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Project – Essex County Council Cycle Shelters

Posted on July 27th 2010 by Peter.
Updated on: March 2nd 2018.

Cycle Shelters for Benfleet Railway Station

The Project was commissioned in order to develop the Benfleet area situated in Essex, focusing mainly on the improvement of the facilities surrounding the railway station.  Essex County Council established that they wanted to pour in a significant amount of investment into this area in order to benefit the Benfleet community and users of the railway station. It was also highlighted that Benfleet railway station is a major railway link into London, and in light of the up and coming 2012 Olympics the improvements to the surrounding area would be much welcomed.

Workplace Products Role

Workplace Products worked closely with Essex County Council to ensure that their project requirements were fulfilled.  We had to attend site on a number of occasions in order to encourage open dialogue, this ensured that we fully understood the needs and requirements of the Council. Workplace Products took control of the project and using its wide network of resources, presented the council with a number of options to improve the cycle storage around the railway station.  Two different types of storage options were decided upon and the project started to gather momentum.  We attended site to complete a full site survey to ensure plans and drawings could be drawn up to enable everything to run seamlessly.  The Project in total took approximately 2 weeks to complete and was completed at the end of March 2010.

Feedback

“We were really happy with the service we received from Workplace Products, and the quality of cycle storage supplied,” – Jayne Sumner, Senior Area Infrastructure Coordinator with Essex County Council.

“The shelters have made a vast difference to the existing provision with 60 covered storage places and 40 cycle spaces within a fully secure cycle compound, with entry gained from a key fob. The response from cyclists wanting to use the compound has been really positive. With the 2012 Olympic cycle event taking place at Hadleigh, the provision of cycle storage will be a great asset.”


Provision of cycle shelters for Council

 

July 27, 2010 – Essex County Council looked to one of the UK’s fastest growing solutions providers to fulfil a contract to supply one of the area’s busiest railway stations with four undercover bicycle shelters and compounds . Workplace Products, from Aldridge in the West Midlands worked closely with the council during the Benfleet Railway Station regeneration projects.

In an effort to improve user facilities and reduce traffic congestion, Essex County Council invested £500,000 in the scheme to upgrade the station and its surrounding area. Benfleet is one of the busiest railway stations in Essex, sitting on the main line into London’s Fenchurch Street Station; servicing the needs of the local community and city commuters.

Part of the programme was to extend and improve bicycle shelters at the station. Workplace Products was able to research the brief and because of its wide network of resources it was able to present the council with a number of options. In order to fully understand the requirements of Benfleet Railway Station, Workplace Products attended a number of site visits and so was able to advise on which products would suit best.

As Brad Webster, Business Development Manager for Workplace Products, explained: “It wasn’t just a question of supplying the station with cycle shelters . We needed to provide a product that is robust, but would also fit in with the surroundings. After the first consultation we completed a full site survey making sure that the plans and drawings we would go on to create, ensured that everything would run smoothly.”

From beginning to end the whole project took just over two weeks. Workplace Products provided two different types of cycle shelter that cater for 100 bicycles and has eight new CCTV cameras to cover the area.

“We were really happy with the service we received from Workplace Products, and the quality of cycle storage supplied,” said Jayne Sumner, Senior Area Infrastructure Coordinator with Essex County Council. “The shelters have made a vast difference to the existing provision with 60 covered storage places and 40 cycle spaces within a fully secure cycle compound, with entry gained from a key fob. The response from cyclists wanting to use the compound has been really positive. With the 2012 Olympic cycle event taking place at Hadleigh, the provision of cycle storage will be a great asset.”

 

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