An East Midlands-based demolition contractor has invested millions of pounds in new vehicles and premises.
AR Demolition has invested over £2.6 million in new factories and vehicles, as well as new facilities at its home near Market Bosworth, West Leicestershire.
The company, which recently moved under new shared ownership, will use the premises as a workshop for its machinery and vehicles, as well as for manufacturing and engineering. Some 12 employees are based in the new facilities.
They will also house AR’s transportation business, managed by Alex Murrell, the company’s director of plant and logistics.
AR also purchased a new excavator with a crane that has three quick-release arms that reduce downtime on site and can reach up to 100 feet.
It has also invested in new demolition excavators, heavy trucks and smaller vehicles, growing AR’s fleet to over 50 vehicles.
Founded in 2007, AR is now jointly owned by new chief executive Mike Henderson and chief financial officer Matt Munro, alongside chief executive Richard Dolman.
Mr. Henderson, who joined the management team at the end of 2016, said: “We are delighted that this final stage of the development of our company is complete and that the foundations are in place for our future.
“For the benefit of our own business and the demolition industry as a whole, AR is committed to pioneering standards in safety, employee welfare, sustainability and innovation.
“Over several years of shaping and delivering true enabling solutions to our customers, we have innovated with demolition technology, engineering and techniques, as evidenced by our latest investment in our high reach demolition excavator with arms and attachments. quick release, a first for the industry in Britain.
“These solutions themselves require proper maintenance to ensure they remain effective and efficient.
“Our new premises will help us maintain high standards, both in the way we do our work and in the way we take care of our staff.
“It’s a key part of how we move our business forward. Under our new co-ownership and with our expanded premises, plants and vehicles secured, the next steps in our journey have clarity and direction, with a focus on key deliverables and areas of business activity.
He said the company plans to replace its diesel vehicles with low-carbon fuels early next year and is studying the costs and practicalities of using hydrogenated vegetable oil.
The rest of the fleet is already made up of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Mr Henderson said: “We are in this for the long haul and the investment in our new machinery, vehicles and plant demonstrates the confidence we have in our business and our values.
“Of course, as a specialist demolition contractor, it’s exciting to continue to grow our fleet.
“We have built a reputation for innovation and sustainability, which is why having modern machinery is essential for the delivery of our services.”