News from around Blackwell Earthmoving
In November, we appointed a new Commercial Director, Matt Carney, to head up our commercial department.
Matt will help drive the business forward whilst developing the commercial strategies for our projects.
Matt has over 30 years of experience in civil engineering projects in the UK, the Middle East, and South Africa, most recently, as Commercial Director for Jackson Civil Engineering Group, responsible for all post-contract commercial activities. Before this, Matthew spent several years in the Middle East on large scale projects as Commercial Manager and Managing Quantity Surveyor.
Our team on a large infrastructure project in Aylesbury is also rapidly expanding. We also held a careers day at Loughborough University to advise graduates of what we offer. We attracted 75 interested students from varied backgrounds in engineering, quantity surveying and construction management.
If you are interested in joining our rapidly expanding teams, please refer to our Careers page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackwell, has been appointed by the EKFB JV to carry out earthworks on part of the HS2 project.
The appointment follows Blackwell's 2018 engagement by the EKFB team as an advance works contractor and falls on the ninth anniversary of Blackwell's association with the HS2 programme in a professional services capacity.
The subcontract appointment is for 30km of the HS2 earthworks centred on Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and involves the movement of nearly 15 million cubic meters of chalk and clay over the next four years. The award is the largest in Blackwell's 65 year history.
Commenting on the appointment, Roger McDowell, the Chairman of Hargreaves, said: 'This is an excellent new award for our specialist earthworks business. HS2 is a significant high profile infrastructure project and the Board is pleased that this underpins the Blackwell business over the next few years.'
Please see Hargreaves Services plc RNS.
Note: EKFB JV is a joint venture comprising Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall which has been appointed by HS2 Limited to complete the C2/C3 section of the HS2 Phase 1 project. Further details can be found at www.EKFB.com.
After 65 years in the Coggeshall Road offices in Essex, BEL have relocated to new facilities on the nearby Earls Colne Business Park.
The new office details are:
Blackwell Earthmoving Ltd, Suite 2 Park House, Earls Colne Business Park, Earls Colne, Essex CO6 2NS
Niall Fraser and Richard Austin are pleased to be guest speakers at the TRL Off-Highway Automation Safety online seminar on Thursday 29 April 2021, 13:00-16:00.
They will be showcasing the Automated Articulated Dumptruck trial that Blackwell undertook on the A14 in 2019.
Blackwell part of triumphant team at 2020 Ground Engineering Awards.
We’re very proud to have been part of the BSI-led team that has just been awarded the prestigious Editor’s Award at this year’s Ground Engineering Awards. The award recognises the ten years of effort from a pan-Industry team comprising earthworks experts from Arup, Atkins, Mott MacDonald, Wood, Aecom, Geofirma, CSSL, D Norbury, Jacobs and Cantab Consulting as well as Blackwell’s Niall Fraser which culminated in the publication of the first European Standard for Earthworks last year.
In presenting the award at a virtual ceremony attended by over 500 guests, the judges noted the “Hard work & dedication of unsung heroes with exceptional experience in earthworks” and said that “The collaboration displayed by this submission epitomises the meaning of ‘team’.”
Listen to Director Niall Fraser talk to Peter Haddock about Blackwell and the Industry for Earthmovers magazine:
September 2020 saw us welcome back two of our sponsored graduates to the business following the completion of their university studies.
If you would like more information about our graduate scheme, or want more information about how you can get involved, click here.
During our time working on the Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme (the A14), we collaborated with Highways England to secure designated innovation funding to develop automation capability for dump trucks, the results of which featured on the BBC’s The One Show. These technologies present great opportunities for efficiencies, but more importantly to continually improve the safety of the activities we conduct on site.
Highways England’s press release on the topic is available at: