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Urgently needed site facilities for 200 workers delivered in just three days - keeping tunnel rectification programme on schedule

Organisation : VolkerLaser


Location : Birmingham

Requirement :

Multi-functional contractor VolkerLaser specialises in complex civil engineering and structural repair projects. When the company was contracted to complete concrete repairs, rebuilding work, lighting and fire protection on the road tunnels under Birmingham city centre, it needed to provide high-quality office and welfare facilities for more than 200 workers.

The project required a six-week closure of all the tunnels, which meant the programme schedule was unmoveable. When VolkerLaser’s existing site building supplier let them down just days before the start of the project, the company needed to find an alternative solution immediately.

Solution :

Dave Machin, Plant Manager at VolkerLaser, says: “We quickly called all the suppliers on our list. Only Portakabin Site Accommodation could provide exactly the buildings we needed, of the right quality, and in the short time available.”

Portakabin Site Accommodation responded immediately to deliver extensive office and welfare buildings just three days after the initial enquiry. The buildings included toilets and drying rooms, an office, two large canteens and a store room.

Dave adds: “This was a very high-pressure, time-limited project, and the welfare of the workforce was a big issue for us. The buildings supplied by Portakabin Site Accommodation were excellent and gave us precisely the high-quality facilities we needed. The fast response was impressive, and everything was in place right on time. The project could not have started on time without them.”

Portakabin Site Accommodation supplied everything required for a fully functioning site, including steps, tanks and water bowsers to supply the toilets and washrooms.

Dave says: “The water bowsers were great. They were brand new and were fitted with on-demand pumps to deliver all the water we needed for our on-site facilities.”

The buildings were expertly installed in the tunnels overnight, avoiding any disruption. Traffic management measures were in place, ensuring the operation ran smoothly.

“The service from the Konstructa Hire Centre team was absolutely spot on,” says Dave. “They always had an answer for us immediately, whenever we had a query or request. If we had any maintenance requirements, they were on site within a day. At the end of the six-week project, the buildings were removed just as quickly and efficiently as they were installed.”

"We were so impressed by the quick turnaround and service levels from Portakabin Site Accommodation that we will be recommending them to the rest of the VolkerLaser group. Our company is busier than ever just now, and we'll certainly go back to Portakabin Site Accommodation for future site building requirements." 
Dave Machin, Plant Manager, VolkerLaser

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