INNOVATIVE HIGHWAYS ALLIANCE BRINGS BENEFITS TO ROADS & RESIDENTS
Kier and Shropshire Council appoint Multevo to form part of the Shropshire Highways Alliance to improve service delivery across the network following a series of successful trials.
The trio’s partnership is the result of a strategic initiative undertaken between Shropshire Council and their term-maintenance contractor Kier.
A series of trials were undertaken specifically reviewing different machines and methods aimed to tackle problematic potholes to find a more permanent and cost-effective solution.
In trials, Multevo were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Multihog road planer machine through dramatic improvements of permanent road repair productivity whilst increasing efficiency.
Andy Wilde, Head of Highways at Shropshire Council:
“We recognise the benefits that this process can bring, and we’ve certainly been very pleased with the way that the work has been delivered. The amount of work that can be done in a day is really changing things significantly for us.”
Multevo utilise the innovative Multihog machine as part of their process to permanently repair different shapes and sizes of defects in a single visit for a cost-effective square meter rate.
James Birch, Managing Director of Kier, Local Highways:
“Utilising Multevo with the Multihog is very fast, its efficient, its cost-effective, it reduces health and safety risk of HAVS exposure to our teams.
This process reduces traffic movement risk for our valued highways operatives as well as decreasing the time required on site within traffic management setups which greatly reduces network disruption for road users.
Multevo are taking the same journey as the other partners in the alliance which is important and we’re all working as one unique team to deliver the best possible service for the council and communities.”
This unique approach enables the teams to tackle both reactive and routine enhanced patching to preserve the longevity of the asset whilst reducing disruption to road users.
Permanent first-time-fix repair rates have already soared to around 150m² per day and based on these achievements the number of teams have trebled to three in total deployed in different areas. This means an impressive average of 9,000m² could be now completed each month.
Josh Sweeney, Director of Marketing & Growth at Multevo explains their approach to collaboration:
“The Multevo method means assisting customers in all areas whilst working towards the same goals. We do this by undertaking site surveys, raising permits, programming works and recording quality, safety and productivity in real time through the use of technology, the Multevo App. We are very proud to be able to work as part of the Shropshire Highways Alliance to bring about significant advantages to the network and people who use it.”
MULTEVO HELP SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES GAIN EMPLOYMENT THROUGH THE “GET SET” SUPPORTED INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
The Get Set Supported Internship Programme by Blackburn College provides valuable paid work experience for individuals with learning difficulties to support them into future employment and has been supported by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, LCRIG and most recently, Multevo.
As a socially responsible SME, it was a no brainer for Multevo to participate in the local initiative and back in April 2021 they welcomed Sophie Kellet on board for an 8-week paid internship within their marketing department.
Sophie was tasked with completing various marketing related projects including market research, graphic design, article writing and videography to provide her with a new skillset in something she had not yet explored as a career path.
Research projects included investigating Safer Highway’s Stamp It Out Campaign, which aims to end roadworker abuse and is an initiative that Multevo are avid supporters of as members of Safer Highways. Part of this task also involved identifying internal campaigns that Multevo could run to support their highways heroes wellbeing; Sophie created a visual poster in relation to men’s mental health to be shared directly with operatives via the Multevo App.
“Sophie has come on in leaps and bounds working with Multevo, discovering new skills, understanding some of the tasks and roles within a marketing department. I’d even go as far as saying Multevo are one of the best employers I have worked with in 15 years.” – Gabby Houlihan, Supported Internship Coordinator, Blackburn College.
One task Sophie was assigned with was to write her own news article on her journey on the Get Set Internship Programme with Multevo so others can understand and get involved too, which can be read below:
This is my Journey on how I joined Multevo – by Sophie Kellett
Who am I and what is Get Set, you ask?
Hey, I’m Sophie Kellett and I’m currently on an internship working with the marketing side of Multevo. I wouldn’t have been able to do this internship without the help of Get Set. Get Set is a supported internship course to get young people with learning disabilities in work placements. On Get Set you learn a variety of different skills, such as social skills, work skills, teamwork and we even had a course where we learnt how to cook. Whilst on Get Set we go to a variety of different places for work experience, so it gives us a sense of what a job is and it helps us learn more new skills. Get Set is a great course to help students build up their confidence and gain new skills and I’m very much grateful that I took the course. After Get Set, I was sent to work with LCRIG which a company that works on the highways and I learnt a variety of different things, but it’s quite different to Multevo, such as with LCRIG I was given task that would suit me for what I wanted to do in the future. Where as Multevo are showing me the ropes of Marketing, so even though I’ve done task on mental health, they’ve made it, so I get the taste of a different job, which has been just as fun.
What have I learnt from Multevo
I understand that Multevo is a company that hires and sells multihog machines, they can perform many functions because of the various amounts of attachments that can fit on the machine, this is handy because it can be changed so it suits the jobs that need doing correctly. I also know that Multevo can hire out their workers to contract working on the machines, so Multevo men are always busy working away. Multevo, also carry out repairs on roads and potholes, which also keep the Multevo men busy! I’ve learned how to research properly and how to question it, to see what’s different, I did this when looking at different mental health charities. I’ve learnt how to use Canva, which I must say is quite cool, I got to use this when making my mental health poster. I’ve got a real taste of what marketing is about and I’ve even learnt how the weed control works as well. I have a few more weeks working with Multevo, so I’m very much looking forward to learning more things.
What do I want for my future?
I know that I want to help people, ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to help people. I’d like to work along the lines of mental health as I think I’d be quite good in working in that department. However, from doing different things, I’m not sure what I want to do. I suppose its great that I’m doing an internship because it’s giving me a chance to try new things and learn new skills.
Overall, I am very much enjoying the journey that I am on, it’s giving me the chance to try something new and giving me new options of what I could possibly do in the future.
Multevo are now urging other organisations to get involved by providing work placements for individuals who are currently working through the programme. For further information on how to get involved please contact Gabby Houlihan on 01254 292 467.
Join Our Team: Latest Available Positions at Multevo
Multevo are currently recruiting for various roles within the highways, civils, and verge maintenance sectors.
Due to continuous growth multiple vacancies are available for immediate starts:
Highway Maintenance Operatives / Drivers
To support service delivery nationwide, Multevo are looking for candidates to join their existing highway maintenance teams, from carrying out pothole and patching repairs to sweeper and hot box drivers as well as minor civils works.
What we are looking for:
Experience in Highways Maintenance
Experience in asphalt – hand lay or machine lay
Experience lifting ironworks
Experience replacing or renewing kerbs & flags
Ideal skills you should have:
CSCS / NRSWA
Abrasive Wheels & Manual Handling
Ride on Roller
Class 2 or Class 1 Driver’s Licence
CAT & Genny
Verge Maintenance Operatives / Drivers
Multevo maintain verges on the high-speed network across the North West where best practice and safety is essential. The right candidate will predominantly be supporting with transporting equipment to and from site whilst providing additional support with strimming and other verge maintenance duties.
What we are looking for:
Experience in landscaping and/or grounds care maintenance
Experience in wagon driving/transporting equipment
Available for night shift work
Ideal skills you should have:
Class 2 or Class 1 Driver’s Licence
Immediate start dates are available with competitive packages to match your skills and experience. To apply for any of the above roles please email email@example.com outlining which role it is you are interested in along with a copy of your CV.
Multevo Join Safer Highways
The award-wining highway maintenance contractor Multevo is the latest in a long line of companies to join Safer Highways as members.
For over a decade, Multevo has worked with local authorities and tier one contractors, to achieve shared operational outcomes and social value.
Using the versatile Multihog product range the company delivers a highways maintenance contracting service, leading on best-practice principles, and including road planing, permanent pothole and patching repairs, road markings and civils works to help the network to become safer whilst improving its condition.
Multevo have shown their dedication to health, safety, and best practise through the development of their own App used by all operatives out on the field to record quality of works. The App also provides a transparent audit trail of compliance checks as well as health and safety related processes such as near misses, non-conformances and accident reporting.
The Multihog has now helped over a third of all UK local authorities save money whilst maximising service delivery by selecting one versatile machine to tackle several different highway maintenance operations. The machine’s planer attachment is renowned to productively plane asphalt, cement and other hard surfaces consistently with precision. This is because the Multihog method for road repairs maximises productivity, efficiency and safety to reduce costs whilst improving permanent repair outputs.
Multevo own the world’s largest hire fleet of Multihogs since launching the product in the UK in 2010, which also makes them the most experienced operator anywhere in the world. Multevo is Constructionline Gold and National Highways Sector Scheme accredited and already play an active role as members of the Road Surface Treatment Association and Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG).
Talking about joining Safer Highways, Josh Sweeney, Director of Marketing & Growth at Multevo said: “Multevo has been engaged with Safer Highways for a number of years now and there is so much synergy we felt the time was right to commit to membership. Being in the unique position of being a distributor and contractor-safety in all aspects is essential for us. Since we established a service delivery model our mantra has been to be an exemplar in the industry leading on best practice. As an SME that now employs close to 100 highways operatives on the network each day this is one of many initiatives we want to be a part of to protect our highways heroes well-being.”
Multevo recently supported a paid intern from the Get Set Programme, which is aimed at supporting disadvantaged young people find employment opportunities.
Kevin Robinson, Chief Executive of Safer Highways said: “I am delighted to see Multevo join a long list of highway companies that have become members since the start of 2021. Multevo is an awarding winning company that places health and safety at the heart of its work. Whether its maintenance or any other work or our local or national networks, keeping the people we put to work safe and looking after their health and wellbeing is fundamental to a successful industry and its great to see so may companies support our work in driving the latest thinking and best practice.”
A VERSATILE APPROACH PROVIDES PRUDENT PREP PRIOR TO SURFACE TREATMENT IN ESSEX
Multevo has helped Essex Highways achieve more efficient patching and preparation works prior to surface treatment works as part of a new trial.
Essex Highways faced the challenge of getting its conventional equipment onto certain rural parts of the county for preparation of several sites in the Wethersfield and Langham areas of the county. Also, these areas were overgrown with hedges overhanging the single lane sites as well as verge creep protruding the carriageway which needed to be sided out before work started. Some of the sites had also suffered from flooding and surface water run off causing the carriageway to be immersed in spoil which required scraping.
Multevo were tasked with preparing the site and were up against a tight schedule of works to allow surface treatments to commence as soon as possible. Using the company’s Multihog and its multi-skilled team, Multevo were able to deal with the spoil using the Multihog’s front bucket before sweeping, and the siding and sweeping were carried out in a single visit. The swift delivery helped to minimise disruption and improve the efficiency of the project. Instead of using larger 1m planers, the Multevo team could access areas by self-driving the Multihog 400mm planer, only removing the required defective areas and reducing waste. The team subsequently switched to the front-mounted road planer with dust suppression attachments to plane down to a depth of 100mm to permanently repair patches.
There were 81 patch repairs totalling 657.19 sqm of on the project. Multevo independently programmed the works and recorded progress via the Multevo app, allowing the team to monitor progress, undertake quality site and vehicle audits. These reports were also shared with Essex Highways in real time so they could also see progress.
Using conventional equipment, this work would have required several contractors working with different equipment at different stages of the process.
Andrew Vale, Senior Engineer and Team Leader for Surface Treatments at Essex Highways said:
“This was an impressive performance by the Multevo team who completed a number of jobs in one single visit using the Multihog machine. The jobs were not easy with access being tight as well as the time. There was minimal disruption and only a small amount of traffic management required. This proved that this sort of approach using equipment that can carry out multiple tasks at once has provided us with value in terms of improving the quality and output of our preparation works before surface treatments were started. The patching work was quick and efficient and competitively priced, and we had real-time information on the progress of the job which has proved useful.”
Essex Highways is a long-term partnership between Ringway Jacobs and Essex County Council, one of the largest non-metropolitan (‘shire’) counties in England, stretching for 60 miles from coastal Harwich, via rural countryside to suburban London. It has a population of 1.4m and over 5,000 miles of road.
Multevo is the UK distributor of the versatile Multihog product range which is a road legal articulated compact multi-purpose vehicle designed to accept different attachments to the front and rear. Each attachment is designed bespoke to the Multihog to outperform the equipment it replaces, enabling the machine to be utilised for a wide variety of different highway maintenance applications instantaneously to maximise productivity and efficiency on site.
Multevo Strengthens Civil Engineering Division
Multevo has appointed Luke Dean as Civil Engineering Contracts Manager to support recent service delivery successes across the UK.
The Constructionline Gold company are a multi-faceted organisation with the civils arm of the business originally established to supplement their popular nationwide highway maintenance operations using the Multihog to deliver highway maintenance services.
Multevo are also the UK distributor for the Multihog product range and own the World’s largest hire fleet of multi-purpose machines.
Today, their in-house civil engineering contracting division has gone from strength to strength as a stand-alone business unit working with local authorities, principal contractors, and housing developers on a range of collaborative projects.
Luke joins the team bringing 15 years of experience and knowledge of the industry with him having managed and been involved in construction and civil engineering projects up to the value of 24 million pounds.
Previously working for the Eric Wright Group, Luke’s experience includes site/project management and monitoring site progress on a range of public and private sector projects, from junction improvements and land regeneration to transport infrastructure schemes and public realm projects to name but a few.
“We are delighted to welcome Luke to the Multevo team and are confident his experience within the construction and civils sectors will not only benefit our existing highway maintenance partnerships but significantly strengthen them and form new ones too.”
Nick Carter, Director, Multevo
Luke Dean, Civil Engineering Contracts Manager added:
“It’s great to be part of the Multevo team and it is reassuring to join such an exciting forward-thinking company.”
Multevo has continued to expand in spite of the pandemic, recently surpassing the 100-employee mark due to a number of new nationwide contracts.
If you would like to understand how Multevo can support you as a long-term supply chain partner please get in touch.
Bury Council Tackle Weeds With Hot Water
Bury Council become the latest organisation to opt for an environmentally friendly weed control solution
A new ’green’ way of killing weeds with hot water rather than glyphosate has been ordered by Bury Council.
The Multevo Hot Water Weed System uses boiling water rather than traditional herbicides to tackle weeds and can also be used for chemical-free high-pressure cleaning to remove grime, gum, graffiti and general sanitation of street furniture.
Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, said:
“Many people have expressed concerns about the council using chemicals to tackle weeds, especially around schools and play areas, and want to see chemical-free alternatives used instead.
I share their concerns, and have therefore ordered this new vehicle as part of our review into the use of herbicides and pesticides. It will enable us to keep the borough tidier in a much greener way.
The machine can also be used to remove chewing gum and mosses and algae from surfaces so can also keep our town centres looking nicer.
This is another part of Bury’s climate change commitment, alongside decarbonising council vehicles as much as possible and reducing energy use.”
The equipment requires absolutely no additives to kill weeds and works by delivering an efficient low-pressure treatment accurately at 98°C to kill the cellular structure of the root using Waterkracht’s Boiling Hot water Technique®.
“We’re really pleased to see yet another council opt for our environmentally friendly weed control solution and wish them every success. We understand the pressures some councils are facing when it comes to chemicals and are confident that we can provide them with a cost effective and sustainable solution which will still provide productive outputs.”
– Josh Sweeney, Director of Marketing & Growth
Having recently hosted a successful live virtual demonstration of the equipment, Multevo are inviting those organisations looking to minimise the use of chemicals to get in touch to discuss trial hire or demo opportunities.
Live virtual demo: hot water weed control
Looking to reduce your dependence on conventional chemical weed killers? Learn how to kill weeds with nothing but hot water using Multevo’s innovative equipment.
Multevo are inviting organisations who are looking to stop or limit the use of chemical spraying to join the live webinar which will provide guidance on how hot water weed control methods can be implemented and outline the benefits customers have achieved.
Multevo currently have five models in the range which all use Waterkracht’s Boiling Hot water Technique® to provide an effective and environmentally friendly solution to weed control. The water is delivered at a low pressure consistently at 98 degrees to kill the root completely.
Hot water weed control is the most efficient and most sustainable way to treat weeds and all machines are multi-purpose to add value all-year-round. For example, the high-pressure lance can be utilised for chewing gum removal, cleansing of street furniture as well as graffiti increasing your return on investment.
Multevo are the UK market leader for hot water weed control having launched the product in 2015 and the seminar will share customer success stories as well as feature a live virtual demonstration of the equipment.
The event will take place on Wednesday the 17th of March between 11:00am – 12:00pm and will feature a walkaround of the equipment, the operational advantages, footage of its capabilities finished up with a live Q&A session.
Multevo are hosting an online demonstration of the Multihog CV sweeper on the 19th of February between 11:00am and 12:00pm.
After their successful UK roadshow was cut short due to current restrictions, the team have decided to go virtual to ensure that those who want to see the machine can do so from the comfort and safety of their own home.
Alternatively, there is still the option to book a social distance demo in person should this be preferred.
Their online event will feature a walkaround of the machine, footage of its capabilities in various scenarios followed by a live Q&A.
Date: Friday, 19th of February 2021
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
More about the machine
The compact sweeper entered the UK market in 2020 and boasts clean Stage V emissions, comfortable cab and maximised manoeuvrability needing just a standard UK driving license to operate.
The narrow 3.5 tonne machine features incredible suction performance with the highest possible EUnited PM10 and PM2.5 rating available.
In addition, added comfort is achieved with an independent 4-wheel spring damper suspension and hydrostatic front and back multi-disc braking.
With a width of as little as 1200mm and centre pivot drive, the machine can easily access parks and public spaces. This teamed up with the optional high-pressure lance, allows the CV to disinfect public spaces and street furniture to reduce the spread of viruses.
Featuring demountable hopper and brushes the multipurpose sweeper can be used for a range of additional applications such as snow clearance duties, grass cutting and weed brushing.
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