Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Demolition Specialist of the Year: Winner

Winner: AR Demolition

In naming the firm Demolition Specialist of the Year, our judges praised AR Demolition as a “true inspiration” for aiming to go above and beyond industry standards.

Led by managing director Richard Dolman under the mission statement to “provide a service second to none”, AR Demolition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year after completing over 150 projects over the past 12 months.

With an annual turnover of £17m, AR Demolition has achieved sustainable financial growth but is more motivated by doing good business than chasing the next project.

Inward investment is a primary focus for AR and judges were staggered by the amount of profit invested in people and training.

They were equally impressed by the high standard workers were trained to, as well as the firm’s staff retention rate. The company has also purchased two machines to be used exclusively by apprentices and continually invests in state-of-the-art plant and equipment.

The judges singled out AR’s focus on improving health and safety standards both within and outside of the company.

Highlighting his commitment to raising standards across the sector as a whole, Mr Dolman has set up the Demolition Safety Association forum, an online platform where contractors can share health and safety lessons and establish best practice for the whole industry.

“Richard’s infectious and passionate leadership of his company is extraordinary”

Judges’ comment

On site, AR is constantly finding innovative ways to solving problems posed by complex projects.

While decommissioning Glensanda Super Quarry in the Western Highlands of Scotland, AR was faced with poor accessibility to the site but used boats to move equipment and materials back and forth.

Through careful planning and organisation, AR delivered the project safely and on time.

The judges recognised AR for its “outstanding client focus”, establishing early engagement and collaboration with clients to ensure projects go as smoothly as possible and secure repeat business for the future.

Clients call AR a “credit to the industry” and say the company goes “out of its way” to keep them updated with developments.

AR’s powerful brand also struck our judges, who dubbed Mr Dolman an “inspiring company leader” with a passion for doing things right in all aspects of demolition and business.

Mr Dolman has helped develop a Demolition MSc at Wolverhampton University, which he will lecture on - once again demonstrating a desire to improve the standards of the sector across the board, not just within AR Demolition.

Highly commended: Keltbray

Keltbray wowed judges with its ability to deliver complex projects while constantly pushing the performance boundaries.

Judges were particularly impressed by Keltbray’s engagement with the community while working on the Earls Court project, ensuring local residents were unaffected by works taking place over Christmas.

The contractor’s solutions on the deconstruction of Bridge 19 on the same project were praised as truly innovative, showcasing the extent of the firm’s demolition capabilities. Keltbray has also shown strong financial growth, with its 2016 annual turnover at £350m – 28 per cent higher than it was for 2015.


  • ADM Regeneration
  • Erith Contractors
  • H Smith (Engineers) 
  • John F Hunt Demolition 
  • R Collard 
  • Wooldridge Demolition

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.