Stepford Homes Build 50 new homes with the help of Finning

House building contractors Stepford Homes invests in Cat excavators from Finning to complete West Lynn housing project.

Regional house builder Stepford Homes has invested in two Cat 305.5D Mini excavators, a Cat 312D hydraulic excavator and a Cat 320 DL hydraulic excavator from Finning. The firm has made the additions to its fleet for the development of 50 homes in West Lynn, Norfolk, as well as 12 similar sites, developed in conjunction with local housing associations and local authorities throughout the East of England.

The site in West Lynn, developed for the Hastoe Group, has been a major success for Stepford Homes and will be offering 2, 3 and 4 bed apartments, as well as bungalows and houses for rental and shared ownership.

Talking about the West Lynn development Stepford Homes' Contracts Manager, Philip Hayden, said: "When Stepford Homes approaches a project it aims to produce sustainably built affordable properties available to rent and buy through shared equity schemes, primarily catering for housing associations, while also giving homeowners the chance to invest in innovative, well designed and good quality open market properties.

"Stepford Homes has been able to redevelop the 3.3 acre brownfield site in West Lynn in just 4 months with the first of its residents already moving in, marking a major success for the business, all while developing 12 similar sites around the East and South Midlands, as well as the rest of East of England.

"Traditionally the company never had to carry out its own civils work as it would be outsourced, but since the recession it has become harder and harder to find a suitable civils company to carry out the work that needs to be done.

"It was at this point that Stepford Homes decided to bring all its civils work in house creating its own division Stepford Civils, which has enabled the business to dramatically speed up its turnover time of the sites through the investment in a fleet of its own plant machinery.

"Stepford Homes has considerable experience within its ranks giving the company the ability to take on such responsibilities but in order for that experience and skill to be put to work at its full potential you need the right equipment to do so.

"Stepford Homes invested in Cat Hydraulic Excavators from Finning because they are a premium product that can deliver premium performance and are ideally suited to essential jobs around the site.

"The Cat 320DL's power and longer wheel-base gives the excavator the extra stability and strength it needs to carry out essential tasks preparing the sites for redevelopment, like the demolition of any unwanted structures, stripping the sites back to their base, as well as reduced level digging for foundations to be laid.

"The Cat 312D hydraulic excavator is perfectly suited to doing the more delicate work around the site that still requires a lot of power. It's small enough to fit between the foundations of the bare bones of the houses yet powerful enough to dig footings and drainage trenches, making it an agile yet powerful machine, while also being used to load unwanted materials into highway trucks ready for its removal.

"The Cat 305.5D in the meantime carries out smaller jobs, putting finishing touches on the sites with delicate precision.

"As well as providing the site staff with the quality of performance and power they need these Cat excavators embody Stepford Homes' values with their Government approved Stage IIIB clean engines, which as well as being more environmental, also save the company money on fuel, which in the current financial climate is also very important.

"The Caterpillar machinery speaks for itself but where Finning really shines is in the service it is able to deliver to Stepford Homes. This really sets Finning apart from other equipment suppliers.

"What Stepford Homes has found really useful service-wise from Finning is Caterplillar's Product Link which gives the business the ability to service and repair machinery before the damage is done with quick parts ordering and servicing; something which is really important to Stepford Homes as we need to keep the machinery on the move between sites to keep our productivity levels up.

"With the machinery always on the move another attractive selling point for Stepford Homes is the fact that all new Caterpillar machinery comes fitted with Cesar (Construction Equipment Security And Registration) System. The security system allows the equipment to be easily identified by police using Datatag technology should it ever be stolen, something Stepford Homes considers to be extremely valuable.

"With the services Finning is currently offering its customers Stepford Homes will be maintaining this successful working relationship and look forward to see what Finning can do for the business in the future.”