Police Training at Downwell Demolition Site

Last week at at our demolition project in Bermondsey, we had some special guests at the site completing some training drills. Members of the British Transport Police (BTP) Operational Support Unit & Policing at Height Team were on site conducting various real life scenarios in one of the empty 6 storey industrial units.

These scenarios  involved breaching doors and windows using a variety of methods and pieces of equipment, which included some rather substantial solid steel doors, rescuing injured personnel from external windows on upper floors and freeing a chained up protester from the bottom of a makeshift shaft.

Police Sergeant Roy Brewer along with his colleague Police Constable Elaine Silvestro, who were conducting the training for some 16 officers explained to us the importance of using a variety of different training grounds. Sargent Brewer said;

“ We are constantly on the look out for new and varied training facilities. We stumbled across the site whilst visiting the area and asked Downwell Demolition to use the facility. Its highly important to recreate these training drills in different environments and locations as it is more representative of a real world incident that we would be called into” Roy went onto say; “The 2 days of training have been a great success. We are always looking for training facilities to use throughout the London Boroughs and would very much appreciate if you or any other contractors can get in touch if you have an empty building that we can use”

Sergeant Brewer has asked that if anyone can help in providing any empty buildings to use for training they can contact him or Elaine via email on roy.brewer@btp.pnn.police.uk and elaine.silvestro@btp.pnn.police.uk .

It’s the least we could do to help support the teams of police that protect us in and around London on a daily basis and not only the police also are currently attempting to get the London Fire Brigade on the same site so that they can conduct similar training scenarios. #helpkeeplondonsafe

Downwell Demolition are always pleased to help the Emergency Services in any way we can.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement - Wednesday 25th March

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening signalled the introduction of more stringent restrictions on us all and has specifically indicated that members of the public should only leave their home for very limited purposes. The message indicates that we should travel to and from work, only where this is absolutely necessary.

The management of the Downwell Group of companies which includes: Downwell Demolition, Inner City Environmental and Inner City Scaffolding has very carefully considered both the meaning and the spirit of the Prime Minister’s statement and whilst there has been some clarification from government subsequently that building sites could continue to operate, we came to the very clear decision yesterday that it was necessary for us, as a responsible contractor, to safely and securely close down our operational sites as soon as reasonably possible. Doing so will assist in maintaining the wellbeing of our customers, employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and the wider communities within which we build.

All sites have been closed down in a safe and secure manner and will remain closed until further notice.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the key workers on the frontline who are continiung working for the good of us all.