The workshop now features an additional second bay and a new internal office. The scope of works also included the installation of new workshop floor covering, another set of vehicle lifts and an additional roller shutter door.
Cllr Neil Dallen, chair of environment and safe communities committee, said: “We are delighted with our modernised, larger facility and grateful to SFS for their investment. This allows for more flexible and efficient scheduling of vehicle maintenance work and more room for the organisation of tools and equipment. The workshop team are very pleased with the new set-up and their brand-new office.”
SFS were awarded the 10-year contract (with an optional 10-year extension) in 2017 and included plans to extend the workshop in their tender. The six-week project was completed on time in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.
Cllr Neil Dallen added: “We are very happy that SFS are investing in the council’s future and we will reap the benefits of their investment for many years to come. It was the only provider to include such provision within its tender and it was one of the reasons they were awarded the contract.”
Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, SFS, said: “The new workshop looks great and will make a big difference to the day-to-day running of the fleet. The extra space will enable work to be carried out on two vehicles simultaneously, which will make it easier to schedule the six-weekly inspections alongside additional MOTs, servicing, general repairs and maintenance work. The facilities are now also sufficient for us to be able to employ and train an apprentice.”