The versatile machine, only introduced to the UK by Volvo last month, has the ability to switch between demolition and conventional digging thanks to a modular pre-boom arrangement and the hydraulically adjustable undercarriage.
The EC480E HR has an enhanced maximum pin height of 31 m, tool weight of 3 t, operating angle of 20°, and a variety of hydraulic line configurations to account for the numerous attachment possibilities.
Jon Wilmore, procurement manager at Mick George, said: “The performance and reliability of our existing Volvo plant, made acquiring the EC480E HR a relatively easy decision, especially as it opens up new doors with respect to the work we can now complete without external assistance.’’
Mick George was appointed to deliver a £1.1m demolition contract on the former RAF Brampton site which has been closed in 2013. The main three-storey RAF administration office was the first building tackled by the EC480E HR.
The 28 ha acre site will eventually be redeveloped with 500 residential homes and various community facilities.