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Cole Ironcraft rings in the changes at St Pauls Cathedral

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Kent-based company, Cole Ironcraft has sympathetically restored a series of ornate railings at the St Paul’s Cathedral as part of a major scheme to refurbish the world famous 18th Century landmark.

In doing so, it has accurately recreated the original vision of one of the country’s most significant architects, Sir Christopher Wren.

It is the latest chapter in the company’s continued involvement with the historic London icon, which spans more than a quarter of a century. Initially, in 1974, WD Cole – which would later become Cole Ironcraft – carried out extensive renovations to the railings to St Paul’s North Churchyard.

And now, some thirty two years later, it has returned to the site to complete a highly involved contract that, as part of a £40million scheme to mark the 300th anniversary of the laying of the final stone of the dome’s lantern, has helped bring the South Churchyard back to its original best.

It comes after the area’s original iron railings, part of the 200 tonnes of original ironwork produced by the master craftsman of his time, Jean Tijou, had been deemed unsafe.

Setting about the highly sensitive works – commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s and overseen by architects Purcell Miller Tritton, whose Managing Director Martin Stancliff is the Surveyor of the Fabric – Cole Ironcraft carefully removed the railings from the original stonework. At the same time, it meticulously recorded which ballister matched to each finial. With thousands of them to work through, this alone was a challenging job that demanded total concentration.

Once removed, the repairable material was first blasted, before being filled and repainted to their original black finish. Any sections deemed beyond repair where recast with the assistance of a local foundry.

In September 2006, Cole Ironcraft began reinstalling the newly refurbished ironwork. Requiring newly created stonework to set into, Cole worked closely with stonemason, Stone West Ltd. In doing so, both companies demonstrated their impeccable standards to produce a finish that is not only of the highest quality, but matched the original works perfectly.

The South Churchyard project was officially opened by the Lord Mayor on 5th June this year.

Cole Ironcraft is part of the Cole Group, which also offers fencing and civil engineering services. The Cole Group, in turn, is part of the wider Countrystyle Group – Kent’s leading waste & recycling and agricultural contracting and managing provider.

FGS Plant on top form at the races

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008


FGS Plant hosted a day out at the races last Friday (27th June) and a good day was had by all! Stuart Willy, General Manager of FGS Plant, was joined at Folkestone Races by several of his customers for a day of racing, dining and great conversation. A private box was reserved for the day where Stuart and his guests were entertained in style. The day was co-sponsored by Southern Plant who supplied FGS Plant with a recent order of 15 Terex Excavators . Two of these Excavators were proudly displayed on the course for all to see.

FGS Plant and Southern Plant sponsored the 4.45 race which was named the FGS Plant/Southern Plant Handicap Class 6. The winner of the race was Granary Girl which is owned by Mrs P O’Shea and had odds of 16/1.

Stuart Willy also presented the coveted prize of ‘Best Turned Out Horse’ to Foreign King. This exceptionally well presented horse was looked after by Lauren Webb who was the proud winner of the £25 cash prize.

This day was the first of a series of Corporate days being held by the Countrystyle Group so there is lots more to be enjoyed yet this summer. 

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Fleet Purchase - JCB Telehandler

Monday, March 17th, 2008



FGS Plant has just purchased a brand new Telehandler from JCB. The 535-125 has an impressive capacity/lift height of 3.5tonnes/12.3metres and its Q-fit allows operators to change between a huge choice of attachments rapidly.

Fleet Purchases

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

FGS Plant are pleased to announce the arrival of 2 brand new Loading Shovels to the fleet.

The JCB 426 HT is equipped with a Cummins BTAA5.9C Engine and produces 152hp. Coupled to the semi-automatic transmission, it generates class leading performance and is highly fuel efficient.



The JCB 456 Wastemaster is outfitted with a powerful Cummins C8.3 engine for greater efficiency and FGS Plant can also supply an extensive range of buckets with varying capacities upon request.


Health & Safety Warning

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

The Health & Safety Executive has warned of the need to ensure that the operators of equipment are suitably trained and risks fully assessed before they start work. The warning follows the prosecution of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council after a driver was injured when his dumper truck overturned and landed on top of him.

Health & Safety

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

HSE have issued a safety alert to all users of excavators fitted with quick hitch devices. Their statistics show that there have been numerous serious accidents within the Plant Hire & Construction industries, including 4 fatalities since December 2006. This alert outlines the precautions that should be taken when relying on these devices and HSE inspectors are urging employers to ensure that their staff are efficiently trained before operating the machinery.

Here at FGS Plant we value the safety of our employees and can proudly say that all of our plant operators are trained in Health & Safety and on the plant they use to CPCS Standards.