GEMCO have recently been commissioned to design, supply and install a new DVSA ATF Lane at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre Felixstowe, Suffolk.
The work was only a small part of a larger scheme of work at the dealer point; which has doubled in capacity since the work has been completed.
This included the supply and installation of a separate 19 metre service pit complete with air, oils and electrics; wash bay refurbishment including the design, supply and installation of a new underground interceptor and drainage system. This also included the construction of a new parts storage area and refurbishment of the reception area, offices and welfare facilities, and the construction of a new modern customer entrance to the dealer point.
The work began in October 2015 with the construction of the new parts store and the installation of the new DVSA ATF facility, which comprised of a 13 metre ATF specification pit with side tunnels and staircase at one end, and emergency escape ladder at the other. Gemco moved and re-installed the existing roller brake tester from another workshop bay into the entrance of the new lane, installing a new PLA25 headlight tester at the front of the bay.
However, before we could do all this, we needed to create two new apertures in the existing external wall and install new sectional overhead doors. We also needed to raise the ground level externally to create a level access to allow vehicles to enter the bays and create a level standing area sufficient for the use of the roller brake tester.
Once this had been done and the pit had been installed we applied an epoxy resin floor coating, marked on the black and yellow hazards and the other demarcation lines as required in the ATF.
We constructed a new ATF office directly adjacent to the test lane and furnished it with all the required items for testing.
Items/services supplied to Volvo Truck and Bus Centre Felixstowe
13m ATF pit
19m service pit
Sherpa BPS18 brake tester
PLA25 headlight tester
ATF tools and accessories
Major lift pit jack
Wash bay ramps and steam cleaner
New wash bay drainage and interceptor
Block paving in the yard
Refurbishment of offices: new floors, walls, ceilings, electrics, data points.