The prestigious 2022 Commonwealth Games have been heralded a huge success – and Welfare Hire has been privileged to support the event with our specialist ECO units.
Our involvement began during Birmingham’s preparations for the event. The ambitious Sprint project is upgrading roadways to slash bus journey times and introducing zero-emission buses, creating a greener city. Phase 1 was fast-tracked to be up and running for the Games, with up to 80 workers on site. Welfare Hire’s units provided the most modern, comfortable facilities for them, while hitting the project’s sustainability targets.
Our support continued throughout the event, with Welfare Hire’s eco lighting and welfare units proving the natural choice for an event with a stated aim of leaving ‘a carbon neutral legacy’1. Our products are powered by next-generation hybrid lithium and solar energy, reducing CO2 emissions and minimising fuel consumption, with no compromise on performance.
Creating safe visitor spaces
With over 1.5 million spectator tickets sold over 11 days of events2 getting people to and from the Games efficiently was paramount for its smooth running. Welfare Hire’s Hybrid Lithium Lighting Towers created safe, brightly-lit walkways and transport hubs for event visitors, with their super-bright performance.
In addition to event visitors, an army of more than 13,000 volunteer stewards needed to be catered for. Welfare Hire’s ECOXLi welfare units were supplied to the temporary transport hubs for the marshals working there, providing them with the most comfortable, spacious and high-specification facilities. These premium units achieved silent, green running with no associated operating costs.
Aaron Muir, organiser of the Park & Ride operations on behalf of Transport for West Midlands noted, “The solar panels have been a real added benefit. They’ve kept the Lithium batteries topped up which has meant that we haven’t had to use the generators at all, so we’ve used zero fuel as a result.”
Units packed with innovative design
While the ECO welfare units deliver on sustainability and smart green technology, there are many other benefits from the modern, innovative design, including:
Large, comfortable canteen area, with plenty of ports for phone-charging
Well-laid out office
Higher quality and hygiene from the 2+1 water-flush toilets
Rainwater harvesting system to top up water tanks
Towable, agile units for easy location
Remote management of units using smart telemetry
Robust, durable build quality
Aaron has also commented on the exceptional service he has received from Welfare Hire, concluding, “The customer service and just the overall impression [from] Welfare Hire has been extremely positive.”
Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farmis dedicated to helping the city’s most disadvantaged children. They provide opportunities to have fun, learn and take respite from the often extremely difficult circumstances of their everyday lives.
4Louissupports anyone affected by miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby or child. They fight for better treatment and resources for bereaved families, as well as providing the tools and equipment necessary to make that treatment happen.
Yorkshire Air Ambulanceis a dedicated helicopter emergency air ambulance for Yorkshire and the Humber. This rapid-response service has saved millions of lives, relying solely on donations from individuals and organisations.
Getting the message out there
Alongside ongoing events and fundraising initiatives supported by our colleagues, partners and friends of the business, we have also created a dedicated Charity Welfare Unit to raise awareness and funds.
Our Charity Welfare represents the latest in modern ECO mobile welfare facilities and will be used on projects across the UK, reaching a variety of infrastructure and construction sites. The unique and eye-catching design will be exposed to clients, customers, and anyone passing by.
We’ve also found a fun and engaging way to help spread awareness and raise support: by providing scannable QR codes that bring users to a page where they can donate to each charity and find out more about their missions.
The unit incorporates the charities’ logos, and all funds raise through partnering with our partners on the hire of this unit, alongside additional initiatives and donations via the QR codes will go directly to the charities.
But this is only the beginning. We have numerous plans to further our support for these important causes in the coming months. And we can’t wait to share them with our community
Kelling has had a stellar run of trade show appearances in recent months, and we’re excited to add yet another prestigious event to the list – Highways UK.
It is the undisputed highlight on the highway industry’s annual calendar, bringing together countless experts and suppliers for a huge, multi-stream exhibition. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th November, at the NEC Hall in Birmingham.
Both Welfare Hire and Access Hire will be exhibiting
Highways is one the core infrastructure sectors we work with at Kelling, ensuring transient and fast-moving projects have access to the vehicles they need without compromising on quality. So we are bringing both of our key brands to the event.
Welfare Hire will be exhibiting our range of innovative ECO Tower Lights and ECO Mobile Welfare Units – including the brand new EcoXLi. These products offer a variety of benefits for highway projects, optimising sustainable site setup, improving both worksite comfort and environmental impact. And our Tower Lights enable you to work 24/7 with the brightest and greenest solution in the market.
Access Hire will be exhibiting our industry-leading Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms, designed to provide the optimal safety solution for working at heights. For highways projects, reliable service and quality is vital to ensure your project is completed safely, on time and on budget.
We look forward to connecting with key partners in this vital industry and hearing from experts on important topics like sustainability. But most of all, we look forward to demonstrating what our innovative fleet can do for highways projects.
We are thrilled to announce that Access Hire will be attending The Security Event 2021 – the UK’s biggest and most popular security industry trade show.
This year’s event will be held Sept 7th-9th at the Birmingham NEC, boasting an incredible lineup of leading brands and industry experts. We are so excited about our offering that we wanted to bring a little taste to you ahead of time.
What are we showcasing?
Working at heights is the single largest cause of workplace fatalities in the UK, and many Put simply, we provide the largest, most modern fleet in the country – and our stand at The Security Event will showcase this in full colour.
Our Van Mounted Access Platforms are absolutely ideal for security professionals who need to install and undertake maintenance on CCTV cameras; you can read about them in more detail here.
We also offer security professionals unrivalled flexibility, providing both lease and hire options to match their projects’ specific needs. We have put together a guide to budgeting for a vehicle lease to help our partners plan their project more effectively – you can read it here.
How to find Access Hire at the Security Event
Our team will be presenting on 3a/A25 throughout the entire event, as well as having one of our Van Mounted MEWPs outside the main entrance, so if you are in attendance and want to see our vehicles for yourself, please do not hesitate to drop by.
The UK’s leading hirer of mobile eco welfare units and vehicle mounted access platforms, to infrastructure sectors, Kelling Group is setting the standard for modern, environmentally-conscious specialist equipment hire. The business prides itself on providing clients with the most modern, innovative, eco-friendly specialist assets in the market. Last year, the group invested c. £20m in fleet with a similar investment anticipated in the next 12 months.
A true innovator in its field, Kelling Group is a specialist equipment hire business built on five key pillars: Quality, Service, Environment, Wellbeing and Value. Backed by dedicated ‘Kelling Guarantees’ for each principle, the Group vows to hire out only market-leading vehicles and equipment, at the most competitive rates, and with premium levels of nationwide customer support. Kelling’s specialist units are designed to maximise smart and effective working, with the Group also offering some of the cleanest and greenest products on the market – many of which include the UK’s first Lithium hybrid power, solar panels and fuel saving systems – with CO₂ reduction rates more than 15 times the industry standard.
Kelling is a strategic investor in core infrastructure sectors, such as rail, highways, power, telecoms, utilities and civil’s projects. The Group has two specialist equipment divisions: Access Hire Nationwide, which specialises in vehicle mounted access platforms, and Welfare Hire Nationwide, focusing on mobile eco welfare units, welfare vans and lighting. As a Group, Kelling and its subsidiaries have invested in some of the sector’s most advanced vehicles and equipment.
“We have the largest and most modern fleet in the UK in our chosen specialist areas of focus,” says Stephen Moore, Group CEO. “Our strategy is to partner with our clients, providing the best a and service for critical infrastructure projects in the UK.”
The Group also aims to become the industry’s most eco-conscious operator coinciding with growing calls for businesses to hit new carbon emission targets, as well as increase their focus on sustainability. As a result, more and more major authorities and organisations, including HS2, Network Rail, and Highways England, see Kelling as a key partner in helping them achieve their environmental and CSR goals.
Andy Grayshon, Commercial Director Welfare Hire, states: “The average age of our assets is two and a half years, and the maximum age is five years. Along with a unique design, our mobile Eco welfare range uses the latest in hybrid power technology and smart water systems, and we tow all our units with our own fleet of low cost, low carbon, modern delivery pick-ups.”
“Our products can make an immediate positive environmental impact,” Grayshon says. “One example of this is the use of Smart XL Water ceramic toilets and services. Traditional welfare units have chemical toilets that are required to be serviced weekly. On top of that, their tank sizes are relatively small – typically around 50 to 80 litres – so you will often be at full capacity very quickly. Our Smart XL Water system, on the other hand, is used as part of a water flushing process like you have at home or in an office, with the tank being up to four times bigger, more hygienic, and longer lasting. This helps to decrease the need for disposal services, and therefore, reduces transport journeys being made to and from the site by around 60 per cent. If you think about that, by using our eco products, you are eliminating hundreds of thousands of tonnes of CO₂ annually.
“A second differentiator is our use of smart hybrid power,” Grayshon adds. “We were actually the first in the market to introduce Lithium hybrid power for our units, allowing customers to run off battery power for longer and, consequently, further decreasing reliance on a generator. It means our products can reduce a contractor’s carbon footprint, fuel usage, costs, and even noise pollution. Typically, with our smart hybrid power management, you can achieve up to 94 per cent running time on battery and even guarantee silent running overnight. Fuel usage and costs for many clients drop to as little as one pence per day.
“Finally, while many competitors are using HGVs to deliver their units, we are using our own fleet of modern, Euro VI compliant, low-emission pick-ups, driven by our own experts. This provides efficiencies in terms of site access, flexibility in delivery, and faster set-up times. Our units can now be set up in just six seconds, which is much quicker than anyone else in the market, as well as creating a much smaller carbon footprint. The upshot is that in 2021, all our collections, deliveries and relocations will be quick, easy, low cost and low emission.”
Though many companies quote the environmental benefits of their products, not one of Kelling’s competitors can lay claim to Welfare Hire’s Smart XL Water or Lithium hybrid power systems. Always looking for ways to improve, the Group recently added telemetry to its capabilities, allowing for smarter, more effective remote management of its assets. The result is an unrivalled package of innovative products with a premium service that continues to attract the UK’s biggest and most successful infrastructure firms.
“Some of our latest work has come with utilities contractors as part of the AMP7 national framework,” Grayshon states. “We are also working with Network Rail, as well as a variety of SME and Tier One contractors on CP6, a key rail framework.”
“Kelling is also keen to invest in people, developing skills and expanding its workforce. Over the last 12-18 months, we have continued to recruit, expanding the team so that Kelling can offer more dedicated service, sales and customer support. As we move forward into 2021 and beyond, we’ll continue to invest in the business and core infrastructure areas,” states Moore.
Before each one of its welfare units is delivered to a client, it undergoes a 62-point inspection regime encompassing all manner of mechanical, electrical and functional pre-hire checks to ensure that the product is of a quality beyond the industry norm.
“Going above and beyond in our service is a vital part of maintaining high quality assets, and the work that goes into that requires investment and efficient processes,” Grayshon asserts. “We do everything we can to make sure that our units show up on time, that they work in the way they are supposed to work, and that our clients can rely on the quality of the kit. That’s why we also plough substantial investment into the updating of our fleet, and ensuring that it meets the needs of our clients.”
Of course, though Welfare Hire and its products prove increasingly popular, the business is not Kelling’s sole focus; the Group’s other subsidiary, Access Hire, is an equally thriving operation. Another market-leader in its specialism, Access Hire has a fleet approaching 1,000 vehicle mounted access platforms for safe working at heights of up to 16.5 metres. As well as efficiently serving Kelling’s main infrastructure sectors in telecoms and power, Access Hire also provides solutions for CCTV installation, facilities management and tree surgery – all supported by customer service available 24/7, 365 days a year.
Access Hire was ranked number one for vehicle mounted access platforms in the UK in November 2020 by Cranes & Access magazine. Martin Whitehead, Sales Director Access Hire, states: “Access Hire is the market leader in VMAP hire in the UK. We continually invest and have the largest and most modern fleet in the market, working with our clients to ensure not only the best, most modern assets, but also first class service, which is vital when providing specialist equipment to critical infrastructure markets.”
As part of its brand promise, Kelling pledges to provide quality products and services, unmatched value, and optimal wellbeing onsite – all whilst minimising the environmental impact on our planet. Commitment to this promise has been a key part of the Group’s success over the years, and the importance of the mission remains unchanged in 2021 as Kelling and its subsidiaries move into the future with ambitions for more growth.
“Kelling Group has grown organically, and in some respects under the radar as we’ve quietly gone about our business,” Moore comments. “More people are now becoming aware of us and that’s great because we have some genuinely unique propositions. We can add a lot of value around innovation, sustainability, quality and wellbeing. In the next three to five years, we will become even more established in the market, working in partnership with key clients in our core infrastructure sectors. With our help, we know that our partners across the UK will be able to deliver smarter and more modern approaches to their projects to help future proof their business.”
We’re excited to invite existing and new partners to visit us at this year’s Rail Live outdoor exhibition.
This is a great chance to see the very latest in next generation mobile ECO welfare units and lighting towers. We are launching our next generation range for partners to see first-hand the unique design and features. Our mobile ECO welfare hire and tower lights, are designed for the Rail sector.
Innovations and investment into next generation technology and design include:
The UK’s 1st ECO Hybrid Lithium power system
Smart ECO water WC systems with XL capacity
Telemetry to help better optimise greener and smarter working
Unique designs and configurations for welfare cabin space and dynamic projects
Our dedicated Rail team look forward to welcoming partners new and old within the Rail industry. Come and see how we can help future-proof delivering greener and productive projects together!
Access Hire (“AHN”) has moved further ahead of the competition to cement its number 1 ranking in the UK, with the largest and most modern fleet of VMAPs.
Over the last 12 months, AHN has maintained its consistent annual investment in fleet to ensure it continues to provide its customers with the most modern, high quality and reliable assets, along with the best full maintenance and 24/7/365 breakdown service on the market. AHN has pushed forward with over 100 new vehicles added to the fleet in the past year, with a similar investment already planned for 2021.
2020 Van Mounted MEWPs
2019 Van Mounted MEWPs
Change in Units
Access Hire (Kelling Group)
Height for Hire
AFI – Uplift
Source: Cranes and Access Magazine
Martin Whitehead, National Accounts Director, said “We are focussed on providing our clients with the most modern assets, along with a premium level of service. Anyone interested in VMAP requirements, either for short-term or longer-term lease needs, should get in touch so we can begin the planning process and discuss the various options available”.
Given Kelling’s continuing growth in core UK infrastructure sectors, the business has been continually investing in its senior team over recent years to make sure the team structure is set for the next phase of Kelling’s growth plans.
With that in mind, from 1st October, John Wood, founder of the business, will be taking on the role of Chairman, with Stephen Moore (current CFO) and Richard Green (current FC) taking up the roles of Chief Executive and Finance Director respectively .
With a number of senior sales and operations appointments over the last 18 months, augmented by the changes announced today, Kelling is proud to be an investor in people as well as a UK leader in the investment of specialist assets for the infrastructure sector.
Keltbray and Lendlease race to build car park for NHS workers at ExCel centre
Engineers have been working around the clock to build a car park for NHS workers seconded to the new Nightingale Hospital at London’s ExCel centre.
Workers from Keltbray, Lendlease, Wilson James and the Royal Engineers have been tasked with creating the 2,000-space car park in just one week.
After being given the go-ahead, Keltbray had machines deployed by low loader transportation to the area on Sunday evening and had established a project team for work starting on Monday.
The Nightingale Hospital in ExCel will be capable of housing 4,000 patients suffering from Covid-19 and is expected to be operational in the coming days. Two more Nightingale Hospitals will be constructed in Birmingham and Manchester to deal with victims of the pandemic in April.
Keltbray has 20 men on site as well as machines including excavators, dumpers, rollers and bulldozers.
Large areas of vegetation were cleared at the start of the project to create a haul road and level areas for various car parks.
Main supply chain partners include Welfare Hire, Speedy, Powerday, Spadeoak. All the type one aggregate came from Stema Shipping direct from their Tilbury Docks base, with a 25,000t shipment arriving on site last Saturday before work got underway.
Keltbray executive chairman Brendan Kerr said: “We’re pleased to be able to provide our services to this important project, ensuring safe and efficient facilities for the thousands of NHS vehicles that will be needed for Nightingale Hospital. We’re all in this together and we’re proud to support the incredible work that the NHS is doing on the front line.”
In its efforts to ensure safe and smart social distancing and increased hygiene at sites, Keltbray has introduced Welfare Hire’s Eco7, Eco10 and Hybrid Lighting Tower to its Nightingale ExCel support project.
Welfare Hire, part of the Kelling Group, are the UK’s leading provider of mobile welfare facilities, with market-leading, eco-efficient and ultra-modern products. The cabins are more reliable and more environmentally friendly, as well as quicker and easier to set up.
With up to 15x lower CO₂ emissions running costs from their eco products and using the latest in on-demand start/stop hybrid smart power systems and solar, the units are also the greenest in the market, affording huge carbon and running cost savings on the job.
With limited use of modern, efficient generators owing to the smart battery power system, noise pollution is also kept to a minimum. The Hybrid Lights can run for up to 18 hrs silently and cleanly whilst the Eco units typically run off silent, clean battery energy for up to 75% of the time. This also provides benefits for working within busy and residential areas where we take into consideration noise and carbon emissions.
The self-contained mobile welfare units have the following unique attributes to help optimise hygiene and spacing onsite and provide a solution for smart and safe working:
Unique water flush WCs and separate WC facilities
Hot running water on demand with multiple elbow wash basins
50% larger water and waste tank to ensure optimum washing facilities
Stainless steel and easy to clean surfaces
18% larger internal space, with larger seating and tables
Separate WCs, office, rest and canteen spaces
Easy to move and locate on site with up to 37% smaller footprint, allowing for strategic placement for ease of use
Rigorous inspection and cleaning regime as part of the 62-point check before every installation