Tag: Ransfords

Keeping it very local

The larch posts on this wagon were cut from one of our own forest holdings at Aberhosen in Powys which is just up the road from us here in Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire. On their way down from there they will have driven past the site of the new by-pass at Newtown, Powys which is where,… Read more »

The new Timber Treatment Centre from the air

When the autoclave was craned into our new Timber Treatment Centre last week it was quite spectacular: a crane rated  with a lifting capacity of 400 tons hoisting a 52 ton object through the building frame and placing it exactly in position 16 metres away. Hats off to Sam Cook of Tremio Aerial Photography who flew the… Read more »

Big lifts, with more to come

Nine weeks almost to the day since the first structural steel arrived on site the huge tanks which will store the chemicals used in our new Timber Treatment Centre have been hoisted into place. Next to go in will be the massive autoclave, the vessel into which the timber is placed for treatment under extremely high pressure. We’ll… Read more »

A red letter day in the history of our sawmill

On the 4th July 1978 Alan and Brian Evans stepped in to save the Bishop’s Castle sawmill of Charles Ransford & Son Ltd which was on the verge of bankruptcy. At that time the mill employed over 120 people, all of them local and had the mill gone all of those jobs would have gone with… Read more »

A hive of concrete pouring activity

This is the scene at our new Timber Treatment Centre today as the mixer wagons arrive to pour the concrete floor. It’s a pivotal moment in the construction: once the floor is set we can get on with the process of installing the autoclave, other equipment and the services which will make this one of the… Read more »

Glad to be a sponsor of the Long Mynd Batch Burner

The Long Mynd Batch Burner is a 48 kilometre mountain bike challenge which has become a mainstay of the mounting biking calendar. The event is designed to test the mettle of any mountain biker – and to raise money for Norbury Primary School, a tiny rural school located behind the Mynd. This year’s Batch Burner… Read more »

Keeping the noise down with sheer ingenuity

We never cease to be amazed by the sheer ingenuity of our customers and of our own fabrication teams in meeting the often quite intricate requirements of our customers. In this case, the project was in Horwich near Bolton at a furniture factory which needed to suppress the noise of extraction plant for people living nearby. No… Read more »

Sometimes, the old ones really are the best!

We’ve never known a busier run-in to the year-end so it’s a case of all hands on deck and of calling in some old friends from retirement – in this case K100 SAW, a 1992 Scania 143 which we have owned from new. The vehicle has covered an astonishing  1.7 million kilometres in its time,… Read more »