First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
J & J Franks has specified a new Terex Finlay 390 Hydrascreen and Terex Finlay TC 6532 stacker for its new sand pit
A family-owned quarry, which is said to be setting the blueprint for a modern, sustainable site, has turned to Finlay Plant SE to introduce screening technology to the business.
J & J Franks has specified a new Terex Finlay 390 Hydrascreen and Terex Finlay TC 6532 stacker for its new, purpose-built sand pit in the heart of county Surrey, southern England, strategically located within the M23 and M25 motorways corridor.
The site comprises a landholding of 91 hectares housing Mercers Quarry, a consented area with many millions of tonnes of soft and silica sands, and the adjoining Chilmead area, which has safeguarded planning status to extract millions of tonnes of silica sand.
The development is being hailed as a model quarrying site, with careful consideration given to all aspects of the operation to ensure maximum productivity is achieved in harmony with the rural location.
Features include extensive asphalt surfacing to reduce the noise from sheeted trucks going to and from the site, as well as the creation of a water-based wildlife refuge using the lagoon and lake onsite. Some 27,500 trees have also been planted around the perimeter.
Mercers Quarry, officially opened by Nigel Jackson, CEO of the Mineral Products Association, is now starting to produce exceptional quality golden building sand using the Terex Finlay plant, under the direction of father and son team Peter and George Crate, who head-up the long-established J & J Franks business.
“This project has been a blank canvas, which has allowed us the time and space to really consider every aspect carefully,” says Peter Crate.
“We are fortunate to own substantial reserves in an unparalleled location, which can serve much of London and the surrounding area.
“It has taken decades to achieve planning to convert this into the single biggest consented site in Surrey, and in that time we’ve been able to scrutinise every aspect.”
The Terex Finlay plant was introduced to the site by Leon Sheehy, managing director of Finlay Plant SE.
The Terex Finlay 390 Hydrascreen is a high performance portable screening plant developed to fulfill the demands of today’s high production aggregate producer.
It is fitted with hydraulic variable angle adjustment on the screen box and a high capacity belt feed hopper, while the 6532 forms part of the Terex Finlay TC range of conveyors.
Already, in pre-production trials, the Terex Finlay 390 is handling up to 210tonnes/hour.