Company History

2017

2017

25th anniversary of the business

Anticipated turnover is £200m which coincides with the 25 anniversary of the business.

2016

2016

Jetvac Delivery

Lanes takes delivery of their 200 Jetvac recycling unit from Danish manufacturer JHL Larsen.

2016

Turnover forecast

Turnover to year end in July is forecast at £165 million.

2016

AXA insurance awards

AXA insurance award Lanes two prestigious supplier recognition awards relating to customer satisfaction and reduced level of complaints. This is quite an accolade as the contract that is delivered to the customer is a responsive/reactive contract for blockages.

2016

BP Contract

Lanes is awarded a 3 year Wet Waste Management contract with BP.

2016

Staff numbers increase

2016 staff numbers pass the 2000 mark.

2016

New Glasgow site

Lanes purchased the site location at Glasgow as an asset from Glasgow City Council

2016

Thames Water Move

The framework team delivering the Thames Water contract move into purpose built premises bringing the Thames Water wastewater team and the Lanes delivery team into one Customer Solutions Centre with the aim of delivering first class service to the Thames Water customers.

2016

Scottish Water contract

A further Scottish Water contract is secure with the award of a Rural Frameworks contract awarded on the 2nd July 2016

2015

2015

Thames Water record job completion

Lanes delivers and completes 1000 jobs in a single day for Thames Water.

2015

Jetvac delivery

Lanes takes delivery of 8 x 8 jetvac unit manufactured by JHL Hvidtved Larsen. This unit changes the approach to gaining access to difficult sites that typically before would have been considered inaccessible. It’s the first jetvac 8x8 in the UK.

2015

Severn Trent contract

Lanes were delighted to have been awarded another 3 year utility contract with Severn Trent covering tankering and jetting services. This was a retendered contract, and the award reinforces Lanes commitment to the utility sector.

2015

Scottish Water contracts

Lanes secure a further 2 contracts with Scottish Water i) Hire of Operated Plant Services, duration 6 years ii) Rural Framework awarded July 2015, duration 6 years

2015

UKDN Waterflow acquisition

In November 2015 an opportunity arose enabling Lanes to acquire certain assets and goodwill from the administrators of UKDN Waterflow Ltd and UKDN Technical Services Limited. This exciting development increases staff numbers to circa 1800 for the whole company. This strategic acquisition also heralds the return of Lanes into the insurance marketplace.

The company was immediately rebranded as UKDN Waterflow (LG) Limited.

2015

Acquire AQS business

Lanes acquire their first business outside of the UK mainland purchasing outright the AQS business from Tipperary in Ireland.

2015

Turnover increase

Turnover reaches £130m.

2015

South of the Thames Water contract

In November Lanes is awarded the Area 2 South of the Thames Water operating region. The first time that one single contractor has held the whole region on the WNS contract

2015

Light Rail Awards

Lanes Group Rail Division wins highly commended for Technical Innovation of the Year Infrastructure at the Light Rail Awards.

2015

Training course recognition

With an emphasis on training Lanes work with City and Guilds to gain accreditation for their own training course.

2014

2014

New employee

Kevin Moon joins Lanes with responsibility for the Scottish region. His responsibility includes the rebranding of the Lanes Scottish sites into fully functional Lanes regional offices. The Castlebrae Drainage brand is phased out.

2014

Health and Safety award

Construction News Specialist Awards H&S Excellence Winner

2014

UV lining service

Lanes introduces UV lining as an option to customers throughout the UK.

2014

Health and Safety award

Lanes receives the RoSPA Gold Medal Award for Occupational Health and Safety.

2013

2013

LUL Gold Supplier

In February 2013 Lanes achieves their very first Gold Supplier award from LUL for demonstrating high standards of safety behaviour

2013

FORS approval

Lanes is successful at achieving FORS approval for their fleet. Currently holding the certification for the last 3 years right through to 2016.

2013

Staff number increase

The Thames Water contract win also meant that more staff resource was required to fulfil the contract, staff numbers hit 1000.

2013

Health and Safety award

Winner of the Construction News H&S initiative of the Year award

2013

Anglian Water contract

In April 2013 Lanes wins a further utility contract with Anglian Water – Sewer Jetting and wet well cleaning and CCTV surveys duration 3 years. This contract has been re tendered during 2016 and Lanes secured a further term for an additional 3 years.

2013

Turnover Increase

2013 with the framework contract secured at Thames the turnover of the business increases to the lofty £100m. This increase was not without a lot of hard work from all areas of the business.

2012

2012

Thames Water Contract win

Lanes secured our biggest ever contract WNS contract with Thames Water. A £35 Million investment in plant and equipment also included establishing new contract HQ in Slough. A further 120 staff were employed to service the contract.

2011

2011

Turnover increase

Company turnover reaches £60 million. This coincides with the framework contract win from London Underground Limited (LUL).

2011

Two new Directors join the business

Matthew Todd to reinforce the Rail Division. Richard Leigh joins the company as Business Development Director in readiness for the departure of Graham Tattersall whose responsibilities/focus had been sales.

2011

Severn Trent Water contract

February 2011 Severn Trent Water awarded Lanes a contract for Sewerage Operations with a duration of 5 years with the option of a 5 Year extension.

2010

2010

Lanes Assistance Services sold

Lanes Assistance Services sold in a private equity-backed, £12.3 million MBO, but continued to be a prominent Lanes’ client.

2010

AXA insurance contract

Lanes were first awarded a contract with AXA insurance for reactive works. This contract has been retendered in the intervening years. Lanes continues to work with AXA and in 2016 were awarded two supplier awards relating to customer service.

2009

2009

First Gold award

RoSPA Silver award is awarded to Lanes for the very first time. Significantly the following year 2010. Lanes were awarded their first Gold award. Subsequently holding onto the Gold awards consistently since.

2008

2008

Staff milestone

Despite the recession Lanes celebrates another milestone, staff numbers hit 750 with the majority employed by the parent company Lanes Group plc.

2008

UKSTT award win

Lanes wins their first UKSTT award. Since 2008 Lanes have won a UKSTT award every single year right through to 2013.

2008

New Director join the business

Scott Norris joined the company from Clancy Docwra as Commercial Director to strengthen the board of Directors

2007

2007

£2million investment

Lanes complete the £2million investment in the purpose built Sewer Rehabilitation production facility at Eccles

2007

Turnover doubles

Sees another milestone with the turnover doubling to £50m in just 3 years.

2006

2006

New business created for the insurance sector

Lanes Assistance Services Ltd created to specifically service the insurance marketplace. The company was headed up by Darren Cooper who had considerable experience within the insurance sector. Delivery of a full BRN (building repair network) claims management service, the company rapidly gained a selection of insurance clients.

2006

Drain Devils Ltd acquisition

During the remainder of 2006 and 2007 Lanes acquired Drain Devils Ltd in Aberdeen to complete Lanes’ coverage of Scotland, but trading under its existing brand. Next came Clean-A-Drain in Camberley, Surrey and Bee Clear of Plymouth, which provided the Group with an entrance into a new market place in the naval dockyards. On acquiring Total Drainage Services in St Neots, Lanes moved to new premises there and the depot continued to flourish; whilst Worthing’s AIS was next to join the Group.

2006

Royal Mail Gold Award win

Lanes Group plc wins the very first Royal Mail Gold Award as a supplier of services to Royal Mail. This was the first of 4 Supplier Recognition awards from Royal Mail.

2005

2005

Washington depot opens

Opened Washington depot following the success of Stockton depot increasing the presence in the NE region.

2005

Staff number increase

With the many acquisitions during 2005 the staff number also increases to 500. That’s a significant increase in less than 5 years.

2005

Castlebrae Drainage purchase

Castlebrae Drainage located in Glasgow is purchased and becomes the Scottish trading arm of Lanes. Continues trading under its own brand name Castlebrae Drainage Services Limited. Within a very short period of time a second operational site was opened in Edinburgh.

2004

2004

Turnover increase

During 2004 trading conditions continue to be buoyant and Lanes continues to expand with rapid growth and the turnover figure hitting a significant £25m

2003

2003

Scottish Water Solutions contract win

Scottish Water Solutions awarded Lanes a Tier 1 contract to deliver sewer rehabilitation in the Scottish region. This was the first ever Tier 1 contract win for the business.

2002

2002

Bristol business purchase

Purchased second Bristol operation, Saint Services, trading as Dial-a-Rod

2001

2001

New depot

Sevenoaks depot established with acquisition of Forge Drainage, Sevenoaks

2001

New depot

Birmingham depot established as a greenfield site

2000

2000

Bristol business acquisition

Acquired assets of Sewer Clean to establish Bristol depot

2000

Staff numbers increase

During the year 2000 another milestone is achieved with staff numbers hitting the 200 mark

2000

Turnover increase

The year 2000 Also sees another significant milestone with the turnover increasing to £10m

2000

White Horse Drainage acquistion

Acquired White Horse Drainage, Hampshire, providing the Eastleigh depot with ready made turnover.

1999

1999

North Wales depot acquistion

Acquired assets of All Drain in North Wales to strengthen the Chester operation

1999

North East depot purchase

Purchased Dave Gains Drainage in North East and established the Stockton depot.

1998

1998

Head Office relocates

Lanes purchases and relocates the Head Office site to 17 Parkside Lanes, Leeds.

1998

UK Waste purchase

Purchased assets of UK Waste, and employed some of its staff with specialist knowledge of London Underground, to kick-start the London depot. This operating centre was quickly established as a supplier to the rail sector, trading as Lanes Rail Division.
Bruce Crompton and his father Bill Crompton join the company. Bruce takes a position on the board of directors with a brief to build the rail division.

1998

New business acquistion

Purchased First Environmental Services, Preston

1997

1997

Turnover increase

Despite the difficulties encountered during 1997 the turnover figure increases to a significant milestone of £5m

1997

Staff number increase

A significant year for various reasons the staff numbers also climb to 100

1996

1996

Business acquistion

Purchased A1 City Drains to open East Midlands depot located in Derby

1995

1995

New Director joins

David Nutton Financial Director joins the company.

1995

Staff number increase

By 1995 the staff numbers have increased to 50

1994

1994

New depot opens

Greenfield depot opened in Chester and assets of A&J Drainage purchased to strengthen trading position.

1994

Turnover increase

Turnover hits the 1 million figure

1994

New business acquistion

Acquires Manchester-based Drain Management Systems, further enhancing North West capabilities

1993

1993

Two new Directors join Lanes

Alan Wallis Group Operations Director and Andrew Brierley Director both joined the company. Both have progressed through the ranks to the current positions that they hold.

1993

Rotherham depot

New depot created in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

1993

Family member joins the Lanes team

Wayne Earnshaw joins the family business from his position as a Director at British Flowplant Group.

1992

1992

Lanes for drains purchase

Lanes for Drains purchased by Allan Earnshaw and Graham Tattersall from John Lane.

1992

New depot

North West depot established in Rossendale, Lancashire

1992

Employees

The staff numbers in 1992 were 15 when the company was purchased