MP opens new depot following sustained civil engineering and vac ex growth

MP opens new depot following sustained civil engineering and vac ex growth

29th May 2024

Following substantial growth over the last few years, civil engineering and vac ex specialist Kilkern/VAC UK has relocated to a new location at Kearsley in northwest Manchester.

The business moved from its previous base in Oldham to a new 90,000 square feet yard and workshop in Stoneclough Road, Bolton that offers improved access and is better suited to its expanding fleet.

New offices will provide additional accommodation for admin and support teams and will increase the capacity for training and development.

The new depot was officially opened by Yasmin Qureshi, Member of Parliament for Bolton South East who unveiled a plaque marking the occasion, before being shown around the new facilities and watching an equipment demonstration from VAC UK, Kilkern’s vacuum excavation business.

She said: “‘It is brilliant to see an industry leading business move to Kearsley. These are the kinds of jobs we need to attract to the area and I hope Kilkern will make Kearsley and Bolton their home for years to come. It is testament to the leadership of Kilkern that they are a growing and evolving business, ready to meet the challenges of the future.”

Yasmin Qureshi was welcomed by Kilkern Director, Patrick Curran who believes the relocation to Bolton is already proving an excellent decision that is already unlocking growth.

MP opens new depot following sustained civil engineering and vac ex growth

MP opens new depot following sustained civil engineering and vac ex growth

“Our move to a bigger, more centrally located yard and office is key to the next stage of our evolution,” he said. “It will give us the room we need to keep increasing the size of our fleet and team to ensure we continue to meet client demand.

“We are very pleased at the welcome we have received in Bolton. We have ambitious plans for the future and want the business to play a positive role in the wider community.”

Move follows continued growth across civil engineering and vac ex

Kilkern’s clients include many of the UK’s largest civil engineering contractors such as BAM Nuttall, Costain, Balfour Beatty, Black and Veatch, Laing O’Rourke, Galliford Try, Kier, Colas, Wessex Water, Winvic and Eurovia.

Highways, civil engineering and drainage works continue to be a key focus for Kilkern with long-term involvement in several motorway upgrade projects including on the M6 and M54; sea defences at Wyre Beach near Blackpool; and critical road schemes in Northwich and Lincoln.

The business continues to build its reputation as one of the UK’s leading vacuum excavation specialists and has maintained the rapid growth of its fleet in line with its commitment to provide the UK’s best vacuum excavator fleet and most highly skilled operators.

Kilkern’s labour supply specialism continues to grow driven by major infrastructure and highways contracts.

General Manager Sean Gallagher said he was very pleased with the business’s continued progress.

“We continue to build our reputation as the preferred subcontractor in the North West of England for civil engineering, highways infrastructure and drainage works and nationwide for excellent specialist labour supply,” he said.  We also continue to develop the UK’s best fleet of vacuum excavators and operators.”

“Our long term strategy has been set around three strands: customer focus; developing our people; and innovation and investment in the latest technology. It has meant that we have been well-placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the market and we are very pleased that the latest figures show that our approach has been successful.

“It a real strength of the business that many of our clients use Kilkern for all three of our services and, as we continue to grow the business, we will maintain our emphasis on providing the best services across all specialisms.”


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