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Wednesday, 14 January 2009 13:46

October 2007 - Calling all Commissioning Engineers!

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Due to a burgeoning order book we are seeking commissioning engineers of all grades and abilities to work on a variety of jobs in London and the Home Counties.

If you would like to work as part of a team, want a progressive and rewarding career with good pay and promotional prospects contact Roger Carlin at our Staines Office.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009 13:44

October 2007 - Ashford awarded 150 Cheapside

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Haden Young London & South East Region has awarded Ashford the commissioning and water treatment package at 150 Cheapside London EC2.

The £55.7 million redevelopment adjacent to London’s St. Paul’s Underground Station has 27,692 square metres of glazed office and retail space over nine floors.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009 13:44

August 2007 CSA Chairmans Rant

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Career in Engineering Anyone?

The shortage of skills is the biggest issue facing our industry today.  Construction is booming and there is work for everyone.  But who’s going to do all this work?  Along with the rest of the construction and engineering sectors, commissioning companies are finding it hard to recruit engineers, technicians and trainees. 

There are two key issues.  Firstly, the increased demand for trained engineers on mega-projects like the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Terminal Five creates shortages all over the country and this is only set to worsen with the upcoming Olympics and all the spin-offs that it will generate.

The inaugural match of The Ashford Michael J Lonsdale Challenge Trophy took place last night at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.  Here’s what the papers had to say:

The Sun (we love it!)

Manager Mr Kevin Feerick of the MJL reds was today summoned to an emergency board meeting to discuss his team’s performance in the Ashford Michael J Lonsdale Challenge Trophy.
After a 4 hour meeting chairman of the board Mr Michael Hoodless emerged to the waiting press and said he had full confidence in his manager’s ability to raise team morale.  After this dreaded vote of confidence bookmakers are offering even money Mr Feerick will not see the season out.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009 13:41

June 2007 - Ashford secure Dashwood House

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Michael J Lonsdale Limited has awarded the water treatment and commissioning package for Dashwood House to Ashford Environmental Services Limited after a prolonged and demanding tender process. 

Situated at 69 Old Broad Street in the City of London, the building has some 17,000 square metres of lettable office space spread over 17 floors.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009 13:38

June 2007 - Ashford Celebrates 10 Years

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This month Ashford Environmental Services Limited celebrates ten years of service to the building services industry.  The company was incorporated on 24th June 1997 and has grown steadily ever since to become the leading combined water treatment and commissioning sub-contractor in the market place today.  Managing Director, Roger Carlin commented “We are obviously extremely pleased to have reached this milestone.  The key to our success is the commitment of our staff and the resolve of the directors and senior management to hit agreed targets and complete our contracts on time.  With the current growth in the construction sector, we are looking forward to another successful ten years”.

Picture: The London Heathrow Marriott Hotel - Ashford's first major combined role commenced in 1997

Wednesday, 14 January 2009 13:38

May 2007 CSA Chairmans Rant

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Climate Change, is it really our fault?

Pretty much everybody one talks to these days believes that climate change is a man made phenomenon.  However, there are those who believe that global warming is part of a natural process that has been around since the beginning of the Earth’s four or so billion year history.  They point out that the warmest periods in the last 10,000 years happened well before the industrial revolution and man’s production of large amounts of carbon dioxide. 

In medieval times temperatures in Europe were significantly higher than today.  The “Medieval Warm Period” or “Medieval Climate Optimum” as it is known was a time of unusually warm climate in the North Atlantic region, lasting from about the tenth century to the fourteenth century.  This was followed by “The Little Ice Age”, a cooler period which lasted from around the sixteenth to the mid nineteenth century.  The Little Ice Age brought bitterly cold winters to many parts of the world, but is most thoroughly documented in Europe and North America.  In the mid-17th century, glaciers in the Swiss Alps advanced, gradually engulfing farms and crushing entire villages. The River Thames and the canals and rivers of the Netherlands often froze over during the winter, and people skated and even held frost fairs on the ice. The first Thames freeze was in 1607; the last in 1814, although changes to the bridges and the addition of an embankment affected the river flow and depth, hence the possibility of freezes.  In more recent history, the temperature rose prior to 1940 but unexpectedly dropped in the post-war economic boom, when carbon dioxide emissions rose dramatically.

In the greenhouse model of global warming, heat from the sun's rays is trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  If it weren't for these gases, Earth would be too cold for life.  Too much, however, and temperatures continue to rise with catastrophic consequences.  Advocates also argue that carbon dioxide isn't the only greenhouse gas and that human emissions could tip up a finely balanced system.

Those who think global warming is a natural phenomenon point to the fact these dramatic swings in temperature coincide with both solar and volcanic activity.  During the period 1645–1715, right in the middle of the Little Ice Age, solar activity as seen in sunspots was extremely low, with some years having no sunspots at all.  Throughout the Little Ice Age, the world also experienced heightened volcanic activity.  When a volcano erupts, its ash reaches high into the atmosphere and can spread to cover the whole earth. This ash cloud blocks out some of the incoming solar radiation, leading to worldwide cooling that can last up to two years after an eruption.  Also emitted by eruptions is sulfur in the form of SO2 gas.  When this gas reaches the stratosphere, it turns into sulfuric acid particles, which reflect the sun's rays, further reducing the amount of radiation reaching the earth's surface.  The 1815 eruption of Tambora in Indonesia blanketed the atmosphere with ash; the following year, 1816, came to be known as the “Year without a summer”, when frost and snow were reported in June and July in both Northern Europe and North America.

There are huge amounts of scientific and anecdotal evidence to support both viewpoints and everyone would agree that we cannot afford to gamble with the future of our planet.  But I for one can’t help but feel there is another agenda when listening to the likes of London’s deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron at the recent CIBSE National Conference 2007, using the words “taxation” and “big stick” when outlining the GLA’s Climate Change Action Plan.

There is no doubt that this position will generate lots of work for our industry (the bandwagon is already well and truly on the move) but surely the way forward is legislation to encourage innovation, not prescriptive measures and taxation.

The Kyoto agreement and more recently the Bangkok “Climate Change Road Map” have little appeal to the developing nations.  To quote a respected Kenyan development expert “I don’t see how a solar panel is going to power a steel industry or a railway network. There is somebody keen to kill the African dream, and the African dream is to develop. We are being told don't touch your resources, don't touch your oil, don't touch your coal; that is suicide.”

Roger J Carlin
CSA Chairman.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 12:34

May 2007 - Ashford Host NG Bailey at Selhurst Park

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On the evening of May 9th, Cup holders Ashford Environmental took on N G Bailey at Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace Football Club.  The pitch was superb and the evening mild, ideal conditions for the third meeting of these two giants of the industry.

The match proved to be as exciting as their previous encounters, with the advantage ebbing and flowing between the two.  The veterans of NGB eventually overcame the youth and vitality of the Ashford team winning the match 3-2. 

A fine evenings entertainment was rounded off with a drinks/buffet reception in the players lounge.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009 12:34

May 2007 - New website for Ashford

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Welcome to our new revamped website which we hope you will find informative and user friendly.

We would welcome any constructive feedback on the website to help us in making it an effective communications medium.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 12:32

April 2007 - Ashford secures Ludgate West

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Haden Young London & South East Region has awarded Ashford the commissioning and water treatment package at the Ludgate West Development in London’s Farringdon Road.

The development is being built by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine for property investors British Land.  Sustainable design and construction was foremost in the brief given to architects Skidmore Owings and Merrill and consulting engineers Jaros Baum and Bolles.  Davis Langdon and Everest are the project quantity surveyors.

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