UK’s largest access rental company, Nationwide Platforms, invited more than 100 local customers to celebrate the official opening of its new flagship depot Bellshill, Scotland, yesterday.
Approximately three times the size of its previous depot, the new facility sets the benchmark for future depots and will provide enhanced customer service and support to a number of high-profile projects throughout Scotland.
Located on the Righead Industrial Estate just outside of Glasgow, the 29,000 square foot depot houses more than 450 access platforms including a range of operated and self-drive truck and van mounted platforms from its Specialist Vehicles division.
Four dedicated delivery vehicles and mobile service engineer vehicles also operate from the depot to further support the area.
The new depot also features a state-of-the art-training facility which provides a comprehensive range of IPAF operative, management and PAL+ training as well as PASMA, IOSH and supporting health and safety courses.
Two fully-specified training rooms are able to run simultaneous training sessions, while a large outside training area is ideal for practical sessions and product demonstrations.
The depot also features a 10,000 square foot indoor area which allows delegates to receive training on towers and indoor machines all year round regardless of weather conditions.
As well as a large yard, offices and meeting rooms, the depot boasts one of the best engineering facilities with four dedicated service bays, a fabrication bay and a repair bay.
Meeting and conference rooms are also available for customers to use with the local team happy to discuss customer requirements and book the facilities on request.
Frank Sprott, Regional Director Scotland & North East at Nationwide Platforms, said: “We not only wanted a flagship site with office space for our growing team, but also a building that could allow us to meet our customers’ needs.
“It was also important to expand our engineering facilities and our workshop gives our team great scope for the future.
“We are proud to showcase our facility and today’s open day will be the first of many to allow our customers to meet the team, see our latest kit and innovations as well as witness first-hand the standards we work to.”
Jeremy Fish, Managing Director of Nationwide Platforms, added: “The opening of this new depot highlights our continued investment in Scotland and the North East.
“It is an important region for us and one we are looking to strengthen. This depot will put us in a good position and has the capacity to match our growth, both in terms of fleet and training.”
To celebrate the depot opening, Nationwide Platforms invited 100 customers to view the depot and its facilities, with a number of delegates taking part in free IPAF training courses on the day.
It also included a tour of the engineering department, a meet – the team session and demonstrations of its new machines and safety innovations.
Attendees also generously donated to local charity, St Andrews Hospice, Airdrie, which was matched by the company’s parent company, Lavendon Group.
Nationwide Platforms currently has four depots strategically positioned throughout Scotland to support the region.
Part of its continued investment, it opened a purpose-built training centre last year in Portlethen, located just outside the port city of Aberdeen.
Although only opened for a short period of time, the training centre has performed beyond all expectations and has achieved outstanding successes in terms of growth, capitalising on new markets, promoting its services and raising awareness of working at height safety.
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