September News!

As we head into Autumn, we are delighted to welcome you to SVM’s new and improved website.  Along with our increasing use of social media platforms this gives us a bright new web presence that we hope will make it even easier to engage with all of our clients, collaborators and potential team members.  In an ever changing world SVM are continuing to look to the future.


A lot has been happening over the last couple of months, which has led to a lot of new projects to take us through the last quarter of the year and into 2020.  We have begun to look at railway design in the Bristol area and a series of toilet refurbishments in stations across England.  Closer to home we’ve been looking at water compliance issues at multiple railway sites in Glasgow; yard lighting in Dumfries; station design in Motherwell and Whitecraigs; and further works for CP6 station refurbishments.  We have commenced two new projects with Siemens for Carstairs Rationalisation and renewal works from Blair Athol to Dalwhinnie; heading north, we are beginning works on the next phase of the Banavie Swing Bridge project; and we have submitted fees for two feeder renewal projects across Scotland.  This has also been a very healthy month for non-railway projects including office design for commercial premises in Liverpool and East Kilbride; various aspects of works associated with Scottish lighthouses – an interesting direction for us which includes surveys, EPCs, controls, turbines and issues surrounding the mercury baths– and, finally, we are in the process of tendering design for some road tunnel works in the Glasgow area and further swing bridge works in England. 


Leading the pack of existing works this month are the bonding and protection of shore supplies; FED power supplies; design works for retail and operational supplies at Glasgow Central Station; and Allerton shore supplies and HVAC.  SDA, EGIP and Huddersfield to Bradford works are reaching the end of their programme while, for Siemens, we are continuing to work on the HEP East package, the Highland Mainline extension programme; and design for the London to Corby Route.  Still in the South we continue to be involved with lighting design advice for Doncaster Station concourse and escalator works at Birmingham New Street.  Underframe wash works in Inverness are making good progress as are works for staff accommodation at Ayr and Arbroath stations; bridge works in Stirling; various design works at Carstairs; and containment works on the Glasgow Subway.  As always there are plenty of smaller scale projects in full flow at various depots and stations around the country and these cover a multitude of areas including potable water supplies, shore supplies, fuel road design, drainage works, LV testing, HST servicing, sump pumps, modular accommodation, high mast lighting, fuelling apron, roof works, temporary stabling, temporary bonding, compressors; boiler replacements; car park services design, ticket office design, CETs, CP6 Building Upgrades, CIS design, EVCP design, lighting design, LED replacements, platform extension, retail supplies, retail enhancements and Access for All works.  In the commercial sector we continue to keep ourselves very busy with ongoing works for Goole Swing Bridge, design for the Tidal Weir; and provision of design advice for water distribution issues in Bearsden.  EVCP issues in Blantyre are ongoing as is reinstatement advice following fire damage at St Andrew’s University and a luxury hotel in the beautiful Scottish countryside.  We remain involved with a high rise office building in Glasgow’s rapidly developing Finnieston area and continue to await the beginning of design works in an iconic Glasgow hotel with which we have been involved intermittently for the last six years.


This has also been a bright month for SVM’s Jim Weston who – having completed his BEng Electrical Power Engineering studies - has stepped into the role of Assistant Electrical Engineer following a stint in our CAD department and we all wish him the best of luck in his new position.  The holiday season is just about over for another year and all noses are very much returned to the grindstone – but it’s not all hard work with SVM’s last team night out taking in some virtual reality race car driving – which proved to be a big hit.  So if you think you’ve got what it takes to cross the finish line and be a part of this fast paced and challenging environment (and you have consultancy/rail experience), submit your CV to Elise McLean,  Ready, set, go!