“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”!

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.”

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

Further investment at SCCP

Schwing M24 - September 2015

Schwing M24 – September 2015

South Coast Concrete Pumping Ltd have taken delivery of two new mobile pumps to further enhance our growing fleet. The Schwing 20m and 24m booms are available in the South West and South East areas. These high pressure pumps have already proved their metal on prestigious jobs in London, pumping infrastructure jobs and high rise contracts over 22 floors up through static lines.

Schwing M20 - September 2015

Schwing 20 – September 2015

These latest purchases bring our fleet up to 37 units, with booms ranging from 16m to 63m. Seven brand new pumps have been added in the last 18 months with more investment planned. This shows our commitment to raising standards and meeting the demands of the industry for years to come.

Praise for Scottish depot

Our Scottish depot goes from strength to strength, due in no small measure to the hard work and dedication of the team there. This endeavour has been acknowledged by several of our customers, most recently by the client and customer at the recent Winchburgh Tunnel contract.

Our customer emailed to say:
“Winchburgh substantially complete and handed back on time. Really good result and I would just like to pass on my thanks to you and your teams for helping achieve a real milestone for the project safely and on time.

I have witnessed some real dedication in the face of real adversity out there and I genuinely appreciate what everyone has contributed. Some real lessons to learn for the Queen Street blockade, and some things we need to build on; or change to ensure we deliver the next blockade as successfully as this one.

Thanks again, please pass on my thanks to your teams as it wouldn’t have been possible without their contributions.”

Winchburgh Tunnel

Winchburgh Tunnel

Winchburgh Tunnel

In preparation for the launch of cleaner, greener and quieter electric trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow from December 2016, Network Rail is refurbishing Winchburgh Tunnel, a few miles west of Edinburgh.

South Coast have been pumping the concrete there, setting up above the tunnel and pumping down onto the track. The job has gone smoothly as Network Rail explained to the BBC and STV News – see video below.

Insulating Concrete Formwork

A South Coast Concrete Pumping job has recently been featured on the Evolution 5 Ltd website. Evolution 5 is a project management company based in Southampton and they have been engaged to manage the demolition of an existing property and the construction of a modern, spacious 6 bedroom home in its place. The new home is being built using insulating concrete formwork – in this case Beco Wallform.

Insulating Concrete Formwork

Infilling Insulating Concrete Formwork

Once the blocks had been delivered to site, installed and reinforcing steel fixed, South Coast were booked to infill the blocks with concrete supplied by the local CEMEX plant.

First off, a layer of concrete with a damp proofing additive was pumped into the walls. Following this, the remaining concrete was built up in layers, as a controlled pour, to minimise the potential to damage the polystyrene blocks. The concrete, as is normal for this type of construction, was a 10mm aggregate mix.

They think it’s all over!

Working for Studwelders at Wembley Stadium

Working for Studwelders at Wembley Stadium

South Coast Concrete Pumping was approached by Studwelders Composite Floor Decks Ltd to help install a new floor for the Bobby Moore Suite at Wembley Stadium. Following a technical site visit involving SCCP, Studwelders and the main contractor Buckingham Group, it was decided that the best option was to pump from pitch side.

Wembley Stadium - January 2015

Wembley Stadium – January 2015

Approximately 50 m3 of liquid floor screed was pumped through a 43m Schwing boom pump and 50 linear metres of static line to infill the floor. Wembley Stadium manager Simon Hainsworth and Buckingham’s Lee Snelling took the trouble to email and congratulate all involved as this was the first major pour since the stadium opened.

Placing self compacting concrete at Wembley Stadium

Placing self compacting concrete at Wembley Stadium

There are not many photo opportunities as iconic as this one and South Coast Concrete Pumping is proud to have been an integral part of this project.

Construction Index article

Construction Index article - new pumps

Construction Index article – new pumps

Construction Index has recently published an article highlighting South Coast Concrete Pumping’s investment programme. It is illustrated by a picture of the first of an order of four new Putzmeister pumps to be delivered.

South Coast Concrete Pumping is experiencing a high demand both from existing customers who are busy and from new customers looking for reliable pumps and experienced operators.

It is anticipated that the current investment programme will have to be extended well into 2015 to meet current and expected workloads.