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NEC Birmingham Term Contract Award

The NEC is the busiest exhibition centre in Europe, staging around 160 trade and consumer exhibitions each year, ranging from world-famous public shows such as Crufts and Clothes Show Live to huge international trade exhibitions like IPEX and Spring Fair, Birmingham. Over four million people visit the centre each year and with 20 halls totalling over 190,000sqm of exhibition space they’re also the biggest exhibition centre in the UK.

Occupying a 650-acre site with approx 12 miles of roads and approx 20,000 car parking spaces, Thomas Bow City Asphalt were awarded the Term Contract for the resurfacing, repair and maintenance of the site for a period of 3 years, with a possible extension of a further 1 year.

Whilst the NEC is considered to be a private site many of its roads are classified as public highways and therefore are required to be compliant with road traffic regulations. Our works will involve a wide variety of road resurfacing and repair works and will include sections of public highway, private roads, car parks and traffic Islands, all of which will form part of the NEC’s ongoing maintenance programme.

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Grantham Market Place Contract Won

Bow’s were one of several major contractors who had been working closely with Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) over the last few months preparing proposals for LCC’s latest Town Centre improvement scheme valued at £1.5m; so when the news finally arrived that Thomas Bow City Asphalt had been awarded the contract the management team were delighted.

To be constructed over three phases, the works will commence in the heart of Grantham and will encompass the busy Market Place before extending through Westgate to the junction of Wide Westgate. The third and final phase will recommence at the junction of the Market Place and Conduit Street and continue throughout the entire length of Union Street to the junction of North Street.

Contracts Manager, Brian White will be managing the construction of this project. Brian and his team benefit from extensive experience working on similar projects within heavily populated City and Town centres, where both traffic and pedestrian management are of critical importance to ensure the safe delivery of the works. Brian will be working closely with local businesses and residents, 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.

Moving forward, the high quality Yorkstone paving materials specified by LCC have already been ordered and are expected to arrive on site prior to the mobilisation of the construction team on 13th June 2011.

Birmingham Airport

Birmingham International Airport Contract

Thomas Bow City Asphalt completed their works at Birmingham International Airport on 6th May 2011 on time and within budget.

Working closely with Graham Goulden, Airport Infrastructure Manager, the construction management team carefully monitored the delivery of the works from concept to completion. The works involved the reconfiguration of BIA’s infrastructure in order to construct a new secure set down area adjacent to the main terminal building.

This recent contract gain compliments and strengthens Bow’s Airport sector, which includes existing Client, Manchester Airports Group, for whom we have been working in partnership with since 2004. Our specialist Airports teams are specifically trained in all aspects of airport works whether they be landside or airside, which includes but is not limited to runway, taxiway and apron bay construction, maintenance and repair, in addition to delethalisation works and drainage etc.

Director of Construction, John Allen has personally led our Airport sector, having gained significant experience over the last 24 years. John benefits from a comprehensive knowledge of the specialist nature of these types of schemes having worked with the Ministry of Defence and the American Airbases in the successful delivery of a wide range of works.


CSCS Platinum Accredited Contractor

On 5th May 2011, Thomas Bow City Asphalt were delighted to be awarded with a Platinum Certificate of Commitment by ConstructionSkills for the Company’s commitment to CSCS, which now represents more than 90% of our workforce.

We have been members of ConstructionSkills (otherwise known as the CITB) since 2002 and have long since recognised the value and importance of the CSCS and CPCS cards, along with the levels of competence these qualifications bring to our employees who undertake the delivery of the schemes we construct for our Clients every day.

CSCS, or Construction Skills Certification Scheme to give it its full title, is the competence card Scheme for the construction industry. Since it was established in 1995, the Scheme has developed considerably to meet the changing needs of the industry and there are now over 1.6 million members.

Increasingly, anyone working or visiting a construction site is required by the client or contractor to show their CSCS card and that it’s appropriate for the job they do. So without a relevant CSCS card access to construction sites may be denied.

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has been a great supporter of the Scheme’s objectives, which are aimed at improving skill levels and competency across the industry in order to reduce accidents, ill health and fatalities and to improve productivity.

In our capacity as Principal Contractors, we understand the need for having a CSCS carded workforce as this shows our current and future clients that will provide a high quality service; frequently our high levels of CSCS card holding can be the difference between us and our competitors when it comes to winning a contract. For our clients, it provides a simple way to check that everyone working on our sites possesses the appropriate skills to carry out their work competently and safely.

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Highways Minor Works Framework

Thomas Bow City Asphalt have had a major presence in West Yorkshire for the past four years as the incumbent contractor for Kirklees Council, so when they announced the agreement was to be re-launched of course we were keen to retain our presence.

John Allen, Director commented “I’m pleased with this contract win and am personally looking forward to continuing the partnership my teams and I have developed with the guys at Kirklees. We’ve constructed some great schemes for the council over the last three years a number of which have received significant praise from the public and local councillors, for the quality of our workmanship and our ability to provide effective communication as a direct result of our proven liaison procedures . . . all in all I’m over the moon with today’s news”.

The new agreement commences on 1st May 2011 and will continue until 30th April 2013, provisions have been made for two annual extensions, which could see us continuing our work within the area until at least 2015.


Nottinghamshire County Council Highways Framework

Thomas Bow City Asphalt recently secured a key position within Nottinghamshire County Councils new ‘NCC Highways Framework’. The new agreement will be for 1 year starting 1st April 2011 and provision for 12-month extensions have been included within the agreement.

The county of Nottinghamshire covers 805 square miles (2085 sq km) and the Highways Division is currently responsible for the management of the following assets:

• 4,200 km’s of roads
• 300km’s of cyclepaths
• 90,000 streetlights
• 88,000 road gullies
• Approximately 10,000km’s of sewer

Thomas Bow City Asphalt will under the terms of this agreement, provide a number of services required by the Highways Dept to help reduce costs and job quotation and lead times.

Alistair Bow commented: “as the incumbent contractor for the outgoing NCC Highways Framework and not forgetting the fact that we are Nottingham’s largest independent Civil Engineering and Surfacing contractor we were of course keen to retain our inclusion in this new agreement. Our bid management and estimating teams worked tirelessly to identify cost benefits for NCC’s asset, which we believe ultimately led to our winning tender submission . . . moving forward, we are keen to continue our existing partnership with NCC’s Highways Division and our teams are all looking forward to the new year ahead.”

NCC Highways Dept budget for year ending 2012 is anticipated to be worth in the region of £23m, which is expected to increase to £28m next year.

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Staffordshire County Council Framework

The management team at Thomas Bow City Asphalt are delighted to have won this new major framework agreement with client, Staffordshire County Council.

The scope of works within this agreement will included the provision of tarmacadam surfaces including all associated works, to County Council owned properties throughout the whole county of Staffordshire and will also consist of a responsive maintenance service, resurfacing and patch repairs to paved surfaces to sports surfaces, playground areas, car parks and access roads. Although it has yet to be confirmed, it is expected that this agreement will also include works for the emergency services.

The framework agreement will commence on the 1st April 2011 and will run through to 31st March 2014, provision has also been made to the possibility of a 1 year extension.

Alistair Bow commented “the new agreement with Staffordshire County Council represents a major win for the Company, and forms part of our strategic development plans for the next three years. Watch this space, because we expect further contract gains over the coming weeks!”


14th April 2011 – Thomas Bow City Asphalt have just secured the first project to be undertaken through this new agreement, which will entail the construction of two football pitches at Silverdale Colliery. The contract value is £320,000

Donnington Park

Pole Position

Thomas Bow City Asphalt commenced work at Donington Park during February 2011 carrying out major track alterations and repairs. Our initial phase included the formation of run-off areas at Redgate Corner and The Old Hair Pin, along with subsidence repairs to the main racing track adjacent to the new access tunnel.

Working in partnership with Donington Park, our ongoing works over the coming months will form part of the continuation of other major improvements currently taking place at this internationally recognised race track as Donington Park gears up for the new season ahead.


An Exciting New Commission

Thomas Bow City Asphalt was delighted to have won three contracts for the provision of Civil Engineering for three of the Forestry Commissions largest Forest Districts on 9th February 2011.

This £500,000, 3 year + 1 Framework Contract encompasses some of the County’s most beautiful forested areas and popular tourist locations. The Company will be working in close partnership with the Forestry Commission providing the skills, knowledge and expertise to help maintain existing footpaths, trails and fencing along with the provision of new.

The works will also include the construction of new and maintenance of existing timber haul routes, used for the extraction of forested timber. The Forestry Commission is possibly the UK’s largest timber provider, benefiting from a dedicated workforce, which manages the UK’s Forests through an ecologically sound process of combining old and new trees.

Brian White, Contracts Manager for Thomas Bow City Asphalt said “I’m really very pleased about this new contract; it represents a further milestone for Thomas Bow City Asphalt. We have worked with the Forestry Commission for a number of years constructing one-off schemes for the Forestry Commission, so to get involved in the day-to-day management of the Forests for the next 3 years will be incredibly exciting for me and my teams”. Brian benefits from more than 17 years experience working for the Forestry Commission on a National basis.

The new Contract wins include the following Districts:

Kielder Forest District
This significant forest district in the North East of England covers the area from the borders of the Northumberland National Park and extends south to Bishop Auckland and is expected to generate more than £400,000 of work over the next three years.

East Anglia Forest District
Covering the Norfolk Broads and the beautiful canals that lay across them and stretching south as far as Northfleet, this area includes the forests around Thetford, Brandon and Bury St Edmunds.

Northants Forest District
This area extends from Grantham in the north to Bedford in the south and encompasses Rutland Water (Oakham) and Grafham Water near Huntingdon.

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New Life for Local Hockey Team

With 103 years behind them and a great club spirit both on and off the field, South Nottingham Hockey Club has recently benefited from a new sponsorship deal with Thomas Bow City Asphalt.

The new sponsorship deal for the clubs Men’s 1st Team includes new kit in addition to providing much needed cash for out of pocket expenses for players who may need help with funding to be able to play.

In addition to supporting the team, we will also be providing individual sponsorship for one of the team’s key players, Chris Pink for the next one and a half years covering everything from travel expenses to accommodation.

From their Club HQ in Bingham, Nottingham, South Nottingham Hockey Club is a mixed club currently running 5 men’s teams and 2 ladies teams, all playing competitive hockey in local leagues. They also have a thriving Junior Academy, with over 70 boys and girls training with them on a weekly basis.