Accreditations and certifications renewed for 2016

It could be easy to think that once you’ve achieved an accreditation, you can sit back and relax for a year. That’s certainly not the case and, taking health and safety and the quality of our work very seriously, we’ve been continuing our work to make sure we keep our people well trained and that our business remains compliant. We’re pleased to say our work has paid off.

Our ISO 9001:2008 certification, awarded to us by Alcumus ISOQAR, has been renewed. It has also been recognised that we’re working towards the 2015 changes well ahead of the requirement to implement them in 2018.

With Achilles we have once again improved our score. Achilles represents a national benchmark of quality for buyers and suppliers across a particular industry sector, engendering trust among suppliers for their services and skills. Once again, an independent Achilles auditor came to our headquarters to assess our procedures and workshops.

Added to these our position as an NICEIC approved contractor has also been renewed, recognising our continued compliance with standards in the electrical industry.

We’re continuing to work on ongoing process, health and safety improvements and are already in preparation for next year’s audits.

Dissolving Floor Calls For An M&C Solution

Water recycling centres are never out of action, so when a leading regional water company came to M&C Engineering with a need for a new floor, we knew we were in for a complex operation.

While hydrogen sulphide had literally dissolved the sub-frame, the original floor structure had been designed specifically for the centre, and needed to be retained. First taking it up to clean and make good, we then took the opportunity to raise it slightly, taking it further out of future harm’s way.

We then designed and built a new floor using glass reinforced polymer (GRP) which was installed while also repositioning the hand rails to fit the raised platforms. Selected for its non-corrosive properties, GRP is also beneficial for sites such as Clacton Water Recycling Centre as it requires no painting and can also incorporate abrasive elements to reduce slipping.

As always, turnaround was also important, so planning and making sure all elements were in place and ready to be installed was key. Our team of three, plus crane support took just five days, from removal of the first pieces of damaged flooring until completion.

Ferric Sulphate Dosing Plant

When a leading regional water company needed to add a new ferric sulphate dosing plant at the Cliff Quay Sewage Treatment Works in Ipswich, they knew M&C Engineering had the tools, the training and the tech for the job.

What was the brief?

Waste water requires a number of treatments to remove unwanted elements before it can be flushed back into circulation. One such element is phosphate, which can be removed by dosing with ferric sulphate.

Making the job slightly more complex, we needed to build the plant to be fully mobile, allowing it to be moved to other similar sites. Cliff Quay also has an unusual flow split, so a unique mechanism needed to be designed to spread the dosing across the entire incoming, pre-treatment flow.

How did you go about it?

With the aim of reducing man hours, the new plant measures the incoming flow, then doses at a predetermined rate, set proportionally to the inlet flow. This is controlled by a programmable logic controller (PLC) which has a full colour HMI operating panel for display and control purposes.

The new plant is made up of one 30,000 litre storage tank, two inverter driven pumps, a PLC and HMI. The fully bunded 130m pipe – from pumps to dosing point – has no joins and treats accurately a crude inlet flow rate of 75-1100 litres a second.

We also designed a unique new v-notch delivery distribution bar, allowing the correct spread across the incoming flow.

As with the plant we installed in Clacton, earlier this year, this one is a fully portable, self-contained unit, including local lighting, an emergency shower, wash down and delivery point.

What was the timeframe for this project?

From briefing to commission, this project took the teams at M&C eight weeks to complete – delivered on time and on budget.

Water Works – showcasing our services at IOS Market Day

As the water industry moved into the sixth asset management period since privatisation back in 1989 – otherwise known as AMP6 – 2015 has been a key year for the modernisation of the country’s water infrastructure. We’re pleased to be working with the likes of Morrison Utility Services, Kier, EPS and Qelec on the AMP6 Integrated Operational Solutions (IOS) programme, and we were delighted to have been invited to their Market Day to showcase the range of services that we offer to the wider industry.

Joining key figures from across the industry, directors James Couch, Richard Shipp and Gary Robb set up in a sizable exhibition space at the event on 23 September 2015, which was bustling with project managers from across the marketplace.

James said: “This was the first event we’ve been to where we’ve been able to bring all of our new branding together, showcasing our offering to great effect. We had some fantastic feedback from many of the people at the event and we’ve made a number of new key contacts as a result.”

Helping to increase compliance and minimise costs

We’re immensely pleased to announce that we recently achieved our ISO 9001:2008 certification, awarded to us by Alumus ISOQAR – a leading UKAS accredited certification body providing a recognised benchmark in best practice management. ISO 9001:2008 is a certified quality management system (QMS) for organisations worldwide, proving their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet the needs of their customers and other relevant stakeholders.

This award comes hot on the heels of our improved Achilles UVDB Verify scores in health and safety, environment and quality. Those familiar with Achilles will know that it acts as an independent partner, representing a national benchmark of quality for buyers and suppliers across a particular industry sector, providing them with the information and means they need in order to operate and work effectively and cohesively together, trusting each others’ services and skills.

These score improvements were verified by an Achilles auditor who came to our headquarters at Martlesham, near Ipswich to assess us, our procedures and workshops. We were also subject to a working site audit in the same areas – health and safety, environment and quality – which showed considerable improvement since the last audit 12 months before as well.

Our appointment as an NICEIC approved contractor rounds off our hat trick of recent awards. NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. To become approved contractors we underwent a rigorous assessment process covering a representative sample of our work, premises, documentation, equipment and the competence of our key supervisory staff. We will be re-assessed on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance.

With all of these certifications under our belt, our clients can rest assured that we have attained a standardised level of quality and expertise and operate with the highest levels of professionalism, safety and experience.


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Achilles Approved supplier

M&C Engineering has been part of a framework with a leading regional water company since 2008 and is registered with Achilles; supplier number 78306. Achilles UVDB is the largest Achilles community and is managed by a Steering Group comprising of utility buyers to ensure industry best practice. The proven system demonstrates our capability to meet stringent industry requirements with full EU regulation compliance.

This years certificate.

ACC001 Achilles Accreditation Certificate


Winners at WaterAid Ball

As proud sponsors of the WaterAid Ball, M&C Engineering purchased a raffle ticket for each of their employees and included it with last week’s payslip. Imagine the delight of Guy Beston when his ticket was the first to be drawn, making him the new owner of a brand new Nissan Micra, kindly sponsored by Grontmij.

WaterAid Clay Pigeon Shoot

Partnering with Quartzelec, M&C entered a team into the second annual WaterAid Clay Pigeon Shooting competition. M&C Quantity Surveyor Jon Kay, along with Quartzelec’s Project Manager Jamie Pearce and Workshop Manager Martin Brighton took to the day to support this wonderful charity.  With two novices in our team we were only expecting to be willing participants but finishing on 73/120 Clays, we placed a respectable 9th place out of 29 teams.

We then took on the 30 bird flush scoring 25/30. Tying first place with two others but placing second due to our competition shoot score. Picking up a trophy in the mean time! A brilliant day out for a great cause raising over £9,000. We will certainly be supporting again next year.