Fusion was visited by Steve Fox CBE, Chief Executive Officer of BAM Nuttall last week. He was joined by a delegation from BAM which included Richard Prime, Major Projects Divisional Director and John Morrison, Fusion JV (Joint Venture) Board Director.
Escorted by Fusion colleagues Neil Crowe, Paul Grainger, Jennie Holloway and Alex Towse, they visited the North Portal site at Great Missenden, before going to lunch at our Aylesbury office and then visited the works at Doddershall and Grendon Meadow.
Steve showed particular interest in a number of aspects of Fusion’s operations, including the new dumper trucks in use: the Dual View dumpers, manufactured by Wacker Neuson, which give the operator an improved view throughout operations: in transportation, loading and unloading. Seeing these latest industry developments on site, and listening to the operators’ opinions, and the operational practicalities of the new equipment really piqued Steve’s interest at the North Portal.
In recent years, Steve has been instrumental in driving initiatives, on the grounds of health and safety, at BAM Nuttall and indeed the wider UK construction industry to discontinue the use of forward and side tipping traditional dumpers on construction sites. Steve was pleased to see this initiative being adopted by Fusion, but is keen for more construction companies and indeed the HS2 programme to follow our lead.
Following the North Portal site visit, colleagues at our Aylesbury office were treated to lunch with Steve (pictured above in hi-vis trousers) during which he gave his thoughts to the team on the growing future of the construction industry and the likely outcomes of Brexit. In the interests of personal safety, he also asked each and every colleague to feel empowered to intervene if we felt something was not right and to maintain the high safety standards we have at work in our home lives too.
Steve’s visit finished at the Doddershall and Grendon Meadow works, where the translocation works and the lengths that Fusion is going to in preserving rich bio diverse environments also impressed him.
John Morrison said afterwards: “It was fantastic to have the pleasure of Steve’s company for the day and we thank him for spending the time with us. It was satisfying for us to be able to show him the impact Fusion is having on the ground as part of the HS2 programme. It is great for him to see Fusion truly ‘enabling’ the HS2 programme with such a wide and diverse portfolio of works.