East Midlands-based contractor announces major investment in new equipment and yard facilities
SPECIALIST contractors AR Demolition have invested more than £2.6 million in new plant and HGV fleet additions, alongside new facilities at their Carlton headquarters, near Market Bosworth, in Leicestershire.
The expanded premises will be used for plant and vehicle workshop, fabrication, and engineering, as well as welfare for the 12 staff based at the yard facilities. They will also provide a base for AR’s haulage activities, which will be managed by Alex Murrell, the company’s plant and logistics manager.
AR have also created a new concept in the demolition sector with the purchase of the KMC600P-7 high-reach demolition excavator along with crane technology. According to the company, uniquely adding three quick release arms to the machine is a UK first, which has reduced downtime on site and provides greater efficiency for client projects requiring a 34m high-reach machine.
Also covered by the investment are three further new demolition excavators and more new HGVs and smaller vehicles to AR’s current fleet. The latest round of investment brings the company’s total number of machines and vehicles to around 50, including LGVs, HGVs, cars, and construction equipment.
AR also plan to switch their diesel-powered vehicles to low carbon fuel in the early part of next year and is currently researching the costs and practicalities of using hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). The rest of the fleet already consists of hybrid and electric vehicles, as AR bids to lead the way as a sustainable demolition contractor in the industry.
‘We are pleased that this latest stage of the development of our company is complete, and the foundations are all in place for our future,’ said Mike Henderson, managing director of AR Demolition. ‘For the benefit of our own business but also the demolition industry as a whole, AR is determined to pioneer standards for safety, staff welfare, sustainability and innovation.
‘Over several years to shape and offer our clients true enabling solutions, we have innovated with technology, engineering and demolition techniques as can be seen in our latest investment in our high-reach demolition excavator with quick release arms and attachments, a UK first for the industry.
‘Our new premises will help us ensure that standards remain high, both in how we do our work and in how we look after our staff. That’s a key part of how we take our company forward. Under our new joint ownership and with our expanded premises, plant and vehicles secured, the next stages of our journey have clarity and direction, with a focus on key deliverables and areas of business activity.’