Working with Asbestos

As specialist contractors to the water industry, Stonbury are often contracted to complete projects with specific water asset challenges, including asbestos contamination. In a recent project for a framework client, a service reservoir was decommissioned, after an inspection at the time had uncovered asbestos fibres present at the cement mains inlet. Stonbury were challenged to get the reservoir back into service, whilst carefully managing the project due to the asbestos fibres.  When asbestos is present, it is vital that strict regulations and requirements are met, as exposure can lead to a range of serious and fatal diseases if handled incorrectly. Before working on any asbestos project, a range of specialist procedures must be implemented under these circumstances, from safe and suitable access, control and disposal of PPE on site, decontamination units, up to rigorous testing to ensure the asset is once again asbestos free. Asbestos projects are carefully planned and monitored alongside expert asbestos advisors, to ensure a safe working environment and restrict any further contamination of the fibres. Full case study

Stay Hydrated! Stonbury supports Refill

As the heat continues to rise, it has never been more important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated! As we continue to spread the message across our workforce, we want to make drinking tap water more accessible by supporting the ‘Refill’ campaign. Refill is a national tap water campaign, aimed to make refilling your reusable water bottle as easy and convenient as possible. From carrying your Stonbury water bottle, you are more likely to stay hydrated, whilst reducing the plastic pollution that is damaging the world’s oceans. Recycling is often the focus these days… but not with the Refill campaign. By refilling bottles, we are reducing the waste that would have been recycled, so if you are lucky enough to get one, please do take extra care of your refillable Stonbury bottle. There are now over 10,000 Refill Stations around the UK. Friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses are welcoming you in to refill your water bottle for free, it could even save you a few pennies! So fill up before you leave home or your accommodation and keep topping up whenever you can. If working on a Stonbury site without a clean tap water supply, a water dispenser will be provided, remember to always use your refillable bottle, especially in the summer months when you are more likely to become dehydrated. Download the app to find your nearest Refill station, or visit the App Store and search ‘Refill’.

Stonbury named top NWL supplier

Stonbury are extremely proud to rank second on the Northumbrian Water Supplier Performance Measure (SPM) under the Framework Contractors category.  The latest SPM scores are a testament to our teams working in the North East and South, delivering projects with continuous effort and hard work to both Northumbrian Water and Essex and Suffolk Water over this last period. An improvement in the scoring matrix was achieved in all assessed categories including professionalism, quality and programme adherence. A significant improvement was also noted in the level of customer service, an area that Stonbury strives to be the best at for all our customers. Jon Featherstone, Director, comments "We have always recognised that great customer service is the foundation of any framework, and always dedicate a heavy focus to this area of delivery in all our internal team meetings. With the bar now set, our challenge is to become number one in the Framework Contractor category. We will be working extremely hard to continue high standards of service and further improvement all round!"

Floating Pontoons

When working over rivers and watercourses, we take advantage of our knowledge and experience as specialist contractors, especially when it comes to solutions for difficult access. During construction of a new break tank for a water company client, our teams utilised a floating pontoon system to complete works to a new pipework installation over a live river. Full Case Study Break Tank Construction

Welsh Water Health and Safety Awards

Stonbury were delighted to join over 250 Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and key contract partners, at their 12th annual Health, Safety and Wellbeing Conference in Swansea The conference recognised the diversity of the work that Dŵr Cymru and their partners undertake, relating to the importance of managing health, safety and wellbeing as the business changes.  Various workshops were arranged for the day, including various topics from road safety, mental health, manual handling through to taking care of your hands.  We were delighted to be shortlisted for the Health and Wellbeing award and presented on the day by Peter Parry, Welsh Water MD as winners of this award! 

Institute of Water Annual Conference

This year we joined professionals from across the water industry in Glasgow for the Institute of Water’s annual conference ‘Shaping the Future’ Chaired by Douglas Millican, Chief Executive, Scottish Water, this year's event focused on the future of the water industry, relating to topics such as innovation, the circular economy and digitalisation of the industry, looking closely at the growing expectations of customer and society needs. Presidents Dinner and Awards Congratulations to South West Water, as this year's deserving winner of the Institute of Water's National Innovation Awards 2018, for their innovative behavioural change campaign ’Love Your Loo’. The award was presented at the Institute of Water’s Annual President’s Dinner and Awards, on the 21st June and held at the spectacular setting of Glasgow City Chambers. Thank you to the IOW for another excellent annual conference.