Construction-mad youngster is in Paradise

Construction-mad youngster is in Paradise

When five-year-old Oscar Robinson heard about the £500 million Paradise regeneration scheme, he wrote to them asking how they were knocking down the buildings – the team liked his letter so much, they invited him along to see for himself.

Caroline Rudge, of Paradise development manager Argent, and Steve Fisher of phase one contractor Carillion, treated Oscar and his mum and dad, to a special look at the construction site where major site clearance to remove a number of buildings, including the former library and Paradise Forum, is well underway.

Oscar even got to meet Neil Herbert, the operator of the EX1200 hydraulic high reach excavator which is being used to remove the buildings.

One of only three in the country, the excavator weighs in excess of 165 tonnes, the equivalent of 120 average family cars, and reaches 65m, which is  the height of over 15 double decker buses stacked on top of each other.

Dad Matthew said: “Oscar has always been fascinated by construction and demolition and loves playing with his toy diggers, cranes, bulldozers and dumper trucks. He saw that work was starting on the Paradise project and wrote a letter to the team at Carillion asking how they were going to clear the site and build the new buildings, which we forwarded to them on Twitter.

“Oscar was so thrilled to hear back and be invited to see the work for himself. He loved every minute of his visit and it was fascinating to get a special insight into such a high profile construction project and hear first hand from the team. It is early days, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he ends up being inspired to work on projects like this in his future career!”

Caroline Rudge added: “Oscar has shown a real interest in the scheme and it is great to see a person so young with a passion for construction. We hope that Oscar will keep in touch and that his visit to the Paradise project might even inspire his future career.”

More than 150 people are involved in the major clearance works for the Paradise development site, where upwards of 30,000 cubic meters of concrete, enough to fill 12 Olympic sized swimming pools, will be crushed; half of which will be re-used on site.

Construction of the first phase, which will comprise two office buildings totalling more than 350,000 sq ft together with the enhancement of Chamberlain Square, is due to begin in mid-2016.