Date: 22 April 2015

Claret uncorks new Sprinter fleet

The prospect of outstanding reliability backed by a top-quality, competitively priced servicing plan, persuaded Claret Civil Engineering to invest in its first Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The Suffolk-based company’s 11 Sprinter 313 CDIs have been assigned to its newly won Integrated Maintenance and Repair contract for Anglian Water. All are ply-lined and fitted with beacons, working lights and tow-bars, and were supplied to an exacting schedule by Orwell Truck & Van.

Claret Civil Engineering operates from headquarters in Hoxne, near Eye. Its new vans are the subject of a Mercedes-Benz Service Care contract covering all routine parts and labour costs, and will be maintained in the Dealer’s Ipswich and Norwich workshops.

Managing Director Andy Gibbons recalled: “We understood when we were awarded this prestigious contract that we would need to increase our vehicle fleet to deliver the work, so we considered several manufacturers and suppliers.

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“Orwell Truck & Van immediately stood out as the most responsive. Its Fleet Van Sales Manager Mark Gittens was quick to react and came up with a very attractive package. We know the Sprinter enjoys an excellent reputation for reliability and durability, as well as offering attractive running costs and leading the market in terms of safety.

“Orwell, meanwhile, is very well regarded locally for its back-up, and the Service Care contract offers the peace of mind of a high level of cover for a very fair price. All of these factors combined to make a compelling case for our first investment in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.”

Claret Civil Engineering was selected for its position on the 15-year contract with Anglian Water Services after a two-year procurement process that saw it pitted against competition from a large number of regional and national suppliers.

The company will work collaboratively with three other service providers as part of an integrated delivery team responsible for maintaining Anglian Water’s water recycling network, a role that includes repairing failed pipework and replacing damaged assets. The contract is one of four ‘Tier 1’ agreements awarded by the utility company to meet its construction requirements over a 15-year business plan.

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