Last night A1 Loo Hire won the award for ‘Best Toilets’ at the prestigious Event Production Awards and we’re over the moon! We’ve always known we have a great team that work for us and winning the award shows that other people think so to.
The awards were held at the Lancaster Hotel in London and a few of the Loo Hire team were lucky enough to attend. A great night was had by all and a few celebratory drinks were awarded when we were announced as the winners.
The entry required us to pick out our key events from the previous year and answer criteria as to why we believe we should be voted for in the ‘Best Toilets’ category. We had a lot of events to pick from however our shortlist was whittled down to two events;
- 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Thiepval, France.
- Isle of White Festival 2016
The Battle of the Somme
We were contracted to provide toilet and wash facilities for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in Thiepval, France. This was our largest overseas event to date and we were required to not only supply facilities for over 10,000 guests including Royalty, Government leaders and ex-service men but also to transport the units across the Channel. The transport of over 200 single units and multiple trailers was organised meticulously to ensure the most efficient transport of both units and staff to minimise costs to the client.
The amount of units required for the event also significantly increased beforehand however we were able to work with the client to ensure we had sufficient units available and organise transport which fitted in with our initial plans and kept costs and environmental impact to a minimum. The transport logistics included 91 Ferry Crossings to transport all units and we ensured we used the longest vehicles possible to transport maximum capacity’s and also grouped staff where possible to make use of vehicle space.
The event organiser was kind enough to say these words in testimonial of the event;
‘’We contracted A1 Loo Hire to provide the toilets for 10,000 guests at the Commemoration of the Start of the Battle of the Somme in Thiepval, Northern France in July this year. Little did we know when we were awarded the contract that the event would grow to a requirement for additional toilet / shower facilities for the 1,500 military attendees, the BBC / HPower campsite and the commemoration service at The Ulster Tower. In addition to this we also asked A1 Wet Waste to manage all the wet waste from the sites – all in Northern France. Clive Owen and his team worked all the hours that they could, as did all our other contractors, to make sure that the truly International event was a fitting and reflective two days commemorating the start of The Battle of the Somme’s 100th Anniversary. I don’t know of another contractor in the UK or in Europe who could have provided the level of service and attention to detail that we received.’’
Isle of Wight Festival 2016
We have supplied the toilets in the IOW Festival arena since 2004. After the Festival in 2006 Southern Water called us to a meeting and advised that the sewage system on the Island could not cope with the type of waste generated and all future years festivals would have to have the waste tankered to Kent for disposal. However we had a special waste screening system manufactured and put in place for future festivals. This has been used ever since and is now also used at Thames Water Reading for the Reading Festival. The custom built screening system separates solid and liquid waste so minimises the amount sent to landfill. This is a completely bespoke system for A1 Loo Hire and we hope to use it at many more events.
We also received this glowing testimonial from the Isle of Wight site manager;
‘’ Having supplied the Festival since 2004 you know it’s never a straight forward job. The extra logistics involved with the ferry availability & bookings together with the constraints from Southern Water make it more complex than the average event.
But as ever the loos were well serviced and cleaned well in advance of opening times. So just to say thanks for you and your teams hard work on the 2016 Festival, I think it was the best so far. Look forward to seeing you in 2017.’’
We want to say a massive thank you to all of our staff from those in the office, to those who work through the night delivery and servicing our facilities. Our success is a team effort and we wouldn’t be where we are today with such a great team behind us.