Carrington West Shortlisted as ‘Best Company to Work For’

Carrington West are proud to announce that, for the third year in a row, we have been shortlisted as the ‘best company to work for’ at the IRP Awards 2017 (up to 50 employees). We are delighted that, after winning this prestigious achievement last year, we have continued the trend and this has been recognised by the IRP for 2017. Carrington West is an excellent company to work for, and as always, we are on the lookout for ambitious and dedicated individuals to join various areas of the business, where your hard work is clearly recognised and rewarded. To find out more about careers within our award winning company, please contact Simon Gardiner on 02393 876020 or apply via our website:

We do not expect to return to the same pothole twice’

‘We do not expect to return to the same pothole twice’ says highways boss following multi million pound splash out on repairs

The ‘pothole blitz’ started in April and the continuation of the project largely relies on the winter weather forecast.

Kent County Council has announced it does not expect to return to fix the same potholes once a £5.2 million investment into maintaining the county’s roads ahead of the winter months.

In April the council began a ‘pothole blitz’ which, if the weather remains good during October and November, will continue right up until Christmas.

So far this year a total of £2.7 million has been spent on patching up 66,800m2, with a total of 133,600 individual potholes being filled in on a road network of 5000 miles.

Council bosses have announced that once the repairs are made, they do not expect to return to the same pothole twice.

KCC cabinet member for highways Matthew Balfour said: “Potholes are one of the biggest bugbears for our residents and remain one of our top priorities each year.

“We’ve got local crews working on filling potholes who know their areas and this year we’ve extended the scheme up until Christmas to ensure our roads are ready for the winter months ahead.”

“People often assume these are quick and temporary fixes but I can assure you these are not. We do a quality, first time fix, and do not expect to be back out again fixing the same pothole.

“All this work isn’t to suggest we don’t need people’s help in reporting potholes. We can’t be everywhere all the time and so I’d encourage people to go online and report potholes so we can arrange for them to be filled.”

Last year, KCC repaired 20,673 potholes and patched 136,633m2 of roads.

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Great South Run 2017

For the 4th year running staff members (Jason, Matt, Ilya and Simon) from Portsmouth based recruitment company Carrington West are braving the streets of the city to take part in the Great South Run (Sunday 22nd October). Over confidence seems to have crept in this year and as a result, the training has been ad hoc at best. Unfortunately, this will probably result in a painful experience for our runners, pain we feel should be rewarded with a donation to our page! This year we are supporting 2 great causes:The Café Project is a charity close to the hearts of Carrington West. It was unfortunately broken into recently with belognings, cash stolen and equipment damaged, so please dig deep as we try and assist them to get back on their feet. For more on the Café Project and the excellent work they do please visit:

Our guest charity this year is the “Children’s Liver Disease Foundation” – again close to the heart of a staff member running this year. For more on this charity, please visit them at:

Irish Water progresses €24m upgrade at two water treatment plants

Irish Water is working in partnership with Louth County Council to upgrade the Staleen Water Treatment Plant and the Cavanhill Water Treatment Plant – the €24 million upgrades will ensure both plants comply with all drinking water standards.

A contract to complete the upgrades was recently signed by Irish Water and work will commence in the coming months. works The work is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete and will be carried out by Murphy Process Engineering Limited on behalf of Irish Water.

In parallel Irish Water is progressing with the design works associated with the replacement of the existing pumped supply main from Roughgrange Pumping Station on the banks of the River Boyne to Staleen Water Treatment Plant (WTP).

Staleen WTP treats and supplies water to the South Louth and East Meath Water Supply Zones (WSZ’s). Cavanhill WTP treats and supplies water to Dundalk.The South Louth and East Meath water supply zones water supplies are on the Environmental Project Agency’s (EPA’s) Remedial Action List (RAL) for exceedances of ‘trihalomethanes’ (THMs).

The project includes the following works at the respective treatment plants:

  • Introduction of pH correction of raw water
  • Upgrade of existing Coagulation, Flocculation and Clarification Process
  • Upgrade of existing filtration processes
  • Upgrade of disinfection infrastructure
  • Upgrade of solid and liquid residual treatment infrastructure

The Roughgrange Pumping Station which pumps water to the Staleen WTP and the Stephenstown Pumping Station which pumps water to the Cavanhill WTP are amongst Irish Water’s top energy users. Improvement measures have been identified to significantly improve the energy efficiency and increase resilience at these key infrastructure sites.

Commenting on the Project William McKnight, Infrastructure Regional Lead at Irish Water, said:

“The Staleen WTP is on the EPA’s RAL for exceedances of THMs. The upgrade works to the plant will enable South Louth which includes the supply to Drogheda and East Meath WSZ’s to be removed from the RAL. The upgrade at Staleen will also benefit the environment as it will improve the treatment of the existing discharges to the River Boyne and improve energy efficiency at both plants. It is a priority for Irish Water to upgrade both plants to ensure they comply with all drinking water standards.”

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Is ‘micro-asphalt’ the answer for Island road maintenance?

Jersey is struggling to keep up with the rate at which roads are deteriorating, according to the Island’s highway maintenance manager, who has launched a staunch defence of a controversial cut-price road surface.

The highway maintenance division of the Infrastructure Department has had its budget cut by about a quarter this year from £3 million to about £2.3 million.

The department bore the brunt of cost-cutting initiatives in the most recent Medium Term Financial Plan, which sets States spending until 2019.

Andy Downie, manager of highway maintenance, said his team were having to look for alternatives to traditional asphalt to keep roads in a drivable condition.

‘We are not keeping up with the rate that roads are degrading at at the moment. We need to have more money to keep up with it,’ he said.

Recently, the department completed the resurfacing of a one-mile stretch along Route d’Ebenezer in Trinity.

Instead of using asphalt, a UK company called Eurovia won a tendering process to lay a ‘micro-asphalt’ surface called Gripfibre.

The road was resurfaced in two weeks and it cost a ‘third of the price’ of traditional methods, Mr Downie said.

He added that if the department had used normal asphalt, the programme would have taken six weeks. The department would not disclose a figure for the cost of the work, as they say it was ‘commercially sensitive’.

Micro-asphalt has a life expectancy of between ten and 15 years, while traditional asphalt lasts anywhere from 15 to 20 years.

And the alternative road surface has already been used in three other locations in Jersey: Mont Mado in St John, Mont Cochon and on Green Road in St Clement.

However, some Islanders have reacted angrily to the new surface – which is sprayed on over the top of existing asphalt.

Writing on social media one complainant said it ‘looks cheap, unfinished and feels terrible’. Others have claimed there is a drop between the road surface and areas around manhole covers.

The department say that the surface ‘provides great skid resistance’ and will ‘smooth out over time’. Mr Downie added that areas around manhole covers had been laid correctly.

He also said that if they did not use the surface, roads such as Route d’Ebenezer, which are not a high resurfacing priority, would likely be ignored.

‘We have to prioritise roads on what their condition is and what their importance is to the road network. If we didn’t use this product we may not have got round to it.

‘It is called preventative maintenance. It extends the life of a road surface and it saves us cash, which gives us a bigger budget for the more important roads.’

Asked if the motorists were going to see more micro-asphalt used in the Island, Mr Downie said: ‘Yes, we will use more of it going forward.

‘We have signed a contract with Eurovia for the next three years, and there is an option for an extra two years.’

Traditional asphalt will still be used on high-priority roads. So far this year 3.8 km of roads have been resurfaced using asphalt and 1.8 km using micro-asphalt.

Cranfield University plans new £1.2m water research facility

World leading post graduate Cranfield University is planning to build a Clean Water Pilot hall to extend its research capability on sewage.

The new ‘Clean’ Pilot Hall building will give the Water Science Department greater capacity for research on treated sewage and will link with the ‘Dirty’ Pilot Hall where the research concentrates more on the raw sewage.

The funding for the scheme is from UKCRIC funding – planned completion date is the end of June 2018 with researchers moving in from August 2018.

The outline design proposals were submitted for planning approval on 12th July and approval is anticipated by the end of October 2017.

The project is among a number of state-of-the-art new facilities to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure which will be created at 11 universities as part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC).

UKCRIC will be established at 14 universities to conduct world-leading research through a network of experimental facilities and urban laboratories.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has supported the establishment of UKCRIC with an investment of £125 million – a total of more than £216.6 million is being invested in the new facilities by EPSRC and partner organisations. Government support for UKCRIC was first announced in the 2015 Budget.

Estimated date for the publication of the contract notice inviting tenders for the work is 23rd October 2017.