As a dealership whose mission it is to be an outstanding company who achieve customers for life, Northern Irelands leading motor group, Charles Hurst, have gone from strength to strength since first opening their doors in 1911. With headquarters based on a 20 acre plot in Belfast, the site is now the largest automotive park in Europe, and employs over 700 members of staff.
Charles Hurst Specialist Division provides the cars that everyone dreams of owning, including Ferrari, Bentley, Maserati, Lexus and Aston Martin. In mid-2014 the decision was made to refurbish an existing building within their Specialist Division. This building was adjacent to the existing Ferrari, Maserati and Bentley workshop and was required to increase the capacity for the Ferrari, Maserati and Land Rover brands.
After a detailed tender process, including 3D renders and in-depth CAD designs, CCS Garage Equipment were awarded the contract. Work began with the Charles Hurst maintenance team, to supply and install Dura workshop cabinets, and associated service integration. Having worked with CCS previously, Charles Hurst were confident in the delivery of a high quality turnkey solution.
The excellent partnership between CCS and Dura allowed for the creation of a workshop scheme that fully integrates all elements of the installation, into one seamless design.
During the composition phase of the project, Dura cabinets were designed to specifically incorporate the housing of lift controls, fluids, compressed air, waste oil, oil monitoring and power. As part of this integration both reels and a waste oil suction pump were integrated into one complete cabinet, which could be shared between 2 technicians.
As each technician used a tablet instead of a computer, back panel shelving was provided and for an unbroken finish, all isolator controls and electrics were integrated into the back panels.
CCS completed the project on the 23rd January, and the finished result is an aesthetically pleasing, functional, bespoke workshop.
When asked about the project, Group Maintenance Manager Bill Henry had this to say,
"This really was a great team effort by the Charles Hurst team, CCS and Dura. Working closely together, the project was handled professionally and efficiently by all parties. Everyone understood our specific requirements to make the workshop functional for 3 franchises, but at the same time creating a bespoke modern workshop.
The level of planning prior to the installation was particularly commendable, as the physical installation and integration of the cabinets, along with the vehicle lifts and services was completed on time, and without any interruption to the programme and handover.
The finished result speaks for itself."
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