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Collaboration for Victory!

22nd February 2016

You may remember in the last edition of Barhale News we reported on two projects from the South East – we are now hugely proud to report that both were nominated for Thames Water Health & Safety Awards. The Victoria Embankment team and the Sussex Gardens team were shortlisted in the category for Best Practice – Health and Safety Collaboration. The Victoria Embankment project was the eventual winner, and the team from Sussex Gardens were highly commended.

Barhale, Optimise – Victoria Embankment: Winner of Best Practice Health & Safety Collaboration

This project is an excellent example of health and safety collaboration on a high profile job in Central London whilst working collectively with a number of key stakeholders. Barhale, Optimise were employed  by Thames Tideway Tunnel to excavate and install valve and trunk main monitoring chambers to facilitate the installation of  new valves and two tapping saddles on to 30’’ cast iron main at Victoria Embankment, near Hungerford Bridge . This involved the designing and assembling of an above ground rider main which would be used as a contingency plan in case of any disruption to the 30” main during upcoming Thames Tideway works.

Barhale went the extra mile to ensure the safety of its workers, road and foot pedestrians through consistent collaboration with TFL, Bus Operation Management, The Metropolitan Police, Traffic Management in the City Of Westminster, Westminster Events Team, Special Events Team, Westminster 24 Hour Noise Team, London Underground, Thames Water and Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Barhale, Crossrail – Sussex Gardens: Highly Commended for Best Practice in Health & Safety Collaboration


Barhale were contracted by Thames Water and Crossrail to re-lay 200-year-old Victorian Cast Iron trunk water mains in Sussex Gardens, Paddington, West London.  This work was necessary for settlement mitigation as a result of the Crossrail TBM passing under the area in late 2012. Barhale were awarded this work due to their experience of working with large diameter trunk water mains. The site was highly commended for collaboration and interface with members of the public, and those living on the traffic diversionary route, noise mitigation and site auditing and monitoring joined up effort.

Well done to all involved!