An innovative HS2 site
In order to complement our exciting conference agenda, the CONNECT alliance launched a 'perfect demonstration site', specifically to demonstrate the latest innovations suitable for HS2. This site was graded from a rubble site to showcase: environmentally sensitive trakway and bogmats; innovative temporary to permanent fencing, accommodation units for site offices, training and induction; biometric security access systems; CCTV; site broadband; fire detection systems; all access terrain vehicles; hybrid generators, high visibility JCB dumper prototype; a Hydrema; electric equipment and lots more - all set up within just three days!
Special thanks go to A-Plant's Steve King, who worked tirelessly with the CONNECT alliance supply chain to put together a world-class compound - a portfolio of several million pound's worth of the fastest, safest, leanest and greenest equipment in the UK was on show. The reasons for this were two fold - firstly, enabling the HS2 contractor guests to see what innovations are available right now, and secondly, so that the innovative SME guests got to see the reality of a current site - in order that they could spot opportunities for their product or service to improve the current offer. They could talk one-to-one with manufacturer suppliers in order to create opportunities to follow up after the event and find a way into the supply chain, benefiting from the largest infrastructure project in Europe.
We can't wait to support our SMEs on their HS2 journey! More photos capturing the day can be seen by clicking here. If you fancy getting involved, make sure you get on board by joining our CONNECT community.