Specialist contractor, the O’Keefe Group, has placed its largest ever order for JCB equipment in a 26-machine deal worth nearly £2 million.

Supplied by dealer Greenshields JCB, the order includes JCB X Series crawler excavators, a number of which have been supplied with JCB’s XD demolition specification. Further models include tracked excavators from 14 to 37-tonnes, a series of zero tailswing compact excavators, a 525-60 compact Loadall telescopic handler and a JCB Access scissor lift. The JCB LiveLink telematics system is fitted across the fleet.

The first machines have already been delivered and put to work on a series of high profile projects including: bulk earthworks on the Wembley Park Regeneration for property investor and developer – Quintain, a demolition contract at Creed Court opposite St Paul’s Cathedral and groundworks on the Thames Barrier project.

O’Keefe’s Managing Director, Lee Horsley, said: “We have selected the JCB models to assist in delivery across our core services including bulk earthworks, demolition, groundworks and soil stabilisation. We get good levels of service while the size, performance and versatility of the JCB equipment make it right for our work.

“The service from our dealer Greenshields JCB has been excellent. Good quality back-up is very important. The JCB LiveLink system is an added benefit, providing valuable data on machine activity across our fleet.”

The O’Keefe Group is a civil engineering contracting business providing a range of services to public, private and residential sectors of the construction industry predominantly in London and the South East. Founded in 1970 as a small groundworks company, the O’Keefe Group has grown to become a £75 million integrated engineering business recognised as an expert in its field.

O’Keefe’s plant division also offers groundworks, bulk excavation, demolition, soil stabilisation, building information modelling, reinforced concrete structures and cores. Its purpose is to support all functions of the group, supplying mechanical and non-mechanical stock to all sites, and to provide a purchasing system that ensures the best products for all requirements.