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April 2013 - Congratulations to: Hard Knocks: Antony Goose Random Hard Knock Voter: Andy Freer Photo Competition: Bob Graham Random Photo Comp Voter: Caroline Taylor

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May 31st 2013

Issue 33

Behavioural Safety Our commitment to being recognised for ‘world class’ safety performance has taken a new direction in the form of our “Make Safe – Don’t make do” behavioural safety programme. Whilst significant improvements in safety standards have already been made by the delivery teams out in the field every day, we need to encourage further improvements.

Photo: David Field

Dalmarnock Station – Re opens

Energy Works edges closer

Our project to re-generate Dalmarnock station in time for the 2014 Commonwealth games achieved a major milestone on May the 20th with the opening of the main building (Pictured). The state-of-the art building opened to the public on time.

Over 35 delegates attended the Energy Works information day held at Humber Quays on Tuesday the 28th May.

A huge collaborative effort between Spencer Staff and Subcontractors prevailed to reach this milestone to open the redeveloped station, which will act as a major transport link for the games, due to its close proximity to the athlete’s village and key venues such as Celtic Park, the National Indoor Sports Arena and the ‘Sir Chris Hoy’ Velodrome. The award winning Architect who designed the building was very pleased with the progress. There is a significant amount of work still to do on the platform 1 main building and the installation of a new link bridge as the focus moving forwards. The team are confident that by applying the same collaborative effort to this remaining phase as they did with the first; they will be successful in reaching the next important milestone on time.

The event was the first step in engaging the supply chain for the Energy Works project. The event kicked-off with a presentation by Phil Morland covering an overview of the company, the location of the site, the technology used in the design, the anticipated benefits of the project and details of the procurement process. The delegates took a keen interest in the presentation and this was reflected in the quality of the question and answer session that followed. Phil was joined by Paul Gledhill, Tim Parkinson, Dan Smith and Nick Lamb to network with the delegates and answer any further queries they had before taking them on a guided tour of the Energy Works site in Hull (see photo). The feedback from the attendees was very positive, and provides the ideal springboard for the procurement process which is scheduled for completion by November 2013, with a construction start anticipated in 2014.

The ‘Make Safe’ programme is a way of focusing our workforce on existing safety systems and arrangements whilst encouraging a culture of safe behaviour. Make Safe will help us ensure we have the right tools, processes and procedures plus procedures to promote positive behaviours. We’ll be rolling out several initiatives over the coming months. One such initiative is to enhance and standardise the delivery format of our ‘site based’ safety inductions. We are introducing a new filmed version starring our own Training Manager; Aaron McIver. The short film will initially be delivered to all current site staff and operatives, and all new arrivals moving forwards, it will include key information to help keep everyone safe whilst working on our sites. Filming is now complete and the production is in final editing (airbrushing?). A new induction process that centres on the video and test is to be rolled out to all group operational sites during June.


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The apprentices

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Sophie S hi hi Thornton Th Th

Over the last few years we have encouraged apprenticeships within the business to great success. Sophie Burgess and Sophie Thornton are the latest new recruits to join the long list of apprentices. Both have embarked on a Business Administration Apprentice scheme that will see them spending time in Tendering, Training, Plant, Accounts, Procurement and Commercial departments, coupled with valuable time spent on various operational construction sites. Both Sophie’s will also undertake a Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration at Hull Collage as part of the plan. “This programme has been specially created to help them gain an in-depth understanding of how our business works from feasibility to completion” said Aaron McIver, Training Manager. Part-time actress Sophie Burgess said: “I have been made to feel really welcome and I’m looking forward to developing within the programme. This is a truly fantastic opportunity and one I am determined to make the most of.”

Link Up Once again the Rail division has maintained its ‘Link Up’ accreditation for 2013/14. Link up is the UK rail industry pre-qualification scheme that proves we have the required skills and processes necessary to deliver a wide range of services to the industry. The audit takes several days and examines our management systems in very close detail. Passing these audits is critical to our continued growth with the rail industry. Led by Lee Daniels, the SHEQ team worked extremely hard during the gruelling process.

From Support to Operations

Diary Date

We’re incredibly proud of our own Becky Pursey’s transfer and promotion from SOS support to Ipswich’s Project Controls Manager.

The Spencer Golf Society will meet once again for 18 holes and evening dinner at the Ashby Decoy golf club in Scunthorpe on Monday 17th June.

Becky, who joined Spencer back in August 2010 has gone from strength to strength. She was initially asked to provide SOS training and document control support to the site team 3 days per week, but, being the hard worker that she is, Gerhard and his delivery team were very impressed with her performance and asked her to take up the full time Project Controls role.

The afternoon and evening event follows several successful similar events held throughout the year. Please contact Mo Wynne to get your name on the list.

Our IRON men are busy this summer

“Becky has quickly become a valued member of the wider team delivering the project.” Gerhard said.

Coming 3rd in any European competition is worthy of praise, especially when significant physical effort is required.

SOS Development Manager, Dave Jennings said: “We’re thrilled that Becky has taken up this exciting and demanding role! The only problem now is how to fill the huge hole left in my SOS support team.”

The European Quadrathlon Championship took place in the Brigg, North Lincolnshire on Sunday 26th May.

Thinking of buying a new car? Whilst times are tough, buying a new car is likely to be one of the costliest purchases we can make. Fortunately help is at hand in the form of specially negotiated deals only available to staff and their families. In keeping with many large organisations, vehicle manufacturers are keen to offer our staff special rates and options that can lead to real savings. Of course, were not financial advisors, so you’ll need to weigh up the benefits available, but with offers coming from Vauxhall and Jaguar we’re sure our Plant Manager Caroline Johnson can put you in touch with some of the best exclusive offers available. Have a company provided car? These offers may still be of interest to your families and friends. To get the full details, contact Caroline Johnson or email

A Quadrathlon consists of a swim, kayak, bike and run completed consecutively. Four athletes from Spencer took part in the team event. Mark Padley quickly completed the 1.5km swim in the River Ancholme (water temperature "officially" 13°C) in 21:35 before handing the baton to Christopher Wilcock to paddle the 7km Kyak in 56:53. Chris was hampered by what must have been the shortest kayak in the competition leaving him feeling slightly ill-equipped. Tony Hopkins completed the 36km cycle in 58:54 before handing over to Chris Charlton to run the final 10km in 46:18 to see the Team Spencer finish in 03:03:40 securing 3 rd overall. Phil Gibbs also competed in his first Quad over all four sections in 03:41:41 to finish 17th in the solo competition. Athletes travelled from all over the British Isles, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. TM

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Staff competence training The training department, headed up by Aaron McIver is making great strides towards a number improvements in area’s such as Staff competence and assessments and is to become more proactive in training delivery. They will interact more closely with delivery teams at an earlier stage to undertake analysis of staff competence and associated assessments. This approach will ensure that the most relevant training needs are being met whilst time and costs are monitored. Along with these improvements, the way SOS records and displays training records will be getting some attention, specifically in course categorisation and accessibility. As a direct result, competency certificates will get an overhaul to make sure that they detail to correct competencies.

Of course record keeping is only accurate if the right information is held; you can do your bit by ensuring that the training team have copies of your training certificates. Please ensure that your details are up-to date by contacting Some time ago, we committed to delivering CITB Site Management Safety Scheme (SMSTS) to all construction Managers and higher across the business. We have already delivered courses at Wessex and Ipswich to 18 Managers. We’re planning two more courses in Edinburgh which will see a further 24 staff members attain the qualification. Additional sessions are planned at Humber Quays and Wessex. Over 77 Managers will undertake SMSTS training. These vital courses are essential and it’s important that you attend to give your support when invited.

SOS development gets new blood

With SOS going from strength to strength, talented developers are what make the system tick. SOS’s newest member Derek Ling joins the team based at Hessle in Hull. Working on the SOS application is a complicated process and Development Team leaders James Chadband and James Porter have devised a challenging training program designed to get Derek up to speed quickly. Once completed, Derek will take up the role of full time developer where he’ll contribute to the various new features planned to take SOS into the future.

Young apprentice World Biomass Power Markets Conference A team from Spencer Engineering have just returned from the World Biomass Markets Congress and Exhibition in Amsterdam representing the company at the event as gold sponsors. For three days we showcased our extensive experience in the biomass market with references from delivering Drax and Port of Tyne coupled with the Hull Rail Loading project currently in construction, and detailed FEED studies for Rugeley and Eggborough. Our team were able to engage with clients, suppliers and key industry figures old and new. Over 500 attendees gathered for the event to hear over 70 of the sectors leading thinkers and operators debate the key challenges and opportunities for the industry over the next 12 months.

Being the only contractor to date to deliver and commission both port and power station it was only fitting that our Ian Atkinson should give a speech on the developments in rail loading and unloading of bulk materials. Although the event was classed as a complete success, the highlight of the trip was brought about by sharing the venue with the team from UEFA, who were stationed there in preparation for the Europa league final and providing the opportunity for our Peter Sykes and Andrew Mitchell to have a chat with the England manager Roy Hodgson; of course true to form, Pete and Andy did not discuss the match but gave Roy an insight into the world of biomass, we’re not sure he will be joining us as a free transfer anytime soon…..

Spencer are pleased to be supporting the Make £5 Blossom project working with children from Stoneferry School, Hull. The scheme encourages youngsters to work together to come up with a business idea and in turn manage their time and finances and ultimately turn a profit. Some really exciting ideas have emerged and the children will be visiting Humber Quays on the 4th of June to sell "home made" cupcakes and display and take orders for lanyards which will be made to your own design. Please help support the children whilst they are in the building.

If you would like something published: please contact Julie Worman. or via Skype csl.julie.worman


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Spencer in touch issue 33  

Dalmarnock goes live and our Apprentices embark on their path to success.

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