New welfare units pass airport test with flying colours

GAP Hire Solutions has announced it has become the UK’s first hire company to invest in the Ecosmart ZERO, a new solar and hydrogen powered welfare unit.

GAP collaborated with AJC EasyCabin to develop the product, which is built in the UK and described as being ‘ideal’ for customers in sectors including construction, rail, events and utilities.

The unit, which is available in sizes 12ft to 22.9ft, was recently delivered to a Morgan Sindall construction site near Heathrow Airport for a six-week trial, with the contractor said to be ‘very impressed’ with the fuel efficiency savings delivered.

Ken Stewart, GAP’s head of procurement said, “At GAP, we are continually challenging ourselves and our suppliers to explore more innovative products, processes and services, ensuring that we assist our customers in meeting their environmental targets and statutory obligations. Our new Ecosmart ZERO Welfare Units are powered entirely by both solar and hydrogen fuel cell power, meaning they are completely silent and emission free at point of use. This is a great example of supplier collaboration and innovation in bringing this product to the marketplace.”

GAP has now added a number of Ecosmart ZERO welfare units to its fleet.

Graham Edgell, director of sustainability and procurement at Morgan Sindall said, “GAP has met the challenge that we have set the industry, to make innovative strides towards eradicating carbon from our business. The success of this trial enthuses our supply chain so that collaboratively we can set a standard that others can follow.

“GAP should be applauded for bringing this leading-edge product to our business; in turn we have the most receptive client in welcoming innovative and progressive ideas.”