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IMAG2008 2Ashford Environmental Services Limited are the UK’s leading commissioning and water treatment specialist, providing an integrated “one stop shop” service to industry and commerce.  Established in early 1997, Ashford carries out projects throughout the UK and has field staff in excess of 150.

Managing Director Roger Carlin explains how registration to FORS has enabled the company to achieve tangible benefits in relation to the operation of the company fleet of vehicles and to improve on the training of vehicle operatives, building substantively on the certifica­tion that the company already has in terms of ISO 9001 quality management, ISO 14001 environmental management and OHSAS 18001 health and safety control.

We initially heard about FORS in early 2014 through MACE and decided this would be a useful tool to enable us to build on ISO accreditations. Our philosophy has al­ways been one of continuous improvement in service and performance so when MACE approached us in respect of our vehicle fleet and raising standards, we began investigating FORS membership. We obtained the initial FORS bronze accreditation in May 2014 and FORS silver in May 2015.

As a company we were more than happy with the bronze audit process. We had integrated the FORS requirements with our ISO 9001/14001 and 18001 systems and this integration proved successful. We welcomed the FORS assessor and were happy with the approach taken in the assessment which was very similar to an ISO 18001 audit which we are fully familiar with.

Our next steps as a FORS accredited company were to stay compliant with the FORS standards and maintain overall accreditation. We also wanted to make more use of accessories such as training schemes and workshop and to gain overall continual improvement within our fleet. In addition, it was important for us to promote FORS as Ashford’s find it extremely effective and helpful when managing our vehicles. Finally, it was imperative for us to become more environmentally friendly and reduce our carbon footprint.

“FORS provides us with a rigorous framework for the management of our fleet operations”

At Ashford Environmental Services we have identified a number of benefits and improvements since joining FORS. These include an overall improvement in fleet management, enhanced training for drivers in safe urban driving and work related road risks, new and improved daily driver check sheets together with the ability to shows clients we are committed to transport safety. Our main tangible improvement however lies in the improvement that we have noticed in the training and development of our personnel in overall transport matters with particular emphasis on transport safety issues. The safety of all parties including the travelling public is a key priority within our company and FORS has enabled us to focus on this aspect of our operations.

“FORS has enabled us to focus on the training and development of our operational staff and to ensure we place transport safety as a top priority”

We are also able to quantify the improvements we have made for example in the areas of total distances travelled as shown in the table below.

Vehicle Distances Travelled (Miles) April – March

April – March 2015              29628

April – March 2016              14814

A significant percentage improvement can be determined with significant reduction in fuel usage and CO2 production for the small fleet of vehicles we operate.

Becoming gold accredited was discussed in depth at Ashford’s last management meeting and it was decided it would become a high priority to apply for and obtain gold accreditation. Gold accreditation means that Ashford can demonstrate that we oper­ate an efficient and effective fleet management sys­tem and so achieve one of Ashford’s set goals in continual improvement for this year.

Roger Carlin, Managing Director

Ashford Environmental Services Limited

Recent projects won by Ashford Enviromental Services

Principal Place — Principal Place is a landmark, new mixed-use development located on the City of London/Shoreditch border. The 600,000-square-foot Foster & Partners designed office scheme offers efficient and high density Grade A space with typical floors of 44,500 square feet. The building will feature a 15,000-square-foot reception area and a significant public realm, as well as two roof terraces exclusively for tenant use. Amazon, the global on-line retailer, has pre-let 430,000 sq ft of space at Principal Place, with occupation in 2017. 

 

Angel Court Angel Court, is a new 300,000 sq ft office building and 16,000 sq ft restaurant accommodation space set at the City centre, less than a minutes’ walk from the Bank of England.

 

With the inception of the newsletter I thought it would be a good idea to publish the Company’s business plan.

In January 2012 we decided that due to the continued progress and development of the Company we should sign up for the Environmental standard, ISO 14001:2004.

Welcome to the first edition of Ashford News, the company newsletter. As most of you work on site we thought this would be a good way to keep you up to date with current affairs at Ashford Environmental Services Limited.

2012 was a tough year for most of us and as a company Ashford has finally felt the turndown with a 9% reduction in turnover, the first drop in 16 years of trading. This year is looking much better however, with new orders already topping the £5M mark for 2013/ 2014.

Secured projects include the £520M build fifty-four storey Leadenhall Building (aka the Cheese-grater); 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the walkie-talkie), the 37 storey "building with more up top"; the £600M Heathrow Terminal T2B, which will add 16 new aircraft stands and 10,000 cubic metres of retail, CIP lounges and ops accommodation as part of the £2bn investment by BAA; an £80M private hospital in Maidstone for the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery (KIMS); Blackfriars Tower, the first phase of the £70M development at 240 Blackfriars Road; and last but not least, phase two of the Royal London Hospital, part of the £1bn Barts and The London Redevelopment.

Finally, as always, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff for their continued commitment and support, without whose hard work we would not be the successful company we are! So here's for a more rewarding 2013!

 

Roger J Carlin
Managing Director

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.
BSI UKAS ISO 9001:2008In early 2009 we decided to formalise our management system and bring it into line with current thinking. Although a very good system, it had developed organically over our thirteen year history and lacked the cogency required of a modern day, forward looking organisation such as ours. In June we carried out a review with the help of an external consultant, resulting in an ambitious six month programme for achieving registration being instituted.
We chose the British Standards Institute as our accreditation body and after a “desktop” review (stage one assessment) in November, they carried out a full review of our systems (stage two assessment) in December 2009.
The four day review took in both the Staines office and a couple of sites, primarily the Royal London Hospital (RLH) project. The Christmas break slowed the review process, however, in January 2010 we received confirmation of our certification.
Achieving quality assured status to the latest guidelines builds on the development work done earlier in the year where Ashford secured CHAS Accreditation and SafeContractor Approval.
We would like to thank all our staff for their efforts in making this happen, particularly Mark Todd and his team at RHL and Uzma Ahmed and Jim Rees at the Staines office.

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