What does it mean for the UK’s largest equipment hire company when a snap general election is announced? A-Plant director of accommodation Ian Needham explains.
More than 45 million people are registered to vote in the forthcoming general election, impacting local councils’ capacity to provide accommodation for polling stations.
Across the UK, authorities have been faced with providing suitable facilities in only a matter of weeks. A-Plant has responded to the challenge, even with the minimal time available for logistical planning.
The company delivers a managed service provision from initial contact right through to the logistical planning and implementation of site management. Over the past 15 years it has developed longstanding relationships with local councils, built on the firm’s range of products and quality of service.
A-Plant Accommodation’s recent investment of £1.4m in 68 Genquip Groundhog static welfare units further modernised its fleet of temporary accommodation with a broad spread of cabins comprising static, mobile and environmentally friendly units.
The Genquip Groundhog units comprises 20 ft, 25 ft units and 32 ft units, the latter of which are completely new to the A-Plant range and suitable for accommodating up to 12 people with a large canteen, an office as well as drying and toilet facilities.
Since the election was called, A-Plant has supplied more than 100 welfare units and cabins to councils in Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Leeds and Newark.
Councils can of course have different requirements and these welfare units are tailored accordingly, offering an open-plan, multi-use design with demountable partitions that create bespoke spaces for polling booths and office spaces for polling officials.
As with all aspects of an election, logistics are crucial. To co-ordinate prompt delivery and a scheduled removal time, A-Plant has 12 national Accommodation Service Centres alongside its fleet of more than 16,000 units, helping reduce any impact on local residents and the surrounding area. The company’s local teams meanwhile provide onsite support, advice and maintenance, ensuring the smooth operation of its units.
Theresa May’s snap general election caught many by surprise, but A-Plant’s efforts will help make sure the polling stations are ready for action as voters cast their ballots on 8 June.