We’re sliding into the back half of another year with August practically over and all the summer holidays coming to an end once again.  Still, this just means that everyone at SVM is recharged and ready to delve into some exciting projects as we head full-speed into the Autumn.


Several new projects have landed with us over the last month, including some power LOC alterations in an Edinburgh area that we know particularly well thanks to our long term involvement in the large scale Slateford signalling renewals project.  We have also become involved with feasibility study works at a Glasgow depot, with which we are also no stranger, and been asked to undertake some station design at a site in Liverpool.  Meanwhile, in the commercial sector, we have begun to look at a new education suite requiring a CAD 3D Model in Jedburgh and provide some design advice following an incident at St Andrew’s university.


Other projects continuing into the Autumn are headed up by the large scale design works for the ECML, WCML and IECC as well as works further South in the Bradford area.  We have also been kept busy with design works for Banavie Swing Bridge; works revolving around the station manager’s office at Queen St Station; and continuing works around Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa.  The new stage of the Motherwell Signalling Renewals Project is now well underway while Access for All works are continuing with some sites reaching completion and new ones about to start.  In the Edinburgh area we are still progressing with various non-complex designs, lighting designs and site supervision at Waverley Station and the Slateford project.  Bonding design at Neilston Station is in progress and platform lighting assessments at two major Scottish station sites have now been undertaken while works at Dundee and Girvan stations are still arising from time to time.  Heading North, we are nearing completion of the current stage of works at multiple stations associated with the Caledonia Sleeper service, while projects at Aberdeen, Inverness and along the Highland Mainline are making good headway.  Heading in the other direction we are closing the door on the lifts in Headingley and Scunthorpe but opening a window on the lighting renewals project in the South of England, which has finally kicked off.  Not on the railway this month we are continuing to provide design advice for an office building in Edinburgh City Centre and undertaking works for industrial sites in Wishaw and Aberdeen while, of course, we are still providing CAD 3D modelling services for education suites.


This month we are sad to say goodbye to Steven Kavanagh and Andrew Thomson who have been with us for the last couple of years on a temporary basis while finishing their university studies.  We hope that they have learned from their experiences here and everyone at SVM would like to thank them for their hard work and wish them every success for the future.  Have no fear, however; their seats will not get cold – but that’s a story for next month!