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ICE Award Winner - Polperro Tidal Gate Repair

September 2020

Centregreat Engineering

The multidisciplinary Polperro Tidal Gate Repair project has been awarded the ICE South West Civil Engineering Award 2020 for Project Under £3m (Re-Engineered).

Following storms in 2014 which damaged the foundations of the harbour gate, a reactive repair was instructed, involving complete replacement of the gate. Centregreat Engineering delivered a complete solution for the manufacture, painting and delivery of the 6.4m wide gate to Truro where it was loaded onto a barge. The barge was utilized to transport the gate to Polperro at 04.00 in the morning for installation by the Centregreat Engineering team.

Despite constrained and challenging conditions, the project was achieved on time and budget, with an exemplary safety record and full community support, providing future security of the flood defence capability.

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Completion of Points Heating Schemes

September 2020

Centregreat Rail

Having been engaged by Network Rail, Wales Route, Centregreat Rail has successfully delivered the Herbrandston and Cadoxton Electrical & Power Points Heating Schemes safely, on time and within budget.

After inheriting the scheme with outstanding matters which were preventing the scheme from being commissioned and brought into service, we completed works including reworking of lineside civils, E&P four-foot installs, running new power cabling and terminating, DNO and PHCC cabinet rewire and terminations, lineside transformers and TCB relocations, and recovering redundant cabling and points heating equipment.

We fully tested, commissioned and brought into service the systems, including final issue of NICEIC certificates, and with defect free handover.

Continuing to Deliver Despite Covid-19

July 2020

Centregreat Ltd

Centregreat Ltd continued to undertake critical maintenance to highway infrastructure for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, operating a reduced service throughout the Covid-19 shutdown. Appreciation was shown by the Client and Centregreat Limited Director, Dave Daniel, to Works Manager Ian Holman and the team, who showed great adaptability and perseverance to safely maintain service in difficult and unprecedented times.

After an unusually quiet and uncertain time for the civils operations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of our staff and workforce to get back to work, mobilising quickly to complete schemes at Pencoed, for Bridgend CBC, as well as for our Cardiff City Environmental schemes.

We are now receiving many opportunities and enquiries, relieving the back-log built up with our clients, as well as a great deal of works necessary as a result of Storm Dennis, which caused extensive damage to structures and river banks throughout the South Wales region. We look forward to securing our share of this work and remain optimistic about the future.

Award of Williamstown Footbridge Remedial Works for RCT

June 2020

Centregreat Ltd

Following successful delivery of the Williamstown Footbridge Maintenance Painting Contract, we were engaged by Rhondda Cynon Taff, to identify areas of further bridge maintenance required, notifying these to the client for integration into their maintenance programme. This involved a survey and investigation of loadings and bearing plates for the structure, undertaken in-house by Centregreat Engineering.

Through a competitive tendering process, we were awarded the Williamstown Footbridge Remedial Works Contract. Starting on site in June 2020 we will be working in collaboration with Centregreat Engineering to deliver this project, including replacement of the bearings and bridge deck expansion joints.

Network Rail CP6 Framework success

January 2020

Centregreat Rail

We are proud to be one of four contractors named by Network Rail to deliver infrastructure work across its Wales region. This multi-discipline framework for CP6 (control period 6) will deliver projects of varying value, including stations, buildings and civils, electrifications, power, signalling, telecommunications and track. Centregreat Rail secured places on two Lots; Civils and Metallic Structures Lots. The Framework will last for three years with a five-year option to extend.

Flood gate successfully installed

October 2019

Centregreat Engineering

We have successfully installed the 40-tonne flood control gate in Polperro Harbour, Cornwall, with our own in-house installation team. This gate was manufactured and painted at our Cardiff engineering facility by our own in-house fabrication, welding and painting teams. The installation was carried out on behalf of our client NMCN / Environment Agency during one tide cycle.

Gateway to Wales’ refurbishment complete

July 2019

Centregreat Rail

Working for our client, Network Rail, we have recently completed our refurbishment project at Cardiff Central Station working for the Route Wales B&C team. Works included DOFF cleaning to the station building façade and approach retaining walls, re-pointing, replacement of fascia boards, guttering, downpipes and lead work, lining of walk in gutters, slate repairs to the roof, refurbishment of the clock tower and replacement of flat roof surfacing including M&E re-locations and reinstatement. The works have given the ‘Gateway to Wales’ a new lease of life.

Access for all footbridge - Bristol

April 2019

Centregreat Engineering

The Centregreat Engineering workshop and site-based fabrication teams recently delivered and installed the new access for all footbridge sections at Patchway Station, Bristol. The supporting trestles, stairs, lift shaft towers and bridge span sections have all been fabricated in our specialist fabrication facility based in Cardiff, South Wales. The works have been carried out for Alun Griffiths on behalf of the client Network Rail.

Cogan Station Footbridge

February 2019

Centregreat Rail & Engineering

We are pleased to have been awarded the refurbishment project at Cogan Station Footbridge working for the Wales Route B&C team. Sister companies Centregreat Rail and Engineering will once again be working together to deliver important infrastructure refurbishment services. Works will include installation of a temporary footbridge, removal of the existing span from site for workshop refurbishment, surface preparation & painting, steelwork repairs & strengthening, replacement of timber deck & treads with a load bearing FRP alternative, installation of LED hand rail and upgrading of the station platform lighting.

Street Lighting – stepping over the border

January 2019

Centregreat Ltd

Street Lighting is the oldest and largest part of our business with maintenance contracts across Wales and new installs across the UK. We are extremely pleased to add an English maintenance contract to our portfolio. The North Somerset Council Street Lighting Maintenance contract will run for 5 years from April 2019 (with the potential for a further 3 years).

MEP Project

January 2019

Centregreat Rail

We have successfully completed and handed back our MEP project at Bounds
Green Depot working for the Spencer Group. The project has been
delivered under the continuing collaborative relationship between The
Spencer Group and Centregreat Rail Ltd. Works included re-location of
existing walkway lighting, containment & cabling, re-location &
diversion of other cabling & containment systems, re-location of radiant
heating system, re-location of ventilation system, gas & water
alterations, new gantry lighting system, power supplies to mobile
overhead conductor rail system, earthing & bonding, compressed air, hot
& cold water systems, above ground drainage and a depot protection
system.

Centregreat joins The 5% Club

December 2018

Centregreat Group

We recently became members of The 5% Club and are proud to join other
highway industry members. We are passionate about reducing youth
unemployment and helping to close the skills gap for the workplace of
today and tomorrow.

Footbridge refurbishment – Ludlow Station

November 2018

Centregreat Engineering

Our skilled Engineering team have been working hard over the past couple
of months refurbishing and strengthening the Ludlow Station footbridge.
The works included the removal of the bridge span from site, replacement
of both bottom chord members, installation of new U frame stiffeners,
replacement of the non-compliant parapet, replacement of the old timber
flooring with new GRP panels and the application of a new paint system.
All of the works have been carried out within our fabrication facility
based in Cardiff, South Wales. The works have been carried out for
sister company, Centregreat Rail on behalf of the client, Network Rail.

Cardiff Central Station refurbishment scheme

October 2018

Centregreat Rail

Cardiff Central is in Central Square in the city centre, it's not only
the largest and busiest station in Wales, it's one of the major stations
on the British railway network. It's an interchange for services between
South and West Wales, and other major British cities. Centregreat Rail
are proud to have been awarded the contract to refurbish the roof and
building of this beautiful piece of history. As Operations Director,
John Hannah, rightly says "We are privileged to be undertaking works on
the iconic building dating from the 1850's and enhancing the passenger
experience through the gateway to our capital city"

Works include DOFF cleaning & re-pointing of the building façade,
scaffold & encapsulation of the clock tower to allow redecoration &
replacement of lead flashings, alterations & enhancements to the
rainwater discharge system within the station attic, cleaning &
installation of sikalastic membrane to the front canopy gutters,
replacement of lead work to the front canopy gutters and replacement of
gutters & fascia boards to the trackside elevation of the roof.

Birmingham New Street Platform Extension

October 2018

Centregreat Rail

We don't just work in Wales - one of our latest contract awards is a
platform extension for the iconic Birmingham New Street Station. We have
been awarded the extension of Platform 5B working for the LNW(S) Route
Buildings Team. The extension works are being completed to accommodate
11 car, class 390 Pendolino trains. The award realises a major milestone
in our strategic growth plans as this will be our first Principal
Contractor project within the LNW Route.

Caerleon Road Underbridge, Newport

September 2018

Centregreat Rail

Following the successful delivery of Phase 1, Centregreat Rail has been awarded Abergavenny Station Footbridge Phase 2, delivering the works for the Wales Route B&C team. Phase 2 works include cable diversions from solid parapet span, providing a temporary footbridge to maintain passenger access to all platforms, removal of the solid parapet span from site, both spans will undergo surface preparation, strengthening and painting by sister company, Centregreat Engineering, in our specialist off site facility. Both of the existing decks will be replaced with a load bearing FRP solution and all three staircases will undergo surface preparation, strengthening and painting on site in a controlled environment.

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Cardiff LED Lighting Upgrade Project

September 2018

Centregreat Lighting

An interesting insight into the city-wide scheme installed by Centregreat Lighting.

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Footbridge, Totnes, Devon

August 2018

Centregreat Engineering

Centregreat Engineering recently completed the fabrication and installation of a 23.5m span footbridge, lift shaft towers and staircases at Totnes Station for main contractor Dyer & Butler. The old footbridge and staircases being dismantled and stored at Lostwithiel for possible reuse later in the year.

Road Electrical and Technology Maintenance Contract 2018

July 2018

Centregreat Group

This is a strategic win for Centregreat and ERH. The contract consists of category of works such as programmed works, urgent works and minor works and covers a variety of roadside technology including cameras, signs, lighting and traffic signals. The prior experience of ERH and Centregreat Limited, in relation to South Wales Trunk Road Agent (SWTRA) network and the assets upon it put us in a strong position and has ensured a continued service as we take over from the incumbent maintenance contractor.

Welsh Transport Conference

July 2018

Centregreat Group

Centregreat are proud to be supporting the Welsh Transport Conference in November. The event will bring the leaders from the region together to discuss devolution, new technology and innovation, funding and investment, the skills shortage and how we are going to align apprenticeship programmes to fit the needs of the sector, electrification, smart ticketing and much more.

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River Usk Viaduct

June 2018

Centregreat Engineering

Following a project award to deliver essential renewal work to the River Usk Viaduct, to ensure it remains safe and reliable for years to come, the scaffold and encapsulation has now been stripped to reveal the refurbished structure which carries the South Wales Mainline across the River Usk in Newport, South Wales. This is part of Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan which aims to help accommodate growing passenger numbers.

Caerleon Road Underbridge, Newport

June 2018

Centregreat Rail

The structural refurbishment & strengthening of Caerleon Road Underbridge in Newport City Centre has been awarded to Centregreat Rail. The award follows a competitive tender competition by IP Wales. Works will be completed over 2 phases with lane closures below the structure. This award reinforces our commitment to providing value engineering and value for money to our delivery partners.

Awarded multiple 5-year frameworks by the Network Rail Route Buildings & Civils teams

May 2018

Centregreat Rail

Centregreat Rail recently attended the National Launch Event in London, it was a proud moment for the business to be advised that from the nearly 2000 companies bidding for a place on the 54 available frameworks we made it into the 'chosen 34'.

We will now work with Network Rail to deliver over £3 Billion of infrastructure maintenance, repairs and enhancements.

Apprenticeship awards

May 2018

Centregreat Group

As an SME based in Wales, we are fully aware of the skills shortage our industry is facing. That's why we believe in supporting the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act by actively encouraging and providing a range of apprenticeships. We are extremely proud of one of our current apprentices who has won two apprenticeship awards this year & now eagerly awaits the outcome of the JTL National Apprentice of the Year Award 2018.

Centregreat Lighting (Scotland)

May 2018

Centregreat Lighting

Our team in Scotland, supported by colleagues from Wales, have commenced an installation contract installing Philips City Touch Starsense nodes into existing Philips lanterns in Perth (Scotland) which is the first step to Perth becoming a Smart City.

Perth and Kinross will take data from the sensors help manage the city with the aim of "creating a city where many different sensors and devices are connected together drives improvements in city services and the operation of transport and other infrastructure."

Engineering Project of the Year 2018

May 2018

Centregreat Group

Greener Grangetown has been awarded Engineering Project of the Year 2018 at the Water Industry Awards. We're proud to have been a part of the innovative environmental (SuDS) project with sister company ERH, Welsh Water, NRW, Arup and Cardiff Council.

Cowbridge Rd Underbridge upgrade

May 2018

Centregreat Rail

Another important project for our Rail business. Works include structural repairs to the main girders following impact collisions, replacement of life expired steel parapets, local surface preparation & painting and installation of a chevron warning system.

Successful installation and commissioning of Heybridge Sea Lock Gate, Essex

April 2018

Centregreat Engineering

Following manufacture in 2016, the gate has been stored for 18 months due to issues with civil works and constraints on site. The gates main function is to act as a flood defence, however the lock keeper has also realised operating the gate during traffic movement gives him an increased lock size (i.e. more boats through the lock at one time); the new lock gate offers much greater ease of operation (push button which is less strenuous than manually moving the timber mitre gates.

The project involved the closing and draining of the lock in October 2017, crane lifting operations for the gates and the assembly and testing of the new gates prior to the re-opening of the lock.

Centregreat Rail mobilise to Network Rail’s Sudbrook Pumping Station

April 2018

Centregreat Rail

Delivering for the Network Rail Route E&P team in Wales, this pumping station in Caldicot, South Wales, is a critical Network Rail asset where 10 million gallons of water are removed from the Severn Tunnel every day to allow its continued operation. Centregreat Rail have been contracted to replace the life expired exhaust, attenuation and silencer systems for the five diesel generators that provide back-up power to the pumping system. Our directly employed mechanical engineers have worked collaboratively with Network Rail to develop a value engineered solution with phased installation to ensure an adequate level of redundancy remains in the back-up system throughout the project.

Centregreat Engineering complete Padstow Tidal Flood Gate (Cornwall)

March 2018

Centregreat Engineering

Padstow previously had one major problem - on the equinoctial spring tides, it flooded. In 1988 this problem was addressed and over the period of two years, the present-day flood-defence scheme was built - sheet piling and extending the pier in the Inner Basin, building a tidal gate and raising the walls on Langford’s Quay. The result is that since the gate was put in the town has not flooded.

Centregreat Engineering recently completed the installation of a temporary flood defence and the removal and floating (first time this has been done at this location) of the existing Padstow Tidal flood gate; lifting it out of the harbour and setting it up ready for refurbishment.

Centregreat Traffic Signals win new multi-function site

March 2018

Centregreat Traffic Signals

The team have secured a new project for a South Wales Trunk Road Agency Traffic Signal Junction in Pembroke. Centregreat Traffic Signals will provide all necessary supply, installation and commissioning of the site to include slot cutting, design and MOVA.

Pulling out all the stops to support clients and local communities in the severe weather

March 2018

Centregreat Group

During the heavy snow, the Centregreat team (at all levels) were hard at work for the entire period, including the weekend, at times with 20 men out salting and clearing along with machine operators also clearing roads. A main access route through the Vale of Glamorgan to the west (including the airport), Five Mile Lane, caused major issues for travellers and the local authority but we persevered and eventually got through; clearing the route and enabling access to resume.

On the Sunday we focussed on the major schools (access routes, car parks, pathways) to ensure they were able to open safely on the Monday.

Apprenticeship awards

March 2018

Centregreat Group

As an SME based in Wales, we are fully aware of the skills shortage our industry is facing. That's why we believe in supporting the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act by actively encouraging and providing a range of apprenticeships. We are extremely proud of one of our current apprentices who has won two apprenticeship awards this year & now eagerly awaits the outcome of the JTL National Apprentice of the Year Award 2018.

City of Cardiff Council Environmental Improvements Framework Contract

February 2018

Centregreat Construction

Centregreat Limited secured a place, alongside one other contractor, on this comprehensive estate regeneration schemes framework in October 2017. The framework covers:

  • Civil Engineering works: footpath renewal and carriageway resurfacing, parking courts and street lighting;
  • Public Realm works: landscaping, amenity areas, external seating and street furniture;
  • External Building works; boundary wall and fencing, gates and railings, refurbishment and renewal of bin-stores, sheds, garages and court-yards.

We have recently secured a number of schemes under this framework:

  • Alice Street, Butetown – Courtyard Improvement Works
  • Abergele Close – Courtyard Improvement Works
  • 4 fencing schemes & 3 garage sites

"...I just want to tell you what a fantastic team of workers you have had working on the table top outside our property. They have done an amazing job and are a credit to your company..."

Residents, Barry Waterfront

"Thank you everyone for taking part in this event today. Great that rubbish was cleared from the coastal path at Barry and separated for onward disposal. This type of event is an essential part of team building and working with the local community. Well done Great Effort"

Network Rail – IP WALES

"...our contractor Centregreat and the TM Crew ERH achieving the removal of 47 columns from the central reserve on the approach to junction 22 of the M4. This included a special high-risk activity to remove two columns that were close to the 400k national grid overhead power line. I would like to thank all involved for a brilliant effort in achieving this work safely with such a small working window of operation."

Project Manager, Skanska

"We have had a good working relationship with Centregreat, their approach to working with us has been collaborative and helpful. Works under our contract have been consistently delivered on time and within the budgets dictated by a pre-priced schedule of rates..."

Building Services, Vale of Glamorgan Council