Stonbury rise to the challenge

Over the years almost every one our clients at one time or another have had issues with their assets that require urgent assistance at extremely short notice. Recently we were asked by one of our clients for help to work within a reservoir that had not been drained for many years due to supply issues that arise when the tank is out of service An internal inspection had revealed the existing joint material was breaking down and as such the asset was not able to be immediately returned to service. Plans were put in place on a Thursday to mobilise 9no men to work both Saturday and Sunday to prepare and lay approaching 500m of overbanding material. Despite initial problems on the Saturday morning with plant deliveries, we were able to fulfil our obligation and complete the work as required. Heating was also installed within the tank to strictly control the temperature within the structure to ensure that the shortest possible timescale was required before the tank could be returned to service to minimise risk to the water supply to the surrounding area. This included overnight security to ensure that the tank remained secure and the equipment was not tampered with which would potentially affect the cure of the materials. Emergencies such as this are a constant reminder that the dedication and hard work of all our staff ensures our clients can have the peace of mind that when help is needed, it is always available no matter what the circumstances.

Stonbury sponsors Scottish Water 'A Night at the Movies'

We were delighted to be silver sponsors at the Scottish Water WaterAid Ball 'A Night at the Movies' hosted from the Hilton, Glasgow The event overall raised a whooping £100,000 for WaterAid, which will support over 6500 people with access to clean and safe water.  We had a brilliant evening and would like to thank Scottish Water and the WaterAid Committee for organising a fantastic event.   

Fact Corner

Stonbury have laid just over 30 miles of joint overbanding in the last 12 months Based on this, we would expect Mo Farah to complete a ‘Stonbury Marathon’ in around 2 hours 28 minutes, assuming he didn’t have to stop to do pull off tests or other quality control duties. It is pretty safe to say that during our near 35 year history, we will have sealed enough joints to stretch from Portsmouth Water’s offices on the South coast to Northumbrian Water’s offices in County Durham! Meanwhile, we will have applied enough membrane to cover around 10 football pitches in the last year, not quite enough to host a world cup tournament... but then again why would we want all those studded boots running all over it!

South Staffs WaterAid Suits and Sparkles Ball

We were pleased to sponsor the South Staffs WaterAid Suits and Sparkles Ball at the Hilton St Georges Park Overall donations reached a brilliant £44,000 for WaterAid, significantly over achieving last years fundraising of £25,000. Donations will support part of a three year project in Central Madagascar, providing over 35,000 people with save water and over 8,800 people with improved sanitation and hygiene. 

Cheltenham's Hidden Gem - Hewlett's Reservoir

Earlier this month we filmed with the BBC and in collaboration with Severn Trent Water a feature on Cheltenham's hidden reservoir site, Hewlett's History The Hewlett’s Reservoir site in Cheltenham is home to a collection of historical reservoirs, establishing from the early 1800s. Hewlett's No.1 Reservoir was constructed in 1824 as an open reservoir, initially collecting spring water from the surrounding hills. In 1839 No.2 reservoir was constructed and later in 1847, No.3 Reservoir. The final No.4 Reservoir was constructed some years later, completing the Hewlett’s Reservoir Site. In 1966 the reservoirs were installed with concrete columns and roofs, modernising these Victorian reservoirs to the more typical underground reservoirs of today. Now water is intake from the River Severn and pumped from the local WTW. Although not all the reservoirs remain in service, Hewlett’s still holds 15million gallons (48 Meg), supplying approximately half of Cheltenham with clean water.   Watch the Hewlett's BBC feature:  

Our Yellow Team 'Stand Down Day'

Earlier this month, the Stonbury Yellow Team (serving Northumbrian Water and Scotland regions) held a full ‘Stand Down Day’ for all management and site operatives Introducing ‘Making Safety our Priority’ A main purpose of the day was to introduce Stonbury’s new ‘Making Safety our Priority’ strategy, delivered by Ryan Brown, QSE Manager. The initiative launches in 2017 and will be a critical part of Stonbury’s project delivery going into the future, and so forth vital for all our team members to understand the continued importance of safe and responsible working at all times. This message was well received and promoted healthy discussion around the room. Other topics covered on the day focused on quality, site records and site operation in general. NWG Customer Expectations and Branding Initiative We were also pleased to welcome Northumbrian Water, who presented an interactive workshop explaining their new Customer Expectations policy and how Stonbury are a key part of this. Under the new NWG branding initiative, the Northumbrian Water logo will now be prominently displayed on our vans and PPE in the NWL regions, therefore on and between sites, Stonbury will now be recoginsed as NWG representatives. The message was clearly explained and had benefit of being explained directly by the client, this now allows our team members to understand the importance of appropriate representation whether this be from driving behaviour to helpfulness to the public. Stonbury have also welcomed the Zero Harm (6 pillars) forum from NWL and the inclusion of NWG’s values and vision. Taking a proactive and collaborative approach to Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, a similar approach is now being used to achieve the highest standards of such throughout the company. Question Box Throughout the day, regular Q&A sessions were encouraged, which allowed individuals to anonymously ask questions via our question box. All questions were addressed and answered, promoting positive discussion throughout the day. The content of the questions highlighted that the Stonbury ethos has been embraced by the Yellow Team, only strengthened by the request for more team bonding days! Overall it was an extremely enjoyable and most importantly, worthwhile day and one that will be repeated during the year. The loss and expense of a standard days’ operation has been more than made up for by the quality time made available to discuss relevant topics across the full spectrum of the yellow team members.