Latest Frimstone News
Please note that due to public demand our Mepal quarry at Blabys Drove, Sutton Gault CB6 2BE is open for business as usual.
Please see below the list of sites that will be open on Easter Saturday (15th April) 6:30am to 11:30am (please arrive no later than 11:15 to allow time for loading).
Thank you and a Happy Easter from everyone at Frimstone!
Frimstone delivers its strategy of having the closest Quarry and Railhead to the bustling Cambridge Market. The new quarry has finally opened with plant having a capacity of 200,000 tonnes per annum puts the business in prime place to capture the growth in the Cambridge Market. The railhead opened in September and has already delivered 20 trains of aggregates railed in from Leicestershire and Buxton.
The quarry started production in December and now has plenty of sand and gravel on stock for Frimstones local fleet of 17 trucks to deliver to construction sites in Cambridge.
These developments are a huge step to realise its ambition as aggregate supplier of choice in Cambridge.
The company is pleased to announce that it has successfully achieved the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) SILVER for all vehicles based at its Waterbeach Operating Centre.
Transport Manager, John Wimpress said “This accolade underpins recent investment in our Cambridge railhead and our new Cambridge Quarry.
It will allow us to increase our deliveries into Cambridge City without posing any additional risk to vulnerable road users such as cyclists during the busy peak periods”.
FORS Silver will allow us to be compliant with the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) further benefitting our customers and clients alike.
It was with great pleasure that Frimstone attended and presented the ‘Club of the Year’ Award to the Snettisham Cricket Club.
After a season of winning all 18 games Snettisham Cricket Club were awarded Club of the Year.
Frimstone who operate the Snettisham Carrstone Quarry have a long association with the area supplying construction materials across West Norfolk and were extremely pleased to be presenting this award to Snettisham Cricket Club.
Frimstone successfully sponsored the live KLFM ‘Young Hero’s’ Awards on Friday 16th December 2016 at the Kings Lynn, Town Hall.
Seven awards were presented for bravery and courage through exceptional and very difficult life situations. Mark Swan pictured here with Jordan Dowen who was presented with the Secondary School Hero Award.
In December 2015 Jordan was involved in a near fatal RTA whilst cycling to school which meant he had to relearn most everyday functions which we all take for granted. He returned to school and took his GCSEs after missing most of the academic year. He is now rebuilding his life and enjoying college studying carpentry at CoWA. He is an inspiration to teenagers.
The Award sponsorship is enormously important putting something back into community that we live and work within.
Frimstone are pleased to announce that they successfully passed the recent FORS (Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme) Bronze award .
Our drivers based in the Cambridge area have all undertaken the Safe Urban Driving course which involved getting on bikes around Cambridge to see how vulnerable cyclists feel around heavy goods vehicles.
Thanks must go to Transport Manager, John Wimpress and his Transport Team who rather than involve consultants decided to learn and discover what was needed themselves.
John paid compliments to Frimstone’s own Workshop and Mechanics Team who helped ensure that all Trucks and Trailers were compliant.
The company will be working hard over the next few weeks to implement further vulnerable road user systems before applying for Silver Accreditation which makes the firm CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety) compliant helping reduce risks to all vulnerable road users when working in and around the busy City of Cambridge.
Frimstone Ltd announce the opening of the new rail siding at Chesterton, 3km north of the centre of Cambridge. This rail depot enables the company to rail haul aggregates from the midlands to service the Cambridge Construction Sector. Frimstone a family owned business have a long history in Cambridge but this depot is an important addition and will reduce road miles by 50,000 each year. The proximity to Cambridge will enable an enhanced service to all our customers.
Frimstone Ltd have donated a trophy to the Business Department of Downham Market Academy 6th form, for Personal Development in Year 12.
An awards dinner was held recently at Arbuckles Restaurant attended by 69 students & staff. The Trophy was presented to Beth Turner, who was a really worthy recipient, studying for a Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business (equivalent to two A levels and Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism (equivalent to one A level).
Beth has made significant progress this year with the quality and the organisation of her work as well as her time management skills. In addition Beth has become more self confident and contributes well to class discussions. She has been an active member of the BLT Dinner committee taking on responsibility for producing the invitations and programme for the event. Beth has a warm and friendly personality, she is always willing to help staff and students and is a much valued member of her department.
The photograph shows Beth being awarded the trophy by Isobelle Robinson, a business and tourism teacher in the department.
Frimstone breaks with its long standing tradition of Volvo Trucks and bring Scania back into the fold. Whilst its very early days in our relations with Scania we cannot help but be very impressed. From quote to delivery we only had to wait 5 weeks, the level of care and service shown to us has been second to none. We are gaining a fuel saving over and above our existing Volvo unit(s) which means we get a saving at the start and then one every week. Let’s hope that this ‘win win’ continues and represents the start of a new valued partnership between both businesses.
Frimstone have received delivery of the third CAT 962M Loading shovel this year completing additions to their front line machines into their Quarries.
This demonstrates the commitment to efficiency within the quarry operations that creates value and further efficiencies.
This investment of £500,000 underpins the business development now that we are in the post recessionary environment.
The deal was negotiated by Shaun Emson, Operations Manager and allowed Frimstone to commit to CAT. The other two machines are at Watlington and Snettisham Quarries where the sites are benefitting from fuel savings of 25% delivered by their new C7 engine (euro VI) using a new 5 speed transmission capable of speeds of 25 miles per hour.
A Big Congratulations to Operations Manager, Shaun Emson who has successfully completed his waste credentials through WAMITAB
Executive Director, Mark Swan is seen congratulating Shaun who is showing off his certificates in
- Inert Landfills (Open) (4MLIO6)
- Treatment of land reclamation, restoration or improvement of land (4MTRR6)
- Non Hazardous transfer/with or without treatment (not otherwise specified) (4MPTNH6)
This demonstrates the company’s commitment to personnel development and ensuring sufficient qualified staff are in place to manage our waste and recycling operations.
Frimstone have invested further in their lorry fleet by a specialist small load compartmentalised custom built vehicle.
This new vehicle with a lift ‘tag’ axle will carry up to 16.5 tonnes of material. It has two compartments that allow two grades of material to be delivered without the customer getting any contamination. The clever thing is that with the tag up it has great manoeuvrability with a very small turning circle allowing Frimstone to access small entrances and giving great service to customers requiring small loads. We can deliver as little as 5 tonnes confident that the customer will get what they need.
The plan is to purchase a similar vehicle over the next two years to compliment our 32 strong rigid fleet
Frimstone receive the first batch of Citreon Nemo vans.
Frimstone are delighted to enter into a lease agreement with fellow Royal Warrant Holders Sandicliffe Motor Contracts.
The deal over the next twelve months will see all Frimstones vans replaced with new Citreon Nemo’s along with two new Toyota Hilux and three new Mercedes Sprinter vans.
Executive Director, Mark Swan says ‘The new lease agreement makes financial sense and allows us to accelerate our re-branding, giving all our operatives brand new reliable kit and extend our partnership with Sandicliffe to cover both cars and vans’.
Please note that our quarry at Little Hautbois, Coltishall, Norwich NR12 7JX is closed until further notice.
Frimstone received a big thank you from a local school for their donation of Top Soil and waterproof suits in support of their Forest Schools venture. The topsoil helped create a garden environment where the children undertake various outdoor activities.
The children enjoying the arrival of the Frimstone Tipper Lorry with the Top Soil.
Pictured below are the children in waterproof suits, also donated by Frimstone. 'The suits protect their clothes and make it so much easier for them to get ready when they all have the same kit' quoted Mrs Barker pictured here with the children and our Area Operations Manager, Shaun Emson.
New plant at Breck Farm, Stody has been installed to keep up with the demand of our growing customer base.
Another addition to the extraction/restoration team who are currently busy working at our Worlington site.
Operators are Darren Matthews (Volvo A25E) and Jason Craigen (Cat 323E).
A West Norfolk building firm have boosted funds for a village pre-school to repair the roof of their headquarters.
Managers at Watlington Pre-School launched a campaign towards the end of June for at least £8,000 to fund work on their building, which stands in the grounds of the village’s primary school. Frimstone, who operate a quarry close to the village on the A10, have donated £1,000 towards the campaign.
Frimstone presenting £1,000 donation to Watlington Pre-School for roof repairs, left to right Matt Nield, Lyndsey Whiting and Will Simper
Increased size of machine to cope with higher demand at Watlington quarry. The new CAT arrives at Frimstone Head Office, July 2015.
- New C7.1 Engine which meets Stage IV standards, using Ad blue system.
- 25% more fuel efficient than current 950H machines.
- Touch screen controls and integrated rear view camera.
- Max speed of 25MPH using new 5 speed transmission.
On Sunday 12th July, 2015 Shaun Emson, our Area Operations Manager organised a motorcycle ride in memory of his dear Dad, Alan Emson, who lost his short battle to cancer in June 2014. Alan was also a long term employee of Frimstone and during his time with the company provided over 30 years’ service.
'Whilst in hospital Dad received the best care myself and my family could ever have wished for from the John Farman intensive care unit in Addenbrookes. The doctors and nurses work tirelessly to give the patients the intensive care they desperately need. My family and I are so grateful and believe the last year we had with Dad was down to the care he received from this unit. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this ward.'
Frimstone have entered into a long term commercial agreement with Richard Johnston Ltd to use the siding at Snetterton for the importation of stone aggregates. The first train arrived and was offloaded on Saturday 20th June 2015 and it is anticipated that a weekly service will run enabling Frimstone to service their customers in Norwich and Thetford.
The first cargo was hauled by DB Schenker Rail’s Class 66 locomotive hauling 18 JNA wagons carrying 1,300t of limestone from Dowlow Quarry near Buxton in Derbyshire”
Four ‘new’ Volvo FMX rigid trucks hit the road at Frimstone to help cover the increased volumes that a ‘brighter’ market place brings.
Workshop Manager Will Simper commented ‘ When they were ordered I thought that we could ship out four of the older ones but life’s never that simple, as the business has grown we need the additional trucks so me and the team have to maintain the older ones as well, I suppose it’s a nice problem to have?’
Frimstone purchase a new Finley 1170 HA Jaw Crusher. This modern crusher is far more versatile, has bigger jaws and a higher rate of production to deliver the increased quantities of crushed materials our customers demand.
New ‘Reservoir’ construction site opens in Norfolk. Frimstone has opened the gates on its new quarry development near Briston in Norfolk. After investment and development over the last 9 months the project has finally come to fruition with sand and gravel rolling off the new ‘DUO’ wash plant to support existing and new customers in North Norfolk.
Frimstone Limited have doubled the number of vehicles in its fleet of articulated trailers and put two new Volvo FMX tractor units and aggregates trailers on the road operating across Norfolk.
Commenting on the new purchase, Mark Swan – Commercial Director commented ‘ The new purchase was essential to enable us to meet our delivery schedules across Norfolk’
AGGNET, the aggregates and recycling information network reported on the 6th December 2012 that a recent survey carried out by BDS Marketing Research Limited has identified Frimstone as one of the top 5 Companies in the UK for recycling aggregates out 400 businesses surveyed.
In line with company policy of investment and improving cost management efficiency, we have recently taken delivery of four new Volvo FMX 8x4, 12 speed Trucks. Two of these will be based at our Crimplesham site to cover our business in the northern area of operation and two at our Waterbeach site covering business in our southern area.