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24 HOUR TAKEDOWN


What do you do over a weekend break? Well if you are Lawson Group, you take a fleet of Caterpillar® machines with accompanying work tools and demolish the Princes Street bridge in the centre of Swindon, capturing it all on time-lapse video viewable at www.finningnews.com/video.


It may sound simple, but faced with a very limited weekend closure, Lawson Group had just 36 hours to prepare the site, demolish the bridge and make good, before reopening the major town centre road for the Monday morning commuter traffic.


The success of the project was in the hands of two highly trained Lawson Group operatives, controlling the lead excavators, a Cat 374D with


MP40 work tool and a Cat 336E with MP20 work tool. These individuals were backed up by other team members responsible for breaking up and removing the demolition debris, using two smaller Cat 323E excavators and a Cat 242D skid steer.


So successful was the operation, that the road was handed over 12 hours ahead of programme, to the delight of Lawson Group MD, Martin Wilson who said:


“The power and capabilities of the Cat 374D in particular meant we were able to split the job into two main phases over the dual carriageway sections. This allowed us to start the breakdown and removal of demolition waste faster, with clearly defined working areas helping to significantly reduce the overall programme time for what ended up being an excellent job.”


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