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February 2015

Issue 35


The construction of a new

multi million pound rail

maintenance facility for the

proposed new high speed

electric trains serving the

West Country and South

Wales is turning into a

considerable achievement

for VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd.

Casestudy: StokeGifford IEPDepot

One of the UK’s premier

engineering and construction

companies, VolkerFitzpatrick, has

been praised by the Scheme as a

considerate constructor during its

large-scale project - Stoke Gifford

IEP (Intercity Express Programme)

Depot in Bristol.

Paul Lilley, Contracts Manager,

said the project had received

some initial opposition from local

neighbours but relationships

had been greatly improved by

following the Scheme’s guidance

on respecting communities.

He said: “The site is quite remote

and surrounded by rail lines, so

promoting the Scheme within the

community was an initial concern,

especially as there was some local

protest to the original planning


“We quickly engaged with the Local

Parish Council, and established a

regular meeting with the Parish

Council, local councillors, and

members of the local community.

“These have continued successfully

throughout the project. In addition

to this as the site was not obviously

visible to the general public, we

erected notice boards in public

areas which we update with

photos, newsletters and upcoming


An Associate Member of the

Scheme, VolkerFitzpatrick registers

all of its projects with the CCS, each

site complying with the Scheme’s

Code of Considerate Practice.

Explaining how registering fulfils

VolkerFitzpatrick’s benchmarks,

Building firm foundations - concreting the culvert base

Considering flood defences - workers construct a new culvert as part of flood prevention measures