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Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme Blog

News and updates on the Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme in Thatcham

The Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) is a scheme to build a surface water retaining bund to significantly reduce the flood risk to over 250 properties to the south of Tull Way in Thatcham.

We'll upload news and weekly updates here as the scheme progresses.

For any questions, comments or further information, get in touch with the Highways Projects Team.

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Tull Way FAS Update - Meeting the Team 3

Written on: 14-7-2017

Tull Way FAS Meet the Project Team - Mark Palmer-Broughton (Plant Operator)

Name: Mark Palmer-Broughton

Role: Plant Operator

I began my journey into construction, working in the recycling industry first at John Mould Ltd where I stayed for four years followed by working at John Stacey Ltd. In both these roles, I worked in the recycling industry, recycling concrete, aggregate, soil and other mineral materials.

Following this, I went to work for an agency to increase my experience and learn about carrying out a varied range of activities on diverse construction sites. From this, I gained skills in grading, lifting, loading and delivering different projects.

I really enjoyed this as I have a passion for building and construction as opposed to recycling. I love the diverse job description it offers and the real sense of job satisfaction.

My role in the project

I am the excavator driver for the scheme.

Why I chose my career

Before working in construction, I was a self-employed carpet cleaner. This was an unstable income and wanting more stability, I decided to pursue construction.

My first step was getting qualified. Owing to my love of machinery, I chose to become a qualified machine driver. I have gained the following qualifications:

  • CPCS
  • experienced operator ticket
  •  above and below ten tonne track excavator

I needed these qualifications to work in the industry and they were my investment in earning a better living for myself.

What you love about what you do

I love driving machines and it is like a fun day out as opposed to a day at work. I would truly recommend it to others as a good career that provides a good income and job satisfaction.

Interesting facts about myself

I really enjoy watching sports, especially rugby as I played the sport for over 20 years. My other passions in life are cooking interesting dishes from scratch. I really think nothing beats a homemade curry. I also enjoy swimming, mountain biking and caravanning with my family.

My philosophy is simple; you get one life so you should live it to the fullest.


Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 6

Written on: 14-7-2017

Tull Way FAS Blog Image - 14 July 2017

Despite experiencing bad weather this week, we managed to stay on programme. The site turf and topsoil have being fully cleared and stockpiled. The site has been sealed for the weekend to prevent excess moisture affecting the earthwork material.

Next week, we will continue in the same vain as we prepare the site to build the bund.

Watch this space for regular project updates where we will be keeping you up to date on all construction and introducing the project delivery team.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

 

 

 

 

 


Tull Way FAS Update - Start of Week 6

Written on: 12-7-2017

Tull Way FAS Blog Image - 10 June 2017

This week the focus is preparing the site and preparing the stockpile for use in building the bund.

This involves, removing the weed from the material stockpile ready for use - a material screening, constructing the diversion ditches for the stream, stripping the top soil readying for laying of the bund and the construction of the control structure.

Watch this space for regular project updates where we will be keeping you up to date on all construction and introducing the project delivery team.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

 

 

 

 

 


Tull Way FAS Update - Meeting the Team 2

Written on: 12-7-2017

Tull Way FAS Meet the Project Team - Bradley Dovey (Site Agent)

Name: Bradley Dovey

Role: Site Agent

I did a National Diploma in Engineering Surveying in South Africa - basically a Land Surveying qualification.

Fun fact for you - in South African Land Surveyors like me with a diploma tend to do the setting out on construction sites not the Site Engineers.

I was offered a job when I graduated, by a land surveying company in Scotland as they were looking for young, preferably unattached surveyors to work all over the UK.

I was earmarked to work at Heathrow, but did a year between Scotland and Northern Ireland first. I eventually got to Heathrow which I did for 18 months before joining Jacksons as a Junior Engineer in 2006.

Another fun fact - the guy who interviewed me for Jacksons, who was to become my regional manager, is also South African, and we worked on the same project in South Africa - uShaka Marine World. I did the setting out for his company, who were doing all the concrete works, and he said he did not recall any issues so I must have done a good job!

I was a Site Engineer for four years before becoming a Sub Agent and working on several EA schemes. After six years as a Sub Agent I was promoted to Site Agent.   

My role in the project

I am a Site Agent at Jackson Civil Engineering which means I manage a team to get the job done. I never imply or say people work for me; I feel we all work together but with different roles.  This involves the following:

  • Management of site staff operatives and sub-contractors
  • Provide method statements, hazard risk assessments and Project Management Plans
  • Understand the tender allowances and monitor contract costs against agreed budgets - company financial reporting
  • Preparing and monitoring programmes of work
  • Manage design co-ordination
  • Foster good relations and reputation with clients
  • Assessment and engagement of sub-contractors
  • Manage contracts to ensure timely and profitable completion of contracts
  • Inform, consult and involve local groups as necessary
  • Supervise, mentor and assist in the career development of junior staff
  • Promote and ensure all work complies with quality, safety and environmental policies and the requirements of the company procedures

Why I chose my career

I went to a careers evening in my second to last year at school, intending to look at a career as an electrician. A friend of mine told me that the land surveying talk has a cool video. I watched it, saw all the shiny equipment, nice pickup trucks, working outdoors etc and thought that was the way to go. I did some research, looked at the option of a diploma versus degree, and choose the diploma option. I never fancied civils!  

What you love about what you do?

I would not say that I love what I do, but compared to many other jobs out there, having a change of scenery every three to six months can be quite nice. The driving does get a bit much though.   

Interesting facts about myself

I have been in the UK for nearly 14 years now. I was only supposed to come on a two year working holiday! I have a three year old son called Josh. I used to be a very keen tri-athlete, but had to give that up as training for three disciplines with a young family is tough. I just stick to Half Marathons and 10k's now, and did my first marathon in April this year.

 


Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 4

Written on: 3-7-2017

Tull Way FAS Blog Image - 30 June 2017

Last week, the construction of the haul road was successfully completed with pipes installed to keep ditches flowing (see picture). At the same time, further topsoil was removed as we prepare to begin the excavation for the bund and control structure construction. Meanwhile, we removed weeds from the stockpile of material ready for placing in the bund. Site security cameras we also installed.

This week, we continue to prepare the stockpiled material for use and look to begin the earthworks proper.

Watch this space for regular project updates where we will be keeping you up to date on all construction and introducing the project delivery team.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.