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LCC Culverts Replacement

Culverts Replacement

Following a recent investigation, the Client had identified an increased risk of flooding along with structural problems to two aging brick and sandstone culverts that ran through Stainton Village.

Appointing TBCA as Principle Contractors; through early contractor involvement we were able to assist in obtaining consent for the works from the Environment Agency, following the submission of an ecological study report. Critical to the successful delivery of the works was the establishment of open lines of communication with a number of stakeholders, which included adjacent residents, all of whom would be significantly affected throughout the delivery phase.

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New Corporate Joint Venture

March 2012 saw the establishment of a new Corporate Joint Venture (JV) known as Nexus Highways Ltd.

Owned and operated by the Thomas Bow City Asphalt Group and the McCann Group, Nexus Highways benefits from robust financial backing, combined with a skilled and knowledgeable management team that will allow it to play a key role in the development of project design and buildability.

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Sponsors of Ilkeston Football Club

Thomas Bow City Asphalt recently agreed a two year sponsorship deal with Ilkeston Football Club.

Previously known as Ilkeston Town FC, the club was sold in November 2010 to SR Education, following which the club has attracted talent from some of the major league clubs including Manager, Kevin Wilson, a former Derby County and Chelsea striker and his assistant Darren Caskey, of Spurs and Notts County fame.

TBCA and its management team have a long and proud history of supporting local football teams and other sporting activities.

Alistair Bow says “I fully understand how difficult it is for clubs to secure valuable sponsorship deals, particularly during the current climate when most businesses are choosing to cut back, however I take a longer term view and am always happy to invest in our local communities, so when Ilkeston FC approached me for help, it was very easy yes from me”


NCC Framework 2011 – 2013

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has been working in partnership with Nottingham City Council (NCC) for many years undertaking a wide range of Civil Engineering projects, which included being their incumbent Framework Contractor on the outgoing Highways Maintenance 2009 to 2011 contract, under which the Company successfully delivered more than forty-four schemes, with an estimated value of £3.5m for the Authority.

On 9th November 2011, the board of directors were delighted to regain their position on the new NCC Highways Maintenance 2011 to 2013 Framework Contract. But the good news didn’t stop there because TBCA were also awarded the Surfacing Contract within the Framework.

The Company believes that holding prime positions for both Civil Engieering and Surfacing within the new Framework is likely to generate at least the same if not higher revenues than that of previous years; despite the Governments Spending Review earlier this year, which saw all Authorities forced into cutting spending by 20% plus over all departments.

Grantham Market Place Refurbishment

Grantham Market Place Completed

On 21st October, Thomas Bow City Asphalt successfully completed the Grantham Market Place Refurbishment cPublic Realm contract for Lincolnshire County Council.

This £1.7m Public Realm Scheme was the first Phase of a two Phase contract. The first phase was constructed over three smaller phases, each of which was broken down into “mini” phases so as to minimise any disruption to local residents and adjacent retailers / businesses etc.

The works commenced in the heart of Grantham and encompassed the busy Market Place before extending through Westgate to the junction of Wide Westgate. The third and final phase commenced at the junction of the Market Place and Conduit Street and continued throughout the entire length of Union Street to the junction of North Street.

Thomas Bow Contracts Manager, Brian White was site based for the entire duration of the works and managed the construction of this project. Brian and his team benefit from extensive experience working on similar Public Realm projects within heavily populated City Centres, where both traffic and pedestrian management are of critical importance to ensure the safe delivery of the works and equally so. Brian, also acting as our full time, site based Customer Liaison Officer worked closely with local residents and adjacent retailers, liasing with them regarding the progress of our works and ensuring that effective communications are maintained with them and other stakeholders throughout the construction phase.

Critical to the success of this scheme was our ability to maintain access and egress to shops and business premises directly affected by our works, ensuring works outside of there main entrances was carried out outside of opening hours to ensure disruption was minimised. Brian also provided additional help and support to businesses in the form of “labour”, to assist with the loading and unloading of deliveries, providing that helping hand to stakeholders, whilst also aiding the construction phase by expediently moving parked vehicles quicker, allowing works to continue without interruption.

Prior to and throughout the construction phase, Thomas Bow held numerous public meetings in conjunction with the local “Business Club”, ensuring open lines of communication were maintained at all times. The Client, LCC were delighted with our excellent communication, stakeholder involvement and quality of works.

enterprise inns

TBCA Pub Crawl

Thomas Bow City Asphalt staff will be going on a pub crawl across the UK as part of Enterprise Inns latest national refurbishment programme.

Work commenced on the new contract on 22nd August with the surveying of more than 100 Enterprise Inns across the UK.

We will be assessing the individual hard landscaping requirements for each of the public houses to be refurbished in order to identify and prioritise the work requirements.

It is thought that the majority of the schemes will include the complete renovation of car parking areas and footways, using a variety of materials including block paving, slabs and asphalt surfacing.

Delivery of the works is scheduled to commence later this year and be completed by June 2012.

Estimated contract value is in the region of £300,000


Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

On 27th July Thomas Bow City Asphalt won Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council’s “CW10 Footway Surfacing” framework contract.

Karl Smith, Commercial Manager commented “this contract opportunity represented a natural progression for Thomas Bow City Asphalt, given the fact that we’ve been working for neighbouring Derbyshire County Council for the past three years. So when the ITT was released by Tameside MBC is seemed obvious that this should form part of our continued expansion plans across the region.”

The new contract is worth in the region of £1.5m and is set to commence on 1st August and run for three years, with the option to extend for a further year.

Efficiency East Midlands Partnership Grows

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has been working in partnership with Efficiency East Midlands (EEM) lead member, Nottingham City Homes since August 2010, delivering environmental groundworks throughout their stock, which includes social housing and commercial buildings as part of their planned programme of improvements.

The EEM consortium was established to offer an exciting opportunity for social housing providers across the East Midlands region in the delivery of “cashable” and “non-cashable” benefits, for example significant cost savings combined with the ability to deliver high quality services to the communities and tenants they serve. The current membership comprises arms-length management organisations (ALMOs), local authorities (LAs) and housing associations (RSLs) and includes:

• Nottingham City Homes
• Ashfield Homes Ltd
• A1 Housing Bassetlaw Ltd
• Derby Homes
• Newark and Sherwood Homes
• Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing
• Tuntum Housing Association
• ACIS Group
• Chesterfield Borough Council
• Derwent Living
• Gedling Homes
• LHA Asra Group
• Mansfield District Council
• Nottingham Community Housing Association
• Rykneld Homes
• South Derbyshire District Council

Moving forward, Thomas Bow City Asphalt is now responsible for reactive repairs and maintenance as sole contractor under the EEM’s Tarmac, Path Repairs and Minor Groundworks Framework.

Working to strict service level agreements (SLA’s), the company will ensure rapid response times and the quality delivery of its services to the consortiums members. Additional commitments include the employment and training of local people, something the Company has been committed to over the past several years.

A comprehensive Employment and Skills Plan (ESP) has been prepared in conjunction with our approved training partner, ConstructionSkills, which will include for the recruitment and training of many young adults in the form of 2 year Apprenticeships, along with additional resources for NVQ training, to ensure all our employees benefit from continual professional development.

This new contract has been valued at up to £2.5m and is set to run for a period of 12 months, with options to extend for a further 24 months.

M1 Junctions 29 & 30

M1 Motorway

Working on behalf of Derbyshire County Council, these works formed part of our Surface Work for Highways Framework Contract.

Working nights, our task was to resurface two major roundabouts to the M1 J29 and J30 using a 10mm Polymer Modified Binder (PMB) surface material, and road studs and road marking to complete.

A number of factors were critical to the successful delivery of this project; they were Traffic Management, Programming and Stakeholder Management and Communications.

Traffic Management – prior to the commencement of works contact was established with the Highways Authority, Network Management and long terms supply chain partners Moxon Traffic Management. Traffic management measures were discussed and agreed, which included early warning notices, full closure of M1 entry slip roads along with associated diversionary routes, and lane closures and speed calming measures to carriageways approaching the islands in order to safely reduce the speed of approaching vehicles to 10mph.

Programming – timing was of paramount importance as each phase had to be completed and the M1 entry slip roads and associated lane closures must be re-opened by 06:00 each day to avoid costly disruptions to peak traffic travelling times. In order to ensure adherence to programme, duplicate Plant was retained on standby on site at all times to cope with unforeseen breakdowns in addition extra resources in the form of standby crews.

Stakeholder Management and Communications – once established, open lines of communication were maintained throughout the delivery phase.

The works were completed safely, on time and within budget.

Scope of works:

  • Traffic Management
  • Night Working (19:00 to 06:00)
  • Planing & Surfacing (PMB)
  • Road Studs & Road Marking