Posted by on 25 May 2012

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Here is the letter that Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation have sent to us.

We also want to say thank you to them and all the people involved for a great charity day. Our team didn't win but we had a 'cracking' time!



















Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Kelston Sparkes Team








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Posted by on 4 May 2012

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We are pleased to support the Wallace & Gromit Children’s Foundation, by entering a team on the Golf Day at Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort on Friday 11th May 2012.

We all hope our team performs to the best of their abilities and the foundation is well supported by a tremendous event organised by the Constellation Media Team.


Have a good Bank Holiday weekend.

Kelston Sparkes Team








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Posted by on 26 April 2012

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To continue updating our Website we have decided to make a promotional video about us and what we do. Last week the Constellation Media film crew came to one of our sites,  Torr Works Quarry, owned by Aggregate Industries to take some footage of our site operations.  The completed edited version will be available to watch very soon. Please keep in touch!!!!

Take a look at the photos below of the production process in action.


                                 Sam filming VOLVO A40E.


                   Kelston Sparkes on site management meeting!!


                          Another load of scalpings delivered


Have an enjoyable week,

Kelston Spakes Team

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Posted by on 20 April 2012

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Did you know we can move loads in excess of 100 tons on our low loaders?

Contact Tony our Plant Manager if you have any requirements.








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Posted by on 21 March 2012

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After suffering a seriously wet few months which caused numerous problems on site. Ray and his crew have now moved the first million tonnes at Torr Works.

The initial contract started last October when we were asked to move three and a half million tonnes across to the other side of the Quarry to uncover limestone reserves. Hopefully with some better weather now coming our way we should be able to increase the production levels and get a bit closer to the dead line we were set.

Have a look at some pictures!




Have a nice week!!

Kelston Sparkes Team

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Premier package for Kelston Sparkes Group

Posted by on 14 March 2012

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Marking the 40th anniversary since purchasing their first Volvo 860T articulated hauler, the Kelston Sparkes Group has made a significant investment in continuing with the Volvo brand with the purchase of new articulated haulers, excavators and loading shovels.

In all a total of six new A40F articulated haulers, two EC480D excavators and two L110G loading shovels have been purchased for several prestige contracts currently being undertaken by Kelston Sparkes in the close proximity to the company’s headquarters. Says Managing Director Alan Sparkes; “We’ve been very fortunate to secure mid to long term contracts within the extractive industry in the south west of the country and in particular the Mendips. As a major contractor to several established companies we are committed to work as a team with our clients in delivering a quality service with experienced personnel and first class products. In turn we rely on known and trusted suppliers such as Volvo to help support our endeavours as we recover, as an industry as a whole, from the recent unprecedented recession.”

The six new 40 tonne trucks have been deployed on a major contract within one of the largest quarries in the Mendips and join an existing mixed fleet of twelve of Sparkes’ A30E’s and A40E’s. The 42 week contract entails the re-siting of approximately 4M tonnes of scalpings from the quarry’s old tip to a worked out area of the site which involves a 2.5 kilometre round trip in order to expose a fresh reserve or urgently required stone. Elsewhere in an adjacent part of the quarry Kelston Sparkes is engaged in loading and hauling blasted limestone from the face to the quarry’s mobile crusher which involves hauling 1.4 million tonnes of rock on a rolling five year contract.


Equipped with full tailgates, oil bath air cleaners and conforming to the current quarry regulations with regards to safety features, the A40F trucks meet the requirements of Stage IIIB emissions legislation. An electronically controlled, six cylinder turbo charged Volvo V-ACT diesel engine developing 347 nett hp features high torque at low engine speeds, resulting in good fuel efficiency, high performance, quicker engine response and less wear, i.e. long service life. Purpose built by Volvo, the V-ACT engine is designed to exactly match the Volvo drive train, ensuring the best use of power and torque, even in tough working conditions. The engine in the drivetrain is matched to a torque converter with built in lock-up function and fitted with a fully automatic fast adaptive transmission. Its shafts, planetary gears and bearings are all reinforced to cope with the higher torque produced by the increased capacity engine.

Two new Volvo EC480D excavators have also been acquired by Kelston Sparkes Group and similar to the new trucks, these have been deployed on local extractive contracts within the Mendips. Complying with quarry regulations the 49 tonne machines have been equipped with full safety features including safety rails around the machine superstructure, red and white chevrons on the counterweight and full cab windscreen guard. Again equipped with Stage IIIB V-Act 13 litre engines, the EC480D develops 348 nett hp and is ideally matched to its automatic sensing mode hydraulic system. Heavy duty rock handling buckets with reinforced wear edges have been fitted to cope with the rigours of the application loading blasted rock into mobile crushers.

Completing the line-up are two new Volvo L110G loading shovels which replace existing Volvo L120E and F models on a couple of long standing waste rehandling contracts within the Avonmouth area.

“Historically we’ve built up our reputation for high quality contracting from numerous nationwide contracts,” continued Alan Sparkes.“Having weathered the turmoil of the last couple of years however we’ve thought long and hard about the Group’s future and concluded that providing a sound, solid service concentrating on the extractive industry in the south west of the country with reliable kit and product support is the way forward. And we’re pleased that in doing so we continue our long standing partner relationship with the team from Volvo CE.”     

The Kelston Sparkes Group is based at Stanton Drew near Bristol and provides a first class contracting service including earthmoving, extraction, crushing and screening as well as general plant hire.

Volvo Construction Equipment Division markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in the U.K. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.


Kelston Sparkes Team

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Posted by on 8 March 2012

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This month we had delivered another NEW VOLVO EXCAVATOR EC300Dl.

This is an addition to our extensive excavator fleet.

Have a look!


Have a nice week!!

Kelston Sparkes Team

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Two Loadmaster on-board

Posted by on 2 March 2012

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Our friends at RDS Technology wrote an article about us in January. 


Kelston Sparkes, the long established plant hire and sales group founded by company Chairman Mr Kelston Sparkes back in 1952, have taken delivery of two Loadmaster 8000iX systems fitted onto Volvo L110G.

The company, based in Stanton Drew near Bristol has seen a remarkable family-led rise from a single man operation to now employing 150 people. The business in engaged in a broad spectrum of contracts including individual and national plant hire companies, major quarrying groups, public sector bodies and national government organisations with expertise ranging from demolition to remediation, crushing and screening to recycling and training to surveying.

                                                                                           Alan Sparkes with a Loadmaster 8000iX

Kelston Sparkes are a long-term customer of RDS South West and hold a  significant place in its history as recalled by Roger Hawker, Managing Director, “we supplied our very first Loadmaster 5000 system to Kelston back in 1994 and his company has remained a premier customer ever since”

Loadmaster has benefitted from more than 17 years of continual development at RDS Technology headquarters in Stroud, Gloucestershire and the latest recently launched 8000iX model benefits from additional standard features including temperature compensation enhancing system performance particularly on loaders with a wide variation in operating temperature and angle compensation providing an additional level of precision beneficial on most sites and not only those with obvious slopes.

Also, the Loadmaster iX range offers effective management of weighing data. The Loadmaster 8000iX has an integral SD card port for the fast and efficient transfer of data between loader and weighbridge or office PC and enables pre-registered customer reference data to be uploaded directly to the instrument.

The L110’s will join a fleet of 20 loaders and be put to work within the crushing and screening division deployed on a wide variety of sites including one of the company’s specialist areas, serving the South West quarrying industry particularly in the Mendip Hills.

The Loadmaster system brings operational benefits and commenting on the systems effectiveness and service from RDS South West, Alan Sparkes, Managing Director said, “Loadmaster is an integral part of the ‘load out’ process. Trucks are accurately loaded at the face eliminating return trips from the weighbridge and therefore maximising productivity. I have a positive working relationship with Roger Hawker at RDS South West, he knows what we want and is always available on the end of the phone”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RDS Technology Ltd.

You can also read the article here http://www.agg-net.com/news/kelston-sparkes-choose-rds-technology-again

Kelston Sparkes Team

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New Year New Approach

Posted by Kelston Sparkes on 22 February 2012

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Kelston Sparkes Group are taking a new approach to the web site, and have engaged local company Constellation Group to assist in its management, this will include the dark arts of SEO, blogging and content management.

One of those new areas is the BLOG, The blog is going to be our tool for delivering up to date information about who we are and what we do and allow our staff, customers and suppliers to get closer to our company.

We will be posting our news and relevant information every week, but are happy to receive your requests about other information you would like us to Blog about.

Kelston Sparkes Group

We hope you’ll join us as we enter the new world of social media and help us to improve our company everyday.

Until next time…. enjoy your week!!

Kelston Sparkes Team

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