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New Doosan DX300SLR-5 excavator helps save castle

In the UK, a new Doosan DX300SLR-5 crawler excavator that was part of a fleet of machines hired from Fraserburgh-based David Smith Contractors Ltd has played a vital role in helping to save the historic Abergeldie Castle following huge storms in Scotland.

Set right beside the River Dee, Abergeldie Castle, an A-listed 16th-century tower house, teetered on the brink of collapse when unprecedented heavy rainfall caused the river to burst its banks, sweeping away around 20 m of the banking and leaving the historic building in a precarious position.

Supplied by Balgownie Ltd, based at Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, the local Authorised Doosan and Bobcat dealer, the long-reach capability of the DX300SLR-5 excavator was pivotal in shoring up the banks of the river and saving the castle, before work was immediately commenced to further repair and strengthen the river bank to ensure the future survival of the property.

David Smith, managing director of David Smith Contractors, said: “We were pleased to be of help in the works to save Abergeldie Castle.  As soon as it was delivered by Balgownie, the new Doosan machine was off to site to work on the river bank next to the castle.  Long-reach excavators like the Doosan DX300SLR-5 model are a speciality of ours and are popular in Scotland.”

Having secured £100,000 funding and with support from Aberdeenshire Council, teams worked tirelessly through the night for five days to build up the banks by the castle using tonnes of rocks to effectively prop the castle up and prevent further erosion of the banks. Thankfully, the castle is now no longer deemed at risk.

The new Stage IV compliant Doosan DX300SLR-5 was deployed to place hundreds of tonnes of stone along the river bank adjacent to the castle to reclaim the river bank.  The placing of the stone was then followed by a large rock armour which should go some way to securing the future of this historic building.  With a large enough working platform in front of the building, underpinning works are to be carried out to further strengthen the foundations.

As well as the full range of Doosan crawler and wheeled excavator models, Balgownie is responsible for sales and servicing of the Doosan wheel loader and articulated dump truck ranges in Aberdeenshire, Morayshire, Angus and for much of the Highlands.  The company is also the Authorised Bobcat dealer for the same areas.

Balgownie Ltd started trading as an engineering company in 1907 in sheet metal work and tank manufacturing, supplying to shipyards, farmers and the food industry before diversifying into the manufacture and supply of dairy equipment.  Today, Balgownie is one of the leading specialists in Construction, Tractor, Trailer, Agriculture and Groundcare Machinery sales in Scotland.

For more information about Doosan construction equipment, visit www.doosanequipment.eu

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