Mead Construction Purchases First Doosan Excavator


Mead Construction, based in Swaffham Prior in Cambridgeshire in the UK, has purchased the company’s first Doosan crawler excavator, a new DX300LC-7 30 tonne Stage V model, from Pioneer Plant Ltd, the local Authorised Doosan Dealer.

Having initially been founded as a housing company, Mead Construction is a family-owned business that has evolved into a fully-fledged construction, haulage, plant hire and building materials specialist covering Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Hertfordshire. 

Diversity is a Great Strength

This diversity is one of the many strengths of Mead Construction and the new DX300LC-7 excavator is working at the company’s latest investment in a new chalk quarry at Great Wilbraham, where the company is looking to produce agricultural lime for local farmers. 

Phil Mead, Plant Hire Director, said: “We have reserves of up to a million tonne of chalk at Great Wilbraham and the new Doosan DX300LC-7 will play a key part in developing this resource. This is the first Doosan excavator we have purchased – the Doosan brand was recommended by several local companies we know such as G Webb Haulage and our staff in the quarry have been impressed with the new DX300LC-7.       

“This latest venture is another diversification that builds on the excellent reputation we have established over the years as a recommended contractor for many distinguished organisations throughout East Anglia. These organisations include the University of Cambridge, Cambridge City Council, Tattersalls, Jockey Club estates, the National Stud, Newmarket Racecourse and the National Trust. We also serve local builders, landscapers, garden centres, schools, and property developers. Our diversity helps to ensure that we have a role to play in most local contracts from actually carrying them out to supplying them with materials and equipment.” 

One area that continues to be busy for Mead Construction is groundworks, with the company undertaking a comprehensive range of groundwork tasks within a 20-mile radius of its base on the Suffolk-Cambridgeshire border. Services include Foundations and Oversites, Drainage, Tarmac work and Paving, as well as Site Clearance work and Service Trenches. The company is an Anglian Water Approved contractor and carries out a wide selection of sewer works. 

Finalist in National Family Business Awards

Mead Construction’s achievements as a family-run business were recognised last year when the company was a finalist in The National Family Business Awards, where the panel was very impressed by the company’s dedication, commitment and pride in being a family business. Started by Phil’s father, Martin Mead, in 1985, the company is truly a family affair, with Martin’s wife, Pam, and Phil and his brothers, Michael and Richard, now heading up different aspects of the business.

The latest generation Doosan DX300LC-7 Stage V excavator builds on the very successful design of the previous Stage IV machine. It introduces major enhancements in operator comfort, machine controllability, productivity, uptime and return on investment, with a strong focus on low fuel consumption, increased power, robustness and versatility.  

Increased Comfort and Controllability

Already excelling in spaciousness and ergonomics, the new cab in the DX300LC-7 model takes operator comfort and ease of operation to unheralded levels. As well as a new high quality seat, the enhanced cab offers more features as standard than other machines on the market, ensuring super controllability and high precision in all applications. As standard, 360° cameras provide full visibility around the excavator and allow the operator to see a top-down view of the area outside the machine. 

To meet Stage V engine emission regulations, the new DX300LC-7 excavator is powered by the latest generation Doosan DL08 diesel engine, providing 202 kW of power at 1800 RPM.  The DL08 engine offers a new solution to exceed Stage V regulations without exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), that boosts the quantity of air available during combustion, increasing the temperature of the process and greatly reducing the amount of particulates produced. 

Over 40 Years of Experience in Plant

Leicester-based Pioneer Plant Ltd is the Authorised Doosan Dealer for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and the PE and NG postcode areas of South Lincolnshire. Pioneer Plant ( is solely responsible for sales and servicing of the Doosan crawler, wheeled and mini/midi excavator, wheel loader, articulated dump truck and attachment ranges in its area.

Pioneer Plant offers over 40 years of plant dealership experience for both new and used equipment. Together, Brian Conn and Steve Corner, joint partners in Pioneer Plant, and their team provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise to advise and support customers with their plant purchases and how Doosan products can be used in their businesses. Pioneer Plant customers benefit from a superb on-site service network, covering everything from emergency repairs to routine maintenance. The company’s factory-trained engineers have many years of hands-on experience of repairs and servicing of all types of plant and machinery.