JCBs Help Power Battersea Development

JCBs Help Power Battersea Development

A brand new fleet of JCB excavators have shifted more than 50,000m3 of earth as part of the £8 billion Battersea Power Station development in London.

One of the UK’s leading premier concrete frame specialists MPB Structures – which has offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Corby – has purchased three JCB JS220LC and two JS130LC models specifically for the high profile contract.

The five new high-specification, low-emission tracked excavators are digging the foundations for new residential, retail and office buildings at the former Battersea Power Station site. They are working adjacent to the existing power station building, digging to a depth of 8.5 metres and removing approximately 56,000m3 of earth in total. Following the complex excavation process, which includes temporary props to retain earth, MPB Structures will insert pile walls to create the basement area for the new development.

The new excavators have been on site throughout, carrying out the bulk excavation duties and subsequent digging around and underneath the props, along with the creation of a service trench. The machines have also loaded the removed spoil into dumpers to be taken off site by road.

MPB Structures Director, Pat Boyle said: “We are delighted to have these fantastic fully-loaded machines and would like to thank Watling JCB for their great service. We chose them to match the specific emissions and health and safety demands of the Battersea Power Station development and have selected a range of options to ensure the protection of our operators and those on site.

“The LiveLink telematics system is a major advantage as it enables us to accurately monitor the performance of our machines remotely. Of particular interest is tracking the Ad Blue levels, which are currently running at a ratio of less than 5 per cent Ad Blue to Diesel.”

MPB Structures selected the JCB excavators to meet the stringent emissions and health and safety requirements of the Battersea Power Station site. They are powered by the fuel-saving, low-emission JCB EcoMAX T4F engine, which meets Stage IV/Tier 4F legislation without using a bulky DPF.

Supplied by dealer Watling JCB, all five new excavators have been specified with the latest 360-degree camera systems, green beacon seatbelt warning lights, upper structure hand rails and twin-locking hydraulic quickhitches for maximum on site safety. They have also been supplied with performance-matched new hydraulic breakers from the JCB Contractor hammer range.

The five new models join MPB’s fleet of medium to large excavators. MPB has also recently purchased a range of 6, 12 and 14-metre HiViz Loadall telescopic handlers from the same manufacturer.

About Battersea Power Station
The Battersea Power Station development is the subject of an £8bn investment to regenerate the historic London landmark and its surroundings and will ultimately combine residential areas with retail outlets, workplaces, galleries, markets, restaurants and pedestrian streets between the Thames riverside and Battersea Park.

About MPB Structures
MPB Structures is a family owned private limited company which specialises in earthworks, drainage, civil engineering and is one of the UK’s foremost reinforced concrete sub and superstructure contractors.

Founded in 1987, it has vast experience in the development of innovative and award winning structures including: universities, colleges, shopping centres, car parks, rail infrastructure and London Underground projects. In 2017, MPB will be celebrating 30 years in business and hitting a turnover of £100million.

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