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The Heavies 2020: Project of the Year






Allelys were contracted by Deugro (Germany) to transport 3 x 272te Super Grid Transformers and 2 x 77te Shunt Reactors from Peterhead Port, Aberdeenshire to Moray East Substation, New Deer, Aberdeenshire.

All of the units were shipped to Peterhead Port, where Allelys used their Liebherr LG1550 Heavy Lift Crane to offload the units from the delivery vessels to the port side storage.

Allelys used their new Goldhofer 350te capacity, ‘Faktor 5.5’ girder frame trailer (1st in the world), incorporating 10 modular axles at each end of the frame, to transport the Siemens Super Grid Transformers. The unique design of the trailer allowed Allelys Team to self-load the trailer without any outside assistance for each movement. The combined delivery weight including the two MAN Prime Movers was 484te, and had an overall length of 66.7m.

The route from Peterhead Port to Moray East Substation used one main trunk road (A90) for a short duration before turning off on to smaller ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads. Numerous structures on the route had to be checked and cleared for load bearing capacity, resulting in special manoeuvres and speed restrictions being emplaced. Travelling through small Scottish Villages/Hamlets drew a lot of attention from the public with such a large size vehicle.

Each Super Grid Transformer was offloaded to final position at the Moray East Substation, using our own hydraulic skid system and synchronised jacking equipment.

The two Shunt Reactors were delivered to site on Flat Top Modular Trailers from Peterhead Port and were offloaded to final position using a Liebherr LTM1500 mobile crane. Alleys have since been asked to provide ‘Contract Lift’ services for offloading and positioning another 4 Shunt Reactors at the Moray East site.

The whole project was conceived, engineered and managed by Allelys Project Management Team.

Using this size of vehicle on Scottish ‘B’ roads always creates challenges (please see image skimming the bridge)



Dorenell’s 59 Turbines Delivered

After being awarded one of our largest renewable projects to date, our Team began delivering Dorenell Wind Farm, near Dufftown, currently the largest Contract for Difference (CfD) project in the UK for onshore wind.

The task of transporting all the components and ancillary equipment for 59 Vestas V90 turbines would certainly prove a challenge. With our extensive experience in the renewable energy industry this was a challenge our Team would happily accept, methodically delivering each of the components from their storage location at the Port of Inverness to Dorenell Wind Farm.

Originating from various locations across Europe, components arrived at the Port of Inverness from Santander, Italy, Campbelltown and Denmark. The Port of Inverness, having undergone considerable expansion offered the necessary facilities, including the addition of extensive laydown areas, increased storage capacity and a new entrance suitable for turbine components of up to 50m in length. Utilising these capabilities provided us with the ideal port of entry for the turbine components destined for Dorenell, although with the wind farm being over 80 miles away our Team were required to undertake extensive planning ahead of the arrival of the various components.

The 80 mile journey from Port to pad site would take us through Inverness, Nairn, Forres, and Elgin before arriving at the Dorenell site entrance, and each section required detailed surveying to ensure that the loaded components could navigate safely and unimpeded. After our Team had identified the appropriate loading arrangements for each cargo, based on the weight, width, height and length of the components, every aspect of the route was meticulously analysed to determine suitability. This included test drives, specialist swept path analysis reports and topographical surveys. Utilising the data gathered and liaising closely with Moray & Aberdeenshire Councils, Scotland Transerv, Network Rail, Canal & River Trust and Bear Scotland allowed us to identify and implement any modifications or route restrictions as required. This included street furniture removals, road widening, tree surgery, contraflow manoeuvres, manual steering requirements and structural stability restrictions.

With all this extensive planning firmly in place, all relevant authorities in agreement, permits approved and police escorts in position, we began the task of delivering the 531 components.

Equipped with three clamp trailers, six blade trailers, two 6-axle step frames and our Code of Practice pilot cars we began transport operations for each of the 44m blades, 72 Tonne nacelles, hubs, nose cones and top, middle & bottom tower sections. Travelling throughout off peak hours in order to minimise disruption to other road users, each component made the 80 mile journey with our Heavy Transport Teams employing manual steering operations and contraflow manoeuvres as outlined in the test drive and planning procedures.

Other structural requirements were also taken into account with regards to two bridges on approach to the site. As requested by Moray Council, when it came to these structures, only the loaded vehicle would be present when traversing whilst not exceeding 30mph to protect the stability of the structure.

Following the same procedure on each occasion, with the addition of a change of port to Aberdeen for the final components in order to avoid essential works on the A96, our Teams delivered the project. Over six months all components for the 59 turbines were successfully delivered to Dorenell Wind Farm, gaining praise from EDF Renewables for a project excellently executed by the Collett Team.

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On Wednesday 17th April 7pm Cheetham Hill Construction phoned Matt Smith our Low Loader Manager at home advising him that they needed a 50 tonne CAT 988 loading shovel collecting urgently from Melton Ross Quarry, Singleton Birch and taking to Yeomans, Glensanda Scotland.

The current Loading Shovel at the quarry on Glensanda island had broken down and they needed a replacement asap as the boat it was helping to load was on the dock and it was going to cost Aggregate Industries £10,000 per day standing charge.

That evening Matt Smith rearranged the diary to free up the appropriate vehicle, as due to the size of the load only certain lorries within the fleet could do the move.

The next morning (Thursday 18th April) at 8am the low loader arrived at Melton Ross Quarry to load, they had to wait onsite for tyres to be fitted to the shovel and for the escort vehicle to arrive to accompany the load.
Meanwhile in the office, Nick Gayle (Senior Transport planner) applied for the short notice movement order and began ringing all notifiable authorities on the route especially Police Scotland as they knew from past experience, they would need a police escort from Dalwhinnie to Glensanda for a load of this size.

The load finally left Melton Ross at 1.30pm on Thursday 18th April, being conscious of the timescale as it was running into the bank holiday weekend and the need to meet the police on time for a police escort, as it wouldn’t be available past the Friday evening due to the bank holiday weekend.

Given the length of the route and the short notice to organise the self-escorts there were two companies used, Lymers Assist Ltd with driver James Pike from Melton Ross to Hamilton services and the second being A N Cameron Ltd with driver Alistair Cameron from Hamilton services to Glensanda.

The load made it to Hamilton services late that night (Thursday) it then set off the following morning (Friday 19th) As the load neared Perth the lorry clearly had developed a problem, they pulled into Volvo Perth to find that the flexi pipe (part of the exhaust system) had split and needed replacing before the journey could continue. After Volvo Perth investigated they discovered that the nearest part was in Inverness, we explained the urgency and the deadline we were working to, to get the load up to Glensanda in time and to meet the police escort and Jill Dunne at Volvo pulled out all the stops, immediately dispatching someone to collect the part for us.

Thanks to the swift actions of Volvo Perth and Jill Dunne the vehicle was back up and running within 2 hours of it arriving at Volvo Perth and back on its journey north.

Whilst all this was happening Nick in the office and Matt who was on his way to Surrey on holiday were in constant contact with Volvo Perth and Chris McNeill from Police Scotland to explain the hold up and check that the two officers that were accompanying the load were ok to wait for the load to arrive. Due to the patience and willingness to help us they kindly agreed to wait for the load and escort it to its destination.

Thanks to the swift work carried out by Volvo Perth we were only one hour late for the agreed meeting time for the police escort. From that point on thanks to the excellent escorting of the Scottish police specifically PC Rhuaraidh Mackay and PC Alasdair Mackay the load reached Glendanda without further hitch and was unloaded directly onto the barge which takes the machinery to the Glensanda island and immediately started loading the boat.

Collins Earthworks (Transport) Ltd especially Matt Smith & Nick Gayle would like to thank everybody involved without whose help and cooperation this move would have been impossible. Due to seemingly impossible timescale and the difficulties involved we think this whole operation deserves Job The Year (CAT3). When you factor in the drive time for Rob Lancaster our driver and the fact it was Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, we managed to complete the almost impossible, due to teamwork, communication and pure determination & drive.

2019 has been a successful year for the Collins group. Collins Earthworks were identified in The London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2019 report, the report identifies fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK. In addition to this Collins Earthworks Ltd was once again in 2019 awarded a RoSPA Gold Award for health and safety practices in recognition of their practices and achievements in helping staff get home safely at the end of the working day. And finally it was announced in September 2019 that Collins Earthworks were once again named in the East Midlands Top 200. The East Midlands Top 200 list is compiled using the most recent publicly available accounts of companies that are run and managed from the East Midlands, highlighting the regions 200 fastest growing companies on the basis of profit growth.

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Admiralty Arch Project
The Best of British

Hallett Silbermann has been at the forefront of providing logistic solutions and specialist heavy haulage services to industry for over 70 years, gaining and maintaining a reputation for excellence of service delivery. In doing so, it has played its part in supporting the delivery of numerous high-profile infrastructure projects, including the likes of Thames Tideway, Crossrail, London Olympics 2012, Smart Motorways, Heathrow Airport developments and more recently HS2.

But it’s not all about the major national infrastructure projects; a great deal of the work is about the support provided to the multitude of ‘one-off’ construction projects that keep the wheels of industry, commerce and the wider society turning. It is this vital work that forms the backbone of our business and deserves celebrating.

The Project
Every now and then we are privileged to be asked to support something a little bit special. It could be argued that there are few more iconic locations in the heart of our capital city than Admiralty Arch, which is currently being beautifully transformed into the finest hotel and serviced residences. The opportunity to be involved in this project, working for our client Cementation Skanska, was something Hallett Silbermann jumped at.

Whilst most will instantly recognise this landmark and may have walked beneath its arches or watched runners in the final stages of the London Marathon as they enter The Mall, its place in history cannot be overstated.

Commissioned in 1901 in memory of Queen Victoria, for much of its working life the Arch was home to various senior elements of the Royal Navy (hence the name). Amongst the more notable included the likes of Sir Winston Churchill (1st Lord of the Admiralty), Earl Mountbatten (1st Sea Lord) and even Commander Ian Fleming (latterly of James Bond fame and who based much of his early work on his direct experiences conducting covert intelligence missions across the World). It is not an exaggeration to say that activity conducted within its hallowed walls has played a pivotal role in British history throughout the 20th Century.

Now vacated by the MOD, this landmark will receive a new lease of life, maintaining its status and prestige as a Great British landmark. A key element in the execution of the extensive construction works required was the installation of numerous concrete piles to support foundation works. Being highly experienced in the movement of such piling rigs in and around London and UK, Hallett Silbermann was the natural choice of Cementation Skanska. As an accredited haulier to Tideway, Crossrail and FORS Gold standard, our client was assured that they were in the best possible hands for the job.

The project involved the delivery and extraction of a 79 tonne Liebherr LB36 Piling Rig to site directly in front of Admiralty Arch. The job entailed multi-stage delivery via Hallett’s yard in Hatfield before undertaking the final stage to achieve a timed delivery. Being a CAT 3 STGO move and having to make the approach via The Mall, this meant having to pass as quietly as possible below HRH’s bedroom window in the early hours of a cold February morning. Taking this route also meant having to secure a Royal Park Pass; not an everyday occurrence.

Hallett Silbermann executed the task perfectly, deploying an escorted Euro 6 FH16 Volvo 8×4 STGO tractor unit in combination with the Broshuis 3+5 full rear steer, extendible Low Loader for the delivery. The extraction was completed with the same Low Loader but this time being hauled by the Euro 6 Scania R730 8×4 STGO tractor unit.

Best of British
It is perhaps pure chance that the concluding stage of this job was underway at just the moment that the UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020. When combined with the iconic status of Admiralty Arch and the heritage of a one of the legends of UK Heavy Haulage, it comes as no surprise that this job should be considered a shining example of “Best of British”.

Hallett Silbermann
Right Place – Right Time – Capable – Compliant

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During the early part of 2019 Insight Trans Logistics were approached by a Gloucestershire based Company specialising in the manufacture of Modular laboratories, for the feasibility plan of moving 20 large building sections within a very tight time frame (30 days) from Gloucestershire to a rural location near Salamanca Spain. These modules measured 13.50m long x 3.30m wide x 4.35m tall, and weighing around 22tonnes per unit.

Describe the main objectives
The primary objective of the logistics plan was to install a system of movements and equipment including shipping, which fully satisfied the manufacturing timetable in Gloucestershire and provided a seamless synchronisation with the “military style” construction and lifting schedule in Spain. This eventually resulted in the establishment of four strategic handling areas situated within the journey from the UK to Spain, ensuring the flexibility required to rotate the equipment effectively over a complex Journey.

What were the outcomes?
Insight Trans Logistics, successfully completed the project, adhering to the original criteria from the client, within the original budget negotiated.

In short (40 words), please summaries your entry
The complexity of this project and the subsequent team effort by all ITL employees involved resulted in the success of this project, efforts which went beyond the “norm”. We would be delighted, if this dedication was to be recognised accordingly.

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UK to Salamanca


Entry Overview
Our Customer called us following the failed attempt to move the 48 tonne King Arthur boat from another Haulage company.

Whilst the Boat was stored on the quayside at Sharpness Docks, storage costs were ramping up for its new owner, and a suitable transport option needed to be found as quickly as possible.

The Customer was already 1000’s of pounds out of pocket following the failed attempt by another haulage firm who had not correctly scoped out the project.

The King Arthurs dimensions are 20.8mtrs x 4.7m x 4.35mtrs so a trip from one side of the country to the other is no mean feat, and arranging the special order was never expected to be a done deal from the outset of this project.

Describe the main objectives
James Hallier our Transport Solutions specialist took on the project to move the “King Arthur” boat which was purchased by its new owner at Sharpness Docks near Gloucester in order to be converted into a House Boat at Ipswich.

Having no seaworthy certificate, sailing it to its new home at Ipswich was not an option for the owner.

No suitable Barge option could be sourced and every effort was made to follow the waterways policy.

Eventually Highways agreed that road transport was the only viable option, so James set up the project to actually make the move happened.

We arranged cranage at Sharpness Docks onto our 2 bed 4 Nooteboom Trailer, the Pendle axles being the important part of this project.

The trailer was built up to produce an overall vehicle length of 40.545 mtrs with a 35.88m rigid length, it was 4.7m wide running at 4.95m high. Gross weight 104,000 kgs.

What were the outcomes?
Due to there being no Seaworthy Certificate the Waterways Policy could not be followed, and after in-depth route planning and working closely with Highways England, and County Police Forces, a Special order was eventually granted to move the boat from Sharpness to Fox’s Marina in Ipswich by road.

A TV company was keen to film the action, and so the project became more tedious as we worked around cameras and sound men etc.

After 2 months of planning the project was successful.

In short (40 words), please summaries your entry
We helped a customer who felt they had no way of achieving her dream to make a home for her and her daughter, despite every set back we made it happen!


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A14 Installation of Bridge Decks

Using SPMTs the Bridge Deck was driven 4.6miles from the Build Area, Bar Hill to the Installation piers at Swavesey on the A14. The Deck BN18 80.6m Long x 5.3m Wide x 1.0m High, weighing 252te was transported on 2 x 4File 6 Row’s and once arriving at the installation site was installed using a Liebherr LTM1750 and LTM1800D.

A second Installation also took place in Dec 19 at Bar Hill Junction, BN22 68.9m Long x 6.1m Wide x 1.0 High x 185te and was installed with a Terex Demag CC2800-1 and Liebherr LTM1800D.

Describe the main objectives
The movement and installation needed to be carried out within a 24 Hour Period. During this time the A14 was full closed for the full duration and the LTM1750 needed to Rig, Lift and De rig for the re opening.

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Sarens provided transport and heavy lift solutions for the turnaround at a Refinery in North Lincolnshire UK.

Describe the main objectives
The refinery recently underwent a turnaround and inspection, to carry out maintenance and realise investments on site.

Sarens were awarded the contact to perform several Heavy Lifts and Transports operations on site. The project was undertaken during the plant shutdown period and therefore our Team had various issues and pressures to meet time constraints where all lifts had to be completed in a safe and timely manner.

What were the outcomes?
The Team deployed the Gottwald AK680-3 – 1200te, fitted with 101m Maxi Boom, 600te Maxi Lift Ballast as the main Lift Crane along with additional cranes from 750te to 60te Capacity.

In short (40 words), please summaries your entry
Our Engineering and Operations teams brainstormed to plan and execute the project and had to consider the following: –

With a total 16 Cranes working 24 hours a day the Sarens Crew completed the shutdown successfully without any safety issues or incidents.

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Churchill Way Flyover Removal

They consist of 20 No Sections weighing up to 600te, 30m Long x 12m Wide and up to 13m above ground level. The 600te spans are wire cut, jacked up with SPMTs, then the sections are transported to a laydown area, where they are jacked down using the SARLIFTS.

Please find herewith a full project brief: