The Churchill Group’s specialist services subsidiary Chequers has started a 'proactive’ winter maintenance resource including gritting and snow clearance.
The nationwide services are automatically triggered by Met Office forecasts, which are monitored daily at the exact location of clients’ sites using national webcam footage. The default trigger is a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius or below during a 24-hour period from 9am. Bespoke custom triggers can also be organised.
Pricing is agreed in advance and can be paid monthly or on a fixed cost-per-call basis.
Specialist teams will treat each site with the correct amount of salt, depending on the conditions and overnight gritting will take place between the optimum times for least disruption, and the client will be notified before and after these operations. Full transparency is to be provided using site reports and photographs on a 24/7 client portal.
A mix of machinery will be used – from large vehicle spreaders and mechanical snow ploughs for open spaces to smaller spreaders and manual techniques for more inaccessible areas. Short-notice additional gritting or snow clearance is also available by calling the Chequers control room.
The gritting service will operate from October to April.
Naomi Childe, director of grounds and landscaping at Chequers, said: “Icy weather causes disruption every year, from school closures to health and safety hazards. Trying to second-guess the weather and plan gritting services can be a challenging and costly exercise for many businesses. Our enhanced gritting service takes this stress away, allowing customers to get on with their day, safe in the knowledge that we’ll be on-site as and when required.”
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