Autumn 2008 Newsletter

Over the summer, we have been working to update our Website, and whilst the basic layout and backgrounds will remain familiar, it has now been constructed on the more flexible html-platform, from which we intend to expand the available information and continually update with news and resources.

The layout is centered around our core skills as experts in:

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Site Investigation;
  • Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology;
  • Contaminated Land Risk Assessment;
  • Legal Witness Work;
  • Environmental Assessment;
  • Flood Risk;
  • Risk Management and Risk Communication.

ESP DATAvaultThe new site was uploaded in July and is refreshed with regular updates and additions. We are currently creating the ESP DATAvault of publications and good-practice guidance that will incorporate a library of references with downloadable documents and links, where appropriate. Our activation target is January 2009, so keep checking the site for updates!

Reading Station Area Redevelopment

Reading Station Area DevelopmentAn ESP project team has been kept busy recently working on the ground investigation elements of the proposed Reading Station Area Redevelopment with Hochtief (UK). The six to seven year Network Rail and Department of Transport scheme forms a £425 million project to transform Reading station and surrounding main lines including five new platforms, an elevated railway, new station entrance and the widening of rail bridges.

The scheme will enable more trains to run through Reading, reducing delays on the Great Western Line both east and west, to ease overcrowding at the station and encourage economic growth in the town.

ESP have worked with Hochtief (UK) to achieve key project delivery dates and works continue on schedule.

ESP Geotechnical Engineering PhotoLlanbradach Station Embankment Failure

  • Day 1:  Initial Inspection and Assessment;
  • Day 2:  Site Investigation Commenced;
  • Day 3:  Initial Site Investigation Data Update;
  • Day 4:  Engineering Design Complete;
  • Day 5:  Network Rail Approval.

ESP’s gabion revetment design, once confirmed with Network Rail, was completed by the contractor within seven days. The solution affords suitable protection from future ground movement or washout failures allowing unrestricted continuation of rail services.

ESP Golf Day 2008 – Whitchurch

ESP golf-dayOn the 24th September, ESP hosted a Golf-Day at Whitchurch Golf Club, Cardiff.

With fantastic weather, a grand day of golf was had by all, followed up by some well-earned cold beverages and meal. Guests included representatives of:

  • Charnwood Construction
  • EC Harris
  • Jubb Consulting
  • Morgan Cole
  • Rawlins and Madley
  • Taylor Wimpey

Earth Science Partnership Golf AwardPaul Madley of Rawlins & Madley won the title of ESP Champion 2008, shown left, receiving the award from ESP’s John Campbell.

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