The highways and infrastructure team are part of Urban Vision, which is the joint venture between Capita, Salford City Council and Galiford Try, which was formed in 2005 to provide a range of property and technical services to the Council.
What is your team responsible for?
The individual teams which make up our highways and infrastructure team as a whole, (which are highway design / flood risk & drainage / structures & bridges design and management and the geo-environmental team) are all responsible for providing an excellent service on ‘most’ things infrastructure related.
Working closely with Salford City Council’s (SCC) senior officers and Members, we identify schemes, secure funding, carry out detailed design, procure and then supervise delivery of these infrastructure projects of multi £M’s in value. In addition to this we offer expert technical support to the City covering contaminated land & noise assessments and asset management.
How many people are in the Highways and infrastructure team?
The team currently has a headcount of 50, but as always we keep our eyes open for new blood to further grow the skill set and develop the team offering. We are always looking to develop our staff and we are in the process of progressing with our internal Institution Civil Engineering (ICE) training programme.
Describe a typical day in for the team?
A typical day in the team is full of exciting challenges which varies across individual projects – which are often delivered whilst working with live transport operations impacting on everyone’s daily lives. The projects inevitably have to be delivered with the highest quality whilst demonstrating value for money. The extra scrutiny is quite rightly provided on these projects by senior Salford politicians, MP’s and via GMCA’s governance procedures. To ensure all public, political, technical and financial aspects of the projects are satisfied, the team works seamlessly together covering all these areas, providing a vibrant environment for everyone to prosper.
What is the proudest moment for your team?
As a team we are very proud of our ongoing collaborative working and relationship with all our clients, but most importantly with Salford City Council and seeing the scheme deliverables being achieved.
However what has made people most proud this year across the team is the ongoing support provided to each other and seeing the team grow in terms of competence and achievements. This team working is certainly one of the many strengths we as the highways and infrastructure team offer.
In terms of a scheme; the A580 bus priority scheme was designed by our team along with a challenging 2 year construction process. However the scheme has been an outstanding success - year 3 passenger targets have been met within 6 months and the service now carries over 49,000 passengers each week
Tell us something that people may not know about the team?
We have been the reigning football champions of at Urban Vision for the past 8 years.