Welcome to the January 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.

Safety Stand Down 2024

In January we welcomed in the new year with our Annual Safety Stand Down. The Annual Safety Stand Down events were created to dedicate quality time for all staff and operatives to collectively focus on safety awareness, review working standards, share best practices, and engage in open dialogue about potential hazards in the workplace.

The event emphasises a dedication by Lydon Contracting to adopt a culture of well-being, collaboration, and continuous improvement across the company.

Steve Reid (H.S.E.Q Manager) stated “It’s great to see so many of our colleagues attending our health and safety stand down event, making sure our teams work safely is always our top priority. These events are a fantastic opportunity to take the team out of their usual environment and re-energise the focus on health and safety”.

Straight back to it!

Works recommenced at our major project at Stansted North on 4th where we are installing a new 33kV network over a 7km route to feed a new development on the airport site.

it has been a rather challenging start to the year weather wise with 2 storms to contend with and sub-zero temperatures. All teams have hit the ground running completing over 850m of duct installation along a main trunk road feeding Stansted Airport ahead of programme.

Flour Power

This month we completed a project to replace failed concrete roadways and gullies at a local flour mill in Wellingborough. Despite the challenges posed by cold weather, our dedicated team has been working tirelessly to ensure that the project stays on track.

One of the key elements of our planning has been the implementation of an insulated cover to protect the work site from the effects of the cold weather.

In addition to our focus on construction, we have been actively liaising with the management of the Mill to minimise any disruptions to their normal operations. We have managed to carry out the necessary work with minimal impact on the day-to-day functioning of the mill.

Finishing works

The regeneration at Queens Drive is one of Swindon Borough Council’s major house building projects, with the plans involving building affordable homes and new flats.

Our initial involvement on the scheme was the installation of new electricity feeds to site back in the summer of 2023.

We were contacted in late 2023 by the developer to complete the construction of a new footpath along Eaton Close including installation of kerbs, tactile crossings and edgings to new levels. This also involved moving exist road gullys and utility chamber covers to enable the new pedestrian crossing(s) to be installed.

The finishing touch to the footpath was some new road name signs!

Back on the buses

Following the successful completion of the EV charger infrastructure at Nottingham Bus Depot last year, we were approached by the client to repair a section of damaged concrete yard area and install a new concrete footway between the EV chargers situated within the verge area.

There have been many challenging issues to overcome whilst carrying out the works, namely the adverse weather conditions, and having to maintain clear access for the Buses to park in the evening.

With cooperation from all parties and our supply chain we have overcome these issues and handed over the works to a very satisfied customer.

Charging ahead

During January we completed the construction of a new vehicle charging Superhub for Gridserve at Moto Services Donington. The works included the construction of plinths for switchgear, controls, and the EV chargers themselves, together with the underground infrastructure and associated cable installations, tarmac resurfacing and line painting.

This first phase of the new Superhub provides access to three of Gridserves high power fast chargers with capacity to charge six electric vehicles (with the infrastructure in place below ground to allow expansion to three additional chargers in the future).

Investing in quality equipment

During January we took delivery of our first new vehicle of 2024 - A new style Ford Ranger Wildtrak fitted with rear canopy and LCL livery… it looks the bees’ knees!

We have a range of vehicles on order due for delivery throughout Q1 to refresh some of our vehicle fleet. Look out for more updates in the coming months.

Meet the team

  • Name: Steve Hartley
  • Role in the business: Project Manager
  • Years service: 18 Months
  • Hometown: Northampton, but originally from Otley in West Yorkshire

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

I enjoy watching both codes of rugby and I support Northampton Saints, Leeds Rhinos and Towcestrians (who my son plays for and Lydon Contracting sponsor).

I own a 1957 Land Rover that was recovered from Australia that I restored completely and enjoy tinkering with (sometimes out of necessity to keep it running)! I also have a keen interest in family and local history, particularly my ancestors roles as leaders of the Yorkshire Coiners, a gang of counterfeiters in the Halifax area in the 1760s.

I’ve had a book published on the subject and last year the TV series ‘The Gallows Pole’ on BBC2 by Shane Meadows was based around the story.

Thanks for reading!

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