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Snibston was mainly a rural area until a part of it was transformed into a coal mining village by the Snibston Colliery Company. This happened in the early 1830s. After that, this part of the area has seen much development and has been converted into a town named Coalville.

The main Snibston Colliery faced its doom in 1831 and after that, the colliery area was transformed into a park called Snibston Discovery Park and it also had a museum named Snibston Discovery Museum. The museum however, is closed now.

George Stephenson, who was a pioneer in railway engineering, and his son Robert Stephenson came to the area in the late part of the 1820s. They were involved with the Leicester and Swannington Railway. This railway was being built in order to transport coal from the area to the Leicester.

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The Snibston estate was owned by Leonard Forbrooke of Ravenstone Hall and Snibston Grange. He died in 1830 and shortly after his death, the entire estate along with an uncompleted colliery with a new Boulton and Watt type steam engine and colliery equipment were sold to the Stephensons and the completion of the Snibston No 2 colliery took place.

The now closed Snibston Discovery Museum was actually a part of the Discovery Park. This was built on the site of the former Snibston Colliery No 2 and was an award winning interactive museum filled with modern technology and learning tools. The museum was managed by Leicester County Council and the effort was supported by Next and the National Forest. The museum finally closed in 2012 and is currently Heritage Lottery funded.

The Leicester County Council announced in 2015 that the museum and the land was to be sold and the museum was finally closed on 31st July of 2015. The demolition process of the main hall began in early March 2016 and was completed by April 2016.

Bio courtesy of www.snibston.com

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Following the decision to close the museum we were to play an instrumental role in the decommisioning, packaging and relocation of the artefacts to their new homes around Leicestershire.

Bespoke lifting frames were created for many items to insure there safety during craning out of the building and onto our vehicles for transportation.

Due to the cultural significance of the artefacts and in some cases their uniqueness every care was taken to insure their safety during transit.

Leicester Machine Movers completed the contract which include decommissioning, tagging and burning progress photos onto a disk at the customer’s request without any problems or damage to any of the artefacts and within the time allotted prior to demolition of the museum.
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Smibston beam engineThe Snibton Beam Engine
Snibston Fire engineShepshed horse-drawn steam fire engine
Brick statue of “The Last Shift”
Partly packaged Beam EnginePackaging in progress of the Beam Engine
Transportation of the artefactsTransportation of the packaged artefacts

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Preci-Spark is a leading European contract manufacturer for the high technology industries delivering manufacturing solutions to the global market place. Established in 1960 the company employs 450 people across 6 manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom.
As a process based manufacturing specialist, Preci-Spark delivers an array of components, complex fabrications and assemblies to the Aerospace and Industrial markets.

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We work closely with Preci Spark to deliver their goods to site safely and securely across the UK. We have carried out numerous projects for them - each with its individual requirements regarding Health & safety documentation such as risk asssessments and method statements, access, lifting plans, weights and dimensions of the items for delivery.

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Our natural approach to every prospective contract is to first assess the details of the project in every detail by carrying out a site visit. Ensuring the correct cranes, transport and loading methods are used and allowances are made for any site specific conditions such as the design & construction of lifting frames and any bespoke vehicle requirements.

Offload of an 85 ton pressOffload of an 30 tonne press
Printing machine relocationPrinting machine relocation

Printing machine liftingPrinting machine lifting & Internal view of print machine lift Stylo Graphics, Watford.

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KFE is a family business supplying the highest quality frying ranges, after sales service and The School of Frying Excellence. The company of choice for Award Winning Fish and Chip Shops. The name is based on QB being the initials of Quirinus Bakker, the founder of production frying equipment in Holland and Tec the shortened word associated to technology.

Their mutual aim is to continue to strive towards that high standard of excellence we offer our customers, from advice and planning, shop layout, range specification, site survey, installation and training.
All servicing and installations are carried out by KFE fully gas and electrically qualified engineers.

standard of design and hygiene, incorporating the only very best equipment and ingredients. We offer unrivalled package of quality, reliability and expertise to the Fish and Chip frying range market.

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Kfe fryer delivery by Leicester machine movers
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Leicester Machine Movers have carried out the transportation and installation of Fryers and counters for KFE for many years.

We work very closely with KFE to ensure they recieve the highest standard of service possible during transportation and installation of their products.


"KFE are proud to have been associated with Leicester Machine Movers since 1998. We have worked hard over the years to establish KFE and KIREMKO as brand leaders of top quality frying equipment into the Fish and Chip industry and like to work with partners who are similarly recognised within their field, which is certainly the case with LMM. Their experience and expertise has ensured the smooth collection and more importantly professional delivery to site of our high value frying ranges.
Over the years we have established a wonderful, close relationship between the Evans and Williams families which we look forward to continuing long into the future."

Paul Williams
Managing Director