JMS boom lifts ‘ideal’ for major dock build formwork

Powered access platforms supplied by JMS are assisting a contractor in building formwork and pouring concrete as part of the largest dock expansion project in the UK.

Graham Group is the main contractor for Tilbury2, a £200m extension to Tilbury Docks on the River Thames in Essex, which includes a new roll-on/roll-off terminal and a new railhead.

Its teams are using SkyJack 46AJ and JLG 600AJ articulating boom lifts, from the JMS powered access hire fleet, to work on the formwork workface of a new road viaduct on the site.



Ideal booms for formwork

Graham Group Site Engineer Graham Simpson said: “JMS is providing excellent service. The access platforms they select for us are ideal for constructing formwork and their service is prompt and efficient.”

The viaduct is part of a road network linking Tilbury2 to the main Tilbury Docks.

JMS Managing Director Mark Jackson said: “The SkyJack 46AJ boom lift is ideal for Graham Group’s operators to fix in place the steel bar that makes up the formwork.

“The JLG 600AJ provides the teams with more height to give up and over access to the formwork for close visual inspection and to then support the concrete pouring process.”


Construction materials hub

When it is operational in spring 2020, Tilbury2 will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied freight ferry port and the UK’s biggest construction material processing hub.

Up to ten or more JMS access platforms are being used on site at any one time.

The diesel-powered SkyJack 46AJ is a rugged all-terrain four-wheel drive boom lift with a maximum working height of 16.10m and maximum outreach of 7.54m.

The articulating cherry picker has an industry-leading 360-degree continuously rotating turret, combined with zero tail swing, which makes it ideal for working up against structures like formwork.



All-terrain cherry picker

The JLG 600AJ is also an all-terrain articulating cherry picker, with a maximum working height of 20.46m and a maximum outreach of 12.75m. Its jib adds to its up and over versatility for work on construction sites.

Work began on Tilbury2, located on part of the site of the demolished Tilbury Power station, began in February 2019, and is due to be completed in 2020.

For more information about rough-terrain boom lifts and scissor lifts available from JMS, including the SkyJack 46AJ and the JLG 600AJ, call today. Tel: 0845 457 0000.