Rapid Response Provides Storage, Transport, Lift Solution for Retailer

Rapid Response Solutions (RRS) has completed a scope of work to store, transport and lift equipment for a refurbishment project at a TK Maxx site in Milton Keynes, UK. Portsmouth, UK-based RRS was instructed by Bry-Kol Mechanical, an environment control specialist that provides air conditioning, refrigeration, heating and ventilation systems, controls and equipment.

Bry-Kol and TK Maxx embraced a growing trend to find a one-source solution, with RRS taking delivery of pieces at its warehouse, where they were stored for a week prior to transportation to the site and contract lifted into their final position with a six-wheeled rigid truck complete with a 45 tonne metre crane and fly jib.

Paul Barber, managing director at RRS, explained that the final part of the process, whilst only taking a couple of hours to complete, presented the biggest challenges. These were overcome by appointed person for the job, Kevin Brentegani, who is also a surveyor and NVQ assessor at the multi-service company.

Barber said: “The lift radius was difficult to calculate because there were several roof heights and access to the different levels was limited. There were no site drawings covering all of the area from the rig position to the landing position so Kevin calculated the angles to work out the radius.”

Brentegani used a scale drawing of part of the site and a Google Earth map, imported information to KranXpert lift plan software and created a 3D drawing in order to carry out a virtual lift to check the crane selected was suitable. Two days prior to the lift, Brentegani conducted a second site visit to ensure the job could take place safely on a constantly evolving site due to progression of the refurbishment project.

Barber said: “This type of store-transport-lift work is becoming more common. The refurbishment sites generally don’t have anywhere to keep new equipment until it is ready. Customers don’t like having equipment delivered on the lift day for two reasons: first, if the equipment doesn’t turn up, or is late or damaged on arrival, the crane lift is wasted and a revisit costs more money. Second, if the crane is winded off or unable to lift, the delivery gets aborted and, again, additional charges are incurred.”

He added: “We don’t benefit as much as the customer with such a multifaceted approach. The client benefits because we minimise any additional charges outside of their original budget. We see our relationship with our customers as a partnership and try to work with them to keep all costs to a minimum whilst maintaining a quality service.”

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