Emergency Reactive Work to Various Reservoirs

Stonbury love a challenge and at various times we have been asked by our clients to complete a substantial amount of work at short notice, often working 7 days a week including bank holiday periods, on the rare occasions there is an unexpected issue with a reservoir or water tower. The goodwill of all our clients allows us to temporarily suspend works on their sites to relocate to other areas of the country, in order that we can divert resources to assist clients in need. This is always on the understanding that at some time in the future, a reciprocal favour may be required. It always amazes me how the whole Company takes on one of our Ten Commandments ‘Always over provide on levels of service to our clients’ and we all pull together for the common cause at times like this. This means our site staff and operatives demonstrate the value of another commandment ‘Always have a positive can-do attitude’ by showing great pride and dedication in assisting our clients to get their assets back into service into the minimum timescale possible. Emergencies, whilst undesirable, always reminds me that we are a Company where everyone truly cares about our clients. Jon Featherstone, Delivery Director. 

Stonbury awarded 5-year Framework with South Staffordshire Water

Stonbury are pleased to announce the award of a 5 year Framework with South Staffordshire Water (including Cambridge Water) for Reservoir Refurbishment, covering the period - November 2016 to November 2021. We have worked closely with South Staffordshire Water for many years and, since 2011, as the incumbent Framework Contractor. We look forward to building on our strong collaborative relationship to deliver a successful program of works over the next 5 years. 

New H&S strategy for 2017

Further to Board approval, Stonbury are embarking on an enhanced strategy for the delivery of Health Safety and Welfare across the country. A six figure sum has been set aside for 2017 and future years to allow the QSE team to add another three members of staff, with a fourth addition mid 2017 with the sole aim of delivering an industry leading performance on site. ‘Making Safety our Priority’ combines detailed analytics, additional site safety inspections, coaching/mentoring, training and employee recognition schemes into what we believe will be a game changing strategy. We believe this to be a major investment in our future, delivering benefits not only to our staff, but to all our stakeholders.

Stonbury sponsors the Great North Snow Dogs

Stonbury proudly supplied four concrete plinths for the snow poochies to perch on for the Great North Snow Dogs project. Creative producers, Wild in Art, worked in partnership with St Oswald's Children’s Hospice and the Great North Snow Dogs to bring together businesses, artists, schools and community groups to create a public art trail of Snow Dog and Snow Puppy sculptures, based on the story The Snowman and The Snow Dog, by Raymond Briggs. For a total of ten weeks, the sculptures were placed in various locations across the North East in streets, parks and open spaces, taking followers on an adventure in the hunt for tracking down the Snow Dogs. Each Snow Dog sculpture has been individually designed and painted by a mix of well-known and yet to be discovered artists. A separate trail of smaller Snow Puppies, created by local school children and community groups were also be exhibited, celebrating the talent of the young people of the North East. The sculptures will be auctioned in December 2016 to find their forever homes, raising funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.  For more information on Great North Snow Dogs visit www.stoswaldsuk.org/great-snowdogs

Our 5th Annual Water Industry Asset & Quality Conference

Stonbury are a specialist contractor to the water industry, holding framework agreements and contracts for the refurbishment of water towers, reservoirs and associated assets throughout the clean and waste water sectors. Our objective has been to bring together representatives from all the UK’s Water Companies to share their latest innovations and best practice. The conference allows delegates to share not only their current challenges, but also their most successful strategies and methodologies to date, improving water quality and asset maintenance across the UK. The conference was first held in 2012 and has experienced year on year growth since launching. This year, the event held on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 introduced a new ‘Innovation Lounge’ for suppliers to display their products and services. The introduction of the Innovation Lounge and the organic growth in numbers allowed the conference to be held centrally at a larger venue of the New Hall, Sutton Coldfield. Exhibitors were invited on stage for a two-minute speed showcase to attract the relevant delegates to their stands, exhibitors included: BASF, Panton McLeod, Speedy, Sensor UK and ITS Stonbury.  Each year, the conference reports on practice improvements throughout the industry, presented directly by water authorities and industry professionals. This year speakers included presentations by: Ian Hope, Severn Trent Water; Zoe Kellock, Severn Trent Water; David Edwards, Thames Water; Dr Jim Wicks, The Fluid Group and Amber Telford, Mott MacDonald. We were also pleased to welcome back yearly support from the Drinking Water Inspectorate. Dr Guy Franklin, DWI Inspector and Reg 31 Scientist presented on case studies from across the industry and remained for the duration of the conference to answer questions throughout the day.  Amber Telford, Mott McDonald presented on the Provision of Industry Guidance on Management of Clean Water Storage Assets, discussing the best practice for design, installation, operation and management of treated water storage assets. The topic derived from the ongoing UKWIR commissioned research project, utilising a collaboration of knowledge from industry professionals, with a goal to set a common standard of practice throughout the UK industry. Stonbury have also been a part of this project, assisting on advice from their specialised area of asset refurbishment. Ian Hope, Dams and Reservoirs Manager, Severn Trent Water: “I found the day both stimulating and rewarding. Each presentation was to a high standard and the presenter’s experts in their fields. The conference was well attended by industry professionals from across the country, which provided fertile ground for informed discussion and debate. Thank you for organising such a useful event” Jon Featherstone, Commercial Director “This year’s conference appeared to be well received by everyone in attendance. The wide range of topics and issues discussed ensured that concentration levels were maintained throughout the day, the quality of the speakers complemented this. The messages communicated provided all listening with some serious food for thought and further discussion when they return to their own environments.” A few words from James Stonor “Our 2016 Conference brought together over 70 representatives from almost every water company in the UK. Whilst continuing to address the challenge of combating bacteriological failures in service reservoirs this year also saw us expand the subject matter to consider asset management and best practice particularly under the new industry theme of Totex. The conference was a phenomenal success with some brilliant presentations sharing information and best practise. As with previous years we were delighted to welcome back the DWI who also presented. It wasn’t just the quality of the presentations that ensured the conferences success but the attitude of all who attended. Delegates were there to share and communicate with each other taking full advantage of the opportunity to be among others from the industry facing similar challenges. This year we also introduced an innovation lounge where suppliers to the water industry could showcase their latest innovations and this was also a great success and will definitely be expanded and featured in future conferences. I would like to thank all who came and look forward to welcoming guests back again next year, as well as many new faces” The conference concluded with an evening networking meal and an after dinner performance, this year by the amazing Kennedy who successfully stunned all! Next year we aim to continue growing the conference by bringing more concepts of innovation and methodology to water delegates. For further information and to express your interest in attending or contributing, please email laura@stonbury.co.uk

Quality Testing: An investment not a cost

Quality has always played a big part in the way Stonbury operates, however there is always room for improvement. Testing regimes are essential to our material applications and the introduction of our ‘Encylopedia’ has helped formalise the type and frequency of testing that we require. Building on this progression, Richard Harrison, Blue team leader recently took things one step further, creating a standardisation of the testing equipment used across his team by creating ‘kits’ in robust labelled boxes for each of his application crews. After sharing this idea on our innovation forum, Richard’s idea is now being rolled out company-wide. This has required an investment of around £10,000, which as the title of this piece suggests, represents an investment not a cost. The return on the investment will be enviable both in terms of ‘right first time’ project delivery and quality of service. The kits currently contain: A surface temperature monitor An air temperature and humidity monitor A damp meter A data logger A set of pull off dollies WFT combs This standardisation across the company will have a further benefit of making future training and the control of testing equipment calibration much more efficient.