Innovation of the Year - Trailer Manufacturer (Medium Weight 3 - 5 axles)
Winner in category
Innovation of the Year - Trailer Manufacturer (Heavy Weight 5+ axles)
Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations
Winner in category
The Earl Attlee Award
Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage
Winner in category
Lifetime Achievement Award
WH Transport, for a very complicated job that involved delivering 13 steel frames to Brighton Hospital. The frames were needed for construction of a new lift shaft for the hospital’s emergency helipad, and had to be delivered without disturbing the day-to-day working of the hospital.
All four jobs were extremely challenging, but the winner stood out due to the complexity of the project and the sensitive working environment. The winning job involved 10 individual loads, each delivered to site in convoy with two police motor cycles, a police car and the company’s own escort vehicle
In the Judges words: ‘A very comprehensive submission that tells the story very well. It was obviously a difficult route planning and movement exercise, which was executed perfectly.’
Worthy winners indeed. The award was collected by managing director, Andrew Weston and transport manager Jenna Evison.
Lawsons Haulage, for its project to deliver 12 modular track panels from Scunthorpe to Aston-le-Moss in Manchester. The panels varied in size and weight, and were transported on Lawson’s specialist tilt trailers before being lifted onto standard trailers by the firm’s own crane division.
The award went to a complex job, with a lot of constraints, including time sensitivity and difficult route planning. Innovative equipment made the job possible, and – as one judge put it – the operator proved it could deliver when the pressure was on.
In the Judges words: ‘You get a sense that Lawson’s innovative equipment made the job possible, so it scores for innovation as well as planning and execution.’
Collecting their award on the night were company directors, Raymond and Pauline Lawson.
Collett & Sons Ltd
Collett & Sons Ltd, which took 13 cargoes of steel props and roof trusses from Northallerton to the absolute heart of London’s West End. Each of the six roof trusses weighed 63 tonnes and was 20m long. They were delivered over three evenings, with expert operators threading the vehicles through narrow streets to the amazement of tourists and theatre-goers.
Both shortlisted jobs demonstrated the professionalism of the industry at its best, but the winner captured the Judges’ hearts because it had everything: distance, time constraints and a very challenging and high-profile delivery
In the Judges words: ‘A very good submission and a fantastic job with incredible challenges. I happened to be in the West End on one of the nights they were delivering, and came out of a theatre just as one of the loads reversed past me down an extraordinarily narrow street. It was like threading a needle – very little clearance, and surrounded by historic buildings and street furniture (not to mention onlookers). A thoroughly professional job.’
Chris Baker, Heavy Transport & Projects Division stepped up to collect their award.
Sarens UK, which moved a colossal 350-tonne heater box and stack through the streets of Pembroke Dock as part of its journey to Sweden. The 21m high load towered property in the town as it was navigated through the port on a
On announcing the Highly Commended award: With so many impressive projects in this category, the Judges opted to award a Highly Commended. It went to the company that achieved a monster move through a town centre on SPMT’s, which is thought to be the largest heavy move ever undertaken in the area.
In the Judges words: ‘Very heavy, very high transportation through a town centre on SPMT’s: not for the faint-hearted.’
Operations manager Andrew Hunt and contracts manager Alister Smith stepped up to collect their award.
Allelys Group, for its project to move, load, transport and lift a 300-tonne cable reel 58 miles from the manufacturer in Worksop to a coaster vessel at the Port of Goole. With the usual route unavailable, Allelys opted to take the 4.7m high load right through the centre of Worksop and under a low rail bridge, for which its in-house engineers designed a solution to suspend the cable reel within Allelys’ 500 tonne-capacity Faktor 5 girder frame trailer.
The winner in this category was a company that came up with an incredibly imaginative solution to the problem of transporting heavy loads on the UK’s increasingly restricted road network. The successful move of this heavy load showed an extraordinarily high level of innovation and problem-solving capability.
In the Judge’s words: ‘An incredibly imaginative solution to the problem of transporting heavy loads on the UK’s increasingly restricted road network. Allelys showed an extraordinarily high level of innovation and problem-solving capability. I would have also welcomed the cable reel gantry/SPMT system as a worthy entrant into Innovation of the Year: End User!’
Collecting Allelys’ award on the night was director, David Allely.
Allelys Group, for an expertly executed project to transport eight transformers to two new converter stations in the north of Scotland. The new infrastructure is part of a major project to connect a subsea link for the country’s electricity grid, and the Allelys Group has been involved since 2011. Each transformer weighed either 171 or 254 tonnes, and had to be offloaded from a barge before road transport could start.
On announcing the Highly Commended award: Once again, the high quality of the shortlist meant the Judges opted to award Highly Commended to one of the entries. This went to an outstanding project that involved years of planning, delivery to two different locations, and a range of specialist equipment including cranes, modular trailers, girder frames, climbing jacks, skates and SPMTs.
In the words of our Judge: ‘What a fantastic submission. The video perfectly illustrated just what they had achieved. Expertly executed project.’
David Allely was presented with his second award of the evening by area sales manager Dennis Leschensky from Category Sponsor Goldhofer.
Sarens UK, for its role as Heavy Lift Contractor for the two main fabricators of wind farm jacket substructures for the Beatrice Wind Farm in the North Sea. Sarens had to work with two different build philosophies to meet the clients’ needs, and utilised various heavy equipment, including an in-house designed ring-based heavy lift crane with a lifting capacity up to 3,200 tonnes.
The winning project was one that only a handful of companies worldwide could have undertaken. It was a really tricky heavy lift project that required extraordinary levels of skill from the operators, as well as imagination from the team to work out the best solution.
In the Judge’s words: ‘Just one of only a handful of companies globally which could undertake this type and scale of project. Sarens amazing toolkit is used to the maximum here.’
A very jubilant Andrew Hunt, operations manager stepped up to collect their second award of the evening from Dennis Leschensky, area sales manager Goldhofer – Category Sponsor.
Ally Macpherson Services
Ally Macpherson Services Ltd (2017 winner), a company that has worked tirelessly to raise professional standards in escorting since it was formed in 2014. The firm has rapidly developed a reputation for managing complex projects, and is in great demand, particularly by firms from outside the UK that need a stress-free service when they work over here.
Both companies offer a very professional service to the abnormal load sector. However, the award went to the company that has come a long way in a short space of time, growing into a multi-faceted operation that offers a lot more than just escort and routing services.
In the words of our Judge: ‘A multi-faceted operation with a good, core-training ethos. Their passion and professionalism shines through.
Company director Jill Hollingsworth collected their second successive award in this category.
Hutchinson Engineering Services
Hutchinson Engineering Services, which started out offering repair, maintenance and fabrication services to predominately agricultural customers, before branching out into heavy transport. Gradual expansion and the acquisition of bigger vehicles has led to the company now providing a nationwide service with vehicles of up to 150-tonnes capacity as well as mobile cranes, access equipment and other plant for hire.
The winner in this category was a company with a ‘can do’ attitude that has invested heavily in equipment and technology to create a modern and well-managed fleet. It also spent wisely on recruiting and training drivers, and has an occupational health screening programme to ensure drivers are fit for the job and their health is not put at risk. The company has its own HGV workshop and stores, so vehicles are maintained on time.
In the words of our Judge: ‘An excellent submission giving a lot of information about the company and its work. It’s invested heavily in equipment and technology to create a modern and well-managed fleet, and also invest in driver training. The firm has a strong company ethos, and works with the local community as well.’
Ian Hutchinson, MD and Ryan Easom, transport manager, stepped up to collect their award from John Comer, head of product management, Volvo Trucks – Category Sponsors.
McIntosh Heavy Logistics & Cadzow HH
McIntosh Heavy Logistics & Cadzow Heavy Haulage, who worked in collaboration to move a 285-tonne pressure test vessel through the streets of Aberdeen. The total weight of the convoy was well over 420 tonnes, and the route included a 137-year-old bridge.
The award went to two of Scotland’s premier heavy transport specialists, who undertook a challenging project that took more than a year of planning. Excellent co-operation between all parties resulted in a record-breaking heavy move.
In the Judge’s words: ‘Two of Scotland’s premier heavy transport specialists taking heavy haulage to new levels in Aberdeen. Fantastic video of a very accomplished move.’
Collecting the award on the evening was Gary McIntosh, director of McIntosh Heavy Logistics.
Hutchinson Engineering Services
The stand-out winner in the category for the Most Significant Safety Initiative was an excellent example of the transport industry engaging with the community for everybody’s benefit. The award went to a heavy haulage company that is running an ongoing school road safety campaign in its local area. The campaign aims to educate young minds about safety in the belief that they will in turn influence the adults in their lives. What initially started out as a short talk and demonstration of one of the firm’s vehicles grew to be a full day event that tackled all aspects of road safety with a mix of playground and classroom activities. Since then, other transport operators have used this model to deliver their own safety campaigns, and the firm itself has been asked to deliver the ‘stay safe, be seen’ message in more local schools.
In the Judge’s words: ‘A forward-thinking initiative with genuine community benefits. I particularly liked that the company was willing to be flexible as the idea developed and other organisations got involved, but without losing focus. Hopefully it will inspire other organisations to do similar work in their communities.’
Collecting their second award of the evening, from Category Sponsor Gary North, Mercedes-Benz Trucks (UK), were managing director, Ian Hutchinson, and transport manager Ryan Easom. A great evening for all concerned with Hutchinson the deserved winner!
The End User category also had a stand-out winner, with the Judges describing it as a brilliant concept, and a practical use of modern technology. It is a safe, accurate and reliable alternative to traditional manual methods of logging information on a route survey. This new Route Survey Tool can be attached to the roof of a car, enabling the whole route to be measured and photos, video footage and drawings generated in a safe environment. The tool took two years to develop using in-house expertise, and has revolutionised the way route surveys are carried out by this operator.
In the Judge’s words: ‘A brilliant concept, practical use of modern technology developed by an End User.’
Collecting their award on the evening was head of projects, Matthew Rushton.
Again, there was one stand-out entry in this category. It was developed in response to the need for a more efficient way to transport big construction machinery, and is an extendible semi low-loader with excavator trough and 80-tonne ramps. The trailer is based on an existing innovative semi low-loader, but for really big construction equipment it had to be modified to overcome transport height and for safe, quick loading. When carrying excavators or demolition machines the boom can be placed in the trough so that the total height of the load is considerably reduced. And special ‘heavy duty’ ramps can each take a wheel load of 20 tonnes.
In the words of our Judge: ‘The next stage in the Manoovr range. A super strong trailer that’s ideal for heavy plant.’
Stepping up to collect their award on the night was Nooteboom UK director, John Houghton.
Goldhofer, for its new ADDrive system, which combines the advantages of towed modules with self-propelled units. A THP trailer combination with ADDrive can be towed as a trailer at speeds of up to 80km/h but can also manoeuvre independently in confined spaces without a tractor.
An extremely versatile solution with huge potential for many operators. The Judges felt that this innovation could significantly reduce operating costs, while the high quality engineering makes it a very reliable piece of equipment to have in the fleet.
In the words of our Judge: ‘Top quality engineering, taken a stage further. Very versatile for the right operator.’
Collecting their award on the night was Goldhofer area sales manager, Dennis Leschensky.
Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations
Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations, whose community activities includes donations to charities and sponsoring a local football team. Earlier this year the company assisted a multiple sclerosis centre by removing an oxygen therapy chamber free of charge and delivering it to new premises.
The award goes to a company that demonstrates a genuine sense of responsibility to its local community in many different ways. It has even carried out a major commission free of charge when it had originally been approached to price the job.
In the words of our Judge: ‘This is a fabulous gesture that will make a real difference. Every operator should aim to do one charity job like this each year.’
Fabulously well done guys! Collecting the penultimate award on the evening were Ian Franklin and Chris Palmer.
Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage
Narrative read by Sally Traffic during shortlist announcement: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now time for The Heavies to pay tribute to one of the UKs greatest heavy hauliers by way of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
To present this coveted award, we welcomed to the stage our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Mr. Peter Searson – who graciously presented the award on behalf of Category Sponsors, HeavyTorque.
This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to the founder of a haulage business that has earned universal respect for customer service and innovation. He started the company in the 1950s, with a single five-ton wagon transporting livestock between farms and to local auctions, and has overseen its growth to a fleet that now includes 50 tractor units and 100 specialist trailers. From its roots in the local farming community, our award-winner has taken the firm into the heart of the heavy rail and steel sectors. And, during a career of over 60 years, he has embraced innovation, consistently winning awards for specialist trailers designed for the rail sector.
Despite ill health in recent years, his passion for the industry and his company has not diminished. Even when illness made it difficult to communicate, he would find the strength to ask his family for an update on the day’s works, whether jobs had gone ok, what some of the drivers were doing and whether all the cranes were out. Thankfully, he has made a remarkable recovery, and is now back in the yard giving orders and planting his much-loved potatoes.
Our Lifetime Achievement Award went to a man – a gentleman – whose grit and determination to provide a quality service to his customers still continues. A man who has always worked seven days a week and would willingly work an eighth day if there was one.
The very worthy recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was the founder of Lawsons Haulage: Jim Lawson.
Jim collected the award from non-other than our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Peter Searson – who kindly presented our final award on behalf of HeavyTorque – the Category Sponsors. He was joined on stage by his daughter Pauline and son Raymond Lawson.