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A-Plant Environmentally-Friendly Accommodation For Very Prestigious Stratford Site

A-Plant has supplied a complex of Eco accommodation units to Norwest Holst Limited for use on projects at Stratford in East London. Among the Norwest Holst projects in Stratford is a 20 million contract awarded by Westfield to the company's Civil Engineering division, involving the enclosure of a 350 metre section of the North London rail line at Stratford. The enclosure is in preparation for this section of the line to be converted into the new Dockland's Light Railway that will serve Stratford International Station and Stratford Station.

The Eco units supplied by A-Plant offer a unique combination of technologies resulting in a very environmentally friendly portable accommodation system that will help Norwest Holst to make a real impact on its carbon footprint for this site, where regeneration, sustainability and respect for the environment are of the highest priority.

Norwest Holst has pioneered the use of the Eco cabins in the construction industry and is using the system on several other major projects. To meet increasing demand from customers such as Norwest Holst looking to reduce their carbon footprints, A-Plant is now offering for hire a fleet of new Eco Accommodation Units worth over 1 million.

Work at Stratford will involve re-routing trackside cabling, allowing a reinforced concrete structure to be built over 350 metres of live railway line, on top of which the Stratford City new town centre development will be constructed. The supporting foundations have been built by Norwest Holst subsidiary, Simplex Foundations Limited, using continuous flight auger piling.

Stratford City is the largest retail-led, mixed-use urban regeneration project in the UK, set to become a world-class example of urban regeneration. The 4 billion development will provide 1.25 million sq m of retail, leisure and entertainment facilities, offices, hotels, housing, community facilities and landscaped public spaces ready for 2012. The Main Contractor for the construction of Stratford City is Bovis Lend Lease.

With insulation that exceeds building regulations, the Eco unit has a number of other special features that reduce energy use and prevent wastage of resources. These include passive infra-red lights (PIR), double glazing, low energy fluorescent lighting and taps and urinals with passive, on-demand flushing and water to wash hand basins.

The Eco products form part of the A-Plant Accommodation fleet, one of the largest in the UK, numbering well over 16,000 units, available nationally from 13 A-Plant Accommodation depots around the country.

A-Plant's Accommodation fleet covers the complete range from modular buildings, anti-vandal units and fire-rated units to serviceloos, security stores and mobile units to serve and solve the needs of both the construction and industrial markets. Modular buildings offer an economical alternative to traditional buildings with much reduced timescales and portable anti-vandal units provide instant accommodation solutions, without compromising on quality or comfort.

Mobile units are ideal for businesses on the move and combine the features of static units with the flexibility to travel freely. Serviceloos offer instant hygienic toilet facilities with the benefit of weekly maintenance and complement a range of event hire units, specifically designed for the leisure industry.

A-Plant, which has some 30,000 customers in the construction and industrial markets, has recently launched one of its most important customer service initiatives ever, the new A-Plant Guarantee. The first of its kind in the industry, the A-Plant Guarantee provides customers with guaranteed service levels with regard to Delivery, Service, Availability and Out-of-Hours Response. If A-Plant does not fulfil these service levels, the customer is offered a free hire or free delivery of a range of guaranteed stock items.