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New Volvo high-reach machine demolishes old RAF base

3 Nov 16 Demolition contractor Mick George has brought in a new Volvo EC480E High Reach excavator to help with the clearance of a former RAF site in Cambridgeshire.

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.

Mick George specialises in bulk excavation, demolition, earthmoving services, ready mixed concrete, skip hire, aggregates and waste management services.

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