The Solatainer

Published 24 September 2018 | No comments
Written by Jonathan Baron
CategoriesConserve of energy Green/renewable energy
The Solatainer is a new innovative power source for site compounds. The unit combines solar, generator, battery and for the first time in the UK, wind to provide renewable energy for running the site. During its first month on site, we have observed a 27% reduction in the total cost and over a 87% reduction in carbon dioxide production when...

Enrichment Day

Published 14 September 2018 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCommunity engagement Schools and nurseries
A One+ hosted an event at a high school local to the site project. The event was aimed at Year 8 pupils and the day was split into five workshops each an hour long. Each session started with a short introduction to the company and described what we do and who we are. We then introduced the kids to the...

Local Community Partnering

Published 20 July 2018 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCommunity engagement Engage with community facilities
During a recent project to carry our junction improvements on the A64, we struck up a rewarding relationship with local businesses which provided inspiring benefits on Respecting the Community and Respecting the Environment. Lengths of hedgerow, some trees and an old stone culvert parapet had to be removed as part of the junction improvement work. Rather than disposing of these...

Recognising and Tackling Blue Monday

Published 22 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesMental health Wellbeing events
As part of our staff wellbeing, we recognised the challenges that January can sometimes bring in terms of personal motivation for our workforce. The fun of the holiday season has faded, purse strings are tightened as pay day seems further away than usual, and as if January weather isn’t bad enough, Storm Eleanor brought more wind and rain than usual....

Tawny Owl Rescued from Drainage Ditch

Published 9 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesIdentification of flora, fauna and natural resources Involvement Protect the local environment
During some recent works on the M18 and M180 project to renovate 40,000m of drainage ditches and 100 culverts as part of a motorway capital renewal scheme, our site team discovered an injured Tawny Owl in a culvert near one of the motorway drainage ditches. Although still clearly alive, the owl was motionless and had suffered damage to its eye...

Renovating Safety Barrier Beams for Reuse

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCarbon reduction Conserve of resources
We aim to develop products and techniques which not only increase cost savings, but that benefit the environment, working towards reducing our carbon footprint and providing more sustainable delivery. Safety barriers are damaged all over the road network every day as a result of road traffic collisions, and need to be repaired. In partnership with our supply chain, we developed...

Fuel Resistant Material in Laybys

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesSpill prevention
On the A64 dual carriageway around the southern side of York, there are a number of laybys for use by road users. By the location and nature of use, the surfacing material in laybys can suffer early deterioration through oil spills from heavy vehicles, deformation from concentrated use by heavy vehicles, and turning stresses as heavy vehicles look to rejoin...

EVRA Booklet: Point of Work Risk Assessment

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesInduction and training Risk assessments
Recognising the dynamic and changing risk environment in working on long linear lengths of motorways and high speed dual carriageways, we have developed a small handy A6 sized pocket booklet to allow and encourage ‘at point of work’ risk assessments. This allows our workforce, who have already been inducted into the generic site risks, to also consider and record risk...

Verge Hardening Reduces Maintenance Burden

Published 11 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesLandscaping
The A64 Whitwell dual carriageway trunk road suffers from sub-standard horizontal and vertical geometry, leading to increased maintenance such as grass cutting being required each year, some years more than others depending on weather patterns. With designing for maintenance principles in mind, we developed a permeable verge hardening solution which removed the grass and topsoil from visibility splays and replaced...

Customer Dashboard Turns Data to Intelligence for our Workers

Published 29 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesIdentify potential impacted communities Impacted community surveys Response to compliments and concerns Reviews and lessons learned
In a data rich world, we understand the importance of turning data into intelligence so that our teams can make sense of the data and adapt customer facing initiatives on site to address the need. So we decided to analyse our customer feedback data in a number of different ways so that our project and site managers could more easily...

Managed Staff Recognition at Awards Ceremonies

Published 21 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesWorkforce recognition programmes
We know the importance of valuing our workforce and are always looking for ways to recognise and reward staff for good performance, going above and beyond what their job role requires or helping and inspiring colleagues to reach their potential. This aligns with our business value of ‘developing, valuing and respecting our people’ and ‘enjoying what we do’. One way...

Helping New Starters Integrate into the Business

Published 21 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesEngagement and commitment from the workforce Supported by management Workforce development plans
We realise how daunting it can be to be a new starter within an established business or team. So we decided to put a new initiative in place to help new staff embed quickly into the business. We ask each new starter to prepare a short biography about themselves in their first week. This might include what their professional experience...

Sharing our Work using Interesting Facts

Published 17 August 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesClient feedback Regular updates of progress Social media
We have recently trail-blazed a new way of communicating with customers when we’ve finished a scheme. Our Customer Hub draws together Highways England, A-one+ and Transport Focus to provide a customer focus across the services we deliver. One opportunity we identified was to better share with our customers when we’ve completed a scheme. With 81% of our highway maintenance work...

Green Hard Hat Challenge

Published 17 August 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesPromoting construction as a career choice Schools and nurseries
We have recently issued new improved protection hard hats to all employees. With an abundance of old style hard hats, we collected these from our staff and looked for new ways of using these to promote the image and appearance of construction. We developed this into the ‘Green Hard Hat Challenge’ with a school local to our project work. Our...

Rescue Day STEM Activity

Published 24 July 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCommunity engagement Engage with community facilities Plan to positively promote construction
We attended a local event called Rescue Day to share with visitors the work we do and why we do it. The purpose of Rescue Day is to bring together as many rescue services as possible in one place to demonstrate what they do and how they do it. Raising public awareness of safety issues such as the dangers of...