Skene Group Construction Services Ltd has been established for over 50 years and are the leading independent supplier of Quarry and Concrete products in Scotland.
We have an exciting opportunity for a skilled Service Engineer for the maintenance and repairs of our wide range of plant and equipment. This role will be based at our Soutra Mains Quarry, Pathhead, however you must hold a full driving licence as you will be required to cover our other sites as and when required.
The ideal candidate will preferably have previous experience within the quarry/mining industry. However applicants with relevant mechanical experience will be considered.
This role requires a great degree of independence as well as an ability to work on your own initiative.
You will be a team player who is equally comfortable working alone to meet the demands of our busy maintenance division. Attention to detail along with a focus on Health & Safety is vital for this role.
The successful candidate will be supplied with a fully equipped service vehicle and remuneration package to suit the role.
Skene Group was founded in June 1968, originally involved in plant contracting. The company has diversified into being one of the UK’s leading independent operators in the construction supply sector.
We currently have a vacancy for a General Quarry Operative, based at our Soutra Mains Quarry in the Scottish Borders.
Applicants should have experience of working in a quarrying environment or similar and be competent in operating a Wheeled Loader or Dump truck.
Reporting to the Quarry Operations Manager, your role will be a ‘hands on’ position. You will become fully aware of the Company’s Health, Safety and Environmental policies and ensure they are adhered to at all times. The successful candidate will have a flexible, proactive and versatile approach to work. You will ideally hold a current MPQC/CPCS skills card; however, training and development will be given to candidates who can demonstrate the necessary skills to take on this role.
Working in this busy environment, you will be responsible for the daily inspections, maintenance and housekeeping associated with your work role.
This position is ideal for a highly motivated person with experience of plant operations preferably with knowledge of aggregates.
Working in a busy production yard the successful candidate will be responsible for the daily production of concrete blocks. Forklift experience would be beneficial however training can be provided, experience in operated automated machinery is preferred but not essential. Training on the operations of the block machines will be provided. the successful candidate will need to be motivated and driven to meet production targets.
This is a varied, complex and rewarding position that requires the successful person to operate a concrete mixing plant which includes manual operation of the plant and system, loading mixer trucks with material and being responsible for maintaining the already high standards of health and safety onsite. Although full training will be given, applicants would benefit from having previous experience in a similar role
Work is due to commence shortly on the Leslie Cemetery Tranquillity Garden Project. We are pleased to be supporting the local community of Leslie in providing funding of almost £15,000.00 to make a beautiful landscaped area of Tranquillity for local people and visitors where they can enjoy some quiet contemplation time.
In conjunction with Fife Council, they have agreed to maintain this garden and are happy for the bereavement services to provide any support where required.
We will update you later in the year with some pictures of the finished Tranquillity Garden and hope that it gives some comfort to visitors to the Cemetery
Funded By :- The Trustees – The Skene Trust, Skene House, Viewfield Industrial Estate, Glenrothes, Fife, KY6 2RD
A major sea defence project in Fife has now been completed utilising Rock Armour Stone supplied by Skene Group Construction Services Ltd.
The project had a number of very specific requirements on the rock type to be used. Skene Group Construction Services Ltd were able to supply stone that complied with the project specification in the key areas of Density of the stone; sizing of the stone to meet Design Criteria and the Durability of the stone against the harsh coastal environment that it was being deployed.
Joint Managing Director – Mr Andrew Forgan – “This was an interesting project for Skene Group Construction Services Ltd. There needed to be balance delivering the various sizes of Rock Armour Stone to match the design requirements which had a specific methodology on placement of the rock. Due to the size of the Rock Armour both the loading and unloading of the transport is carried out by mechanical excavator’s fitted with specialist handling grab attachments in lieu of the traditional excavator buckets. We were able to develop a planned delivery program which balanced the loading and unloading requirements to match the placement program at the site. Skene Group Construction Services Ltd has built up considerable experience of these types of civil engineering projects over the years and can provide practical assistance to coastal or river defence projects irrespective of scale.”
Please e-mail – email@example.com if you have an erosion or ground stabilisation project, Skene Group Construction Services are here to help you!
Terex Finlay’s J-1480 jaw crusher and 883+ heavy duty screener are proving to be very productive and efficient additions to the crushing and screening fleet at Skene Group Construction Services Ltd.
Finlay Scotland Ltd has supplied the machines, which are being used at Skene’s two quarries at Soutra Mains and Lomond Quarries. Both quarries operate two-tier bench systems and the machines are moved between the quarries and faces to satisfy production requirements.
For the past 50 years, Skene Group have been involved in the processing of quarry material, groundworks and in the production of concrete blocks and ready-mix. The company retains its family and has grown on the core values and beliefs of delivering first class products that their customers can depend upon.
The J-1480 jaw crusher was ordered and built to a high level with many optional factory fitted extras. The pre-screen incorporated on the machine is doing an incredible job and increasing production during the winter months, even with sticky materials that have traditionally proven to be a challenge. This option prevents build up and blockages in the crusher chamber by removing fines that don’t need to enter the chamber. When blockages do occur the hydrostatic drive arrangement of the plant means that the reverse running of the chamber can be engaged to help clear blockages. This feature ensures downtime is minimised in a safe, quick and efficient manner with minimal intervention from operators required.
The 883+ heavy duty screener is being operated along with the J-1480 jaw crusher. This plant was also built to a high specification with chassis riser and extended fines and middle grade conveyors to maximise stockpile capacity.
Both machines are fitted with the Terex Finlay T-Link telematics system as standard. The T-Link telematics system enables Skene’s to remotely monitor the machines performance and ensure the regular preventative maintenance is scheduled as required.
Darren Forrester, Skene Group’s Joint Managing Director said: “We are very pleased with the performance of both machines. The pre-screen on the J-1480 is doing a great job and improves the flow of material into the jaw to deliver impressive tonnages even with the sticky materials during the winter period. Both machines are versatile for us and enables us to move the machines between and around our quarries depending on the production demands. What also attracted us was the back up support we knew that we’d get from Finlay Scotland. It was a combination of machine performance and the back up support that gave us the confidence to order a second J-1480 crusher and we look forward to taking delivery of the new machine.”
Euan Fairweather: “I’d like to thank Darren Forrester for giving us this opportunity and trusting in Finlay Scotland. Both machines have proven themselves in the difficult and abrasive environments on both Skene quarries and giving excellent tonnages. Both machines are playing a critical part in operations to ensure high value products are processed with maximum output. The material goes straight into the J-1480 and the machines’ independent pre-screens and large chamber opening make it ideal for this type of application before being screened by the 883+ screener. The machines also offer the ability for Skene Group to re-configure them to offer a number of flexible options to meet market demand.”
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Skene Group Construction Services Ltd new innovative website has a great choice of quarry and construction equipment along with a huge fleet of transport vehicles. The company is marketing its own used equipment that is for sale due to fleet replacement. We will also make an offer on any piece of equipment that is for sale or surplus to requirements.
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Neil Skene and Katherine Skene with some of the winners at this years awards.
Skene Group Coanstruction Services sponsored Child of Achievement Award.
I’m sure you’ll agree the evening was a fantastic success in celebrating Fife’s Local Heroes and listening to the many stories from individuals and organisations, not forgetting the amazing entertainment from Callum Beattie, Celtic Moves and the amazing Abandoman.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd were appointed to undertake the sub strata bearing for the new outdoor equestrian arena at Fifes most popular equestrian centre. The area was cleared by the use of the inhouse plant and operators. The herringbone drainage system which went in was designed and installed by some of the companies best young up and coming operatives, suitably supervised by the experienced management team. All the materials were supplied from the Skene local quarry, delivered by our own fleet of tippers, ensuring that the job was undertaken using the best of gravel, within a time frame to suit the client. Currently the Skene Group as a whole endeavour to introduce youngsters to the industry with proper training and guidance in all aspects of the groups activities. We pride ourselves on the quality of our operatives, we endeavour to ensure that we not only give our clients best value, but we look after our operatives and their working environment.
The development on the east coast of fife is now nearing completion with the Client on track to offer a special standard of living on a wonderful elevated south facing site. Skene Group Construction Services Ltd commenced on site just under a year ago and are now back onsite after a time away to add the final touches to the development. The in-house resources employed by Skene have the necessary skill set to ensure that the hard landscaping is in keeping to the highest standard expected by the top end clients on their developments. With continued training and supervision from a management team with over 30 years’ experience and knowledge along with applying the most innovative skills and equipment the team at Skene ensure that the Client gets the job done with minimum fuss. The development was built utilising the Skene Group Construction Services Ltd to its maximum benefit, with the concrete blocks being brought from the groups fife outlet unit, the quarried material being brought from the groups nearby fife quarry not only ensuring the best of quality but ensuring the environmental impact is kept to a minimum.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have successfully poured the floors within the redevelopment of one of the old mills in Dundee which is being transformed into a modern high spec hotel. Skene Group were appointed to carry out the installation of all internal drainage, service ducting and formwork to create the floors for the ground floor slab. The works package also included forming new lift pits within the ground floor area of the proposed new hotel. The works package was challenging in that the working room was restricted and proposed levels were varied. The in house setting out engineers for the group ensured that the developer was given the floors to within tolerance and all at the correct structural slab level. The developer has plans to further expand and continue with the renovation of the old mill undertaking to transform part of the mill into self-contained apartments. Skene are negotiating currently to undertake the ground floor slabs, drainage etc.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have now concluded the infrastructure first phase visit at the development. The sub structure works are now nearing completion on the site with the first phase plot layouts getting underway. The developer is progressing with the kit erections on top of floor slabs poured by Skene. The site has benefited from the use of Skene by ensuring the best quality of workmanship and material is being used onsite, from all the aggregates, concrete and concrete blocks being produced and supplied by Skene. This has resulted in not only minimising environmental impact buy ensuring that local employment is sustained within Fife. The regeneration of these areas, utilising local materials, along with the engaging good advisory construction teams shall ensure that local people are afforded the best value of housing the industry can supply. Skene are delighted to share our knowledge and expertise with developers and break the mould from current construction working practises.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have successfully poured the floors within the steel frame shed for a local farmer. The floor slab was designed to accommodate post sockets so as the shed could be transferred into a series of pens. In conjunction with the farmer Skene Group Construction Services Ltd ensured the proper concrete was utilised within the shed, giving best value for money and longevity of use whilst also delivering the correct surface texture so as to avoid animal slippage and potential injury to the livestock.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd undertook the installation of the infrastructure at the east neuk site over a year ago to allow the developer to offer superb housing for both local housing association and private home owners. Whilst Skene Group Construction Services Ltd were installing the sub structure foundations, fully servicing the plots with drainage, service ducting and concreting the floor slabs they were asked to assist in ensuring that the housing association houses were completed to a high standard. The Skene Group not only delivered the infrastructure and sub structure works package they contributed to the development by providing the building blocks for the development also. The Group ensure that the Client gets best value and service to allow each development to run smoothly. The Groups management team can assist and advise its clients of best value and service
The continued growth of one Europe’s top independent retailers continues with the inclusion of the new outlet at Montrose. Skene Group Construction Services Ltd are now well underway with the infrastructure and sub structure works package for the Client. The continued relationship between the two companies has allowed for the new stores to be pushed on quickly from the outset thus ensuring that the store is fully functional within a very quick period of time. Skene have, in less than 8 weeks completed the works package to ensure that the tar is down, car parking areas ready for use, the foundations are in place for steel frame erection and that the site is allowed to progress without damaging the formation strata. The site is located next to the live railway station which resulted in the project management team and Skene having to take care to ensure that the works risk assessments and method statements took cognises of this, this resulted in Skene developing their methods without ever compromising the safety.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have successfully been awarded the groundwork’s package for the new spa extension for the Old Course Hotel extension. The works package involved the diversion of existing services, demolition of existing feature sand stone dykes, site clearance of vegetation and existing car parking bays. Skene Group Construction Services Ltd shall undertake to install the shell for the new swimming pool, foundations for the steel frame building, new installation of a pumping station for the existing and new drainage, floor slab to the extension and the external reinstatement of the hard landscaping once the building has been erected. It is envisaged that Skene Group shall supply all the quarried materials, concrete and concrete building blocks for the works ensuring that the developer gets the best quality, service and workmanship the group can offer.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have now completed the slip road to service a proposed new wind farm. The Works package was such that there was a large element of imported fill required to ensure the gradients were accessible for long vehicle’s delivering the turbines. The team within Skene ensured that the job received the best service possible in regards to providing material. Skene with their fleet of 15 number 8 wheel tippers and 6 artic lorry tippers can ensure that getting materials to site on time every day is not an issue. This job was receiving in excess of 500 ton a day which meant that the job was delivered quicker than programmed. The onsite team were working extra hard to ensure proper compaction and regulating was carried out in accordance with the engineer’s requirements. When engaging with the Skene Group Construction Services Ltd team you are getting not only a contractor who can manage your infrastructure package, deliver your infrastructure package but also the knowledge that the team have the backup of a group who can advise, guide and ensure you get volume, quality, care and attention for your development/project. The construction industry is fraught with difficulty, time restraints, cost restrictions and of course weather issues. The Skene Group can assist and ensure that both you and skene work jointly to deliver the best value, quality and within a time frame to suit the project.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd carried out remedial works to one of Scotland’s busiest recycling centres recently. The road had broken up over recent times due to the high volume of trafficking it was receiving. Skene ensured through their inhouse technical department that the design mix of concrete used to upgrade the road was indeed suitable and fit for purpose. Utilising some fast set additives within the concrete and ensuring that the highest PSV strength whin stone was put into the concrete the upgrade was carried out within a small window to minimise the disruption to the unit, whilst ensuring that the Client got best value for money. Engaging with the Skene Group Construction Services Ltd team does not only give you peace of mind that the job is being undertaken correctly, it ensures that the service you get is the complete solution, financially and technically.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd were engaged to undertake repairs to the running area of the local storage/transport area within our local port. The concrete design had to provide a hard-wearing running surface to ensure the Client was getting best value. The in house technical department at Skene House were more than equipped to deliver the product that would ensure the clients expectations were fulfilled. There were areas that the Client wanted to be tar macadamed, Skene with their working partners ensured that a high polymer tarred surface was delivered to the job and laid to a good quality. The Skene’s Contracts Divisions team of experienced operatives ensured that the working operations of the port were not impacted to its detriment during the upgrading works and the job was kept within the strict times.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have commenced works on a new indoor 5 court tennis centre within the grounds of St Andrews University. The development is phase two of ongoing upgrade works to the existing sports centre. The Skene Group are supplying imported stone from their local quarry to allow the ground improvement works to be undertaken prior to casting foundations using their concrete from their fife plant. The development requires the concrete floor to be cast to a tolerance of only +-6mm, Skene are undertaking the design mix for the concrete specified by the structural engineer of which the contracts division shall undertake to lay to the specification tolerances.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have commenced work on another new retail store. The development which was on a site of an old church is now well underway to have the area transformed. The site sits on a gradient and therefore has retaining structures all the way around the perimeter of the site. The Skene Group are fabricating shutters, supplying the concrete and pouring the concrete to the walls prior to them being clad in brickwork. In fabricating the shutters Skene have carried out the necessary temporary works design in conjunction with their structural engineer partners so as to ensure all the works are compliant. The experienced onsite operatives have all the necessary skill set to ensure that all works packages are carried out to a high standard. Currently progress on site is good with the onsite drainage installed, car parking bays formed and blocked, retaining walls progressing
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have recently been appointed as Principle Contractor on a Wind Farm development south of Edinburgh. The contract is one of which the group can be self-sufficient on as it is easily serviced from the Group’s Soutra outlet unit, resulting in the rock and concrete from the quarry being utilised on the project. Currently the new access Road is being formed of the A68 with full Traffic Management being implemented. The Skene Group Construction Services Ltd experienced workforce with their proper training certificates and knowledge of the industry shall ensure that the works are carried out quickly, efficiently and to a high standard. Working in conjunction with Scottish wildlife Trust, SEPA and local planning authority’s approval, oversight the Group ensure that the works are compliant with all environmental and planning conditions. Our Clients know that we offer the one stop solution to having their development undertaken to the best possible standards.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd continue with their developer Client to progress the East Neuk of Fife site. The development with which Skene Group Construction Services Ltd has installed the infrastructure and sub structure works packages is now nearer the handover of the rented housing plots. All concrete and blocks on the site have been manufactured by Skene Group Construction Services Ltd at their local fife plant in Glenrothes. The site is ongoing and Skene continue to do setting out of all the private houses for excavating and for the brick layers to build the sub structure. The in house fully robotic Engineering capability means that the site progress is efficient, accurate and super quick. With the capability to carry out site survey work and setting out the Skene Group Construction Services Ltd are able to ensure that their Clients can minimise the earthworks packages and ensure that the site modelling is kept to the most economically viable solution. When you use Skene you get the “Complete Solution”.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have successfully undertaken works to complete the infrastructure to a green field site within Edinburgh. The sewer installation and clean water suds system have been installed to accommodate the future development of the site. The developer had a timeframe with which the works package had to be undertaken within of which Skene Group Construction Services Ltd accomplished and handed over in time to allow the house builder to connect the private housing development into. The whole system was built under the design approval of Scottish Water. Both Client and design team were delighted with the progress onsite and the quality of workmanship with which the team at Skene House delivered.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd are progressing well with the housing association work which they have undertaken the groundwork’s package on with one of their local developer associates for Kingdom Housing Group. Skene Group Construction Services Ltd are not only undertaking the entire infrastructure package they are also undertaking the sub structure package with the finishing’s included within the programme. The sub structure blocks are manufactured and supplied by Skene Group Construction Services Ltd from their local outlet in Fife. The group’s other unit at Soutra mains on the A68 also manufacturers blocks allowing the company to cover the entire North of England and Scotland with quality, cost effective solutions to your building requirements.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd are now on the final push to conclude the development at Blairgowrie where they were engaged to undertake the infrastructure and sub structure groundwork’s package for the retirement homes on the site of the old tennis club. Skene Group Construction Services Ltd supplied the blocks for the sub structure works and had all the initial programmed groundworks complete within the first three months of the development commencing. The demolition and removal of the tennis club was undertaken by the Group as part of their package. Latterly on the project, the experienced groundwork’s operatives undertook the slabbing, top soiling and tarring to the development, ensuring that the quality of workmanship was of the highest standard for their developer. The site was very tight without much room for manoeuvring around however with the Group utilising its own plant were able to ensure that the correct machinery was used on the project to safe guard the neighbouring tree’s and environment.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd undertook to carry out improvement works for a local company where the existing running surface had deteriorated to a state of unusable. The Contracts Division cleared the site, prepared and installed new a new wash down area for the Client within a tight budget and tight programme ensuring the Client’s business was up and running with absolute minimum delay. The group’s capability to deliver to site concrete was essential in allow the timings to work. Skene Group Construction Services Ltd are one of only a few suppliers who can give you the quantity of concrete you need when you need it, on time every time. The Group’s new plants can easily turn out huge volumes to meet your demands per day.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd were drafted in to help a company get the best out of their yard. The yard was a live working recycling yard however the surfacing was unusable and not fit for purpose. Skene Group Construction Services Ltd with their working partners designed the new running surface and drainage system to allow the yard to be brought up to SEPA standard. The introduction of a full retention separator, catch pits and flow control chamber meant that the works involved required experienced operatives and precious engineering, all carried out by the Group’s Contracts Division. The plant, equipment, quarried materials and concrete were all in house ensuring that control to all was managed and prioritised to the Client. The end result was that the Client got his yard back on time, in budget and to excellent quality.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd carried out a yard extension for a local timber merchant recently. The Client had to maintain working production whilst the yard extension was being undertaken. The Skene Group Construction Services Ltd put their fleet of 8 wheel tippers on the job commencing at 6am and by 9am the site was cleared with some 240m3 of material away off site and quarried hardcore material delivered back to site. The benefits to the Client meant that the lorry movements did not impact on his production. The Skene Group Construction Services Ltd vast array of plant and lorries along with experienced operatives ensures that the works packages undertaken from the group can and are undertaken with service being at the fore front of the Group’s service. This job was undertaken over the course of two days and at the weekend, where the area was excavated, ground consolidation undertaken and the areas concreted.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have successfully installed all infrastructure and sub structure works on a new retirement development at North Berwick. The Group’s Contracts Division were appointed Principle Contractor for the works package and given a 12-week window in which to complete the works. The foundations were poured from Skene produced concrete which was delivered to site from the group’s Soutra mains unit. The importing of all quarried material also came from the Companies wholly owned Soutra quarry, along with the concrete blocks for the sub structure. The Contracts divisions experienced workforce undertook the works package and have now delivered to the Client the entire access road, car parking and sub structure, on time.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have successfully tendered for the new infrastructure works package at a housing association development within Fife. The works package includes the installation of the main line sewers and roads within the development along with sub structure works associated to the housing. With the Groups own quarried materials and concrete supply products the Contracts Division were given an edge over its competitors, allowing the division to win the job. The experienced work force and setting out engineers mean that the division can undertake works of this nature throughout Fife, Edinburgh, Tayside and Lothian competitively. The Contracts Division can undertake the works package on a Principle Contractors role or as sub-contractor role depending on the works programme. The benefits to any developer, builder or Principle Contractor in engaging with the Skene Group Construction Services Ltd Contracts Division is they get a qualified workforce, quality workmanship, excellent service and commitment.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have successfully undertaken to install a new mainline sewer outfall within a development area in Edinburgh. The works package involved installing a new 1200mm diameter storm water outfall pipe into a suds pond, headwall’s and all, and then discharging through a 2100mm diameter control manhole, prior to discharging into the nearby water course. The installation of 525mm diameter concrete foul water drainage line to the nearby Scottish Water trunk sewer was also completed, including associated manholes etc. The Client remodelled the ground and has now got a site ready to develop for proposed housing. The wholly owned plant and equipment along with the in-house aggregate and concrete production means that the Contracts Division can compete with all contractors supplying similar service.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have been awarded some local Authority work. The groundwork’s package is part of a larger works package. The works package involved diverting some existing drainage and installing new manholes, widening the existing entrance to the learning centre and installing some additional porous car parking bays. The group were awarded some additional works removing existing trees and concrete plats which were being replaced. The awarded works package resulted in Skene Group Construction Services Ltd being able to offer their in house products at competitive prices.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd has commenced work on a new development within the East Neuk of Fife for a local developer. The large muckshift got underway Late January 2016. The development infrastructure and sub structure work packages has been awarded to Skene Group Construction Services Ltd resulting in the group suppling the gravel for the drainage, the concrete for the foundations and the concrete blocks for the sub structure build. The Client is receiving the best value within the industry as a result of packaging the works in this nature. The fully trained and experienced operatives are delivering the packages within a quick and efficient programme to eliminate Client delays.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd continue to ensure that the infrastructure of its Clients are kept to their high standard by undertaking upgrade works to the existing yard, ensuring proper bearing strata is in place prior to concreting with an external air entrained fibrous concrete. The Skene Group Construction Services Ltd team of partners offer the company the resource to test the bearing strata at short notice so design can be procured prior to arriving onsite to undertake the works.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd are undertaking the works for a new Retention pond which shall assist in the irrigation of agricultural land for vegetable growing to be undertaken by a local farmer. The Skene Group Construction Services Ltd heavy plant capability and fleet of constantly renewed 8 wheel tippers and arctic lorry trailers results in work of this nature being easily undertaken by the Group. The material used was from agriculture development land nearby. The pond had a requirement for material which Skene transport moved quickly and efficiently without incurring any disruption/delays to the job. The resulting effects of the Skene Group Construction Services Ltd being involved in this type of work is that minimum impact on the environment has been considered, evaluated and taken into consideration.
Skene Group Construction Services Ltd have delivered the sub structure package along with the infrastructure package for their Clients development at Blairgowrie. The sub structure building was built by Skene Group Construction Services Ltd bricklaying partners utilising the Skene Concrete Products blocks, which were are now distributed throughout Scotland at very competitive rates. The gravel and hardcore stone was from the Skene quarry offering the very best in value for money was used throughout the development resulting in the Client getting the best value for pound spent within the industry.
The removal of the linkspan unit at Rosyth Port resulted in the Client requiring some surfacing works to be undertaken. Skene Group Ltd excavated the area using the stone from the Fife quarry unit. The in house fleet of 8 wheel tippers allowed for the materials to be delivered at the correct time intervals to allow the works to be completed on programme. Skene along with their tar works specialist concluded the works ahead of programme and allowed the ferry terminal to open without any interference to the operations and arrival of the ferry.
The installation of a new weighbridge resulted in some external concrete areas being undertaken by Skene Group Ltd in association with some of our working partners. The live site meant that the concrete works with which Skene undertook the job had to be done without disruption to the Client. The Skene Group Ltd had their technical department design the concrete mix such that the concrete had early curing agent added. The Works within the fast paced environment meant Skene Group Ltd had to have high level supervision onsite to ensure all safety measures were adhered to.
The final touches were carried out to the new yard where the client had requested all surface water rain be caught and directed to an existing treatment tank. Skene Group Ltd formed an insitu drainage channel within the concrete pour to accommodate the water, offering one treatment prior to discharge to the treatment plant. The new concrete pad has a design mix done for the job which resulted in early curing of the concrete onsite. The area was excavated and imported stone from the Skene Group taken in to achieve the California bearing strata along with grading the area out prior to the concrete being place and finished by the Skene Group’s fully experienced workforce.
A further extension on the back of a new shed by one of the Skene Group Ltd clients resulted in a large area being pumped in one day. The new factory shed was protected by polythene prior to the pour. The area was designed so that the surface water would fall away from the new building and out of the weepers of the retaining wall. Skene Group Ltd serviced the works package from its outlets in Glenrothes Fife, running in type one fill from the quarry and concrete from the now very busy Glenrothes plant. The job was difficult to service as the new yard was within a raised area, resulting in challenging solutions to preserve the retaining walls whilst filling and consolidating.
The need for a new washbay by one of the Skene Group Ltd associates was undertaken during the month under some difficult weather conditions. Skene Group carried out the installation of the drainage system along with the form work and placement of concrete. The requirement by the Client was that the washbay had to be constructed quickly in order to allow the operations onsite to continue. The Skene Group Ltd in house technical department ensured that the design mix for the concrete being used was such that the curing to high strength was going to be early. The result onsite was great, with a good finish along with looking after the concrete the Client was back in full operation with minimum disruption.
Skene Group Ltd are currently finishing off the external works package at the site in North Berwick where recently the extension to the building and substructure package on the renovation of the old retail unit has been undertaken. Skene Group Ltd serviced the groundwork’s package from their Edinburgh based unit at Soutra Mains on the A68. The access to the external works package has been delayed slightly due to complications tying in the roofs, however Skene Group Ltd in house resources were able to work 7 days a week to pull the completion to within the time frame to suit to opening of the store.
Skene Group Ltd have commenced on site as Principle Contractor for one of their working partners. The site was recently used by the Blairgowrie tennis club, now relocated. The Skene Group Ltd have undertaken the role of PC for the initial works package which shall involve clearing the site along with the demolition of the club house and topsoil scrape. The sub structure works shall be included in the initial phase of works in conjunction with all the infrastructure package which shall allow all the car parking, access road and drainage works to be installed. The fully trained workforce within the Skene Group Ltd working in conjunction with their safety advisors ensures that the Company can hold the position onsite.
Skene Group Ltd have successfully completed the new concrete storage yard at Rosyth. The tight timescales on the job in conjunction with the poor ground conditions and existing services infrastructure running through the area, meant that the team on site were starting pours at 6:00am. Skene Group ltd were pouring and finishing 180m3 pours within one day on the job. The success of the pours were down to supply and having Skene trucks on the job meant the result was never in doubt. The Skene Group Ltd engaged with a local structural engineers practice to ensure that the bearing capacity of the underlying strata was dug out and structurally filled using Skene quarried stone to achieve the best suitable bearing achievable within a dock reclaimed area. New drainage was installed to the area where minimum gradients were used to move surface water, thus allowing the double stacked containers to move safely over the area without having an adverse angle to through the top container off. Skene Group Ltd have the ability to achieve the falls to this high specification.
The Skene Group Ltd are appointed as sub Contractor to carry out the demolition/strip out of the existing building. The introduction of an extension to the existing building and extension to the car parking areas are all part of the package to be carried out. Skene Group Ltd are utilising their own plant and equipment to carry out the works along with in house operatives experienced in all aspects of demolition and groundwork’s. The complex strip out includes removal of existing mezzanine concrete floors, whilst supporting existing blockwork walls. Skene group Ltd and their associates can provide the service to design the temporary works necessary for an operation of this scale.
The biggest recycling operation in the North of Scotland has called on the Skene Group Ltd to add to the efficiencies of the outlet by upgrading a section of their yard to accommodate a sorting area for metals. Skene group Ltd shall endorse their appointed structural engineers design to install a fully drained concrete slab which shall accommodate heavy plant and equipment to sort out metals brought into the unit. The area shall be prepared in accordance with the findings of soil investigation report, a sealed drainage channel shall be formed insitu and the concrete slab laid to ensure the falls are such that the water catchment is put into the collection tank of the units system prior to discharge. All of the design and construction works shall be undertaken by Skene Group Ltd. The recycling unit shall be allocated use of the pad early as the Skene Group Ltd’s technical department shall design the concrete to allow early curing.
The Skene Groups Ltd are designing and delivering a new concrete storage pad within the confines of the docklands. This upgrade shall support the proposed new exporting link with the ferries visiting Scotland. Part of the works being designed and carried out by Skene group Ltd is to enhance the storage capacity, The design is being underwritten by the Group’s close working associates and shall be designed to withstand double stacking of containers within the terminal. The existing gantry shall be removed prior to Skene Group ltd carrying out soil stabilisation testing to ensure the design is fit for purpose. The imported materials, concrete, labour, transport and management shall be all resourced inhouse to undertake the project.
The Skene Group Ltd are undertaking to install the new sewer outfall for McCarthy and Stone new development at Linlithgow. This is a very high profile development within the historical town centre for a Client who has a very good record in providing retirement homes. The works are very challenging with the town centre being so popular with tourists and local businesses. The installation of the sewer is also very closely watch by enthusiastic historians, seeking to reminisce of the past. Skene Group Ltd have the experienced personnel onsite to undertake all of the challenges along with the appropriately qualified personal to manage the difficult undertaking.
The recently completed new store at Cupar highlights the quality of the finishing’s produced by the inhouse resources of the Skene Group Ltd. The old derelict site was completely transformed into a new vibrant retail outlet. The local infrastructure was upgraded along with new sewer system, road layout to the entrance and new energy supplies run into the outlet, all of which was undertaken by the Skene Group Ltd and the service providers. This in conjunction with all the car parking, lighting, footway’s and roadway’s which has resulted in a very good job being handed over to the Client on time, on budget and to a high standard. The Skene Group Ltd’s Complete Solution to Construction Services.
The continued upgrading of one of the largest recycling depots within the east Coast of Scotland has called on the services of the Skene Group Ltd to provide and lay concrete. This has provided the unit with a service which minimises the disruption to the unit as Skene Group Ltd have the resources within their domain to specify concrete which shall cure early. This particular unit required the use of the new concrete pad as soon as possible, Skene Group Ltd and their in house technical staff provided the services which resulted in the operation maintaining the high productivity levels during the upgrade, with no loss to the Client. This is all part of the Complete Solution Skene Group Ltd can provide.
Skene Group Ltd are progressing with the finishing’s of the new store at Cowdenbeath with the concrete floor to the back of house being polished to a very high standard. The Concrete for the store was supplied by Skene Group Ltds inhouse batching plant, utilising the full of the Skene Group Ltd’s in house facilities, raw mineral materials from the local quarry, transported by the Groups in house fleet of new trucks.
Skene Group Ltd have successfully completed the new concrete access road into the Industrial estate at Fordell. The Skene Group Ltd serviced the job utilising all in house resources from the quarried hardcore to the concrete running surface. to ensure the job was delivered ahead of schedule was carried in the main by their own fleet of over 40 trucks to deliver as required to the job. The 1.5km road used internal materials as the bearing ground had areas of soft peat present. The quality of service ensured the bearing strata was not open to the elements of weather deteriation.
Lomond Quarry has recently played host to a party of . The visit was suggested by Mr Ron Page who is one of the Lecturers in Construction Crafts at the college. Mr Page places great importance in showing the students how a successful local business operates in the context of actual day to day operational environment which can be far more vivid than trying to portray production processes from a college classroom.
Andrew Forgan, Joint Managing Director commented after the visit it was a useful exercise to illustrate to the students just how much investment, knowledge and expertise is required into producing something as simple in appearance as Concrete Sand.
Lomond Quarry is a very unique deposit with the presence of not only sand and gravel minerals but also dolerite rock. These good quality raw materials coupled with a state of the art crushing, washing and processing plant gives a high quality finished product that suits many construction markets.
The students are shown pictured in front of the washing plant with Mr Ron Page and Mr Brian Hutton who are the college lecturers.
Lomond Quarry has hosted 2 separate visits from the University of St Andrews Open Association’s Geology Classes.
Lomond Quarry is geologically very unusual in so far as the existing sand and gravel deposit overlies a thick dolerite “whin” stone rock.
During the visits the class members not only were taken round the quarry to see minerals up close but also taken through the production process in the quarry. There was much admiration for the “state of the art” washing plant which ensures all finished products have been fully washed thus giving the end user a quality product to use a raw material.
Rosalind Garton, the Open Association Tutor described the visit’s as truly splendid. “My Class members were absolutely fascinated with seeing a working quarry close up and, in particular, learning about and seeing the processes which are involved in making concrete, sands and building blocks”
The University of St Andrews Open Association is the university’s extra-mural studies branch. These are short courses run during the daytime, evenings and week-ends. No entrance requirements are needed – the courses are designed to appeal to the natural interest and curiosity of class members and to allow communities to benefit from having a university in their midst.
Ms. Garton further commented that it is very important as a geologist to explain to the general public how dependent we are on mineral materials, how those rocks and deposits have been formed, and what features of the geological materials make them ideal for the job in hand.
Skene Group Ltd are delighted to announce the introduction of a new product. The Skene Crete-Pave offers our Clients the opportunity to install a high strength, durable, value for money, road, hard standing, storage or work platform.
For full details please open our brochure download below.
Skene Group Ltd were appointed as groundwork’s contractor on a development in Crieff. The demolition of the existing public house was undertaken ny others prior to Skene Group Ltd being appointed. The works package involcved working in around temporary support system where existing buildings were being retained. The concrete foundations for the new development were designed as such that the existing buildings were supported during the operation. Skene Group Ltd successfully installed the foundations, tanking membrane, drainage and poured floor slabs for the new development under very onerous conditions and limited working room. The implementation of small plant and clever shuttering by the Skene Group Ltd shuttering joiners resulted in what was a very difficult job coming together, allowing the steel frame to be erected.
The progress of the new Aldi store at Cupar has been very good with the construction phase of the project now nearing completion. The main service providers are having to increase the supply capabilities within the area to accommodate the store and working in conjunction with the Skene Group Ltd have now completed the task. The store is scheduled for a June opening. Skene Group Ltd have their operatives carrying out the final slabbing, mono blocking and finishes to the external works of the store. Skene are currently preparing for the installation of all the bumper rails, trolley storage bars and bike racks. The final surfacing shall be undertaken by one of Skene Groups Ltd working partners along with the white lining of the wearing coat. The pre coats within the asphalt wearing coat shall be supplied to the tar supplier from Skene Groups local quarry.
The Skene Group Ltd are undertaking to produce additional building blocks at their already busy Soutra Mains outlet. The new Concrete pad, currently being put in, shall allow the Company to double its current operation and supply to the construction industry for this matter. The in house Contracts division are working currently to ensure the 1 acre site is ready for production as soon as possible. The manufacturing pad is being laid to falls with a very tight gradient tolerance on it. The in house team are fully experienced in this type of work and are able to therefore deliver to the tolerances required to produce high quality blocks.
The Completed new Aldi store at Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh has successfully been delivered to the Client within budget, on time and to the Clients satisfaction. The Skene Group Ltd undertook to deliver the infrastructure and groundwork’s package of works. This went smoothly and ran to programme in accordance with the site managements schedule. Skene Group Ltd serviced the project with their in house labour, plant and materials resources. The quarried materials and ready mix concrete requirements were all delivered to site from the Group’s Soutra Mains outlet. This outlet has benefited from recent investment from the company and is now regularly servicing Edinburgh with both ready mix concrete and quarried materials at some of the industries keenest prices. The Skene Group Ltd Contracts division’s experienced and qualified labour resource have all the necessary skills to undertake these works at the highest level of finishing. Skene and their associated sub contractors have given Aldi a store that they consider to be their flagship store in the countries capital. This now brings the relationship between Aldi and Skene Group Ltd up to 3 new stores completed, one extension completed and a further two new stores currently under construction.
The appointment of Skene Group Ltd to carry out the works at Grangemouth port has been a result of a relationship built on delivering a good honest trustworthy works package on time and within a budget. The current works package is to renew failed concrete running pavement within the container storage area. The installation of new drainage into existing drainage and ground preparation to receive the new reinforced concrete pavement is all being carried out by Skene Group ltd. The Skene concrete shall be delivered to site by Skene mixer truck, laid and finished by in house Skene operatives. All ensuring our Clients get the result they are looking for. The works shall be complete within a short programme to minimise disruption to the ports operations.
The continued successful relationship between Aldi and Skene Group Ltd has resulted in Fife seeing a further introduction of the supermarkets growth. Currently the infrastructure package is well on with the tar surfacing due to be laid this month up to wearing coat level. All the onsite drainage and foundation works are complete. The forming of the car parking is ongoing.
The infrastructure and groundwork’s package was awarded to Skene Group Ltd on the back of a very onerous tendering process where Fife based Skene Group Ltd were able to offer Aldi the best value for money within the industry for this type of work. The benefits of using the Skene Group Ltd are the in house resources are all experienced operatives, with the emphasis on providing the Client with a service which meets with their fast build times and high quality finishes. The Skene Group Ltd are providing all raw materials to service the works, Our Local quarry at Leslie in Fife is benefiting from the work, ensuring the continued employment of all the operatives at the quarry. The concrete from our local batching plant at Crossgates is also seeing continued work as a result of securing the package on this development. The Skene Group Ltd transport division, recently having invested huge sums of money in keeping the lorry fleet renewed, some 12 new mixers and similar 8 wheel tippers ensuring our service to the Client is never in jeopardy. Skene Group Ltd have now completed three new stores, along with currently delivering a further two stores to the chain of Aldi’s ever growing presence within the British Retail outlet market. A success story for both Aldi and Skene Group Ltd.
Skene Group Ltd have been appointed Principle Contractor for the installation of a new access road to Fordell Industrial Estate Between Crossgates and Cowdenbeath, Fife. The road is 1.5km long and shall have a concrete running surface. Skene Group Ltd Concrete division shall produce the concrete, with the raw materials coming from the Companies local quarry. The bearing strata is also material from the in house quarry. The Hauling of the material to the site has been successfully carried out by the fleet of lorries within the group. The Contracts Division shall complete the works within a 16 week programme.
The Skene Trust would like to congratulate Leslie Community Trust on their ongoing success at two separate competitions for the town of Leslie’s floral displays.
Skene Group via the Skene Trust have been involved in funding the hanging baskets displays since 2009 initially, with Fife Council and more recently with the Leslie Community Trust. The ongoing hard work that is undertaken by all parties involved is now being recognised not only at local level with Leslie being awarded “The Best Small Town in Fife” for the fourth time in a row but also now on a national level.
Leslie was entered into the “Beautiful Scotland” competition for the first time at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival in late Autumn 2014. The efforts of the Community Trust was recognised with Leslie being awarded a silver in the Large Village Category.
A new access/egress road was undertaken by SKENE GROUP LTD utilising their own quarried materials
and concrete from their Soutra Quarry outlet unit, the transporting of the materials was also undertaken
by the fleet of lorries SKENE GROUP LTD have at their disposal. The fibrous concrete used was a C40
grade concrete with strut fibres being used in lue of any steel fabric mesh. SKENE GROUP LTD had
their own labour resources undertake the works ensuring the Client got a very good job within budget
and on time. The works shall improve the vehicle access to the Clients holiday let units and to the farm.
The return visit by SKENE GROUP LTD to Aberdeen is now underway. The build programme for the flats
has been delayed resulting in Skene Group Ltd being asked to progress the external layout package to a
reduced programme. Skene Group Ltd shall pull in their own labour resource to ensure the car parking
and hard landscaping package is brought to a conclusion speedily and efficiently. The development is
due for completion early 2015.
In conjunction with our preferred Principle Contractor SKENE GROUP LTD have secured the main line
sewer and roads package at the new housing association development at Guardbridge Fife. The installa-tion of the sewers to Scottish Water specification and adoption is something with which Skene Group
Ltd’s resources and management team are well akin in undertaking. Currently the works package is
ahead of programme allowing the Principle Contractor to get onsite and start with the build progress
ahead of any severe winter weather. Currently around 50% of the base tar has been laid in 5 weeks.
SKENE GROUP LTD have recently installed two bases for a wind turbine electric generation unit for a
farm in the Scottish Borders. The in house labour resource tied the steel cages which formed the base
after the Skene excavators and dump trucks had excavated the pits and carried out the access route for
same. Whilst gaining access to the side of the hill was difficult the use of the in house heavy plant and
equipment meant the Skene concrete was able to be transported to the location and placed efficiently and
The continued working relationship with one of the fastest growing retail outlet operatives in the industry
has resulted in SKENE GROUP Ltd being awarded the civils/groundwork’s package for the new store in
Cupar Fife. Skene Group Ltd took possession of the site on the 16th Nov 2014, currently progress on-site is very good with the earthworks now complete, all foundations and retaining walls being put in to
accommodate the steel frame. All onsite main line drainage is now installed with the off site works due to
commence early 2015.
The Skene Trust is delighted to be able to support Leslie Hearts AFC in their activities promoting not only the existing amateur team but the formation of an additional new youth team.
Statement from Leslie Hearts Football Club:-
“Leslie Hearts Football Club would like to thank the Skene Trust for their very generous funding. The football club approached The Skene Trust and asked if they could help them in trying to promote and develop youth football back to the town of Leslie. The club asked the Skene Trust if they could supply new home kits for the long running amateur team and the additional new youth team. The Skene Trust supplied two new identical home kits for the teams and funded the pitch and facilities hire cost for both teams for the whole season at Quarry park! Leslie Hearts manager Andrew Davidson said, The Skene Trust have been absolutely fantastic and I believe they saw our enthusiasm and commitment towards bringing back youth football to the town, they had no hesitation in offering their support and funding. This is a major boost to the football club and the community of Leslie and we are so grateful for this help”
The Skene Trust is set up to support good causes for the village of Leslie and its environs. If you have a project or an idea that can benefit Leslie and its people then the Skene Trust would love to hear from you.
Please write to “The Skene Trust”, Skene House, Viewfield Industrial Estate, Glenrothes, KY6 2RD
Pictured with some of the players of both the senior and youth teams are Skene Trustee’s Cllr Fiona Grant and Terry Kirk plus Leslie Hearts AFC manager Andrew Davidson.
Civils work for the installation of a new concrete
batching plant – Scottish Borders Region.The Company were given the
pads and concrete floor area ahead of time at short notice. The installation of the new plant has been
carried out and the plant now operational.
Rapid had no issues in landing the new plant as all the engineering was
Wood Processing Plant – Perth & Kinross A 3 acre site was developed on this site to accommodate a wood processing plant
for the newly constructed Bio Mass at Glenrothes. The Client has been handed the plant early
and is currently doing the fit out.
Civils works completed to accommodate silos. The concrete retaining structure had a water
tight bundsurrounding the silos.
The Client was handed the structure early and has now installed his
plant successfully onto the pads where the setting out engineering work was
found to be accurate.
Civils works for the sitting of a £2m screening plant in Fife. 3mtr high retaining walls, bearing plinths of
various heights and dimensions were included in the design of the plant. All associated hard standings were also
carried out by Skene Group Ltd Contracts Division where the plant is currently
Hillcrest Housing Association – Scott Court – Dundee.
Regeneration of grassed area adjacent to domestic
housing. Introducing a safe play zone
incorporating hand landscaping elements.
Skene Group Ltd Contracts Division have recently carried
out several contracts within the Groundwork’s, Civils sectors of the
construction industry. As the industry
strives to engage quality workmanship within a very competitive market. Skene Group Ltd have in-house resources of
own plant, transport, quarried materials and concrete manufacturing along with
the wealth of some very experienced in-house labour resource.
Skene Group Limited Contracts Division demolished a redundant plant room and stair tower. These were brick built structures over clad in metal sheeting, with cast in-situ roof slabs and first floor slabs to stair tower.
The works took place within Cameronbridge Distillery site which is a facility that runs 24hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year.
The area where the demolition works took place had very limited access so large plant could not be utilised to undertake the demolition works due to the close proximity of live services, walkway gantries and pipe bridges.
The main tower was circa 10m high and had to be demolished by hand, using breakers, down to a level prior to a compact excavator being used to undertaking the rest of the mechanical demolition works.
Works were further complicated due to the fact that live services adjacent to the pump house. If these services were damaged during the course of our works it would cause the entire plant to shut down until repairs were carried out.
The newsletter as attached is created in-house by Diageo’s Management Team. Skene Group Ltd are delighted to be recognised for the high standard of workmanship on this site.
In a decisive move to streamline its maintenance costs on mobile plant, Glenrothes based Skene Group Ltd has signed up to Volvo Construction Equipment’s Blue customer support agreements for all their twenty two Volvo machines.
The decision to outsource the regular servicing, inspections and oil sampling back to the original manufacture coincides with the delivery of a new Volvo L220F loading shovel equiped with a 5.1m³ capacity bucket. Competitive tenders were sort for the maintenance of the company’s mobile plant comprising mostly of Volvo shovels, excavators and dumptrucks. “Although they weren’t the cheapest, we felt it made sense to award the contract to the original manufacturer -safe in the knowledge the machines would be service and maintained by Volvo trained engineers using genuine parts with the proper disposal of all used oils and materials,” commented plant & transport director Darren Forrester. The agreements are based on a fixed rate per scheduled service and a fixed rate for mileage including oil sampling and regular inspections to be reviewed on an annual basis.
The Blue Agreement is based upon a series of comprehensive machine inspections combined with the approved Volvo service programme, maintaining the machine to the recommended standard. All inspection and maintenance work is carried out by Volvo service trained engineers using only genuine Volvo parts and lubricants. Comprehensive reports are provided to support warranties and enhance resale value, together with proactive advice on when parts will need replacement. Regular oil samples are taken for analysis of quality and contaminant levels, and again, advice is given freely if action needs to be taken. In addition any latest machine software updates are applied to keep the machine at the cutting edge. And as with the agreements for the whole of Skene’s fleet of Volvo equipment arrangements can be customized to suit the individual needs of the customer irrespective of whether the machine is brand new or five years old. Underpinning any customer support agreement is the assurance that the practical element to Volvo CE’s fully integrated management system and ISO accreditations comes into play with regard to safe disposal of oils, filters and associated materials and best practice whilst on site maintaining the equipment.
The Skene Group has enjoyed steady growth since it was founded in 1968 by its current Chairman, Donald Skene. It became a limited company in the late 1970s with the launch of its civil engineering, road building operations and demolition activities then diversified into minerals in the 1980s, quarrying sand, gravel and hard rock deposits. The 1990s saw further expansion, this time into pre-cast and ready-mixed concrete products. Managing Director Neil Skene joined the business in 1984 and now oversees all its divisions providing sand and gravel quarrying; hard rock quarrying; concrete products and construction services.
Steins Thistle Football Club was formed in 1972 and is a member of the Stirling and District Amateur Football Association. The club are the rightful owners of the land at Allandale Village where they have changing facilities and play their home games, this being the only grass pitch within all the nearby local communities.
The club currently run 6 teams ranging in age from under 11 to under 21 and also have a full amateur team which has no age restriction.
The main aim of the club is to offer a free facility where adults and children, including many girls, of all ages can access and receive first class football training and guidance from Scottish Football Association trained and qualified coaches. This provides the youngsters from the Banknock, Haggs, Longcroft and Bonnybridge communities with an alternative to the misguided drink and drugs culture, which is increasingly prevalent today. The club believe that being directly involved within these local communities can only help direct the youth of tomorrow away from today’s problems.
It is with this community spirit in mind that the Skene Group was delighted to assist with the sponsorship of Steins Thistle Football Club.
DEVON Quarry, located near Kennoway, in Fife, Scotland, and part of the Skene Group of operations, has recently received a British Aggregates Association (BAA) Site Assessment Certificate, which is awarded to individual quarry locations that have been independently assessed as meeting the highest standards in health and safety.
The Site Assessment Scheme was introduced around two years ago and forms part of the HSE’s Target Zero initiative and the BAA’s contribution to demonstrating competence in the quarry work place.
The scheme is designed to ensure that an entire site meets all of the requirements laid down in the legislation affecting quarry operations. After examination of the operation by an independent health and safety assessor, a specialist panel headed by Eric Darlow, former Principal Inspector of Quarries, considers the findings of the assessor before a final certificate is awarded.
The certificate lasts for three years and the Scheme, which is very rigorous, is designed to be a ‘moving’ document that is constantly updated in line with new legislation and standards.
Commenting on the latest award, Neil Skene, managing director of the Skene Group, stated that the BAA Site Assessment Scheme was ideal for his company’s operations as it not only ensured that sites were managed correctly and safely, but also that procedures were constantly being improved and updated. He added that other quarries within the Group were now being considered for inclusion in the BAA scheme.
Richard Bird of the BAA said many members had now completed the scheme, while others had signed up to the commitment and were in various stages of assessment. “Skene Group are typical of the well-managed family quarry businesses that make up the majority of the BAA membership, and as such are exactly the kind of operation that the BAA Site Assessment Scheme was designed for,” he commented.
As part of a campaign to increase the local children’s awareness in the dangers of playing in or near a quarry or construction site the Skene Group has forged close links with Leslie Primary School which is located within close proximity of Lomond Sand & Gravel Quarry near the village of Leslie.
This year, just prior to the school summer holidays, a company employee delivered a whole school assembly presentation, including videos, on the dangers of entering any quarry unauthorised. This is particularly important and relevant as each year we hear of tragedies involving children who have entered various construction areas, building sites or quarries unsupervised particularly during school holiday periods.
In addition to emphasising how dangerous quarries can be this assembly was also used to highlight how important quarries are in providing construction materials for roads, houses, hospitals and schools etc and that quarries also provide environmental benefits in creating habitats suitable for numerous wild animals and birds.
As a follow on from this safety talk the primary seven class was invited into Lomond Quarry on a supervised visit where they learned how the sand and gravel is extracted, crushed, washed and screened into its final sizes prior to being loaded onto road vehicles for delivery to the final customer. The children also got the opportunity to view and inspect the various pieces of heavy mobile and crushing plant close up in the hope that this will fulfil their curiosity in ever entering a construction site unauthorised.