North Wales firm secures major landfill contract in Yorkshire18th Mar 2009

North Wales firm, Jones Bros Ruthin, has secured a multi million pound two year framework contract to undertake key waste management work in Yorkshire.

The expanding family firm has established an area office in Wakefield from where work will be initially co-ordinated. It competed against nationwide rivals to secure the framework contract, one of four across the UK for which the Waste Recycling Group (WRG) sought tenders.

Under the framework deal, Jones Bros will construct three new landfill containment cells, including the installation of artificially engineered geological barriers, synthetic artificial sealing liners, and leachate draining systems. Other commissions over coming months will involve extending the lining walls of two existing cells and numerous capping projects on sites that are now ready to be restored.

Work has already begun on the first cell construction at Welbeck, a former sand and gravel pit to the east of Wakefield, which has been operating as a landfill site since 1998.
It receives about 600,000 tons of non-hazardous waste a year from households and businesses in the region.

Some 100,000 cubic metres of earth will be excavated.  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.
Jones Bros has a full-time crew of 22 working on site and expects the team will increase to about 50 as further projects come on stream.

Jones Bros Contracts Manager, Andrew Aikman, said the deal was an important coup for the company, whose headquarters are in Ruthin, North Wales. It builds on the 50-year-old firm’s growing reputation as one of the UK’s major landfill engineering service providers.
Last year it worked on 20 landfill sites across UK, stretching from Falkirk in Scotland, to Bristol in the south.

Andrew said: “We have 20 years’ experience in landfill cell construction. Jones Bros have all the required expertise in the field, a record that speaks for itself. This was something WRG recognised when awarding the contract.”

The framework is one of a number of new business boosts for the firm, which currently has projects under way across the UK, including a major wind farm infrastructure development in Scotland and another framework, for trunk roads in North Wales.

Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros has grown steadily in the last decade with a turnover that has increased to £35m in 2008-09.