See the latest news of our major contract win working as a trusted partner with Thames Water. There’s also a case study of a difficult sewer clearance in London SE1, plus news about the latest specialised vehicle additions to the IWJS fleet and a client profile on United Utilities.
IWJS has successfully been awarded significant new business from the Environment Agency (EA) with work on their South East Framework, following tough and lengthy tendering for this important contract for the Company valued at £1m.
The work will feature providing services for the Environment Agency predominantly in the South East Region for CCTV Culvert Inspection and Cleaning services for them. Historically, IWJS has had only a fairly limited involvement within this particular area for the EA, so the award of this new contract for IWJS is especially welcome new business from the Agency. Commenting on this significant new business with the Environment Agency, Peter Maasz, IWJS Business Development Director, had this to say:
“Over the last ten years, IWJS has made continuous inroads with the Environment Agency, as we’ve built steadily our reputation for providing service as a trusted partner with them. So the award of this significant new business with the Agency has come as very welcome news indeed I’m delighted to say.”
He then went on to add:
“Fundamental to our successful bid, was the teamwork of all involved at IWJS to go the extra mile to win it. In fact, the Environment Agency praised the quality and professionalism of our bid with the in-depth and detailed approach of our submission. So my thanks go to all the team involved, as we now take IWJS forward to successfully deliver this welcome new business in our 40th Anniversary year as a trusted partner with the Agency.”
Area covered: Kent, South London and East Sussex, Hertfordshire and North London, Thames and Solent and South Downs. – This covers major project areas along the Thames (TE2100 project and Thames Tideway tunnel)
Number of successful contractors: 3
Start Date: Soon after standstill period has expired.
Duration: 15 months
Heroes aren’t only in fairy tales
Find out how two IWJS operatives saved a 95-year-old man…
Two of our IWJS operatives working on the United Utilities contract in the North West recently came to the aid of a 95 year old man while working on Cherry Tree Lane in Stockport.
IWJS operatives Thomas Shuttelton and Robson Smith came across a 95-year-old man, Walter Bennet, lying in his garden in the pouring rain. They soon came to realise that Walter needed help and appeared to be having a stroke.
Robson said: “I tried talking to him but he was drifting in an out of consciousness and was mumbling.”
They called the emergency services before carrying out basic first aid, checking to see if he had any cuts or broken bones. The two operatives then lifted and carried Walter inside and looked after him until the ambulance arrived.
Thomas said: “Noticing his face had sloped to one side and his speech was slurring badly, we advised the ambulance service that he had probably had a stroke.”
He continued, “I removed his socks as they were soaking wet and put a warm towel around him. The ambulance arrived within five minutes and took over.”
Walter is currently being looked after in hospital and has his two daughters with him. Tom and Robson are glad they were able to help Walter and hope that he makes a full recovery soon.
As part of their 40th year anniversary celebrations, IWJS are having every new vehicle delivered this year with specially designed livery. The vehicles will be a mix of JHL and Muller build with most of them coming in special edition black with gold and silver livery. The first black vehicle arrived this week and we think it looks great! IWJS pride themselves on exemplary service levels and absolute commitment to exceed customer expectation. Please contact us for more details.
IWJS took delivery of more specialist equipment in the form of a DISAB Centurion. These trucks operate at 10,000cfm which is more than 3x the power of a standard suction unit and capable of vertical lifts in excess of 70m. The unit is able to do this because it does not use vacuum to deliver its performance, instead it creates air movement in a vortex to suck down deep depths, long distances to lift or move aggregates, powers and thick sludges.
The DISAB Centurion is equally good when it comes to discharge power eliminating the need for additional pumps. When combined with our specialist dewatering screens and pumps this unit helps to deliver difficult works much faster than ever before.
IWJS are making a large investment into the very latest in CCTV pipeline condition survey reporting. This investment comes in the form of the brand new Wincan VX software which is a totally new system compared to previous upgrades.
Wincan VX gives the end user access to much more data in a simple to use format available through a web portal opposed to the old DVD and hard copy (although these are still available). The decision was taken to invest in this system not just because IWJS are leaders when it comes to embracing new technology but also because of the environmental impact.
“We used to spend thousands of pounds printing reports, buying and burning DVDs which then were posted and delivered to the client. This new system saves all of this and gives our customers a much faster, greener and cleaner set of data” – Peter Maasz – Business Development Director.
Kier Infrastructure raised over £32,000 for charity after its employees took part in the 1,000-mile ‘Integrating Infrastructure’ fundraising challenge. Kier Bear and his Kier colleagues took in iconic sites like Big Ben on the 1,000-mile green challenge.
Employees from 18 Kier Infrastructure sites and offices travelled the length and breadth of the UK using only non-motorised transport. The teams cycled, paddled and walked their section of the journey before handing over the special cuddly Kier Bear ‘baton’ to the next Kier team, with supporters able to track their progress on Twitter by using the hashtag #wheresthebear.
After starting in Ayrshire, Scotland, employees travelled across the country with Kier Bear to sites in Liverpool, Plymouth and London before finally returning home to Kier’s Bedfordshire-based head office in Tempsford.
The full blog can be read here http://kierwheresthebear.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/deephams-to-oulton-broad.html
Here is an extract…
“Kier Bear arrived at IWJS riding in a Camford cement truck and after a very comfy ride Bear and Sam arrived at IWJS, where they were met by Ivan Clarke, the Depot Manager. As it was getting late in the day it was decided that Bear would spend the evening with John Adams and his family who lived close by.
Nice and early the next morning Bear had a chance to look round the IWJS yard, seeing how everything worked and having a good look at their new rescue vehicles, which are kitted out to enable all types of rescue, including those from confined spaces.
Then it was time to meet Scott, the tanker driver, who would be taking Bear and Sam to their final destination on the East Coast”
Smashing the original fundraising target set for each Kier company board of £10,000, the 1,000-mile challenge raised an incredible £32,000. The money was split between 11 local charities chosen by the Kier teams, as well as The Kier Foundation, an independently registered charity that supports both Kier’s charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support, and other charitable causes close to its employees and the communities it operates in.
Sean Jeffery, Kier executive director for infrastructure, said: “I would like to say a really big heart-felt thank you to everyone who took part, donated vehicles and equipment and sponsored our employees. Kier people have big hearts when it comes to charity, and will always rally round to help the causes close to their hearts. But even so, I was astounded at the enthusiasm that our teams took to this most challenging of challenges with, and I am so proud of the fantastic amount we’ve raised for both vital local charities, and our own Kier Foundation.”
We are pleased to announce the successful proposal to Addenbrooks Hospital to maintain the extensive drainage system. The contract will be mostly be delivered at night and include the systematic cleaning of the drainage to ensure the hospital remains trouble free and operational 365 days a year.
With a drainage system the size of a small town and with hygiene being paramount, the efficient maintenance of the drainage system requires adequate and flexible resourcing. Well done the IWJS teams from Woolpit. – Peter Maasz (Sales Director)
IWJS celebrate with V-Festival
Once again IWJS have been chosen to support V-Festival. This year is a special year for V-Festival as they celebrate 21yrs of throwing one of the biggest festivals in the UK. Helping to keep this landmark event flowing will be IWJS making sure the 1,000’s of party goers, VIPs and celebrities have the best time ever!
This is the 6th year IWJS have been supporting V-Festival but we could never resist a good party! IWJS provide tankering services to many major Festivals including V-Festival, Wireless and Latitude as well as several more.
The staging company told Technical Director Tim Day that “the level of service provided over the last 6 years” and the way in which we make a logistically difficult job look very easy made it a very simple job for him to place the order with IWJS again.
IWJS have also been re-awarded the contract at Newmarket Racecourse for both the race days and the many music events they hold.
For more information call us on 0800 58 58 76
IWJS Rescue officially launched at the end of July
The flexibility needed to resource a rescue team, is one of the key reasons why a new confined spaces rescue service ‘IWJS Rescue’ has been set up. Positioned to provide essential fast response cover in situations requiring a rescue team to be close at hand. The team is trained intensively to protect employees and contractors on site, working in confined spaces.
Under the auspices of SHEQ Director Martin Chapman and Supervisor Neil Bell, the new team at IWJS Rescue has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the waste water management sector involving safety. City and Guilds qualified they are trained to the highest standards by professionals within the health and safety training sector, who work closely with the rescue services, honing their rescue skills.
With a specially designed and equipped rescue vehicle, the team is augmented with the very latest hi-tech carbon fibre air bottles to reduce weight and radio enabled breathing masks, to aid with faster rescue on site should they be needed.
For more information contact IWJS Rescue at our Woolpit head office on: 0800 58 58 76
Old Stowmarket Road
Woolpit, Bury St. Edmunds
230 Old London Road
4 Boundary Lane Enterprise Park
South Hykeham, Lincoln
Unit 10, Huntsman Drive
Northbank Industrial Park