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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 - End of Week 7

Written on: 24-7-2017

Tull Way FAS Blog Image - 21 July 2017

This week we have been very busy on site. We finished preparing the site by stripping the turf and top soil, our site engineer has set out the level for the construction of the toe of the bund.

This week we also did the trial hole, digging the site to the level of the Lambeth clay. The large plant equipment has also begun arriving. This is in preparation for next week where we do the test panel and can begin 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 4

Written on: 24-7-2017

Tull Way FAS Meet the Team - Brendan Murphy (Project Manager)

Name: Brendan Murphy

Role: Project Manager

On leaving school at the age of 16, I began working as a trainee civil engineering for a big multi-national petrol company called Forster Wheeler in Reading. I did this in combination with studying a Civil Engineering BTEC at Reading College of Technology.

After three years of combining day release and studying, I decided to study full-time to get an HND and then a Bachelor in Civil Engineering. I combined my degree with a French module and then followed this interest with a summer course in France.

Following achieving this, I began working for HR Wallingford and was then given the opportunity to open their French office and to lead in the water industry in France. I had an amazing two years in France and was once again lucky to be given an incredible opportunity to work abroad - but this time in Japan and in a completely different industry. I worked as a Graphic Designer in the publishing industry as well as teaching English.

I enjoyed it so much that a one year post extended to 12 years. At this point, I had a gained a family and came back to England to continue my first passion in civil engineering working for the local authority.

This has proven to be an amazing experience where I have been given opportunity on work on several schemes from land drainage, highways, bridges to a flood alleviation scheme like Tull Way.

My role in the project

I am the ECC Project Manager. This means in the Engineering Construction Contract.

Why I chose my career

I knew I always wanted to do something that was creative. For a short while, I even considered a career in the arts till I found engineering. After looking into all the various field of engineering, I was won over by the shear magnitude of civil engineering schemes.

I love the large scale of the work and the effect and impact it has on people's lives for example a new road that improves a commute to a flood alleviation scheme like Tull Way that reduces flood risk.

What you love about what you do

I love the scope of work... it is simply incredible to participate from the inception of an idea to the construction which is the end of the whole process.

Interesting facts about myself

My passions are listening to music, football and badminton, reading and acquiring knowledge. I recently completed a degree in Humanities with the Open University.

I love all food! I love world cuisine especially Japanese curry. But I love fish and chips, pies and bacon sandwiches. Simply put, I love food!

Not forgetting tea, the solution to all the world's ailments.


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.