The trick or treating’s been done, the fireworks have been fired and the Christmas season is just beginning.  It is difficult to believe that another year is racing to a close already; however, everyone at SVM is still working hard to make sure that this last month of 2016 is as productive as all the ones that have come before it.

November has once again been a good month for new works at SVM Glasgow with a significant new project arising around a railway signalling centre for a more recent client with whom we are developing an excellent relationship.  We are also undertaking further small scale works around Edinburgh Waverley station including production of building warrant drawings and non-complex designs.  Away from the Railway we have also been asked to report on the lighting levels at a large freight port South of the border, which is a slightly different environment for SVM and has proved to be a very interesting project.

Keeping the bonfire burning this month are several large scale, ongoing schemes – the most notable of which being the HEP Aberdeen to Inverness project; works at depots in both of these locations and the ECML junction supplies project which covers various sites.  Lighting design for a level crossing in the Stirling area and all facets with which we are involved in the EGIP project are still busy, as are projects involving Partick interchange and a Glasgow Depot where we are undertaking works related to the stabling shed and to external lighting.  Ticket office works at a smaller Glasgow station are continuing as is the temporary ticket office design associated with Glasgow Queen Street station’s high profile refurbishment and the lighting works within the station itself.  The new temporary ticket office, which now occupies the site that was formerly home to The Vale Bar, will be open for business in January 2017 as the project contractors have now been appointed and the works are ready to commence.  Motherwell North Signalling Renewals, works at Slateford Depot and Polmadie and Rutherglen Renewals still require our input from time to time and we are still receiving queries on escalator lighting and MDU works at various stations.  Works that are nearing their end this month include Access for All design at multiple stations across the country and Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa works while surveys in the South of England look set to begin soon. Keeping our hand in the commercial sector, we are still undertaking CAD 3D modelling for several education suites and providing design advice for Glasgow office buildings, a high profile city centre hotel and a property in Carlisle in the wake of recent flood damage.  We also remain involved with an interesting scheme involving the resolution of problems arising from LED harmonics in an agricultural setting, which is a new and challenging direction for SVM.

Party season was kicked off by the IRSE dinner on the 10th November, which SVM attended with several guests and had an excellent evening.  The fun is set to continue with Network Rail’s popular Railhouse Rock charity function, the EEIBA dinner and our own staff Christmas lunch among other events.  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!