CONWAY AECOM 2014 HIGHLIGHTS
'Barnet contract joins Conway Aecom''
CONWAY AECOM welcomed thirteen new employees through TUPE transfer, when the London Borough of Barnet joined LoHAC. The call-off contract covers a range of services including carriageway maintenance, road marking, footway reconstruction, gully cleansing reactive and reactive maintenance.
"We are delighted to have expanded our team and we are already benefiting from their knowledge of Barnet and the strong relationships that they had formed prior to TUPE and willcontinue to build on within LoHAC". John Holliday, CA Senior contract manager.
'Dana Skelley launches newest Asphalt plant'
FM Conway’s £10 million Heathrow Asphalt plant was officially opened by Transport for London (TfL) director of asset management Dana Skelley in front of a crowd of over 200 industry leaders from the construction and transport sectors.
The plant was built by market-leading German asphalt plant manufacturer Benninghoven, and is one of the most advanced of its kind in Europe. It has a production capacity of around 300 tonnes per hour, with the capability to use over 90 per cent recycled materials, making it the UK’s most carbon-efficient asphalt plant.
In her speech to open the plant, Dana Skelley called the plant an ‘insightful investment’ by FM Conway, and “an asset fit for the future” that will bring major benefits to London including environmental benefits and jobs.
“FM Conway’s Heathrow Asphalt plant will help us continue to meet London’s needs for well-maintained highways,” said Ms Skelley. “It is helping London’s economic growth, supporting 65 new local jobs; it ensures efficiency in delivery and therefore value for local authorities across London; and it demonstrates a commitment to lowering the carbon footprint of our roads through effective planning and recycling".
Conway Aecom successfully completed its six week project to re-strengthen works at Hogarth carried out over the school holiday avoiding significant congestion. The project involved a single lane flyover built in the early 70’s which carries traffic to the A4 Great West road at Chiswick ,making it a vital transport link in the area.
It was a major task with works including demolitions of failed deck slabs, steel work repairs, waterproofing, lining, surfacing and the installation of a new drainage system and LED lighting.
Conway Aecom maintained a high level of resident engagement throughout this project ensuring residents were kept up to date with the programme of works carried out, this included Thursday night drop in surgeries enabling the local community to have access to a contact representative able to answer any questions about the works.
Roads opened on 31st August, extending the flyovers lifespan and additional works continued at Hogarth including scaffolding removal, roundabout refurbishment, landscaping and the planting of shrubbery and trees.
"Although the structure is only 250 metres long, it is hugely complex and when open transports 10,500 cars per day. The location of the structure presented the team with a lot of challenges. The structure crosses a busy roundabout and is situated over a subway as well as bordering residential and business properties. All of the structural disciplines worked well together to ensure that the challenging programme was achieved with one shift to spare. I am delighted that this project has been delivered on time and to a high standard and my thanks goes out to all of the team involved with the Project” Matt Smith, CA head of structures and tunnels
'FM Conway wins logistics award for commitment to road safety'
FM Conway won the ‘Vulnerable Road Users Safety’ category at this year’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Annual Awards for Excellence held on 2nd October 2014.
The award seeks to recognise a company with a large commercial vehicle fleet that has made an extraordinary commitment to road safety. This year’s award was sponsored by Transport for London and presented to FM Conway chief executive Michael Conway at the Lancaster London Hotel in front of over 500 leading professionals from across the transport sector.
Michael Conway said: “We are pleased to have been given this award in recognition of the hard work we’ve done to make London’s roads a safer place to be, but the work doesn’t stop here. We are continuing to invest in the safety of our fleet and we urge all other businesses that operate commercial vehicles, in construction and in other sectors, to do the same.”
'Conway Aecom hosts Apprentice Forum'
Conway Aecom hosted the most recent LoHAC apprentice forum at a hotel near Heathrow depot with 80 attendees. Garrett Emmerson opened the event with a brief welcome speech and introduction to his role as Chief Operating Officer, surface transport of TFL.
The forum, held every 6 months is an opportunity for apprentices to discuss their careers, sharing experiences in an open and honest environment. Designed to build confidence, develop support networks and showcase skills to employers. Senior managers, Michael Conway, London Highways Alliance Contractors and Apprentices from Conway Aecom, CVU, EM Highways, Ringway Jacobs and TFL took to the stage to shed light on their journey so far, providing budding apprentices with a taste of what to expect on the job within their respective field.
After lunch and networking, apprentices were provided the opportunity to visit the Asphalt plant to learn more about its recycling capacity along with a guided tour to view its state of the art facilities. The feedback from the event was positive and attendees found it a great way to learn more about the future of their careers and network with other industry professionals.
'The Lions still roar at Wembley'
The demolition of the British Empire Exhibition didn’t extend to the concrete lions head thanks to the collaborative efforts of Conway Aecom, The London Borough of Brent, Wembley History Society and the Exhibition Study Group.
The aforementioned were inaugurated, for their efforts in retaining the piece of history by councilor Muhammad Butt, in a ribbon cutting ceremony held at Wembley Park.
Enlisted by Brent, Conway Aecom’s services created a public display platform, used to rest the Lions Head corbel marking the commemoration of ‘90 years since the exhibition Centre first opened its doors on St George’s day in 1942. The Lions head corbel maintains a key significance, not only did it hold the flagpoles for the commonwealth games during the ‘empire exhibition’ it also represents Wembley stadiums Ice Hockey and Speedway teams of the 1920’s named ‘The Wembley Lions’ making it an emblem for Wembley.
The Lions head corbel is proudly situated in Wembley Park sitting at the site where the British Empire Exhibition Building once stood.
“This is a good example of how we're working collaboratively to carry out works for the London Borough of Brent, as well as assisting with key projects such as preserving local history for the enjoyment of both residents and tourists.” John Holliday, CA Senior contract manager
Seventeen teams from across London made up of FM Conway, Conway Aecom, clients and partners took part in the annual Conway Cup, to compete in a 48 kilometre charity cycle. The Conway Cup was created to encourage fitness, raise cycle awareness and donate to charity. The money raised supports the charity ‘Access Sport’ an organisation designed to provide children, especially those in disadvantaged areas quality local sports opportunities.
Each of the seventeen teams made it to the finish line, entering the ‘Velodrome’ at Herne Hill, the last remaining venue from the 1948 Olympics. Conway Aecom surrendered their title from last year, offering the cup to the 5 man team representing London Borough of Bromley. the team Successfully completed the course in less than 1 hour 45 minutes.
“This year’s Conway Cup provided a great day out and it was good to see so many partnering contractors and boroughs participating. 48km is short for a cycle sportive and therefore provides a good introduction into this type of event" Robert O'Rourke, Route Manager for TFL on the Conway Aecom contract.
John Holliday, CA Senior contract manager says: “2014 marked CONWAY AECOM’s second successful year in business. We welcomed LB Barnet into the North West LoHAC fold, In the heart of our NW area, Dana Skelley opened FM Conway’s second Asphalt Plant, fulfilling all asphalt needs and reducing vehicle movements across London. 2015 will prove to be a challenging year with a delivery programme 60% bigger than our 2013 programme. In order to achieve this, we aim to work closely with all of our partners whilst actively looking to adopt efficiencies and innovations which ensure a high quality service and continue to delight our customers"
‘To provide a street environment to delight people who live, work in and visit London’