20 January 2017

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 director. “We want to increase the awareness of these issues amongst our colleagues, signpost them

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16 January 2017

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 our civils gangs: “During the commissioning over Christmas here in Manchester I had the privilege

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21 December 2016

Our Christmas work teams

Thank you to everyone working over the Christmas holidays. We have a number of people working night and day instead of celebrating with family and friends, and we are grateful to them. “Thank you to all the people who will be giving up time with their family and friends,” said Laurence Mckidd, managing director. “This

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25 November 2016

A second Network Rail Star for VGC's Crossrail Anglia team

At a site meeting on 7 November, Dave Ditchfield of Network Rail presented a Star award to VGC’s site agent Carlos Allca. This is VGC’s second on the Crossrail Anglia project. The award acknowledged excellent practice by the VGC Rail Projects team, measured by audit, inspection and testing the workers on site. Carlos’s team doing

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14 October 2016

Supply Chain Sustainability School BCI awards win

The Supply Chain Sustainability School, of which VGC is a gold level partner, has won the Best Practice in Procurement award at the 2016 British Construction Industry Awards. The BCI awards recognise excellence in specialisms that contribute to overall project success. Over 1,200 people attended the awards ceremony on 12 October at the Grosvenor House

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19 September 2016

Bobby Hayre, Eng Tech (MICE)

Bobby Hayre, who joined VGC as a graduate engineer, has been accepted as a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. After an interview with the ICE professional reviews panel, they recommended he be accepted as an engineering technician member of ICE. He can now use the letters Eng Tech (MICE) after his name. “The

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5 September 2016

Crossrail sustainability award for VGC

VGC is honoured to have won the Crossrail Sustainability award for maximising employment opportunities. The Sustainability award for ‘Maximising Employment Opportunities’, was presented by Sir Terry Morgan, Crossrail chairman. The citation congratulated us “for running three innovative training programmes which have resulted in 10 people being recruited as general operatives and traffic marshals.” VGC’s nomination

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24 August 2016

H&S award for BBMV Crossrail C512 project

We are proud to have won an important health and safety award on the Crossrail Whitechapel station project C512. Paul Whyte, BBMV’s health and safety manager, presented the Health and Safety supplier forum trophy to Chris Ryan, VGC’s operations director, at the senior management forum. Chris thanked the VGC team, saying: “Thank you to the

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22 August 2016

Drainage work saves customer disruption

The Track Partnership team carried out drainage work at Paddington this summer to prevent delays and disruptions. Preventative pipe renewal work was carefully co-ordinated between Network Rail and London Underground. Because the drainage affects both parties, they agreed to share the cost of the renewal. The drainage pipes at Paddington station, which are shared with

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19 August 2016

2016 Newcastle College Rail Academy award winners

The Rail Academy awards celebrated the success of hard-working students. VGC sponsored a number of categories in the awards, as we did for the inaugural awards last year. The students were addressed by David Morgan of Network Rail, before the prizes were announced by Noel Milligan, P-way lecturer and course leader. This year’s categories sponsored

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