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Pendragon Vehicle Management (PVM) is pleased to have worked in collaboration with Clarks Vehicle Conversions to deliver new maintenance crew vehicles to Hanson UK - a leading supplier of heavy building materials to the UK construction industry.

Hanson wanted to update its vehicles and create safe and practical tool vans for its crew. PVM was delighted to take on the brief and help supply Hanson with a secure fleet to support their business.

Once PVM supplied Hanson with Vauxhall vans, Clarks Vehicle Conversions transformed the vehicles' interior to suit the needs of Hanson's crew. Loading, unloading and ease of access for the heavy tools and expensive equipment was a primary requirement and so lockable cages and strong boxes were installed along with metal racking to overcome these issues.

In addition to the cages and boxes included in the vans, heavy locks were installed on the rear and side doors to prevent theft, and Clarks further stamped their mark by installing a mechanical side step, hand rails, internal lighting and non-slip flooring to prevent slips, trips and falls.

The fleet's versatility was further tested, when an additional drying area for wet clothing and PPE with hand washing facilities, was also added to the build, along with first aid and eyewash kits.

Neal Francis, Divisional Managing Director for Pendragon Vehicle Management, commented:

"Hanson is a major name in the construction industry and we are delighted to have supplied them with bespoke vehicles that will provide their crew with safety and reliability.

This project has also demonstrated how adaptable our vehicles are, and showcases how the customer can modify them in a way that suits their needs."

Simon Welbourn, Head of Sales for Clarks Vehicle Conversions, commented:

"At Clarks we pride ourselves on providing solutions to fleets, fleet teams and work crews so this was a great opportunity for us to do just that. We had a clear objective from Darren in what he wanted to provide his team and he allowed us to tailor a solution to suit. It was a real team effort by Clarks, Pendragon and Hanson and was great to work with such a forward thinking and safety conscious team."

Darren Watret, Asset Manager, Hanson UK, commented:

"I took new tool vans through Pendragon in 2015 and my considerations at the time were mainly vehicle choice. As vehicles were coming to their renewal point I wanted to provide not just a vehicle with good manufacture safety standard but also a vehicle that compliments the way the gangs work. Pendragon had provided a very high level of service over the years so they were my first choice to deliver the base vehicle.

I chose Clarks vehicle conversions to deliver the interior. I see Clarks as a customer focused company. They are an intuitive, informative company with safety at the heart of everything they do. Once I had explained what I wanted to achieve and why, they took the build in the right direction and delivered results that far exceeded my expectations.

Adding FHOSS later in the build complimented Clark's livery with the illuminated vehicle wrap. This is next level visual awareness that benefits the public and road surfacing operatives."

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