shows that the concept was being used in 1987 by the US
In the UK, JCB has also developed a remotely-operated
excavator for one of the UK’s leading demolition specialists.
Birmingham-based Coleman & Company has pur-
chased the bespoke 21 tonne excavator which combines
a JCB JS190 upper structure with a JS220LC undercarriage
and rubber track pads. The result is a machine powerful
enough to deploy a 4 tonne multi-processor attachment
without exceeding a gross weight of 25 tonnes.
The development required close co-operation between
Coleman Engineering Services, dealer Gunn JCB and JCB
The new excavator is working 20 hours a day on the
highly prestigious redevelopment of Birmingham New
Street Train Station. It has been purpose designed for the
project at the redeveloped station and Grand Central shop-
Its work involves the removal of existing reinforced con-
crete floors to create a void beneath the new atrium
Coleman is the principal demolition contrac-
tor working on the project and is now in its fifth year
on site. The current phase sees the removal of 6,000
tonnes of mass reinforced concrete during 2014/2015.
Some beams weigh as much as 80-90 tonnes and
are 2.5 m wide and 1.5 m deep.
On an industrial site, these would present a sig-
nificant challenge, however this project is taking place
inside, directly beneath the newly constructed, multi-
million pound atrium steelwork structure which must
be protected from all aspects of the demolition.
It is also taking place within a live construction site
while 140,000 people continue to travel through the
station each day.
Coleman & Company Technical Manager, Chris Holland,
“We asked JCB to design a bespoke machine that
could carry out specific tasks in high risk and
technically challenging environments. Nothingwas
ever an issue or problem. It was more a challenge
the company rose to. This was very encouraging as
the stakes are very high at New Street given we’ll
be operating above twelve live train lines carrying
thousands of passengers per day.”
The new JCB machine is expected to work on the pro-
ject for the next 9 months. Once completed, it provides
Coleman & Company with a tool for highly complex demo-
Coleman & Company Contract Support Manager
Malcolm Hurst added:
“The remote control machine gives Coleman &
Company the option to operate in restricted and
confined areas while the operator remains in a
A JCB remote controlled excavator made for
Coleman Demolition at work on Birmingham
New Street Station project.
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