Nationwide Platforms opens flagship depot
By Euan Youdale30 June 2022
Nationwide Platforms, the UK’s largest powered access rental company, has relocated its Bristol depot from Ashton Gate to Avonmouth, in a move to establish a new flagship depot in the South West.
This major investment to develop Nationwide Platform’s largest depot in the UK is innovating the way the company operates in the area. More machines have been purchased to supplement the relocated fleet, giving customers more choice as the number and variety of machines available increases by almost 30% . There has been a focus on sustainability when sourcing these new machines, with the vast majority being either electric or hybrid.
Nationwide Platforms are creating new jobs at the new depot too, supporting local employment in the area. An additional 10 employees have already been recruited to increase the size of the on-site call centre, while another 10 are being recruited to establish an engineering night shift by September. This will mean the total number of jobs at the depot will have increased by about a third since the move to ensure customers receive swift and efficient service.
Following the success of its ground-breaking virtual reality simulators at its training centre in Cosby, a VR facility has also been introduced at Avonmouth. This provides operators with a true-to-life experience of operating access platforms in a safe and controlled environment.
James Clewer, head of sales and Ooperations for Nationwide Platform’s South-West region said, “This new depot is a gamechanger for us. It’s an incredibly exciting project, and a sign of the company going from strength to strength. We’re delighted to be investing in a larger facility and to be recruiting and training more local people, which will enable us to improve the service we offer to our customers.”
This announcement follows a major programme of investments in Nationwide Platform’s UK fleet over the year, in which the company invested in over 1,100 new machines, increasing its 13,500-machine fleet by more than 8%, including higher capacity models, improved safety features and either fully electric or hybrid engines.