News from the Bridgeway World

There's always something happening in and around Bridgeway, and here is where you can catch up on events, awards, our staff and anything else Bridgeway.


Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday the 14th of December 2018 we took part in the annual TreeTops Hospice Christmas jumper day. A fantastic effort was made by all and a total of £260 was raised for a brilliant cause.

University of Nottingham Medics RUFC

What a fantastic start to the season for the University of Nottingham Medics RUFC, in both the Pennant League and the NAMS Tournament! It's an honour to be sponsoring the team and we look forward to continuing to offer our support in the New Year.

University of Nottingham Civil Engineering Society

We're pleased to confirm our agreed sponsorship of the University of Nottingham Civil Engineering Society again for 2018/19. We look forward to working with the society to ensure their continued success.

RISQS Consultation Group

We're pleased to announce that our Assurance and Compliance Services Director, Martyn Durrant, has been voted as Chair of the RISQS Consultation Group! Find out more on the link below.

ERS Award

On the evening of 15th November our Managing Director, Pino De Rosa, and Site Investigation Director, Mark Lindahl, attended the East Midlands Employer Recognition Scheme awards presentation to receive the prestigious Silver ERS Award. This Award is in recognition of the business’s support for service personnel, ex- service personnel and supporting current employees in their reservist service. A total of 30 companies from the East Midlands gained this level of award this year from a long list off applicants and this was the culmination of a lot of work on the bid by our HR Director, Lisa Brackner, and supported by Mark.

Bridgeway will be submitting an application for the Gold Level Award in the New Year, proving on-going commitment to our Armed forces. The photo above shows Pino and Mark picking up the award.

Mosely Tunnel

This morning Bridgeway Consulting Ltd's (BCL) Site Investigation Trainer and Assessor, John Matheson, was out on site at Mosley Tunnel acting as a Safe Work Leader for Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport.

Mott MacDonald commissioned BCL for the ground Investigation works to inform their design at three proposed new railway station locations; Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell in Birmingham.
The intrusive ground investigation works are to provide geotechnical information of the adjacent cutting slopes for the lift shaft and access stair/ramp foundation designs. The works will also ascertain the presence and geometry of former platforms, signal boxes, retaining walls and overbridge foundations at each site.

BCL are a Network Rail principal contractor and are specialists in the front end information gathering for early GRIP stage projects, which when combined with 25 years of Possession and Access Management means we are often imitated but never recreated. If you have a problematic or high profile site where only the best will do then please get in touch!

Nottingham Medics RUFC

Bridgeway Consulting Ltd are thrilled to be main sponsors of the Nottingham Medics RUFC for their 2018/19 season. We look forward to watching the team succeed over the next year!

More information can be seen on the link below.

HS2 to support 15,000 jobs by 2020

• Over 7,000 roles already supported by the project, and over 2,000 business have already won work with HS2

• Over 100 apprentices already working on the project, with 2,000 expected over its lifetime

• 30,000 jobs supported by HS2 at peak construction

A whole generation of engineers, designers, architects and geologists will benefit from the construction of the new high speed railway as the project gears up to support 30,000 jobs and create opportunities for British businesses to upskill their workforce.

As the programme moves to construction, the number of roles supported by HS2 is forecast to reach 15,000.

Today HS2 Ltd sets out its programme of skills, employment and education interventions that will ensure the UK not only has the skills to deliver the HS2 project, but to become a worldwide leader in high speed rail.

Over 7,000 roles are already supported by the project. With construction starting next year, many more jobs around the country will help build a skills base to export around the world.

Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd said:
“Our skills strategy, launched today, shows how we will create a sustainable pipeline of jobs and skills for companies across the whole country, which boost regional economies and help Britain compete internationally.

“Our programme will tackle the skills challenges faced by the wider transport infrastructure sector, and ensure the UK has the best skills to deliver HS2 as well as major infrastructure projects in the future.”

HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani MP said:
“HS2 will provide the backbone of our future rail network and is already driving jobs and economic growth across the country. HS2 already supports over 7,000 jobs – forecast to reach around 15,000 by 2020 – and is building the talented workforce of the future that this transformative project needs.

“The ambitious programme of skills, employment and education set out today will see the economic benefits of HS2 fully realised across the UK, boosting productivity and sharing prosperity across the country.”

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said:
“Apprenticeships offer incredible opportunities for young people. Everyone studying an apprenticeship with HS2 will be able to look back and say they played a role creating our country’s future. Not only that, the apprentices are also learning exactly the skills that future employers are looking for – that’s what apprenticeships are all about.

“HS2 is creating 2,000 apprenticeships and is a fantastic example of a national project that is providing opportunities for everyone, whatever their background and wherever they come from. I look forward to meeting some of the apprentices that have been a part of making it happen."

New initiatives will be introduced over the next 12 months to stimulate interest in STEM subjects and encourage more young people into transport infrastructure related careers. Opportunities will be opened up through a new Job Brokerage Service to help people access the jobs created by the HS2 supply chain, and a new Secondary Education Engagement Programme will inspire the next generation to enter transport infrastructure careers.

Through HS2 contracts, there are already hundreds of businesses creating opportunities for their workforce. Explore Manufacturing, part of the Laing O’Rourke group, has won a contract with LM joint venture to supply major bridges as part of the early works on Phase One of the project.

The modular components will be manufactured at Explore Industrial Park in Workshop, North Nottinghamshire, and then brought to site in the West Midlands for assembly.
The company recruits a minimum of 4 apprentices each year and when the HS2 related work commences in the factory it will create 35 new jobs.

Alan Clucas, Director of Explore Manufacturing said:
"We are proud to be working on the biggest rail infrastructure programmes in the country. For Explore Manufacturing it means a significant contribution in digital design and high quality off site manufacturing, which shortens time needed on site, and has big benefits in safety, efficiency and programme costs.

Richard Kirkham, LM Project Director said:
“By working on the HS2 project, and linking to the National College for High Speed Rail with four apprenticeships, as well as other schools and college liaison across the region, we’re giving local people the opportunity to gain world class skills and knowledge, create a sustainable pipeline of jobs, and be in a great position to win future work with large-scale infrastructure projects.”


Explore Manufacturing in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, part of the Laing O’Rourke group creates 35 jobs and a minimum of 4 apprentices

•Has won a contract with LM joint venture to supply major bridges as part of the early works on Phase One of the project. The company recruits a minimum of 4 apprentices each year and when the HS2 related work commences in the factory it will create 35 new jobs.

Bridgeway Consulting, based in Nottingham, upskills over 60 employees and creates new training opportunities as a result of its HS2 contract

•The company is working on enabling works on the Phase One section of the new high speed railway between London and Birmingham, providing ground investigations and engineering surveys to prepare for the new railway.


Advanced digital engineering and new jobs support HS2 construction in the West Midlands

•LM – a joint venture of Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Ltd – is delivering the enabling works programme across the region, and will be using some of the latest techniques in construction to deliver five major bridge structures for the new high speed line.

•Thirty-five new jobs are being created at Explore Manufacturing near Worksop to support the construction contract, which will see large structural segments built in a modern and controlled environment at the state-of-the-art pre-cast factory in Nottinghamshire, and then brought to site for assembly.

Balfour Beatty VINCI is set to be the largest HS2 recruiter in the West Midlands, offering thousands of jobs to local people

•BBV, working on the West Midlands section of HS2’s Phase One, is one of the largest employers on the programme, contributing to the thousands of jobs being created by all Joint Ventures on the programme.

•Nineteen higher level and degree apprentices are already working on HS2 at Balfour Beatty VINCI with 29% of new recruits being female.

•Thousands of people will be required to construct HS2 through the region and Balfour Beatty VINCI will be offering numerous opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds within the West Midlands.


Eiffage Kier boosts opportunities for apprentices and ex-military as a result of HS2 contract

•Eiffage Kier joint venture has recruited 20 apprentices to work on its contract to deliver main works on the central section of HS2’s Phase One between London and Birmingham.

•This includes a number of High Speed Rail Infrastructure Technician (HSRIT) apprentices through a strategic partnership with the National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham.

CA Blackwell to create 500 jobs in Buckinghamshire as it wins HS2 earthworks contract

•Specialist Earthmoving Contractor, CA Blackwell (Contracts) Ltd, has plans to create 500 new jobs in Buckinghamshire after winning two further contacts with HS2 Ltd, as the company gears up to lead on HS2’s earthworks in the region.

•The firm also has plans to establish a plant operative training centre to support specialist skills development for employees and to train new apprentices in a bid to help plug the UK’s skills gap in the construction industry.


HS2 creates new jobs and upskilling opportunities at Guildford company

•Thomson Habitats, based in Guildford, has taken on new staff to deliver newly awarded HS2 contracts, with 35 people working on the HS2 project, and the potential for more jobs opportunities next year.

•The company has also upskilled existing staff in a range of activities including web mapping and geodatabase skills, and species translocation.


HS2 supports over 60 jobs at Yorkshire-based Soil Engineering Geoservices Ltd

•Soil Engineering Geoservices, based in Leeds, has won contracts valued around £19m to conduct geological investigations on behalf of HS2, exploring the ground over which the new high speed line will be built.

•Over 60 people have been working on the contracts, and the company has created 20 Apprenticeships, with staff based between Camberley and Leeds. Several staff have relocated since the company started work on HS2, taking their skills development to other regions of operations.


HS2 contract creates up to 20 new jobs at L–P: Archaeology, including in its three regional offices

•L–P: Archaeology is boosting job opportunities at its locations around the country as a result of its £1.2m contract win with the UK’s largest infrastructure project.

•Twenty new jobs will be created in the company’s Bristol, Chester and Bishops Stortford offices, alongside 30 people already employed by the company, to work on archaeology sites on Phase One of HS2 between London and Birmingham.


Flannery Plant Hire, based in Wembley, is gearing up for the jobs needed to work on HS2.

•Working across the HS2 Phase One project, Flannery Plant Hire is using the opportunity to tackle the potentially huge skills shortage in plant operatives by setting up a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for the industry.

•Now have 30 Plant Operatives working on the enabling works in locations along the Phase One route.

•Taken the initiative to set up a new Apprenticeship Standard to help plug the skills gap.

•Supported over 60 apprenticeships in the last 3 years, and see Apprenticeships as a key part of their business.

CSJV creates 500 jobs and 176 opportunities for unemployed people, local graduates and apprentices in London

•As a result of its contract on Phase One of HS2, CS JV has created 500 jobs, with over 130 of these going to previously unemployed people.

•CSJV works in seven London borough which have employment rates below average for central London, ranging between 63% and 76%, or over 98,000 people not in education, employment or training (NEET’s).


HS2 creates new jobs and upskilling opportunities at Cardiff company

•Thomson Habitats, with offices in Cardiff, has taken on new staff to deliver newly awarded HS2 contracts, with 35 people working on the HS2 project, and the potential for more jobs opportunities next year.

•The company has also upskilled existing staff in a range of activities including web mapping and geodatabase skills, and species translocation.


WSP in Manchester has 147 staff working on HS2, and has taken on additional apprentices to work on the projects

•In total, 500 people at WSP offices around the country are working on HS2, including 220 people on the Phase One stations with 39 different specialists on each station.

•As part of WSP’s work on HS2, which is to lead the design development of two new HS2 stations – Birmingham Curzon Street and Old Oak Common, it has hired 25 new staff for its transport and infrastructure discipline and 115 new staff for its environmental discipline.

•In Manchester, 40 employees including 5 apprentices and 5 graduates are working in Rail, and 44 people including 1 apprentice and 25 graduates are working in Land Services. Plus another 15 in Ecology, 12 in Town Planning and 12 in Ground Risk and Remediation.

•Also taking on 12 new apprentices on Old Oak Common station and four on Curzon Street station.


Gateshead security firm creates 70 new jobs after winning a major HS2 contract

Following the contract win, The Protector Group with headquarters in the Team Valley, opened an office in Hull and a branch near Watford to allow it to carry out the additional work. Overall the firm employs more than 300 people in Tyneside and Teesside.


Mott MacDonald creates over 300 number jobs and apprenticeships around the UK – in Altrincham, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Cambridge, Cardiff, Croydon, Exeter, Ireland, Leeds, London, Sheffield, Southampton and Scotland

•As a result of its contract through Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV) on Phase One of HS2, Mott MacDonald has already created 300 jobs, set to double in 2019, with 35% of these jobs going to graduates.

•Mott Macdonald is working with BBV on the HS2 scheme design to plan for the construction of HS2 on the West Midlands section of the route. So far 25 apprentices are working as part of the current workforce of 300, getting on the job training to enhance their future career opportunities.