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Tata Steel Projects make the UK Rail Industry Awards Shortlist
Further to our entry into the 'Outstanding Small Project' category, our Castle Bar Park Station submission has been shortlisted in the 2015 UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA)
Sisk Rail were challenged by Network Rail to find a solution to replace a failing concrete trestle platform at Castle Bar Park station in London, time was of the essence as a 600mm drop had developed restricting access to the trains for the travelling public. Access to the platform was further curtailed by the locality of three schools and limited possession arrangements. The existing ground conditions required a piled solution and Sisk Rail engaged with Tata Steel Projects to assist in the design and development of a solution which would both interact with a steel pile solution and reduce the amount of heavy plant and machinery during the installation. To address the site constraints, Tata Steel Projects developed a new 3-bay modular platform solution with the first installation taking place at Castle Bar Park Station.
The 3 bay modular platform system is the latest modular innovation by Tata Steel Projects. It provides our clients with another flexible operational platform solution and enables us to better serve our customers.
This is the 2nd time that Tata Steel Projects have been shortlisted in these awards. Our Templecombe Platform Extension project was shortlisted in the UKRIA 2014 awards in the 'Cost Base Reduction' award category.
The winners of the 2015 UKRIA awards will be announced at the awards ceremony in February 2015.
Tata Steel Projects Shortlisted in Institution of Civil Engineers Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2015
Further to our entry to the ICE Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2015, Suffolk Energy from Waste (EfW) Facility has been shortlisted for the Smeaton Award.
The Smeaton Award recognises outstanding Civil Engineering work that has not led to a physical construction in the Yorkshire and Humber region, but for which there has been a substantial input from civil engineers in the region.
The next stage of the selection process requires us to present our entry to the judges. The winner of the award will be announced at the awards ceremony in March 2015.
Tata Steel Projects have previously won this award in 2012, for our works on King's Cross Station and in 2014, for our works on Reading Station
Tata Steel Projects' Track Discipline Awarded Gold in Network Rail 'Route to Gold' Programme
Tata Steel Projects’ Track team has been awarded ‘Gold’ status in Network Rail’s ‘Route to Gold’ programme. This award recognises the skill and professionalism of our track designers and their consistent delivery of high quality design submissions.
Network Rail’s ‘Route to Gold’ awards recognise both the technical excellence and collaborative behaviour of their suppliers. Using the ‘Route to Gold’ process Network Rail aims to improve cost and time efficiency and ensure the production of high quality engineering deliverables, by recognising and supporting the expertise of its best suppliers. Awards are based on the quantity and type of comments received on engineering submissions and on a demonstrable commitment to collaboration with Network Rail and continuous quality improvement.
Dave White, Associate Director, commented, 'The efforts of the team in achieving Gold is remarkable. Everyone has shown an attention to detail and drive to succeed which has helped this company to become an industry leader in providing Permanent Way solutions. All team members have embraced collaboration which has been instrumental in achieving this award.'
NDA Estate Supply Chain Event 2014
The countdown to Europe’s largest nuclear supply chain event is now under way. More than 1,000 delegates have so far registered to attend the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event 2014 in Manchester, on 6 November, and all 260 exhibition spaces are taken.
Among the exhibitors will be at least 40 of the estate’s largest Tier 2 contractors. A full list of all companies attending is available on the event website.
Tata Steel Projects will be exhibiting on Stand 77
The showcase event, organised jointly by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and its Site Licence Companies (SLCs) is now in its fourth year, with a mission to increase the visibility of opportunities for existing supply chain companies as well as newcomers to the decommissioning sector, focusing in particular on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Ron Gorham, the NDA’s Head of Supply Chain Optimisation and SME Champion, said the event had trebled in size since it was first launched and was now the largest of its kind in Europe.
"The day is tailored to meet the aspirations of businesses at all levels of the supply chain, and encourage new suppliers to get involved. We are very conscious that the supply chain is vital to our mission, and we wish to ensure it remains healthy and dynamic" he added.
Network Rail appoints THJV for London Rail junction Upgrades
Network Rail has awarded THJV venture a contract to upgrade the Angerstein and Charlton interchange in south east London.
The work includes the completion of GRIP 2 and GRIP 3 works - carrying out feasibility studies and option selection.
THJV will deliver site surveys and condition reports, investigate the remodelling opportunities for Charlton and Angerstein junctions, the renewal of signalling facilities and rationalisation of the current telecoms and signalling power supplies.
The Angerstein Wharf area feeds into some of the capital’s major freight lines, running from the Thames Estuary to Charlton and plays a strategic role in the movement of aggregates into and out of London for some of the city’s largest infrastructure projects.
Commenting on the contract, Keith Moverley, THJV Project Director, said: “This is an important contract win for the THJV. The Angerstein area is strategically important for both commuters and the rail freight industry and is one of the main arteries into the city for carrying aggregates around London. Our work upgrading this important route will help improve services and future proof the line for years to come.”
Certification received at Workington
Following an audit from The Welding Institute (TWI) in June, we have now received official certification from the International Institute of Welding, that TSP has satisfied the requirements of the IIW for Manufacturer Certification Scheme for the Management of Quality in Welding, ISO 3834 Part 2.
Under the TWI Certification Ltd. Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme, Tata Steel Projects has been assessed in accordance with the rules of the scheme and control of welding operations involved in the manufacture of:- General and specialist fabrication, welding and heat treatment of process plant and equipment for steel, nuclear, defence and security, oil, gas and power generation industries.
Adherence to this standard is now a requirement for all nuclear industry fabricating.
Final Dispatch of items for Queen Anne Casthouse
On Wednesday 17 September we made the final despatch of items (Iron Spouts) to Tata Steel Scunthorpe Site for the Queen Anne Project. The work has been undertaken over 15 months in our workshop and we have fabricated a total of 148 items.
The Scunthorpe Site are looking to relight the first tap hole at the end of this month. The aim of the Queen Anne project is protect the integrity of the furnace and provide a campaign life of over and above 12 years, increasing reliability and securing operations for the future.
The project manager would like to thank all those involved for their hard work under challenging circumstances.
The last expansion rail for VTS Track Technology (Cogifer) was machined and despatched from TSP on 21 July.
This work initially started as a trial on the Asquith machine back in February 2001 before moving to trials on the Butler and Wadkin 3. Our techniques in pressing developed in parallel with our jig design to ensure a machine, press and despatch technique that our competitors struggled to emulate. This work led on to the production of transition rails and check rails also for Cogifer.
Success as Standard
On Saturday night (13/09/14) TSP's Geotechnical department successfully carried out ground investigation works on the Oxford project within an eight hour possession. The team set a challenging programme of works which included 14 Cone Penetration Tests and 14 Automatic Ballast Samples over a 1000m length of track. The shift was a success and the targets achieved through careful planning and coordination between TSP's site services department, project team and geotechnical staff.
The work was carried out within a joint TSP and Morgan Sindall possession. TSP would like thank Morgan Sindall's Engineering Supervisor, who despite a busy night for them (250 tonne crane on site to lift sheet piles across all four tracks) enabled TSP to get on track and past the crane works in time to start our work.
Leeds RERF - One of the UK's largest timber frame structures!
On Tuesday 2nd September, at Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) the first of several braced pairs of timber frames (each weighing 19 tons) were lifted into position to create the arch on the building. This operation will dramatically change the profile of the building structure as well as creating an impressive addition to the Leeds skyline. Once completed the building will become the largest ever timber structure of its type to be built in the UK!
The finished building incorporates a huge 42 metre high timber arch frame manufactured using Glulam laminated timber - one of the most sustainable building and construction materials available.
Anyone who has driven past the project on the A63 at Pontefract Lane can see that construction is progressing well, with the current height of the structure up to 29 metres.
Tata Steel Projects have been working with contractor, Clugston and other subcontractors to achieve this milestone. The frames (literally) couldn't stand up without Principal Engineer, John White's hard work on co-ordination for stability and bracing, nor without the very difficult HD bolt negotiations!!
Clugston Construction project manager Tony Wing said: "We have progressed at the facility in Leeds as expected. Everyone who is working on site is proud to be part of such an exciting project that will provide so many benefits to the Leeds community."
Well done to all those involved with the project on achievement of this milestone
New order secured from SSI
TSP Workington have secured an order to design, manufacture and convert a single mould and top zone to enable SSI to cast a new section size. Work has already commenced in securing the long-lead copper end plates and initial design associated with this.
A WAM mould and a gridded top zone are to be prepared for plant to complete a trial cast for the first week in December (or sooner).If this is successful major spares will be required to convert a further four moulds and four top zones.
Stephen Shepherd, Business Manager – Steel said “The timescale is very challenging, but our customer is relying on us”.
Workington Apprentices make the SKILLWELD 2014 final
Jamie Hayton and Jamie Robinson have received official notification that they have made it into the SKILLWELD 2014 final.
The top 10 scorers out of the seven regional finals that were held throughout the UK will now compete against each other in November this year at the Birmingham NEC. The event will be held over three days and involve 19 hours of welding.
Test objects at the final will include a Low Carbon Steel Fabrication involving multi-process and various joint configurations, a Stainless Steel Pipe Butt Joint (DC TIG) an Aluminium Fabrication with fully penetrated Butt Welds in varying positions, and two Butt Joints in Low Carbon using two welding processes and subject to radiographic inspection.
Competitors taking part in the SKILLWELD 2014 final may be invited to join those being developed for WorldSkills International.
2 year contract signed for Port Talbot Refurb Works
Craig Scott, TSP Managing Director, has signed a contract for delivery of refurb work to Port Talbot for the next 2 years. Refurb works include the moulds, top zones and benders for Caster 1,2 & 3.
Craig also met Hridayeshwar Jha, Hub Director Strip Products UK, and agreed to forge a closer relationship with his operations and workshop teams to improve their caster operation.
“Signing this contract is great news for our business” commented Craig. “And working more closely with Strip Products will result in further design, manufacture and project management opportunities for TSP which will be invaluable in helping us achieve the efficiency improvements we are currently pursuing”
Amco Appoint Tata Steel Projects as lead Designer on the Scotland North East Building and Civils Framework
In the drive for efficiencies and collaborative working, Network Rail continue to award substantial programmes of work to a reduced number of key contractors. Utilising established relationships built up over a number of years, we were requested by Amco to support them in their competitive tender of Package 3 bridge works on the Scotland, North East Buildings and Civils framework.
Amco have now been awarded this package of works and they have appointed Tata Steel Projects as Lead Designer for 70No bridges over the initial 3 years of the 3 + 2 + 1 year contract. Our works comprise Grip 3 to GRIP 8 design for deck reconstruction, strengthening or refurbishment. The project gives a long term baseload and provides the opportunity to grow for a number of disciplines including bridges, track, survey and geotechnics, with fees approaching £1m per year.
Her Majesty the Queen opens the redeveloped Reading Station
Used by nearly 20 million passengers a year, Reading station is one of the busiest rail hubs in Britain. As lead designer on the project, we've helped transform the station in the last five years as part of a £895m project to rebuild the railway around Reading which will remove one of the worst bottlenecks on the network, improving reliability and increasing capacity so more trains can run.
The bigger, better station – completed a year ahead of schedule and within budget – now has two entrances, 15 platforms including five new platforms, new retail facilities and a new passenger bridge three times the size of the original footbridge.
All platforms have new lifts, escalators and canopies making the station more accessible, lighter and brighter and better able to accommodate the growing number of passengers. By 2030, a forecasted 30 million people will use the station each year.
The Queen met key members of the engineering team behind the project and unveiled a plaque marking the official opening of the new and improved station. Her Majesty was also joined by more than 100 railway workers involved in the construction for a photograph to mark the occasion. Greg Collingridge Moore, Andy Craven and Dave Warrior were part of this special group photo.
Keith Moverley, TSP Programme Director for Reading Station commented "This has been a tremendous project for Tata and for it to be opened by Her Majesty the Queen is the culmination of all the hard work undertaken by the team over the last five years".
The official opening of Reading station is a significant milestone in the Reading Station Area Redevelopment Programme, with the overall set of enhancement works – including a new viaduct to the west of the station which will cut delays and increase capacity so more trains can run in future – set to complete in spring 2015, also a year earlier than originally planned.
The Reading station area redevelopment programme is part of the government’s £7.2bn investment to upgrade and modernise the Great Western route, which includes electrification of the line from London to Bristol (including Newbury and Oxford) by 2016 and to Cardiff by 2017.
Much of the electrification work will be carried out by a specially designed engineering train – a 23-vehicle factory on wheels – which will enable Network Rail to work without closing the line to trains. As part of her visit, The Queen named the engineering train Brunel, after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer who built the Great Western main line.
Network Rail award another major contract to THJV
The introduction of electrification to the Great Western Mainline (GWML) from mid-2016 onwards will see the introduction of new Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) rolling stock. This rolling stock will play a key role in the development of the 2019 timetable which aims to provide a step change in train service frequency, reductions in journey times and provision of seats.
THJV have successfully tendered to complete a GRIP 3 AiP study outlining all works required to introduce EMUs at each identified platform within the Thames Valley. These works will involve platform extensions to enable 4/8/12 car EMU operations and alterations to on-platform lighting, CCTV, PIS and DOO equipment. We are also to complete an assessment and outline design of new stop boards at all identified Thames Valley EMU platforms and a GRIP 3 AiP study for 10 car IEP platform extension at Bristol Temple Meads platforms 13 and 15.
This work will be delivered by the end of 2014 and is an important success in building our presence in the South West.
TSP Supports Leeds RERF Community Project
The area of Leeds that we are constructing the RERF plant is a poor area with high unemployment and significant social problems. An aspiration of the site team was to provide a positive contribution to the local community. Our client, Clugston’s, proposed the idea to offer the site catering to a local charity, St Georges Crypt, who are a city resource for the homeless and disadvantaged and vulnerable people within Leeds. In order to support this venture TSP have provided financial support for the canteen facility to get established. The canteen opened on site end of June and it provides the hot and cold food for the site operatives. The charity generates an income from this and it also provides employment for the local area along with training and work experience for those in the local community struggling to get work.
Steve Davis, Design Manager, said 'It's good to know that the Leeds RERF project is making a significant contribution to the local community, and most notably providing employment opportunities for disadvantaged people within Leeds. Community engagement is an important part of the success of the project itself. The facility is to be CEEQUAL and BREEAM 'Excellent' rated, and both schemes give recognition to developments which demonstrate a commitment to the local community.
I'm proud that TSP's contribution as gold sponsor of St. George's Crypt is beneficial both in terms of providing local job opportunities for those who may not otherwise be given a chance, and also that we're directly contributing to the sustainable development credentials of the project.'
THJV have been awarded the Oxford Corridor Capacity Improvement scheme Contract
Oxford Station is a vital gateway to Oxford however it is in need of significant upgrading, both in terms of operational performance and passenger provision. The £3M commission is to carry out full Approval in Principal for all disciplines (except electrification which is part of another commission in the area) and has been split into two phases. The majority of the work will be undertaken by Tata Steel Projects
Phase 1, June 2014 to Sept 2014
Works associated with East West Rail, facilitation of GWEP, Sidings work associated with introduction of EMUs and IEP, speed raising elements North of the Station, S&C associated with bi-di (and upgraded) signalling between Didcot North & Tackley, and re-modelling of the Oxford Station North Ladder S&C.
Phase 2, Sept 2014 to May 2015
Additional Down through platform at Oxford Station, widening and deepening of Botley Road bridge, facilitation of future East West Rail services on new routes and ‘Electric Spine’ opportunities, and Level Crossing improvements to balance the enhanced overall ‘system risk’ associated with the above works.
Niall McCreanor, TSP Director, commented "Oxford is a key strategic priority for TSP to build on our reputation in Western following our successful delivery of Reading Station and other enhancement schemes in the region. We are delighted to be part of Network Rail’s plans for significant investment in Western and Wales and we see this win as another springboard to establishing a significant TSP presence for the longer term in the region."
Congratulations to our apprentices who have reached the UK Skill Weld National Finals
Jamie Hayton and Jamie Robinson participated in the UK Skill Weld regional final on 4th June at Motherwell, New Lanarkshire College.
There were 12 entries in this final of which Jamie Hayton scored 207 and Jamie Robinson scored 205 out of a possible 240 points. These impressive scores secured them first and second place far ahead of the rest with third place being a score of 130. The top 10 scorers out of the seven regional finals that were held throughout the UK will secure a place in the UK final in November this year at the Birmingham NEC. The event will be held over three days and involve 19 hours of welding. The last time Tata Steel Projects won the UK Skill Weld final was by Gary Dixon in 1992.
York Cycle Challenge
Tata Steel Projects is participating in the 2014 York Cycle Challenge - a fun competition to encourage us to experience first hand the joys and benefits of riding a bike. It’s all about participation – which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more?
York businesses will compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike between 16th June to 6th July. It’s not about who can cycle the most miles, but who can encourage the most people to give cycling a go. Last year we finished 2nd in our category so this year we are aiming to beat that.
Kids of Steel
Tata Steel and British Triathlon have brought back the Tata kids of Steel series for the eight successive year. Tata Kids of Steel Triathlon Event aims to encourage children to adopt a healthier lifestyle through sport and exercise, working in partnership with local communities. We had 500 young people from 15 schools participate in the Workington event.
TSP awarded Geddington Road Bridge Strengthening D&B Contract
Tata Steel and Northamptonshire County Council are investing approximately three quarters of a million pounds to strengthen the Geddington Road Bridge at Corby. The scheme will facilitate the removal of the current weight restriction on the bridge and allow the highway to be open again to all traffic. TSP have been awarded the design and build contract to carry out the works for Tata Steel.
Acting as Principal Contractor, our works involve the strengthening to the walls to the underside of the bridge (which has two rail lines serving the Tata Site) together with the provision of a new concrete slab and associated works over the existing insitu slab. The works also require the closing of Geddington Road and provision of traffic management for diversion of the traffic.
Ian Pashley, Project Manager, said 'We're really pleased to be awarded these works. We have been working closely with Tata Steel to develop this scheme and by doing so we have a greater understanding of the challenges faced on this project, also ensuring our solution matches our clients needs.'
Works are programmed to start on site on the 8th August 2014 aiming to be complete for early November 2014
Apprentices receive Celebrating Youth Award in recognition of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Achievement
Workington apprentices who achieved their Silver Duke of Edinburgh have received a Celebrating Youth Award for their efforts. Conor McCaslin, Aaron Pollard, Matthew Lloyd, Jamie Hayton and Paul Murray were nominated for a Celebrating Youth Award by Richard Wilson from Cumbria Youth Alliance for raising over £800 for Help for Heroes, as part of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh. They received a Certificate of Achievement and £100 at a awards ceremony on Thursday 27th March. The achievers were presented with their Silver Duke of Edinburgh certificates by Richard Wilson and Craig Scott, Tata Steel Projects MD.
Well done on these fantastic achievements
Tata Steel Projects Shortlisted in 2014 Structural Steel Design Awards
Tata Steel Projects has been shortlisted in the 2014 Structural Steel Design Awards for our works on the transfer deck structure at Reading Station.
The objective of the Structural Steel Design Awards is to celebrate the excellence of the United Kingdom in the field of steel construction, particularly demonstrating its potential in terms of efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics, sustainability and innovation. As Structural Engineer on the project responsible for the overall design of the structure, our entry highlights some of the innovations we put in place and constraints we had to overcome to successfully deliver this piece of work.
For more information on the awards, and to view previous years winners, visit: http://www.tatasteelconstruction.com/en/news_and_events/awards/structural_steel_design_award/
The winner of the awards will be announced on 8th July.
TSP Workington has received thanks from BAE Systems
Following a number of discussions with senior BAE Systems supply chain, projects and engineering staff, their Supply Chain Director has formally recognised Tata Steel Projects' efforts in supporting the client through challenging times.
Their Supply Chain Director has sent a letter of thanks stating:
"In a collaborative effort with Tata Steel Projects we have been able to reduce our lead time with the delivery of Boat 6 Main Coolant Pump Raft now forecasted for 28th June 2014. I understand that this has been possible by Tata Steel Projects arranging to work a three shift system covering 24 hours per day and also introducing weekend working. I would like to express my thanks to all at Tata Steel Projects involved in this accelerated programme."
5-8 Segment for Tata Steel Scunthorpe Works
13 Mar 2014
Following a time gap of some 20 years Tata Steel Projects in Workington have been engaged by Scunthorpe works to manufacture, test and deliver two new slab caster segments. The team at Scunthorpe undertook a strategic review of slab caster segments and identified some vulnerability in the cycling and availability of the 5-8 segments.
Once this shortfall had been identified, Scunthorpe approached TSP to manufacture two units, with the emphasis on keeping the manufacture in house, issuing free issue materials to keep the cost down and adding value by the excellent close working relationship that was already in place.
On Monday 9th December 2013 the first of the two new 40 tonne slab caster segments was dispatched from Workington.
The manufacturing of the segments involved close customer liaison, equipment procurement, sophisticated fabrication, machining, accurate assembly and comprehensive testing. The team at Workington are proud that these complex high value strategically important steel making assets continue to be entrusted to ourselves and look forward to supporting our production plants going forward.
Improvement Engineer, Martin Scollay said “ We have installed (5-8) Segment No. 11 into the machine (Strand 5 Position 7) and barring some minor adjustments the installation went without issue. We are pleased with both the equipment and the collaborative approach to this project”.
The second unit, Segment No.12 has recently been delivered and is currently being prepared for installation.
Tata Steel Projects wins 2014 Smeaton Award
12 Mar 2014
Tata Steel Projects has won the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers Yorkshire and Humber Smeaton Award for Reading Station Area Redevelopment.
Named after the first Briton to call himself a civil engineer, Yorkshire-born John Smeaton’s best known project was the Eddystone Lighthouse, off Plymouth. The Smeaton Award recognises outstanding work by civil engineers on a project outside the region and we were awarded the 2014 award for our work on Reading Station.
We were presented with the award by the President of the Institution, Geoff French, at a Gala Dinner held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on Friday 7 March.
To meet current needs for passengers and freight, and to prepare for future growth, Network Rail has begun an £850m redevelopment of the Reading Station area. Tata Steel Projects' part in the project was to design five new platforms and canopies, one platform extension, a ‘transfer deck’ connecting all of the old and new platforms and two new structures allowing access to the station from the north and south.
Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Damian Kilburn said “This was a well-planned and executed scheme which scored highly across the range of criteria. Challenges faced by the multi-disciplinary project team included the successful jacking of the 30m wide transfer deck to tight tolerances across the live railway to link the existing and new platforms. The judges were impressed with the high quality of design which had to allow for the added difficulties posed by the need for the contractor to work in a busy station”.
ICE Yorkshire & Humber award Tata Steel Projects' Luke Chamberlain 'New Ambassador' of 2013
10 Mar 2014
Congratulations to Luke. He has been awarded the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire & Humber New Ambassador of 2013.
The ICE reviewed all activities that have been carried out by the new ambassadors and Luke's contribution stood out. Throughout the year, Luke has represented Tata Steel Projects, attending careers fairs and ICE events to promote engineering as a career and also our capabilities as a company.
Luke attended the ICE Dinner Dance on Friday 7th March where he was presented with his certificate.
Well done Luke!
Tata Steel Projects Provide Innovative Modular System at Castle Bar Station
10 Mar 2014
We've installed many platforms using the lightweight platform system where every component can be man handled into position, this is fantastic for worksites which are particularly difficult to access. Recently; we have also completed some significant platforms (West Drayton, Energlyn, Peterborough) using the 6-Bay system where the 7.32m units are lifted in by cranes or RRVS which is great where the ground conditions make piling inevitable.
However; what to do where you need to pile but need a lightweight system? The answer is a 3-Bay solution. We have developed a system which is designed to be built-up on-site but spans 3.66m between small diameter piling.
The first installation has occurred at Castle Bar Station where a life expired concrete trestle platform is being replaced by a Tata Steel Projects 3-Bay platform on FLI piles.
Tata Steel Projects' Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Chris Brown, Reaches Final in the Young Geotechnical Engineer Category in the Ground Engineering Awards 2014
10 Mar 2014
Congratulations to Chris Brown. He is a finalist in the Young Geotechnical Engineer category in the Ground Engineering Awards 2014.
The awards received a huge number of entries, all to a very high standard so being a finalist is a fantastic achievement and is a great opportunity to showcase the talents and hard work completed by Chris and Tata Steel Projects.
Although not the winner, Chris was highly commended for his work
Well done Chris!
Workington apprentice Jamie Hayton takes first place
25 Feb 2014
A team of young Welders from Lakes College, Workington have returned from the north east coast where they joined another team from South Tyneside College to prepare for The Great North Welding Challenge.
As there is an estimated shortfall of 20,000 welders in the UK there is a major skills gap which needs to be addressed. This is of particular importance in West Cumbria with the potential development of a Nuclear Power Station in the area. Nuclear Engineering is a major part of the West Cumbrian employment market which also consumes many of the highly skilled welders in the UK. These skills are also vital to the continued growth of the UK economy.
The event was supported by both colleges and sponsored by Avalon Skills Ltd. Phil Neave, Director of Learning and Development at Lakes College says,
"Apprentices must be stretched and challenged so this is a great opportunity for learners new to welding to demonstrate the skills they have achieved and for more experienced ones to hone their competition performance."
Lesley Renwick, Head of General Engineering and Future Technologies at South Tyneside College hopes to visit Lakes College for the second leg of the Coast to Coast Welding Challenge later in the year,
“It was fantastic to welcome colleagues from Lakes College for the very first Coast to Coast Welding Challenge. The students learned a valuable lesson in producing high standard welds in a fixed timescale, enduring the kinds of pressure that they may be under in an industrial environment.”
South Tyneside College and the region have a great history of training and developing Apprentices in welding and fabrication skills.
Apprentices from West Cumbria have brought home invaluable experience and opportunities to enhance skills. Jamie Hayton, 24 apprentice at Lakes College and employed by Tata Steel in Workington, brought home first prize in the advanced level and is now preparing to compete for a place in the SkillWeld National Final to be held at The Skills Show NEC Birmingham in Nov 2014. Fellow apprentices Peter McKendrick, 19 and Richard Cowan, 18 also came home victorious with 1st and 2nd place respectively in the intermediate level competition.
Tata Steel Projects join Royal Academy of Engineering Training Programme
23 Jan 2014
A Technician Secondment Programme was launched earlier this year, funded by The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and managed by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).
As the UK’s national academy for engineering, RAEng brings together the country’s most eminent engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering.
The training programme is a pilot scheme, designed to explore how secondment or technician exchange could be utilised to provide professional development opportunities for technicians working in science, engineering and technology (SET) and to add value to participating organisations. It is generally recognised that employees can develop greater skills and confidence when given an opportunity to work outside their normal workplace: motivation, loyalty and trust are all enhanced.
Organisations already taking part as hosts and developing their secondments include Alstom, IBM, Laing O’Rourke, Rolls-Royce, National Grid, Network Rail and Tata Steel Projects with several others at the planning stage.
Another Solar Ground Mount Contract Awarded
03 Jan 2014
Building on our success, we have secured another large scale Solar Ground Mount design and supply contract. The project is also in the South West of England and further develops our relationship with our client and installer, JPCS.
The frames are manufactured by Tata Steel to our design, with the Steel being produced in Port Talbot, rolled in Newport, galvanised in Shotton before final manufacturing in Llanwern.
Feniton Platform Extension is completed
03 Jan 2014
Our Modular team is going strong and has reached another milestone by completing our 90th platform, a short extension at Feniton (near Exeter). This project was awarded on the back of our excellent work on the new platform at Templecombe Station where we were Principal Contractor for the GRIP 5 to 8 works.
Works at Feniton Station included survey, design, environmental study, demolition, foundation and platform construction incorporating surfacing and lighting. Along the way we even rescued a couple of Slow Worms from the worksite!
Track Team awarded 'Silver Status' in Network Rail Route to Gold
03 Jan 2014
We are pleased to announce that our track team have now been awarded 'Silver Status' as part of the Network Rail Route to Gold process. This has been achieved due to the hard work of all the team through collaboration with Network Rail DPE's.
Network Rail instituted the Route to Gold supplier assessment process to promote more efficient use of engineering resources by increasing collaboration between Network Rail and suppliers and reducing Network Rail’s time reviewing supplier work.
Silver status shows that we have demonstrated consistently high quality in our technical deliverables as well as willingness to work collaboratively with Network Rail to achieve excellent client results.
We also have Silver status in Building and Civils discipline and Electrification and Plant discipline.
Tata Steel Projects awareded Crossrail STAR Awards
09 Dec 2013
The Western and Wales STAR awards scheme has been established to recognise and reward work sites and compounds that achieve high levels of health, safety and environmental risk control. Aiming for star award status helps teams set up their worksites to a best practice standard.
The initiative is constructed around a framework of 6 key elements:
- Public Consideration
- Supervision and Management
- Housekeeping and Integrite
- Site Specific activities
The STAR assessment is a collaborative approach between Network Rail and those Principal Contractors working within the programme. The joint assessment is undertaken by both Network Rail and the contractor’s senior management.
Both our platform extension sites at Langley and West Drayton were awarded STAR assessment awards.
Energlyn & Churchill Parkway Station nears completion
04 Dec 2013
Due for opening on the 16th December, Tata Steel Projects have been putting the finishing touches to the new Energlyn & Churchill Parkway Station platforms.
The station is located on the Cardiff to Rhymney line (the location for several platform extensions by TSP over the years), between Aber and Llanbradach stations. The locals have been promised a station on this site for many years. TSP were first involved in the development during the GRIP 4 stage where we provided details of the platforms for the Form A design.
The platforms were tricky to build due to the fact they overhang (on one side) a very steep embankment and therefore a heavy concrete system or infill system was not preferred. TSP used the 6-bay system which bolted directly onto driven tubular piles to get over this issue. The worksite also overlooked residential properties but our design allowed a method of working with minimised the potential for disruption to locals.
The platforms were installed very quickly with the basic frames going in over 1no weekend.
Platforms power ahead at Peterborough Station
20 Nov 2013
Work is continuing at Peterborough Station to construct the new Platform 3. As well as producing the overall platform and station design, we have already installed extensions to Platforms 2, 4 and 5. However; the new 270m long platform 3 has always been a tricky proposition for Main Contractor Carillion, as it is adjacent to the Up Fast and trains pass through at speeds greater than 100mph and there are very few possession opportunities available.
Due to a change in the access arrangements, we changed the platform design to 6-bay units similar to those used at West Drayton Station for Crossrail. These units are brought in by Road Railers and lifted into place during short night-time possessions.
The 6-bay units are fabricated in the North West and then further pre-fitting work is carried out in the sidings prior to delivery to the worksite. This revised design and methodology has enabled weeks to be saved on the programme for this platform and more importantly enabled the work to be carried out in a controlled and safe manner.
Best Practice - Picking the Slows
05 Nov 2013
Works at Feniton Station on the platform extension could have been severely delayed as we approached reptile hibernation period.
Ecology surveys were undertaken at GRIP stage 5 and identified a high potential for reptiles in the proposed worksite. Due to the small size of the area affected, reptile exclusion activities were inappropriate so following Best Practice, a Tata Steel Projects ecologist was present on site during the enabling works to undertake a watching brief during the destruction of habitat features likely to be used by reptiles.
Three slow worms and a lizard were found on site and the reptile habitat was safely removed to prevent return.
Helping Heroes Earns Silver for Apprentices
05 Nov 2013
The apprentices decided to enhance their expedition experience by adding a sponsorship element, turning their trek into a fundraising adventure raising money for the “Help for Heroes” charity. In the week prior to their expedition they raised more than £1,000 in donations from colleagues.
Their 30 mile trek took place over three days beginning at Bassenthwaite with camping at Castlerigg in Keswick and Chapel House Farm in Borrowdale and reaching their final destination at Ennerdale. The completion of the expedition is the culmination of 12 months of volunteering work, skills development and physical activities and sees all five earn their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Richard Wilson from Cumbria Youth Alliance, the Operating Authority, has trained the group and worked with the Training Officers at Tata Steel Projects in this pilot project of the award in the business.
Success Story - Tata Steel Projects awarded contract for large scale solar farm in South West England
05 Nov 2013
Tata Steel Projects has been awarded a contract for the supply of its Solar Ground Mount System
The client, JPCS, are a highly respected installer of ground mount systems and have a significant number of similar projects that they are competing for at this time and they have selected Tata Steel Projects based not only on price but also our high level of support and our track record with them.
One could say that this order represents the culmination of several months work developing the old Solar Ground Mount System into a simple, installer friendly cost effective solution. This has been achieved by close cooperation between ourselves, TSCP, Tata Energy & Power and the extended supply chain (internal and external) and represents what Tata "can do".
Tata Steel Projects joins National Skills Academy Nuclear Manufacturing
30 Oct 2013
By engaging with the Skills Academy, alongside the Nuclear AMRC’s civil nuclear Sharing in Growth programme, we are demonstrating a long-term commitment to investing in the widescale development of its people and processes in step with the growth in the UK’s nuclear decommissioning and new build programmes.
Bill Clark, Director, Tata Steel Projects said, “We are keen to build upon over 50 years of experience in the nuclear sector. Working with both the Nuclear AMRC and the Skills Academy in order to strengthen our capabilities will be key to our growth in the sector.”
Dawn Vinall, Business Development Manager, The National Skills Academy Nuclear Manufacturing said, “We are delighted to welcome Tata Steel Projects in to membership, and we are looking forward to supporting them with their workforce development programmes.”
Brooke Place Solar Park Completion
19 Aug 2013
Tata Steel Projects completed the design and supply of a Solar Framing system for a 50kW scheme at Brooke Place in Sussex. The proprietary system initially designed by Tata Steel Research & Development Team but refined by Tata Steel Projects will be soon launched onto the UK market with Europe and the rest of the work to follow shortly after.