28th Annual Northumbrian Wateraid Pro-Am

Stonbury were delighted once again to sponsor and attend this year’s annual NWL golf day for WaterAid, at Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club. Greeted by glorious sunshine, £9000 was raised through the event which will support the much needed activities of WaterAid. Well done to Liam Nicholson, Stonbury Project Manager who won ‘Nearest the Pin’ on hole 7!

Introducing Stonbury Scotland

Stonbury are pleased to announce the expansion of services into Scotland. Building on over 34 years’ experience in servicing the water industry, the launch of Stonbury Scotland sees the Stonbury Group firmly establish presence within the Scottish water industry. Services will include traditional Stonbury works, from the refurbishment of Treated Water Storage Points (TWSPs) including service reservoirs and water towers to the introduction of the full scope of services the Stonbury Group offers. About Stonbury Scotland As specialist contractors to the water industry Stonbury aim to bring a wealth of knowledge and innovation into Scotland. Led by Iain Weir, the company will utilise accumulated group knowledge from existing frameworks with 15 UK water companies. Jon Featherstone, Delivery Director comments “The board is delighted to appoint Iain Weir as Managing Director of Stonbury Scotland. We have known Iain for many years and recognise that he holds the same values that Stonbury stand for in terms of customer focus, integrity and dedication to his profession. We are sure that within a very short time Iain will be an integral member of the Stonbury Group”. Stonbury Scotland is currently operating from offices in Peebles, with the intention to expand into other geographical locations. Initially supported by DOMS trained site and management teams from the North of England, Stonbury Scotland will soon employ fully trained, competent and local staff. From our ongoing collaboration with Regulation 31 material manufacturers in the UK, we look forward to bringing our commitment and knowledge in drinking water safety and regulation to Scottish Water and the supply chain. About Iain Weir Iain Weir brings with him 20 years of experience from working across the UK and US water sector. Since graduating with a degree in Chemistry from the University of the West of Scotland, Iain has pioneered the introduction of various new technologies into the drinking water sector and led the development and growth of a company, from less than £200k to generating over £3million profitable turnover.  As well as supporting the Scottish Water Regulatory and Compliance Team in developing the current DOMS procedures for the cleaning and inspection of TWSPs, he also led the delivery of a programme with Scottish Water to inspect, clean and refurbish more than 400 service reservoirs per annum as part of the regulatory commitment to DWQR. Iain Weir comments “Our upcoming developments will be a fantastic opportunity to establish the Stonbury business and brand in Scotland. The vitality and excitement of setting up a new team, reinforced with the full support and experience of the group structure is a unique challenge which I am delighted to embrace. We are very much looking forward to supporting Scottish Water and their delivery partners to provide unparalleled levels of efficiency, value and service through our long-term commitment in Scotland” Welcome video clip by Iain Weir

Success in Collaborative Working

When it comes to the refurbishment of potable water drinking assets, it is essential for all materials to be in accordance and approved by the DWI Regulation 31. As the amount of available materials under this criterion becomes increasingly scarce, collaboration with material manufacturers has never been more vital. Stonbury has been working together with BASF, DWI approved material manufacturers for several years. After a previous material supplier had changed their formulation and affected product performance, BASF was brought in to critically evaluate the repair criteria and materials used. Working collaboratively with BASF, we were successful in tackling several key issues, including the quicker return to service of assets from 21 days, down to only 10 days. Since then, Stonbury and BASF have addressed several other industry issues surrounding the safe supply of drinking water. Darren Priddle, BASF’s Technical Sales Manager for the water industry and waterproofing comments: “The key issue for water companies is that they can’t afford for assets to be out of service for very long – it costs tens of thousands of pounds a week to re-pump and resource for other locations. Working with Stonbury, we’ve been able to significantly reduce the amount of time that facilities are out of action, using high-performance, cost-effective, DWI-approved materials. Proven waterproofing and sealant technologies help us to deliver long-lasting repairs that provide excellent resistance to harsh conditions and chemicals. Working with BASF’s chemical experts, we can ensure that we use the right system, requiring the least amount of time, at the best lifecycle cost. Working with 15 out of the UK’s 21 clean water companies, we’re looking forward to continuing a relationship that delivers real benefits to our clients." Collaborative working with the supply chain has demonstrated essential in our development as a supplier and contributor to the water industry. As a result, we have overcome several hurdles through newer and more innovative solutions, passed back to our clients as we continue the process of collaborative working with the UK water companies. 

Ireland Water 2018

Stonbury were delighted to attend the Ireland Water Conference in Dublin After more than four years since the introduction of Irish Water as a new utility, the sector has faced several hurdles and now on an upwards mission to deliver consistent and sustainable, high-quality drinking water to the public. Attending in collaboration with BASF, DWI material manufacturers to the water industry, the conference brought together key affiliates from the Irish water sector, providing insight into the future investment and regulation of the industry.

Board of Directors

Stonbury are pleased to announce new appointments to the Board of Directors From April 2018, James Stonor begins his new position as Chief Executive Officer for the Stonbury Group, taking a strategic role in the development of the company. This appointment makes way for Ian Mellor, previously Operations Director, to take place as new Managing Director. Ian has also appointed existing QSE Manager, Stephen Brown and Operations Manager, Chris Challands to the retrospective Director roles for greater board representation. Both Jon Featherstone and Jon Perryman remain in their current positions as Delivery Directors, with the additional appointment of new Contracts Directors, Michael Campling, who has served Stonbury for over 25 years and Vernon Cowan, who Stonbury welcomes back after a 10-year sabbatical at Affinity Water. The new Contract Managers will bring a greater level of quality to ongoing and future delivery schemes. Ian Mellor comments “I am delighted to be appointed as new MD for Stonbury and will continue to progress James’ vision of a modern, diverse, professional and safe company to work in. I, of course, recognise the importance of a well thought out system, which we will continue to improve upon as an organisation, this means we can continue to attract and retain great people, as, without them, there is no organisation at all.”

Changes to Client Portal

We are delighted to announce the launch of new and exciting features to the Stonbury Client Portal The Client Portal is our online, user-friendly tool that allows project information and progress to be easily shared between contractor and client. Since launching in 2005, the Portal was developed to serve as an additional service to our clients, to assist with the management of refurbishment schemes that we had been contracted to undertake for them. From its humble beginnings, the Portal has now developed into a system that brings multiple benefits to its users. Our cloud based software is easily accessed from any web-enabled device, allowing users to check the progress of the job without having to make unnecessary calls or visits to site. Since its launch, the Client Portal has demonstrated a sustainable impact on reducing paperwork, lengthy email chains and of course, time and travel costs. Clients are updated on their projects through a diary style, real-time update made by our teams on site. New Client Portal Features We are pleased to now have launched some exciting new features to Client Portal. Clients can now produce their own posts within a project, this includes uploading photographs, video and documents utilising our Client Portal as a complete working ‘Project Folder’. In more recent years, Client Portal has been developed to not only document the progress of projects, but also to store information on the assets and projects. Any associated documentation such as inspection reports, quotations and drawings can be uploaded and stored with the project, ensuring crucial aspects of the projects are never lost. The Client Portal now provides a permanent record of the project, which can be downloaded and used as a report upon completion. These new features will undoubtedly aid in the development of Client Portal and its full potential to be used as an online project system, for both ourselves and our clients. If you are a new client and wish to sign up to our Client Portal, please do get in touch. Alternatively, for a simple step-by-step tour on how to use the Portal effectively, please log-in with your user details and click ‘View a Tour of Portal’ along the top of the page.