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Mount Kilimanjaro Climb in Memory of Dominic Ogden, 1959 – 2015

Most of you are aware that we lost one of our directors in July this year.

Dominic Ogden battled several illnesses over the years without complaint, and he passed away from complications caused by his rheumatic lungs. Rheumatoid arthritis affects more of the body than many people realise, and Dominic began suffering with it at the age of only 30. It is extremely debilitating and causes much pain and discomfort.

Between 27th December and 5th January Emma Thompson, QHSE Manager at DSR Demolition Ltd, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with her husband John. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s ‘Seven Summits’: the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.  It stands at 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. So, while you are all enjoying a quiet Christmas and New Year, Emma will possibly be experiencing headaches, nosebleeds, nausea and fatigue; not to mention going without a shower. Lovely.

Emma said: “In memory of my unforgettable uncle and boss, I am dedicating the trip to him and donating all monies raised to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. This organisation provides a voice to patients suffering with rheumatoid arthritis. Their input in reviewing research proposals ensures that the research will have a direct benefit to patients’ lives. Please visit my Just Giving page to make a donation in Dominic’s memory. Thank you for all of the donations so far, we really do appreciate it”.

Trip photos will follow on Emma’s return…

Dominic Ogden 1959-2015

Dominic headshot

We are devastated to inform you all of the passing of Dominic Richard Ogden on the morning of 20th July, at the age of 56.

Dominic lived and breathed demolition nearly all his life. After leaving school, he initially joined the Naval Ordnance in Sheffield as a time served fully indentured apprentice engineer. Then, following in his father’s footsteps, Dominic entered the world of demolition. He joined the Institute of Explosives Engineers in 1984 at the tender age of 25, having already been in the business several years. He later joined the Institute of Demolition Engineers – managing, incredibly, to write his thesis from a hospital bed during a bout of illness.

Dominic was part of his father’s firm Fred Ogden & Sons and other companies along with his brother Simon, before the brothers established DSR Demolition in 2001. Over the years, Dominic managed just about every type of demolition project you could think of and he had all the anecdotes to go with it, delivered with his trademark sense of humour.

Dominic battled health problems for a long time but you rarely heard him complain. He would never give up his responsibilities or his independence. Dominic would try his very best to help those he knew if they were in need; he is owed much by many. He was utterly courageous, generous and fearless; giving every endeavour 100%.


When he could drag his mind away from work (no mean feat), Dominic was an enthusiastic motorist, enjoying driving holidays in Europe with his wife Christine and allowing his collection of cars to spread all over his driveway. He relaxed by going fishing and spent many an hour catching his evening meal. He loved taking his grandson to play football on Saturdays, and having his granddaughters running around his house. At the end of a tough day he would unwind with a whisky or go to his favourite Italian, where all the staff knew him well.

He leaves behind his wife Christine; his children, Rachael, Andrew and James, his grandchildren, Matthew, Izabelle, Ivy and Evelyn, his brother Simon, mother Dawn, sisters Deborah and Elizabeth, and a wider network of family, friends, colleagues and peers who respected and admired him hugely.

Fifty six is no age for a life to end, but Dominic crammed more into his life than most octogenarians have managed. Dominic was a life force and once met was never forgotten. A gregarious and outgoing person, he made a lasting impression on all who knew him and he will be profoundly, deeply missed.

On behalf of Dominic’s family and DSR Demolition, we want to express our gratitude for the messages of condolence we have received.

Details of Dominic’s memorial service will follow shortly.


DSR now offering in-house crushing services


We are pleased to announce that we now have our own crusher which will be operated by our trained operatives.  This means both cheaper running costs and a reduced carbon footprint!

Our Pegson XR400 has been dutifully munching through clean rubble arising from our projects for several weeks now, without a single problem to report.



DSR Demolition to feature on BBC2’s “Demolition: The Wrecking Crew”

BBC crew film DSR


 DSR Demolition is to feature in a BBC documentary!


In summer 2014, we took part in the filming of a new BBC2 documentary all about our industry. The first episode aired on Sunday 17th May 2015 and featured our some of our demolition peers from around the country.


Next Sunday, 24th May, it’s DSR’s turn…


Filming with Adam Hopkins and his team was good fun. We want to thank them for getting us involved.


Tune in on Sunday 24th May 2015, 8pm, BBC2 to see us in action. Click here to watch the episodes on iPlayer.


It’s the old Top Gear prime time slot.


And you thought Jeremy Clarkson was larger than life…



DSR is now a full NFDC member!




We are delighted to announce that as of 23rd April 2015, DSR Demolition Ltd is a full corporate member of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors.


As a result of several audits conducted over the last year, we have now passed our probation period.

A great deal of hard work has gone into achieving membership and it has finally paid off.


We look forward to contributing to the Federation and upholding its principles. Read about the NFDC’s aims here.