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2013 Vol 3 No 3
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Major Contract In Liverpool cont

To make maximum use of the available space, the SBR will be double stacked and is fed from a new SBR feed pumping station to high and low level distribution chamber.

In addition to the SBR there will be a new sludge treatment facility housed in a single treatment building on the adjacent dockside. The sludge is used to feed the existing MAD plant which generates gas from the sludge as fuel for a CHP unit which can generate 1-2MW of electricity.

Construction work is currently 20% complete and forecasting a completion award of the PIU (plant in use) of August 2015.
The team will peak at 100 staff and approximately 250 operatives. The project team recently celebrated 500,000 man hours without RIDDOR.

Darren Dobson, the GCA lead for Liverpool WWTW remarked: “This large complex project is being delivered in partnership with our client UU. Our performance to date has been excellent and the team is now set up to ensure the project is successfully delivered and we achieve our project goals.”

160 Thwaites dumpers for Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins – one of the largest suppliers to the UK’s building and construction industry with more than 600 branches – has invested in 160 Thwaites dumpers.

The Thwaites Alldrive 1 tonne Hi-tip models have already been delivered to its Tool Hire depots around the country which supply equipment from general tools, mini excavators and dumpers to skips and toilets. The dumpers were supplied by Watling JCB, the local Thwaites and JCB distributor.


Contractors World - 160 Thwaites dumpers for Travis Perkins

Left to right: Richard Telfer managing director, Watling JCB; Andy Raine, sales director Watling JCB; Richard Dey, group hire director Travis Perkins and Ian Brown, sales director Thwaites.

“Travis Perkins had an ageing fleet of about 350 dumpers supplied by another manufacturer and dealer that needed replacing,” said Richard Dey, group hire director or Travis Perkins.

“This is the first order Travis Perkins has placed with Thwaites and with the dumpers now in the fleet, we are pleased with their build quality, performance and of course the back-up from Watling JCB,” he said. “We will be assessing the dumpers’ long-term performance over the next few years but early signs are very good”.

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205 Plant Hire firms braced for takeover

The plant hire Industry should brace itself for takeovers as a series of curious circumstances begin to shape the industry, argues a new market report from analysts Plimsoll Publishing.

The study warns that a combination of stock piling cash, difficult growth, low interest rates and ageing directors has left these 205 companies ripe for acquisition as the sector consolidates, evolves and starts to prosper again.

David Pattison, senior analyst on project, said: “On one hand, 47 cash rich companies have been stockpiling cash and their problem is that the built up cash could give them a real headache. Low interest rates mean this cash will be sitting idle on the balance sheet and not generating a return. It really needs to be put to good use and an acquisition seems an obvious option.”

Some simple findings from the Plimsoll Analysis found that:

  • Almost 32 % of directors will be over 60 by the end of the year
  • 47 companies have over £5 million of cash on their balance sheet
  • 241 firms are still operating as independents
  • 44 % of organisations did not increase in sales

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