Jones Bros opens Oxfordshire base after securing £9m landfill contract24th May 2011

AN expanding civil engineering firm has established a regional office in Oxfordshire after securing a £9m waste management contract.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK opened its new base in Sutton Courtenay, near Abingdon, after being awarded the three-year contract by Waste Recycling Group (WRG).

Under the regional framework deal, Jones Bros will carry out engineering work at eight WRG landfill sites across the south of England including at Dix Pit in Stanton Harcourt, near Oxford, and Sutton Courtenay.

The family-owned company, which has its headquarters in North Wales, will construct new landfill containment cells and carry out earthworks.

Artificially engineered geological barriers will be installed at the landfill sites, along with synthetic artificial sealing liners and drainage systems.

Between 30 and 40 Jones Bros operatives will be working on WRG sites in the region at any one time.

Some 1,000,000 cubic tonnes of earth will be excavated during the first year alone. Much of it will be processed and recycled and re-used for the clay lining or as raw material for the capping of other landfill cells.

Stuart Mitchell, senior engineering manager at WRG, said Jones Bros was awarded the framework contract following a highly competitive tendering process.

He added: “Jones Bros has built a reputation with us based on quality, honesty and a proven track record.

“Their non-adversarial yet proactive approach is the main reason we are looking forward to continuing the close working relationship we have with them.”

Jones Bros was founded in Ruthin, North Wales in the 1950s and has become one of the UK’s leading civil engineering companies.

It has built a reputation as one of the country’s major landfill engineering service providers, and also has expertise in highways, infrastructure, flood protection and renewable energy.

The company now employs 270 people in total and is working on around 20 projects around the UK. Turnover increased by almost a quarter to £46m last year. During 2010, the company opened regional offices in Swansea and Linlithgow, Scotland.

The Oxfordshire base, established as a focal point for handling the WRG contract, represents Jones Bros’ latest regional expansion.

Jones Bros contracts manager Geraint Thomas, who will be based in Sutton Courtenay as manager of the WRG framework contract, said: “We have more than 20 years’ experience in landfill cell construction, and our record speaks for itself.

“This is the second regional framework contract awarded by WRG to Jones Bros. The first was in Yorkshire in 2009.  We are very pleased to be working for them again.”