Mammoth task for Hyundai Machines at Blackpool Zoo
There’s a new view at Blackpool zoo after one of the former aircraft hangars on the site was demolished by Manchester based MCW Plant, using the company’s new ‘jumbo’30 tonne Hyundai HX300 L, fitted with a Daemo DMS250 sheer.
Clearing the debris from the pulled down hanger is a new 12.5 tonne Hyundai R125LCR-9A which is fitted with a Daemo DMC140 pulverizer, which was delivered to site last week. Both machines were supplied to MCW Plant by Hyundai dealer, HES Enterprises, based in Irlam Manchester.
‘It’s all happening at the Zoo!’
The hanger building, adjacent to the main entrance building and Playbarn, was demolished following a safety inspection where it was deemed unsafe and condemned, MCW Plant, owned and run by managing director, Mark Watson, won the contract.
Part of the zoo, including the main entrance building, is made up of former hangars dating back to the site’s use as an airfield. The hangar which has been demolished was not in public use and plans are not currently in place to build a new structure on the plot. With the old building now gone there’s now a spectacular view of ‘Project Elephant’!
The space where the demolished hangar stood will continue to be used for storage and for staff parking. Blackpool Zoo is currently developing a new elephant house which will replace the current outdated structure. The brand-new state of the art Project Elephant is due to open this summer and will cover three acres. It will include one of the largest indoor elephant experiences in the UK when it opens to the public in the summer.
‘Hyundai machines – robust and ultra-reliable.’
Mark Watson managing director MCW Plant said, “The Hyundai machines are very robust and ultra-reliable. We also have in our fleet a R16-9 mini with breaker and grapple – this machine will do the work of four men on strip out jobs. It’s a great little machine, it never stops.”
Mr Watson added, “Our HX300 is very powerful – even when operating in eco mode, and the fuel-efficiency is second to none, which is a major concern these days, with fuel costs rising.
The cab in the HX300 is also very comfortable – it’s a pleasure to operate even 10 hours a day. Visibility is also spot on in this machine – the AAVM all-round vision camera is superb especially whilst working in a tight spot.”
‘With the attachments, the Hyundai machines have become a Swiss army knife.’
“Our latest purchase from HES was the Hyundai R125LCR-9A zero tail swing machine – we bought it so we could transport it on our own hook lift lorry which gives us great flexibility.” Reported Mr Watson. “We also have a DAEMO crusher, selector grab and breaker, as well as a selection of buckets, it’s so important these days to get maximum utilisation out of machines, with these attachments the machines have become like Swiss Army Knives!”
For the past two-years MCW Plant has been the principal contractor on a number of high profile demolition projects working with local authorities, including Blackpool Council, in addition to working with customers in the private commercial sector.
‘You’re only as good as your last job.’
“We firmly believe that you are only as good as your last job, this is why we have invested heavily in all new Hyundai equipment and vehicles, in addition to our plant and machinery. We have also invested heavily in staff training and all our operators are highly skilled and have regular up to date training at (NCTS) Northwest Construction Training Services. NCTS is based in Cheshire and is one of the best equipped training facilities in the country.
‘Hyundai dealer HES have a wealth of experience.’
Mr Watson concluded, “HES Enterprises have been instrumental in our choice of machinery, apart from the superb Hyundai excavator range, Andrew Shaw and his team at HES have a wealth of experience within the industry, and a pleasure to deal with. We look forward to working with HES in the future.”