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

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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.


Armed Forces

The Royal Engineers Ask Bow’s for Help

Sgt John Sparkham and Sgt Rob Evans both ex Nottingham residents recently contacted Thomas Bow City Asphalt seeking the hands-on experience of a professional Highways maintenance contractor as part of their Highways Engineering Degree with the 1st Royal School of Military Engineering, Chatham, Kent.

Sparkham with 12 years service and Evans with 15 years service are both currently completing the course on behalf of the military in order to increase the skills, knowledge and expertise of the armed forces when it comes to the construction of infrastructure.

Evans who has already completed one tour of Afghanistan from March to September 2009 is due to return to Afghanistan later this year with colleague Sparkham, as part of the military’s ongoing objectives to refurbish or replace existing roads and where necessary construct new highways in the country, in order to improve the movement of private, commercial and military personnel, goods and equipment.

The two Sergeants conducted significant research in a bid to identify companies who had relevant experience in the construction and refurbishment of Roads. Sparkham said “we spent ages searching through the internet trying to find companies who carried out both Civil Engineering and Surfacing, but most of the companies we spoke to only specialised in one field; a lot of the companies we spoke to only did Surfacing or in many cases just Driveways, but Thomas Bow City Asphalt did everything”. Evans said “when we contacted Thomas Bow City Asphalt everyone was really helpful from the word go”.

Both were attached to Thomas Bow City Asphalt for one week’s intensive training during January 2011, which involved them operating various plant and equipment used in the construction and surfacing of nation’s highways. They visited a number of different sites currently under construction by Thomas Bow City Asphalt including works for Derbyshire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Sparkham and Evans are hoping to return to Thomas Bow City Asphalt during the summer in order to complete a final 5 week attachment within the Private sector as part of their ‘work experience’.

Everyone at Thomas Bow City Asphalt would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the excellent efforts of Sparkham and Evans along with that of all those involved within the British Armed Forces. Thank you and good luck to you all.

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Sale of Nottingham Rugby

Nottingham Rugby has shared many close ties with Notts County having shared the Meadow Lane grounds for some time.

Following lengthy talks with Ray Trew, owner and Chairman of Notts County Football Club, the Rugby clubs Chairman, Alistair Bow has completed the sale of Nottingham Rugby Club to Notts County for an undisclosed sum.


TBCA Help Raise £23,000 for Local Charity

The Lighthouse Club is known, recognised and regarded with respect and affection throughout every branch of the construction industry and not least by the team at Thomas Bow City Asphalt (TBCA), many of whom have played major roles over the years in the raising of much needed funds, and this year was no different.

Eddie Pollard, Site Manager (TBCA) and Chairman for the Nottingham branch of the Lighthouse Club hosted this years Christmas event, which despite a blanket of snow across the entire UK was a massive success, with more than 350 members and guests attending the function held at the popular Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham’s City Centre.

Music was delivered by “Cachet”, and this year the addition of well known caricature artist George Williams, fresh from his appearance on The One Show, gave many of the braver guests the opportunity to have a memento of their day!

The Speaker was Welsh comedian and entertainer Mr Rod Woodward, who had previously appeared with and supported Patrick McGuiness and Russell Brand and won the 2008 BBC comedy competition “Funny Business”. An act not to be missed! All of this, and the services of the professional Master of Ceremonies Mr Geoffrey Harris, who ably orchestrated the day.

However, not to forget the business of the day, which was the raising funds for the benevolent fund. TBCA provided sponsorship covering the cost of printing and other set-up costs in addition to donating range of prizes for auction along with other local companies, which later that evening was ably led by Alistair Bow, Managing Director (TBCA) and Vice Chairman for the Nottingham Branch of the Lighthouse Club.

The auction commenced with the famous whisky draw, which bounced back and fourth several times, each time raising more and more money before it found itself back on its podium to await next years draw! As the bidding commenced for the auction, a frantic bidding war followed as members and guests bid for signed sports memorabilia, concert tickets and highly collectable die cast models!

Overall, we can announce that funds raised throughout the year have allowed the Nottingham Branch to donate the sum of £23,000 to the fund!


Thomas Bow City Asphalt Win New Tesco Store Contract

Working closely with Lincolnshire County Council and on behalf of the Santon Group, Thomas Bow City Asphalt (Principal Contractors) will be undertaking the Section 278 Highways Works for the new Tesco store in Bourne, Lincolnshire; work starts 13th December 2010.

Alistair Bow says “we’re all delighted to be working with the Santon Group and Tesco in the construction of their new store in Bourne, which represents both a major investment in the town by Tesco, and also a significant step forward for Thomas Bow City Asphalt in our strategic plan to venture further into the commercial sector”

Contract value £398,840


Hitting The Road in Style

The new Thomas Bow City Asphalt branding will be clearly visible very soon on the highways and byways around the country as we are about to take delivery of a fleet of 10 new vehicles.

The eight utility vans and two 7.5 tonne weight tippers are being brought in as part of a £340,000 modernisation programme, and will mainly replace older vehicles.

Another new addition to the fleet will be a new paver – which lays tarmac on the roads. This is currently on order, and when it arrives, will take the tally up to four.

It’s all part of the plan to keep the business moving forward… as is the fact that all vehicles are now based at Oxton, because we took over part of Moorfield Farm at the end of August to create a new yard, garages and workshops.

Situated where it is, in the centre of the county, it is an ideal base to support the company’s growth, not only in Nottinghamshire but also in surrounding counties – especially Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire.