Friel Construction is taking sustainability to another level with the delivery of a new Terex Finlay 683 Supertrak.
The plant is proving its economic and environmental worth at a Barratt Homes development in the West Midlands by providing a self-contained means of converting material generated by the groundworks into high quality processed materials for reuse on the site.
The machine, supplied to Friel Construction by Finlay Central, is creating valuable products including top-quality NHBC approved top soil, along with three to four different sizes of gravel and sharp sand for pipe bedding and service mains.
Brendon Lines of Friel Construction is the site manager on the 119 home development. He said: “This is the best piece of plant I’ve worked with bar none. I first used a 683 several years ago and I’ve been pushing for one ever since.
“All the material we process and screen is being used on our site here at Cannock, or at other Friel sites in the locality.
“We are working to the Considerate Constructor standard and this arrangement really helps with environmental performance.
“There’s no need to haul the material we generate off site as it’s self-contained and the process makes economic sense too, as it saves on fuel, haulage and muckaway facilities.
“We are not having to tip material and we are getting real quality products for use in a variety of ways on the site.
“Friel Construction is one of only a few contractors using plant like this from start to finish on a housing site and we think this is the way forward. Anything we can do to regenerate and reuse is important.”
The 683 joins another Terex Finlay machine in Friel Construction’s fleet, a 595 tracked scalping grid, also supplied by Finlay Central.
Friel Construction is recognised as a leading provider of civil engineering, groundworks and remediation services across the UK, in particular within the Midlands area.
The company was founded in Cannock in the 1990s by managing director Bill Friel. It employs more than 200 people and prides itself on a locally-based, loyal workforce.
Continued investment in its staff and fleet, combined with a commitment to quality and the environment, are all cornerstones of the business’s ongoing success.
Neil Bailey, of Finlay Central, helped Friel Construction specify the new 683, He said: “Friel Construction are very forward-thinking in terms of implementing new ideas and running the 683 on this site is reflective of that.
“The Terex Finlay 683 is a compact, aggressive three-way split mobile screen, which is suitable for a range of applications throughout the construction, recycling and quarrying sectors.
“It is renowned for its quality, performance and productivity and combines scalping, screening and stockpiling into one self-contained unit. These qualities are proving just the job for Friel Construction on this project.”