Welcome to the March 2024 newsletter from Lydon Contracting Ltd. We're proud of the work we do and want to share our latest news, useful information and staff updates.

Stansted Substation

During March the s278 works were completed for the new substation access. The works consisted of a new drainage culvert pipe, headwalls and Q-Max ACO channel drainage along with the new tarmac bell mouth and kerb line in readiness for the main substation build progressing in the coming weeks.

On the buses (again)

Work has progressed well this month on the offsite works for the new HV feed to Yardley Wood Bus Depot, Birmingham. This month saw the route cross a busy fuel forecourt access road and a 5-way roundabout (requiring out of hours working to avoid public disruption).

The offsite duct installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, well ahead of schedule.

Strong foundations

Works continue to progress well at the 33kV/11kV substation build at Bicester with the construction of the concrete bases for the 11kV switch room and TX bunds.

The concrete walls and plinths for the two 33/11kV transformer bunds have been poured and shutters stripped. The 11kV Switch Room has had the floor and kicker beam installed and the reinforcement complete. The installation of the form work is currently taking place with the concrete pour planned after the return from the Easter break.

Once the concrete structures have been completed works will commence on the infrastructure including cable ducting, drainage systems, access roads, car parking and security fencing.

Powering up Rotherham

During March we remobilised to Rawmarsh Bus Depot, Rotherham where we are installing a new HV feed to the onsite substation(s) that will enable the electrification of the bus depot for their new fleet of EV buses.

At the end of February, asbestos was identified in our works area requiring works to stop immediately and a full asbestos management plan implemented. All excavated material has been declared as contaminated (and therefore had to be segregated and stored for specialist removal) and an asbestos watching brief is now working alongside our teams when we are excavating.

Apart from the Asbestos restrictions, being a busy bus depot has kept the team on their toes ensuring safe access for both vehicle and pedestrian across the site. With the imminent delivery of new electric buses around the corner, we have been challenged to accelerate the works to enable the original energisation date to take place. Given all these restrictions, we have forged ahead with a concerted team effort from all parties concerned to stay on programme.

Investing in quality equipment

During March we have invested in some more quality equipment, adding two new Takeuchi TB216 mini diggers to the fleet. Finished in the Lydon livery they ensure the need for reliable machines out on the highway’s utility projects is maintained, fitted with 450mm bladed digging buckets, green and amber beacons, coded keys and a travel alarm also ensure optimum security and safety when in operation.

Millers delight

This month has seen the successful completion of our concrete remedial works carried out in the live (and very busy!) yard of a local flour mill.

The works involved the removal and replacement of deteriorating concrete surfaces in key areas of the mill yard. This proactive maintenance initiative was undertaken to enhance safety, streamline logistical operations, and ensure the longevity of the facility.

Our dedicated teams worked tirelessly inclusive of weekend and nights to fit around the busy schedule of the mill to complete the project with minimal disruption to their operations. We are pleased to report that the works were executed on schedule and within budget, reflecting our commitment to operational excellence and efficiency.

ISO9001 accreditation

Back in 2012 as a business we made the decision to strengthen our processes and implement ISO certification. Since gaining this accreditation the company has gone from strength to strength and have never looked back.

On our recent annual audit during March we passed with flying colours, with no non-compliances raised and 25 positive observations from the Auditor. As a company we are proud of this and wanted to share the positive feedback.

Every single member of the team plays an essential part in ensuring compliance, the Audit covered the Operational procedures, plant and vehicle compliance, internal auditing, control of our Integrated Management System and legal compliance.

Although we have achieved 100% on the Audit once again this year, this doesn’t mean we will we take a pause, as a Company we strive for continuous improvement.

Meet the team

  • Name – Trevor Jones
  • Role – Project Manager
  • Years Service – 7 Years
  • Home Town – Burton On Trent

Tell us about yourself, what do you like doing in your spare time?

I’m happily married to my lovely wife Tracey; we will be celebrating our 9th Wedding Anniversary whilst away in Weymouth this Easter. I enjoy watching football and have supported Manchester United for the past 40+yrs (In good times and bad!). When able, I also love to play golf and have a membership at Branston Golf and Country Club.

Thanks for reading!

Cuttle Mill Nursery, Cuttle Mill Lane, Paulerspury, Towcester NN12 7LZ | 01327 811533 |

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