Dumfries and Galloway get high-tech vehicle workshop

Published:  04 April, 2012

Dumfries and Galloway Council and Contract hire Service Provider Fraikin have entered a new era of cooperation, say council officials. The council's Combined Services division is operating from a brand-new vehicle maintenance facility in conjunction with Fraikin.The department's fleet encompasses over 700 items of plant and equipment. Fraikin is currently responsible for managing around 300 of these, ranging from street sweepers and grounds maintenance vehicle through to 26-tonne refuse collection and recycling trucks.

Based on the Garroch Business Park, two miles outside Dumfries and adjacent to the A75, the new facility is being transformed to house multiple parts of the Council's fleet, with Combined Services and Fraikin, together with the Dumfries & Galloway Fire Rescue Services, amongst the first tenants to move in.

Brian Warren, Business Unit Director at Fraikin, explains: “In the past we have shared workshops with council staff on other sites, but this new set-up takes the concept of partnership working to a whole new level. Our engineers are working side-by-side with Combined Services' own technical staff, sharing not only the workshop and equipment, but also offices, roles and responsibilities.”

The site occupied by Combined Services and Fraikin has been completely refurbished, transforming an ex-ICI manufacturing facility into one of the most state-of-the-art commercial vehicle workshops in Scotland. It features eight full-length work bays capable of accommodating even the largest trucks and buses, plus space for a further seven light commercials.

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