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LB Foster and Osborne win two Beacon Awards

Two sites at Debden and Ickenham stations, where L.B. Foster (Tew Plus) is working with principal contractor Geoffrey Osborne to deliver step-free accessibility on the LUL network, have received Beacon Awards from London Underground.

LUL recognises suppliers who demonstrate good practice in site management through the Beacon scheme, contributing to an excellent safety record on London Underground projects and ensuring that all work at project sites and maintenance depots is undertaken safely and considerately.

L.B. Foster Telecoms is delivering four packages at both stations, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering; station telecoms and security; and integrated fire protection.

Wayne Sheppard is programme manager at Osborne. He said: “I have just heard the great news that Ickenham and Debden stations have now both passed the final assessment and achieved Beacon Award status. This is fantastic news for us, our suppliers and London Underground Limited. I am fully aware of the amount of hard work required to achieve this, over several assessments and demonstrating continued high standards of compliance over a prolonged period.”

Scott Fitzgerald, head of operations, L.B. Foster Telecoms (Tew Plus Ltd), added: “It’s a welcome reward to receive this accreditation from LUL. As a business, we set ourselves the highest standards when it comes to health and safety.”

Ickenham London Underground station is on the Uxbridge branch of both the Metropolitan line and Piccadilly line, between Ruislip and Hillingdon stations. Debden London Underground station is on the Central line in the east of Loughton, in the Epping Forest district of Essex.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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