Anthony O’Connor: A socially responsible demolition business

AOC Services: News

Anthony O’Connor & Sons Ltd (AOC), a demolition and excavation business based in Salford, have recently seen a surge in contractual appointments for new schools being built across the UK and within the last quarter alone, AOC have been appointed to work on three different schools with their own special needs…

Having won a competitive bid process in May to undertake the demolition and excavation of the upper school buildings at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes, which converted to Academy Status earlier this year, AOC completed the work within 8 weeks of being on site, during which time word had spread leading to their appointment to work on Kearsley Academy in Bolton, again as a result of winning a bid from a select list of tendered companies.

Contracts Director at AOC, Luke Roche tells us “We have worked hard to build relationships with many of the UK’s leading construction companies and local councils, and are proud of the work we do with them on re-developing community and public service initiatives around the country.

Work began on Kearsley Academy in July and AOC were off the site by the end of August completing a range of services including demolition and excavation of all of the existing school buildings, and filling the site to create level areas for new sports pitches at the school, using Komatsu tracked 20-40 tonne excavator machines and a mobile crusher unit. They were appointed by construction client BAM Construction Ltd, whose Supply Chain Manager, Derek Dreaves comments: “We appointed Anthony O’Connor & Sons because of their strong reputation for understanding the technicalities of complex projects like this. Their management on site ensured that their work provided a good foundation to complement our subsequent construction work. The project was completed on time and in budget.

Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd have recently appointed AOC to carry out demolition for two phases of the £18m re-development of a special needs school in Craig y Don, Llandudno, following successful completion of work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital recently. The initial phase will require AOC to demolish four houses on the existing site currently used for residential purposes by the school, to enable the new service mains to be laid into the new school, which will lead to a second phase of demolition of the former 1960’s building as the new school is completed in January 2014.

The new facilities at the special needs school will include classrooms and specialist teaching areas, library, IT spaces, therapy rooms, hydro-pool, sports hall and vocational teaching areas whilst externally, the site will include improved vehicle access and parking, new grassed and multi-use sports pitches and new habitat and recreation areas. The residential facilities will be repositioned on the site and rebuilt as self-contained flats with a new entrance offering a clear division between home and where schooling takes place.

On behalf of Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd, Alistair Brymer, Construction Manager for the project, says “The Craig y Don special needs school has been a major project for us for almost two years, and whilst we are nearing the final stages, we’re delighted to have Anthony O’Connor & Sons as part of our extended team to complete the job to the extremely high standards we set to achieve. 

AOC’s ethical approach to the projects they take on extends from the socially responsible business culture they apply to their own business, which recently has seen the company invest over £0.5m on eco- friendly machinery and transport.

These include a new Ford Transit van equipped with a range of ECOnetic technologies such as a specially calibrated 2.2 litre 100PS/310Nm Duratorq TDCI Stage V engine with a Final Drive Ratio (FDR) of just 3.94 to improve economy, auto start-stop and a switchable 70mph speed limiter. The van will be used to transport site crew from AOC’s head office in Eccles, Salford, rather than each person take a separate vehicle to site, making a positive impact on the company’s carbon footprint.

AOC was also one of the first demolition companies in the UK to purchase the new PC360LC/NLC-10 Hydraulic Excavator, of which key features include lower fuel consumption and better operator comfort, with improved efficiency and enhanced serviceability to maximise productivity and lower operating costs. With an engine supported by a flywheel horsepower of 271 hp (202 kW), the machine is EU Stage IIIB / EPA Tier 4 Interim emission certified, reinforcing AOC’s alignment in supplier Komatsu’s ethics, leveraging its leadership in technology and innovation to design environmentally friendly machines.


Notes to Editors:

  • Anthony O’Connor & Sons Ltd (AOC) was established over 30 years ago by Anthony O’Connor, as a demolition business. The company has since gone from strength to strength providing services in:
    • Demolition
    • Bulk Excavation and Earthworks
    • Ground Remediation
    • Heavy Haulage and Transportation
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Recycled Aggregates
    • Plant and Equipment Hire

  • Clients include those in the construction and property sectors, industrial contractors and local authorities with long-standing relationships developed with companies such as BAM Construction Ltd, Willmott Dixon Ltd and Contract Services Ltd.

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  • Additional information relating to this press release can be obtained from Rina Bharath, Marketing & PR Consultant for Anthony O’Connor & Sons Ltd, on 07515 403 811 or