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Specialist excavators needed for power station demolition

Liebherr Great Britain is to supply Coleman & Company, one of the largest demolition businesses in the UK, with six large demolition specification excavators.

Birmingham-based Coleman recently started a three-year project to demolish the redundant Didcot ‘A’ power station in Oxfordshire. This involves the demolition of a wide variety of structures, ranging from single-storey office blocks through to the main plant that includes the boilers, turbine hall, six cooling towers and a 200m high chimney.

Some of the structures at the power station are extremely heavy-duty in terms of their construction. This meant that Coleman required new equipment to be able to perform the variety of tasks demanded by the job.

Its project management team drew up their initial requirements in September 2013 and, after talking to four manufacturers, entered into detailed discussions in April 2014 with Liebherr.

Managing director Mark Coleman said: “We run a fairly mixed fleet of demolition specified excavators across four recognised brands, including Liebherr. But the only manufacturer we talked to that was able to meet all our detailed demands was Liebherr.”

The detailed specification drawn up by Coleman meant that Liebherr needed to design a variety of specialist demolition rigs that were interchangeable across the six machines.

The deal comprises three 56-tonne R956 excavators, two 80-tonne R954CVH HDW high-reach excavators and a special 120-tonne R974C, all of which have been prepared for working in the industrial demolition sector.

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