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GRADUATE MANAGEMENT TRAINEE BLOG BY NATHAN MCGUINNESS (PART 2 OF 2)

GRADUATE MANAGEMENT TRAINEE BLOG BY NATHAN MCGUINNESS (PART 2 OF 2)
15/12/2020

Earlier this year Wernick Hire acquired a number of assets from Interserve. A contract was drawn up between the companies which means that Wernick Hire exclusively hires units back to Interserve. One of Aldridge Depot’s first Interserve jobs under the new agreement was a 3 on 4 set up for a new school project in West Bromwich. Some of the ex-Interserve assets were selected for this project.

After assessing which of the new assets would be most suitable to the client’s specifications, they were laid out in sequence ready for prep. The workshop facilities at Aldridge are brilliant for this kind of work, meaning a building this size can be laid out as it would be on site. Despite looking fairly dirty, these units are relatively new, and so offered a solid base for us to develop on.

PREPARING THE UNITS Internally, a lot of stud wall and partitioning work needed to be done, however some units already matched the specification, saving us valuable labour and materials. One of the things I’ve learned here at Aldridge is the importance of helping the foreman by identifying suitable units from stock where possible: it’s one less job for him to do and it means having to do a lot less prep work.

The open plan canteen area was mostly a shell and we quickly identified that the floor would need re-vinyling before we started to fit the client’s kitchenette facilities. It’s great to see the contrast here in what we started with versus the facility that was delivered to the client.

The hybrid-modular stock that we inherited from Interserve is complicated in the way that it links. Without over complicating things, it can only be sited in a specific order due to its design, meaning a site visit was critical to a successful install. Working with the Site Manager and the crane company we agreed where the cabins, the cranes and our haulier’s wagons would all go.

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