Hope Springs eternal at Telford Portable Offices depot

Portable Offices’ Telford depot broke the mould this year by securing a significant contract for the Hope Centre in Newport, Gwent with the extension to a large ‘walk-in’ community centre.

The 200 sq metre modular building extension provided space for a state-of-the-art fitness centre complete with boxing ring, gymnasium, weights room and wrap-around corridor.

Sales Manager, Dean Dixon explains: “Historically, Telford as a depot, have been involved with more ad hoc contracts but the Hope Centre really broke the mould for us.  This permanently staffed, flagship community centre provides a walk-in facility for young and old with a fully equipped IT suite and a financial advice centre together with the latest fitness training equipment.”

“The exacting brief stipulated an extension to the existing modular building that blended in with the design and structure to provide a wrap-around corridor and new gymnasium facilities.  An over-riding concern was the need for a cost-effective and time-efficient turnaround as there were considerable budget restraints.”

Telford depot aptly demonstrated its ability to provide a ‘turnkey’ service despite the considerable challenges of juggling the provision of new mains services with budget and time constraints.

The Telford team led by Dean Dixon, Sales Manager, Office Administrator, Jayne Hatton, Jeanette Nagington in Office Sales, Terry Richards, Depot Supervisor and Colin Darlington as Yard Supervisor, rose to the challenge and are looking to develop similar opportunities in the year ahead.

Telford Depot has continued to challenge the flexibility of modular buildings this year in particular with the Plymouth Hospital contract which demonstrated the real capabilities of the portable system. Here, the Telford team implemented a linked building extension some 15’ high.

Dean concludes: “There are some great opportunities out where portable accommodation provides a flexible and cost-effective solution. We are looking for innovative marketing tools to help us to develop these niche opportunities and despite this age of austerity, we will enter the 2012 marketplace from a position of strength.”

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