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Lanes Wins Thames Water Framework Contracts
Clean Sweep
L
anes Group plc has won major
new contracts to provide specialist cleaning services for
Thames Water.
The work includes sewage treatment
plant cleaning, sewage pumping station
cleaning, wet well emptying, and tankering.
Lanes Group has joined other contractors on a framework pool to supply the
services for three years, with options to
extend delivery for up to eight years.
Lanes Group Director Andy Brierley
said: "We're thrilled to be able to supply
these specialist services for Thames
Water and its 15 million wastewater customers.
"We already have highly skilled and
dedicated teams in place, combined
with the most advanced specialist vehicles, to carry out the work."
Thames Water tendered services in four
lots within the framework. Lanes
Group's bids were successful with all of
them.
Through its Lanes Utilities Division,
based in on the Slough Trading Estate,
in Slough, Berkshire, Lanes Group is
already Thames Water's sole wastewa-
ter network services maintenance partner.
Services delivered under the framework
represent additional work.
Lanes Utilities operates more than 270
specialist vehicles from six utility service
hubs, and employs 1,000 staff on behalf
of Thames Water.
In the six years since the partnership
went live, Lanes Utilities has won a
string of national awards for health and
safety excellence, innovation, and oper-
ational effectiveness that is driven by
industry-leading digital technology.
Lanes Group also delivers wastewater
network maintenance services for other water companies, including Severn
Trent, Scottish Water, and Anglian
Water.
Lanes
Group:
www.lanesfordrains.co.uk
Reader Reply No: 211035
Talkington Bates Makes a Stand Against Plastic
I
n line with recent statistics around
marine plastic pollution, bespoke
contract caterer, Talkington Bates
has pledged to make a significant
difference to the catering service it
provides and has urged other contract caterers to follow suit.
The company is, with immediate effect,
replacing plastic water bottles with
canned water and various glass alternatives as well as supporting the free
water refill initiative. Talkington Bates
has partnered with CanO Water, an
environmentally friendly and innovative
resealable still and sparkling water
company, to provide sites with their water needs.
In addition, they also aim to reduce
over a million plastic items from their
sites by removing at least 85% of all
plastic food products from staff restaurants by the end of 2018; will carry out
a complete review of all supply chain
food packaging and will continue to
move to starch-based compostable salad boxes, grab ‘n’ go pots and cutlery
over the coming months.
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jo@talkingtonbates.com or 01869
Paul Bates, Joint Managing Director of
Talkington Bates, says: “Sustainability
350192.
has always been a top priority for TalkReader Reply No: 211040
ington Bates and after speaking with our
clients we have received overwhelming
support and positive feedback in our
quest to remove all plastic water bottles
and as much other plastic goods as possible from our sites.
“The idea that plastic bottles could outweigh fish in our oceans by 2050 is absolutely shocking and, as an industry,
we must join forces to do all we can to
cut the use of plastic from the catering
environment.”
Talkington Bates, which is known for its
premium, tailored service has the full
backing from its clients, supportive comments so far include: “We are totally behind this move forward and fully support
this initiative” and “I think that is a wonderful idea which I support 100%”.
Companies looking to update their
contract catering offering should visit
www.talkingtonbates.com for more
information or contact Jo Cavalier at

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