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Ringley Confidence As Winter Blows In

Snow on the horizon

Ringley started as a lettings office in London. It has since grown to offer an entire service of property management including conveyancing, legal services, chartered surveying and even has an engineering department.

Managing just over 300 residential and commercial sites, with more than 65,000 residents means endless calls for the company. Its facilities managers deal with a plethora of issues from on-site security to health and safety and even sewage.

 

Winter gritting - working with De-Ice

In preparation for the 2018/19 winter season, the FM team at Ringley decided that the time had come to outsource gritting and risk management services across some of the company’s key sites - specifically those with car parks and site entrances/exits - being accessed via private roads.

Previously winter gritting was managed through individual property managers on each site, local cleaning companies or the site director - who would be responsible for shovelling salt from grit bins.

Neil Tilley, facilities manager at Ringley, said: "Relying on people who may not have the understanding of when, how and where to use salt is clearly not as effective as using an outsourced gritting provider. Given our portfolio has grown significantly in recent years, we felt the time had come to improve and invest in our winter maintenance service."

After researching various possibilities, the team at Ringley realised that the best option was to hire a well-experienced company to take on the responsibility. This would help to ensure sites remained safe and accessible at all times.

Following a full tender process, the FM team selected De-ice.

Tilley added: "Already we have seen some cold weather to start the winter season, and a number of sites in the Ringley portfolio have been serviced. And we have been impressed by the level of work so far."

 

Drayton Garden Village site

One key site for Ringley is Drayton Garden Village in Uxbridge, covering an area of just under 98,000sq.m with more than 800 properties.

Tilley said: "Previously it would take one man all day to grit Drayton Park, making sure all exits, entrances and car parks remained clear. Now that De-Ice has taken this on, the site is covered quickly and seamlessly - and we feel confident that this site will receive the best possible service for the season ahead."

Vicky Lopez, director at De-ice, added: "After the experiences of last winter, people are naturally very concerned when it comes to ensuring the safety of their sites. Ringley is an example of one company taking a proactive approach and we will do all we can to maintain the high levels of service expected of us as we move into winter 2018/9."

Picture: Snow on the horizon?

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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