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Piling on the pressure


Suttle Projects, based at Swanage in Dorset in the UK, has extended the company’s sheet piling capability with the purchase of a new Doosan DX140LC-3 14 tonne crawler excavator from Kellands (Plant Sales) Ltd, the Authorised Dealer for the Doosan, Bobcat and Montabert ranges for the whole of South West England.

Equipped with a Movax SG-30 side-grip piling hammer and filled with biodegradable oil, the new Doosan DX140LC-3 excavator has just completed a project on behalf of the Borough of Poole Council, providing maintenance and protection works on the sea defences bordering Baiter Park in Poole Harbour.

Joe Paine, Managing Director of Suttle Projects Ltd, said: “The new DX140LC-3 excavator complements the larger Doosan DX255LC-3 25 tonne machine we purchased from Kellands at the end of 2013 and provides an extension to our sheet-piling capability for projects such as that in Poole, where a smaller machine is required.

“With the new 14 tonner in our fleet, we can carry out more of the intricate sheet piling jobs that are increasingly being required in and around small rivers and railway sites across the country. With over £1.5 million of contracts of this type a year over the last two years, our turnover in this area has grown significantly and we already have six jobs booked in for next summer.

“The purchase of a further new Doosan excavator demonstrates our belief that only the most modern and up-to-date technology should be used for our sheet piling work, a view that is not shared in every part of our industry. As environmental concerns increase, new generation equipment such as the Doosan DX140LC-3 excavator will be a prerequisite for work on projects of this type.”

The maintenance and protection works on the sea wall by Baiter car park were necessary after storms had stripped sand from the beach causing movement in the wall’s foundations and damage to the footpath/cycleway behind. After quickly repairing the footpath, the substantial volume of sand that had been deposited further down the beach was relocated to the bottom of the seawall to reduce the impact of further tidal action.

The works that have now been completed have reinstated the robustness of the sea wall, with the Doosan DX140LC-3 excavator installing a line of sheet piles in front of the existing wall to protect the foundations from future damage by preventing underscouring by the sea.

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