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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STEART COASTAL MANAGEMENT PROJECT

Posted by on 17 April 2013

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This contract was started last year and here are some current pictures of the site.

Given a drier time we are pushing to complete the works by the last quarter of this year!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HINCKEY GETS THE GREEN LIGHT FROM THE GOVERNMENT

Posted by on 21 March 2013

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The new Nuclear Power Station project at Hinckley Point, Nr. Bridgwater was given planning approval on 12/03/13

Our company has been associated with the project works for nearly three years and have over the last 18 months just completed some Earthworks and Civil works there. BBC/ITV covered the event with film of our machines working on site.

The value to build the new reactor is some 14 billion pounds!!!!!!

 

KS Truck at Hinckley

 

KS Truck at Hinckley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KELSTON SPARKES GO LARGE WITH NEW VOLVO EC700C

Posted by on 23 January 2013

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Below is an article that "The Aggregates & Recycling Information Network" has written about us on their website.
17 January 2013 - 16:14
Company takes delivery of flagship excavator for major primary extraction contract at Torr Quarry

NORMALLY associated with Volvo articulated haulers, loading shovels and medium-sized excavators, Kelston Sparkes Group have taken delivery of Volvo CE’s flagship excavator, the EC700C, for the first time for work on primary extraction on one of the company’s prestigious contracts in the Mendips.

‘To be honest, we tended to look elsewhere for our large prime mover requirements, but with our existing 65-tonne excavator approaching 15,000h and some significant track repair work required, we took an objective look at the market,’ said managing director Alan Sparkes.

‘We evaluated five different models and it was a difficult call to make with nothing to compare in terms of the deal on the table and machine availability, so it all came down to the preference of our workshop personnel. With the long-standing relationship with Volvo’s product support people, and their outstanding back-up and co-operation, it was an easy decision for Steve Marsh, our workshop manager and his team.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new EC700C takes over as prime mover, joining a Volvo EC480D and four Volvo 40-tonne articulated haulers purchased late in 2011 on a long-standing contract for Aggregate Industries at Torr Quarry, near Shepton Mallet. Both machines are loading the trucks with blasted limestone which is then hauled a short distance to the site’s giant O&K mobile crusher.

‘The areas for blasting and processing over the current phase of operations called for approximately 1.5 million tonnes of rock to be hauled to the crusher,’ said George Stanley, Keslton Sparkes’ foreman in charge of the primary extraction team. ‘We are shifting upwards of 15,000 tonnes of material a day on a 7am to 5.30pm shift between the two excavators and four trucks.’

Equipped in mass-excavation configuration, as delivered to Kelston Sparkes Group, the EC700C offers a maximum reach of 11.2m, a digging depth of 7.25m and a lifting capacity across carriage at full reach of 12.4 tonnes. The machine has been fitted with a bespoke 4.4 cubic metre rock bucket supplied by MST Ltd.

Complying with quarry regulations, the 70-tonne machine has also been equipped with full safety features including safety rails around the machine superstructure, red and white chevrons on the counterweight and a full cab windscreen guard.

With 25 years under his belt working for Kelston Sparkes, machine operator Clive Bodeley is suitably impressed with his new charge. ‘When you’re working in the machine all day long, you need to feel comfortable and refreshed, and so far I’ve been delighted with the Volvo 70 tonner,’ he said.

Supplying equipment to feed the primary crusher at Torr is just one of several contracts Kelston Sparkes are currently engaged in at Torr Quarry, which includes the relocation of the quarry’s waste tip and crushing specific pockets of the quarry for Type I material.

‘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 here at Torr Quarry,’ said Alan Sparkes. ‘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 activities and this has played a significant role in our decision to purchase the EC700C.’

 

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Below is an article that "The Aggregates & Recycling Information Network" has written about us on their website.
17 January 2013 - 16:14
Company takes delivery of flagship excavator for major primary extraction contract at Torr Quarry

NORMALLY associated with Volvo articulated haulers, loading shovels and medium-sized excavators, Kelston Sparkes Group have taken delivery of Volvo CE’s flagship excavator, the EC700C, for the first time for work on primary extraction on one of the company’s prestigious contracts in the Mendips.

‘To be honest, we tended to look elsewhere for our large prime mover requirements, but with our existing 65-tonne excavator approaching 15,000h and some significant track repair work required, we took an objective look at the market,’ said managing director Alan Sparkes.

‘We evaluated five different models and it was a difficult call to make with nothing to compare in terms of the deal on the table and machine availability, so it all came down to the preference of our workshop personnel. With the long-standing relationship with Volvo’s product support people, and their outstanding back-up and co-operation, it was an easy decision for Steve Marsh, our workshop manager and his team.’

 

 

The new EC700C takes over as prime mover, joining a Volvo EC480D and four Volvo 40-tonne articulated haulers purchased late in 2011 on a long-standing contract for Aggregate Industries at Torr Quarry, near Shepton Mallet. Both machines are loading the trucks with blasted limestone which is then hauled a short distance to the site’s giant O&K mobile crusher.

‘The areas for blasting and processing over the current phase of operations called for approximately 1.5 million tonnes of rock to be hauled to the crusher,’ said George Stanley, Keslton Sparkes’ foreman in charge of the primary extraction team. ‘We are shifting upwards of 15,000 tonnes of material a day on a 7am to 5.30pm shift between the two excavators and four trucks.’

Equipped in mass-excavation configuration, as delivered to Kelston Sparkes Group, the EC700C offers a maximum reach of 11.2m, a digging depth of 7.25m and a lifting capacity across carriage at full reach of 12.4 tonnes. The machine has been fitted with a bespoke 4.4 cubic metre rock bucket supplied by MST Ltd.

Complying with quarry regulations, the 70-tonne machine has also been equipped with full safety features including safety rails around the machine superstructure, red and white chevrons on the counterweight and a full cab windscreen guard.

With 25 years under his belt working for Kelston Sparkes, machine operator Clive Bodeley is suitably impressed with his new charge. ‘When you’re working in the machine all day long, you need to feel comfortable and refreshed, and so far I’ve been delighted with the Volvo 70 tonner,’ he said.

Supplying equipment to feed the primary crusher at Torr is just one of several contracts Kelston Sparkes are currently engaged in at Torr Quarry, which includes the relocation of the quarry’s waste tip and crushing specific pockets of the quarry for Type I material.

‘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 here at Torr Quarry,’ said Alan Sparkes. ‘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 activities and this has played a significant role in our decision to purchase the EC700C.’

 

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MR KELSTON SPARKES AT A.I TORR QUARRY WITH HIS TEAM

Posted by on 11 January 2013

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It’s great to see Alan taking his father Kelston to visit some of our sites. This picture is just some of our guys and behind a selection of New Volvo Equipment we have working in the Quarry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW VOLVO EC700C EXCAVATOR

Posted by on 14 December 2012

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The picture below is the delivery by our Heavy Lowloader Transportation of a New VOLVO EC700CL Tracked Excavator.

The machine weighs 75 tons and will be put to work loading our VOLVO A40F Dumptrucks at  Aggregate Industries Torr Works Quarry.

The EC700CL joins the large fleet of giant Excavators operated by us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KELSTON SPARKES RUNNERS UP IN NATIONAL SAFETY AWARD

Posted by on 21 November 2012

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The Mineral Products Association's prestigious Health & Safety conference and awards 2012 took place on the 13th November at BAFTA in London.

There were 142 entries from 32 different companies, Kelston Sparkes Group was one of those entries as part of the Tarmac Safety Partnership Group, this is where Tarmac have worked with their top ten contractors over the last 16 months to recognise and share best practise, resulting in improved safety standards, our entry was runner up.

Terry O'callaghan won an award for Exceptional Personal Contribution to Health & Safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COMPANY TRANSPORT FLEET UPDATED

Posted by on 5 October 2012

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Please see some pictures of the ‘new look’  Ford vans we have just purchased. They are the new shape, low emission, fuel efficient  Ford Fiesta 70 vans.

They will be used to transport our machine operator’s, equipped with their machine’s daily maintenance requirements to our hire customers sites and our quarrying and earthworks contracts around the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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