Chicago Pneumatic supplies rivet buster to aid restoration of Dover’s historic cruise terminal
Specialist contractor McNealy Brown Limited has paid tribute to Chicago Pneumatic’s CP4608 rivet buster for its crucial role in a major project to refurbish the Port of Dover’s historic Cruise Terminal building. The handheld tool was used in a vital phase of the project which strengthened the roof structure by removing and replacing the original rivets.
The rivets which fastened together a series of steel laminations had to be carefully removed before the steel work could be reinforced and tension control bolts put in place. Carefully working from scaffolding 12m from the ground, the team faced a difficult challenge in strengthening and realigning the components of the roof while maintaining the integrity and character of the historic structure.
The CP4608 rivet buster from Chicago Pneumatic had the correct combination of lightweight handling and dynamic power to enable the removal of dozens of rivets.
Keith Bryant, Contracts Manager at McNealy Brown, said: “By using the CP4608 we have been able to remove the rivet heads and punch out the remaining rivet shaft through the hole. We have removed hundreds of rivets to date, comprising both individual rivets and clusters. It is a difficult job and has taken some considerable time but the rivet buster enabled us to apply the correct amount of pressure to remove the rivets safely and without causing damage. In fact, we have become specialists in rivet busting, having worked on several other historic transport buildings in the South of England, including St Pancras, Waterloo and Brighton stations.”
Colin Frost, Business Development Manager at Chicago Pneumatic, said: “This has been a fascinating and challenging project for the contractors and the CP4608 has been an important ally in helping them to make progress. They have benefited from having a very precise and powerful tool in a compact package. One of the big advantages of this rivet buster is the controlled power system, which gives the user ability to vary the amount of power being applied.”
The CP4608 offers approximately the same hitting power as a 30kg (60lb) breaker but is only half the weight.
These works will be continuing over the next year.