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VENDING & WATER COOLERS BRICKS AND WATER


The £121 million UK cooler market was boosted by an increase of 8% in revenue growth, according to the latest Zenith International data, and one of the major


growth sectors, was the construction sector, Communications Consultant to the British Water Cooler Association explains more.


There is a marked increase in bottled water consumption from water coolers at construction sites, reflecting the recovery in the building sector, according to Members of the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA).


The construction giant, Skanska, has experience that bears this out. With around 50 mains-fed (Point of Use - POU) machines and 150 Bottled Water Coolers across its offices at sites, all supplied by a BWCA member, Skanska’s staff are heavily dependent on water coolers. On site, where convenient access to mains water is limited or non-existent, Bottled Water Coolers have proved ideal.


According to Phil Sefton, Procurement Manager for Skanska, “Water volumes can be enormous but often storage is limited. On our Highways Maintenance M1 Junction 19 scheme, we have the challenges of a large number of


people, limited storage and high fluid requirements, so flexible and frequent delivery is essential as the project scales up and down”. He explained that his cooler supplier managed to deliver 1200 litres in a 24-hour period – a quantity that will only last a week on that particular site”.


“CONSTRUCTION


WORKERS SITTING ON WALLS DURING BREAKS DOWNING SUGARY SOFT DRINKS IS FAST BECOMING A THING OF THE PAST.”


Skanska has a strong ethos of being environmentally aware and of being very health conscious. Asked what the criteria were for selecting the


supplier in 2010, Phil Sefton explained: “Of course the price has to be right but the things we were looking for were green credentials, which all our suppliers have to demonstrate; a wide geographic spread to be able to serve our sites across the country; strong CSR credentials; and being conscious of health, safety and excellence. One of the questions was membership of a professional body and choosing a BWCA member was certainly a consideration. I visited the BWCA website to understand exactly what they do to audit the companies that are members”.


Skanska publishes the BWCA method statements on its intranet so that any questions about hygiene and maintenance can readily be understood by users and managers. Skanska encourages good health amongst its 5000+ directly employed staff. There are vouchers for gyms,


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