Lodz railway station reworked by robot
By Lindsay Gale17 February 2014
Polish concrete specialist Konkret is using two Brokk demolition robots, a 160 and a 260, on what is currently the single largest infrastructure project in Poland, the construction of a new transport hub and the redevelopment of Lodz city centre. The two robots are working on the redevelopment of Lodz Fabryczna railway station where the larger Brokk 260 is being used to remove concrete foundations and diaphragm wall, while the smaller 160, equipped with a bucket, is being used to remove scrabble. The project will see the complete redevelopment of more than 90 hectares of Lodz city centre at a cost of €500 million (US$685 million).
Mr Konrad Klimkowski, president of Konkret, said of use of the Brokks: “In this case the timesaving, efficient Brokk method is much appreciated. Overall we also value the safety aspect. It is quite a challenge to convince the Polish customers that it is so much safer to use a demolition robot. But the attitude is slowly but surely changing. At Konkret we long ago realised that hand-held equipment is very inefficient and costly.”
Today the Warsaw based Konkret employs some 50 people working with different demolition techniques. It was established in 2006 and today operates a Brokk fleet of a 100, a 160 and two 260s with associated breakers, drum cutters and concrete crushers..