Watling JCB propels Leicester City up the table | Watling JCB

Watling JCB propels Leicester City up the table


It's great to see our products working locally and we're delighted that a number of machines sold by us here at Watling JCB have made their way onto the site of the brand new £120m Leicester City Football Club training and performance facility. The football club has enjoyed unprecedented success in the last few years; reaching the top of the Premier League tree in 2016 and currently flying high near the top of the league. Our own success has run in parallel with Watling JCB achieving the top of our own pinnacle as World No 1 JCB dealer last year. You could say we’re both helping to put Leicester on the map.

The new state-of-the-art training ground is being developed on a 185-acre site in Charnwood and will feature a full-size indoor artificial pitch and 11 full-size outdoor pitches, including a 499-seater mini-venue show pitch. The training centre building includes dining areas, administration offices and a media centre.

JCB machines are helping with every step of the build including a JCB Loadall telehandler and JS 145 tracked excavator on hire from Watling JCB customer, Willow Hire. Two super safe hi-viz JCB 7-tonne dumpers have been supplied by Hewitt Sportsturf; another Leicester-based customer that specialises in the design and construction of natural grass sports surfaces.

We’re also delighted to see two recently retailed Access Platforms working on-site helping to carry out electrical and mechanical installation work. The highly distinctive units were hired from Thurmaston-based BJB Hire by ABS Midlands Ltd and will be on site for up to six months ensuring that all work at height is carried out safely and efficiently. Reliability and performance were key features for Russ Conway at BJB Hire; “We recently bought two S1930E JCB Electric Scissor Lifts to fulfil a contract at the new Leicester City FC training ground after hearing positive feedback from the marketplace. For such a high profile contract we needed to make sure we provided the safest, most productive machines. The JCB scissor lifts are fitted with safety features including control interlocks, speed limiting at height and a load sensing system. They are both on hire and we’ve had no issues so no news is good news.”