Plant & Equipment

The secret to maintaining our track record in delivering safe, efficient and cost-effective demolition, civil and structural solutions is through the continued investment in the right plant and equipment – From state-of-the-art specialist excavators, dumpers and piling rigs, to compressors, tower cranes, self-climbing placing booms, formwork, propping and access equipment.

McGee has always been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to plant – from the first use of the telescopic grab at The British Library in 1984, the use of the Remote Control Brokk demolition machine at Battersea Power Station in 1987 to introducing the first electric excavator to eliminate emissions at Tate Britain in 1997. All of these machines were specifically adapted in-house to safely and efficiently carry out the necessary work.

More recent plant innovations include:

  • Conversion of three 5 tonne mini excavators and one 12 tonne midi piling rig to full electric power, removing the diesel engines and replacing them with three-phase electric motors of the same power ratings. The machines are now emission-free, with much-reduced noise levels for operation in a low headroom configuration.
  • The bulk excavation for the 34-metre deep hotel basement in Leicester Square would not have been possible without a bespoke designed Liebherr R956 telescopic excavator (the first of its kind in the UK) and military-style logistics plan. The peak earth removal rate was 140 loads, which equated to over 2,500 tonnes of earth safely and diligently removed from site in just one day. On average it took 4 minutes to load each tipper arriving to site during this peak earth removal period.

Our team of electricians, fitters and maintenance crews develop solutions to meet special site-specific requirements; they provide a fast and efficient response to any on-site breakdowns and ensure all plant is routinely serviced to make sure it is fully operational.  The age and condition of each item are periodically assessed and replaced as necessary to preserve efficiency, ensuring project delivery deadlines and reducing environmental impact.

Meeting NRMM regulations ahead of programme

New emission control requirements came into effect in 2015 and aim to improve air quality by reducing key pollutants from burning fuel such as diesel, petrol and natural gas.

A number of new ‘Tier 4 final’ machines have recently joined the McGee fleet, including Liebherr R946’s, Hitachi ZX135’s, Thwaites dumpers and Atlas Copco Compressors.

To ensure Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) compliance, McGee has completed a programme to retrofit 40 legacy machines, including: Liebherr R954, Hitachi EX 455, Volvo EC460’s which has involved the installation of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to the exhaust systems and the use of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR).  The project was undertaken in conjunction with Green Urban Technologies and took six months to complete. In fact, the project – which was completed in 2016 – was the biggest major conversion programme to be undertaken by Green Urban at the time.

The entire McGee fleet meets new emission control regulations – all ahead of the London 2020 Low Emission Zone regulations deadline.