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CAT 740 DUMPTRUCK REFURBISHMENT PROGRAMME

Posted by on 5 March 2014

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This is the first of 6 units of Cat 740 to be refurbished by our workshops.

We all feel that Steve and his team have really completed a first class job and all credit to them!!

Apart from the cosmetic paint and decals a huge amount of work was carried out to all bearings,hitch,hydraulics engine and cab much of this work you cannot see that has been done.

This Dumptruck will return to Torr Works Quarry to go back to work with some of the other fleet.

Good Job Well Done!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KELSTON SPARKES PURCHASE FIRST FLEET OF NEW CAT 730C ARTICULATED TRUCKS

Posted by on 27 February 2014

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Finning News wrote the following article about us last week. 

KELSTON SPARKES PURCHASE FIRST FLEET OF NEW CAT 730C ARTICULATED TRUCKS


 

Leading south west contractor Kelston Sparkes has purchased 3 new Cat® 730C articulated trucks, being the first customer in the UK to purchase the recently launched machines.

Having previously purchased their first Cat 740A and Cat 725A series machines in 2006, the recent purchase represents a major vote of confidence for the newly launched Cat 730C, that boasts higher productivity and lower cost.

Commenting on the deal, Kelston Sparkes partner, Rob Stark, said: "The Finning team introduced us to the latest Cat 730C at a demonstration event at the Peterlee factory proving ground, where we were able to see the equipment in action and test it for ourselves. As a main contractor we are interested in productivity, safety and fuel efficiency. We had a choice between the new Cat 725C and the Cat 730C for the applications we work in and felt that the 16% productivity differential with the new Cat 730C was a real selling point."

"The truck also has an automatic retarder and the change in transmission makes the operation a lot smoother. We compared the difference between the new unit and other competitor products and felt that Caterpillar had really made some inroads with the new machine. It has been significantly improved when compared to previous models and for us as contractors we were really pleased that both Finning and Caterpillar showed an interest and understanding of our business needs.

"There is nothing like enthusiasm to sell a good product and with the Finsight solution that we have also gone for, we feel confident in running the machines. We are also safe in the knowledge that one of the team at Finning is monitoring the performance of the whole fleet as it is essential we achieve the higher productivity capable with the Cat 730C"

Kelston Sparkes will take delivery of the UK's first Cat 730C fleet in March 2014.

Adding to the comments from Rob, Key account manager for Finning, Darren Bodio said: "The Cat 730C and sister model Cat 725C are game changers for us at Finning. We now have a product that is a leader in the industry and focused on the needs of our customer. It is made in the UK, designed and manufactured at Peterlee and has benefited from Finning customer input throughout its creation. This means we have a machine that is focused on meeting the needs of UK customers, comfortable for the operators and perfect for the jobsite."

Launched in January 2014 the new Cat 730C and Cat 725C are now available to UK customers.

 

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4 New Excavators added to the fleet.

Posted by on 14 February 2014

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We have taken delivery of 4 New Hitachi Excavators to add to our existing Fleet.  

These machines are 2 Hitachi ZX470LCH -5B and 2 Hitachi ZX210LCH -5B the new generation models and engines with the lowest emissions. This deal represents another £750,000 investment to expand our Fleet with the latest technology. These machines will go to work on our contracts, alongside our other Excavators. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Safe Contractor

Posted by on 13 December 2013

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We are pleased to have renewed our accreditation with SAFE CONTRACTOR. This endorses our company commitment to a Safe Working place and practice. Well done everyone!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another new addition to the fleet an HITACHI ZX290LC Excavator.

Posted by on 3 September 2013

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This is the first of the new generation Zaxis machines purchased by Kelston Sparkes Group, together with a ZW310 3 metre capacity Loading Shovel.

These machines will go to work in our Crushing & Screening division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHALLENGE COMPLETED!

Posted by on 24 July 2013

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On the 13th and 14th July, our colleague Terry O'Callaghan from Kelston Sparkes Group completed the 220 miles cycle challenge “Ian Meek - Let’s Cure Brain Tumours Bristol - Leeds Cycle Challenge”. Ian was a brain tumour patient and great supporter of BTRS.

Terry and his team raised £4,161.23 for Brain Tumour Research cycling from Bristol to Leeds over two days in what was extremely hot weather!  

From Kelston Sparkes we want to say congratulations to Terry and his team for completing this difficult yet extremely worthwhile challenge.

 

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STEART PENINSULA PROJECT PHOTOS

Posted by on 3 July 2013

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Some great photos of our team working at the Steart Coastal Peninsula project. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STEART PENINSULA PROJECT

Posted by on 10 June 2013

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Working on behalf of the Environment Agency, team Van Oord & earthworks contractor Kelston Sparkes are working on a project to provide flood defence and a new wildlife habitat on the Steart Peninsular in North Somerset.


During 2012 and 2013 the £18m Steart Coastal Management Project will have created more than 400 hectares of wildlife-rich habitats including salt-marsh and freshwater wetland. These internationally important habitats provide vital feeding and breeding grounds for wading birds and wildfowl as well as homes for animals such as water voles and great crested newts. The new intertidal habitat will also enhance the recreational and amenity value of the Steart Peninsula. 

Between 300 and 600 hectares of wetland habitat needs to be created in the Severn Estuary over the next 20 years to compensate for the loss of existing salt-marsh and mudflats through predicted rising sea levels, and the construction of new coastal flood defences.

The project also provides set-back defences to enable the Environment Agency to manage flood risks to people and property on the peninsular. The defences will also help those living and working in the area to adapt to sea level rises and plan for the future.

The total excavation volume is approximately 750.000m3 of clay to construct 5km of new sea defence bunds and form salt water lagoons and creeks..

Alan Sparkes, Kelston Sparke’s  MD said: “We have been working as part of the integrated project team during the past 3 years.  During that time we have assisted with the development of the design and detailed planning of the overall scheme, and have also assisted in the developed procedures for advanced ecological mitigation across the peninsular.   In 2011, prior to the main contract,  we constructed a 150m long and 4m high trial section of the main embankment– this was to help to understand the characteristics of the foundation soils and to determine the specification of the final works that is currently under construction" 

“Pre-construction surveys and mitigation works which include archaeology, unexploded ordnance, and topographic surveys have been carried out across the peninsular. The area has a significant archaeological history which must be recorded, and was a practice bombing range during WW2 and after the war. These are significant potential risks that the advanced works contract has mitigated prior to construction of the new habitat.  Carrying out these works as an advanced contract has allowed the main works to proceed with minimal risk of delays due to unforeseen constraints.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUPPORTING A GOOD CAUSE

Posted by on 29 May 2013

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On the 13th and 14th July, Terry O'Callaghan from Kelston Sparkes Group will be cycling 220 miles from Bristol to Leeds in memory of Ian Meek and supporting The Brain Tumour Research charity. Their aim is to raise funds to support specific and dedicated research projects into the treatment and cure of child and adult brain tumours. Terry O has good reason to take part as his own son Oliver, pictured, had a brain operation in 2010 spending 3 weeks in hospital and 12 months recovering. We are pleased to say he is now truly recovered!

If you'd like to join Terry and his team for this challenging event you still have time! The closing date for registrations is 31st May 2013. If you don’t feel up to the challenge but would like to show your support, you can visit the just giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/OliversArmy2013 to donate to a great cause.

To find more information about the event click on the link http://events.btrs.org.uk/?p=410

The picture below was taken at the end of the 63 mile ride from Wetherby to Scarborough supporting BTRS.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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