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VINCI Facilities manages EMR contract throughout Covid

Despite everything that has been going on during the Coronavirus pandemic, VINCI Facilities has been successfully delivering a total FM (facilities management) contract to East Midlands Railway since early in 2020.

Under a five year contract worth around £4 million annually, it’s team is providing hard and soft FM services such as M&E (mechanical and electrical), planned and reactive fabric maintenance, minor works and some trackside operations as well as cleaning services (including deep cleaning, in transit and turnaround cleaning), pest control and vegetation management at stations across the EMR network.

The agreement, which was reached with EMR parent company Abellio in March 2020, covers 90 stations and offices from Derby, Leicester and Nottingham and Lincoln to Cleethorpes, Sheffield and Loughborough.

VINCI Facilities was selected as EMR’s FM partner on the back of VINCI’s group reputation in rail sector. Taylor Woodrow, VINCI’s civil engineering arm, has undertaken a range of rail projects such as at Norwich Crown Point Depot, White Hart Lane and Crossrail.

Bob Mercer, senior category manager at EMR, said: “Before the contract was formalised,  the VINCI team undertook additional cleaning and maintenance and delivered a 100-day clean programme – which confirmed why we appointed them. We were always seeking a partner with a collaborative approach and that’s exactly what we have got with the VINCI Facilities team.”

VINCI Facilities has a growing reputation in the rail sector building on works with Transport for London and its close relationship with its sister company Taylor Woodrow.

“We have begun well, but all of us were challenged within weeks of mobilisation when lockdown occurred,” explained Paul Taylor, customer director VINCI Facilities. “We all adapted well to working around COVID19 and we are now focussing on a full asset management appraisal working as a team.”

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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