How trenchless technology is transforming UK maintenance services

A wide range of UK maintenance services and new infrastructure installations, from water pipes and drainage to high-speed fibre optic networks and connecting green energy farms to the grid, are benefiting from trenchless technology.

Matthew Izzard, chairman of the UK Society of Trenchless Technology, told the Polish publication Trenchless Engineering that Britain is seeing strong demand for trenchless technology as part of attempts to cut down on water leakage and to install more fibre optics and new utilities.

“We are also seeing drivers such as the environment and reduced public disruption in cities, as well as technological advances in the equipment and design making jobs that were not possible to use no-dig on in the past now becoming influencers,” he added.


The importance of using trenchless technology experts

Mr Izzard listed some of the priorities of using trenchless technology – including the twin desires for safe and competent trenchless technology installations.

“It is important that the operators using the equipment do so in a safe environment and have been suitably trained for the application they are using,” he explained.

Safety training and expertise is backed up by the right documents and permissions to work on the proposed job site – including any necessary permits, conditions of acceptability, and permission to close roads if required.

At hebs Group we have considerable expertise in no-dig installations and maintenance, as our hebs Trenchless Solutions team has been providing UK maintenance services using trenchless technology since this modern method was in its infancy.

We also make sure to keep pace with the introduction of new trenchless technologies like cured in place pipe, or CIPP, LED-activated patch repair systems and laser-guided auger boring tools that can allow us to replace broken and burst pipelines in place.


How to hire hebs Trenchless Solutions

Get in touch today to find out more about how hebs Trenchless Solutions can provide new installations and pipe maintenance services wherever you are in the UK.

The recently launched hebs Flowtech team provide a modern, high-tech and specialist focus on drainage maintenance in particular, with services ranging from gutter and drainpipe clearance, to roof surveys, to drain and sewer rehabilitation.

For drainage maintenance services in particular, or to enquire about using our trenchless technology on any planned and reactive maintenance or new installations, call hebs Group on 0151 236 0707 or email and a member of our team will be happy to help.

Hebs Group complete 450m Birmingham dark fibre installation

hebs Group recently completed the installation of 450 metres of dark fibre beneath the streets of Birmingham city centre, increasing the availability of fibre optics for business networking in the area.

The work was carried out on Charlotte Street and Summer Row, at the very heart of the city and close to major landmarks including University College Birmingham, BT Tower, and a large number of hotels and business premises.

Previous Birmingham dark fibre installations by our client have already established high-speed links in the city over relatively large distances, including between different teaching sites belonging to Birmingham City University.

With nearly 500m of new dark fibre laid, premises on the two roads now have access to spare capacity for high-speed optical networking, helping to underpin the delivery of superfast internet and wide area networking in Birmingham city centre.

Mixed materials and night-time working

As a main part of Birmingham city centre, hebs Group had to make sure we carried out this work carefully so as not to disrupt the local area.

The job involved burying dark fibre optic cabling beneath a variety of surfaces, ranging from tarmac roads to block paved pedestrian pavements and also beneath car parks – not to mention crossing a dual carriageway.

We worked diligently to complete the work with minimal disruption, for example by installing the dual carriageway crossings overnight when traffic flows would be lower, and by reinstating the surfaces that we had to disturb in order to lay the dark fibre cabling.

This meant re-laying block pavers to put pavements back as they were before the work began, as well as laying fresh tarmac to patch up any channels we had to dig – and repainting road markings and parking bay lines over the top.

All of the dark fibre optic cables were buried at a safe depth where they are less likely to be disturbed or damaged in future, and clearly labelled with warning tape at a shallower depth, where it will be uncovered first during any future excavations.

Civil engineering and infrastructure from hebs Group

At hebs Group we apply the highest professional standards to all of our civil engineering contracts and infrastructure work, whether it’s fibre optic networking or another utility, or any other civil project you might need completing.

To find out more, please contact Neil Kerrigan at hebs Group for any enquiries relating to civils work. You can call Neil directly on 07534 854269 with any relevant enquiries.