Following the successful award of the 8.2km Finglas to Belcamp 220kV UG network installation project, which is nearing completion, ESB have awarded ERA a further 220kV project in County Kerry. The Moyvane to Knockanure project is currently at ramp-up stage and construction of the 6.5 km network installation will commence in the next 4-6 weeks.
The Edwardian Hotel Group is developing a new 350 bedroom spa hotel and cinema complex in Leicester Square, London. Due to open its doors in 2020, ‘The Londoner’ will have eight storeys above ground and six below ground, complete with bars and restaurants. There will be two Odeon cinemas, event and leisure facilities.
Following the successful delivery of a complex multi utility diversion design and build contract in 2015, ReachActive continues to develop our relationship with the Edwardian Hotels Group and are delivering a design and build solution for all new incoming utility supplies including deep drainage, HV power, telecommunications, gas and potable water.
Blossom Street is a new development in Spitalfields, London E1 being developed by British Land. Blossom Street is a regeneration area in Spitalfields close to the Shoreditch Tech City and the core City of London market, comprising three sites and being developed in partnership with the Corporation of London.
The plans will deliver a total of 347,000 sq ft comprising office space, 13 new retail units and 40 new apartments. The various elements would be integrated through two new areas of public space, totaling 15,000 sq ft, and would be accessible via a new pedestrian route running from Commercial Street to Shoreditch High Street.
ReachActive are undertaking a multi-utility protection and diversion strategy for our client.
20 Ropemaker is a new 27 storey building in the City of London, providing 447,000 sq ft of offices and 10,000 sq ft of retail. Its stepped design forms a variety of floor sizes from 25,500 sq ft to 7,900 sq ft. 5 terraces of 18,000 sq ft together with south facing balconies providing external amenity and views of the City Cluster.
ReachActive are working collaboratively on all multi-utility services for the future incoming supplies, including the provision of a new ICP HV Power Supply with 6 MVA capacity.
The Watford Football Club Training Ground and Academy is located on the University College London Union (UCLU) Shenley Sports grounds, near St Albans in Hertfordshire. ReachActive are providing an ICP design and build delivery for a substation upgrade which includes associated civil infrastructure works, HV cabling, installation and commissioning of electrical switchgear.
One Leadenhall will be a new 36 storey building adjacent to the historic Leadenhall Market. This new tower is bringing 28 floors of office accommodation, 9,300ft² of retail space and a free public terrace to an important corner of the City of London. The 36-storey building will reside next to the Grade II* listed Leadenhall Market, on the site of the ancient Roman Forum, an area home to several historic City structures, including the Lloyd’s building, St Michael’s Cornhill and St Peter upon Cornhill.
ReachActive are responsible for a full design and build strategy for all multi-utility diversions, disconnections and new incoming services. Our ICP design and build delivery comprises of approximately 3.5km of civils trenching/ducting and associated HV cable jointing and commissioning thus providing our client with a new 11kV diverse circuit through heavily congested road and foot ways within the City of London.
As a committed provider of sustainable solutions ReachActive is involved in the delivery of a range of renewable energy workstreams such as E-Car Charging Points, an excellent fit with our well established ESB substation and HV installation activities.
Reach Active Group sponsor the UCLH (NHS) Foundation Trust Proton Beam Cancer Therapy at their charity event, held at the Westminster Boat Base, London.
In light of National Apprenticeship week, our Head of People, Leanne Jones caught up with Bradlee Cherry, Plant and Transport Coordinator. Bradlee joined ReachActive in January 2017 as an apprentice and has recently progressed in to the role of Plant and Transport Coordinator. We hope you enjoy the read.
Plant and Transport Coordinator
Apprenticeship title & duration?
My apprenticeship was in Business Administration, it was a 1-year course which I completed successfully.
How long have you worked for ReachActive?
Around 14 months. My position was made permanent after the completion of my apprenticeship. I have been employed on a permanent contract with the company since January 2018.
Describe what you do on an average day
I work in the Plant and Transport department, I arrange commercial vehicles, up to 7.5 ton. I also support the team with general administration such as checking driving licenses, arranging vehicle repairs, running driving reports and statistics and I also look after invoicing for the department. I currently support the UK and Irish operations.
Why did you decide on an apprenticeship?
I wanted to do something different and learn life skills. I had worked alongside my Dad growing up and it gave me some good exposure to working life. I had also previously pursued mechanics at college but I didn’t like the course or the classroom approach. I tried it twice, and dropped out twice. I had also studied business at school and found it interesting. This seemed like a hands-on approach, learn and work. It was a bonus that I would be paid for it! I must say, it did take my family to push me towards applying for the apprenticeship, there was a time I wasn’t sure if it was for me. But I am really glad I did, I love it.
Had you been interviewed for a job before?
This was my first real interview. I was interviewed by my current manager, he is the company Plant and Transport Manager. I remember feeling nervous about it all but luckily it went ok and I got the job.
How did you decide that the opportunity here was the best one for you and your career?
This was one of two opportunities I had to choose from. Joining ReachActive allowed me to learn something new, a massive industry with a wealth of opportunity in it. I get the impression that people don’t initially appreciate how many opportunities this industry creates. That was a huge factor in my decision making as you never know what is around the corner and I wanted to maximize my learning and the opportunities ahead of me.
What are your career aspirations?
I would like to work abroad, somewhere in Europe or in the USA. I have always liked Germany as a country and would like the opportunity to learn that language. I would like to progress in to a management position over the next 5-10 years but am planning to keep learning and play that by ear for now.
How have you grown since you started working for ReachActive?
I have opened up as a person, I am now much more confident. When I first joined the company and my phone would ring, I would sit and stare at it until it would stop as I was too nervous and shy to talk to anyone. I am still quite quiet but I have no fear with regards to communicating or interacting with others any more.
What were your biggest challenges throughout the apprenticeship?
Due to my confidence issues I found getting used to new people hard. I struggled with writing emails effectively and not letting my emotion rule the tone of my messages. In my position I make and receive a lot of calls and emails so the biggest challenge was doing this effectively and finding confidence when it was lacking. I also found the industry confusing at times, particularly at the beginning although I soon picked it up and became a lot more familiar with
What advice would you give to others who are considering an apprenticeship but are not sure if it’s the right way to go?
I would advise that you should consider the pros and cons to all of the opportunities in front of you. Also consider what options could open up the most doors for you as you progress. Ultimately, it’s about being happy with what you do, finding a company to support you and who will let you learn from your mistakes but equally it’s about enjoying the job role. Not pursuing a mechanics career could have been a risk for me, but I made the decision to try something new. Give it a try and stick with it, you may well discover a bunch of skills you never knew you had.
If you knew then what you know now, is there anything you would do differently?
I would use my confidence to speak up. I was always too scared to bring an idea to the table as I wasn’t sure if anyone would listen.
What’s coming next?
I hope to get more involved in the coordination of larger vehicles and car fleet. I want to continue learning as much as possible and keep growing as an individual. I would like to visit work sites more and get closer to the workforce.
To apply for a specific job vacancy or to speculatively reach out to us, visit www.reachactive.com/careers or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Our roles are based across a variety of UK sites (London, Hertford, Basingstoke) and Ireland sites (Dublin & Mullingar).
ReachActive are an equal opportunities employer.