Barrack Hill Quarries Ltd supplying the materials for the Irish construction industry
Since its incorporation in 1992, Dungannon based Barrack Hill Quarries has played an increasingly important role in the supply of high quality aggregates and stone to the Irish construction industry. Possessing unprecedented industry expertise, and incorporating an armoury of some of the most upto to date quarrying machinery available, continued development has seen the company invest in some of the latest Sandvik crushing and screening equipment in order to process quarried materials even more accurately, whilst simultaneously improving production efficiencies and reducing emissions.
Based in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Barrack Hill Quarries Ltd was first incorporated in January 1992, with this family run business being established by current Managing Director Cormac McDonnell. Starting with just 5 employees, Cormac's aim was to use his industry expertise in synergy with the naturally occurring basalt within the quarries, in order to provide a source of high quality aggregates for the construction and associated industries. Due to systematic business growth Barrack Hill Quarries, and its sister company EPL Ltd, now employ over 50 people in a variety of roles.
The growth the business has experienced is fundamentally due to Barrack Hill Quarries now being considered to be one of the premium aggregates suppliers in Ireland, but as it has expanded the business it has also diversified into related areas such as demolition, recycling, plant hire, civil engineering, crushing and screening contracting. When asked to define why the company has experienced such strong growth during the last 20 years Cormac McDonnell was unhesitating in stating – "Sound management and good business practices." He further added that – "We have always operated a quality driven quarrying operation, but we have been aware of the possibilities that exist in related business areas to not only use our expertise, but also the equipment we own."
Despite the business diversification operations are still very much centred on the original Barrack Hill base, and it is from here that Barrack Hill Quarries sets out to supply grading's of material for uses in various applications throughout Ireland. It is due to the inherent customer focus of the business, a fact acknowledged by the company recently being awarded ISO 9001 in recognition of its quality management systems, that Barrack Hill Quarries has from its very inception been geared at providing the materials required, when they were needed, and all to exacting specifications. Thus, the company now counts as clients some of the biggest players within the Irish construction industry including such names as Sisk Construction, Laing O'Rourke, Tarmac UK, Farrans Construction (part of the CRH Group), Graham Construction, Rail Track Ltd; all of whom rely upon Barrack Hill Quarries for the supply of aggregates.
The reason for such an esteemed group of companies all relying on Barrack Hill Quarries is easy to understand, as they are able to provide stone and aggregate for a variety of uses, whenever and wherever it is needed. Using their fleet of light and heavy haulage vehicles Barrack Hill Quarries is able to supply materials in various sizes for projects large and small. This has included private housing developments, water-sewage treatment works, road construction, sea defences, road construction and other projects too numerous to mention. The actual materials being supplied range from quarry dust to boulders, either as crusher run or clean stone, including various sized aggregates ranging from 6-150mm, gabion stone, rock armour, boulders and rubble, as well as the supply of filled sand bags.
In order to be able to produce and supply such a wide variety of stone and aggregate, for such a wide variety of applications, Barrack Hill Quarries has invested in a variety of equipment, from a cross section of the leading construction equipment manufacturers. The common denominators for the equipment being that it has to be tough, hard wearing, efficient, minimise negative environmental emissions, possess the highest standards of health & safety, and contribute to the overall efficient productivity of the business operation. Thus the range of equipment now operated includes a range excavators from 13 to 100 tons, dozers, dumpers ranging from 1 ton upwards (both rigid and articular), a tracked crushing and screening train, as well as individual scalpers, screens (double and triple deck) and crushers.
Some of the newest equipment invested in has included some of the latest developments in Sandvik Construction's range of tracked crushers and screens. This is hardly surprising as the Sandvik range of mobile crushing and screening equipment has been developed with the needs of the minerals extractive industry very much to the fore, with all equipment possessing inherent flexibility allowing it to be used in other applications ranging from demolition to surface mining. Thus a major reason for Barrack Hill Quarries investment in the Sandvik range is due to Sandvik's emphasis on enhancing their customer's profitability, with machine performance being focused at producing the right mineral products, at the desired levels of production. Additionally, all Sandvik equipment not only aims to maximize customer profitability, but also to minimize environmental impact, whilst helping produce the safest possible working conditions. Barrack Hill Quarries now operates a full range of Sandvik equipment including jaw crushers (the QJ341), cones (QH331 & QH440) and screeners including the 4-way split QA450 doublescreen.
The latest piece of crushing equipment for the Barrack Hill Quarries armoury has seen the recent delivery of two Sandvik QH331 track mounted cone crushers. Based on its predecessor, the QH330, the QH331 has been redesigned to provide Barrack Hill Quarries with a more environmentally friendly, economical and efficient machine. This has not meant that the QH331 does not possess the features that made the QH330 a worldwide success - compact design for easy transportation and on site manoeuvrability; Sandvik's CH430 cone crusher and hydroset system, as well as an automatic setting regulation system that keeps track of liner wear - but rather adds a number of new and enhanced features. These include the fitment of a CAT C9.3 engine providing savings on fuel, and a direct drive which has replaced the previous hydraulic drive. This latter change now sees the QH331 use its power more efficiently, and consequently enhances its operational capabilities through tighter closed side settings and larger bush variations.
An added benefit of possessing such versatile and productive equipment as the Sandvik mobile crushers and screens has been the ability of Barrack Hill Quarries to provide a wide range of additional services through its sister company Equipment and Plant Hire Ltd (EPL). Thus the company now provides a contract crushing service for Farrans, Pitwood Quarries Ltd and McCormick demolition, to name but few, as well as demolition, recycling, muck shifting, site clearance and plant hire, throughout Ireland. Additionally civil engineering contracting has become an increasingly important part of the business, with the company playing a major role in the construction of the M1 motorway between Dublin and Newry, as well as further road construction on the N11 in conjunction with Ascon Road Construction Ltd, building work at Dungannon College as well as the building of a specialist recycling facility in Lurgan.
To be able to prosper in a highly competitive market place, during a difficult economic climate, requires a business to embrace flexibility, customer focus, commercial acumen and the latest equipment. All of these facets are very much to the fore at Barrack Hill Quarries as they produce the right materials, to exacting specifications, whilst providing services to other parts of the industry. This has seen the company utilise methodologies and equipment that has driven their costs down, but at the same time their productivity up.
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