Historical dig for LK Construction’s latest HX330AL

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 Archaeological investigation brings to mind a small trowel and a hand-held brush, or perhaps a compact mini excavator at best. It certainly doesn’t conjure a picture of a 33-tonne crawler excavator loading an articulated dump truck. For LK Construction however, bulk earthmoving, to reveal the lower levels of soil for teams of archaeologists, has become a major part of the company’s work.

Cambridgeshire-based LK Construction has rapidly established itself as the go-to contractor for pre-construction site investigation by the archaeological community throughout the South-East. Started in 2016 by former plant operator Lloyd White, the company purchased its first used HD Hyundai HX210A in 2017. A year later it acquired a new HX220AL from Northamptonshire dealer Willowbrook Plant and hasn’t looked back since. The business now operates five HD Hyundai HX220A crawler machines, along with two HX330ALs, two HX140As and an HX130A.

“It was a good price that first attracted us, but they’ve been very reliable,” said Mr White. “We just have very few issues with the Hyundai machines.

“The user comfort as well for the operator is excellent. They are really comfortable with a spacious cab, something that I appreciate as someone who has operated machines. We get lots of feedback from our drivers saying how smooth they are to operate.”

The majority of the archaeological work is carried out prior to the start of major construction projects, such as house building and industrial sites. LK Construction provides initial evaluation trenches, with archaeologists investigating once they have been excavated. If anything of interest is found, the company then returns to open up larger sections of the site, removing and stockpiling topsoil and subsoil, to allow access to lower strata and potential areas of archaeological interest.

The business has become well established and has expanded its offer to supply additional equipment to these sites, with a g