When Hadley Group acquired EWS Manufacturing they set out to improve its facilities services by turning to its own facilities management partner, Ultra Facilities Services, for assistance. The turnaround of services will now deliver a 25 per cent cost saving over a 12-month period.

Hadley Group acquired EWS (Manufacturing) Ltd in July 2018, a specialist manufacturer of cold rolled steel products and the market leader in window and door steel reinforcement. This new arm of the business produces in excess of 25 million metres of cold rollformed sections annually at its site in Wolverhampton.

Facility Management Services are an integral part of the daily running and profitable operation of an organisation. That is why on acquiring EWS, one of Hadley Group’s first steps was to bring the company’s facility services standards in line with its own to ensure the efficient and cost-effective delivery of its day to day operations.

Ultra Facilities Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the international Hadley Group, was invited to review the facilities services on site with a specific brief to provide the same or similar existing services at a more competitive price point.

The appointment of Ultra Facilities Services in September 2019 has seen the business make considerable savings in different areas of its facility service delivery, with the following notable achievements:

  • A 15 per cent cost reduction in cleaning services thanks to a change in staffing levels, shift patterns and the cost of materials. This was also helped by an investment in more efficient cleaning equipment delivering a tangible improvement in overall standards, without adding additional work hours.
  • A 20 per cent reduction to cost of consumables. Ultra Facilities Services had previously negotiated with a local supplier for products such as soap, toilet paper and black bags for the parent company Hadley Group. Moving EWS onto those same contract terms has significantly reduced what the manufacturer was previously paying for similar products.
  • A 50 per cent annual saving in excess of £10,000 for the collection of general waste thanks to a reduction in the number and frequency of collections as well as in the unit price of collecting each waste skip.
  • Prior to Hadley Group’s acquisition of EWS, there was no manned security on site and cameras were monitored remotely with out of hours site visits conducted by a local security firm. A simple switch to Hadley Group resources meant security monitoring was moved to Hadley Group’s existing 24/7 operation in Smethwick and site visits are now carried out using existing resources. This has resulted in direct savings of 25 per cent with no impact on service delivery.
  • Other areas of considerable cost savings were in hazardous and confidential waste. Hazardous waste was previously stored and collected in 1100 litre euro skips which were located in the centre of the factory. A move to oil drums, where a large number of 205 litre drums are now spread out throughout the site, has led to a more efficient approach to the way that these are stationed. The cost of removing confidential waste was also reduced by 40 per cent as the number of consoles and collection frequency was reviewed.
  • Finally, the Ultra Facilities Services signature help desk facility has been extended to the company at no additional cost. This allows any employee within the company to log a request for ad hoc tasks to be carried out, meaning that premises can be maintained, and facility services can be managed at all times.

Steve Bayley, Business Development Manager at EWS, said: “As Ultra Facilities Services is a wholly owned Hadley Group enterprise company, we were keen to get them on board. Ultra Facilities Services carried out a thorough review of our existing facilities management practices looking at cleaning, consumables, general waste, grounds maintenance and security with the aim of implementing cost efficiencies. Since switching to Ultra Facilities Services, our costs have reduced significantly resulting in a total saving of just over 25 per cent over a full 12-month period.”

Wayne Travis, Director at Ultra Facilities Services, said: “We have been providing Hadley Group with our facility management services since early 2014. When the acquisition of EWS occurred, the team at Hadley Group was keen to get us on site to assess the existing facilities management procedures. As with all of our clients, we took a holistic view of what was required and provided a costed solution that was designed to meet their specific needs. We are pleased that we were able to provide a service offering that has significantly improved the delivery of facility services at the site while also reducing the company’s overall operational costs.”

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The construction of a massive new warehousing facility in Northampton has involved Hadley Group supplying unusually large quantities of its UltraMezzTM components to long-term customer Mezzanine International, with Hadley Group also supporting the successful erection programme throughout.

The two-tier mezzanine structure will provide Decathlon Distribution – a German based sports goods supplier – with some 17,000 square metres of space for storage and racking; and is the latest landmark project undertaken by the mezzanine flooring supplier and manufacturer during an eight-year relationship.

Kent-based Mezzanine International, which is active throughout the multi-channel retail, E-fulfilment, office development and other sectors, first tendered to Decathlon’s construction arm, ABK, for the contract in December 2016. Hadley Group responded to the scale of the work with a competitive price and reacted immediately when the work was awarded earlier this summer.

Beginning during the first week of August, Hadley Group has made weekly deliveries to the site on Thomas Dascher Way, keeping Mezzanine International’s team of two supervisors and up to 15 sub-contract operatives supplied with C-section joists, cleats and other custom formed components.

The Project Manager for Mezzanine International, Andy Parsons, commented: “This is a very large two-tier mezzanine, which has been designed and tendered for using Hadley Group’s dedicated DesignSuite Pro software package. The company also offered us an attractive volume discount to assist in our bid. Furthermore, the regularity of the design – on a 5.0 x 5.4 metre grid – means there is a minimal list of components required, but we are still taking a delivery of three lorry loads from Hadley Group’s Midland premises every week.”

DesignSuite Pro is an intuitive and customisable software package that supports the design and specification of projects based on Hadley Group’s cold rolled, high strength, lightweight UltraZed purlins and UltraBeam side rails and floor beams making project planning and specifying easier than ever before.

“The mezzanine rises 4.2 metres to the first level and 8.4 metres to the second. A big advantage of using the C-section joists is that our installers can hang them on the cleats as they bolt them up. Everything is rolled to order and pre-punched as necessary for fixings. Progress has been very good and we are expecting to complete two weeks ahead of schedule on a 10 week programme,” Andy Parsons continued.

While similar mezzanines would normally be completed with the application of an intumescent paint system and non-combustible boarding beneath the decking, the Decathlon Distribution vinyl- coated decking construction and its conveyor belts are to be protected with a full sprinkler system.

Going on to talk about other recent successes for the partnership, Andy Parsons added: “We have worked with Hadley Group on a number of high profile projects including a large warehouse for speciality drinks to store wine and other lines, and new distribution facilities for Amazon at Warrington, Bolton and Tilbury. All of these contracts involved very high loading requirements, for which we specified our Mezz-7 system. This involves Hadley Group supplying its B-Deck to support the main floor – making the installation seven times stronger than a standard mezzanine.

Hadley Group’s UltraMezzTM selection of components can facilitate the rapid and cost-effective erection of mezzanine floors for both new-build and retrofit applications. Offering enhanced performance based on the manufacturer’s unique UltraSTEELTM process, the UltraMezzTM design and project management process cuts waste and avoids errors, while further support is available from Hadley Group’s technical sales team.

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Ben Towe, Group Managing Director at Hadley Group

Global cold rolled manufacturer of steel solutions with real world applications, Hadley Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hadley Steel Framing Ltd (HSF). HSF will continue to operate as a stand-alone business but will have the resources of the wider Hadley Group available for support.

Hadley Group originally acquired a 50% stake in Hadley Steel Framing Ltd (HSF) ten years ago, supporting the growth of the company by manufacturing and delivering its cold rolled steel framing products. This latest development in HSF’s ownership means it will be business as usual with no changes to the manufacturing or delivery aspects of the business. Hadley Group will provide HSF with the stability and security that comes with being part of a large international group.

Hadley Group operates across the globe, providing a significant breadth of product solutions across a diverse market. The company’s expertise, market insight and manufacturing capabilities have positioned it as a world leader in advanced cold rolled steel technology.

HSF is a future market leader in steel framing design, assembly and installation with core strengths in its bolted system certified to 12 storeys. The company’s expert technical, structural and design ability ensures it can provide a single solution from concept to completion on building projects in all sectors, both on site and off site.

Ben Towe, Group Managing Director at Hadley Group, said: “We view the acquisition of HSF as highly complementary to our other current construction product offerings and intend to support them as they continue their progression in the markets they serve. Architects, specifiers and contractors trust HSF to deliver industry standard and bespoke construction solutions on a world stage and we are delighted to confirm the addition of HSF into the Hadley Group.”

The acquisition complements both company’s growing reach with the announcement coming soon after Hadley Group’s acquisition of EWS (Manufacturing) Ltd.

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