Gallagher Group, the Maidstone-based civil engineering, aggregates, building and property business has reaffirmed its commitment to Kent after investing £5m in the latest construction equipment for its Hermitage Quarry operations.
Following the recent permission to extend its quarrying activity at Hermitage Quarry, near Junction 5 of the M20, and continuing demand for its aggregates, has taken delivery of four Hitachi wheeled loading shovels, 10 Volvo tipping trucks, a Metso LT125 crusher and three 50 tonne dump trucks.
Nick Yandle, Chief Executive of Gallagher Group, said: “With the construction economy showing signs of a concerted upturn, particularly in residential development, and with Hermitage Quarry the county’s last source of high quality Kentish Ragstone, now is the right time to upgrade our equipment as we extend the quarry and serve our customers.”
The 34-tonne Hitachi loading shovels are the first of this size to be used in the UK and their buckets are capable of lifting up to 5.6 cubic metres of material, at the quarry which employs more than 100 people.
Gallagher now boasts an extensive range of high-tech diggers and quarrying equipment – one of the largest in the South East.