Three Transformer Transports Tag Two Awards for Collett & Sons – Heavy Lift News
14 Nov 2019

Three Transformer Transports Tag Two Awards for Collett & Sons


Prestigious project awards for the Motor Transport Awards Team of the Year and the FTA Road Freight Operator of the Year!

In a four week period Collett deliver three 169 Tonne Super Grid Transformers, a prestigious National Grid project delivering Willenhall, Cellarhead and Lovedean transformers. All three projects involved all pre-planning works, the discharging of each transformer from originating vessel at the dedicated port, delivery, road closures, SPMT operations and final jacking & skidding in to position.Team

Working to a 2, 1 and 2 day schedule respectively, each of the transformers travelled the intricately planned routes, with tree surgery, trackway placing and street furniture removals having already been undertaken ahead of the project’s commencement. Parking restrictions and temporary road closures were also implemented to ensure safe passage of the loaded vehicles.

With each transformer safely arriving on site to the agreed timescale, our Heavy Lift Team were in place to begin jacking & skidding operations. In the case of Cellarhead and Lovedean the 66m long loaded girder bridge could directly access the site to allow for the unloading of the transformers. With regards to Willenhall, site restrictions necessitated transhipment operations from the girder bridge to an awaiting 6 axle SPMT. This allowed for the Super Grid Transformer to be driven through the access entrance of the Substation and positioned for the final jacking & skidding operations.

Having undertaken meticulous calculations to simulate the forces and pressure applied to the skid track during the skidding process, each of the three transformers were gradually manoeuvred in to position.

“The project was extremely challenging, especially as these high-profile moves had attracted a lot of publicity and so the Team were under great pressure to deliver. One judge was especially impressed with the breadth of the service provided by Collett, while another said the Team had only one shot to get it right and they had “smashed it out of the park.” – 2019 Motor Transport Awards.

Over the four week timescale, our Team travelled 270KM with a total of 507 Tonnes. Combining intricate planning, expert heavy haulage and specifically engineered jacking & skidding operations, this was a headline project for Collett, and we’re extremely proud to be recognised by the FTA Logistics Awards and the Motor Transport Awards!

Photographs above

Motor Transport Award, from left to right:

Omid Djalili, Eric Crosby (Collett Project’s Director), David Collett (Collett Managing Director), Ian Mitchell (Managing Director UK & Ireland at HIAB) and on Steve Hobson (Editor of Motor Transport)

and FTA Award, from left to right:

Ed Byrne, David Collett, Barbara Buczek, Kevin Green


Source Collett & Sons

Links to the news reports of the 3 transport projects on

Willenhall transport

Cellarhead transport

Lovedean transport

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