July is now well underway and as usual, umbrellas and sunglasses are needed in equal measure! It’s all good practice though, as, in the SVM Office, we are just as prepared to meet any new project challenges as we are for anything a typical Scottish Summer has to throw at us!

Projects just beginning to heat up this July include new works involving Glasgow’s subway stations; a further facet of the Motherwell Signalling Renewals Project and the detailed design associated with boiler replacements at a major rail depot. A lot of other familiar sites have also been making their way back to us this month with bonding design at Neilston; new works at Stirling and Tweedbank stations and new platform lighting assessments at two major Scottish station sites.

Ongoing projects for the summer are dominated by design works for Banavie Swing Bridge; works revolving around the station manager’s office at Queen St Station; railway design in the Bradford area and continuing works around Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa. ECML, WCML and IECC works are all still progressing, while various non-complex designs, lighting designs and site supervision at Waverley Station remain busy as usual. Access for All works are continuing steadily with design commencing at a new site this month and sites across the North of the country including Aberdeen, Inverness and along the Highland Mainline are progressing well. We are nearing completion of the current stage of works at multiple stations associated with the Caledonia Sleeper service; getting heating design underway at a station site in Girvan; and down South we are still providing design advice for lifts in Headingley and Scunthorpe. Our involvement in ongoing projects at Slateford, PARR, MNSR and Dundee is still requested from time to time and we are just about to get started on a lighting renewals project in the South of England, which has been in development for some time. A little off the beaten tracks we are continuing to provide design advice for an office building in Edinburgh City Centre and lighting schemes in Bridgeton and Glasgow’s West End. Design is still being undertaken for industrial sites in Wishaw and Aberdeen while, of course, we are still providing CAD 3D modelling services for education suites.

This month has also seen SVM’s annual Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) audit which, we are pleased to announce, we have passed with an excellent result of 5 stars. We are proud of our levels of proficiency at SVM and are delighted to be able to offer this 5 star service to each and every one of our clients.