team to operate a simulated collapse requiring Search and Rescue. The pictures show Technical Search and then Technical Rescue procedures taking place at Penarth Heights, Nr Cardiff, prior to the Lawson Group carrying out demolition of the site. The Welsh USAR Team would like to thank both the Lawson Group and Crest Nicholson for their assistance and collaboration in offering a “Live Site”, we hope to build on this experience and work together on other projects”.

Martin Wilson, Director of Lawson Group commented: “We were pleased to have been able to do our bit to help the Welsh Fire and Rescue Team with their training by allowing them to carry out their training say on site. They do a wonderful job, and to be involved in helping with their training was a real honour for us”.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lawson Group in new project win at Rainham for VolkerFitzpatrick

Lawson Group are pleased to announce another project win with VolkerFitzpatrick, this time for the strip out of Rainham Warehouse in Rainham, Essex.

The site, which is situated on an industrial estate lying to the South of Rainham centre, will require careful planning and health, safety and environmental consideration due to high voltage above ground electricity cables located approximately 9m high directly above the warehouse.
The project, which began this week is the latest project which Lawson Group have undertaken for VolkerFitzpatrick.

Director Martin Wilson commented: “We are very pleased to continue to work with VolkerFitzpatrick, and are looking forward to working with them on this challenging and exciting new project”.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Lawson Group grow their already impressive fleet of plant

Lawson Group are celebrating the purchase of not one but four brand new excavators from world leading plant manufacturer, Caterpillar. The machines, which were purchased through Finning UK, make great additions to Lawson Group’s ever expanding fleet of plant.

The excavators, a 336DL HSR and three 323DL PROs were set straight to work on Lawson Group’s various sites up and down the country. One of the first sites to benefit from the new equipment was at the Billybanks Estate in Penarth, where Finning UK attended the arrival and first use of the machinery for their Lastability website.

Lawson Group Director Martin Wilson explains: “We are delighted to announce the purchase of four new state of the art machines from Caterpillar, which we have purchased to help us manage the expanding number of sites we are working on currently. At Lawson Group it has always been part of our ethos to own our own plant, and to own the best plant there is in order to promise our Clients the best possible service. As our fleet continues to grow, so does what we are able to do for our Clients and that is our priority”.

For more information on the plant, please click here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lawson Environmental set to expand asbestos removal team

Lawson Environmental are hoping to add yet another asbestos removal operative to their ever expanding team, as Sherif Kuci undertakes training to qualify him to carry out the removal of dangerous asbestos services.

He is due to complete his in-depth three day New Operative Asbestos Removal Course with ARCA at the end of this week, adding to his demolition qualifications already gained whilst working as an operative for Lawson Demolition.

On successful completion of the qualification, he will then go on to join the team carrying out asbestos removal at the Billybanks Estate site in Penarth.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lawson Group reach new Heights with development in Penarth

Lawson Group were this month heading back to Wales for the first phase of works at Penarth Heights in the Vale of Glamorgan. Lawson Group have been working with the Uk's Premier House Builder Crest Nicholson in a much-needed redevelopment of the near-derelict Billybanks estate which has been empty for over nine years.

Prior to the demolition works commencing, asbestos had to be safely and carefully removed from some parts of the site by Lawson Group's trained and qualified asbestos removal operatives. Following the completion of the asbestos removal, the demolition team will knock down the remaining structures over the next few months, to make way for the 377 new houses and apartments planned by Crest Nicholson.
The development will be welcomed by local people, who recently voted the estate the ugliest unique eyesore in Wales! The site was also voted the eighth worst eyesore in Britain, with some twenty seven per cent of people in Cardiff voting for the run-down estate in a magazine survey.

Lawson Group Director Martin Wilson commented: "We are delighted to be working once again with Crest Nicholson, and even more importantly to be helping to rid Wales of it's number one eyesore! We are due to be working on the demolition of the site for the next few months, with works due to continue into August. The site will then be cleared for redevelopment to bring some great new housing and facilities to the area".

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Onwards and upwards as Lawson Group team move on up to Sheffield for latest project

Lawson Group have started work on yet another site across the UK, this time in Sheffield on behalf of Client Acorn Properties.

The project, which includes a large amount of soft stripping, and demolition which requires retention of a number of historial features has just commenced in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield.

While work has already been done to start stripping the premises, which include a former garage and a builder's yard, the project is due to continue for a couple of weeks. The site has been disused for so many years that the Royal Mail no longer list the postcode; therefore the demolition of the site will no doubt be a welcome development to the local area.

Martin Wilson, Director at Lawson Group Ltd said: "We are delighted to have been selected by Acorn Properties to carry out demolition works on the site in Kelham Island. It is a challenging project, but we are looking forward to working on it, and looking forward to once again working with Acorn Properties".

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lawson Group give charity raffle winner chance to demolish their former Headmaster’s office

Lawson Group were delighted to have been involved in a charity raffle held by St. John's School in Marlborough, where Lawson Group are currently on site demolishing the old school campus.

The raffle prize was offered as the top prize by the UK's premier house builders Crest Nicholson, who own the site, and Lawson Group, and was won by former pupil Beth Pope. Following a health and safety induction from Lawson Group Director Martin Wilson, Beth was shown how to use one of the large Caterpillar machines, and assisted by one of Lawson Group's competent and qualified machine operators as she ripped the roof off the former Headmaster's office.
As well as local press, Crest Nicholson's Marketing Manager Mandy Toogood also attended to present Beth with a bottle of champagne and a brick from the demolition as a souvenir.

Lawson Group Director Martin Wilson, who arranged the day along with with the Lawson Group Marketing Team commented: "We are delighted to once again be working with Crest Nicholson, and were more than happy to organise the raffle prize for the lucky winner. We very much hope that Beth enjoyed her experience, and are looking forward to continuing with the demolition at this site to make way for this fantastic new development".

Monday, March 1, 2010

Lawson Group complete long term works in Newport

This week saw Lawson Group’s long term works at the former Orb Steelworks come to an end, as the site is prepared for the construction of new homes by Taylor Wimpey South Wales.

The site has now been completely cleared, decontaminated and excavated in order for Taylor Wimpey to move forward to the next phase of the housing development, including the creation of roads using the crushed materials from the demolition. Lawson Group crushed resultant concrete materials from the demolition to specification to be reused within the development.

Lawson Group Director Martin Wilson said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Taylor Wimpey on this project, and are delighted to have completed the project to the satisfaction of our Client. We wish Taylor Wimpey every success with the new development, and look forward to working with them again in the future”.

Arwyn Evans, Production Manager at Taylor Wimpey commented: “We are again very satisfied with Lawson Demolition’s performance, and in particular their high level of competence in managing critical Health and Safety and Environmental issues, including asbestos removal, has mitigated significant risks on this complex industrial demolition contract”

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lawson Group boost business with new BHS project win

Lawson Group are pleased to announce that they have been chosen to undertake the demolition phase of the former British Home Stores shop as part of a key redevelopment at the Parade Shopping Centre in Swindon Town Centre.

The BHS site, which is located on Bridge Street in Swindon has a ground floor measurement of approximately 65 metres by 30 metres in size and consists of two floors of retail space, plus an additional floor of storage and office space. The building also currently contains asbestos, which will be removed by Lawson Environmental Ltd according to strict HSE regulatory guidelines as part of the demolition process.

The demolition will take place in two phases. The first will be to secure the site, remove the asbestos according to regulatory requirements, a soft strip of the building’s current fixtures and fittings, demolition of the structure and removal of the building foundations. The second phase will be to remove the adjacent car park hard standing to the rear of the property.

Lawson Group Managing Director Martin Wilson commented: “We are delighted to have been selected to undertake the demolition works at the BHS store in Swindon. As a national company, we undertake a number of projects up and down the country but it is nonetheless always great to be involved in a local project that is part of such a positive development for Swindon. We are very much looking forward to working with John Sisk & Son on the project”.

Area Manager for John Sisk & Son Andy McGoldrick said: “Lawson Group have worked extremely hard to produce a professional solution to allow the demolition of this building in the heart of the live Parade Shopping Centre. Now BHS have relocated, we are looking forward to commencing this key redevelopment for Swindon with Lawson Group.”