We have completed the redevelopment of our operation in Cold Meece, Staffordshire, less than a year after it was badly damaged by fire.
The £4 million investment has seen the site reconfigured and extended to increase both its efficiency and capacity as the company continues to grow, while an investment in state-of-the-art equipment has transformed it into the most technologically advanced operation of its kind anywhere in the UK.
Much of the workshop was damaged by a fire in October last year. No one was injured in the blaze which was quickly brought under control thanks to the quick thinking of the on-site team and prompt response of Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Cold Meece transformed into UK’s most advanced vehicle refurbishment operation
Rather than embarking on a straightforward rebuild, the opportunity was taken to redesign the site, making it more efficient by improving the ‘flow’ of vehicles across the site, which will in turn increase capacity.
In addition, the site has been extended to include a new parts department and panel shop, along with a new purpose-built smart repair workshop. Technology has also been at the forefront of the redevelopment, with a series of new spray booths installed, all featuring the latest equipment to ensure the best possible finish for all vehicles being refurbished.
This latest redevelopment follows a £2.5 million investment in our site in Livingston, Scotland, last year, which was also transformed into a state-of-the-art technical centre with the addition of a new smart repair facility, spray booths and a digital imaging turntable.
In total, the company operates four technical centres across the UK, with those in Staffordshire and Scotland complemented by two more in Wiltshire and Nottinghamshire, which all act as one-stop-shops, enabling vehicles to be prepared for sale – from initial inspections through smart repairs, digital imaging and storage – as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Within weeks of the Cold Meece fire, four temporary spray booths had been installed alongside temporary buildings to house other essential operations, which meant that the company’s clients – which include major fleet operators and rental companies – were not affected.
“The transformation of our technical centre in Cold Meece has been nothing short of incredible,” said Theo Kortland, Managing Director of Smart Fleet Solutions. “Our internal teams and external contractors have done an incredible job in bringing our ambition of creating the UK’s most advanced vehicle refurbishment centre to fruition.”
Continued Theo: “Smart Fleet Solutions has built its reputation on being an innovative company and we’ve also proved ourselves to be extremely resilient. As well as maintaining vehicle volumes and the quality of our work in the immediate aftermath of the fire, we have demonstrated our ability to bounce back better and stronger than ever before. By reconfiguring and extending the site and installing the latest technology wherever possible, we have made a major investment in the future of the company and our ability to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers.”