Stephen Trousdale

Company Director

Stephen was also directly involved in each of the above contracts as the prime plant operator in all cases

1974/1976 Worked for James Trousdale & Sons (in father's plant hire business) covering the North Down and Ards areas.

1976/1977 Worked for G&H Crompton Ltd. on housing sites. Work included foundations, drainage and landscaping.

1977/1985 Worked for Charles Brand Ltd. On civil engineering works on the following sites; Sydenham Pumping Station - excavation of cofferdams and the placing of large diameter pipelines Phase 1 West Link - pipelines, sub-base and ducts. Portavogie Harbour Extension - bulk excavations. North Breakwater at Bangor Marina - placing fill and rock armour. Carrickfergus Marina - excavations, placing fill and rock armour and attendance on piling operations.

1985/1987 Worked for James McAlorum Ltd. on drainage, foundations and landscaping on various housing sites.

1987/1999 Mostly excavator plant hire to main contractors and private individuals, carrying out civil engineering works for the following Companies; Charles Brand Ltd. at Pickie Breakwater Bangor Marina - placing concrete armour units and rock fill. F.K.Piling at Boucher Road - removal of piling spoil. Charles Brand Ltd at Warrenpoint Seafront Development - all earthworks drainage and rock armouring. Charles Brand Ltd at Harland and Wolff Fitting Out Quay - all earthworks and attendance on sheet piling operations. Charles Brand Ltd at Ro-Ro Ferry Terminals at Sandy & Westray in the Orkney Islands - all earthworks including rock armouring. North Down Building Co. on private nursing home - ground works, drainage and foundations. M.M.M.Design on large housing scheme - ground works, foundations and drainage. Charles Brand Ltd. at Castle Hill Sewer Reconstruction - attendance on sheet piling operations, excavations and placing culvert.

2000 Formation of Ashleigh (NI) Ltd – Trading as Ashleigh Contracts with Stephen as a company Director

2000/ Present Director of Ashleigh N.I. Ltd. Responsible for the site management and plant operations on the specialist marine civil engineering projects undertaken by the company including:-

  • Newtownards Coastal and Flood Defences (£0.2m)
  • Millenium Way Cycleway, Whiteabbey (£0.5m)
  • Glenarm Harbour Improvements (£0.7m)
  • Strandhill Sea Defences, Sligo (£0.4m)
  • Reinforced Earth Slope and Coastal Defences at Fahan Co. Donegal (£0.13m).
  • Construction of new Berth for RNLI at Rosslare, Co. Wexford (£0.7m)
  • Remedials to Kilkeel Harbour including new Core Loc armoured breakwater (£0.3m)
  • Lower Bann Jetties for Waterways Ireland - Toomebridge (2No), Movanagher (2No), Carnroe D/S and The Cutts D/S (£0.6m)
  • Quoile Barrier Remedial Works - 5,000m3 of Dredging 5,000m3 and placing 1,200m3 underwater concrete Scour Apron - completed in October 2005 (£0.45m
  • Portavogie Slipway refurbishment - completed December 2005 (£0.1m)
  • Portneal Replacement Jetty - completed March 2006 (£0.2m)
  • Mid Ards Trunk Main, Section F - completed in October 2007 (£0.75m)
  • Port Oriel Upgrading & Modernisation - Dredging, placing rockfill & rock armour and placing 10T X Block Armouring units as protection to refurbished and extended Pier, completed in Feb 2007 (£0.4m)
  • Warrenpoint Ro Ro Berth Upgrade - Dredging, rockfill & rock armouring - completed in Jan 2007 (£0.3m)
  • The Battery Harbour & Ballyronan Marina Upgrades - completed in March 2007 (£0.25m)
  • Ness Brae Coastal Defences, Fife (Scotland) - bulk earthworks and placing 50,000T Rock Armour along 350m of shoreline - Completed July 2007 (£0.35m)
  • Victoria Primary School, Ballyhalbert - bulk earthworks and foundations - Due for completion in Spring 2008 (£0.13m).
  • Caladh Mor Harbour, Inishmaan (Aran Islands, Galway) - Dredging 25,000m3 of pre-blasted rock, construction of 150m long Offshore Breakwater including placing of 10T X Block Armouring Units, Dredging 4,000m3 rock in Navigation Channel - Completed August 2008 (£1.0m)
  • Kilronan Harbour Development (Aran Islands, Galway) – Completed September 2009 (£1.6m)
  • Tall Ships Pontoon Piling & PC Anchor Blocks, Belfast – Completed July 2009 (£0.2million)
  • Greystones Harbour Development – Revetment Works – Completed March 2010 (£3.0m)
  • New Stena Loch Ryan Port Development - Revetment Works - Completed October 2011 (£1.5m)
  • West Rhyl Food Defences, North Wales - Rock Groyne & Revetments - Completed March 2012 (£0.7m)
  • London Gateway Phase 2 Revetments - Completed March 2013 (£1.4m)
  • Sumburgh Airport East Runway Extension Remedials, Shetland - Revetments - Completed August 2016 (£3.5m)
  • Dredging & Storage of TBT Contaminated Silts at Musgrave Channel at Belfast Harbour - Dredging & Revetment - Completed January 2017 (£3.4m)
  • Dredge Reclamation and Revetments at Peterhead Harbour - Completed December 2017 (£1.4m)
  • North Breakwater at Nigg Bay, Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project - Breakwater - Commenced March 2018 (£4.3m) 


Stephen was also directly involved in each of the above contracts as one of the prime plant operators in all cases – responsible for driving all grades of excavator from 2.5T to 200T, articulated dumptucks to 35T and Crawler Cranes to 40T. Stephen has also been using a range of excavator-mounted attachments in the above contracts including vibrating piling hammers, compactors, beam extensions, impact piling hammers, rockhammers, concrete pulverisers and hydraulic rotators for Block placement (Including for Accropode placement of up to 20T weight).

Ashleigh own and operate one of the widest fleets of specialist Long Reach machines throughout the UK & Ireland in the range of 40T to 200T with reach capability up to 28m. Each of these machines has been fitted with electronic machine-control capability and Stephen has been the instigator of these systems and in particular with the introduction and ongoing development of the extensive use and reliance on 3D GPS system (Prolec PCX-3D) installed on the main lead machines.

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Ashleigh Contracts attempt as far as possible to carry out all contracts works using their own range of specialist marine civil engineering plant & equipment and keep a core staff of experienced management and skilled operatives who operate as distinct teams on projects throughout the UK and Ireland.