Five and a half years ago I joined Flannery. Making the jump from a local job in my hometown of Letchworth to a London based company wasn’t a simple choice at the time - but it should have been. Currently an Assistant Service Manager, there is a real sense of community that sets Flannery apart from my previous roles. With our office being the first port of call for a lot of operator-related queries, there is never a dull moment to say the least!
In the midst of the hottest UK Summer since 1976, a team of Flannery employees (and friends) endured 5 miles of obstacles in aid of the Lighthouse Club. With the midday sun beating down on the Tough Mudder course, spanning numerous Hemel-Hempstead fields, no one was quite sure what to expect. Any sign of confusion, however, was put to rest as the first task had us crawling through hosed down mud with any upwards movement swiftly met with a sheet of barbed wire. Those of us expecting to be eased into the course were gravely mistaken.
As the focus on carbon emission reduction grows, Flannery Plant Hire has taken another step towards running a greener fleet. As an environmentally aware company, introducing multiple Electric Vehicles (EV’s) is just part of our commitment to reduce our impact on emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. After carrying out a survey of our Staff members, on average they travel 28-38 miles a day in the course of their work. After carrying out research, this distance is perfectly suited for the electric vehicle model.
I started working for Flannery in November 2017 after working alongside them for two years in Aberdeen. As soon as I saw the professional way in which Flannery operated, I knew I wanted to be part of it. They were way ahead of any other company I had encountered in terms of productivity, health and safety and the quality of their plant.
Flannery Plant Hire has started using Leica Avoidance systems.
The product can help improve more efficiently the discovery of power cables on a live construction site and also maintain a better Health and Safety working practice too.
Click on the video yourselves and see the other advantages to this product.
Flannery Plant Hire will be attending the HS2 connect launch this Wednesday 28th June 2017 in Birmingham. We will have machines on display as well as our industry leading experts on hand to speak to people in attendance to explain why Flannery Plant Hire are at the forefront of this project.
Look forward to seeing you all there.
Flannery Plant Hire have invested in brand new fuel injected Dump Trucks for our project in Norwich (NDR) click on the video to see them in action and to hear about the benefits these machine make to our customers.
Here at Flannery's we are in the process of recruiting for plant operator apprenticeships; we currently have apprenticeships on offer starting in March and June.
There will be an apprentice open day hosted by Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB24 2QT on Saturday 28th January 2017 where applicants will be able to get a taster by operating excavators, telehandlers as well as simulators. It is a similar event to the one held in Manchester in October.
To register your interest or attendance to the Cambridge open day please email - C.Rothwell@flanneryplant.co.uk
Thank you to everyone who attended our careers day held at our Manchester depot on Saturday 1st October, it was a very successful day with a lot of interest. Everyone who is interested please make sure that you send your CV to Charlotte Rothwell on the following email address - C.Rothwell@flanneryplant.co.uk as we will be conducting interviews shortly for Novembers apprenticeship places.
Please don't be disheartened if you don't make Novembers apprenticeships as the next placements will be in January with many more dates being announced throughout next year.
National plant hire specialist, Flannery Plant Hire has completed a £35M equipment solutions deal with Finning UK and Ireland, that will see 380 new Caterpillar® machines take the total of its technology supported Caterpillar fleet to over 800 units. The deal represents the largest and most diverse single EMSolutions technology and equipment package sold by Finning in the UK, with the fleet made up of 265 Cat excavators, 90 Cat articulated trucks, rollers, backhoes, compactors plus D6N LGP Slope Assist and D6T LGP Accugrade Ready dozers. With the new fleet set to support key ongoing projects like the Aberdeen Bypass the combination of equipment reliability, performance monitoring and national service support, were the main reasons for the investment, as Flannery MD, Patrick Flannery explained: "We were one of the first plant hire businesses in the UK to embrace technology a number of years ago, recognising the commercial advantage that the Finning EMSolutions bundled services could give us."
We have built a modern and welcoming head office where we base our main operations throughout the south east comprising of modern offices, full conference room facilities, large bay workshops, welfare and training facilities. This will help us to grow further and to show our customers the investment and commitment that we are making in our business. This houses our accounts department, hire desk for the south east, along with our highly skilled plant mechanics. We have also installed training and medical rooms so that we can get our operatives to the standard that our customers expect and require. It’s prime location in North West London allows us to service our sites in central London and all over the South of the UK.
With our earthworks presence growing ever bigger, we have started to purchase larger equipment to tackle the larger projects. Our two brand new Volvo EC700 are providing great support on the AWPR project in Aberdeen to work with our 30, 40 and 50 Tonne dump trucks. These will be able to keep on top of the work load so there will not be a backlog of dump trucks and our customer will get the most out of all plant that they have on hire. This will not only speed up the job but will also save money over its duration.
With the success of winning a large volume of work on the AWPR project in Aberdeen we have made a further investment to purchase our CAT 374F excavators weighing in just shy of 80 Tonnes. This is now the biggest excavator in our fleet and has been acquired especially for this project. We continue to purchase the best machines in the industry so we get the most out of them and there is as little down time as possible.
To complement our large investment in the heavy excavator range we have put in orders worth millions with both CAT & Volvo for 30T and 40T dump trucks with a further investment in Bell 50T dump trucks. Whatever our customers’ requirements we will endeavour to meet their needs through purchasing their required equipment. With such a vast site as on AWPR, trucks of this size were a necessity for our customer to get the greatest productivity possible on site.
Throughout 2015/2016 we have put through nearly 30 new apprentices to join our ever growing operator demand. These apprentices are gaining all the relevant CPCS training/testing on Excavators, Telehandlers, Rollers, Dumptrucks, Traffic Marshall, Slinger/Signaller and Banksman. With such a wide variety of categories, they are seen as more of an asset to our customers rather than a burden. Having studied at the National Construction College in Bircham Newton for twelve weeks, they are now gaining valuable experience on site with the guidance of our CPCS qualified plant trainers.
Due to a large volume of projects including Crossrail, Thames Tideway, Shafts etc… we have invested in the all new Hitachi telescopic clamshell excavators which have a digging depth of 21m. With these projects all working in such built up areas, our customer was looking for an excavator which could dig at 22m and load a lorry. The Hitachi ZX210 with telescopic arm was the machine that was picked to do the job. Traditional methods of deep digging would not allow the machine to load the waiting lorry, but the ZX210 would. This improved productivity and saved on double handling of material.