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 info@hebs-group.co.uk and a member of our team will be happy to help.

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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.

 

       

High-tech innovation from north-west drainage contractors hebs Flowtech

The range of technologies available from north-west drainage contractors hebs Flowtech continues to expand with a high-tech innovation that’s a first for sewerage contractors in the north of England.

Flowtech can now provide cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) drain and sewer lining technology that until now has not been available from any other drainage contractor based in the north of England and operating in either the private sector or the facilities management industry.

The significant high-tech innovation is the use of cutting-edge ultraviolet LED technology to cure the resin in place, which gives the drain or sewer contractor excellent control over the curing process.

 

Advantages of UV-cured CIPP lining

There are many advantages of UV-cured CIPP lining for new drains and sewers, or to repair damage in old drainage pipes.

Some examples include:

  • Control of the time and location of curing by the position of the UV LED lights.
  • No need to race against a predetermined rate of curing, or stuck/failed liners.
  • Fast total curing time means faster progress and quicker setup of next section.
  • Rapid overall installation and ability to use multiple patches quickly.
  • Low total energy consumption – and no need for large generators on-site.
  • Small, compact packer and UV light equipment compared to other methods.
  • Compact size enables access to confined areas where standard lining rigs cannot reach.

It’s a list that goes on and on, but the main points are that UV-cured CIPP technology is faster, more directly controllable and can be used in more confined and compact locations.

Significantly for companies with an environmental commitment, it also uses less energy and causes less disruption to the local landscape due to bringing bulky generators and other equipment on-site.

This all adds up to a quick, convenient and eco-conscious process that hebs Flowtech are making available for the first time from an FM/private sector drainage contractor based in the north-west.

 

Get your pipes, drains and sewers cured by hebs Flowtech

We are now offering this low-risk, eco-friendly drain curing technology to our customers throughout the north-west, across the north of England and nationwide.

You may have been referred to us by the manufacturer, as the preferred drainage contractor in the north-west, or you might have found hebs Flowtech on your own.

Either way, you can contact us on 0151 236 0707 or email info@hebs-group.co.uk for a no-obligation initial consultation, or with any other questions you might have about the UV-cured CIPP drain lining process.

Pure Gym Fareham opens with hebs Group’s help

The newly opened Pure Gym Fareham is the 208th location for the budget fitness gym chain in under a decade, and hebs Group were delighted to go to work preparing the premises for the grand opening on time, on budget and to the client’s expectations.

It’s not the first time hebs Group have been chosen by Pure Gym to provide leisure fitout services for new gyms in the chain – in fact we were also principal contractors on the 200th Pure Gym outlet at Brighton.

For the Fareham project, we were given an eight-week deadline to have the building completed and handed over, on a budget of £580,000 – and that’s even before the fitness and workout equipment was installed – so naturally the hebs team rose to the challenge.

Parameters were agreed for the project as a whole, and hebs Group are proud to have delivered the finished premises on budget and within parameters, and to the very high standard of finish expected of a brand new and custom-built Pure Gym venue.

We worked diligently to bring the property to Practical Completion on time, before it was handed over to Pure Gym courtesy of project manager Jon Graley and their new openings manager Dan Blackhall, ready for them to take over ahead of launch day.

By bringing the project in on schedule, hebs Group were able to give the Pure Gym Fareham team the time they needed to carry out their own finishing touches, such as installing the gym equipment and preparing the premises for the official public opening.

Launch day was on Tuesday September 18th, adding the 208th state-of-the-art facilities to the group’s portfolio, less than ten years after they opened their first-ever gym back in 2009, and continuing their ambition to provide friendly and supportive fitness centres in convenient locations nationwide.

Pure Gym Fareham shared their own images of the ambitious fitness centre fitout throughout the process, with sneak previews of the banks of overhead lighting, the newly installed changing rooms and the “serious” air conditioning vents at the rear – helping to add to the excitement ahead of the official launch.

The newly finished facility is a great addition to the area, offering no-contract affordable gym membership in Fareham along with employment opportunities for personal trainers who live nearby – a truly win-win result from a project that was meticulously planned and delivered to the highest of hebs Group’s standards.

A warm welcome to hebs Flowtech

We are proud to announce the launch of hebs Flowtech, our new venture that focuses specifically on hebs Ltd’s drainage and sewer work.

Flowtech has been created in response to high levels of client demand, as well as to tackle some of the opportunities in this important area of our business.

Alongside the existing services that make up the hebs Ltd portfolio, Flowtech further completes our building and facilities management offering, helping hebs to be your one-stop service provider.

 

What services does hebs Flowtech offer?

We provide a fully featured building and facilities management service with a focus on drainage and sewers, including:

  • Commercial roof surveys
  • CCTV surveys
  • Confined spaces entry
  • Remote gutter clearance
  • High-pressure jet cleaning
  • Drain and sewer cleaning
  • Tank and vessel cleaning
  • Sewer mapping
  • Sewer rehabilitation

Some of these building management services have been available from hebs Group in the past – for example as part of our drainage and pipeline maintenance on both a planned and reactive basis.

But Flowtech allows us to go further, with a dedicated sewer and drainage team that can carry out surveys, cleaning and repair work on every aspect of your premises from your roofs and gutters, to your drains and sewers.

 

Cutting-edge technology

The ‘tech’ part of the Flowtech name is a hint at some of the cutting-edge technology we use when carrying out surveys and maintenance work at high altitude, in confined spaces, and in any other challenging locations on your premises.

Some of the equipment we use in order to do this includes:

  • CCTV pan and tilt crawler unit
  • Depth and location tracing equipment
  • High-pressure water jetting unit
  • High-reach sky vac
  • Pan and tilt push rod

Again, launching Flowtech allows us to invest in even more of these modern technologies, so that we are able to carry out even more in-depth site surveys and give our customers the benefits of a high-tech approach.

 

Find out more about Flowtech

If you have had drainage and pipeline maintenance services from hebs Group in the past and would like to know more about switching over to Flowtech, or if you are a new customer interested in what Flowtech can do for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can call hebs Group on 0151 236 0707 or email info@hebs-group.co.uk to find out more about Flowtech, our work on drainage, sewers and pipelines, or for general enquiries about any of our building and facilities management services.

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Everything in one place on the new hebs Group website

The brand new hebs Group website gives you everything you need all in one place, with a wealth of information about our commercial fit out and facilities management services, construction project management and telecommunications installer work including mast erection.

We’ve worked hard to make sure you can find out all of the essentials about hebs Group, with important documents relating to specific projects available via our new client portal.

Of course you’re also more than welcome to contact us with any enquiries – call our Liverpool office on 0151 236 0707 or email us at info@hebs-group.co.uk – and you can find those details at any time on our Contact Us page.

More about hebs Group services

You’ll find sections on the new hebs Group website for each of our construction, maintenance and telecoms services.

In construction, find out more about our leisure, retail and commercial fit out work, new-builds and refurbishments, and student accommodation.

Maintenance tells you everything you need to know about our extensive building management services, including building fabric, drainage and roofing; electrical, gas and water hygiene; mechanical maintenance and HVAC; and our building compliance services.

Finally in our telecoms section, you can read about our specialist services as a telecommunications installer, including mast erection, electrical installations for rooftops, streets and greenfield sites, and civil engineering for mast base compounds including access tracks, cabinet bases, culverts and ducting.

What is the hebs Group Client Portal?

When you work with hebs Group as your construction contractors, electrical contractors, facilities management provider or telecommunications installer, we may sometimes need to share documents with you relating to your particular project.

The hebs Group Client Portal allows us to do this directly via our website – so again, everything you need is always kept in one place.

You’ll find the Portal link at the top-right of the new hebs Group website, so clients with documents to view can log in, day or night, from any internet-enabled device.

Other information about hebs Group

Finally, there’s a wealth of extra information about hebs Group under our About Us section, including pages dedicated to our company history and present-day team members, professional accreditation and affiliations, and our status as NHS Framework Contractors for Hard Facilities Management.

For any additional information, questions or general enquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our Contact Us page and our team will be happy to help.