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McCormack Demolition Takes Delivery Of First UK JCB JS330 HRD


ONE OF Northern Ireland’s leading demolition contractors has taken delivery of the UK’s first JCB JS330 HRD excavator – and put it straight to work on a project in the heart of Belfast.
The JS330HRD has been developed in harness with demolition industry experts and weighs in at nearly 40 tonnes and has a 21 metre reach. The first machine to be sold in the UK has gone to Belfast-based McCormack Demolition, a company with a demolition and deconstruction pedigree stretching back more than 20 years.

Employing more than 30 people and a member of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, McCormack Demolition has put the JS330HRD – bought from JCB’s dealer BC Plant - to work on demolishing part of the Ross’s Mills site off the Falls Road in Belfast.

The former three-storey linen mill is more than 100-years-old and while part of the building is being retained and converted into luxury loft-style apartments, other sections are being demolished as part of the development.

Following the demolition project at the Ross's Mills site, the JS330HRD moved on to demolish the former Murrays tobacco factory in Linfield Road, Belfast, where site clearance is still underway.

Eamonn McCormack is McCormack Demolition’s Managing Director and his sister Una McCormack is the company’s General Manager. Una McCormack said: “We were searching the market for a high reach demolition excavator and were aware that JCB had added one to its range. We needed the machine almost immediately and availability was excellent.

“The machine has performed very well and our operator is very pleased with it, particularly with the stability and the visibility from the cab. Our experience of buying our first ever JCB machine has been very positive and based on that, we would certainly consider JCB when buying another demolition excavator.”

Ken Bainbridge, UK and European Director, Demolition and Waste Recycling, said: “Research shows that a significant number of plant purchases made by demolition contractors are specialised high reach demolition machines. By having a 21-metre high reach demolition rig in the JCB range we have now become a primary supplier to the demolition industry.”

Designed and built by JCB Heavy Products, the rig comprises a three-fold boom. It fits on to the standard JS330XD base unit and is compatible with associated demolition attachments. The model forms the spearhead of the JCB’s drive for a greater share of the European market.

The JS330 HRD is the flagship of JCB’s extensive range of products sold to the demolition sector. Existing products include mini excavators, backhoe loaders, telescopic handlers, skid steer loaders, wheeled loading shovels and XD specification tracked excavators.

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