Nixon Hire champions carbon-saving Solar Pod

NATIONAL hire company, Nixon Hire have announced that in just four weeks, over 129 tonnes of carbon emissions have been saved on a single customer's site as a result of using their popular Solar Pod product.

The Solar Pods were selected to power a large site up due to their provision of a sustainable power source without the needs for a mains supply or a separate generator. 

The site configuration saw 30 Nixon Hire sleeper cabins, otherwise known as Snoozepods, powered by nine solar pods.  

By opting for a Solar Pod in favour of a traditional generator the site reported huge carbon savings of 129,599kg in local CO2 emissions, the equivalent to planting 5,890 trees.  

A silent running time of 93% was also reported, a substantial noise pollution saving! 

Graham Nixon, Nixon Hire's managing director, said: “With the largest solar product fleet for hire in the UK, Nixon Hire have heavily invested into the ever-growing renewables sector and the company has positioned itself as the industry leader in solar innovation.  

"Solar Pods generate energy by effortlessly harnessing sunlight via solar PV panels. This energy is either instantly converted into power or surplus is stored in an internal battery bank. The unit is further supported by a back-up generator which only kicks in when the solar resource has been depleted. 

"In short, free and zero carbon energy is used and created as long as sunlight is available to the unit, making it suitable for use in the UK all year round. 

"We are delighted that the hard work that we have put into developing and promoting the Solar Pod has been recognised by a Green Apple Award. We look forward to collecting this in November.” 

Nixon Hire plan to further increase their Solar Pod fleet size and have also launched additional solar products such as Solar Lights and the Solar Welfare Van.

www.nixonhire.co.uk

The future of construction under the microscope at UK Construction Week 2019

AN eclectic, forward thinking crowd of 34,327 construction professionals attended UK Construction Week on 8-10 October. There was a particular swell in visitors keen to learn about future technologies and how they could be applied to their businesses.

The future of construction and how it is driving change was a major focus at this year’s event and it was clearly a driver to bring the crowds to the show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Kevin Reeves, director of IoT & digital twin at Costain, said: “Being my first time at UK Construction Week, I was blown away by the scale and diversity of the event, it was very impressive.”

Mark Ireland, chief engineer of technology strategy at the Manufacturing Technology Centre commented: “It was a busy few days and there were a great mix of attendees, from new industry entrants to managing directors and chief executives. It was really engaging to meet with the next generation and to meet people who aren’t already entrenched in traditional attitudes around construction.”

Feedback from a new business perspective was also extremely positive. Brendan Hourican, national sales and marketing manager at CircofloPro said: “It was an incredible show. I came away with at least 60-70 excellent business leads. One project alone will pay for the cost of attending the show. It’s been so successful, if I’d known I’d have gone for a larger stand and brought more of our team along.”

Ade Feeney, divisional account manager at Tradepoint B&Q also commented on the levels of interest from younger attendees, said: “We’ve had some great conversations. It was a good show, very busy, and we spoke to a lot of young professionals who are the future of the industry. They were really engaged.”

Among the 300 speakers and 150 hours of content, major highlights last week included the first industry appearance for the Construction Minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP, and keynote speeches and debates featuring Lord Digby Jones, architect George Clarke, modern methods of construction (MMC) advocate Mark Farmer and diversity champion Angela Dapper, principal at Grimshaw Architects.

Mental health in the industry was also a major focal point at the show, making UK Construction Week the largest event in the sector to address these issues. UK Construction Week worked alongside Public Health England to launch Every Mind Matters to the construction industry.

Sam Park, head of marketing at Aliaxis, said: “I was very impressed with the Every Mind Matters connection as I’m a mental health first aider at work. The focus on mental health at UK Construction Week was great. This is an audience which typically doesn’t like to talk, and they should. There was a lot happening on the stands and the support which is available. Hats off to UK Construction Week, from a mental health first aider perspective this really helps get the message out.”

UK Construction Week took innovation to a new level this year with its partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub) and the new innovation zone. On a practical front there were a record number of product launches, showcases and demos providing something for all construction professionals regardless of trade. This was also the inaugural year for the co-launch of the very successful Concrete Expo.

Now in its second year, the UK Construction Week Role Model of the year award went to Anjali Pindoria, project surveyor at Avi Contracts. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion within construction.

Sustainability was a major push for the event with all exhibitors being encouraged to sign up to a ‘net zero’ agreement to boost awareness of the UK’s carbon-cutting goals and encouraged to follow tips to boost their own sustainability. The printed show guide was switched for an environmentally friendly app, and to help reduce single-use plastic, free water fountains were installed around the show and free reusable bottles given out.

Summarising a very successful show, Nathan Garnett, event director said: “This year's UK Construction Week for me was brimming with positivity. In a time of political and economic uncertainty, the UK's largest showcase for the sector showed signs of transformation, as it adopts innovation at a faster pace than ever. The feeling all around was that we have a lot of work to do, come what may, so let’s get on with doing it in the safest, fastest and most efficient way possible by harnessing the potential of new technologies.

“UK Construction Week 2019 also tackled mental health in the sector head on with the support of the Every Mind Matters campaign, as we continue the role of improving mental health in construction for good. I was delighted how open the construction industry has now become on this subject and great conversations have started.

“Finally, to see the talent and diversity on stage for our UK Construction Awards, Fix Radio Awards and Role Model 2019 presentation shows how far we have come in the fifth edition of the event. Although there is a mountain still to climb, as an industry we should all be proud of that transformation.” 

Looking to the future, UK Construction Week will be hosting a series of specialist summits in the New Year, including:

  • Marketing in Construction Summit, 12 February 2020
  • Belonging in Construction Summit, 13 February 2020
  • Wellbeing in Construction Summit, 30 June 2020
  • Quality in Construction Summit, 1 July 2020

To find out more visit summits.ukconstructionweek.com.

The dates for next year’s UK Construction Week are 6-8 October 2020.

www.ukconstructionweek.com

Hirebase's “Two-wheel challenge” raises over £17k for cancer research

ALMOST 50 people from Hirebase and Buildbase branches covered more than 1,000 miles for the companies’ chosen charity Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

The Hirebase “Two-wheel challenge” allowed teams of staff to choose any two-wheeled vehicle to complete 17 stages between Hirebase’s mostly northerly branch in Shetland to its most southerly in Exmouth.

By the time the final stage was completed, the intrepid fundraisers had raised £17,595 for CRUK’s work with prostate cancer.

Among the most notable performances of the challenge was Falkirk’s Buildbase manager, Steven Clark, cycling a 94 mile-stage alone.

Rick Bauer, sales and commercial director at Hirebase, said: “On the final stage of the challenge, we even paid a visit to the Cancer Research shop in Exmouth and there was quite a welcome party.

“Whether the weather was beautiful or raining, windy and cold, the teams were determined to complete the challenge and add to the money already raised for our charity.”

www.hirebase.uk

The Executive Hire Show 2020 kicks off to a great start

THE tool, equipment and compact plant hire industry continues to go from strength to strength following reports from the organisers of the Executive Hire Show 2020 (5 - 6 February Ricoh Arena, Coventry).

During the annual exhibitor ‘kick-off’ meeting at the show’s established home at the Ricoh Arena, which took place on 10 October, the team reported that an impressive 142 exhibitors had already signed up for the 2020 Show and the event is already 87% sold.

The meeting was well attended, with exhibitors both old and new taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the event. Team members from exhibiting companies including Thwaites, Altrad Belle, Hire Association Europe (HAE), HSC (Hire Supply Company), Shindaiwa, Insphire Ltd, Bomag and many more made the journey to the Ricoh.

It was also the first time that many of the exhibitors in attendance had the opportunity to meet with the brand-new members of the Executive Hire Show team.

Chris Moore, the new Publishing and Events Director for the show, opened the proceedings highlighting the success of the previous Shows and how the 14th annual event is aiming even higher in terms of exhibitors and visitor attendance. He said: “Make sure you are ready to do business and maximise the full benefit of the show! Exhibitors and visitors travel from all over the UK to take part and visit and we are on course to set new records once again by working together as team.”

Chris Moore handed over to Hannah Webb who is the head of operations at the parent Hemming Group and also the new head of operations for the EHS. She is responsible for ‘putting the show together’ and ensuring the entire event runs seamlessly providing the best possible experience for the show’s exhibitors and visiting hirers. 

Hannah Webb introduced the appointed contractors for show which included Showlite, who were instrumental in the show’s new look which was debuted at the 2019 event. Also represented were Circdata, who are responsible for visitor registration and data capture. Hannah Webb also explained to the exhibitors the new look ‘back office’ of the website, social media assets and the all new exhibitor manual.

The EHS National Visitor Campaign is the ‘centrepiece’ of the Executive Hire Show’s efforts to attract hirers to the event. This year will be no exception and once again the show will be working in partnership with The Hire Supply Company to utilise the expert services of Steve McKenzie and his team, who visited over 800 hire depots throughout the UK and Ireland for the 2019 event.

The 2020 campaign has already started and Chris Moore will be joining the mega ‘Road Trip’ alongside Steve McKenzie’s team. Steve reported: “Our team plan to mobilise hirers to attend the 14th annual show – we are passionate about this event and want to deliver good quality visitors. We go that extra mile and between us we have 152-years’ experience in this industry and have made some very good contacts over the years.”

He added: “We are planning on 850 visits as part of the 2020 campaign – these visits also form the initial judging process for the ‘Passionate Hirer Awards, which are presented at the show during the party on the first evening.”

Steve McKenzie concluded by encouraging all to get involved to make this show a success.

Visitors/exhibitors can follow the team’s journey visiting hirers nationwide HERE.

Next to address the audience was the Executive Hire Show’s (also Executive Hire News Editor) Alan Guthrie, who highlighted additional features of the event. He announced that back by popular demand is the Innovation Trail.

The ‘Innovation Trail – Live!’ is also making a return - where 10 selected Innovation Trail products, which judges consider to be particularly outstanding, will be exhibited on a specially branded stage area in Hall 2. 

Alan Guthrie explained the concept, saying: “Each chosen ‘Innovation Trail – Live!’ supplier will be given a dedicated 10-minute slot to present and explain their product and talk the audience through its innovative qualities. These individual sessions will take place during the two days of the show. Paul Hutton, a radio, podcast and YouTube channel presenter, has once again agreed to host ‘Innovation Trail – Live!’ Paul will interview each company’s representative live on the stage.”

EHS Sales Manager Lee Westney was next up to highlight sponsorship opportunities surrounding the show and brand-new Sales Executive, Tierney Elliott also addressed the audience with a witty talk on other opportunities to help maximise exhibitor’s presence at the 2020 show.

Last and by no means least, exhibitors and guests were reminded about the EHS 2019 series of industry Road Shows. The next is being held on Tuesday 12 November from 4.30 - 7.30pm at the Mercure (formerly Thistle) Haydock Hotel, followed by another event on Wednesday 4 December from 4.30 - 7.30pm at the Holiday Inn, Bristol.

At these popular regional events, hirers and suppliers can benefit from bargains available only on the day that could boost their business. As well as hearing presentations on key issues and trends, participants will network, catch up with existing contacts while making new ones, and generally get involved.

And these events are an exciting prelude to the Executive Hire Show. With Brexit scheduled to happen on 31 October, the timing could hardly be better, enabling hirers to explore new revenue opportunities, do deals and build a positive future.

Visit www.executivehireshow.co.uk for more details on the show, the Road Shows and a full exhibitor list.

MSM's new product line-up for Showman's Show

MORRIS Site Machinery is shining a light on its largest range of eco lighting towers at this year’s Showman’s Show, in line with the growing demand for ‘green’ machinery solutions. This year it will also be revealing some exciting new products, perfect for the events sector.

Making their Showman’s Show debut will be the SMC TL60 Solar Trolley, the SMC TL90 Evolve, the SMC SL60 Link and the Hilta Hyperwash. 

The SMC TL60 Solar Trolley is a 100% solar powered, easy deployable unit with zero noise and zero emissions. Designed to be manoeuvred by a single person, the TL60 Solar can fit 30 units onto a Euro Trailer – ideal for reducing the carbon footprint of transport and logistics.

Also new to the events sector, the SMC TL90 Evolve is set to be this year’s stand out model for the 25-year-old SMC brand. The ergonomic machine is easy to service, has a fuel efficient run time of 185 hours and can be fitted with three different lamp head options, including the six LED lamp head, which makes it the brightest lighting tower ever produced by SMC with 217,500 lumens.

Making its very first appearance, the SL60 Link lighting tower with its light weight, compact footprint, can run from either mains, another lighting tower or a generator – in fact a three phase generator can power 24 units.

The Hilta Hyperwash diesel pressure washer, with the latest Stage V engine, completes the new line-up. Its robust roll-cage and four large wheels make it easily manoeuvrable over tough terrain.  It can even be stacked, which allows 52 units in a 40ft container.

The machines feature on a distinctly ‘green’ themed stand, complete with a grass sofa and even a sunshine blimp ensuring show goers across the Newbury Showground can find the best destination for lighting and power.

Richard Denholm, UK Sales Director, said: “Our design team are constantly innovating to ensure the MSM range is the best to market, refining and streamlining, creating compact, eco-friendly machines with the customer forefront of mind.

“Reducing environmental impact is on everyone’s agenda and we are proud to be able to stand with our customers to assist in their eco ambition.”

Morris Site Machinery is part of fifth-generation, family owned and run business group Morris & Company, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019.

Morris Site Machinery can be found on Stand 156 Avenue B at the Showman’s Show.

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

Concern grows at construction issues in the Queen's Speech

NEW legislation regarding the implementation of building safety standards needs to be underpinned by a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies, said the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the Queen’s speech yesterday (Monday 14 October) as part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “The Queen’s announcement that the Government will bring forward new rigorous laws forcing compliance with building safety standards is an important and essential step in improving safety and confidence in our built environment. After the Grenfell fire tragedy it’s essential that we raise the bar in construction.

"However, the Government must go further still and publicly consult on a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies. This would serve to remove from the industry any firm that ignores health and safety procedure and risks safety in and around the built environment. Licensing would also remove rogue traders that bring the image of builders into disrepute, whether they are operating in the private domestic sector or in the supply chain on a large commercial site. We now await further details on this bill and whether it will have the teeth it needs to improve the construction sector.”

Meanwhile, others in the property industry noted with dismay a lock of focus on the sector in the Queen's Speech. Tom Gatzen, the co-founder of leading roomshare platform, ideal flatmate, commented: “It's disappointing to see that the state of the UK property market failed to make the cut for today’s speech. We’ve seen the high cost of property prices and a distinct lack of house-building result in many of us remaining resigned to the UK rental sector, while more and more us are forced to rely on shared accommodation to put a roof over our heads.

"Not only is this putting a huge strain on the rental space, but a lack of affordable and social rental options is also causing an increase in the number of people ending up on the streets. This is a major issue in today’s society and one that should come before education, infrastructure and many of the other areas of focus announced today.”

Marc von Grundherr, director of lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, commented: “It really is quite astonishing that despite the consistent doom and gloom that has surrounded the UK property market for some time now, yet another blind eye has been turned to the issues plaguing our property market. The Government’s monumental failure to build enough homes has resulted in a national housing crisis and this isn’t something we can shy away from and hope it goes away.

"While previous initiatives have stoked the fires of buyer demand and caused an even greater thirst for property, the actual delivery of housing stock to meet this demand has been woeful and perhaps this latest neglect of the issue is the Government admitting defeat?"

www.fmb.org.uk

British Safety Council calls on employers to safeguard their workforce’s mental health

ON the eve of World Mental Health Day, held on 10 October, the British Safety Council is calling on the government and businesses to invest in prevention to tackle mental ill-health at work.

Lawrence Waterman, chairman of the British Safety Council, said: “There is growing awareness of the scale of the mental health crisis. The facts are stark: one in three of us will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in our lives. Three out of five people have experienced mental health issues due to work (Business in the Community).

“For years this issue went unrecognised and undetected, and I welcome the fact that government is now taking action - and that more and more companies are developing mental health strategies to support the needs of their workforce.”

Mr Waterman went on to say: “We must continue to make progress, not least in how people see mental health and their role in dealing with it. Given the average person now spends a third of their adult life at work, we all have a part to play in safeguarding physical and mental health at work.

“Just as with physical health and safety, prevention is the best cure and the wisest investment. Changes that reduce stress, encourage early intervention and remove the mental health stigma deliver significant long-term benefits.”

The British Safety Council, which has been delivering mental health awareness training since 2017, has developed new courses to increase understanding of factors which play a key role in employee health and wellbeing, including sleep, nutrition and exercise. These modules, available from November 2019, include training options for those with limited time.

Demand for the courses has come from the British Safety Council’s members and students who have already undertaken mental health training and want to foster a culture in their own organisations that positively promotes employee wellbeing and mental health.

Working in partnership with the mental health charity Mates in Mind, the British Safety Council delivers several mental health training courses. These help people start and manage difficult conversations about mental health.

They include:

Start the Conversation – a 45-minute session that aims to get employees thinking about mental health and talking about it.

Manage the Conversation – a three-hour workshop for line managers to give them the skills and confidence to have conversations about mental health.

Mental Health First Aid – a two-day course that teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

There are also online resources: including Start the Conversation, which aims to get employees thinking about mental health and talking about it, Resilience, developed with elite sports professionals for building physical and emotional resilience, and Stress Awareness training for employees and managers.

www.britsafe.org

MHM Plant are ‘Highly Commended’ at the Green Supplier and Innovation Awards 2019

MHM PLANT, a leading supplier of solar-hybrid-generators for outside events, is celebrating being bestowed with ‘highly commended’ status in the Green Supplier and Innovation Awards 2019.

Although MHM just missed out on the top prize, the judges commented on “the positive sustainable changes that you are making with your business, products and services”.

The judge also commented that the quantity and quality of entries made it extremely difficult to shortlist just three companies so being commended is an achievement in itself.

As MHM received their award, Mat Llewellyn, MHM managing director said, “We have a team of designers and engineers that are working tirelessly to create a range of lighting sets and power generators that reduce and eventually eliminate the use of fossil fuels. We were delighted to have our efforts formally recognised. We are all looking forward to being at the show, where visitors can view our machinery first-hand. A warm welcome is guaranteed.”

The Green Supplier and Innovation Awards were coordinated by the organisers of the 2019 Showman’s Show set to be held on 16 and 17 October at the Newbury Showground. The Showman's Show is the UK's original and most comprehensive exhibition of products, services and entertainment for the festival, outdoor and special event industry.

MHM will be showcasing a wide range of innovative and ‘eco-friendly’ lighting and power generation machinery, including a solar powered tower light and two generators that are powered from non‐fossil initiated fuels.

MHM supplies their range of equipment throughout the UK and Ireland via its’ three depot network. The MHM Plant head office is based in Port Talbot, South Wales. The company offers three options: To purchase brand new or quality used and, exclusively for bone fide hire companies, MHM provides an extensive rehire service throughout the UK and Ireland.

www.mhmplant.com

Six of the best! Scotland’s Arvill Ltd takes up Trime’s X-ECO LED lighting towers

ARVILL Ltd, the Airdrie-based plant and tool hire firm, has ordered an initial six X-ECO LED lighting towers manufactured by the leading supplier of engine and hybrid powered LED site lighting, Trime UK.

The order was finalised between Arthur Shevill, Arvill’s managing director and Trime UK’s sales manager, Andrew Owen at the Executive Hire Show Roadshow held in Glasgow.

This is the first order from Arvill Ltd for the X-ECO LED sets.

Commenting on this order, Arthur said: “We were impressed with robust design of X-ECO LED and Andrew put up a strong case for its comparatively low whole life costs. Also, Trime having an experienced repair and maintenance support service based locally, helped to push us in the direction of the Trime sets.

“We are looking forward to integrating them into our hire fleet ready for when the clocks turn back and demand for site lighting increases.”

The X-ECO LED has a number of environmental qualities and safety aspects. The set is fitted with the AMOSS safety system, which automatically lowers the mast if the lighting set is moved whilst the mast is still erected. The complete unit features an external emergency stop button, a fully bunded fuel tank, four height adjustable stabilisers and site levels for guidance during deployment. The energy saving LED lamps will work for up to 50,000 hours without replacement.

Established in 1985 by Arthur Shevill, Arvill Plant and Tool Hire is a family business and one of Scotland’s largest independent hire companies. Based in central Scotland they are ideally situated to service works throughout the country. With around 4,000 items in their hire fleet they provide a comprehensive service to local authorities, national rail contracts, large construction projects, small builders and DIY enthusiasts.

The Trime Group has over 50 years of experience in the development and marketing of environmentally sustainable lighting sets for the rail, off-shore, event, construction and rental markets. Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; their manufacturing plant is based near Milan, Italy.

www.arvillplantandtoolhire.co.uk

A-Plant opens state-of-the-art Manchester hub

THE UK’s leading plant, tool and equipment hire company has opened its biggest service centre to date in Chadderton, Manchester.

The state-of-the-art Manchester hub is situated in prime position in the North of England at J21 Business Park next to the M60. 

The flagship centre employs over 100 people and is home to the company’s specialist divisions which serves construction, utilities, infrastructure rail and FM industries across the North. 

The new hub also provides 60,000 sq.ft workshops and 18,000 sq.ft welfare, office and training facilities.

Andy Wright, Chief Operating Officer at A-Plant said: “The investment in our new Manchester hub will support our on-going growth whilst further enhancing the service that we offer to our customers across the North. Our new depot will allow us to serve our customers faster, and with multiple divisions housed in one hub we can also support our Manchester and North West trades more efficiently.

“No other hire company has the breadth and depth of products that we do and we are confident that our Manchester hub will provide us with the opportunity for continued growth whilst affirming our position as market leaders.”

Operating from the new hub are; A-Plant, A-Plant Rail, A-Plant Powered Access, Tool Hire Express, Astra Attachment Solutions, FLG Services and PSS Hire.

www.aplant.com

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