Client Skanska

M1 junction 19
Skanska and Skanska joint ventures
across the UK
Jun 2009

We have provided people and delivered projects to client Skanska for many years.

We have gained a number of awards on our projects. In addition, we are proud to have won two over-arching Skanska awards:

In September 2018, Skanska presented VGC with the ‘Act Ethically and Transparently’ award.

Chris and Laurence receiving the trophy at the Skanska supply chain award
‘Act Ethically and Transparently’ award presentation..L-R: Skanska managing director Andrew English, VGC operations director Chris Ryan, VGC managing director Laurence Mckidd, Skanska executive vice president Thomas Faulkner.

In October 2019, Skanska managing director Andrew English presented Richard Wheeler, our head of HSQE, with an Injury-Free Environment (IFE) award at the Zero Accident Forum.

Providing people

VGC provided a number of people to Connect Plus, the Skanska-led public-private partnership which ran the M25 DFBO (design, build, finance, operate) project. The project widened the M25 along 38 miles of road between junctions 16 – 18 and 27 – 30. It also refurbished the 1.2km long Hatfield tunnel on the A1.

The construction project, which employed up to 4,000 people at peak, was delivered early and to budget in time for the 2012 Olympics.

We supplied skilled trades and labour to Skanska as part of the Wessex Capacity Alliance upgrade of Waterloo station.

We supported main contractor Skanska throughout the £190m M1 junction 19 Catthorpe interchange upgrade. The people we supplied as part of a five-year framework contract were local, so that the project benefited local communities while it was being built as well as relieving substantial congestion in the area on completion.

Skanska’s works manager said:

The VGC team has shown a high level of commitment to the project to ensure that we are supplied with a highly skilled, competent and, above all, safe workforce.

Terry Dutton-Wells with award
Terry Dutton Wells with a safety ‘Contractor of the Year’ award from Costain Skanska JV at Bond St

We provided skilled trades and labour to Costain Skanksa Joint Venture on Crossrail Bond Street station for over five years. We received a large number of health and safety awards including ‘Contractor of the Year’.

As a member of the A14 Integrated Labour Team, we have supported the award-winning A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme for nearly five years. We have delivered training in fairness, inclusion and respect as well as manual handling safety training.

During 2016, we supplied people and delivered mental health training to the Balfour Beatty Skanska JV working on the M25 junction 30 upgrade.

Also for Costain Skanska JV, our people took part in the southern enabling works for HS2 between Euston station and west Ruislip. We are now supporting SCS on sections S1 and S2 as well as the 25-mile stretch between Euston and West Ruislip.

HS2 West Ruislip SCS CSJV
HS2 works at West Ruislip

Delivering projects

In 2019, we upgraded two bus lay-bys on the A405 arterial road. The contract was to make the lay-bys longer and wider, and to build two new bus shelters.

We have also delivered a number of emergency refuge area (ERA) bays on the M25.

In June 2020 Skanska’s operations director complimented us:

quality of workmanship on site very good.

Skanska’s works manager also commended the team:

Your site teams are producing an excellent job despite current conditions and restrictions…. I felt the team was creating a positive impression with the travelling public.