New concrete plant is first phase in firm’s expansion

Kirkbearn IndustrialThe successful completion of the construction of a new concrete batching plant, to produce ready mixed concrete for Grange Quarry Ltd, on a site at Kirkburn Industrial Estate in Lockerbie, has assisted in the company’s expansion.

The new plant, which was completed on programme and was up and running by June 2011, is the first phase of development for the company, with future plans including the construction of workshops, offices and sales areas.

The new plant was constructed on a 3.5 acre site purchased by the company, with the aim of the development being to increase capacity to supply larger projects and also to benefit from sales from passing trade in Lockerbie (the company’s current quarry base is around 10 miles from the town).

The new plant, which comprises a production line of equipment including hoppers, silos, bins, and other equipment required for the manufacture of concrete, measures a total of approximately 17m high, 60 m long and 20m wide, and was installed on top of a specially constructed concrete slab. The concrete slab was laid by David Hardie and the plant was supplied and erected by Steelfields, who took a month to complete the assembly. Levelling of the site was carried out by Scott Young, plans for the scheme were produced by Ashwood Design Associates and a large steel palisade around the new plant was erected by WJ Murray.

Grange Quarry Ltd. was founded in 2000 and has grown to become one of the largest suppliers of high quality aggregates and ready mixed concrete in Dumfriesshire and North Cumbria.

The company is a family run business supplying a wide range of customers; from the largest construction companies to the general public. They also run a fleet of their own tippers; ensuring prompt, professional deliveries.

For high quality aggregates, the company operates their own crushing and screening plants which allows them to make products specific to customers’ requirements.

Products include sub bases, crushed rock to appropriate gradings; general fill and capping materials and washed sand and gravels

Steelfields Limited is Britain’s leading manufacturer of concrete batching and concrete mixing plant for the production of high quality wet mix, half wet mix, dry mix, slurry batch and mortar.

Plant is constructed in modules, enabling the company to supply many units separately, including turbo pan mixers, counter-flow planetary mixers, paddle mixers, drum mixers, cement/powder storage silos, aggregate storage hoppers, screw and belt conveyors.

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