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Once again we picked up FOUR awards at last week’s Kier Area 3 Awards – well done to everyone involved…

  • Winner of the Environmental Award
  • Winner of the Customer Award
  • Winner of the Health and Safety Award
  • Highly Commended for the Rising Star Award

Environmental Award - Environmental Designated Funds (EDF)

Kier Highways Area 3, working on behalf of Highways England (HE), commissioned WSP to undertake desktop studies to identify flooding events and prioritise flooding severity into categories.

The Kier design team produced a report and designs to assess the present condition and general function of the highways drainage network in order to resolve any ongoing issues.

R&W were involved in the early stages to assist the Kier design team in determining a suitable and buildable solution for improvement works to resolve the flooding issues. These are included for submission as part of the Environmental Designated Funding (EDF) appraisal process to HE.

Kier, R&W and Carnell worked collaboratively to contact the local authorities, environmental bodies, private land owners and key stakeholders. Discussions were had around site constraints to achieve the mutual goal of completing the works in a cost effective, safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Working together produced cost-effective enhancement measures to ensure maintenance and collation capacity of the asset is future proofed. The works address the immediate rectification of defects which will rejuvenate capacity in preparation for the enhancement measures. This leads to enabling increased collation capacity and thereby consuming and preventing standing water on the highways.

Customer Award - Forest Park School Sensory Garden

On Wednesday 13th February 2019 Volunteers from R&W’s Area 3 team put themselves forward to help out Forest Park school. The school is a very special place which provides for children aged 2-19 with moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties.

The team started in February by working day and night to install a much-needed security system to help keep the students and teachers safe. Then in April they returned to help out with a therapeutic sensory garden. The R&W team dedicated their time to clearing a large area and creating access paths to kick start the project.

Forest Park School said, “The garden will be interactive and will help enhance our students learning and social skills in a safe environment. We originally budgeted that the garden would cost more than £50,000, but Cllr Penman has been fantastic in getting local trades involved and we now have many people giving their time and resources for free. People have really come together for this which is brilliant to see.”

Special thanks go to Kelly Moore, John Warren, Rickie Barnes, Ron Bockhart, Brian Bolster, Paul Bennett, Marcus Garmson, Mick Garmson, Billy Trueman, Brian Shepard, Dan Fenna, Jimmy Cooper, James Poole, Jamie Elliot and Jack Dixon.

Health and Safety Award - Instaboom

R&W has been using innovative new solar powered technology to improve road closures and safety on Area 3 schemes. The solar powered Instaboom is a remote controlled barrier which has proven incredibly effective. It has delivered a number of benefits on the M23 and other Kier Area 3 schemes:

  • The remote control can be used up to a distance of 800m away
  • It currently allows savings of £20 per hour, compared to a manned barrier
  • It removes any dangers and improves safety associated with using a banksman
  • It solar powers up to 150 times a day/night, meaning it’s always ready to use
  • It’s easy to assemble in 3 straightforward steps so it can be deployed in under two minutes
  • It includes standard GS6 post, laser detection and protects against cable strikes.

Rising Star Award - Billy Trueman

After visiting R&W at a local recruitment fair, Billy Trueman discovered a lot about the industry and was fascinated by how varied the work could be. He joined R&W, initially on a summer placement within the environmental side of the business, before moving to the Civil Engineering side as a Trainee Engineer. He joined the R&W apprenticeship scheme and began studying for his HNC in Civil Engineering on a day release basis which he completed in Sept 2017. As part of his apprenticeship with Solent University he was awarded the ICE Eng Tech (Engineering Technician) qualification and is now a fully signed up member of this renowned professional body.

Environmentally Driven
Billy has a keen interest in the environmental side of civil engineering and is a passionate supporter of finding ways to increase the use of sustainable and renewable materials, renewable energy and resources, bio-fuel instead of diesel, and recycling as much material as possible to divert from landfill. He volunteered to be part of the Kier Dust Management Group to discuss initiatives to reduce dust on site, including equipment and behavioural changes.

Stepping up to the Plate
Billy is an incredibly enthusiastic member of the team and is always keen to increase his learning and get involved where he can. When he started on Area 3 he hit the ground running, receiving a swathe of anecdotal feedback. And when the Area 3 signs scheme experienced resource challenges, he jumped in and rose to the challenge to help minimise the impact on the rest of the scheme and supply chain.

Billy is always on hand to support other apprentices and volunteers his time to attend R&W recruitment events and school and college careers fairs to encourage youngsters in to the industry. In addition, he took part in a Q&A session on stage at Area 3’s supply chain event to extol the virtues of a civil engineering apprenticeship.

During R&W’s attendance at a Kier Health and Safety week, Billy supported the HSE team in an interactive session. Billy played his part by acting as a member of the public who was causing a hazard to drivers.

Billy’s Awards so far…
Billy proved to be a very valuable member of the R&W team early on in his career, hitting the ground running and showing immense enthusiasm for his work on Area 3. To help recognise this he was the worthy winner of R&W’s annual ‘Grasping the Nettle’ Legend Award.

In addition, Billy received an R&W Employee of the Month award, which read:
“Congratulations to Billy Trueman who received two nominations. Firstly, for standing out when he was asked to help R&W respond to a Kier/Highways England call for help, and secondly for the way he
organises a very difficult scheme, comes in early every day, has to deal with procuring and planning at very short notice and has a confident nature when speaks to the client.”

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