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What a year!
All our 2017 projects were completed on time - with our 100% Health & Safety record still in place.
- Abbey Wood Station in London with Balfour Beatty
- Wickham Valley Culvert in London with Balfour Beatty
- Kenilworth Railway Station with Graham Construction
- Portishead Skew Bridge in the Bristol Guided Busway Project with Balfour Beatty
- White City Scheme in London with Sisk
- Medway Power Station Clean with SSE
- Albert Gardens in London retaining wall project with Kier
- Church Marshes Waste Transfer Station in Sittingbourne with Balfour Beatty
Ainsworth Civils are proud to have been involved in the construction of the new station building and concourse, including the architecturally finished concrete 11m lift shafts, over 1.5km of reinforced concrete bases and walls, as well as 300m of reinforced concrete capping beams.
Abbey Wood will be one of ten new Elizabeth line stations, providing passengers with a direct link through central London to new destinations.What a great night! Fergus’s Circus Charity Ball a massive success!
September 2017 Thank you to all our guests who attended Fergus’s Circus Charity Ball and made it such a hugely enjoyable and successful evening. Besides the great entertainment and atmosphere, we managed to raise in the region of a whopping £30,000!
We hosted this charity ball to raise much-needed funds for five charities (listed on our home page) involved in the care of our youngest son, Fergus, after a terrifying experience last year when our one-week-old baby Fergus was found unresponsive in his cot.
We ended up spending a fraught three months in PICU at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, with Fergus undergoing life-saving open-heart surgery at only five weeks old.
Without a doubt, our Fergus is here with us today, happy and thriving, due to the unrivalled dedication, compassion and care of the many, many individuals involved in nursing him back to health.
Through his illness, he would not have survived without the involvement of all these charities and hospitals and we, his family, have also been so unbelievably well supported.
We not only want to thank the charities for their dedication, but also the generous donors who provided such impressive prizes to our auction and raffle. Our guests were treated to an array of holiday breaks, fine dining, fashion and much more. We send a massive thank you to all our guests for their unrivalled generosity on the evening, making the whole event a great success.
Fergus’s Circus Charity Ball is one small way for us to show our gratitude and give something back, but is still just a tiny indicator of the level of appreciation we feel!
Julius and Sinead Ainsworth
July 2017 Ainsworth Civils have successfully completed the contract works on the Bristol Guided Busway Project, which included the construction of a skew bridge alongside a dual carriageway, over a railway line and in the vicinity of a busy trading estate.
We are currently undertaking day works and extras for our client, and are extremely proud of the client endorsement we have received on this project:
“Ainsworth Civils are a very proactive company. Their supervisors on site are always looking ahead and trying to value engineer at every opportunity. Their workmanship is of a high quality and their commitment to safety is second to none.
We have a very good relationship and this shines when we hold our collaboration meetings, where ambitious deadlines are discussed at depth and a way forward is agreed. Ainsworth Civils have so far always met our targets and never let us down, they abide by our rules and assist us every step of the way in achieving one goal - Safe Project Completion.”
Balfour Beatty Project Manager
Another Successful Medway Clean up
July2017 Regular maintenance and cleaning is essential to the efficient running of the gas fired Medway Power Station. Ainsworth Civils have conducted previous cleans at SSE Medway and continue with the annual clean to this day.
We are proud to have another successful completion under contract to SSE: another high pressure job in safe hands!
Phase Handover of Crossrail Project at Abbey Wood
June 2017 The Crossrail project is now 83% complete, with the construction of stations progressing well across the route. Tunnels, shafts and portals are being fitted out with cables, ventilation fans and all the communication and signalling systems required to operate the railway.
Ainsworth Civils have been involved in the complete rebuild of Abbey Wood station to facilitate the new Crossrail services, with the iconic new station continuing to take shape with the completion of zinc cladding above the distinctive timber framed roof, as well as interior fit-out and construction of the staircases currently underway.
Installation of the new Elizabeth line tracks is now complete and they have been handed over for railway systems works to commence.
This development aims to deliver new homes, along with commercial, office, community and leisure space, bringing £615m of investment, create 620 jobs in construction, and deliver just over 30% affordable housing on and off site.
Ainsworth Civils are constructing one highway bridge and two pedestrian decks across London Underground’s Central Line, ultimately providing direct access to the Westfield London shopping centre to the south.
We’ve passed our annual RISQS audit with flying colours – again!
May 2017 We've done it again - we have passed our annual RISQS audit with a maximum 5 star rating! This is a testament to the excellent processes we have in place and our dedicated team. Well done to all involved!
Star Employee: Kieran Tinham
Kieran is our cube and slump tester before each concrete pour. Last week he avoided the incorrect concrete being poured after noticing that the ticket for the first batch of concrete was the incorrect mix and the same with the following two loads of concrete.
His quick thinking meant Balfour Beatty could send these back, saving thousands of pounds in the wrong concrete being poured. Great job, Kieran!
Long Awaited Work On Kenilworth Station Underway
April 2017 Ainsworth Civils are working with Graham Construction on the development of the long awaited train station in Kenilworth, Coventry. Pile caps have been laid for platform one and foundations and concrete beams have been laid for platform two.
The foundations have also been laid for a lift shaft and a stairwell. Several parts of the building site will be retained including the lighthouse building and footbridge.
Warwickshire council commissioned the station in order to ease traffic congestion, to support an increasing population and improve the local economy.
New ISO standards
April 2017 We are very proud to announce we have successfully upgraded to the new ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 standards after yet another very successful audit!
Ainsworth Civils is shortlisted for the Construction News Specialist Awards 2017
Ainsworth Civils has been selected by the judges as a finalist in the Health and Safety Excellence category of the 2017 Construction News Specialists Awards, the only national awards that recognise the best specialist contractors from across the whole of the UK.
We, along with the other finalists will attend face-to-face judging by members of the 56-strong jury, drawn from the UK’s largest construction firms and the leaders of the country’s major projects, including:
- Cormac MacCrann, managing director, Canary Wharf Contractors
- Richard Baldwin, head of development, Derwent London
- Dave Sheridan, chief executive officer, Keepmoat
- Jonathan Seddon, managing director, Seddon Construction
- Ian Burnett, chief executive officer, United Living Group
- Alan Robertson, chief executive officer, VolkerWessels UK
The Construction News Specialists Awards are the only national awards celebrating the very best specialist contractors in the UK.
Construction News editor Rebecca Evans comments:
“Being shortlisted in the Construction News Specialists Awards is a huge achievement and a fantastic way to distinguish your business from your competitors – these are the only national awards recognising the hard work and fantastic achievements of specialist contractors. Specialist contractors underpin the whole construction industry, and we are proud to be able to shine a light on the work they do, the commitment they show and the amazing projects they contribute to.”
Ainsworth Civils are proud to have been involved in the BBC’s DIYSOS project on the Isle of Sheppey. Garry and Kyle Ratcliffe have four adopted children, three with very complex and life-limiting medical conditions.
They were living in a three-bedroom bungalow, with one bathroom, which had become completely unusable. The DIYSOS team completely demolished and rebuilt the house, creating a brand new family home with five bedrooms and two bathrooms which now caters specifically to their needs.
Ainsworth Civils were part of the 100-strong team of traders and suppliers who helped the project by working or providing materials for free. Working alongside teams from all over Kent, Ainsworth Civils landscaped the outside areas as part of the entire garden redesign.
Speaking at the big reveal, Garry Ratcliffe said: “We are overwhelmed by people’s generosity and the finished house is better than our wildest dreams. To everyone who has been working on the project, words cannot describe our appreciation. You have all made our children’s lives so much easier and just perfect. You have made a forever home for our forever family.”
Julius Ainsworth is BUILD Magazine's Civil Engineer of the month
July 2016 “Quality, reliability and professionalism are at the heart of what we do.” Ainsworth Civils' managing director, Julius Ainsworth, is BUILD Magazine's Civil Engineer of the month.
To read the article click here.
Sittingbourne Waste Transfer Station in Kent
July 2016 Ainsworth Civils are currently involved in the extension of the Sittingbourne Waste Transfer Station in Kent. We are proud to have received such a glowing report from the senior manager's site tour.
Another example of excellent collaborative work by Balfour Beatty led by Tony Curwood and the Ainsworth Civils team led by Blue Ryan.
ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001
June 2016 We are proud to announce we have passed our annual ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001 inspections - well done to all involved!
98% in our first audit by Achilles UVDB
June 2016 We are pleased to announce an overall score of 98% in our first audit by Achilles UVDB as we went up to category B1!
Achilles UVDB is the community for the UK utilities industry.
It enables the utilities sector to use Achilles' proven supplier pre-qualification system to manage risk within the supply chain and comply with EU regulations.
Church Marshes Waste Transfer Station redevelopment
June 2016 Congratulations to Fred McVarish on winning his first Ainsworth Civils project: Church Marshes Waste Transfer Station redevelopment. Well done, Fred!
Ainsworth Civils passes the annual RISQS audit with a maximum 5 star rating
June 2016 Ainsworth Civils have passed the annual RISQS audit with a maximum 5 star rating. This is a testament to the excellent processes we have in place and our dedicated team. Well done to all involved!