Summer is definitely here and, this week alone, Glasgow has seen the hottest and the wettest days of the year occur one after the other.  While these wild extremes are, admittedly, not uncommon in Scotland, this meteorological madness is strangely metaphorical for the turbulent times in which the Country currently finds itself following the EU referendum.  While there is an element of uncertainty in the Country’s future, SVM Glasgow are confident that we can handle any changes that might arise as easily as we handle that unpredictable weather; continuing to provide the first rate service that all of our clients expect.


We have been able to start July with a beautiful trip to Glencoe to provide design advice for a railway installation while, closer to home, we have begun to look at further railway station cycle shelters and carried out a lighting survey on station escalators.  Looking to the future in the Railway sector we are also bidding for works on depots in the North of Scotland and a stabling shed in Glasgow.  We have also seen significant movement in the commercial sector this month with new clients reaching out to us to undertake lighting design in the Springburn area; M&E design for a hotel property in Glasgow City Centre; a new office building in Wishaw; and, last but not least, more 3D CAD models for further school sites.


Busy projects this month have been the Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa works; the temporary ticket office refurbishment associated with the high profile project at Glasgow Queen Street Station; the bonding of station shelters at several locations across central Scotland and various facets of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Project.  Other ongoing railway projects include several depots across the country, various works at Glasgow Central and Queen St Stations; Motherwell North Signalling and Polmadie and Rutherglen renewals; and AFA design at many Scottish stations.  Improvements at Partick Interchange are in full swing, while on the Glasgow Subway we are still providing site support for the refurbishment works.  Several smaller scale rail projects also continue this month with works at Ayr Travel Hub and various projects at railway properties across the country including external lighting design; LED replacements; earthing and bonding design; surveys and monitoring.  Non railway work continues to thrive in July as we continue to provide M&E advice following a flooding incident at a property in Carlisle and remain involved at House of Fraser’s flagship Glasgow store.  We are still bonding with our neighbours over works in the rapidly developing vicinity of our office and are involved in an advisory capacity with a site following extreme weather conditions in the North of England.  We continue to provide design for a hotel site in Taynuilt and another in Glasgow City Centre.


In the office this month there have been two main highlights, the first of which being the promotion of senior electrical engineer Jamie Taylor to Associate.  Jamie is an integral part of SVM and we would all like to congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion which moves him deeper into the business.  Also this month, we welcomed the Achilles auditor and are pleased to announce that we passed our RISQS audit with flying colours.  It’s gratifying to know that even in a month filled with nationwide upheaval, there have still been several moments to celebrate at SVM.