We’ve made the earth move for logistics giant AV Dawson

Earthworks Contractors North England#

We’ve used our expertise to assist AV Dawson, a multimodal logistics company providing transportation, warehousing, sea berthing, port handling and rail freight handling throughout the UK, to complete a significant programme of brownfield remediation works to create a development platform for a new 116,250 sq. / ft. warehouse and surrounding hard-standings.

The new coil store at AV Dawson is the length of three football pitches and has its own railway to enable it to accept deliveries by rail-car, and four impressive gantry cranes off-load the steel coils from the waiting rail-cars into their storage location.  This incredible facility allows AV Dawson’s end-user –the car manufacturing industry – to call-off the required product to suit their requirements. The steel coils are then picked and loaded onto AV Dawson’s own road haulage fleet for delivery to the car plant.

Speaking from their base in Middlesbrough, Maurice Dawson, Managing Director for AV Dawson explains: “We were due to start construction of our new warehouse facility that now provides storage of steel coils which are used in the automotive industry. However the proposed brownfield site required remediation works. We met the team from GDL following a recommendation by a mutual supplier, and we were really impressed by their positive and refreshing approach to the challenges that we faced to create a stable platform to build such a large warehouse.

“In fact, we’ve been so impressed by their innovative approach to earthworks and soil stabilisation on our warehouse project that we’ve already asked for their expertise on a second 17 acre site. This site has been now been remediated and re-profiled to provide a trailer storage park for one of our subsidiary companies Tees Valley Trailer.”

Kevin Mackenzie, Commercial Director for GDL adds: “AV Dawson is a diverse multimodal business that aims to add value for its clients by offering a true one-stop shop for storage and freight by rail, sea and road. Their aim to offer real solutions to their customers, combined with the personal and individual approach their family business offers, mirrors the way we work at GDL. So we’ve found working together provides a great synergy that’s effective for both organisations.”

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