Long-reach excavators are more usually seen working alongside rivers and waterways, but there’s at least one of them at work in the centre of London on the Crossrail project.
Lynch Plant has supplied a long-reach JCB JS220 for excavation work at Farringdon Station. The Crossrail station being built here is split into two worksites - the Eastern Ticket Hall (ETH) and the Western Ticket Hall (WTH), both surrounded by residential and commercial properties and typically congested London streets. The JS220 is working at the Eastern Ticket Hall removing spoil.
Groundworks have already been completed by Laing O’Rourke/Strabag joint venture and construction work is now being carried out by BFK, a joint venture of BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction.
If, like me, you are starting to slightly tire of BBC’s Top Gear, as it lapses from perfectly-acceptable puerility into the unforgivable realms of repetition, please give it one more chance this Sunday, 4 August 2013.
In a fit of patriotism (possibly 13 months behind the arc of the London Olympics, or maybe on cue for the royal baby), our greying funsters have organised a parade down the Mall of 150 different vehicles that have been made in the UK.
While your Jags, Astons, Rollers and Nobles lead the way, followed by black taxis and ice cream vans, the really meaty stuff brings up the rear.
Augers look set to take over from buckets on Network Rail electrification projects.
TXM Plant is erecting stanchions for overhead cabling on the Manchester-Liverpool railway line. It needs to make holes three metres deep by a metre wide, into which the concrete foundations are then poured. It started out by experimenting with a mix of hydraulic breakers, rock wheels and clamshell buckets. This worked just about well enough, more or less, but it proved to be slow and expensive work. There had to be a better way.
And there was...
Barry Walsh has been in touch from Youghal in County Cork to tell us about his new JCB. It is the first JS145 LC with the new engine to be sold in Ireland.
Barry – that’s him above on the on the right – set up Barry Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd eight years ago. His work is varied from proper construction stuff like excavation, drainage and general groundworks to sports pitches and golf course construction.
The guy on the left, by the way, is Conor O'Lomasney from the local dealer, ECI JCB Cork.
While we like our diggers round these parts, we do recognise that digging is not the only way to excavate. You can suck too, as Brenchley Civil Engineering has discovered.
Brenchley is the first company in the UK to take delivery of the new TT-UK/RSP compact 7.5-tonne City Sucker.
The Portsmouth-based contractor has a street lighting replacement contract for Southern Electric in Hampshire and West Sussex. It has been using a number of larger suction excavators over the past couple of years on this assignment, because digging down on live cables is rather dangerous. Brenchley’s risk assessment calculated that by using suction excavation, their strike rate fell from one in every 142 mains/disconnection holes dug by traditional means (hand or small tools) to one in 546 holes using suction excavation.