£1.5m depot investment promotes growth in North East

Drainage and wastewater specialist Lanes Group plc has relocated to a new depot in Stockton on Tees – pledging support for the town’s economy and providing its team with a bright new place to work.

The company has moved less than two miles down the road from Black Path to Pennine Avenue, close to the A19’s junction with the A1046.

Operational and administrative teams have been brought together in a modern, open-plan office while rest and welfare facilities have been greatly improved for drainage engineers.

The depot move is part of a major investment programme led by Group Operations Director Kevin Moon to improve operational facilities across the company.

He said: “The depot move is key step in an investment in excess of £1.5m in our services in Stockton, which also involves acquiring new equipment and recruiting additional staff.

“Our Stockton depot is the third operational hub to be improved following similar initiatives in Glasgow and Aberdeen. It reflects the confidence we have in doing business in the Teesside region.

“We’ve been located in Stockton for 18 years so we’re proud to invest in great new facilities that will benefit customers and reflects our ambition to grow our business on Teesside.

“Our regional depot team is now working directly alongside our utility team, improving coordination, creating a more enjoyable place to work, and improving service delivery.

“It’s also the ideal environment to support other important service initiatives, like the digital operational planning system we’ve now introduced in Stockton to boost efficiency and sustainability.”  

Lanes employs 29 people in Stockton – 20 drainage and utility engineers and nine managerial, supervisory and administrative staff.

They deliver a comprehensive range of commercial and domestic drainage services, including emergency blockage removal, CCTV drainage surveys, sewer cleaning, pipe lining and sewer excavation.

The depot is also home to the water utility team that provides wet well cleaning for Northumbrian Water across Teesside, Teesdale and at the giant Bran Sands water treatment works in Middlesbrough.

Stockton Regional Manager Paul Morrow said: “We now have a depot that reflects the innovation and quality of our drainage services and creates the right impression when customers come to meetings.

“We’re also perfectly located to respond quickly to the needs of all our commercial, industrial and utility clients and assist our domestic and residential drainage customers.”

CCTV Survey Engineer Adam Bergen said: “We all like the new depot. The staff facilities are much better and it’s nice and warm, which is good when you come back from a long day on the road.”

Depot Operations Manager Lee Davies said: “Teamwork is very important to our service and the facilities, space, and design of the new depot will help us work together even better as a team on behalf of customers.”

Works Coordinator Debora Harrison has worked for Lanes for nearly 20 years. She said: “Our new depot represents the modern face of Lanes. If it impresses me this much, it will impress our customers too.”

Pictured above, from left to right, at the new Stockton depot: Jet Vac Tanker Operator Frank Baker, Jet Vac Tanker Operator Mark Close, Blockage Engineer David Reeder, and CCTV Drainage Engineer Adam Bergen.

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