Storm Babet has wreaked havoc across the country with the Anglian Water region in the Midlands and East of England being particularly hard hit.

Danaher & Walsh is part of the Anglian Water team that manage the network – it hasn’t been business as usual over the last few days.

11th hour call keeps main hospital open

On Monday evening at 9pm there was a serious incident at Pilgrim Hospital, the main emergency hospital in the region. A private contractor working on their land breached their sewers.  The hospital rang the Fire Brigade, and 25 firefighters attended the incident along with private pumping companies, however the problem remained as the sewer had totally collapsed.

The sewer is not part of the Anglian Water network, but in desperation, the hospital phoned Anglian Water to see if there was anything they could do to help because the situation was getting so bad that the flood in their boiler room was within an hour of meaning that the hospital was going to have to be evacuated.

Danaher & Walsh have been working in conjunction with Anglian Water for 18 years and the skill and experience of our team, led by Danny Ellis, who managed to over-pump across the breach in the sewer, meant that the situation was contained and the hospital remained open, with the patients not having to be disturbed.

Pollution Prevention

Rising flood water from Storm Babet was threatening to pollute an environmentally significant and sizeable pond.  Danaher & Walsh, in conjunction with Anglian Water, worked overnight on Friday night into Saturday morning. We successfully used our knowledge and problem-solving ability to prevent the pollution from occurring and maintain the integrity of the pond.

Three-car rescue

The third in our series of rescues was for the neighbours of our facility in Spilsby.  Storm Babet caused many roads to be flooded in the area.  At around 2.30pm a neighbour called one of our managers personally with an SOS – the road is flooded and people can’t get through – is there anything Anglian Water and Danaher & Walsh can do? Yes, there was.  We attended the area in question, helped the situation and even pushed three cars out of the flooded area.

Storm Babet tested the resolve of the IMR WR alliance, and as always when faced with adversity, the team pulled together and got the job done. It is a testament to the character of the team, that even when faced with the potential of the main A&E hospital entering a critical emergency status, they remained calm and focused on the task at hand.

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I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved, and I want to thank each and every person who assisted during this event for protecting our assets, environment and the people in our region.Neil Fitzjohn | Programme operational excellence manager of IMR WR Alliance.

The team’s resolve is never underestimated, and whilst the guys will consider it business as usual, this was a test that they passed with flying colours.

Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a place on Procure Partnership’s Framework for Infrastructure. 

The Procure Partnerships Framework was established with the aim of assisting public sector entities in procuring contractor partners for various construction needs, including civil engineering. 

Whilst the framework is National, it operates on a Regional basis, emphasising the importance of local delivery while maintaining national governance standards.  Danaher & Walsh have been awarded a place on the Framework for both the East Midlands and the East of England – the areas in which the specialist firm operates.

“We are incredibly proud to have been awarded all of the lots on the Framework that we applied for.  We recognise the value Procure Partnerships put on local delivery of the highest standard, so this endorsement is very rewarding for our team, and equally importantly it means that public sector clients can now choose to work with Danaher & Walsh via the Framework, with ease and with complete peace of mind.”  
Ian Gilbert, Commercial Director, Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd 

The Procure Partnerships Framework prioritises flexibility, offering clients a range of call-off options and up to eight different call-off contract formats. Importantly, there are no fees associated with public sector bodies accessing this framework, ensuring that clients retain full control over their projects. 

In line with Danaher & Walsh’s own ethos, Procure Partnerships are committed to social value so Danaher & Walsh will be working within local communities to help the people who need it the most. 

“It was of paramount importance to us that the new framework addresses the growing needs of the industry, whilst ensuring clients have access to specialist contractors for their projects. As a result, we are delighted to have some new faces on the framework which will bring invaluable expertise to our clients and their projects. The new iteration of the framework is set to transform public and private sector procurement and we look forward to seeing what Danaher and Walsh achieves over the next four years.” 
Faye Dolan, Head of National Frameworks, Procure Partnerships

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Following a company-wide poll, we are delighted to announce our new charity partner.  

We will be supporting Hope Against Cancer which is a small charity close to our head office in Leicestershire and close to hearts. 

We look forward to working with Trace Voss (pictured here with Dan Danaher) and the team to help make a difference. 

Hope Against Cancer, currently celebrating their 20th year, is Leicestershire and Rutland’s local cancer research charity. The organisation is dedicated to funding cutting-edge research within the region and making clinical trials accessible to the local population. 

Their ultimate aim is to create a future where more individuals can overcome cancer. This is achieved through the support of innovative research that leads to enhanced treatments and improved outcomes for the community. 

Hope Against Cancer works in collaboration with local universities and hospitals to establish Leicestershire as a hub of expertise in cancer research and treatment. Since its establishment in 2003, the charity has provided funding for over 60 research projects addressing a wide range of cancer types.

Find out more about Hope Against Cancer here.

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Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd has been awarded a £10 million plus contract with Galliford Try –the biggest single order the company has ever received.  This reflects the growth of Danaher & Walsh and the strength and skill of our in-house delivery teams.

The project is ultimately for Leicestershire County Council to build the new North and East Melton Mowbray Distributor Road. The £115m scheme is funded by Leicestershire County Council, the UK government, and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.

The project provides a new corridor for the A606 around the north and east of Melton Mowbray, by building a new distributor road which reduces congestion in the town centre, accelerates housing delivery, and supports local economic growth.

Danaher & Walsh will be delivering civils packages across the scheme. The Project Team is in place headed up by Contract Manager Mark Hedges and Commercial Manager Scot Jerram.

Danaher & Walsh are due to start on site next week, 17 July 2023, and expect our element of the project to take two years to complete.

“Danaher & Walsh are delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to working collaboratively with Galliford Try and Leicestershire County Council to deliver a distributor road around Melton Mowbray and therefore a more pleasant environment in the town centre for the community to enjoy. Along with Galliford Try we will be working with key stakeholders within the community to ensure minimum disruption and maximum benefit to local people, as a result of the works.”Sean McCallion, Operations Director, Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd.

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Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering, as proud members of the Integrated Maintenance and Repair (IMR) Water Recycling Alliance, are celebrating again!

Hot on the heels of winning awards within the Alliance, IMR has picked up three more prestigious awards at the National Anglian Water Awards ceremony held on 22 June 2023.

Collaboration Award

This award was won for our commitment to the skills programme we run with Grimsby College to identify, promote and reward apprenticeships.  The alliance was recognised for collaboration and proactivity for various initiatives including:-

• Pipes and fittings day

• Meet the employer

• Dedicated mentors

• Dedicated support teams

Digital Change and Transformation Award

This award was won for our innovative work on the digital MAP 16 platform, which enables streamlined line of site in our working practices to proactively prevent pollution and blockages and to improve and maintain the environment for our customers.

Supplier of the year (large)

Danaher & Walsh and the rest of the IMR Alliance were delighted to be awarded Supplier of the Year to Anglian Water.

“We are very proud of the work we do with the IMR Alliance and Anglian Water and we are delighted to have been recognised for our hard work and dedication.  We are always striving to make things even better, and we look forward to what we can achieve together in the future.”
Neil Fitzjohn Framework Delivery & Performance Manager.

Here are some photographs from the ceremony at Rutland Water:

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Danaher & Walsh is very proud to be part of an Alliance of civil engineer pipeline contractors working on a 15-year framework for Anglian Water.

We work collaboratively 24/7/365 to protect and enhance our environment, by maintaining and enhancing our wastewater infrastructure, by deliberating delivering differently, for the benefit of all customers in the Anglian Water region.

Every year Anglian Water hold an awards ceremony to recognise the successes of the Alliance – particularly how we work together to enable Anglian Water to deliver their commitment to ‘love every drop’ which is expanded on in the business plan they have committed to via Ofwat.

Anglian Water is an incredible organisation to partner with.  They commit to their suppliers and work with them as one big team and these Awards are part of that.  By rewarding our performance and those of our peers, they encourage us to strive even harder to look after their customers, their communities, and the environment around them.

As part of the Integrated Maintenance and Repair (IMR) Water Repair (WR) Alliance, we were thrilled to be very successful at these Awards. 

We won or were recognised in all five categories:-

  • Best Health & Safety – Marti Cooper and Yuri (Mini -Vac Ex)
  • Best Colleague – Danny Ellis
  • Best Team – Flow Monitor Team and delivery of this scheme of work.
  • Best New Way of Working – Drive reward and MAP 16 network tool
  • Best Scheme – IMR WR Lincolnshire (D&W & AW) – Tallington and Barholme, surface water infiltration reduction scheme.

We are very proud of our colleagues’ work on the Anglian Water framework and are proud to represent Anglian Water as part of the IMR WR Alliance. 

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Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd is delighted to welcome Sean McCallion to our team.  Joining us as Operations Director, Sean brings with him a wealth of experience across multiple civil engineering disciplines.

Having worked in the industry for more than 30 years, Sean has joined us on our journey at an exciting time as we win more, larger projects in line with our growth strategy.

A staunch family man himself, Sean was attracted to Danaher & Walsh because of our collaborative culture and our family ethos.  

Sean’s experience includes working on huge projects such as the Olympics and Crossrail; he has been instrumental in Joint Ventures and has sat on strategic Boards.  He is driven by working collaboratively to achieve common goals.

In his spare time, Sean loves sport – he is a Blackburn Rovers supporter and a Leicester Tigers fan.  As well as spectating sports, Sean also plays sport himself . . tennis twice a week and fly fishing in Scotland whenever he gets the chance.

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To help support our ambitious growth plans for 2023 we are delighted to announce the appointment of Joanne Wilson to the new role of Head of Marketing.

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Joanne is a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (one of only 537 people to hold both of these accolades in the UK).  She brings with her a wealth of experience from the years she spent running her own marketing agency – we are very much looking forward to what this breadth of experience can do for Danaher & Walsh.

I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed by Danaher & Walsh. They are a fabulous company, with a brilliant team, doing great things for their clients. My role is going to be about helping the business to move forward faster – enabling them to do more of what they do best.Joanne Wilson FCIM

Joanne is very keen to get to know customers, suppliers and the Danaher & Walsh team so please look out for communications from her in the near future, or contact her here.

Danaher & Walsh’s dedicated Anglian Water team has carried out emergency major works to repair a burst rising main in Peterborough.

A call was received at 4pm on Tuesday 20th September to report flooding on a sports field in Werrington, Peterborough, in the location of a 500mm asbestos cement rising main.

To add to the challenge, a medium-pressure gas main was located in vicinity of the rising main.

A site was set-up within hours to allow the urgent repairs to take place. A huge logistical operation involving up to 26 tankers was requited to ensure flows were maintained while repairs were carried out.

By 2pm on Wednesday afternoon, works to repair the rising main had commenced, and by 6pm the repairs were complete.

The works were carried out under the newly rebranded Integrated Maintenance & Repair Water Recycling Alliance – of which Danaher & Walsh is one of four alliance partners – which delivers planned and emergency works across Anglian Water’s huge network.

Rob Kelly, Head of IMR WR Alliance said “The Anglian Water and Danaher & Walsh teams co-ordinated up to 26 tankers across 13 locations to manage Fenbridge Road pumping station and repaired a 500mm asbestos cement main. 

“The pumping stations are now running normally and there was no environmental, customer or media impact as a result of this huge undertaking.”

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Danaher & Walsh is to close for the day on Monday 19th September, in line with the national Bank Holiday declared by King Charles III.

All offices and sites will be closed for the day to allow employees to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

As with all bank holidays, staff will be on standby to deal with any site-based emergencies.

The business will return to full operations on Tuesday 20th. Thank you for your understanding.

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