The summer season has begun at SVM, with holidays approaching and a few months of sun to – optimistically – look forward to at home. While we are looking out the sun cream and shorts, however, we won’t be forgetting the varied projects that are heating up around the office.

June has been a good month at SVM which has seen links with our existing clients strengthened further as we undertake new projects alongside design teams with whom we have proven ourselves in the past. We have begun looking at further education suites with a view to providing 3D CAD models and are providing M&E advice following a flooding incident at a property in Carlisle. Meanwhile, back on the Railway, we are looking at the bonding of station shelters at several locations across central Scotland, revisited a Glasgow Railway Depot and major station, both of which we already know well and rounded those off with a scenic trip down the coast to provide design advice for Ayr travel hub. Anything for a day at the beach!

The big ones again this month are Motherwell North Signalling and Polmadie and Rutherglen Renewals; the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Project and works across Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa, all of which are in full swing. We are still providing design advice for separate projects at Glasgow Central Station and are making good progress with the Access for All works at various sites across the country. A crop of smaller projects is still thriving across several different railway properties and includes signal boxes, underpasses, boiler rooms and depots and these works vary between external lighting design; LED replacements; earthing and bonding design; surveys and monitoring. Improvements at Partick Interchange are beginning to gather momentum while on the Glasgow Subway we are still providing site support for the refurbishment works and at Prestwick Railway station the lighting design is in progress. Away from the Railway we are happy to continue our involvement at House of Fraser’s flagship Glasgow store and befriend our neighbours with works in the rapidly developing vicinity of our office. We are still involved in an advisory capacity with a site following extreme weather conditions in the North of England and continue our design for a hotel site in Taynuilt.

Never mind the Euros, SVM were celebrating last night following the Scottish Transport Awards where The ScotRail Alliance won ‘Most Innovative Transport Project of the Year’ for Borders Railway; SPT won ‘Excellence in Walking Public Realm’ for St Enoch Subway Station and ScotRail/SPT/Transport Scotland won in the category of Integrated Transport Project for Johnstone Railway Station Park and Ride. SVM are delighted to have been an integral part in the M&E element of all three of these projects and hope to continue to deliver such high quality projects with these excellent design teams in the future. Finally, with the onset of summer comes the siren song of foreign climes and, as usual, the SVM Glasgow staff are spreading out across the world with holidays planned for various locations such as New York, Las Vegas and Thailand. Wherever staff scatter, however, works will always continue as normal within the office with projects being delivered come rain or, hopefully, shine. Wherever our clients and collaborators are heading this summer, we would like to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday.