AVONMOUTH-BASED KINGS HEAVY HAULAGE IS A SUBSTANTIAL FAMILY-OWNED CONCERN THAT HAS MAINTAINED A STRONG PRESENCE IN SPECIALIST TRANSPORT, PARTICULARLY IN THE WEST COUNTRY, SINCE 1969. BOB BEECH CHARTS ITS HISTORY.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
There are certain long-established heavy transport companies that are invariably associated with the part of the country in which they are based, they are the backbone of the industry, have dealt with the peaks and troughs of business over the decades and continue to thrive in the modern world. Kings Heavy Haulage is a perfect example of this effect.
Kings’ red and white fleet of trucks, predominately Volvo since the 70’s, continues to be a regular sight throughout the UK and Europe. The company was featured on prime-time TV, giving the general public an insight into specialist road transport. The business has endured economic downturns and faced various challenges, but is thriving with big plans for the future, not least celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.
Its broad areas of business include construction equipment, heavy engineering, vessels, tanks, bridge beams and other specialist fabrications. In addition, the company has been heavily involved in both the defence and aerospace sectors, in both in the UK and Europe. Lighter work, including general haulage, is undertaken if required. Truck-mounted cranes are used for shifting portable buildings, boats and a great deal more.
Other jobs such as transporting and installing up to 80 colourful replica versions of the Gromit character from the Wallace and Gromit animation series, to locations around Bristol was one of the more unusual jobs. Also, working in the aerospace sector has led to Kings playing a major role in Bristol’s rich heritage in the industry. Installing exhibits into the new Bristol Aero Museum included towing one of the remaining Concorde airliners across the site at Filton into its new home, lifting and transporting a huge Bristol freighter aircraft, which returned from New Zealand, and the transporting and positioning of 95 per cent of the items in the museum.