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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Costain Blue status three times running

Our team at C412 Bond Street has achieved Costain Blue status for the third reporting period in a row. Blue status is awarded for ‘inspirational’ performance in areas including quality, safety, people, health and environment. “Well done to labour manager…

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James Berry highly commended in Crossrail awards

At the Crossrail awards event on 29 March, apprentice James Berry was highly commended in the Apprenticeship Collaboration category. “This is a great achievement,” said Chris Ryan, director of VGC Labour Solutions south. “James was successful out of over 650 apprentices…

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Shortlisted for Construction News Diversity award

We have been selected as a finalist for the Diversity Champion of the Year category 2017 Construction News Award. Shortlisted in this important category are: Balfour Beatty Carillion Highways Interserve Construction Lendlease VGC Group Vinci Construction UK This is because…

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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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Successful audit update to 2015 standards

We have successfully made the transition to the new BS EN ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 standards. These replace the previous BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 quality management and BS EN ISO 14001:2004 environmental standards. The new standards formalise and improve…

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VGC wishes Mike a happy retirement

VGC Cole Hire has said farewell to Mike Buckingham on his retirement. As director, Mike has managed the vehicle rental business for 26 years. “During this time, Mike has offered a very professional and personal service to all our customers,…

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Rail engineering apprentices’ careers on track with VGC

Apprentices from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) have reached the first milestone in their new careers. They will return to the college for the day on Friday 27 January, as part of their NVQ qualification…

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VGC sponsors BuildForce launch event

VGC Group is a key launch sponsor of BuildForce, a new initiative to connect service leavers with opportunities in construction and engineering. BuildForce will officially ‘go live’ at an industry event in the Fusiliers Museum at the Tower of London…

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Our new charity for 2017: Samaritans

VGC will be supporting Samaritans in 2017. “We are proud to have a large and incredibly diverse workforce at VGC. The issues which Samaritans can help people with can affect anyone, regardless of their background,” said Ciara Pryce, Group Services…

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Client compliments and thanks

John writes: I’m pleased to say that we’ve had a number of compliments from satisfied clients recently, especially regarding the work done over the holiday period. Resignalling Network Rail Andy Gallimore, Siemens installation supervisor, sent an email about one of…

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