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INSITE Age of Uncertainty

This is the last Demolition magazine leader of 2017 and, in many respects, the year turned out far better than many of us dared hope when the spectre of Brexit and a Donald Trump presidency first loomed over us all. Accident statistics were at an all-time low, and new contract awards across the construction sector hit an all-time high (thanks in no small to the near £7 billion contribution from the first tranche of HS2 contracts that were let in August). During the year, I have seen some truly remarkable work carried out by some equally remarkable companies. The work carried out by DSM at the White Hart Lane Stadium was just one of many personal highlights and proved that the company – which was acquired during the year - is on a par with many of the blue chip companies alongside which it was required to work during the remodelling of the Tottenham Hotspur ground. I have also been impressed at how a number of demolition companies came to the fore this year to claim their place at the industry’s top table. I would count AR Demolition, Downwell and Mick George Ltd among my “companies to watch” for 2018. But 2018 looks set to bring with it a big dose of reality and more than a little uncertainty for anyone allied to the UK construction sector. Contracts like HS2 come along once in a lifetime; and unless Theresa May has something truly remarkable up her sleeve, the chances are that fear and uncertainty over the United Kingdom’s life outside the European Union will gather like a dark cloud over the industry and the nation’s economy. Although investment in housing looks set to continue into the New Year and the schools and education sector will remain a priority for a beleaguered Government trying to shore up its reputation before the next General Election, my fear is that we are all facing a tough year ahead. My fear is that 2018 will claim yet more demolition companies in an industry that has already seen its numbers diminished by the last recession. And despite the industry’s ongoing failure to stem the everpresent skills shortage, my fear is that we could soon have more demolition workers than we have work for them to do. The Brexit die is cast; and there is very little that anyone can do about the dullard currently residing in the White House. All we can do is to arm ourselves with as much information and market intelligence as we can lay our collective hands upon; to remain agile and fleet of foot, going where the work is rather than hoping it will land in our laps; and continue to invest in our people. If we are all able to convene here again this time next year, we will have done remarkably well.

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RVA acquired Specialist decommissioning, decontamination, dismantling and demolition consultancy RVA Group has today announced that the company has been acquired by Prague based Energetický a průmyslový holding (EPH) via its wholly owned subsidiary EP UK Investments Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

The news comes in the year that RVA celebrates a pivotal 25 years in business. Richard Vann founded RVA in 1992 and the company has gone on to complete more than 700 projects worldwide. Clients include major international bluechip brands including SABIC, ConocoPhillips and INEOS. EP UK Investments has now acquired RVA’s full share capital including its wholly owned subsidiaries RVA Consulting Engineers Ltd and RVA Engineering Solutions Ltd. However, whilst this may represent a key strategic move for the company, operationally little will change.


Vann, who will maintain his role as managing director, elaborated: “At the end of 2016, we commenced a ‘fit for future’ programme which saw the recruitment of additional key personnel and the creation of further structure within our team. A significant investment was also ploughed into new cloud technology throughout the business, to increase the flexibility, security and continuity of our work. “It was all about preparing RVA for the next 25 years and it is great that, in line with this succession planning strategy, an ideal window of opportunity has already opened up for us. In practice, it’s business as usual – all legal entities, contractual obligations, RVA personnel and the services we deliver remain unchanged,” Vann continues. “However, the new ownership provides an excellent platform for RVA to confidently strengthen its team and expand further in the UK, Europe and beyond. I personally have many more

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Keltbray Cuts Emissions Keltbray Group has become one of the first companies to successfully pass a number of certified external audits for compliance with the Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) Low Emission Zone requirements in London.

These requirements came into force in 2015 and aim to improve air quality by reducing key pollutants, such as Nitrogen Oxides and Particulate Matter from burning fuel such as diesel, petrol and natural gas.

investment in retrofit technology means that we get full life value from our fleet, whilst maintaining environmental and NRMM compliance with best available technology,” explains Keltbray’s Energy Manager and Environmental Advisor, Jenny Cottrell. “Auditors have recently visited a number of Keltbray sites and we are pleased that the results confirm NRMM compliance. During the audit, an example of best practice, where noncompliant machines were taken out of service and notices displayed for them not to be used while awaiting removal from site, was also noted.”

Keltbray’s Environmental Team has been working with Keltbray’s in-house Plant Department to ensure the company machines meet these Low Emission Zone requirements. “We are committed to environmental improvements across our business, and although this is a tiered directive, we and a number of our clients are now working towards ensuring that our plant meet some of the stages ahead of the 2020 deadline to demonstrate good practice.

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Lifting Safety Standards The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) has released a new refreshed plant safety guidance document entitled “Lifting Operations With 180 and 360 Degree Excavators.”

A core message within the guidance is that in terms of selection of lifting equipment, excavators are primarily designed for excavating and handling loose material rather than lifting suspended loads. The document advocates that an excavator should not be the first or only choice for lifting, even if it is already on site, is quicker and maybe more costeffective than using another, more appropriate, piece of lifting equipment that has specifically designed for lifting operations such as cranes and telehandlers. The guidance details that the use of excavators further introduces a number of additional risks when carrying out lifting operations which are not present with conventional cranes, such as: • Fast articulation and slew movements of the hydraulic services; • The need to operate the boom and dipper arm simultaneously to keep the load vertical when lifting or placing loads; • Standard excavator rated capacity warning devices generally only warn, do not prevent the handling of loads in excess of the rated capacity and can be muted by the machine operator;

Taking into account the prolific use of excavators for lifting operations in the construction and allied sectors, the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group has revised, expanded and updated the group’s original guidance publication which was first introduced in 2008. Additions to the original document are so widespread that the guidance has increased from seven pages to 72 pages. The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group was formed to produce good practice guidance on plant safety-based topics. Chaired by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), the SFPSG also has membership for this project from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), as well as significant representation from a range of construction and contracting companies, plant hirers, manufacturers and training organisations. This latest guidance adds to a number of Plant Safety Group publications on various topics, produced through subject-specific meetings by those from industry holding the relevant expertise. The new ‘Lifting Operations With 180 and 360 Degree Excavators’ Good Practice Guide thoroughly sets out the precautions and procedures that should be taken into account when planning and carrying out lifting operations with 360 Degree tracked and wheeled excavators as well as 180 degree excavators/backhoe loaders. The precautions and procedures specified in the publication should enable work to be carried out safely and in accordance with the law.

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the classification of a lifting activity as a basic, intermediate or complex operation. “As lifting using excavators has become much more prolific and in many cases, excavators are only lifting equipment on site, it was time for us to update and expand the guidance, highlighting and emphasising that lifting suspended loads with excavators is no different to the management and execution of the lifting of loads using a traditional crane,” says Chair of the Plant Safety Group and CPA Director Kevin Minton. “The increased guidance means that lift planners now need to think carefully about just using an excavator for the lifting operations on their site even though it may be convenient. I thank the Plant Safety Group for undertaking and completing this work and ask all those planning and executing lifting operations with excavators to follow the advice given within the guidance.”

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A step in the right direction The Institute for Civil Engineering and Environment (INCEEN) at the University of Luxembourg have signed a “memorandum of understanding” with the Suisse Federal Laboratories of Materials Science and Technology (Empa) of the domain of ETH Zürich to collaborate on research on energy efficiency in the construction sector. The agreement was signed on 27 October 2017 in a ceremony involving representatives from the Ministry of the Economy, the Empa, and the University of Luxembourg. As the building sector is generating a large amount of CO2 emissions, resource consumption and waste production, new ecoconstruction approaches are needed. Therefore, the first collaboration project entitled “Eco-Construction for Sustainable Development” (ECON4SD) will focus on the development of novel components and design models for resource and energy efficient buildings based on the construction materials concrete, steel and timber.

components banks and will allow producers of structural elements to come to a different business model. That would consist in loaning materials or components to customers and take them back after use in a particular building, in order to resell them directly, recondition or recycle them,” commented professor Danièle Waldmann of the University of Luxembourg. “Thereby, the project paves the way for a future CE material or component passport comparable to the already existing energy passport.” • Harbour Central. Photo courtesy of Rolfe Judd The focus of the research will lie on modularity, flexibility, adaptability and upgradability with detachable inter-structural connections. These components should require as little maintenance and repair work as possible, and be easily disassembled, and re-used. Thus, the whole service life of the structural elements will be considered. The aim is to reduce energy and resource use throughout the entire life cycle of buildings and their components.

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Downwell Group has used vehicle tracking for a number of years, primarily as an insurance provision, as well as previously trialling SDcard vehicle cameras. Following discussions with the company’s insurance partner it was able to negotiate an additional premium reduction by adopting a proven 3G camera solution that would show what had actually happened during an accident and help to immediately identify who was at fault. “Using the SureCam devices, we have access to footage within moments of any incident, so we know exactly what has occurred, how it has happened and can positively identify who is at fault,” explains Steven Padmore, Operations Director of Downwell Group. “Therefore, we can quickly respond to any situations and then pass the necessary information straight to our insurance company and potentially avoid spurious claims.” All collisions, near miss or harsh driving events are automatically recorded and uploaded to a secure server network, with serious incidents triggering a text or email alert. Downwell Group is then able to view the footage of before, during and after the incident, typically within seconds from an online dashboard. This means the company can quickly organise emergency assistance if required, reschedule vehicles to avoid customer disruption, and arrange any repairs.


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Moving forward, this will not only improve safety and ultimately save lives, but also contribute to reduced wear and tear on vehicles, lower fuel consumption and a positive brand perception. “In addition to the clear insurance benefits, the 3G vehicle cameras are already impacting driver behaviour and helping positively influence the mindset of our workforce when they are out on the road,” Padmore concludes. “It is also providing added protection and support to drivers who now know that emergency services can be contacted as soon as an incident has occurred and that the video can be used to validate their version of the story.”

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Calling for Environmental Leadership Industry heavyweights warned guests at a London Construction Climate Challenge conference recently - hosted by Volvo Construction Equipment - that only big targets will trigger the innovation needed to make a meaningful difference in cutting carbon in infrastructure and construction projects An audience of contractors, clients, academics and sustainability professionals were told how setting brave targets and involving the entire supply chain is necessary to deliver the innovative processes, tools and behavioural changes needed to substantially reduce embedded and operational carbon in infrastructure projects. The event, held at the UK Government’s 1VS Conference Cente in London’s Westminster, was a one-day summit to promote the UK’s new PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 2080 standard – the world’s first framework for reducing whole life carbon in

infrastructure. Commissioned by the government’s Construction Leadership Council and the Green Construction Board, it offers guidance and consistency on how to employ material, energy and labour efficiencies to reduce both capital and operational carbon and costs. Keynote speaker Chris Newsome, Director of Asset Management at Anglian Water and chairman of the Green Construction Board Infrastructure Working Group, was one of the first to lead his company through the implementation of


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positive collaboration. Forty percent of our global greenhouse gases are from the construction and building sectors so our focus needs to be on decarbonizing our sites by 2050.” She adds that in places like China, where the equivalent of Rome is built every three weeks, it’s more important than ever that cities, developers, and suppliers all work together with a common goal. The UK scheme has inspired high profile infrastructure projects to unlock innovation and drive forward a real culture shift in a bid to reduce carbon. The experts behind the building of HS2, the new high-speed rail network linking Britain’s major cities which is currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project, say they have an obligation to reduce their carbon impact and are insisting that all their Tier 1 contractors are PAS2080 accredited within 12 months of contract award. Mark Fenton, Climate Change Specialist for the project says: “A lot of carbon is stuck in small projects like house extensions but it is the bigger projects that have to lead and influence the rest of the industry.”

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A Vision of the Future Can you imagine a world in which man has been eradicated from the world’s demolition sites? Demolition magazine editor Mark Anthony can, and he shares his vision in a brand new book called Demolition 2051. Knowing what we know now about health and safety, the environment, and the way in which we win work and get paid, the chances are that the demolition world would look very different if we were given the opportunity to start over with a clean sheet of paper. Well, that’s precisely what I have done with my new book, Demolition 2051 which – as the title implies – is set more than 30 years in the future. It is my first work of fiction – at least in the demolition sphere – and it has afforded me a huge amount of freedom in which to imagine an idealised demolition world; a world in which man has been eliminated from the demolition process, where Zero Harm is not just a reality but the norm, and where demolition companies and their employees are rewarded instantly for exceeding client expectations on factors such as water and fuel usage and dust, noise and vibration control.

today to paint a picture of the world of tomorrow. There is even a familiar name or two woven into the fabric of the book.

What is interesting is that, although the book is 99.9 percent fictional, it is all based upon reality. Almost all of the technology mentioned in the book – remotely-controlled machines, drones etc - exists in some form or another today but has yet to be harnessed to its full potential within the global demolition arena. Furthermore, the book draws upon places and events from

Author Mark Anthony says that the book was born out of frustration. “The demolition industry is a strange contradiction. On the one hand, the sector is extremely innovative. But, on the other, it is often reluctant to change, and there is a persistent ‘we’ve always done it that way’ mentality that pervades many aspects of the industry,” Anthony says. “I am a journalist and a writer so I am not encumbered by tradition or innate behaviour. So when I started the book, my inspiration


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Bruce’s work station – like the dozen or so other work stations in the building – contains pretty much nothing. There is a chair, but Bruce’s wristwatch constantly nags him to stand and so, for the most part, that chair sits in the corner unused, unnecessary and unloved. Paper-based documentation went the way of fossil fuels more than a decade ago, so there are no filing cabinets or drawers. At the centre of the room is a table/desk that doubles as the Demo-Link computer interface. It is an old generation model. While some of the desks used by his colleagues rise and fall depending whether their user is sitting or standing, Bruce’s unit still requires him to press a physical button. It is the only actual button in the entire office; but it is not the only hangover from a simpler, more tactile past. Sat on his desk is his father’s hard hat. It had once been white with his father’s name etched onto it. But the name has mostly faded and the plastic material from which it is made has yellowed with age. It was the hard hat his father had worn right up until the day he stopped working. Looking

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stuff closely, he can just about make out the single greasy thumbprint on the underside of the peak which his father had left behind one day whilst placing the hat on his head. He swipes the display to remove news and other distractions and scans for weather reports at each of the 12 sites under his control. It is summer, and most are expecting a day filled with sunshine. But the site in Carlisle and another just outside Liverpool appear to be set for at least some light and sporadic rain. He switches over to the dust suppression control and instructs the system to slow and then shut down entirely just as soon as the rain arrives. Saving water is not just mandated, it is financially beneficial. This, like dust and noise control, is another source of potential additional income from exceeded client expectations. As with so many aspects of his role, he could just set the dust suppression wind-down to automatic. But there is something in his demolition DNA

that occasionally insists upon a more hands-on approach. One of the contracts in London is for the deconstruction of a 26-storey tower block that was built to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic Games. This, of course, was the official and supposedly doping-free Games that is scheduled to return to the nation’s capital in two years’ time. But the excitement for the Games is muted this time around. The “real” Olympics lost much of its appeal after Mzwaga “The Machine” Dandada ran the 100 metres in just under eight seconds at the firstever sanctioned “Doped Games”. When boxing, rugby and hockey were subsequently banned amidst concerns over injuries and long-term brain damage and headers outlawed from soccer for the same reason, the “real” Olympics became little more than a nostalgic sideshow….”


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personnel, site groundworks including deep drainage and excavation works, Windfarm excavation and RC foundations and access roads, bridge repair and foundation works, Railway embankment and cutting stabilisation work including kingpost retaining walls, Gabion retaining walls, sheetpiling, Rock cutting work, flood alleviation work, Reinstatement works, etc. Woodbridge Civil Engineering is a growing company where we consider part of our success to date as being our commitment to all matters relating to health, safety, welfare, environmental and quality. It is with certain amount of pride that our accident/injury and incident rate is zero and as yet we have never had an injury or dangerous occurrence attributed to our company; this, despite the difficult nature of some of our works.

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ON SITE The landmark Northern Power Station boilers have been successfully felled at the Northern Power Station site in Port Augusta, Australia. The two 10,000 tonne structures were demolished using charge-cutting explosives, making it one of the largest explosive charge felling events ever to be undertaken in Australia. Contractor McMahon Services is extremely proud of the achievement and the significant efforts by all personnel involved in the safe and successful felling event. “We share in Flinders Powers wishes to acknowledge the efforts of the thousands of dedicated and passionate people who designed, constructed, operated, maintained - and now demolished - these landmark structures over the past 30 years,� the company says. Following the explosive event, further demolition of the boilers will continue as planned using conventional demolition processes. A video of this impressive blast can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/ y7yuodfd



Milking It Mick George Ltd has begun demolition works on the former Dairy Crest site in Fenstanton, which lies adjacent to the A14 carriageway. The project will be subject to a housing redevelopment by Morris Homes. Conditional planning consent was granted back in November 2016 for 88 houses to be built, of which 40 percent will be set aside for affordable housing (33 dwellings). In addition, space has been allocated for industrial, commercial and community amenities. As part of the permission, it is anticipated that the developer will transfer approximately 280sq m. of land to the Fenstanton Village Hall Trust for the construction of a new facility for the village, which has been without a hall for more than 10 years. Council planning official, Dallas Owen, said: “The

proposed development would provide affordable housing in a sustainable location and it would make the best use of a brownfield site.” The site which had been in operation in its current form for more than 30 years, is just shy of 100,000 sq. ft and has been laying redundant since the closure of the Dairy Farm back in 2012. The new residential scheme was made possible after agents worked with the local authority – Huntingdonshire District Council (Hunts DC) – to establish and agree the principle of a change of use for the site from commercial to residential. “We are extremely familiar with the geographical region in and around Fenstanton, given our many nearby office and site locations. Equally, we employ a number of staff from neighbouring villages, towns and cities, so know how important the development is,” says contracts director Michael George. “Given our association, we feel we’re best placed to complete the works, causing the least disruption to the local community. We have worked in partnership with Morris Homes on a number of occasions, and know that their exacting standards will be upheld on this development.”


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Erith Powers Ahead Erith Group has carried out the controlled demolition, using explosive techniques, of three heat recovery steam generators, their chimneys and drum houses at Killingholme A Power station. The heat recovery steam generators and their iconic 70.00-metre tall white chimneys have overlooked the Humber estuary towards the City of Hull since 1994. They were constructed from a steel framed superstructure base, supporting top hung boilers, chimneys and a substantial drum house. Erith designed, engineered and enabled a preweakening sequence working hand in hand with Swanton Consulting to verify the sequence. This enabling a safe and managed deliberate collapse mode by use of explosives, provided by a specialist supplier to the group.


ON SITE The entire structure was monitored during the sensitive pre-weakening by a specially installed monitoring system that linked with prisms adhered to the superstructure. This system enabled Erith’s demolition team to be informed to movements and trends during pre-weakening, ensuring safer and sensitive control of the 5,000ton steel superstructure. This innovative system is believed to be the first of its kind to be used when preparing structures for demolition by explosives. A support team of sentries, supervisors and operatives enabled clearance of the structure and the site by 08:00 am as planned for a spectacular explosive event, which was executed to plan and resulted in the safe collapse of the structure as engineered.

Commenting on the event, safely from the observation platform, a delighted Benjamin Dove Seymour, client at Killingholme A, commented: “The safe delivery of this successful event demonstrates the Erith group’s continued focus on providing engineered solutions to complex demolition scenarios within heavy industrial power generating facilities and reflects the well planned and professional approach to such works by the entire Erith business”.

Surrounding the site are two petrol refineries, an operational power station, an off-shore wind farm power management facility and two car import parking facilities which hold several thousand cars which have all had specific requirements relating to the blow down. Careful planning and management leading up to the day with the stakeholders enabled this event to be executed without issue to the delight of the onlooking crowds.



Dem-Master in Hospital Scottish contractor brings out the big gun to tackle demolition of one of Glasgow’s oldest hospitals.

The Western Infirmary, which was built in 1874, is being redeveloped by Glasgow University as part of a £1 billion expansion scheme. The 14-acre site was sold to the university for £14 million as part of a historic land agreement that will see new buildings for health, business, chemistry and the arts and performing spaces. The £430 million first phase, lasting five years, will see the construction of new buildings, together with clearance of the Western Infirmary site and landscaping. Among the first to be completed will be a learning and teaching hub, a research hub, an Institute of Health and Wellbeing, premises for the


Adam Smith Business School, a base for the College of Arts, including performance spaces, and an upgrade of the Joseph Black Building. A second phase of work is scheduled to start in 2023 on a new engineering centre, an “innovation quarter” to engage with local industry and a building for research into chronic diseases. An estimated 2,500 jobs are expected to be created during the construction period, with the university promising that the development will bring significant community, economic, environmental and cultural benefits. “These plans are about far more than investment in buildings,” says


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Taking Centre Stage Clifford Devlin is enjoying a successful run in the heart of London’s theatre land. And the company’s new head of demolition is taking centre stage. Demolition editor Mark Anthony reports. When the curtain fell on the London 2012 Olympics, demolition contractor Clifford Devlin could have been forgiven for being at the front of the queue to question the Games’ legacy. Based in Bow within sight of the Olympic Stadium, the company had been involved in the preparatory works for the UK’s greatest ever sporting event. But when the athletes picked up their medals and left town taking with them that month-long feeling of euphoria and British pride, the Clifford Devlin team could easily have been left kicking their heels as jubilation gave way to a return to recessionary reality. But with more than 50 years’ experience under its belt and having seen recessions come and go multiple times, Clifford Devlin stayed strong and resilient. And now, with a new head of demolition in place, the company is forging a formidable reputation for the strength and quality of its inner city demolition capabilities.

Although he has seen construction projects from demolition through to fit-out and finishing, it was the early stages of the process that really caught his attention. Having worked with another contractor, Flatley joined Clifford Devlin earlier in 2017. And it seems a perfect match. “Much of my experience is based upon working within London and all that entails,” he says. “Clifford Devlin is seeking to enhance its reputation for the quality of its work on complex inner city works, so their aims and my experience are very much aligned.”

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Damien Flatley comes to Clifford Devlin with considerable experience of inner city demolition coupled with a broader knowledge built on several high profile projects while with McAlpines, the company he joined straight from school.

According to Damien Flatley, the key to the success of Clifford Devlin’s inner city works lies in its planning. “When space is restricted and when you’re working so close to neighbouring properties, planning is paramount,” he insists. “Everything has to be planned from the liaison with stakeholders and neighbours, through the logistics of getting men and machines on and off site, through to controlling the limited space and minimising the impact of the works.”

Flatley has construction and demolition in his blood. His father was a machine operator in the groundworks sector; and Flatley himself says that his first exposure to all-things construction came from accompanying his father to work on a Saturday morning “when such things were allowed”. “As a child, you see those big machines and it piques your interest,” he says. “It stays with you.”

Flatley reports that this process is greatly enhanced by the use of technology. “Modern technology allows us to not only monitor the impact of our works in real-time, it even allows us to predict them,” he continues. “We know when we are likely to see spikes in noise and dust and can plan around them to minimise the impact upon our neighbours.”



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Shaftesbury Avenue represents the beating heart of London’s theatre land. At its very end lies the Shaftesbury Theatre which is currently playing host to “Motown – The Musical”. Turn left onto High Holborn and you’re looking directly at the latest stage upon which Flatley and the Clifford Devlin team is performing. Not that you would know it. Façade retention works are notoriously difficult to spot as it often appears that there’s very little

going on and any demolition sound is generally contained within the four walls of the building. Even so, the Clifford Devlin site at 182-184 High Holborn verges on the invisible and the inaudible. In fact, if a worker hadn’t emerged from an innocuous-looking front door at just the right time, I might still be pacing up and down the street now. Beyond the quiet exterior, however, the site is a veritable hive of activity. A tower crane that plunges through the core of the six-storey building into the basement and beyond has been used to place a pair of Brokk demolition robots on the roof; and the tow machines are quietly yet methodically taking down the top of the structure piece by piece. Arisings from their work is collected and lowered to the ground by the same tower crane. Like the carefully choreographed theatre shows and musicals taking place just up the road, all the demolition works take place with practiced precision. And, given that the site is surrounded on all four sides by office buildings – some of them less than a few metres away – the level of disturbance created by the ongoing demolition works is negligible. In fact, it was notable that there was a business meeting taking place during


ON SITE my visit to the site; and the presence of a man with a video camera attracted far more interest than the demolition works themselves.

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Clifford Devlin Ltd won a competitive tender to carry out demolition and structural alterations to enable the six-storey building to be renovated and remodelled to accommodate two new floors and an extension at the rear. Following strip-out and minor asbestos removal works, extensive temporary works were installed to maintain the building’s structural integrity prior to the top down demolition to form openings in the suspended floor slabs for the formation of a new core. Diamond drilling and sawing techniques were used to form the openings in the floors which were demolished using remote controlled equipment. The existing structure above the 5th floor slab - including the roof plant room and lift over-run – has been demolished using remote controlled demolition equipment. Scaffolding was erected to the external elevations of the structure to facilitate removal of glazed and brick cladding. The property’s location in one of London’s busiest

districts has placed strict environmental controls on the project. Noisy works have been restricted to six hours per day, and careful logistics planning has been required to arrange deliveries to and from site.

Challenging the Status Quo

It is clear that Damien Flatley has big ambitions for Clifford Devlin. He has already set his sights on winning more projects along the Central underground line that runs from Mile End Road close to the company’s headquarters right through to Acton in the west of the city. He has stated his aim to enhance the reputation of the company through the quality of its work on sensitive and often challenging works, including façade retention projects. But perhaps his greatest ambition is to see Clifford Devlin challenge convention. “There is a temptation within demolition to do things how we have always done them and to maintain the status quo,” he concludes. “But there are some projects and some contractors that move things forward. I want Clifford Devlin to be one of those companies that challenges tradition and finds new and better ways.”

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Heavy iron in Zion Indeco attachments are playing a key role in the demolition of the nuclear power plant in Zion, Illinois. The project is being conducted by Manafort Brothers, one of the most important contractors in the United State specialising in nuclear decommissioning.

February 1997, following an error that led to the accidental shutoff of Reactor 1 (an incident that had no consequences affecting safety), production of electricity was suspended. In February 1998, ComEd, who was to invest $435 million to reactivate Reactor 1 and resupply Reactor 2 with new bars (Reactor 2 had been out of operation at the time of the incident), decided to suspend activity permanently, as the investment would not have produced a sufficient return for the company.

The Zion nuclear power plant is located in Illinois on the shores of Lake Michigan about 64 km from Chicago and 68 km from Milwaukee. Completed in 1973, the plant started to produce electricity between December 1973 (first reactor) and September 1974 (second reactor).

Accelerated Conversion

The Zion power plant was part of the Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) network and was designed to serve the Chicago metropolitan area and that part of the state along the lake. In

To accelerate conversion of the site, in August 2010 the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission), implementing a procedure that


ON SITE had no precedent in its history, allowed ComEd to transfer the license to Energy Solutions, a company specialized in the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and cleanup of industrial sites. By late 2026, the Energy Solutions project aims to restore the entire area to its “greenfield status�, that is, to the environmental conditions and landscape that characterised it 50 years ago before construction of the nuclear plant was started. Energy Solutions, through the subsidiary Zion Solutions, is responsible for all removal of the plants, for demolition of the structures, as well as for the conveyance of all debris to a site it owns. Decommissioning started in 1998 with removal of the nuclear fuel from the reactors and securing of the uranium bars. In 2011 decontamination and demolition of the actual structures began; starting from that date and also including soil remediation, this process will take about ten years, require 200 specialised workers per year, and have a total project cost estimated at about $1 billion. The decommissioning plan provided that for all phases pertaining to the demolition of the reinforced concrete and steel structures only mechanical demolition could be implemented.

The use of explosives was excluded a priori given the nature of the site and the potential risk of an uncontrolled release of contaminated dust into the air. To execute the demolition process properly and safely, the project had to be assigned to a contractor with proven experience and expertise, as the work called for dismantling structures of a certain complexity given the structural characteristics of the buildings and the different types of plants and facilities at the site. In 2014, Zion Solutions contracted the works to Manafort Brothers of New Britain, Connecticut, a company with a 100-year old history and a national reputation, since it was and remains the only company that has performed demolition of two nuclear power plants on the East Coast of the U.S.

Complex & Challenging

Manafort Brothers started with the building where the turbines and generator were originally installed, no longer visible now that it is completely demolished, then proceeded with the interior of the two towers that housed Reactor 1 and Reactor 2, where various plants and equipment were removed. This was followed by the dismantling


ON SITE of the large building that housed the auxiliary plants situated between the two towers whose demolition will start this autumn. Besides requiring the experience and the ability to operate safely, demolitions of such difficulty and complexity demand the right machinery and equipment. The long timeframe of the job site, the size and strength of the structures in reinforced concrete and steel, and the need to ensure a sufficient production output, involved a careful evaluation of the equipment used for the demolition. After their analysis, Manafort Brothers decided to use exclusively Indeco hammers together with a pulveriser and shears, also supplied by Indeco.

The hammers being put to work at the Zion site are two HP 25000 (in Europe HP 18000, operating weight: 11,054 kg; tool: 250 mm for 60-140 ton excavators), three HP 13001 (in Europe HP 9000, operating weight: 5000 kg; joule: 15,000; tool: 195 mm for 39-80 ton excavators) and an HP 8000 (in Europe HP 5000, operating weight: 3150 kg; joule: 8000; tool: 160mm for 27-50 ton excavators) mounted on an excavator fitted with a long boom for demolition and, as mentioned, an ISS 30/50 shears and an IRP1250 rotating pulveriser. The attachments are often used contemporaneously, although in different areas of the site; some have been used on an ongoing basis for more than a year. As we were informed by John Carville, site


ON SITE properly plan and execute the different stages of demolition so we can access areas not immediately reachable because they are concealed by other structures. For an idea of how much reinforced concrete is present at the site, let’s just say that by the time we’ve finished the job, we’ll have produced over 113,000 tons of debris, all transported by train to a special site in the desert in Clive, Utah owned by Energy Solutions. And besides the concrete, we have to count the thousands of tons of ferrous and non-ferrous materials that come out of the demolition process.”

Size & Scope manager for Manafort Brothers: “Here in Zion, as with all demolitions of this kind, there are a whole set of problems to deal with, primarily the health and safety of our workers, the compliance with environmental regulations and the need to

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be in the structures that go down to almost 18 m below the ground level containing the pumping plants of the cooling water from Lake Michigan, and in the structures that held the reserve of nuclear fuel, and of course the foundations. To take them on, the machines and equipment exert an enormous effort, as emphasised by Carville. “Manafort Brothers is the only company on the East Coast that boasts specific experience in the demolition of decommissioned nuclear power plants. Before Zion, we did the demolition of the Connecticut Yankee plant at Haddam Neck, Connecticut and the Maine Yankee plant located in Wiscasset, Maine, so we know how to handle these projects, but to be honest, I had never encountered reinforced concrete with a compressive strength of 60-90 MPa (8.7-13 Kpsi) like here in Zion. That’s why the choice of the hammers and the other demolition equipment was absolutely critical. And I also want to point out that the decision for Indeco equipment is based not only on the good experience with the HP 8000 we were already using, but is also the result of a careful comparison with products of

the other manufacturers. The two HP 13001 are the models we operate the most, but no surprise it’s the two HP 25000 that allow us to tackle the most challenging situations. The HP 25000, besides benefiting from the Indeco technology contained in all the models of the range, has impressive power, and with its 25,000 joules it is the most productive and powerful hammer on the market today. In certain conditions, it really is the only one that can be a valid alternative to blasting. All the models get top marks for reliability and also durability when it comes to the tools in relation to the type of demolition, a clear sign that the materials used to make them match the level of the materials used for all other components of the hammer. The pulveriser and the shears are delivering excellent productivity too. The rotating pulveriser has particularly stood out for a favorable ratio between power and size.” At the Zion site the hammers were and still are subjected to a heavy-duty use over a long-term period. That aspect is not common for normal demolitions, where operations generally last a year or so. In demolitions of large structures the


ON SITE equipment’s production can be measured, but a job like Zion represents a challenge also in terms of service and technical assistance, factors that inevitably end up having a decisive impact on job completion. Emphasising this particular aspect, John Carville added: “Our satisfaction with the Indeco hammers, the pulveriser and the shears is not only attributed to their production output, but also the service provided by Indeco North America, who has consistently given a rapid and efficient response to all our needs, almost all relating to routine maintenance. It’s no wonder why we intend to order other two HP 13001 to finish up the job.”

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CASE is introducing new, heavy-duty buckets with factory-installed bolt-on teeth that are easy to replace with standard wrenches. These give increased tearing power, enabling more efficient digging in rough terrain. In addition to all these practical improvements, CASE is also introducing a new aesthetic option. Skid steer owners will soon be able to personalise the livery of their machines by visiting CASE’s new online Tattoo Lab, where they can choose from a selection of large and coluorful transfers which affix to the rear-sides of the vehicle’s bodywork.

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KIT TALK Ahead of the Game A demolition company is powering ahead to meet increasing demand with the help of new plant featuring the latest in telematic monitoring. Cheshire Demolition, which has its headquarters in Macclesfield, has taken delivery of a Terex Finlay J-1170 jaw crusher from Finlay Central – part of the Finlay Group of companies. The jaw crusher joins a fleet of Terex Finlay machines at the company, including a Terex Finlay 883 screener and a Terex Finlay J-1160. Cheshire Demolition has specified the T-Link Telematic System as an additional feature for their latest acquisition, which enables the plant to be monitored remotely off site as required. The technology allows operators to review the performance of their machine in areas including fuel consumption, belt speed and tonnage for optimum performance.

“As a company we’ve seen rapid growth in the last five years, so we’ve bought in another Terex Finlay J-1170 to help us keep up with that demand,” says director Neil Trueman. “Between 2000 and 3000 tonnes of material come to our yard in Macclesfield every week so it’s important for us to have the machinery that can help us stay ahead of the game.” Working at the company’s reclamation yard in Macclesfield, the Terex Finlay J-1170 is processing aggregates brought to the site from demolition jobs and the company’s waste transfer station. It iss producing MOT and a 6F2 product at a rate of 2000 tonnes a day, which is then sold from the yard or delivered out to the region.


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Established in 1984 by brothers Stan and Phil Swindells, Cheshire Demolition is one of the North West’s largest reclamation yards, offering a wide-range of services for demolition projects, either as a principal contractor, main contractor or a subcontractor. The company, which has 80 different plant and employs 50 people, also operates a skip hire service, with more than 500 skips in operation.


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KIT TALK Finning Goes Mobile Caterpillar dealer Finning UK & Ireland has launched a new mobile parts team aimed at supporting customers with tailored parts, technology, service, and support solutions for individual machines or plant fleets.

The new team will visit customers across the UK and Ireland; providing a dedicated service to support machine uptime, ensure availability and expose the benefits of connectivity to a much wider customer base. “Finning has many different ways in which we can support customers to become more productive and profitable. However, in order to better communicate the advantages of our parts and service solution, along with machine health monitoring, it is vital that we ensure our customers receive face to face contact,” says Abhishek Tanwar, Director of Aftermarket and Digital Transformation. “The new parts team will work collaboratively with our customers, recognising and understanding the individual challenges they face


in order to share knowledge and provide a relevant solution for both Caterpillar and other manufacturer’s equipment. We are focused on widening our footprint across the UK & Ireland; with our new parts team and current product and parts specialists, we will continue to provide a transparent and accessible service and ultimately, drive customer’s profitability. The new mobile team will support customers with: • parts.cat.com • Setup customers with Finning parts accounts • Create service, maintenance and support contracts for Caterpillar and other manufacturer equipment • Deliver technology solutions like retrofitting Product Link to individual machines or fleets


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KIT TALK JCB has plenty in the Tank JCB has helped TV personality Guy Martin to engineer a tribute to the role tanks played in helping change the course of the First World War. Now the story of the tank’s role and its modern-day recreation has been told in a Channel Four documentary ‘Guy Martin’s WW1 One Tank’. The truck mechanic and TV presenter came up with the idea of producing a replica of a 30-tonne Mark IV tank to mark the centenary of a battle in which they were first deployed. And he turned to JCB’s engineers and welders to help turn his dream into reality in time for the special anniversary. They rose to the challenge in double-quick time with the profile parts cut, rolled and bent into shape at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter before being welded together at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester. The huge team effort ensured the tank was operational and on display in Cambrai, Northern France on Armistice Day on Saturday, November 11th. It was at this location - exactly 100 years ago - where the original Mark IV tank helped the Allies on the Western Front to make an unprecedented breakthrough at the Battle of Cambrai.

Built from scratch

Guy Martin was given just five months to build an authentic reproduction of the 30-tonne tank from scratch and was quick to call on JCB’s engineering expertise. At more than 26 feet long and 10 feet wide, the 105 horsepower machine had a top speed of just four mph. “When I first looked at this challenge, I thought ‘This is a big ask. We’re not going to see this happen.’ It is a massive


KIT TALK undertaking and JCB was the main reason this was able to happen. They built the main part of the tank, and then the lads at the Norfolk Tank Museum put all the engine together. But JCB’s technology and knowhow was so important. As a challenge to build it, I’d say this is the biggest thing we’ve undertaken,” Martin says. “There’s loads of stuff we’ve done – building push bikes to go at 100mph, converting transit vans to do 150mph, but this, I think, is the biggest one. It’s not that we’re restoring them, or modifying them – we’re building an exact replica of a Mark IV Fosters Tank, from scratch.” Working from 3D plans drawn up by a hobbyist modeller, employees at JCB’s World HQ used computer design technology and cutting-edge manufacturing techniques to recreate the chassis of the historic machine in just eight weeks. The JCB team who delivered the project were Chief Engineer Martyn Molsom, 46, of Stone; Design engineer Tom Beamish, aged 26, of Derby; Welder Chris Shenton, 53, of Leek and welder Chris Brennan, 46, of Longton, Stoke-onTrent.

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As a part of driver Guy’s crew, all four were invited to witness the tank they helped to build take part in a moving re-enactment of the moment 100 years ago that tanks first saw action in Cambrai. They also took part in poignant commemorations in Cambrai. “The reproduction of a Mark IV tank from a century ago is a great British manufacturing story and that’s one of the reasons we wanted to get involved in the project. Replicating that innovation in a few weeks was a massive task, but modern techniques and equipment made it a lot easier for us than it would have been back then,” Martyn Molsom says. “It was a fascinating project to be involved in, both from an engineering point of view and from the historical aspect, and I was delighted we could make it happen. I don’t think any other company in the UK would have been able to pull it off in such a short time-frame, so I’m proud that it worked out so well.” The project to produce a replica chassis for the tank was led by Martyn, who revealed data from a Computer Aided Design (CAD) model had given the team a head start.


KIT TALK The manufacture of tanks during the early 20th century would have involved cutting, drilling and punching steel by hand using giant presses – requiring hours of manual labour and fair bit of sweat. But things have changed dramatically in 100 years and, thanks to computer-controlled machinery, the team was able to use a 4,000 watt laser cutter capable of slicing through 15mm of solid steel to complete a similar process in minutes.

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Sections of the hull, including the centre cabin and two rhomboid side panels, were built separately and welded together in just 20 days – a process that would have taken considerably longer in 1917. Yet the team was keen to ensure the Mark IV looked entirely authentic and 3,000 fake rivets - used to join the original tank together - were attached to the replica using a robot welder. “The manufacture of tanks was cutting-edge stuff at the time but looking back on it now, it barely seems possible with the equipment workers then

would have had,” says design engineer Tom Beamish. “We used modern techniques to rebuild the machine, but the biggest problem was to make it look as though it had just come off the factory line during the war. All of the welding work was done on the back side of the steel plates, so it wouldn’t be visible externally, but the specifications are exactly how they would have been back then. We even replicated the roller spacing for the tracks of the tank, so it would sound exactly the same as the original.”

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Guy Martin visited JCB’s World HQ during the early stages of production and was given a virtual reality vision of how the finished tank would look thanks to the company’s state-ofthe-art VR system. He met company chairman Lord Bamford before lending a hand in the welding shop where Chris Shenton said fabrication work took less than four weeks.

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KIT TALK Liebherr Comes Clean With an operating weight between 19 and 22 tonnes, the new Liebherr R 918 crawler excavator is perfect for earthmoving applications and a variety of other duties

A large selection of attachments also makes the machine extremely flexible for more specific work. This machine is the latest addition to the range of earthmoving crawler excavators developed and produced at Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar (France). For optimal efficiency in use, the R 918 has a new engine that complies with the Stage IV exhaust emissions standard and has a power rating of 120 kW. The engine is also equipped with a urea injection SCR system and an oxidation catalyst. A particulate filter is also available as an option. There is an optional automatic idle-stop when the engine is inactive. The operator guarantees maximum productivity on the construction site in a spacious and air-conditioned workstation. For maximum comfort, the cab is equipped with a pneumatic seat with vertical and longitudinal absorption as standard and


KIT TALK a fully retractable windscreen. Ergonomically the workstation of the R 918 is also equipped with a high-resolution 7� colour touchscreen that is easy to use. Robust, reliable X-frame undercarriage that is simple to maintain and easy to secure thanks to its integrated eyelets. Several combinations of undercarriage and dozer blades are available and an additional storage box is also offered. The R 918 crawler excavator has unobstructed panoramic visibility and rear and lateral cameras as standard for increased safety on the construction site. The structure of the cab is resistant to rollovers and is ROPS-certified. Besides an emergency exit at the rear window, the laminated and tinted windscreen and right window guarantee maximum safety in the event of impact. The track rollers of the chain kit come with lifetime lubrication for easy maintenance. The different maintenance points, the level display and refilling of the engine oil are accessible from the ground. Lastly, the productivity is boosted by the standard automatic lubrication.


KIT TALK Cat Grapples Refined The new Cat GSV520 and GSV520 GC orange-peel grapples, designed with features to enhance strength, reliability, and durability, incorporate new easy-loading tines and vertical cylinders that create a profile to facilitate greater material swing and more efficient bulkmaterial handling. The new grapples, purposebuilt for Cat MH3022, MH3024, and MH3026 wheel material handlers, are available in a five-tine-shell configuration, both closed and semi-closed versions, and feature a new rotation design. The GSV520 and GSV520 GC, which replace GSM25-Series grapples, provide users a choice for matching the grapple to the needs of the operation. The GSV520 GC allows the lowest acquisition and excellent life-cycle value; the GSV520 provides the lowest overall owning and operating cost and optimum life-cycle performance. Both new grapples are suited for use in a wide range of materials, including shredded scrap, long structural beams, car bodies, and solid waste at recycling and transfer stations. The enhanced performance of the new grapples helps wastehandling operations meet the challenges of increased environmental regulation, increased pressure to recycle, and more stringent budgets. Compared with


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KIT TALK Dust Control Goes Mobile A specialist dust extraction firm in the UK has launched a new mobile extractor that offers improved mobility and easy transport for on-site use. The DC Storm provides the same high level of extraction power of previous Dustcontrol UK models, but its compact height allows for easy transport in regular-sized vans and trailers, making it perfect for the hire industry and wider demolition and construction sectors.

“The DC Storm helps to combat potential manoeuvrability issues. With workers often moving handheld equipment and kit such as floor grinders from site to site, we recognised the importance of easily transportable dust extraction equipment,” says Dustcontrol UK’s General Manager James Miller. “A similar threephase model, the DC 5900, while offering powerful extraction, often had to be transported on its side in vans. With the DC Storm however, it’s possible to transport it upright in a regular van, allowing for extra room to load additional equipment.” Many

Able to handle the fine dusts and materials created through common construction techniques, the DC Storm can be connected to floor grinders, cutting tools, chisel hammers, saws and more.

AND BREATHE... Keltbray Group is one of the first companies to successfully pass a number of certified external audits for compliance with the Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) Low Emission Zone requirements in London. These aim to improve air quality by reducing key pollutants, including Nitrogen Oxides and Particulate Matter from burning fuel, such as diesel, petrol and natural gas. “We are committed to environmental improvements across our business, and although this is a tiered directive, we and a number of our clients are now working towards ensuring that our plant meet some of the stages ahead of the 2020 deadline to demonstrate good practice. We worked closely with our Plant Department to ensure the machines meet the requirements. About 25 machines were retrofitted with custom made Agriemach units to reduce emissions and achieve compliance,” explained Keltbray’s Energy Manager & Environmental Advisor, Jenny Cottrell. Auditors have recently visited a number of Keltbray sites and we are pleased with the compliance results. During one audit, an example of best practice, where non-compliant machines were taken out of service and notices displayed for them not to be used while awaiting removal from site, was also noted. In a recent report, Lead Auditor from Merton Council, Andrew Gordon, said: “We know what to expect on Keltbray sites. The systems in place are demonstrably effective in procuring compliant plant and identifying non-compliant items and implementing rectifying measures when required.”


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KIT TALK 01623 750002 From its formation over 18months ago, Collins Demolition has grown from strength to strength stamping its foot firmly in the Demolition Sector. The company migrated from the demolition activities of Collins Earthworks Ltd and has been developed adopting the same ethos and approach which has proven to be successful formula. We pride ourselves on working closely with our existing clients and prospective stakeholders to deliver our services in a safe and cost-effective manner with minimal impact to the Environment and Carbon Footprint. By calling on the resources of the Collins Group we offer a ‘turn key’ approach we only leave a positive legacy allowing new development and regeneration to commence. Our services include:• Dismantling and Demolition Operations • Asbestos Removal • High Reach Demolition • Heavy Breaking and Processing of Concrete • Remediation & Stabilising • Bulk Excavation and Earthworks • Specialist excavators from 1.5tons to 75tons The Directors and Key staff have many years’ experience and un rivalled knowledge within the industry, matched with fully trained and skilled workforce, trained by our own dedicated training company, Collins Training Ltd, allows the group to undertake any project, any complexity and anywhere in the country. We boast an extensive fleet of machinery and equipment with over 250 excavators ranging from 1.5ton to 75ton, all Volvo with an array of attachments, Articulated Dump Trucks, again Volvo and Dozers fitted with the most up to date Trimble equipment working with tolerances of +/- 5mm. All our plant is transported by our own fleet of Low Loaders with the capability of moving up to 200 ton, backed by our own maintenance team both mobile and workshop based. Envirotrac Ltd, again part of the Collins Group provides all nature of Ground Stabilisation all to provide clients with a level, compacted plateau ready for our client’s construction to begin.


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KIT TALK Collard Bags UK First R. Collard Ltd has taken delivery of the first demolition specified Volvo EC750E to be sold in Great Britain.

The seventy-five tonne excavator is an addition to R Collard’s extensive mixed fleet of mobile plant and was purchased for a highly prestigious twelve month demolition contract awarded to


KIT TALK Collard that takes place in the west of London. The decision to opt for the Volvo EC750E was due primarily to the availability of a suitably sized machine for the start of the contract, according to Managing Director Robert Collard. “We were impressed with the specification and build quality of the EC750E when we went to Rotterdam to inspect the machine at Volvo’s European machine receiving centre,” Collard says. “And watching it go to work on its first day on site, I’m equally

impressed with the machine’s performance and very satisfied with our purchasing decision.” Collard’s new machine is the prime demolition tool on a large project taking place in West London, capable of dismantling up to four storey disused buildings and multi-storey car parks on an extensive 20-acre site. The machine has been specified with 7.7 metre boom, a 3.55 metre dipper arm and a Hills hydraulic hitch which can facilitate the fitting of a 4.0 m³ heavy


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KIT TALK Cat Goes Back to Basics Despite being the world’s largest producer of construction equipment, Caterpillar has been notable by its absence in the demolition arena of late. But, as C&D Consultancy’s John Woodward reports, they’re back and they are going back to basics.

When Caterpillar decided a few years ago to exit the demolition machine arena I - along with many others was surprised. I understood the reasons however, as the joint venture with Demlone was not successful and Caterpillar needed to concentrate on its core products. Imagine my surprise then to be asked by Caterpillar, in late 2017, to attend a two day training session for their European dealers, as they re-enter the world demolition industry with the launch of two new machines and dramatically redesigned work tools.


My brief for the two days, was not just to attend as an interested spectator, but to be fully involved in the launch by presenting a view of current demolition techniques in use throughout Europe. Then by facilitating group work with the dealers each day, to try to raise their level of understanding of demolition processes and why clients choose particular types of machine and work tools. The dealers saw the new CAT 336F SB and CAT 340F UHD machines and the new improved range of work

KIT TALK tools “in the iron” and what a great set of tools they are. With over 50 dealers present, plus Caterpillar Management, it was a daunting task to make the training informative and fun, but feedback at the end allayed my fears as my work was well received.

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The feedback from the assembled dealers was positive: “For the first time, were able to get a good understanding of demolition techniques, potential markets for demolition contractors for the next ten years and see the potential for CAT machines in all areas of demolition.” The new machines are pitched at the right place in the market and will, I am sure, prove to be very popular with contractors throughout Europe and beyond. The work tools have been thoughtfully redesigned and significantly improved with the new scrap shear, grab and multi processors being the stars of the show. If you are contemplating purchasing a new machine with dedicated work tools to match then Caterpillar machines MUST be on your short list. They have listened to customers, redesigned the products to make them lighter and better and now are training sales staff to understand what you need for particular applications.

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KIT TALK Shorts Group goes short Berkshirebased Shorts Group has added yet another Volvo ECR235 excavator to its growing machinery fleet.

This latest model takes the number of ECR235’s on the fleet to four, with two being used at the firm’s Ascot and Aldershot waste transfer stations, and the other pair being used for its demolition and site clearance operations. “Around 12 years ago, we first looked at the ECR235 as a replacement for other short radius excavators on our fleet and we’ve never looked back,” explains Shorts Group transport manager, Steve Meade. “Our operators like them. They are a compact, powerful and very stable platform, and they are ideally suited to what we do.”


The Shorts Group operates an extensive waste and recycling operation that also encompasses demolition, site clearance, and plant and tool hire. As the business has grown, so too has its machinery fleet. It currently operates around 70 items of Volvo construction equipment which extends from mini and midi excavators for its plant and tool hire operation up to a 50-tonne EC480 excavator used for demolition work. “We’re really pleased with the level of service we get from Volvo,” he says. “Yes, there have been issues, but they have been dealt with in










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Restricted working hours at the Ascot waste transfer station dictates that a high level of productivity and reliability have become essential daily requirements. “Ascot is a 7am to 5pm operation, and we expect to get 10 hours of work from our machines on site every day,” he says. “We get a lorry over the weighbridge every 90 seconds, so when a machine operator needs to stop for a break, another operator takes the controls to ensure these machines don’t stop working until the end of the day. In these applications, the Volvos will clock up around 7 - 8,000 hours in three years.” Each waste transfer station uses its ECR235 to sort and sift through all materials arriving on site to recover as much as possible through the latest state-of-the-art processing equipment. A selection of composts, recycled aggregates and soils are produced, while materials that cannot be recycled - with the exception of hazardous or contaminated materials – are sent for processing as refused derived fuels suitable for energy plants. Meade is pleased to note that residual values

Celebrating its 60th anniversary during 2017, the Shorts Group of companies has evolved from a one-man operation started by the late David Short, into a multi-million pound business employing a workforce of around 200. It was a long-term vision of David’s son, Gary, who is currently Group managing director, to add complimentary aspects to the core business, and to secure a long-term future for the Short family. “Waste management remains the biggest part of our business, and each aspect of the operation blends seamlessly with the next,” concludes commercial business manager, Bryony Short, who represents the third generation of the family working within the business. “There is so much synergy across the business that we can make the most of every opportunity to reuse and recycle from the many different aspects of the Group’s activities. Our target is zero to landfill, and that means making the most of new technologies and processes to enable new ways of recycling the waste streams that we handle.”

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