It’s a very special month at SVM Glasgow as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our independence!  This month marks ten years since we became an independent presence in Glasgow’s thriving engineering community and took up residence in our office at 84 Miller Street.  Along the way we have been involved in many exciting projects including the landmark Borders Rail Extension; Waverley Refurbishment; Haymarket, Dundee and Queen Street Stations’ high profile refurbishments; and the prominent improvements to Glasgow’s subway and Partick Interchange to name but a few – not to mention a plethora of personal milestones achieved by staff – past and present – with graduations, charterships, marriages and parenthood all shaping life at SVM Glasgow over the years.  The last decade has been a fantastic ride and none of it would have been possible without our management, staff, clients, collaborators and supporters.  A huge thank you goes out to everyone who has been a part of the SVM story thus far and we sincerely hope that everyone continues to be a part of the next chapter.

Anniversary presents have cropped up this month in the shape of new project possibilities in Inverness regarding HV and LV infrastructure, some tunnel lighting control for the Glasgow Subway and further shore supply works at multiple Scottish depots.  Away from the Railway however, we have been forging fresh connections with new clients in the commercial sector with a residential project in Paisley and some water distribution issues in Bearsden.

Making a big first impression on our second decade are the design works for the retail supplies at Glasgow Central Station, new rail lighting design in Doncaster Station Concourse and underframe wash works in Inverness.  Goole Swing Bridge and the Tidal Weir in Glasgow have remained busy but are now reaching the end of their current phase with implementation works just around the corner.  Other large scale projects still ongoing include the Highland Mainline extension programme, the HEP East package; and works at multiple Depots in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Perth which 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.  Station works continue to thrive this month with continuing car park works at Shieldmuir; ticket office works at Blairhill; CET works at Fort William; and electrical design at Alexandra Parade.  Meanwhile, across the county we remain involved in CP6 Building Upgrades, CIS design, EVCP design, lighting design, LED replacements, platform extension, retail supplies, retail enhancements and Access for All works.  The containment works with the Glasgow Subways and approaching completion as is feeder design in the Carstairs area and works associated with the SDA project.  We remain busy South of the Border with some HVAC design at Allerton, escalator problems at one railway location and detailed design at another in Birmingham; and works on the London to Corby route which are also approaching completion.  In the non-railway world we are as busy as ever with works for education facilities in Ayr and Wales; EVCP issues in Blantyre and reinstatement advice following fire damage at St Andrew’s University..  We are continuing to provide design for a high rise office building in Glasgow’s rapidly developing Finnieston area and just await the beginning of design works in an iconic Glasgow hotel with which we have been involved intermittently for the last six years.  Lighting design for a Glasgow city centre office is ongoing and CAD 3D models for education suites – with new locations arising.

Our big Anniversary has not gone without celebration and a wonderful getaway was had by all SVM staff at Dunkeld House Hotel last weekend.  Everyone was treated to a distillery tour, an excellent meal and some clay pigeon shooting to chase the hangovers away on Sunday.  It was an excellent weekend and we owe a huge vote of thanks to Dunkeld House Hotel. Dewar’s World of Whisky and County Clays who all looked after us fantastically.  Things are still lively back in the office though with a refresh of our website planned for the near future and an overhaul of all social media with Instagram even being added to the fold.  SVM’s future is bright so why not be a part of it?  If you are an engineer with consultancy/rail experience then make the first move to becoming a part of SVM’s next 10 years by submitting your CV to Elise McLean, elise.mclean@svm-glasgow.co.uk .  We look forward to hearing from you!