Kings Heavy Haulage has moved to a new 4-acre premises in Avonmouth, just a few miles from its previous location following a compulsory purchase of its former site by National Grid.
“We didn’t want to move, as we were in an ideal location,” explained company founder Richard King. “But we have looked at it as an opportunity for the business to move on to the next stage.”
The new site, which is double the size of its former premises, has been designed and built to Kings’ exact specifications.
In addition to swish new offices, the site includes a three-bay workshop, with brake tester, and longer pits capable of accommodating a low-loader.
“Before, the big low-loaders would be half out of the door, but we can get them in now and keep warm and dry in the winter,” said fleet manager Jerry Williams, who joined the company at the tender age of 16, some 33 years ago.
“We desperately needed the third bay. You can employ as many fitters as you like, but it’s of no benefit if they don’t have the space. At the old site, some jobs were getting done outside, so were weather dependent. Also, we have wanted a rolling road for five or six years, but couldn’t justify spending the money at the other place, as we knew we were moving.”
Security has been stepped up, with an electric gate and facial recognition CCTV cameras. If the 21 cameras don’t recognise someone, they’ll track them around the yard. A security company is notified, and the potential trespasser is questioned by the speaker system – with guards and dogs able to be on site within minutes.