Smart-Space provides bespoke workshop solution to Aquila Truck Centres

By Nye Longman
Temporary building specialist Smart-Space has provided Aquila Truck Centres with additional workshop space in the form of a re-locatable interim buildin...

Temporary building specialist Smart-Space has provided Aquila Truck Centres with additional workshop space in the form of a re-locatable interim building at its Head Office in Tipton, West Midlands.

Aquila provides high quality commercial vehicles and services to the logistics industry. The Tipton site is the company’s flagship depot, providing an extensive range of services including maintenance, repairs and parts ordering for trucks, vans and coaches.

Aquila chose Smart-Space because of its ability to deliver the project quickly and capacity to handle the entire project from start to finish. The steel structure also proved to be a more cost-effective option than a traditional bricks and mortar building or a PVC alternative.

Aquila sought to expand its existing services at Tipton by offering Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) approved space for Tachograph Testing for the Ministry of Transport. In addition, the company required a dedicated area for modifying Turbocharged Direct Injection vehicles and another for pre-delivery inspection.

In response, Smart-Space provided Aquila with a 25m by 14m custom-built semi-permanent structure. The building features windows, lighting, a pedestrian entrance and roller doors for easy vehicle access. It is fitted with 40mm steel wall cladding for improved energy efficiency, and a sturdy steel roof for extra security and protection. In addition, Smart-Space constructed an inspection pit for vehicle testing and an office for the mechanics.

Compared to other temporary buildings with PVC fabric roofs, the interim building is significantly better insulated, which creates a more comfortable and professional working environment. Unlike PVC fabric, the 40mm insulated steel roof will also help Aquila to save thousands of pounds a year in energy as it retains significantly more heat.

Smart-Space took care of the entire project from planning and design through to implementation and handover. This included preparing the ground by laying a concrete pad, obtaining necessary planning permissions and fitting concrete bollards to protect the building from moving vehicles.

“It was imperative to Aquila Truck Centres Ltd to continue to anticipate our customers’ needs and continue to provide the very best in customer care,” said Mak Khan, IT Facilities and Compliance Director at Aquila Truck Centres Ltd.

“The team at Smart-Space got to know our business and worked closely with us to come up with a bespoke solution that has provided us with valuable workshop space. The whole project came in on time and on budget and that was due to the dedication and expertise of the team.”

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