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K W Bell Group

Bell Contracting is the specialist Contracting Division of K W Bell Group, a group of companies originally founded by the company chairman Keith Bell in 1965. Our head office is based in Cinderford which lies in the heart of The Royal Forest Of Dean.

Founded 51 years ago by Peter’s father Keith Bell, the business began life through his work as a solo bricklayer. In the decades that followed, Bell Contracting would diversify its service offering to the point that it would become a leading specialist in groundwork and civil engineering for the house building industry, and one that was this year listed in The Sunday Times Profit Track 2019 league table. In addition to being the longest-running area of the KW Bell Group, Bell Contracting is also the biggest in terms of size, achieving a turnover of around £50 million per year.

Operating across the South West of England and South Wales, where it works with a large client base which includes five of top ten house builders in the UK, Bell Contracting today boasts a workforce of almost 500 highly skilled operatives. The size of the business means that it is capable of carrying out the best part of 30 contracts at any one time.

Operating at Full Potential

Over the last 18 months or so, Bell Contracting has invested the best part of £3 million into a mix of new technologies, methodologies and training, which we are very excited about. For starters, we have spent over £800,000 on satellite 3D modeling excavator control systems. These systems allow us to receive designs and AutoCAD drawings from our clients’ engineers, which we plug directly into our excavators on site that carry out the groundworks as per an individual project’s specifications. This helps to cut down on labour costs, reduces the need for peg bashing, and creates a better, quicker, safer way of carrying out complex works.

Health and Safety

To date, we have purchased 20 cabbed dumpers, which provide a ROPS/FOPS and SIPS structure to protect the operator. These dumpers represent the way we are changing the way we operate these vehicles on sites. We believe that far too many people in our industry use dumpers as something of a wheelbarrow that can be abused. We want to transform this attitude and enhance the levels of professionalism on site by appointing designated operators to these trucks. In doing so, we also want to create a safer environment for managing earth on site, and that is where these new cabbed dumpers come in.

Equally exciting for us is the recent purchase of two vacuum excavators, at a cost of £320,000. As an industry, we are a big culprit when it comes to cable strikes, which are usually caused by mini-excavators and have the potential to cause series injuries, or even fatalities. Our vacuum excavators, and the way they operate by sucking up granular materials and surface tarmac, will allow us to visit active sites and carry out work on live service pits in a fast, safe manner, making cable strikes a thing of the past.

Future Proofing the Business.

Peter’s daughter Nicola Bird – Bell Contracting’s Safety and Business Development Director – has spent the last two years spearheading a bespoke groundworks apprenticeship scheme like no other. This apprenticeship, which has been developed in conjunction with a sub-contracted training provider, sees us linked with nearby colleges. Where the scheme differs from most is in the fact that students do not attend the colleges themselves, instead working from our two training hubs – one at our head office in Cinderford and the other in Cardiff – where they consolidate their theoretical and practical learning.

Building upon Nicola’s efforts, we will soon be putting in a request for planning permission for a new technology-based construction centre and training academy on land that we have acquired opposite our head office. Working with universities and colleges within a 50-mile radius, we want this centre to be at the heart of our efforts to take a fresh approach to competency, and to ultimately make a telling contribution to addressing the undersupply of groundwork and civil engineering training in the UK.


Health and Safety Campaigns

K W Bell Group prides itself on it’s proactive and innovative approach towards health and safety. Headed up by Peter’s…

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Vacuum Excavation ‘Vac X’

Bell Contracting adds two brand new ‘Vac X’ machines to the fleet. Vacuum excavation is a safe and cost-effective alternative…

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Bell Contracting places £2m JCB order

The Gloucestershire-based groundworks and civil engineering contractor has bought 12 of the new 14-tonne X Series models in addition to…

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Total raised £7190.76

What a year!! We’ve raised a PHENOMENAL £7190.76. A big Thank You to everyone for supporting the charity and the…

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50 Years!

Family business still going strong! There was something a little bit extra special about the end of year Christmas party…

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Twenty two cabbed dumpers added to fleet

K W Bell Group now hosts an impressive fleet of 22 cabbed dumpers to improve safety on site. With designated…

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Biometric Technology

Now on every site – Biometrics Signing in and out  Bell Contracting have the latest technology on every site to…

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Employee Recognition

Congratulations Steve Well Done and BIG congrats to Steve Williams on recently completing his HNC in Construction and the Built…

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New Apprentices – Cohort 2 starts in July 2020

Our Class of 2020 will graduate in December and we are so proud of the team and the lads. To…

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Bell Contracting Wellbeing

Employee Wellbeing

Wellbeing Launched September 2018  Our objectives: Give our employees the tools to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy. Encourage them…

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The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100

Bell Contracting were invited to The Savoy, London to receive their recognition of making to top 100 in the Sunday…

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Charity of the Year 2020

We are VERY proud to announce that the selected Charity of the Year, as chosen by our employees is, 2…

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Celebrating 50 years in business with JCB

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Our Values

At Bell Contracting Ltd we strive to exceed the expectations of our customers, through excellence in safety, quality and customer service.

Safety – Safety is paramount. We are committed to ensuring the safety of each and every person on site through example and innovation.

Excellence – Quality is at the core of all our processes and is never compromised.

True Partnership Working – Working collaboratively and developing long-term relationships with all our clients.

Commitment – To our people, our customers and the environment.

The Bell Contracting Team

Why not contact one of our team today to see how they can help you.

Pete Bell

Managing Director

Jason Bell

Finance Director

Steve Jelf

Regional Director (Central)

Dave Thomas

Regional Build Director (Wales)

Jason Coopey

Regional Build Director (Central)

Nicola (Bell) Bird

Safety and Business Development Director

Mark Hobbs

Procurement Director

Matt Brooks

Regional Commercial Director (Wales)

Paul Coles

Regional Commercial Director (Central)

Some fun facts (in the last 12 months)

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Plot Foundations Built

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Linear meters of plastic underground pipe laid

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Easy base manholes installed

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Members of staff employed, including 35 apprentices

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Invested into R&D


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Colin Cole

Chief Executive

Lioncourt Homes Ltd

Bell Contracting have provided me with exemplary groundwork support throughout the 33 years that I have been involved in the housebuilding business. Initially in my role as a director of Westbury plc, Bells provided a vast array of groundwork solutions over a number of sites and throughout a wide geographical area. In more recent times, with the establishment of Lioncourt Homes in 2006, Bells have become an integral part of the success of the business by providing innovative and cost saving groundwork solutions. It has been this close working relationship over the past 33 years that gives me the ability and confidence to give Bell Contracting such a well informed and positive recommendation.

Chris King

Managing Director

Kier Living Homes

Kier have worked closely with Bell Contracting for almost ten years. During that time they have successfully completed Groundworks and infrastructure on a series of complex residential developments in regeneration environments. What sets Bell Contracting apart is their willingness to work with all stakeholders to deliver the most practical and efficient solutions to these challenges and value engineer design solutions to their clients’ benefit. Their flexibility and can-do approach to the inevitable problems that occur on site from time to time make them a pleasure to do business with and a breath of fresh air.
Bell Contracting Wellbeing

Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental ill health and stress are associated with many of the leading causes of disease and disability in our society. Promoting and protecting the mental wellbeing of the workforce is important for individuals’ physical health, social wellbeing and productivity.

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