“Big Red” becomes the “Great White”!

M63 resprayed

M63 resprayed

The flagship pump in South Coast’s fleet, the Putzmeister M63 has been resprayed in the company’s new blue and white livery. Previously known in the industry as “Big Red”, this iconic pump has now been rechristened the “Great White”!

Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station

Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station

Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station

The first concrete has been successfully poured for power station galleries at the new Hinkley Point C, nuclear power station. The galleries are a network of connected tunnels which will carry cabling and pipes. They will be some of the first permanent structures on the site. For this pour South Coast Concrete Pumping supplied two working 42 metre boom pumps and another 42 on standby.

First concrete pour for power station galleries

First concrete pour for power station galleries

Hinkley Point C will relaunch the nuclear construction industry in the UK. It will provide 25,000 job opportunities and 1,000 apprenticeships with many of the jobs going to people living in Somerset. Three million tonnes of concrete and 230,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement will be used in the construction phase.

Images and text courtesy of EDF Energy

Technical paper – Crossrail’s Moorgate shaft base pour

Crossrail has a Learning Legacy website dedicated to “the collation and dissemination of good practice, lessons learned and innovation from the Crossrail construction programme”. The material, consisting of case studies, technical papers, documents, templates and datasets, is being “shared for use by other major projects and is relevant to clients, corporates, and suppliers from main contractors to small and medium enterprises.”

Recently a technical paper was published on the Learning Legacy website about the design, detailing and construction of the Moorgate shaft base slab – a 1750 m3 pour carried out using South Coast’s 63m pump working alongside Camfaud Concrete Pumps.

Moorgate shaft base pour

The technical paper makes for fascinating reading, especially in regard to the pour preparations. As the paper concludes: “Careful planning of the concrete pour from reinforcement detailing through to road closures to give access to a constrained site in the heart of the City of London, the contingency measures for disrupted concrete supply and the control of concrete temperature led to the successful execution of what was at that time Crossrail’s largest concrete pour.”

UK Concrete Show 2017

Putzmeister M47 at the UK Concrete Show 2017

Putzmeister M47 at the UK Concrete Show 2017

South Coast Concrete Pump’s latest large boom pump is on display this week at the UK Concrete Show 2017. The show is in Hall 5 of the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 February.

If you are planning to visit the show, please stop by the Putzmeister stand to take a look at this 47 metre boom pump. Representatives from South Coast will be at the show for much of the time, so please seek us out if you have any questions about hiring this most impressive pump.

New in Maidenhead

Putzmeister BSF 20.09

Putzmeister BSF 20.09

Pictured above is the latest addition to the SCCP fleet, a Putzmeister BSF20.09, which is due to operate from our Maidenhead depot. With its short wheel base and narrow front outriggers (only 3.4m in width) we are confident that this pump will prove to be a big hit in the London market. The pump has a high pressure core pumping unit that will tackle high rise and long distance pumping contracts with ease.

If you would like to hire this new pump or would like more information, please call our hire desk.

Creating the world’s leading concrete pumping business

South Coast Concrete Pumping Ltd (‘South Coast’), is delighted to announce, along with Camfaud Concrete Pumps Ltd (‘Camfaud’) and Premier Concrete Pumping Ltd (‘PCP’), a partnership with US based Brundage Bone, to create the world’s leading concrete pumping business. The partnership provides an exciting opportunity for us to continue increasing investment and innovation, to support further growth in these high performing UK businesses.

As part of the partnership with Brundage-Bone, South Coast will work increasingly closely with Camfaud and PCP, while maintaining and celebrating these three unique and highly respected brands. UK operations will continue to be headed up by the existing management team of Tony Faud, Peter Faud, Brendan Murphy and Damian Shepherd. Tony will also be appointed as a member of the Brundage-Bone Board of Directors.

Tony Faud, Managing Director of UK operations, said: “We’re very excited to be working with Brundage-Bone in creating a world leader in concrete pumping. Brundage-Bone is a natural partner for us and we think this partnership will create great opportunities for our staff, our customers and our suppliers. South Coast, Camfaud and PCP are strong businesses that are leaders in their own markets and, we believe, will continue to grow and innovate as part of this new, larger group.”

“Brundage-Bone is proud to welcome these outstanding businesses, which are known for excellent customer service, technical excellence across a multitude of complex concrete pumping applications and strong leadership teams,” said Bruce Young, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brundage-Bone. “The addition of Camfaud, PCP and South Coast fit well with our own business model, and together we can leverage our capabilities on a multinational basis to best serve our customers. Moreover, with the financial support of Peninsula Pacific behind us, we have the right foundation to continue to prudently expand as conditions warrant.”

New Schwing S28X

Schwing S28X

Schwing S28X


The new Schwing S28X has landed! The smaller sister to the S36X, it is compact and versatile, and is destined to become a real workhorse in our fleet.

The S28X boasts the same key attributes as the 36 metre pump – high pressure, high volume and a small footprint on site. The pump’s vector system for safe one side support requires a width of only 5.96m fully rigged or 4.23m if working over one side.

We confidently expect our new Schwing S28X to become a favourite for high volume pours, especially on congested construction sites.

New Schwing S 36 X

Schwing S 36 X

Schwing S 36 X

The latest addition to our fleet is now available for hire from our Fareham depot. This Schwing S 36 X will shortly be joined by another new pump, the S 28 X . These high pressure high volume pumps both have Schwing’s vector system allowing for safe one side set up. They also have the desirable straight out outrigger configuration and their arrival will only strengthen South Coast’s capabilities and reputation as a market leader for the hire of mobile concrete pumps.

Old Portsmouth’s Round Tower

Old Portsmouth's Round Tower

Old Portsmouth’s Round Tower

Portsmouth City Council is currently redeveloping Point Barracks, an old military establishment in Old Portsmouth, into a major arts attraction. The arches of Hot Walls are being developed into 13 art studios, a new brasserie and café and the Round Tower is being converted into an exhibition space.

As part of this redevelopment, South Coast Concrete Pumping was asked pump to concrete onto a new roof on the Round Tower. The pour was complicated due to the less than ideal set up position offered – with historic cobble stones and flag stones beneath the pump and overhead cables above.

After due consideration, it was decided to deploy a larger pump, to set it up further from the tower and to boom out over the existing buildings. The pump chosen was a Schwing S43SX, 43 metre boom pump. The boom was long enough to reach the roof and the outrigger configuration allowed the pump to be set up safely in the gap between the site huts and the site storage containers.

Pumping the Round Tower roof

Pumping the Round Tower roof

Over the centuries, the Round Tower has been subjected to the worst coastal weather conditions imaginable. Luckily for South Coast and the main contractor Mountjoy Ltd, the weather was kind on the day of the pour and the work was carried out in calm, dry conditions.

Hinkley C nuclear power plant

Hinckley Point C - nuclear power station enabling works

Hinckley Point C – nuclear power station enabling works

The new nuclear power station being built at Hinkley Point in Somerset is never far from the news. Whilst the final decision on its construction is due shortly, South Coast Concrete Pumping has been an integral part of the site set up and enabling works. Our 36m, 42m and 24m pumps have already completed over 20 pours for key contractors such as Kier BAM jv, Select Plant (Laing O’Rourke) and Hydrock on the site.

If it does finally go ahead, Hinkley Point C will be the largest civil engineering project in the UK. It will demand exceptionally reliable plant, outstanding operators and the highest standards in health and safety. South Coast Concrete Pumping can meet all of these challenges and is well placed to take advantage of the long term opportunities offered by a project of this size & nature.

Hinckley Point C - nuclear power station enabling works

Hinckley Point C – nuclear power station