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Crooks Marsh - Our Largest Stone Supplies Project To Date

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At the beginning of the year, B&A Stone Supplies were met with a huge opportunity to work with one of the most well-known engineering & development companies on what would become our largest project to date. In February 2022, J. Murphy & Sons Limited came to us with one question in mind: could we supply large volumes of materials continuously throughout the day, every day for the next few months and we were pleased to respond with confidence, yes!

The Project

In summary, this project required around 125,000 tonnes of mainly 6F5 to be delivered to Hickley Sub Station, Crooks Marsh in Avonmouth which is a huge amount of aggregate to provide on a single project.

At our first meeting, we produced a detailed plan for the completion of this contract and identified how we could best service this project. It was vital that we gained an understanding of exactly what was required to enable us to fulfil this contract to the best possible standard whilst minimising risk not only of delay/supply issues but to also maintain our high standards of health & safety.

Phase 1 - In Progress

Supply 30,000 tonnes of mainly 6F5 to site between January & March.

Phase 2 - Now Confirmed

Supply 95,000 tonnes of mainly 6F5 to site between March & November.

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Challenges & Solutions

The biggest challenge for our team was understanding how important the timings of delivery were for this project. Without a continuous supply of materials throughout the day, everyday the whole site would come to a standstill. We’re proud to say that our genuine understanding of this requirement was what sparked the attention of our client.

Over the past 5 months or so, B&A Group has managed to supply 800 tonnes of 6F5 per day. We’ve gone above and beyond to ensure we are being proactive with communications and ensuring that the material required is being delivered on site exactly when they need it with dedicated vehicles to maintain a constant supply.

With such a huge project to service, another key challenge was the actual number of vehicles and people required to deliver the materials needed and so we have also been pleased to secure work for a number of reliable subcontractors with reliable work over a number of months which we know can be hard to come by!

We’ve also been pleased to see our ejector lorry in action on site, it’s been the perfect machine for this project and has helped improve efficiency.

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Added Value

Following the huge success from Phase 1 of this project, B&A Group has recently secured Phase 2 which started at the beginning of March 2022.

Through our extensive knowledge and expertise gained from other projects, our team have been able to identify obstacles quickly to propose and implement solutions which minimise impact on the project as a whole.

Kind words from Dafydd Edwards

After taking some time to speak with the Works Manager, Dafydd Edwards; we were pleased to receive this glowing feedback that we were able to share with our team:

“When I decided that the service and quality we were receiving elsewhere wasn’t going to get the job done at Crooks Marsh we had to look elsewhere. Myself, Manuel Brau and Brendan Rowlands decided to explore local hauliers/ merchants and we came across Bristol and Avon. Immediately at the first meeting I felt that this was a company that had a family feel that would listen to our requirements and do their utmost to provide great quality products at a reasonable price and at the rate that we needed to build the job on time. I felt that the level and ease of communication was a massive factor for me as Stuart, Ashley and David were always at the end of the phone when needed and that was the deciding factor for me. Great product and service but also always available at the end of a phone.

We have received a very high quality of product. B&A have met the targets set by us and have accommodated any changes at short notice.

If I’m totally honest, I have been surprised by the amounts that B&A have been able to deliver but also the consistency of service. I can't think of a day that has passed that we didn’t receive what I’ve asked for. Furthermore, you have helped me out on other sites at short notice when I have been let down by other suppliers.

I would say that they won't regret it if things go as they have for us!”

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If you have a new development project on the horizon and need a reliable vendor to assist you in completing the project on time and to the highest standard, get in touch with our friendly team on 0117 982 9561 today.