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    No time to waste at water treatment plant project in Auckland

    Published on 19 July 2017, Wednesday, 3:51 PM

    Removing 200 cubic metres of bark media from each of the bio-filters at a waste water treatment plant in Auckland without damaging the surrounding landscaping or decorative precast concrete walls required an innovative and somewhat unorthodox approach. That’s when Kennards Hire Lift & Shift provided a viable alternative solution: conveyor belts.

    Elton Perry, Project Manager at HEB Construction explained that the project involved re-surfacing the concrete walls of the large bio-filter tanks, which are used to remove the odour at the treatment plant.

    “Below the bark is a PE (Polyethylene) box structure, which creates a void and helps dissipate the gasses,” Elton said. “Over that is a wind break material and 150 cubic metres of bark 1.5 metres deep.”

    Kennards Hire Lift & Shift, which has recently opened its specialist branch in East Tamaki, the first in New Zealand, supplied construction company HEB Construction with 3 x 6.0 metre conveyor belts, safety fencing and trestles.

    Kennards Hire Lift & Shift conveyors

    “We had a small backhoe positioned in the bio-filter tank and connected the conveyors together.” said Elton. “One was secured to a trestle so it could dump the media directly into a tipper truck. This added to efficiency and eliminated any need for double handling,

    “This is the first time HEB Construction has used the conveyor belts from Kennards Hire Lift & Shift. They’re quick to set up, simple to operate and light enough for two men to easily reposition as needed,” he added.

    With a history that dates back to 1975, HEB Construction specialties extend across civil infrastructure construction solutions, land development, sub-divisions, marine, water and wastewater services throughout New Zealand and Australia.

    “We use a lot of products from Kennards Hire on various projects. We know the equipment is well serviced and reliable,” said Elton.

    Kennards Hire Lift & Shift has a range of portable conveyors, which include 3.0 and 6.0 metre units. The units are compact and can be assembled in as little as 15 minutes without specialised equipment or tools.


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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.