Spring/Summer - 2015

Best test: a mark for success

Testconsult wins two major new materials testing contracts.

Testconsult has landed its fifth joint contract with Euroconsult SA. The contract, with the Mersey Gateway is for the testing of soils, aggregate and concrete materials for a new six lane toll bridge over the river Mersey in North West England, which will link the towns of Runcorn and Widnes.

Working together as Eurotestconsult UK Ltd, the company will supply labour (up to 16 members of staff), equipment, supervision and temporary materials to undertake both on-site and off-site construction materials testing for the road bridge and associated side roads.

The company has also secured a number of instrumentation and monitoring contracts, including construction monitoring, temporary structural monitoring and permanent structural health monitoring of the main structure (with the assistance of sister company Strainstall), these works include: piezometers, settlement plates and monitoring the main structure for movement, stress, strain and temperature (during and after the construction process) as well as recording the weather conditions at different locations on the bridge. 

This scope of work comes as part of a major £1.86 billion and 20 year regeneration initiative to develop and improve transport networks in the area.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Irish Sea, sister company, Testconsult Ireland has been awarded the material testing contract for 56km of motorway and dual carriageway which aims to reduce local congestion between the towns of Gort and Tuam in Galway.

The team, led by director and laboratory manager Michael Robinson, worked hard to secure this considerable piece of work to supply construction materials testing services - concrete, soils, aggregates and bituminous materials - to the main road-building contractor.

As part of the contract, Testconsult Ireland will supply up to eight members of staff (including a laboratory manager and technicians), routine materials testing equipment and off-site support services.

This three and a half year agreement, the company’s largest contract award in Ireland for over five years, is a significant win for Testconsult as its director, Gary Foy explains:

"The downturn in the construction industry has presented many challenges over the last three years. But this long-term contract presents an opportunity for us to build on this success and re-establish Testconsult as the number one test house in the country."

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