Speedy Assists in Forth Rail Bridge Makeover

The world’s first major steel bridge has undergone a £130m 10-year restoration project, thanks to a helping hand from the UK’s leading provider of equipment rental and support services.

The Forth Rail Bridge, which connects Edinburgh with Fife, has received its first renovation since its opening 122 years ago after Speedy joined forces with contractors, Balfour Beatty, to help take it back to its former glory.

In a bid to help contractors during their challenging development, Speedy provided the entire structure with power and compressed air in order for re-painting work be carried out. Working closely with Balfour Beatty, the power division of Speedy resolved many challenges by supplying technical help and managing service products for the duration of the project.

Ian Hutchison, regional sales manager at Speedy Power UK North, said:

It’s been a pleasure to work in partnership with Balfour Beatty on this unique contract. Speedy were welcomed into the bridge alliance and has been active in Balfour Beatty’s zero-harm campaign.  We have also assisted with bespoke method statements and risk assessments at a series of workshops surrounding our power equipment for this project.

Strong bonds have been built up between not only the sales team and contract managers but with our service engineers, service manager and the bridge contractors over the last 9 years.

Colin Hardy, construction manager at Balfour Beatty, said:

“Speedy had a clear understanding of what the project required. They in the true sense of the word formed a strong alliance and rapport with the site team, from technical help and service, to monthly visits to the site from the sales team.

Colin added: “Speedy Power designed a bespoke power package, which consisted of both temporary power and compressed air for the challenges that this iconic project bought.”

Without the technical help from the power division of Speedy, this would have been a much more challenging project to complete.”

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