A former World War II bomb proof radar station is proving no match for a state-of-the-art piece of demolition machinery.  

Durham-based demolition and asbestos removal experts, MGL Demolition are using the Rotar RDP42 Pulveriser, purchased from Worsley Plant near Manchester to make light work of demolishing the reinforced concrete station at RAF Boulmer.

The station, which used to have a 57-tonne radar on top is two stories high with roofs and floors which are 600mm thick and the walls up to 1 metre thick.  The work is part of one of 8 contracts MGL are currently undertaking on behalf of Carillion Enterprise, an industry partner of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) – the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) property and services provider.

The Pulveriser is the most recent addition to MGL Demolition’s range of plant, and workmen are so impressed by its capabilities, they have already nicknamed it the ‘Special One’.

Derek Watt, Contracts Manager for MGL Demolition, said: “We are extremely impressed with the Rotar RDP42. After seeing the demonstration that Worsley Plant arranged for us, we had no option but to buy it.  It is extremely efficient on tough jobs and we are saving both time and money on projects due to its superior productivity. We are definitely looking at adding more Rotar demolition attachments to our range of equipment, and look forward to an on-going relationship with Worsley Plant.”

MGL Demolition first saw the Rotar RDP42 Pulveriser in action whilst at the Demolition Expo event in 2013 and were blown away by its capabilities.

Sean Heron, Managing Director of Worsley Plant, said: “We arranged for a demonstration at a project in Stafford on a reinforced barrelled concrete roof. MGL Demolition was so impressed with the Rotar brand that they bought it there and then.  It is now the biggest Pulveriser in their range – they already have six others.  The nature of this job meant demolition and removal was going to be an extra tough task and I’m pleased that the Rotar RDP42 is proving to be a key tool in achieving a good turnaround time on this project. Since purchasing the Pulveriser they are so pleased with its performance and with the Rotar brand they are now also looking at the RDC32S Combi Shear.”

MGL Demolition’s excavator, a Liebherr 954 34m high reach, has the Rotar RDP42 mounted onto it using its short boom. This has its own built in water suppressant system, which works very well alongside the shape and design of the Rotar.  The company can now utilise other plant on other works, as the RDP42 is so efficient at demolition and can be used to move and produce.

Whenever possible on their projects MGL aims to recycle as much material as they can.  Using their mobile crusher MGL crush demolish materials and put them back into any voids left. For this project they estimate a 98% recycle rate.

To see the Pulveriser in action click on the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS6DwSf2F7g

Author:  Juliet Perrett, Marketing & PR, Worsley Plant

MGL Demolition is a family run business that has been operating successfully across the UK since 1972, providing a comprehensive range of services throughout the demolition industry.  They maintain a dedicated team of professionals with a unique combination of experience, technical skill and expertise and are capable of managing all aspects of licensed asbestos removal, demolition, dismantling, decommissioning, asset recovery, recycling and ground remediation. MGL Demolition owns, operates and maintains a large fleet of modern plant and equipment to support their core business.

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