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Cumbrian contractor splashes out £1m on JCB order

4 Jul 17 Ashcroft Construction, a Cumbrian civil engineering contractor and plant hire firm, has placed a £1m order for JCB machines.

Some of Ashcroft's new machinery at work
Some of Ashcroft's new machinery at work

Ashcroft Construction has taken delivery of 17 new machines in its largest ever equipment purchase.

Supplied by dealer Scot JCB, the full line-up includes: JCB 8008 Micro, 65R-1 and 86C-1 midi, and JS130 and JS220 tracked excavators; JCB 535-125 Loadall telehandlers; JCB VMT260-120 tandem vibratory rollers; a six-tonne site dumper; and a JCB 457ZX wheeled loading shovel.

Ashcroft Construction now has a fleet of 70 machines total, including 29 from JCB.

The latest arrivals have been put to work across the region on a range of applications including gravel removal from the River Derwent as part of a strategic flood prevention scheme, groundworks at the new £30 million Education Campus site at St Benedict’s School in Whitehaven and groundworks at Barrow shipyard, where Royal Navy submarines are manufactured.

Ashcroft is also working as a subcontractor to Northern Developments (Cumbria) Ltd on the construction of a new test track as part of the M-Sport motor racing team’s new evaluation centre at the Dovenby Hall Estate.  Several of the new JCB models have been deployed on this major earthworks operation in which Ashcroft Construction has excavated and filled in excess of 200,000 tonnes of material.

Ashcroft Construction director Mark Laverty said: “All the new models are performing well, returning good fuel economy and proving popular with our operators for their smooth and quiet performance. The new models are simple to operate and the decision to buy exclusively JCB gives us consistent control systems across the fleet – so operators can easily switch between machines.”

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