New Volvo straight boom takes down prison
By Steve Ducker08 April 2022
German Demolition contractor Todte has become the first company in Europe to put Volvo CE’s EC380E Straight Boom through its paces – taking down a former prison in the process.
The Naumburg correctional facility – in the state of Saxony-Anhalt in the east of the country – once housed more than 250 inmates.
However, it had stood empty for several years and will be replaced by a development including a hotel, gallery, wine bar and several apartment buildings.
Only the historically listed courthouse on the site will be preserved.
The first phase for Wiesbaden-based Todte involved demolishing the former prison and detention centre buildings, which were up to 29 m (95 ft) high.
This required excavators with a long reach to tackle the masonry. In addition to a two-year-old Volvo EC380EHR with long front equipment, a brand-new Volvo EC380E Straight Boom made its debut.
Todte commissioned the first European order the excavator with extended-reach configuration in the spring of 2021.
It was supplied by Volvo dealer Bischoff, whith whom Todte has had a relationship for over 40 years.