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
NEC Entrance

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.

Lincs CC

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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Kirklees C

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.