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THE HEAVIES 2018

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EXPERTISE AND INNOVATION

ONCE AGAIN THE HEAVIES HAS SALUTED THOSE WHO DEDICATE THEIR WORKING LIVES TO THE HEAVY HAULAGE INDUSTRY AND ENABLE IT TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE EVER-CHANGING MODERN ENVIRONMENT.

PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRIS ENGLAND

Awards, The Heavies 2018, TII Group,

The demand for expertise in heavy haulage, lifting and abnormal load movement has never been more acute. Whether it’s moving bridges and tracks for the road and rail networks or placing turbines and transformers for the power sector, the UK’s abnormal lift and transport industry is essential to the nation’s critical infrastructure. But at the same time, there has never been a more challenging time to work in this industry. While loads are getting bigger, wider and heavier, routes are getting increasingly limited, and more restrictions are being imposed on operators.

Against this background, the industry has responded to the challenge of complex load movements by being more and more innovative. And it shines through in the projects, individuals and organisations honoured at this year’s Heavies Awards, organised by HeavyTorque. Held on the 31st August, The Heavies 2018 were a great celebration of innovation and excellence in planning and delivering projects, and in developing and manufacturing equipment for this specialist industry.

This year the awards were held at a great new venue, the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall at Newark Showground. But our guest presenter was a familiar – and very welcome – figure: BBC broadcasting royalty Sally Boazman, better known as Sally Traffic, who announced and presented the awards together with fellow BBC radio presenter and HeavyTorque journalist, Jon Harle. Avid readers of the magazine will be familiar with Jon’s involvement within the heavy haulage industry.

In this issue of HeavyTorque we are delighted to share and celebrate the winners, and those highly commended, and thank the industry’s movers and shakers who so generously supported this event.

The Heavies 2018, Awards, specialist transport, Volvo Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Faymonville, Goldhofer, Rydam Universal, Traffco Ltd

JOB OF THE YEAR: (CAT 1) VEHICLE AND LOAD UNDER 50 TONNES GVW

THE SHORTLIST

Allelys Group: for a fascinating job that involved moving two iconic statues from Birmingham city centre to make way for new tram lines. Allelys employed specialist conservators to advise on the job, and carried out a tandem lift to move one of the artworks.

Lawsons Haulage: which moved 12 modular rail track panels from Scunthorpe to Aston-le-Moss in Manchester. The track panels were all different sizes, and had to be precisely positioned next to the trackside so a rail crane could lift them into place.

WH Transport: for a very complicated job that involved delivering 13 steel frames to Brighton Hospital. The frames were needed for construction of a new lift shaft for the hospital’s emergency helipad, and had to be delivered without disturbing the day-to-day working of the hospital.

Williams Shipping: which transported eight steel beams, each 26m long, from Northam in Hampshire to White City, west London. The route went over a Tube line, and the loads could not be taken over the tunnels while trains were running, so they all had to be delivered at night.

WH Transport, Job of the Year CAT1, The Heavies 2018
The Heavies 2018, WH Transport, Job of the Year CAT1, Winner

WINNER: WH TRANSPORT

All four jobs were extremely challenging, but the winner stood out due to the complexity of the project and the sensitive working environment. The winning job involved 10 individual loads, each delivered to site in convoy with two police motor cycles, a police car and the company’s own escort vehicle. The award was collected by managing director, Andrew Weston and transport manager, Jenna Evison.

In the Judge’s words: ‘A very comprehensive submission that tells the story very well. It was obviously a difficult route planning and movement exercise, which was managed very well.’

WH Transport, Job of the Year CAT1, The Heavies 2018
The Heavies 2018, WH Transport, Job of the Year CAT1, Winner
The Heavies 2018, Job of the Year CAT1, Winner, WH Transport

JOB OF THE YEAR: (CAT 2) VEHICLE AND LOAD UNDER 80 TONNES GVW

THE SHORTLIST

Lawsons Haulage: for its project to deliver 12 modular track panels from Scunthorpe to Aston-le-Moss in Manchester. The panels varied in size and weight, and were transported on Lawson’s specialist tilt trailers before being lifted onto standard trailers by the firm’s own crane division.

Williams Shipping: for its important role in ensuring five generators had a safe transition on route from Korea to the Falkland Islands. Williams stored the generators for six months then moved them out on machine skates before lifting them onto four-axle semi-low-loader trailers for their journey by ship.

WINNER: LAWSONS HAULAGE

The award went to a complex job, with a lot of constraints, including time sensitivity and difficult route planning. Innovative equipment made the job possible, and – as one judge put it – the operator proved it could deliver when the pressure was on. Presenting the award to company directors, Raymond and Pauline Lawson were sponsor representatives Ryan & Adam Green from Rydam Universal and Peter & Mike Dougan from Traffco.

In the Judge’s words: ‘You get a sense that Lawson’s innovative equipment made the job possible, so it scores for innovation as well as planning and execution.’

Job of the Year CAT2, The Heavies 2018, Lawsons Haulage
Job of the Year CAT2, The Heavies 2018, Lawsons Haulage
Job of the Year CAT2, The Heavies 2018, Lawsons Haulage
The Heavies 2018, Job of the Year CAT1, Winner, Lawsons Haulage
Category Sponsor, The Heavies 2018, Awards, heavy haulage

JOB OF THE YEAR: (CAT 3) VEHICLE AND LOAD OVER 80 TONNES GVW

THE SHORTLIST

ALE: which was given just 10 days to prepare to move two huge pieces of equipment from South Wales to Norfolk. The cargo travelled in convoy with a combined weight of nearly 200 tonnes and a height of over 29 metres, and ALE had to find a route that was compatible with the cargo’s dimensions but could also be approved in a short time frame.

Collett & Sons: which took 13 cargoes of steel props and roof trusses from Northallerton to the absolute heart of London’s West End. Each of the six roof trusses weighed 63 tonnes and was 20m long. They were delivered over three evenings, with expert operators threading the vehicles through narrow streets to the amazement of tourists and theatre-goers.

WINNER: COLLETT & SONS LTD

Both shortlisted jobs demonstrated the professionalism of the industry at its best, but the winner captured the Judges’ hearts because it had everything: distance, time constraints and a very challenging and high-profile delivery destination. The award was collected by Chris Baker, Heavy Transport & Projects Division

In the Judge’s words: ‘A very good submission and a fantastic job with incredible challenges. I happened to be in the West End on one of the nights they were delivering, and came out of a theatre just as one of the loads reversed past me down an extraordinarily narrow street. It was like threading a needle – very little clearance, and surrounded by historic buildings and street furniture (not to mention onlookers). A thoroughly professional job.’

Job of the Year CAT3, Collett & Sons Ltd, The Heavies 2018, Winner
Job of the Year CAT3, Collett & Sons Ltd, The Heavies 2018, Winner
Job of the Year CAT3, Collett & Sons Ltd, The Heavies 2018, Winner
The Heavies 2018, Job of the Year CAT3, Collett & Sons

JOB OF THE YEAR: (BE16/VR1) - HIGHLY COMMENDED

THE SHORTLIST

ALE: which transported nine offshore wind tower sections – the first offshore towers manufactured in the UK – along a hilly rural route to Campbeltown Harbour. Each tower consisted of three sections, with the longest measuring 32m long and 6m in diameter, and weighing 156 tonnes.

Allelys Group: for its project to move, load, transport and lift a 300-tonne cable reel 58 miles from the manufacturer in Worksop to a coaster vessel at the Port of Goole. With the usual route unavailable, Allelys opted to take the 4.7m high load right through the centre of Worksop and under a low rail bridge, for which its in-house engineers designed a solution to suspend the cable reel within Allelys’ 500 tonne-capacity Faktor 5 girder frame trailer.

Collett & Sons: which collected a 4.5m diameter tunnel boring machine from the Port of Immingham and delivered it to the Humber Gas Pipeline Project site in Goxhill, North Lincolnshire. The convoy of four vehicles with loads up to 95 tonnes negotiated numerous tight bends and turns on the 27-mile journey.

Sarens UK: which moved a colossal 350-tonne heater box and stack through the streets of Pembroke Dock as part of its journey to Sweden. The 21m high load towered property in the town as it was navigated through the port on a Sunday morning.

The Heavies 2018, Job of the Year BE16, Sarens UK, SPMT, Highly Commended
The Heavies 2018, Job of the Year BE16, Sarens UK, SPMT, Highly Commended

HIGHLY COMMENDED: SARENS UK

With so many impressive projects in this category, the Judges opted to award a Highly Commended. It went to the company that achieved a monster move through a town centre on SPMT’s, which is thought to be the largest heavy move ever undertaken in the area. Operations manager Andrew Hunt and contracts manager Alister Smith stepped up to collect their award.

In the Judge’s words: ‘Very heavy, very high transportation through a town centre on SPMT’s: not for the faint-hearted.’

The Heavies 2018, Job of the Year BE16, Sarens UK, SPMT, Highly Commended
The Heavies 2018, Job of the Year BE16, Sarens UK, SPMT, Highly Commended
The Heavies 2018, Job of the Year BE16, Highly Commended, Sarens UK

JOB OF THE YEAR: (BE16/VR1) - WINNER

THE SHORTLIST

ALE: which transported nine offshore wind tower sections – the first offshore towers manufactured in the UK – along a hilly rural route to Campbeltown Harbour. Each tower consisted of three sections, with the longest measuring 32m long and 6m in diameter, and weighing 156 tonnes.

Allelys Group: for its project to move, load, transport and lift a 300-tonne cable reel 58 miles from the manufacturer in Worksop to a coaster vessel at the Port of Goole. With the usual route unavailable, Allelys opted to take the 4.7m high load right through the centre of Worksop and under a low rail bridge, for which its in-house engineers designed a solution to suspend the cable reel within Allelys’ 500 tonne-capacity Faktor 5 girder frame trailer.

Collett & Sons: which collected a 4.5m diameter tunnel boring machine from the Port of Immingham and delivered it to the Humber Gas Pipeline Project site in Goxhill, North Lincolnshire. The convoy of four vehicles with loads up to 95 tonnes negotiated numerous tight bends and turns on the 27-mile journey.

Sarens UK: which moved a colossal 350-tonne heater box and stack through the streets of Pembroke Dock as part of its journey to Sweden. The 21m high load towered property in the town as it was navigated through the port on a Sunday morning.

WINNER: ALLELYS GROUP

The winner in this category was a company that came up with an incredibly imaginative solution to the problem of transporting heavy loads on the UK’s increasingly restricted road network. The successful move of this heavy load showed an extraordinarily high level of innovation and problem-solving capability. Collecting their award was director David Allely.

In the Judge’s words: ‘I would have also welcomed the cable reel gantry/SPMT system as a worthy entrant into Innovation of the Year: End User!’

Job of the Year BE16, The Heavies 2018, Allelys Group, Winner
The Heavies 2018, Job of the Year BE16, Winner, Allelys Group
Job of the Year BE16, The Heavies 2018, Allelys Group, Winner
Job of the Year BE16, The Heavies 2018, Allelys Group, Winner
Job of the Year BE16, The Heavies 2018, Allelys Group, Winner
Job of the Year BE16, The Heavies 2018, Allelys Group, Winner

PROJECT OF THE YEAR - HIGHLY COMMENDED

THE SHORTLIST

ALE: which provided the full turnkey solution for the trans-shipment, discharge and transportation of a 336 tonne gas turbine from the Port of Hamburg to King’s Lynn power station’s turbine hall. ALE took on ground and civil investigations, designed a complex load spreading solution and obtained a permit based on utilising its own specification axles on a challenging route.

Allelys Group: for an expertly executed project to transport eight transformers to two new converter stations in the north of Scotland. The new infrastructure is part of a major project to connect a subsea link for the country’s electricity grid, and the Allelys Group has been involved since 2011. Each transformer weighed either 171 or 254 tonnes, and had to be offloaded from a barge before road transport could start.

Collett & Sons: which provided specialist transport logistics for a 180-tonne transformer destined for an onshore substation for a wind farm off the coast of Suffolk. The super grid transformer arrived at the Port of Lowestoft from South Korea. Collet boarded the barge with a 10-axle SPMT with hydraulic capabilities to take it on shore, before transferring it to a girder bridge for the road move. The entire combination featured 20 axles and two four-axle ballast tractors in push-pull formation.

Lawsons Haulage: for the safe transportation of 20 large track panels, from the manufacturer in Beeston, Nottingham to Derby for the Northern Alliance. The panels were up to 34m in length, and were all so structurally complex that each had a six-figure value. Any damage to the track panels would have resulted in delays that could add thousands of pounds to the project and large fines to the haulage company.

Sarens UK: for its role as Heavy Lift Contractor for the two main fabricators of wind farm jacket substructures for the Beatrice Wind Farm in the North Sea. Sarens had to work with two different build philosophies to meet the clients’ needs, and utilised various heavy equipment, including an in-house designed ring-based heavy lift crane with a lifting capacity up to 3,200 tonnes.

WH Transport: for its project to deliver 13 steel frames to Brighton Hospital – which had already taken the Job of the Year CAT 1 award.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: ALLELYS GROUP

Once again, the high quality of the shortlist meant the Judges opted to award Highly Commended to one of the entries. This went to an outstanding project that involved years of planning, delivery to two different locations, and a range of specialist equipment including cranes, modular trailers, girder frames, climbing jacks, skates and SPMTs. David Allely was presented with his second award of the evening by area sales manager Dennis Leschensky from Category Sponsor Goldhofer.

In the Judge’s words: ‘What a fantastic submission. The video perfectly illustrated just what they had achieved. Expertly executed project.’

Project of the Year, The Heavies 2018, Allelys Group, Highly Commended
Project of the Year, The Heavies 2018, Allelys Group, Highly Commended
Project of the Year, The Heavies 2018, Allelys Group, Highly Commended
The Heavies 2018, Project of the Year, Highly Commended, Allelys Group
Category Sponsor, ADDrive, Goldhofer, Awards, The Heavies 2018

PROJECT OF THE YEAR (WINNER)

THE SHORTLIST

ALE: which provided the full turnkey solution for the trans-shipment, discharge and transportation of a 336 tonne gas turbine from the Port of Hamburg to King’s Lynn power station’s turbine hall. ALE took on ground and civil investigations, designed a complex load spreading solution and obtained a permit based on utilising its own specification axles on a challenging route.

Allelys Group: for an expertly executed project to transport eight transformers to two new converter stations in the north of Scotland. The new infrastructure is part of a major project to connect a subsea link for the country’s electricity grid, and the Allelys Group has been involved since 2011. Each transformer weighed either 171 or 254 tonnes, and had to be offloaded from a barge before road transport could start.

Collett & Sons: which provided specialist transport logistics for a 180-tonne transformer destined for an onshore substation for a wind farm off the coast of Suffolk. The super grid transformer arrived at the Port of Lowestoft from South Korea. Collet boarded the barge with a 10-axle SPMT with hydraulic capabilities to take it on shore, before transferring it to a girder bridge for the road move. The entire combination featured 20 axles and two four-axle ballast tractors in push-pull formation.

Lawsons Haulage: for the safe transportation of 20 large track panels, from the manufacturer in Beeston, Nottingham to Derby for the Northern Alliance. The panels were up to 34m in length, and were all so structurally complex that each had a six-figure value. Any damage to the track panels would have resulted in delays that could add thousands of pounds to the project and large fines to the haulage company.

Sarens UK: for its role as Heavy Lift Contractor for the two main fabricators of wind farm jacket substructures for the Beatrice Wind Farm in the North Sea. Sarens had to work with two different build philosophies to meet the clients’ needs, and utilised various heavy equipment, including an in-house designed ring-based heavy lift crane with a lifting capacity up to 3,200 tonnes.

WH Transport: for its project to deliver 13 steel frames to Brighton Hospital – which had already taken the Job of the Year CAT 1 award.

WINNER: SARENS UK

The winning project was one that only a handful of companies worldwide could have undertaken. It was a really tricky heavy lift project that required extraordinary levels of skill from the operators, as well as imagination from the team to work out the best solution.

A very jubilant Andrew Hunt, operations manager stepped up to collect their second award of the evening from Dennis Leschensky, area sales manager Goldhofer – Category Sponsor.

In the Judge’s words: ‘Just one of only a handful of companies globally which could undertake this type and scale of project. Sarens amazing toolkit is used to the maximum here.’

Project of the Year, The Heavies 2018, Sarens UK, Winner
Project of the Year, The Heavies 2018, Sarens UK, Winner
Project of the Year, The Heavies 2018, Sarens UK, Winner
The Heavies 2018, Project of the Year, Winner, Sarens UK
Category Sponsor, ADDrive, Goldhofer, Awards, The Heavies 2018

PILOT CAR/ESCORT OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

THE SHORTLIST

Ally Macpherson Services: a company that has worked tirelessly to raise professional standards in escorting since it was formed in 2014. The firm has rapidly developed a reputation for managing complex projects, and is in great demand, particularly by firms from outside the UK that need a stress-free service when they work over here.

Vehicle Routing Services: which this year celebrates 15 years of providing abnormal and wide load escorting and notification permits for organisations throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. The company has gone from strength to strength in that time, and now boasts a fleet of four escort vehicles and has seen the permit and notification side of the business grow considerably.

WINNER: ALLY MACPHERSON SERVICES LTD

This award was presented to the company or individual pilot car/escort operator which demonstrated tremendous all-round commitment to professionalism initiative and safety. Going above and beyond to raise escorting standards across the industry. Both companies offer a very professional service to the abnormal load sector. However, the award went to the company that has come a long way in a short space of time, growing into a multi-faceted operation that offers a lot more than just escort and routing services. Company directors Ally Macpherson and Jill Hollingsworth collected their second successive award in this category. In the words of our Judge: ‘A multi-faceted operation with a good, core-training ethos. Their passion and professionalism shines through.’

Escort Operator of the Year, The Heavies 2018, Ally Macpherson Services, Winner
Escort Operator of the Year, The Heavies 2018, Ally Macpherson Services, Winner
Escort Operator of the Year, The Heavies 2018, Ally Macpherson Services, Winner
The Heavies 2018, Pilot and Escort Operator of the Year, Ally Macpherson Services

OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

THE SHORTLIST

Collett & Sons: which celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. The company has expanded and evolved over the years to become an industry-leading heavy transport logistics and abnormal load specialist. Last year saw Collett expand into the Irish market with a fully-fledged Irish subsidiary, and the firm immediately landed contracts to deliver 16 turbines to two wind farm developments.

Hutchinson Engineering Services: which started out offering repair, maintenance and fabrication services to predominately agricultural customers, before branching out into heavy transport. Gradual expansion and the acquisition of bigger vehicles has led to the company now providing a nationwide service with vehicles of up to 150-tonnes capacity as well as mobile cranes, access equipment and other plant for hire.

Lawsons Haulage: a family firm with a fleet of 50 vehicles and over 100 trailers, which has earned a reputation for understanding the unique requirements associated with heavy haulage for the rail industry. The company’s engineering expertise has seen it develop its own specialist vehicles designed to cater for this market.

WINNER: HUTCHINSON ENGINEERING SERVICES LTD

The winner in this category was a company with a ‘can do’ attitude that has invested heavily in equipment and technology to create a modern and well-managed fleet. It also spent wisely on recruiting and training drivers, and has an occupational health screening programme to ensure drivers are fit for the job and their health is not put at risk. The company has its own HGV workshop and stores, so vehicles are maintained on time.

In the words of our Judge: ‘An excellent submission giving a lot of information about the company and its work. It’s invested heavily in equipment and technology to create a modern and well-managed fleet, and also invest in driver training. The firm has a strong company ethos, and works with the local community as well.’

Ian Hutchinson, MD and Ryan Easom, transport manager, stepped up to collect their award from John Comer, head of product management, Volvo Trucks – Category Sponsors.

The Heavies 2018, Operator of the Year, Hutchinson Engineering Services, Winner
The Heavies 2018, Operator of the Year, Hutchinson Engineering Services, Winner
The Heavies 2018, Operator of the Year, Winner, Hutchinson Engineering Services
The Heavies 2018, Volvo Trucks UK, Category Sponsor, Operator of the Year, heavy haulage, specialist transport, awards,

TEAM OF THE YEAR

THE SHORTLIST

Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations: where all staff have worked above and beyond the expectations of the directors since the firm opened for business in 2017. Its commitment, professionalism and drive to outperform on every job has enabled the company to grow from a small family machine-moving firm into a well-organised and effective business that continually provides a quality service to industry.

McIntosh Heavy Logistics and Cadzow Heavy Haulage: who worked in collaboration to move a 285-tonne pressure test vessel through the streets of Aberdeen. The total weight of the convoy was well over 420 tonnes, and the route included a 137-year-old bridge.

Williams Shipping, King Lifting and Teahan Convoi Services: who together moved two sections of a passenger airbridge through Southampton Docks. King Lifting operated the cranes, Teahan Convoi Services provided the escort and Williams provided two trailers with extending power-steered flat beds and a steersman for safe manoeuvring.

WINNER: McINTOSH HEAVY LOGISTICS AND CADZOW HH

The award went to two of Scotland’s premier heavy transport specialists, who undertook a challenging project that took more than a year of planning. Excellent co-operation between all parties resulted in a record-breaking heavy move. Collecting the award on the evening was Gary McIntosh, director of McIntosh Heavy Logistics.

In the Judge’s words: ‘Two of Scotland’s premier heavy transport specialists taking heavy haulage to new levels in Aberdeen. Fantastic video of a very accomplished move.’

The Heavies 2018, Team of the Year, McIntosh Heavy Logistics, Cadzow Heavy Haulage
The Heavies 2018, Team of the Year, Winner, McIntosh Heavy Logistics, Cadzow Heavy Haulage
The Heavies 2018, Team of the Year, McIntosh Heavy Logistics, Cadzow Heavy Haulage

MOST SIGNIFICANT SAFETY INITIATIVE

WINNER: HUTCHINSON ENGINEERING SERVICES

The stand-out winner in the category for the Most Significant Safety Initiative was an excellent example of the transport industry engaging with the community for everybody’s benefit. The award went to a heavy haulage company that is running an ongoing school road safety campaign in its local area. The campaign aims to educate young minds about safety in the belief that they will in turn influence the adults in their lives. What initially started out as a short talk and demonstration of one of the firm’s vehicles grew to be a full day event that tackled all aspects of road safety with a mix of playground and classroom activities. Since then, other transport operators have used this model to deliver their own safety campaigns, and the firm itself has been asked to deliver the ‘stay safe, be seen’ message in more local schools.

In the Judge’s words: ‘A forward-thinking initiative with genuine community benefits. I particularly liked that the company was willing to be flexible as the idea developed and other organisations got involved, but without losing focus. Hopefully it will inspire other organisations to do similar work in their communities.’

Collecting their second award of the evening, from Category Sponsor Gary North, Mercedes-Benz Trucks (UK), were managing director, Ian Hutchinson, and transport manager Ryan Easom. A great evening for all concerned with Hutchinson the deserved winner!

The Heavies 2018, Most Significant Safety Initiative, Hutchinson Engineering Services, Winner
The Heavies 2018, Most Significant Safety Initiative, Winner, Hutchinson Engineering Services
The Heavies 2018, Most Significant Safety Initiative, Hutchinson Engineering Services, Winner
The Heavies 2018, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK, Category Sponsor, Awards, Most Significant Safety Initiative, heavy haulage, specialist transport, abnormal loads

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: END USER

WINNER: ALE

The Innovation of the Year: End User category also had a stand-out winner, with the Judges describing it as a brilliant concept, and a practical use of modern technology. It is a safe, accurate and reliable alternative to traditional manual methods of logging information on a route survey. This new Route Survey Tool can be attached to the roof of a car, enabling the whole route to be measured and photos, video footage and drawings generated in a safe environment. The tool took two years to develop using in-house expertise, and has revolutionised the way route surveys are carried out by this operator.

In the Judge’s words: ‘A brilliant concept, practical use of modern technology developed by an End User.’

The Heavies 2018, Innovation of the Year, End User, ALE, Route Survey
The Heavies 2018, Innovation End User, Winner, ALE, Route Survey Tool
The Heavies 2018, Innovation of the Year, End User, ALE, Route Survey

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: TRAILER MEDIUM WEIGHT (3-5 AXLES)

WINNER: NOOTEBOOM

Again, there was one stand-out entry in this category. It was developed in response to the need for a more efficient way to transport big construction machinery, and is an extendible semi low-loader with excavator trough and 80-tonne ramps. The trailer is based on an existing innovative semi low-loader, but for really big construction equipment it had to be modified to overcome transport height and for safe, quick loading. When carrying excavators or demolition machines the boom can be placed in the trough so that the total height of the load is considerably reduced. And special ‘heavy duty’ ramps can each take a wheel load of 20 tonnes.

In the Judge’s words: ‘The next stage in the Manoovr range. A super strong trailer that’s ideal for heavy plant.’

The Heavies 2018, Innovation of the Year, Trailer, Medium Weight, 3-5 axles, Nooteboom
The Heavies 2018, Innovation of the Year, Trailer Manufacturer Medium Weight (3 - 5 axles), Winner, Nooteboom
The Heavies 2018, Innovation of the Year, Trailer, Medium Weight, 3-5 axles, Nooteboom

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: TRAILER HEAVYWEIGHT (5+ AXLES)

THE SHORTLIST

Faymonville: for the development of the PA-X low Pendle-axle. The ‘more than low’ philosophy means it has been designed to enable loads to pass safely under low bridges. And a large trough makes it ideal for transporting excavators.

Goldhofer: for its new ADDrive system, which combines the advantages of towed modules with self-propelled units. A THP trailer combination with ADDrive can be towed as a trailer at speeds of up to 80km/h but can also manoeuvre independently in confined spaces without a tractor.

WINNER: GOLDHOFER

An extremely versatile solution with huge potential for many operators. The Judges felt that this innovation could significantly reduce operating costs, while the high quality engineering makes it a very reliable piece of equipment to have in the fleet.

In the words of our Judges:

‘Top quality engineering, taken a stage further.’
‘Very versatile for the right operator.’
‘Low operating costs are a big draw.’

The Heavies 2018, Innovation of the Year, Trailer, Heavyweight, 5+ axles, Goldhofer, ADDrive
The Heavies 2018, Innovation of the Year, Trailer Manufacturer Heavy Weight (5+ axles), Winner, Goldhofer
The Heavies 2018, Innovation of the Year, Trailer, Heavyweight, 5+ axles, Goldhofer, ADDrive

THE EARL ATTLEE AWARD

New for 2018, The Earl Attlee Award is presented to a business displaying significant activity in three of the following areas: Environment, Engagement, Community, Charity, CSR, Life Cycle and Governance.

THE SHORTLIST

Hutchinson Engineering Services: for the schools’ road safety campaign that won an earlier award. The impact of the campaign on the local community is evident in the way young children in the area now think of safety, and it has gone far beyond the one-off event originally envisaged.

Keith Rhodes Machinery: whose community activities includes donations to charities and sponsoring a local football team. Earlier this year the company assisted a multiple sclerosis centre by removing an oxygen therapy chamber free of charge and delivering it to new premises.

WINNER: KEITH RHODES MACHINERY INSTALLATIONS

The award goes to a company that demonstrates a genuine sense of responsibility to its local community in many different ways. It has even carried out a major commission free of charge when it had originally been approached to price the job.

In the words of our Judge: ‘This is a fabulous gesture that will make a real difference. Every operator should aim to do one charity job like this each year.’

The Heavies 2018, The Earl Attlee Award, CSR, Charity, Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations
The Heavies 2018, The Earl Attlee Award, Winner, Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations
The Heavies 2018, The Earl Attlee Award, CSR, Charity, Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

WINNER: JIM LAWSON

This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to the founder of a haulage business that has earned universal respect for customer service and innovation. He started the company in the 1950s, with a single five-ton wagon transporting livestock between farms and to local auctions, and has overseen its growth to a fleet that now includes 50 tractor units and 100 specialist trailers. From its roots in the local farming community, our award-winner has taken the firm into the heart of the heavy rail and steel sectors. And, during a career of over 60 years, he has embraced innovation, consistently winning awards for specialist trailers designed for the rail sector.

Despite ill health in recent years, his passion for the industry and his company has not diminished. Even when illness made it difficult to communicate, he would find the strength to ask his family for an update on the day’s works, whether jobs had gone ok, what some of the drivers were doing and whether all the cranes were out. Thankfully, he has made a remarkable recovery, and is now back in the yard giving orders and planting his much-loved potatoes.

Our Lifetime Achievement Award went to a man – a gentleman – whose grit and determination to provide a quality service to his customers still continues. A man who has always worked seven days a week and would willingly work an eighth day if there was one.

The very worthy recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was the founder of Lawsons Haulage: Jim Lawson.

Jim collected the award from non-other than our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Peter Searson – who kindly presented our final award on behalf of HeavyTorque – the Category Sponsors.

The Heavies 2018, Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage, Cockermouth,
The Heavies 2018, Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage, Cockermouth,
The Heavies 2018, Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage, Cockermouth,
The Heavies 2018, Lifetime Achievement Award, Winner, Mr Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage
The Heavies 2018, Lifetime Achievement Award, Winner, Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage
The Heavies 2018, Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage, Cockermouth,
The Heavies 2018, Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage, Cockermouth,
The Heavies 2018, Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim Lawson, Lawsons Haulage, Cockermouth,
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It is with regret, that the HeavyTorque team have decided to take a stand based on an industry-wide ‘blind eye’ to the waste in the magazine and periodicals business.

HeavyTorque (#15, July 2018) was the final issue to grace the shop shelves, both on the High Street and across the travel network. As part of our onward strategy to adapt, HeavyTorque will now be distributed exclusively through controlled circulation and available through printed subscription.

Please note, this change will only affect newsstand purchasers. There will be no change for our loyal print subscribers.

Why the newsstand change? Quite simply, we can no longer (in good conscience) participate in a distribution programme that creates such an inherent waste of our precious natural resources – and money.

For those of you who have enjoyed HeavyTorque from the newsstand, we sincerely appreciate your business – and we would hope that you’ve enjoyed the magazine enough to consider a direct subscription?

Single Issues

If you prefer to purchase individual issues (one at a time), you will still have the ability to do so, both online (via the website), or by calling our offices +44 (0) 1572 3450872. Orders for single issues received before the pre-publication deadline will be mailed along with the subscribers.

Current and Back Issues

Our website also caters for those looking to purchase back issues. To browse Back Issue availability, follow this link: https://www.heavytorque.co.uk/shop/

Annual Subscription (UK/Europe and Rest of the World)

Never miss a beat, and keep up with every issue of the magazine via an annual subscription. To purchase your annual subscription, please visit: https://www.heavytorque.co.uk/subscribe/

It remains our objective, philosophy, and goal to provide our readers with the best content available, together with stunning feature photography. We do hope you will continue to support our venture!