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Owen Pugh Group makes £1.2M investment after contract win

Investment comes after earthworks contract success on the new £30M Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme.

North East civil engineering firm Owen Pugh Group has bought equipment worth £1.2M, which is to be used on the new £30M Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme.

The new specialist satellite navigation system and plant machinery will be used for the earthworks contract the company has recently won. The equipment consists of four Komatsu D65 and D61 bulldozers, two PC 360, 360-degree excavators plus six Trimble GCS900 Grade Control Systems. The Trimble kit is an earthmoving grade control system. Design surfaces, grades and alignments are transmitted directly to the cab, speeding up the work.

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Owen Pugh’s Paul Cockburn with the new Komatsu plant machinery

Owen Pugh Contracts general manager Martin Forster said: “The Trimble system uses GPS or construction total station technology to accurately position the blade or bucket in real time, significantly reducing material wastage and dramatically improving productivity and profitability. Its significance in terms of the Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme is a reduction in the number of engineers on site and an increased ability to deliver on the designs in the most accurate and efficient way possible.”

Owen Pugh general manager Paul Cockburn added that the equipment is the latest in a raft of efficiency measures for the business.

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  • In 1962 I was a site engineer working on a site where Owen Pugh had the latest Catapillar excavation equipment. An adjacent site struggled on with Vickers equipment, basically WW11 tank technology. Good to see Pughs still ahead of the game.

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