The penultimate update of 2017 sees SVM heading into the Christmas season once again! This year the festive period had a very special start with SVM sponsoring the high profile ‘Institution of Railway Signal Engineers’ dinner. This important date on the Railway calendar, held in Glasgow’s Marriott hotel, was attended by almost 300 of the industry’s best and brightest and SVM have been delighted to support such an exciting and successful event.

November has seen several early Christmas presents in the form of new design duties at Queen St and Stirling stations, revolving around the temporary ticket office and station bridge respectively; survey and design works at several station car park sites; containment design at a Railway site in Ayrshire and additional works for a new railway DNO connection in the Dunfermline area. Up North, we have also been asked to participate in further works at multiple sites with which we have previously been involved; including a stabling shed and station lighting surveys. We are also looking forward to beginning new works at Pitlochry and Aviemore very soon. November has also been a strong month away from the Railway as we have been asked to provide design advice for the building that houses the world famous Burrell Collection; a business park in the Greenock area; and an office fit out in Glasgow City Centre.

Ongoing projects that look set to see the end of 2017 with us include design works at Kings Cross station in London, multiple stages of works associated with the high profile Queen St refurbishment project and lighting renewals at railway sites in the South of England. Staying in the South we are continuing to undertake design for a station in Liverpool; a large scale project in the Bradford area; shore supplies near Reading; and ASPs at another station near London. Waverley station is still a frequent location with multiple projects include IECC design, our ongoing PE role and site supervision for various non-complex designs. Branching out from Edinburgh we are making good progress with various facets of the Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa project and the almost complete works associated with the ECML and WCML. This month has seen further development of various property surveys at station locations across the Central Belt; works at Partick Station and a Glasgow Rail depot; while we continue to provide reactive advice for Slateford, Motherwell North Signalling Renewals and PARR. Also still in the mix this month are Access-for -All works at various station locations; bonding design/site supervision at Neilston Station; platform lighting assessments at two major Scottish station sites; and works at Dundee Station. Finally, as we reach the North of the Country – via design for a swing bridge in the Fort William area – we are concluding works at Aberdeen and Inverness Depots; and continuing various facets of the Highland Mainline renewals. It’s a busy railway this month but we definitely don’t have a one track mind with continuing commercial projects including further CAD 3D models for education suites; design advice following an incident at St Andrew’s university; and an office building in Edinburgh city centre. We have also be invited to look at a large market complex in the North of Glasgow and provide design assistance within the NATS offices at Prestwick.

Once again the lure of our Teppanyaki Christmas lunch has proved strong and we are delighted to welcome a new member to the SVM team this month. Ryan Anderson has begun to undertake the role of assistant electrical engineer and we hope that he finds his time at SVM instructive and rewarding. Welcome aboard!