Recent Projects

London Square - Guildford

When contracted to remove the front entrance, staircases, landings and walls of a concrete framed building we chose to use the DXR 140. Its power to weight ratio and compact size made it a ‘no brainer’, states Managing Director, Colin Walker. We specialise in various tasks contained within the diamond drilling and sawing industry and have built a reputation for providing a professional, reliable and prompt service. One such undertaking involved them sub-contracting on a project in Guildford where the main contractor was implementing a new layout on a concrete framed building. To suit the new building layout, their client wanted the front entrance of the building, 1st floor transfer slab and next 3 floor slabs removed back to the lift shafts, the stair case and landings removed, one complete wall removed to all floors with the other stair shear wall needing to be cut back.

One particular restriction was the very tight staircase, this was no problem for the DXR 140, with its compact design and a width of only 77cm it can access many working locations. Its 360 degree arm and reach of 4.4m meant that we were able to reach the top of the walls even whilst working on the very tight staircase. With no noise restrictions the operator was able to use the full potential of the machines power and SB 152 hammer. We were initially behind schedule due to lost time waiting for crash decks to be struck and cleared, however the breaking force of the DXR 140 enabled them to claw back some time and finish on time as planned. Operative Mr Jamie Love who was using the DXR 140 and has a lot of experience with alternative machines of a similar size, was impressed by the DXR 140’s punching power. Colin adds ‘Over the 6 weeks the machine did not miss a beat and we have been pleased with its performance.’ 6 weeks, 4 floor walls, beams and staircases demolished with ease thanks to the DXR 140.

Husqvarna Following completion of the job, our robot was dropped off at the Husqvarna Service Centre in Maidstone for a full service, which was completed in a few days, meaning their machine was ready for its next challenge. Husqvarna have 3 service centres in the UK each with experienced technicians that are always at your service. They provide aftersales support, servicing and training on all Husqvarna equipment.

Banksy artwork saved for the future

Diamond cutting is being used for more and more unusual projects such as this recent job in London where a mural by the world renowned artist, Banksy, needed to be removed and stored for future reinstalment. We were contacted by its supplier, EC Hopkins, regarding a customer who wanted a Banksy cut out of the wall of its building and was looking to purchase a chain saw to do this himself. The company then gave its customer our details and contact was shortly made. The Banksy in question, known as the Haring-Dog mural first appeared on the blank wall on the building in Bermondsey, London in 2010, and features a barking dog and a man in a hooded top. Plans for a sevenstorey development at the site had recently been approved and rather than lose the Banksy, the owner wanted the Banksy removed and put into restoration and storage to go back into the new building for future generations to see. We were then requested by the client to cut out the Banksy and gave an initial price to cut out the whole of the wall and fix plywood to either side and lower the supported section onto pallets

After a visit to site it turned out the client did not require “the full Monty” but just wanted the quickest and most cost effective option that could be supplied, as the render and artwork had some substantial cracks in it – these in fact we pointed out when suggesting its first option. On closer inspection of the wall at another location it could be seen that it was a double layer of render and it would be possible to cut out a chase to the side of the artwork wide enough to get the ICS chain saw into and flush enough for the operative to cut the back of the render and face of the brickwork. One of our senior supervisors, Graham Field, carried out the cutting works to the saw’s maximum depth, which then allowed the client and his operatives to tease and wiggle out the cut and cracked sections to the nearest crack and carefully remove each piece to a vehicle for future placing together and restoration in a metal frame to go into the new building. The works created quite a stir on social media with it even being reported as being stolen and the police turning up asking what we were doing. Fortunately, the client soon allayed those fears and the “boys in blue” allowed us to complete its task unhindered within the day as quoted.

"Cut & Carve" at Kingston Primark

This our most recent “cut & carve” we have completed at Kingston for RG Group for Primark in Eden St Kingston, It is worth watching a few times as a lot is going on even if it does not seem like it at times, approximately 1,880 tons of concrete in 157 x 20 yard hook lift bins. The heavily reinforced concrete beams, columns and slabs have been removed with a combination of wire, plunge wire, track sawing crunching and breaking out with a combination of remote control demolition machines.

Facial floor opening at Kimberly Clark

20L/m x 6L/m track sawn and robotically broken out with beams of 950mm x 500mm and corbels below wire sawn into sections for removal

Admiralty Walkway Pier in Dover

Truecut & Goody Demolition have also recently successfully removed a 500L/m cantilevered section of the Admiralty Walkway Pier in Dover’s Western docks adjacent to the very busy Cruise Terminal, with Truecut also drilling 300 holes 500mm deep into granite for the installation of the new handrail systems.

As per our health and safety policy, the operatives carrying out the drilling and sawing were at all times secured to a static line with harness and lanyard.

Over in the Eastern Docks we have been busy as usual with FM Conway on the Berth 6 refurbishment. Drilling, track sawing and bursting the heavily reinforced stair core, whilst also deep drilling the berth dolphins to anchor in the new ferry loading ramp frames.