A brand new fleet of JCB excavators have shifted more than 50,000m3 of earth as part of the £8 billion Battersea Power Station development in London.

One of the UK’s leading premier concrete frame specialists MPB Structures – which has offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Corby – has purchased three JCB JS220LC and two JS130LC models specifically for the high profile contract.

The five new high-specification, low-emission JCB tracked excavators are digging the foundations for new residential, retail and office buildings at the former Battersea Power Station site.

They are working adjacent to the existing power station building, with the JCB models digging to a depth of 8.5 metres and removing approximately 56,000m3 of earth in total. Following the complex excavation process, which includes temporary props to retain earth, MPB Structures will insert pile walls to create the basement area for the new development.

The new JCB excavators have been on site throughout, carrying out the bulk excavation duties and subsequent digging around and underneath the props, along with the creation of a service trench. The machines have also loaded the removed spoil into dumpers to be taken off site by road.

“We are delighted to have these fantastic fully-loaded machines and would like to thank Watling JCB for their great service,” says MPB Structures Director, Pat Boyle.

“We chose them to match the specific emissions and health and safety demands of the Battersea Power Station development and have selected a range of options to ensure the protection of our operators and those on site.

“The JCB LiveLink telematics system is a major advantage as it enables us to accurately monitor the performance of our machines remotely. Of particular interest is tracking the Ad Blue levels which are currently running at a ratio of less than 5% Ad Blue to Diesel.”

Supplied by dealer Watling JCB, all five new excavators have been specified with the latest 360-degree camera systems, green beacon seatbelt warning lights, upper structure hand rails and twin-locking hydraulic quickhitches for maximum on site safety. They have also been supplied with performance-matched new hydraulic breakers from the JCB Contractor hammer range.

The five new models join MPB’s fleet of medium to large excavators. MPB has also recently purchased a range of 6, 12 and 14-metre JCB HiViz Loadall telescopic handlers.