The summer months are finally upon us, despite the fact that they are remaining heavily disguised as winter!  Something that can’t be disguised, however, is SVM’s place in the local engineering landscape as another of our projects receives industry recognition.  Partick Interchange has just been shortlisted for a Scottish Design Award and we will be crossing our fingers for a win in August when the awards ceremony takes place.  This was a high profile project that had a real impact on the look of one of Glasgow’s busiest stations and we are proud to have collaborated with such an excellent team.  We hope that we can achieve similar success together in the future.

New projects joining us this month in the hope of being the next big winner include design for some staff accommodation at a station in Ayr, issues regarding potable water at a major rail depot and some LV design assistance for railway properties in the Glasgow area.  We have also been asked to undertake further works for the large scale Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa project, a scheme with which we have been involved in many areas over the last few years with varying, experienced teams.

Other projects still ongoing in June are led by Goole Swing Bridge, the HEP East package, new rail lighting design in Doncaster Station Concourse and underframe wash works in Inverness.  The Highland Mainline extension programme is continuing, as are the containment works with the Glasgow Subways and various design works in the Carstairs area.  Across the central belt we are still kept busy with design works for the retail supplies at Glasgow Central Station; HVAC design at Allerton; design at railway locations in Birmingham; and works on the London to Corby route which are now approaching completion.  Works are still thriving this month at multiple Depots in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Perth and cover areas such as potable water supplies, shore supplies, fuel road design, drainage works, LV testing, HST servicing, sump pumps, modular accommodation, high mast lighting, fuelling apron, roof works, temporary stabling, temporary bonding, compressors and boiler replacements; while various stations are doing a grand job of keeping up with works including car park services design, ticket office design, CETs, CP6 Building Upgrades, CIS design, EVCP design, lighting design, LED replacements, platform extension, retail supplies, retail enhancements and Access for All works.  In addition to all of this we are also awaiting instruction to proceed with design at Inverness regarding HV and LV infrastructure, some tunnel lighting control for the Glasgow Subway and further shore supply works at multiple Scottish depots.  Non railway projects this month are still healthy with the design for the Tidal Weir remaining busy; provision of design advice for water distribution issues in Bearsden; education facilities in Ayr and Wales; EVCP issues in Blantyre and reinstatement advice following fire damage at St Andrew’s University.  We remain involved with a high rise office building in Glasgow’s rapidly developing Finnieston area and continue to await the beginning of design works in an iconic Glasgow hotel with which we have been involved intermittently for the last six years while CAD 3D models for education suites continue to proceed.

It’s a fast paced and challenging environment in the SVM office and we are always delighted when our team use every opportunity for advancement to the full.  We are therefore delighted that Ciaran Thomson has just graduated from  Strathclyde University with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and is joining SVM on a full time basis.  We wish him many congratulations and look forward to him being a permanent member of the team.  If you are an engineer with consultancy/rail experience and are looking for similar opportunities for development then why not begin by submitting your CV to Elise McLean, elise.mclean@svm-glasgow.co.uk.  Get in touch and discover the possibilities!