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Riggotts Line Car Park at New Ikea in Reading

27th July 1016by aperturemarketingukNews

The brand new Ikea in Reading opened its doors on 14 July, much to the excitement of the well-known furniture retailer’s UK fans. Ikea designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories that are popular worldwide. Ikea currently operates 384 stores across 48 countries, and its iconic blue and yellow warehouses are often conveniently located near major motorways. Reading’s new 32,000 square metre store marks the UK’s 19th Ikea location and the first to open its doors in over seven years. Best of all, the new location has generated over 350 new jobs, with more than 90% of available positions filled by people from the local area.

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Riggotts were subcontracted by Marron Civil Engineering to line the store’s multi-storey, 1,000 bay car park. Using thermoplastic, one pack epoxy and sealer, the Riggotts team laid down over 10,000m of lining. Aside from parking bay lines, the team added pedestrian logos, parent & child and disabled bays, give way markings, over 50 arrows, and lettering.

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Riggotts have a wealth of experience lining car parks, including Ikea car parks. Our team is unique in that our professional line markers are dedicated to completing each and every job perfectly, and it is this outstanding workmanship that makes Riggotts the UK’s number one line marking and surface coating company. Our entire team is thrilled to have completed a smashing job for Ikea Reading!

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Riggotts Draws A Line With Market Leading Product

15th April 2006by aperturemarketingukNews0

A road marking specialist is meeting the increasingly tough requirements of internal and external line marking and surface coating contracts with a range of state-of-the-art products. Riggotts, which services a blue-chip customer base for complex line marking and surface coating projects, has developed its own Esseline range of products following industry demand for high quality, increasingly durable materials.

Commercial Director at family-owned Riggotts, Nick Riggott, said: “Our investment in the development of the Esseline range has been demand-led. “Our customers require line marking and surface coating on a variety of surfaces ranging from warehouses to retail car parks and school playgrounds. “However they all share common demands, requiring high-quality products at cost-effective prices, assurance that the work will maintain its aesthetic appeal for the maximum duration and that treated areas are returned to traffic or pedestrian use as soon as possible. “Although each product in the Esseline range has particular features for specific applications, they all fulfil these key requirements.” Riggott’s Esseline line marking and surface coating work is only carried out by an in-house team of specialists or supplied to contractors who have been trained and quality assured by the company.

The Esseline Range includes:

Esseline SM – a revolutionary surface coating specially designed to rejuvenate and extend the life of traditional asphalt surfaces Esseline SF – a pure epoxy resin line marking and floor coating for concrete, metal and wood

Esseline SC – a premium quality reactive cold hardening plastic surface, ideal for car park bay colouration and line marking

Esseline LM – with unique reflective, non-yellowing and skid-resistant features, which make it ideal for all external line marking applications.

Esseline PU – a range of revolutionary polyurea based fast-set surface coatings which work in an array of demanding protection applications

Riggotts’ Facilities Maintenance Services division also includes specialist cleaning and car park and grounds maintenance services throughout the UK.

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Riggotts Wins RoSPA Gold Medal

25th June 2007by aperturemarketingukNews0

Family-run line marking company, Riggotts, has been awarded the RoSPA gold medal at the prestigious Coutts Prize for Family Business Awards. The company, set up by brothers Nick and Darren Riggott in 1994, took home the prize in the small business category for its health and safety policies, attention to detail and contemporary approach to the industry. Darren Riggott said: “Sadly the white lining industry has attracted a ‘poor boys from the black stuff’ image over recent years, but we like to think that we are rising above that and that our company has a fresh and highly professional approach to all aspects of our operations. “

Unlike many of our competitors, we only use our own trained staff, vehicles and equipment to ensure that we have greater control over quality and safety. “We are delighted to be presented with gold by such an acclaimed company as Coutts & Co.

We take enormous pride in the running of our business, the quality of our work and the development of our staff and we are hugely excited about the future.” Riggotts has extensive health and safety programmes in place, as well as operational training schemes for staff, including NVQ qualifications – a rare opportunity in the white lining industry.

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Riggotts Revolutionary IT System Short-Listed For Industry Award

12th November 2007by aperturemarketingukNews0

A revolutionary software system that has more than doubled Riggotts’ turnover has led to the company being shortlisted for a prestigious IT award. The company’s bespoke ROADS software system has been nominated for the annual Computer Magazine Awards for Excellence. Riggotts commissioned a local software house to build the programme in 2003, to automate a significant amount of the line-marking company’s business processes and to deal with the extra paperwork.

The software resulted in the company’s turnover doubling – without the need to employ additional members of staff. Darren Riggott, managing director, said: “Without this system we would have had to employ at least another five or six people, simply to cope with the increased paperwork. “It enables us to generate and track quotations quickly and convert them to orders with a single click. We can also produce detailed job sheets for field operatives, input return sheets from the installations and generate invoices. It’s invaluable.” The software also manages HR data, vehicle and plant assets and maintenance, purchase ordering and stock control – as well as staff training and health and safety records.

Darren added: “It has helped the company to control its expansion and it has allowed us to reinvest the revenue generated from increased sales into more plants and equipment to service our growing customer base. “We’’ve also been able to take on more customer service staff at our Tuxford head office to ensure our clients receive the best customer care, both before and after-sales. A recent innovation to the system came in the form of an electronic planning board, devised to match the company’’s old magnetic white-board system as closely as possible. The result is a self-scaling matrix screen with columns for each lining vehicle and rows for seven days of the week.

The display integrates into the order records and maintains colour-coded cells for each truck’s operations on a weekly basis, allowing greater forward planning and reviewing than the previous manual system. The system also ties into the company’s use of the Masternaut vehicle tracking system, which enables the planning department to verify that each job is on target in real-time.

Riggotts Continues To Invest

25th October 2009by aperturemarketingukNews0

Riggotts, the UK’s market leader in the line marking industry, has invested more than £300,000 in new vehicles and plant over the past 12 months to maximise reliability and quality for customers.

The company’s new fleet of trucks is fitted with the latest wireless technology which links in with on-site operatives’ smartphones – ensuring that the operating teams have real-time information to meet deadlines and provide the highest level of service.

Riggotts Operations Director, Darren Riggott, said: “Despite the economic climate, it is vital that we remain competitive and provide customers with a first-class service. “Our vehicles, plant and equipment are constantly being updated and we have a commitment to our customers to ensure that they benefit from this latest technology.

”The plant investment doubles up with Nottinghamshire based Riggotts’ new surface marking a range of products which are designed to offer maximum longevity, minimum curing time and low cost.

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Riggotts’ Work Providing Car Park Lining

22nd April 2010by aperturemarketingukNews

As well as our work providing road marking services up and down the UK for various roads and motorways, Riggotts also work on various different projects including car park lining. Our client portfolio includes private sector companies and some of the largest supermarkets in the UK and we have built a reputation for excellence. At Riggotts we are national line marking experts and have teams of highly trained and experienced experts who can create any design needed with the use of specialised machinery and high-quality materials.

This allows us to create brightly coloured surface coverings as well as traditional yellow lining and white lining, for example, we created brand new red designated areas for disabled and parent and child parking spaces at a new Tesco Extra store in Dudley making it easier for their customers to find an appropriate parking space. Much like motorway line markings, car parks come under a lot of wear from hours of being driven through on a daily basis so our combination of excellent workmanship and high-quality materials means that our surface coverings and line markings stay looking fresh and vibrant. If your car park has existing markings, we also have a surface preparation service to remove old markings and prepare it for the new.

A well-planned and easily navigated car park makes for far more enjoyable and convenient shopping experience for customers which can only be a good thing for companies both big and small so it is important that your line marking is spot on. As national line marking experts, Riggotts have both the experience and knowledge to deliver car park line markings that increase convenience, ease-of-use and safety.

If you have ideas in mind for your car park line marking, we can work with your plans and give advice so that you get the right surface coverings and line markings for your requirements. All our projects are completed within time scale whilst delivering on quality so there is minimal disruption to your company.

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Riggotts Achieve Industry Training Platinum

16th January 2012by aperturemarketingukNews0

Riggotts, Nottinghamshire’s road marking and Car park marking specialist has achieved the highest accolade possible in an industry quality benchmark. Riggotts has achieved a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) platinum certificate for enabling more than 90 per cent of its employees to carry CSCS cards.

This recognises the quality of work done by individual employees, ensuring that all workers have substantial health and safety knowledge. Introduced in 1995, CSCS is designed to significantly improve working standards within the construction industry, a crucial factor which has led to a reduction in the number of construction accidents. Riggotts’ dedication to training its line marking teams has seen the company’s CSCS certification increase from silver to gold and then platinum within the space of 4 months.

Nick Riggott, Commercial Director at family-owned Riggotts, said: “Platinum is the highest level of CSCS commitment certificate available and for us, this recognises the importance of our employees and keeping them working safely. “It is also a commitment to our customers that we only operate teams who are fully trained and capable of offering a professional and safe service.”

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Riggott’s Go For ‘Gold’ At The London 2012 Olympics

20th January 2012by aperturemarketingukNews0

Riggotts, the UK’s leading line marking company was awarded the contract for marking out and painting the 2012 London Olympic VIP Hospitality events area. The most outrageously complicated design had to be replicated over the entire external area, ready to be walked over by world leaders, VIP’s and of course the Olympic Committee.

Riggotts was asked to match to the architect’s exact colour code, as well as guarantee completion of the area 1 week before the opening of the 2012 London Olympic Games. All those involved in the Olympics were impressed with the organisation, implementation and turnaround of the project. All work was completed in just 3 days, against the wettest weather period for 100 years. Well done all involved.

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Riggotts Invest £60,000 On Safety

23rd January 2012by aperturemarketingukNews0

Leading line marking company Riggotts has invested £60,000 in a bid to become the safest road and surface marking company in the UK.

The Nottinghamshire-based firm, which specialises in line marking for car parks, airfields and roads, is carrying out an overhaul of its health, safety and environmental policies. Riggotts aim to achieve a level of accreditation which no other UK line marking company holds. As part of their investment, the company has taken on Graham Bell CMIOSH, MIIRSM, RSP, DGSA, a quality, health, safety and environmental consultant.

He has more than 20 years of experience across the transport and distribution, engineering, oil, chemical, quarry and construction industries. Graham said: “Riggotts already has an excellent Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental record, but we want to take it to the next level and make it even better by achieving the highest levels of ISO accreditation possible. “Riggotts work can be dangerous, they deal with heavy equipment and flammable/toxic paint.

It’s vital that the very best health and safety policies are in place in order to avoid any incidents occurring.” Explains Darren Riggott, director for Riggotts: “The company is introducing rigorous new health/safety requirements and quality standards, these take into consideration the environment the teams work in. We’ve brought in new rules and regulations throughout the whole business, all staff from management level down will be re-trained.

“Manuals detailing the changes will be issued to each and every person working for the company once everything is in place. We’ll be carrying out regular, unannounced site inspections to make sure that our new high standards are maintained across the UK.

“It’s about ensuring our employees are safe, as well as the people and environment around them.”

The company’s work is being carried out in line with the Integrated Business Management System (IBMS) framework, a prestigious accreditation that combines the ISO9001 (Quality Management), ISO14001 (Environmental Management), OHSAS18001 (Occupational Health and Safety) and the COPC Rel.4.0 (Customer Operations Performance Centre) standards. Graham continued: “We’re making these changes with the aim of achieving the IBMS accreditation early next year.

It’s a hugely coveted certificate which would prove Riggotts’ unrivalled dedication to quality health, safety and the environment. “We believe we would be the first line marking company in the UK to hold such a high level of accreditation, so we are working extremely hard to ensure we get there!

“Our motivation for doing all this is simple, we care about the people who work for us, the people who we work for and the environment we all work in.” Riggotts already boasts a number of health and safety accreditations, including the sought after Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) gold medal, Safecontractor approval, CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) and CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) gold certification. For more information about Riggotts call 0800 848 84 14.

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Capital Investment Keeps Riggotts Moving

16th October 2012by aperturemarketingukNews0

To ensure we can continue to deliver an unrivalled service to all of our clients in the UK, we’ve invested almost £500,000 in new vehicles. The firm’s latest capital investment includes four brand new line-marking lorries, five new vans and a specialist vehicle equipped to facilitate anti-skid and high friction surfacing. The new vehicles bring Riggotts’ total fleet to 36.

Explains Darren Riggott, managing director for Riggotts: “The new vehicles will enable us to fulfil even more projects across the UK. Our clients will benefit from the extra capacity this investment provides and we can further improve our customer service by being able to respond even faster to client’s requests.

“We have always prided ourselves on our unique ability to complete any project, no matter how big or small or how tight the deadline, on time and on budget. The investment ensures we can continue this commitment and complete every project to our stringent health & safety, environmental and quality standards.”

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Riggotts Awarded ISO 9001, ISO 14001, And OHSAS 18001

5th March 2013by aperturemarketingukNews0

Riggotts achieve I.B.M.S. (Integrated Business Management System) for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certification. Proving once again the company’s total commitment to customer service, Riggotts is the first line marking company in the UK to achieve the three highest levels of the ISO accreditation.

Riggotts has achieved the following awards:-

ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management System – Incorporating National Highways Sector 7 Quality management systems are designed to help organisations ensure customers’ and stakeholders’ needs are met. The National Highways Sector 7 Scheme is for the application of road marking materials and road studs.

ISO 14001: 2004 Environmental Management System Environmental management standards exist to help organizations (a) minimize how their operations negatively affect the environment (i.e. cause adverse changes to air, water, or land); (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and (c) continually improve all the above.

BS-OHSAS 18001: 2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems provide businesses with the confidence that their employees are adequately protected. It also ensures that the business is operating according to strict health and safety policies.

These awards highlight Riggotts’ total dedication to providing the very best for their customers and staff.

Graham Bell from QUENSH GB said, “The successful outcome of this assessment is the result of a significant team effort from all employees, there was an enthusiastic commitment to the quality system from all personnel. There are few companies of this nature, Riggotts undertake a continued commitment of energy, time and resources to achieve the highest standards for quality management, across the spectrum of services that they offer.

They should be applauded for this endeavour and lead the way for others to follow.” Nick Riggott, commercial director for Riggotts explains: “This marks a fantastic result for our 30 Line marking crews nationwide, as well as the management and office staff at our head office in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire. It reflects their determination to prove they are the very best in our industry. “OHSAS 18001 proves we have passed the ultimate test in occupational health and safety practice.

We are able to consistently identify and control health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve our overall performance. We are committed to maintaining and improving our health and safety – we have set our target to zero accidents. “This pays dividends for customers, it helps to minimise operating costs, while ensuring the best working standards for our staff. This award, together with ISOs 9001 and 14001 demonstrates our full compliance with standards, and shows our complete commitment to excellence throughout our business in quality, environmental and health and safety.”

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Riggotts Test Out America’s DriveCam

30th October 2013by aperturemarketingukNews

We all know that driving can be dangerous. It also produces some hefty fuel and maintenance bills. That’s why Riggotts is trialling America’s latest technology, DriveCam, to help cut danger and cost.

Riggotts is the first company in the UK to try the system out, giving us the chance to look beyond on-site safety and ensure workers are safe whilst in transit.

DriveCam uses state-of-the-art camera technology, designed purposely to monitor driving. With over 500 commercial and government fleet clients across America, this is a very big deal for the business.

Explains Nick Riggott, commercial director for Riggotts: “ We are looking to improve our teams’ driving abilities and steer them not only to be the best in the line marking business, but also ensure they get to site safely. With proven success rates over in America, we’re looking forward to putting it to the test here in the UK!

This is all about how we can improve our driving, to look at what we can change or improve and DriveCam gives us the expert analysis we need to do that. We take on-site safety very seriously, so this is our chance to be one step ahead and we’re relishing the opportunity.”

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Riggotts Makes Its Mark On Asda’s £70m Distribution Centre

29th November 2013by aperturemarketingukNews

Riggotts were recently asked to complete the line markings on Asda’s distribution centre in Avonmouth, Bristol.

The 616,000 sq ft distribution centre, belonging to one of the UK’s biggest brands, wasn’t just a large-scale job. Costing £50,000, it had to be completed on time and to exact specifications, so there was certainly no room for trial and error!

Professional service is Riggotts’ speciality and it’s a good job. Once in operation, the base will service 123 stores nationwide and have the capability to pack about three million cases per week at busy times.   Riggotts worked alongside Mclaren, one of the UK’s most successful construction companies.

Nick Riggott, commercial director at Riggotts, said: “This was a big job for us which included line marking in a 485,000 sq ft warehouse for chilled and frozen food, alongside a 131,000 sq ft service centre. This was a complex job but the team pulled out all the stops to complete it quickly and efficiently with the attention to quality and detail that we’re famous for.”

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Riggotts Take To The Coronation Street Stage

5th December 2013by aperturemarketingukNews

Of all the roads in the United Kingdom, if not the world, few are better known than a fictional one found in Manchester – Coronation Street.

Recently, makers of the long-running iconic TV soap contacted Riggotts asking us to visit the studios and carry out some line marking work.

Alas, the marking in question wasn’t on the tarmacadam of Coronation Street itself. Instead, Riggotts’ employees Matt Hardy and Darren Pritchard spent two weeks painting lines on the car park adjacent to the set used by stars of the show together with other TV personalities working at the famous ITV studios in Manchester.

In an ideal world, Matt and Darren would have completed the job in half the time. Alas, the famous Manchester rain struck with a vengeance meaning the pair required longer than planned to finish the task.

Getting to paint the road markings on Coronation Street would have been something else, with your work being on the show to millions of people, but on this occasion that wasn’t part of our job,” says Matt.

In all honesty, we treat every job just the same, no matter where it is. Whether it’s Coronation Street or the car park next door, you apply the same level of professionalism to whatever you do. Every job gives you an immense sense of satisfaction once it’s completed. Maybe next time, having seen how thorough our work is, they will ask us back to paint

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Riggotts Team Battles Hebridean Gales To Get Job Done

12th December 2013by aperturemarketingukNews

It has been said that Riggotts will go to any length to ensure that a job gets done and now we have the proof.   At the beginning of December, a Riggotts team set sail from the Scottish port of Oban bound for the Outer Hebridean island of South Uist where fresh road markings needed to be laid.   It wasn’t long before the boat started getting buffeted by the strong gales that had been forecast to hit Scotland.

With the weather rapidly deteriorating the ship’s captain had no option but to dock at the island of Barra and remain there until conditions improved.   The Riggotts team ended up being stranded on windswept Barra for two nights before finally continuing by boat to South Uist where they successfully marked the lines of the one road that runs the length of the island.   “It was like being on a rollercoaster for six hours,” says Andy Johnson, a member of the marooned Riggotts team, of the crossing from Oban. “When we got to Barra it was carnage. All the power was down so there was nothing working at all.

But at least we were on dry land so no one was complaining!   “When the weather eventually calmed down we were able to continue on to South Uist and start work. The whole trip took a little longer than planned but we got the job done. That’s the main thing.”

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Riggotts Reach Wembley!

3rd January 2014by aperturemarketingukNews

Only the very best make it to Wembley. You know, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, the Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Wigan Warriors. And Riggotts.

Over the course of three weeks, spanning the end of November and beginning of December, Riggotts painted all the lines at the car park which serves Wembley Stadium plus the adjacent designer shopping outlet.

The work, which was commissioned by Cemplas Waterproofing & Concrete Repairs Ltd, involved marking all outside bays and external roadways together with the lines inside the giant eight-storey parking block which many visitors to Wembley will be familiar with.

Two paint crews completed the job with Melvin Ford and Ben Brown alternating shifts with Simon Staniland and Carl Davis. Both teams were ably assisted by Dan Hough and Stevie McNamara who undertook all of the thermoplastic work.

“It’s a very busy site so we had to work around everything else that was going on,” says Melvin. “But we’re used to that. It’s a bit of a balancing act, trying to get the job done quickly and to the best of our ability while causing as little disruption as possible to other people. All in all we’re very happy with the way it went and the finished results.”

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Hollyoaks Put Riggotts On Bay Watch

14th January 2014by aperturemarketingukNews

Riggotts is rapidly becoming the ‘go-to’ company for television production firms needing lines marked or surfaces coated. At the end of 2013, it was the makers of Coronation Street who got in touch wanting a car park adjacent to the famous set in Manchester to be marked. Then at the start of 2014 Lime Pictures, makers of Hollyoaks, called Riggotts with an urgent brief to mark out an ambulance bay on the set of the popular Channel 4 soap in Liverpool.

Riggotts were happy to oblige and sent a team to complete the job quickly and with the minimum of fuss, working around the production company’s busy film schedule.

“We did have to stop occasionally while filming took place on the set but that’s often part of what we do, working around whatever else is going on in the immediate area even if it does mean taking a little more time,” says Lee Banner of Riggotts. “The important part is to get the job done right.”

To see Riggotts’ handiwork for yourself tune into a forthcoming episode of Hollyoaks and look out for the yellow-lined bay outside the hospital with ‘Ambulance Parking Only’ written across it.

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Busy Base Enlists Help From Riggotts

17th February 2014by aperturemarketingukNews

Located to the west of London, RAF Northolt operates like clockwork. Home to a number of Royal Air Force units, the base also handles a high volume of private civilian flights. In addition road vehicles frequently have to negotiate areas where aircraft taxi and take-off.

In other words, people really need to know where they are going. Or else… That in mind, a team from Riggotts recently spent some time at RAF Northolt painting and marking various areas to help ensure that the base runs smoothly. The work included painting ‘stop bars’ on taxiways aimed at bringing road vehicles sharing tarmacked areas with aircraft to a halt when a plane is preparing to either take off or land.

Motorcycle parking bays were also painted and marked, as was a pedestrian walkway down the middle of a disused runway now used as a car park.

“They’d had problems with people parking anywhere which meant there was nowhere for people to actually walk safely through the car park,” said Chris Lee, a member of the Riggotts’ team which completed the work.

“RAF Northolt is a busy place so we needed to work around everything else that was going on without creating any inconvenience. We were able to do that and, as a result of our work, hopefully, the base will be able to operate that little bit smoother in future.”

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Chaos Avoided In Dundee Thanks To Riggotts

20th February 2014by aperturemarketingukNews

There are few places where line marking is more vital than a supermarket car park. Imagine the chaos that would exist without them. It doesn’t bear thinking about. Recently Riggotts was commissioned by Barr Construction to paint and lay thermoplastic across the car park at a brand new £6.5 million Asda store covering 40,000 square feet in Kingsway West, Dundee.

Four Riggotts crews consisting of Damian Henshaw, Andy Johnson, Valdas Birbalas, Jon Inkles and Ricky Belcher successfully completed the job, organising their work in shifts around the constant comings and goings from the site to keep disruption to a minimum.

As a result, the thousands of shoppers visiting the store each week will be able to park and manoeuvre around the surrounding roads easily and with peace of mind, Riggotts having employed a simple but effective marking design which perfectly complements the area surrounding the store. Chaos avoided, in other words!

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Plastiline Passes Durability Test At Asda Avonmouth

27th February 2014by aperturemarketingukNews

Asda’s Avonmouth distribution centre is big – 492,000 sq ft – and it’s extremely busy – it has the capacity to support 78 Superstores and 45 supermarkets. Strategically placed to help Asda expand in the south of the UK when the existing line marking tape started to peel off due to the force of abuse from the constant to-and-fro of forklifts, heavy produce and vans, contractors the McLaren Group approached Riggotts to find a solution.

“We had to find something much more robust and durable to replace the failing tape,” explains Nick Riggott, commercial director at Riggotts. “I’d been sent a sample of a new, pre-formed, self-adhesive plastic line called Plastiline which I thought might fit the bill.” What better time to test the durability of Plastiline than at the distribution centre’s busiest time? For Asda, this, of course, would be the festive period. Continues Nick: “After managing to withstand a trial in the hectic lead up to Christmas, we knew Plastiline was the winner.

So, Simon Staniland and his team ended up laying 17,000 metres of the product over a four-week period.” Peter Boswell, site contact for McLaren said: “We were extremely impressed just how well Plastiline worked, especially as we couldn’t have tested it in a higher trafficked time, so we know it’s going to withstand the test of time.”

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