Siemens Help MECX To Maximise Growth

Siemens Help MECX To Maximise Growth

Deborah Lillis

MOVING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

In a recent interview with Construction News our Group Director – Chris Mariner talked frankly to the Editor – Nigel Martin about MECX’s future growth and expansion plans, which have now become a reality with the help from Siemens Financial Services. Here’s a snippet of what was discussed…

By having a singular focus on helping to construct and maintain the physical and naturally built environments that combine
to make up the transport, energy and utility infrastructure networks, MECX Group Ltd has developed a leading reputation within the marketplace. To make the most of its standing the company has recently looked to maximise its growth potential by securing a financial package from Siemens Financial Services that it is hoped will take the business to the next level in its development, as Chris Mariner, Group Director, recently outlined to Construction Industry News.  “I created the business a few years back and it has gradually evolved over the years,” explains Mr Mariner. “We now have five offices around the country with more to come. MECX employs close to 160 full-time employees and another 300 part-timers supporting our activities. We’re probably best described as a lower tier SME as we haven’t quite broken the £25m turnover barrier yet but we are working on it. We rebranded towards the end of 2017 and recently relaunched our website (www.mecxgroup.co.uk). “Within MECX group we are always looking at innovation and improvement.

In keeping with this approach, last year we put together a structured finance deal with Siemens Financial Services that is designed to support our development as a contracting organisation. The Siemens Financial Services division is a key strategic business unit operating within the Siemens UK Group of Companies and works alongside Siemens’ Mobility – a leading provider of products and services to the UK rail industry. Both MECX Group and Siemens Rail Automation are Network Rail ‘Principle Contractor License’ holders (with Siemens being a tier one framework partner) and so we worked closely with Siemens to develop innovative solutions that would suit our respective requirements.

As a direct result of this collaborative approach, we came up with a strong finance deal that supports the MECX plan for growth and allows us to invest in plant and people. By working ‘hand in glove’ with Siemens Financial Services, they will become a fully embedded part of our business, which brings a huge amount of benefit in terms of supply chain stability, not to mention commercial peace of mind, for both parties. ”In terms of the benefit to MECX, our improved financial robustness will enable the Group to tender for larger value contracts and to really push forward as a business. “We have aspirations of moving into the £50m-£100m turnover bracket and the financial package provided by Siemens, coupled with the experience and expertise we have within our organisation, means we are now able to safely deliver larger projects, particularly in overlapping sectors that we haven’t really targeted previously, such as conventional construction or civils works, telecoms and green energy” adds Mr Mariner. “At the same time, we’re able to invest in apprentices and better, more efficient plant and equipment to support our long-term plans.”

Having developed a strong name for itself within the transport, energy and utility infrastructure sectors, MECX certainly looks well placed to build further on this reputation as it takes on ever larger projects in a more diverse range of markets.
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SSE Enterprise Rail Win 5 Year Deal

Deborah Lillis

According to Construction News – SSE Enterprise Rail has recently won a five-year programme of works with Network Rail that could be potentially worth up to £200m. SSE Enterprise Rail is the rail contracting arm of the energy giant SSE and specialises in M & E work across the network.

The five-year deal will stretch across Network Rail’s CP6 funding period from 2019 to 2024 and see the contractor deliver M & E, building services and fabric works on rail assets in the South of England and across Wales.

The South package of works will cover Network Rail’s West Country and Thames Valley routes as well as its Wessex and London North-west lines.

In April, Construction News revealed that in Network Rail’s contractor performance PRISM table, SSE finished second to Story contracting. SSE were given a PRISM score of 4.68 out of 5 for 12 months, up until 24th February 2018.

The SSE contract is one of the first packages of works to be let by Network Rail for CP6. The rail client has said it intends to spend £48bn on the rail network during the five-year funding period.

SSE Enterprise Rail managing director Raj Sinha: “With other strong opportunities on the horizon, we are working collaboratively to identify and deliver value-adding solutions through initiatives such as asset / project funding, asset ownership and alliances with Network Rail and other organisations including HS2 and Transport for London.”

All Aboard for ISO 9001:2015

All Aboard for ISO 9001:2015

Deborah Lillis

Great News – we have achieved our latest ISO 9001:2015 certification with no significant findings raised!  This means that our customers have complete assurance that the MECX Group operates to the highest quality standards and that all regulatory requirements are met for our services.  What’s more having ISO 9001: 2015 helps MECX to keep the UK’s trains on time & on track using efficient and sustainable development practices. 

Customer satisfaction, collaboration and sustained growth has always been a fundamental part of our business but implementing ISO 9001:2015 ensures we identify all present customer needs and identify and assess future requirements.  It also helps us to measure client satisfaction and enables us to continually improve our processes and service offering.

ISO 9001:2015 is a revision of ISO 9001:2008 which now

  • Puts a greater emphasis on leadership engagement.
  • Helps address organisational risks and opportunities in a structured manner.
  • Uses simplified language and a common structure and terms, which are particularly helpful to organisations using multiple management systems, such as those for the environment, health & safety, or business continuity.
  • Addresses supply chain management more effectively.

One of the unique parts of the new ISO 9001:2015 is that it makes you assess risks and identify opportunities, it makes you continually examine opportunities for improvement and enables you to  put in place the operational controls to effectively manage and measure your performance.  We are incredibly proud of our HSQE team, and in particular the hard work that our HSQE Manager – Liam Richards has put in over the last few months in order to to make our investment into this key ISO standard a reality.

This is yet another milestone achievement and one that reflects MECX’s  future growth and development as a leading infrastructure specialist.

 

We’ve passed our ISO 14001 Again!

We’ve passed our ISO 14001 Again!

Deborah Lillis

We are delighted to announce that we have successfully passed our latest ISO 14001 Certification again – with no significant findings raised.  Achieving this certification sets out our approach to environmental management which we believe is key to achieving our company’s vision. What’s more the MECX Group are fully committed to being a sustainable business that can continue to improve through proactive involvement and engagement with our stakeholders, whilst providing a sustainable environment for current and future generations to come.

A few key aspects of having ISO 14001 environmental certification ensures that as a business we:-

  • Continually minimise our environmental footprint.
  • Diminish the risks of pollution incidents.
  • Ensure total compliance with any environmental legislation.
  • Identify cost savings with a greater emphasis on resource, waste and energy management.
  • Improve environmental performance of our supply chain.
  • Quantify, monitor and control the impact of any of our operations on the environment.

We are incredibly proud of our HSQE team, and in particular the hard work that our HSQE Manager – Liam Richards has put in over the last few months in order to to make our investment into this key ISO standard a significant reality.

This is yet another milestone achievement and one that reflects MECX’s  future growth and development as a leading infrastructure specialist.

 

OHSAS 18001 Audit Passed!

OHSAS 18001 Audit Passed!

Deborah Lillis

We are delighted to announce that we have successfully passed our latest OHSAS 18001 Certification with no findings raised, whilst maintaining our excellent safety standards throughout 2017. BS OHSAS 18001 sets out the minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management best practice.

These audits ensure that as a business we operate according to national and international health, safety and environmental standards, which drive organisations to reduce their impact on the environment and community. This year was no exception and we managed to impress yet another auditor with our commitment to safety and sustainability.

A few key aspects of having OHAS 18001 Certification ensures that as a business:-

  • We excel in our reputation for being a health and safety conscious organisation.
  • We reduced any risk of potential litigation cases, for example through reducing the number of accidents in the work place.
  • We constantly ensure improved productivity of our workforce and reduce any potential for absenteeism and sickness.
  • We always conduct rigorous risk and hazard assessments so that our customers are reassured that our services are delivered within legal requirements.
  • We continually promote health and safety in the workplace, and obtain full involvement from all our staff in order to ensure that MECX is a safe place to work.

We are incredibly proud of our HSQE team, and in particular the hard work that our HSQE Manager – Liam Richards has done in order to to make our investment into this key standard a significant reality.

This is yet another milestone achievement and one that reflects MECX’s  future growth and development as a leading infrastructure specialist.

 

 

Manchester Office for MECX

Manchester Office for MECX

Deborah Lillis

We are absolutely delighted to advise that we now have new prestigious offices in Media City, Manchester.  Our new address is

Blue Tower
Media City
Salford Keys
Manchester
M50 2ST

Blue Tower is located on the waterfront in the heart of Manchester’s newest development – MediaCityUK. This vibrant area of Salford Quays offers a dynamic atmosphere hosting a range of businesses from production companies to accountants, legal and recruitment agencies. Our new office has panoramic views that overlook ITV, BBC and the filming of Coronation Street’s new set.
There’s only one problem – everyone’s fighting for pole position on desk space!

DW Stadium Rail Alliance Event

DW Stadium Rail Alliance Event

Deborah Lillis

The MECX team attended a very successful networking rail alliance event which was held at the DW Stadium in Wigan. The event was well attended by various businesses all coming from numerous sectors operating within the rail industry. The North West is now becoming a prominent part of the growth and development of the UK’s rail network with a primary focus on northern programmes, such as HS2, CP6, funding & investment, devolution, infrastructure, technology and of course supply chain engagement. Another key part of the Great North Rail development is Wigan & Springs Branch sidings with an investment of £46m into the train depot together with other maintenance facilities. All these fantastic rail development programmes will not only boost jobs for the North West but will also enable the MECX Group to recruit local people for local rail projects whilst boosting the local economy.

SCUK Global Accredited with MACCS

SCUK Global Accredited with MACCS

Deborah Lillis

We’re are pleased to announce that SCUK Global Services Ltd (Isle of Man) are now approved under the Manx Accredited Construction Contractors Scheme (MACCS).  The Scheme was orignally established by the Isle of Man Employers’ Federation to provide a list of local construction contractors that meet a range of criteria in terms of good standards of performance. When initially formed The Isle of Man Employers’ Federation was originally established after the First World War with the objective of securing apprenticeships for returning soldiers and ensuring there was a skilled workforce to meet the Island’s economic demands. Membership was spread across many different sectors of business and industry but gradually became more concentrated around the local construction industry, particularly local construction contractors.  The Scheme considers areas such as:-

  • Health & Safety
  • Professional Standards
  • Workmanship
  • Qualifications
  • Insurance
  • References

MACCS membership is the minimum standard for becoming a government approved contractor which sets performance standards for contractors, and provides advice to contractors and clients on best practice.

£46m spent on Wigan train depot

Deborah Lillis

As part of the Great North Rail Project, Wigan – Springs Branch sidings is to gain a substantial new £46m train depot together with maintenance facilities. The brand new depot will not only boost jobs for Greater Manchester but will also streamline passenger journeys across the north.

Rail passenger numbers in the North of England are set to double over the next 25 years and as a consequence more depots are needed in order to supply more frequent services and additional trains by 2020.

Network rail are currently adapting an existing freight yard which is located in Ince-in-Makerfield which will house and maintain 24 electric and diesel trains.  The overall project is set to create nearly 20 jobs. Network Rail believe that the location provides ideal access to the electrified rail network Wigan – Bolton line and will enable Northern trains to move across the north during the evening in preparation for next day services.

Ben Ackroyd, Engineering Director at Northern, added: “By 2020 we will have retired all Pacers, refurbished our entire fleet and, of course, will have introduced our brand new electric and diesel trains. We will need state-of-the-art facilities to look after these trains and Springs Branch is a key part of this.”

Wigan Council’s Director of Economy & Skills, Becca Heron, welcomed the news, calling it a “key component” of the city’s economic strategy. The development will see the installation of new overhead line equipment to power the electric trains. It will also include staff accommodation, train washing and fuelling capabilities.”

Work is expected to be completed in December 2019.

Midland Metro Alliance Event

Midland Metro Alliance Event

Deborah Lillis

Today the MECX team attended the Midland Metro Alliance Event which was offering dozens of Black Country businesses the chance to showcase their services in relation to the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill tram extension project. With construction anticipated to begin in 2019, the scale of the route will produce a diverse range of opportunities for the MECX Group ranging from demolition to bridgework, labour, drainage, lighting plus much more.

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