Doosan excavator helps save castle

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A new Doosan DX300SLR-5 was recently part of a fleet of machines hired to help save a historic castle.

The crawler excavator was hired by Fraserburgh-based David Smith Contractors Ltd for the project at Abergeldie Castle, set by the River Dee in Crathie, Aberdeenshire.

The A-listed 16th-century tower house was left on the verge of collapse after heavy rainfall caused the river to burst its banks, sweeping away around 20 metres of the banking.

Inverurie-based, Doosan and Bobcat dealer, Balgownie Ltd, supplied the DX300SLR-5, which was used to shore up the banks of the river, placing hundreds of tonnes of stone along the riverbank.

David Smith, managing director of David Smith Contractors, said, “We were pleased to be of help in the works to save Abergeldie Castle.

“As soon as it was delivered by Balgownie, the new Doosan machine was off to site to work on the riverbank next to the castle.

“Long-reach excavators like the Doosan DX300SLR-5 model are a speciality of ours and are popular in Scotland.”