New technologies for a new direction

06/07/2018

Rennicks is a well-known name in the highways industry and one that has been through major changes in recent years. After a recent management buyout, the company is making a big push in the technology market. Highways speaks to the new managing director Ross Bullerwell about the new direction.

Mr Bullerwell has spent 23 years in the highways sector. Few people know, or care, as much about our family as he does. He does not take up a new job lightly. In the case of his latest appointment at Rennicks this was especially true as he confides this may well be the last in his career.

He told Highways that one of the reasons for his move from Amey was to have as much of a personal impact as possible, not just on the company but on the sector as a whole, something that is not always possible in the largest companies.

‘Rennicks is known for reflective work, especially in signage. Rennicks was the first outside 3M to bring reflective signage to UK and that has always been part of the backbone of the company. It remains a key part of our work but at the same time we want to invest in supplying technology that is on the world market, so as to be part of the sector’s evolution not revolution,’ he tells Highways.

‘We have always been known for forward thinking. I have been brought in to look for new products. For me, if I spend all my time doing what Rennicks has always done then I have not made a difference. This is about being at the forefront of technology in the sector.’

The new direction and its potential impact is already being felt and was obvious at Traffex Seeing is Believing this year, where Rennicks launched three new products that it has exclusive UK distributor rights for.

Among them was the Rennicks Independent Smart Pole – a hybrid, eco-friendly solution designed to provide power for a variety of roadside equipment and fixtures.

The Smart Pole features a solar panel and wind turbine to generate clean electricity wherever it is situated, helping provide greater flexibility in off-grid locations and lowering carbon footprints.

‘It is the only one of its type in the world as it’s the first one to give you continuous power, as close as can be guaranteed. It was developed with Microsoft and Intel in mind. They had to have a continuous power source on their sites for security reasons so this pole was developed,’ Mr Bullerwell said.

‘It is multi-functional. You are only limited by your imagination. It can run anything off the pole – CCTV, ANPR, wi-fi – even a weather station. In terms of output, you could run a street light, three cameras, wi-fi and a weather station without much trouble.’

He also reveals that Rennicks is looking at powering gantry signs for its next generation evolution.

Mr Bullerwell's concern for the evolution of the sector is not just about looking forward but stopping us from moving backwards.

'There are undoubtedly non-compliant products on the network that are not up to specificfation and we do have a problem with cheap imports. What happens if a life is lost because of this? I have been working in the highways sector for over two decades so I want to be part of the debate that makes a difference.

'Specifications are there for a reason. To not be in compliance is dangerous and wastes public money. I get fed up that real companies, which work hard might get an unfair time because of this problem, which I feel is getting worse. We cannot have a race to the bottom.

'We are looking for a new sales director. To continuer to deliver our exciting plans we are looking to recruit a new sales director and I am looking for somebody who can demonstrate a proven track record, industry know-how is not essential but would be highly desirable.' 

Highways jobs

Transport Development Control Team Leader

Oxfordshire County Council
£48,551 - £55,374
We need visionary Team Leaders to help our people meet their targets. Oxford, Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Programme Manager Central

Oxfordshire County Council
£37,107 - £43,757
We’re on a mission to enhance Oxfordshire – and with you by our side, that vision just became a reality. Oxford, Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Infrastructure Locality Lead

Oxfordshire County Council
£48,551 - £55,374
We need visionary Team Leaders to help our people meet their targets. Oxford, Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Growth & Place Special Projects Officers

Oxfordshire County Council
£48,551 - £55,374
Join us in a large-scale role that will span several years, and play a vital part in supporting major infrastructure schemes. Oxford, Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Site Inspectors

Oxfordshire County Council
£29,909- £36,153
You will provide specialist technical support to some of the most imaginative transport and town planning challenges imaginable. Oxford, Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Planning Obligations Team Member

Oxfordshire County Council
£21,074 - £29,055
You will witness first-hand the exciting developments currently taking place in Oxfordshire Oxford, Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Planning Obligations Manager

Oxfordshire County Council
£37,107 - £47,575
Committed to supporting growth across the county, you will ensure financial contributions are being actively and efficiently managed. Oxford, Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Assistant Planners (Transport & General)

Oxfordshire County Council
£21,074 - £29,055
You will witness first-hand the exciting developments currently taking place in Oxfordshire. Oxford, Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Planners (Transport & General)

Oxfordshire County Council
£29,909 - £36,153
You will provide specialist technical support to some of the most imaginative transport and town planning challenges imaginable. Oxford
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

High Speed 2 (HS2) Community Liaison Advisor

East Midlands Shared Services
£31,464
Leicestershire County Council is looking for someone to support our proactive approach to HS2 Phase 2b for Leicestershire Leicestershire
Recuriter: East Midlands Shared Services

High Speed 2 (HS2) Project Manager

East Midlands Shared Services
£39,903
Leicestershire County Council is looking for someone to manage a proactive approach to HS2 Phase 2b for Leicestershire. Leicestershire
Recuriter: East Midlands Shared Services

High Speed 2 (HS2) Programme Lead

East Midlands Shared Services
£59,652
Leicestershire County Council is looking for someone to lead a proactive approach to HS2 Phase 2b for Leicestershire. Leicestershire
Recuriter: East Midlands Shared Services

Lincolnshire Waste Partnership Programme Delivery Manager

Lincolnshire County Council
£38,052 - £42,806
The Lincolnshire Waste Partnership (LWP) is seeking a committed and enthusiastic Programme Delivery Manager Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Head of Customs

St Helena
£55k pa, taxable in St Helena; a tax free International Supplement will also apply
Could you lead the HMCE team to efficiently implement the Customs & Excise Ordinance in border protection Saint Helena (SH)
Recuriter: St Helena

Highways Maintenance Manager

Plymouth City Council
£37,107 to £41,846
We are looking for a dynamic Highways Manager to lead and co-ordinate all our maintenance activities Plymouth, Devon
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Neighbourhood Services Operations Manager

East Lindsey District Council
£30,756 - £35,229 per annum (Grade 7)
This is an exciting opportunity to oversee the delivery of the cleansing and grounds maintenance function in one of the largest Districts of the UK Manby, Louth
Recuriter: East Lindsey District Council

Assistant Highways Officer (North & South Kesteven)

Lincolnshire County Council
£19,819 - £22,401
Lincolnshire County Council is looking to recruit an Assistant Highways Officer to support the Local Highways Management Team Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Chief Executive

Sutton London Borough Council
Competitive Salary
We believe that such important agendas require exemplary leadership. Sutton, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Sutton London Borough Council

Project Engineers

North Yorkshire County Council
£24,313 to £34,788, dependent upon experience.
We are looking for Project Engineers to join our Highways and Transportation service based across North Yorkshire. North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Improvement/Maintenance Managers

North Yorkshire County Council
Up to £49,003, including winter working allowances
Are you an experienced professional looking for a management opportunity? North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Download your Highways App

Google App Apple App

Highways on Fridays

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

Including:

  • Highways heroes
  • Highways Awards results
  • Traffex Road Expo Scotland show guide
View the latest issue

Latest Video