VGC workers looking happy with their award

VGC is proud to have earned a TfL LU Beacon award for our Farringdon signal equipment room project.

Chris Hobden, programme delivery manager for London Underground, presented the award to Donal McCarthy, site manager, at a ceremony on 26 July at Farringdon station.

The Beacon award acknowledges VGC’s commitment to good practice in site management on the project. It follows a number of unannounced HSQE inspections, during which VGC exceeded expectations every time.

This design and build project at Farringdon station involved the refurbishment of the signalling equipment room (SER). It is part of the SER framework managed by LU’s Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) team to refurbish or new build at almost 50 locations.

Neil Wattley, London Underground lead construction manager for Four Lines Modernisation (4LM), emailed: “You should all be very proud! My thanks to your team for their commitment to reaching this milestone. It shows a real will to succeed with LU in raising the bar with regard to safety.”

Jacques Kriel, VGC Rail Projects director, said: “Thank you to everyone at VGC who has contributed to this achievement. To be recognised in this way required a significant amount of hard work from all: everyone working at Farringdon, including our sub-contractors, should be very proud.”

About the Beacon award

The Beacon award scheme recognises suppliers who demonstrate outstanding performance in health and safety. Transport for London only awards this accolade to contractors who consistently demonstrate a commitment to improving and maintaining high standards of health and safety. VGC’s four Be Safe rules support the London Underground safety mantra “Everyone home safe and healthy every day”.Beacon award Farringdon SER

The Beacon scheme is based on the Considerate Constructors Scheme, but demands even higher standards and has additional requirements, because of the potentially hazardous rail environment. Tube Lines introduced the scheme in 2006 to help ensure that all work at its project sites and maintenance depots is undertaken safely and considerately.

The criteria for the Beacon site award fall into five categories:

  • Consideration
  • Environment
  • Cleanliness
  • Safety and health
  • Management and values.

VGC is principal contractor for London Underground for the Farringdon SER project. All the signalling equipment rooms are being installed in for the sub surface railway (SSR) project which was recently awarded to Thales by London Underground.

LU expects the last SER to be completed by January 2018.


The photograph above is of the presentation at Farringdon. From left to right:

  • Jack Ambler – LU construction manager
  • Carlos Orozco – LU project assistant manager
  • Chris Hobden – LU programme delivery manager
  • Mark Boulton – VGC document controller
  • Sean Thompson – VGC project engineer
  • Donal McCarthy – VGC site manager
  • Jacques Kriel – VGC Rail Projects director
  • John Hannan – VGC HSQE director













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