We are pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Applebridge Family Development Board’, a collection of Managers that meet regularly with the chief aim of bridging the gap between site operations and directorship, creating a dialogue to better understand and resolve operational issues. The established group will meet on a quarterly basis and work on the day-to-day issues affecting site work pre-emptively informing Directorship of issues and how they can be resolved.

The team of manager and department heads consists of; General Manager – Andy Allen, Estimator – Anthony Shiel, Construction Manager -Daryl Allison, Construction Manager- Donny Mason, Senior Planner – Ryan Mann, Head Buyer – Samuel Hogg, Finance Manager – Sarah Smith, Operations Manager – Paul Salkeld, and Commercial Manager Josh Sayer.

Commenting on the launch Group Managing Director Chris Brown said

 “The construction of the board represents our commitment to fostering a culture of open dialogue and collaboration across all levels of our organization. By bringing together a dedicated group of Managers, our aim is to bridge the gap between site operations and directorship, creating a platform for proactive problem-solving and improved understanding of operational challenges. The board will play a pivotal role in pre-emptively addressing day-to-day issues affecting site work and providing valuable insights to our Directorship. This initiative is an exciting development that empowers our talented team members, enabling them to contribute directly to the growth and success of our organization. Together, we are building a stronger foundation for effective communication, innovation, and operational excellence within the Applebridge Family.”

The construction of the board is just one of the investments that we have made as we continue to expand, doing so consciously, and responsibly.

“ We have seen a lot of investment and growth over the last three years with the acquisition of new companies, new machinery, and a workforce that has almost doubled in size, despite this growth we wanted to ensure that our progress is being made in a way that is sustainable and does not hamper the high quality that we strive to maintain for all our clients. The development of this board will go a long way to ensuring effective communication is maintained and standards are kept at their highest.”


Photo by Tom Banks
Neil Fowler (ZTL), Jonathan Martin (GRAHAM), Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, Wayne Morris (ZTL), and Andrew Blighe (ZTL) at the South Bank Quay

ZTL has been contracted to help create a huge 150,000-tonne platform for the vital South Bank Quay. 

GRAHAM Construction brought in ZTL Contracting to re-engineer earthwork materials that would otherwise not be suitable for re-use. This is done by bringing earthworks together with a combination of lime and cement. 

ZTL will use innovative cutting-edge techniques and specialist equipment for the works – with between 100,000 and 150,000 tonnes of material used which would otherwise have been sent to landfill. 

Landside work at the South Bank Quay is due to be complete in summer of 2023, with planned completion of the entire project due ahead of schedule in late autumn 2023. 

Visiting the site at its take-off, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “The ground-breaking work at South Bank Quay will unlock access to the River and the North Sea, which will open the door to thousands of jobs being created on the Teesworks site. 

“This is another example of a great Teesside business being used on a game-changing project to support jobs in our region. 

Work will see a Wirtgen Stabilisation Rig called into action. Materials are blended on site with lime and cement to create a viable engineering fill in a method which reduces the carbon footprint of the project by drastically reducing transport requirements. 

ZTL commercial director Wayne Morris said: ‘’ZTL Contracting are pleased to have been awarded the South Bank Quay contract with GRAHAM. 

“The scheme entails over 40,000m3 of crushing, screening and stabilising of materials that would otherwise be going to landfill. 

“The scheme will employ local labour working out of our Middlesbrough Head Office, initially for three months.’’ 

GRAHAM project manager Jonathan Martin added: “We’re delighted to have appointed ZTL as a project partner on the South Bank Quay project and look forward to working with the team on progressing the construction of South Bank Quay. 

“Progress at the South Bank Quay has been excellent so far and we recognise the importance of bringing local suppliers on board to the project, both to help realise our vision and reap the long-term benefits of this transformational scheme for the Teesside region.” 


We welcome you to the second edition of the Applebridge Family Newsletter!

A lot has changed since our maiden publication in 2021, Join us in our second edition as we celebrate successes, showcase projects and inform you of our future developments.

The 2022 edition has updates from across the Family including;

Staff Growth and Group Development.

Learn how the group has grown and developed over the last 12 months expanding in both size and capabilities.

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Latest Case Studies From Across the Group.

Keep up-to date on sites from across the Applebridge group divisions.

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Investment in Machinery and Production.

Learn about our new production facility in Hartlepool and we the team that keep the production line going.

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Applebridge Academy

‘Engineering the Foudations of Tomorrow, Today!’ – Learn about the Applebridge Academy, what it does, and how you can be involved.

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Awards and Charity

Read about our Charity of the Year fundraising efforts aswell as the awards we picked up over the last year.

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Blighe as ZTL Construction Director.

ZTL has been embarking on an ambitious growth plan throughout Yorkshire and the surrounding areas; newly appointed Andrew Blighe will play an integral role across Construction, Operations and Business Development.

Andrew comments: “I am thrilled to be joining such a vibrant company with the energy and drive to match my own ambitions. I can’t thank everyone enough for making me feel so welcome and part of the Applebridge Family. I’m excited and looking forward to the next chapter of my career with such a great company.

Andrew has more than 27 years of experience in the construction industry and joins the group from ‘Hall Construction Services’ where he has worked for over 22 years in construction operations.  

ZTL Contracting’s Commercial Director Wayne Morris said:

 “With the continued success and growth of our Earthworks business, I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to the ZTL team where, alongside the team, he will help us deliver our extensive pipeline of work over the coming years. Andrew brings with him a wealth of experience from across the industry; and will provide a valuable role engaging with our site teams and clients as we continue to grow and expand. On behalf of the whole ZTL team, I wish Andrew every success in his new role.”


ZTL Contracting has been appointed to support McLaren Construction on the Konect62 project in North Yorkshire.

McLaren Construction was announced to have secured the £73m job at the end of October and has outlined Q4 2023 as a target for the 1.1m sq ft first phase of the Konect 62 logistics and industrial park to be delivered and occupied.

In being appointed to phase 1a and 1b, ZTL Contracting will support on-site set-up and site strip works, which includes tree removal, existing unsuitable stockpiles movement, vegetation stripping, lifting and crushing of hardstandings above and below ground. Additionally, the earthworks will involve rolling dynamic compaction (RDC) and rapid impact compaction, while cut and fill works will include an overdig of lagoons ground stabilisation, import of topsoil, install of Type 1 stone, lining and topsoiling of pond.

Commercial Director Wayne Morris said:

This is our first project with McLaren Construction and is reflective of our ambitious growth plan for ZTL. Our early engagement with Mclaren has been paramount, and the team have been working on the planning and strategy for the scheme over the past six months. We have also strongly benefitted from our recent investments in plant and machinery (including our recent purchase of an additional Wirtgen 240i stabilisation rig) creating a strong infrastructure of fleet to take on projects of an ever-increasing size such as that of Konnect62.

“It is great to see all our hard work coming to fruition in being awarded the scheme.”

Phase One will involve four units, which includes ‘Big K’, a mammoth 735,000 sq ft unit along with three smaller units of 161,000, 151,000 and 55,000 sq ft units.

Konect 62 currently has full planning consent from Selby District Council for 1.4m sq ft of prime logistics accommodation while an additional planning application is expected in the new year to extend the scheme to 1.8m sq ft.

Henderson Park and Cole Waterhouse recently completed the £54m acquisition of the 136-acre site, which is located near to Junction 33 of the M62 and A1 (M).

This latest project will mark a special return for one employee. Luke Haworth, a Contracts Manager with the group, used to work at Kellingley Colliery. The colliery was the UK’s last deep mine and closed its doors in 2015 after 50 years of operation.

Haworth said: “Having worked as a miner in the Colliery since I was 18, the mine was a big part of my life. I worked my way up through the ranks and was part of the last coal team to leave the mine when it closed, so it’s special for me to return to the site. Being from a mining family, I’m proud to be involved in the transformation of the mine and to see how the area can flourish with the new business it will bring to our region.”

ZTL Contracting Mclaren
Site-work begins on Konect 62


Customer Care Team (left to right) Reece Swift, Ashleigh Allman, Corrine Fernandez, and John Harvey

Launching this month is our dedicated ‘Customer Care Team’. Headed up by the newly appointed ‘Customer Care Manager’ – Ashleigh Allman, the customer aftercare team will be responsible for providing a direct line of contact should there be any issues with a project once Applebridge teams leave a site. The team will undertake all elements of Investigating and resolving issues.

Creating strong customer relations has always been paramount to the Applebridge mission, the aim of the Customer Care Team is to provide full accountability and to further increase confidence in all the services provided by the Applebridge Family.

“In the past customers have had issues with knowing who to contact after Applebridge teams have left the site, we wanted to provide a quality service that could really support customers even after the concluding stages of a project.” – Group Operations Director Andy Ray

Though a new division, we have stuck to our core principle of ‘staff progression’ developing existing staff to bring a strong level of experience to the team, this includes both team manager Ashleigh who has been with Applebridge since 2018, and customer Care Coordinator – Corrine who joined us early last year whilst working towards a groundwork Apprenticeship.

Over the next few months, the team will be visiting all of our customers to introduce themselves.

“We are really eager to introduce ourselves and start to build vital relationships, we look forward to meeting you all soon!” – Ashleigh Allman

Based at the Applebridge Middlesbrough head office the team can be contacted on: 01642 233400 or email at cutomercare@applebridge.com


We are pleased to announce that our new charity of the year for 2022 is The Ellen Timney Foundation. This is a registered charity set up in memory of Ellen, to help support underprivileged children in the North East.

Run entirely by volunteers, the foundation was set up by Jane Timney in celebration of the life of her mother Ellen Timney who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and sadly passed away 6 years later. Renowned for helping those around her, the Foundation was set up to remember and to continue the acts of kindness that Ellen was so well known for. The charity works with social workers and professionals to provide support for underprivileged children in the North East of England.

The Ellen Timney foundation came highly recommended to Applebridge by Remembering Rebecca (Applebridge’s Charity of 2020/21) and was chosen by the board of directors from a shortlist of charities.

To learn more about the Ellen Timney Foundation please visit their Facebook page @EllenTimneyFoundation


A local Yorkshire school has received a donation of 200 playground mats to build a sensory garden for their autistic pupils.

Pudsey Waterloo Primary School in Leeds received the mats in summer 2020 from ZTL, a construction company whose ethos is ‘finding purpose for all used materials’.

Kris Kirk, an operator at ZTL recycled the mats to the Leeds school, where his partner Lisa worked as a Teaching Assistant.

The school were delighted with the donation which will improve the school’s sensory garden which is undergoing construction. This will be an essential outdoor space for pupils with autism to work, play, socialise and rest safely when the school re-opens following lockdown restrictions. The donation has also allowed the school to focus on investing money into specialist equipment to aid the children’s learning and development.

Matt Exley, the Director of ZTL said:

“When Kris approached me about the sensory garden, I just knew it was cause that ZTL had to get involved with. It was a huge team effort to get the mats from the storage location to the school, but I am delighted we have been able to recycle them for use within a project as important as this one.”

ZTL are part of the Applebridge Family which are a collection of businesses serving the construction industry. Applebridge Family were recently awarded Outstanding Charity Support by Small to Medium Sized Companies at the 2020 North East Charity Awards, for their outstanding commitment to helping local communities and families in need.


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