A state of the art road marking facility located on the West Park 26 commercial development in Wellington, Somerset has been officially opened by WJ Group Directors.
The depot which has been individually designed, was built on a 2-acre site with secure parking for the growing fleet of specialist road marking vehicles. The development has a 9,700 sq. ft. modern building for operations, vehicle maintenance, training and administration. In line with WJ ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standards the building has been fitted with 60kW Solar PV (Photovoltaic Panels) and an interceptor drainage system. All features have been intelligently planned to support the safe, efficient and fit for purpose road marking operation, essential to WJ clients and the network.
Terry Trevelyan, WJ South West Managing Director said, “This surely is the most advanced depot of its kind in Europe, providing a facility that is safe, more efficient and has adequate space to grow. I am very proud of our new home and appreciated the complimentary comments from our clients “.
Operatives now benefit from modern welfare provision and electronic job allocation whilst clients are afforded better information from the latest tracking and reporting systems.
WJ completed the jubilant experience for guests with a classic car parade to celebrate the past whilst looking forward to more developments in the future.
As an integral part of the opening ceremony, WJ delivered their fourth regional innovation day – second in the West Country.
The road show event was attended by around 150 delegates from across the South West, supported by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) with a programme of CPD endorsed technical presentations, followed by practical demonstrations providing a real understanding of WJ’s ambition to find better ways to do things.
WJ explained their forward thinking ethos for workforce safety, with advanced processes aimed at removing vulnerable operatives from the carriageway. A key feature of the day highlighted their progress towards this goal with a demonstration of the WJ Guardian Road Stud Installation system.
Guest speaker Dave Reeves, Health & Safety Advisor, Skanska Infrastructure Services, who provided a presentation on the client’s vision and aim for improvements, commended WJ on their safety culture and leading role in bringing innovations to the market.
Wayne Johnston, WJ Group Managing Director commented, “This strategically placed new depot is a huge investment and clear demonstration of WJ’s commitment for exceptional delivery of road marking innovation in the South West. I was really pleased to see so many clients attend the technical seminar and depot opening ceremony. Once again I thank the Institute of Highways Engineers (IHE) for their support along with our guest speakers and supply chain for their valued contribution to a very successful and worthwhile event”.
WJ are the UK’s leading specialist road marking company, with a drive to develop advanced processes to make the sector a leader in innovation and safe practices for both the workforce and road user.