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New platforms lift the NEC

29 August 2012

New access equipment from Nationwide Platforms is helping refresh the country’s largest exhibition centre.

Set within 611 acres of land, The NEC, Birmingham is also the seventh largest venue of its kind in Europe and hosts millions of visitors every year.

As part of ongoing maintenance, principal contractor Interserve Engineering Services, part of Interserve, the international support services and construction group, and its subcontractors, have been carrying out a refit on Halls 1 to 5 and The Pavilion. This work has included the replacement of HVAC units, electrical substations, and the upgrade of the building management and fire protection systems,

To help put safety and efficiency at the centre of all work taking place at height, Nationwide Platforms, who this year will be replenishing 14% of their fleet, have provided up to 15 platforms at any one time. A significant number of these machines were introduced to the business only this year.

Five new HAB scissors, which were introduced to the Nationwide Platforms fleet for the first time this spring, have been utilised to complete work in the apex ceiling, enabling engineers to complete work at heights of up to 15 metres in confined spaces.

In addition to this, other new equipment provided included a 15 metre JLG boom lift and an environmentally friendly NiftyLift HR15.

Equipment has also been fitted with safety innovations from Nationwide Platforms’ BlueSky Range of products. This includes the SkyRakPlus which can be fitted to large scissor lifts to enable the safe handling of large or awkward materials weighing up to 600 kg. Additionally, the SkyHandler, which is designed to safely secure and lift or lower heavy steel beams, has also been utilised.

A spokesperson from Interserve said: “Safe working at height is essential on any of our projects. It’s with that in mind that we’ve been pleased to work with Nationwide Platforms who have provided us with equipment of the highest calibre. In addition to that, the range of MHAs that have been made available to us have helped us achieve our goal of achieving best practice solutions on every project.”

Nationwide Platforms’ Birmingham Depot Manager, Andy Parker, said: “We know that keeping our customers safe means delivering the solutions that go the extra mile. Central to that is ensuring that our equipment is kept in its best possible condition and can be relied upon by our clients, however great their challenge. For the NEC work our location and fleet size meant we’ve been able to adapt our support to the changing needs of the project and ensure that we continue to play our part in helping Interserve complete another job successfully.”

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