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Attachments cut length of demolition project

Rotar grab

Valori Demolition has more than 50 years’ experience in the demolition industry and make it a priority to adapt to changing market conditions. It carries out many types of demolition in the London area, including residential blocks, warehouses, city centre sites, incorporating façade retention, strip out, site clearance and materials recycling.

The company recently become an approved contractor for the London Borough of Brent Council, and its first project was the demolition of an unwanted school classroom and replacing it with a playground. The aim was for 100% recycling of material on-site.

Valori approached materials processing equipment supplier Worsley Plant about hiring a Cat eight-tonne excavator fitted with a three-way circuit to accommodate the attachments they were hiring to work with it: a Rotar grab, a Rammer hammer and a MB crushing bucket.

But access to the site was a problem: the excavator was too high to fit into the entrance. Worsley’s solution was to dismantle the dipper arm and remove the cab, allowing the excavator to go under the canopy at the entrance.

The three attachments were used at different stages: the grab to demolish and segregate, the hammer to break up foundations and floor slabs and the crushing bucket to recycle the crushed material for reuse on-site.

In the first instance, wood from the timber-framed classroom roof was put into skips to be sent for recycling. As well as breaking up the foundations, they also needed to remove a set of concrete steps which were then brick infilled between two walls.

The bucket allowed on-site crushing of materials for reuse as sub base. This saved time and money they would have been spent on skip hire and two dumper trucks, not to mention the impact on the environment, reducing Valori’s carbon footprint. They also saved several days on the overall timing of the project.

Brendan Walsh, Valori contract manager, said: “Worsley Plant relieved all the pressure for us. It supplied everything ready to go – no ringing round or hassle for us. It delivered a truly first class service.”

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