LGBT roundtable event

Zena writes: Last week I attended a really interesting roundtable run by Pride in London and InterComms. It was for communications professionals to discuss LGBT issues. Almost the first statement was: “As an industry, we face huge issues in finding…

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Women in construction networking

Kim writes: I’ve recently met some very interesting people as part of my role as women in construction champion. Project Sculpture This week I went to an event at City Hall about Project Sculpture. The project will be launched on…

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Safety stand-down day planning

Will writes: I’m busy planning a safety stand-down day for everyone working in VGC Construction. 24 members of the team will get together next Monday (19 June) at Cardinal House for safety training by HSQE manager Richard Wheeler. It will…

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My first year as a graduate engineer

Tahir writes: I joined VGC group on 26 September 2016 as a graduate engineer. Not having much experience as an engineer yet, I was unsure of what to expect from the company and the role as a whole. I work…

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Improving cable avoidance

Will writes: We’re working closely with client CVU to mitigate the risk of cable strikes. We have a major contract with CVU (Colas, Volker Highways, URS JV) to upgrade traffic signals, roads and footways in London. Unfortunately we often come…

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Client commendations for John’s teams

Graham writes: Recently teams led by labour manager John Daly received several commendations from clients. Manchester to Blackpool rail upgrade Gangs working on the Manchester to Blackpool line were thanked by our client Siemens. The first was an incident in…

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What impact might Brexit have on UK construction?

Ciara writes: We are looking at ways to manage the impacts of Brexit on infrastructure. Whatever your views on Brexit, it is likely to restrict the movement of construction workers. At VGC we are looking at ways to manage the…

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Good for Andrew

Mark writes: Andrew Smith has won an award on Crossrail Anglia for his impact on health and safety. Sarah Brock from Crossrail presented him with his award on site at Ilford on 5 April. The award is for his contribution…

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Our five-a-side football victory

Mike writes: We’ve won another award – for football! The joint Costain-VGC team won last week’s Crossrail Anglia annual five-a-side football charity competition. The Line of Route 2 team raised £335 in sponsorship as their part of the team-building event,…

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Becoming a BuildForce mentor

James writes: I’ve volunteered to be a mentor for BuildForce. BuildForce is a new programme to help ex-services personnel into construction and engineering. I believe I can help because I have experience of working my way up through various construction roles…

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National smartcard check

Ciara writes: On 8 February Build UK and CECA carried out a CSCS smartcard audit across member construction sites. The audit used smartcard technology to make sure that everyone working on the sites has the required training and qualifications to…

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BuildForce launch event

Ciara writes: Last Tuesday evening I attended the launch of BuildForce at the Tower of London. Laura (Perry, HR manager), Chris (Ryan, VGC Labour Solutions director), Stephen (Burns, business development director) and I were all really pleased to be there.…

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