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UK Rail Industry Awards: Double Win for Welsh Contractors


Specialist works and railway contractors from Aberdare, Hammond ECS, have recently received not one, but two prestigious awards. As a client of Towergate Insurance Brokers, we are thrilled to see the business romp home with The Passenger Safety Award as well as the title of Subcontractor of the Year, enjoying a double-win at the 2018 UK Rail Industry Association Awards.

Attended by 1,500 rail industry decision-makers and pioneers, the event recognised some of the biggest and brightest brains in the sector, with Hammond ECS' success signifying just how far the maintenance company has come in 20 years. Established by father and son, Allen and Jeff Walker, the business is now a workforce of 40+, working directly for and indirectly as subcontractors to Network Rail.

The Passenger Safety Award

The Passenger Safety Award recognised the efforts the business made when developing a fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) Mountbridge Platform Upgrade System. Mountbridge installations rectify the Passenger Train Interface (PTI) stepping distance issues, commonly identified by ‘Mind the Gap’ notices and announcements at rail stations. Reducing the gap to meet current standards improves the passenger experience by both reducing injuries and the time needed to board and alight trains.

Subcontractor of the Year

Subcontractor of the Year acknowledges the consistent quality of work delivered for well-known principal contractors. These contractors choose subcontractors based on factors including craftsmanship, meeting deadlines, collaborative working and value for money. To be chosen as the top subcontractor honours the commitment of the entire Hammond workforce.

Says Jeff Walker, Director of Hammond ECS, said:

 “The whole team is proud to have its innovation and quality of work recognised through winning these two national awards. It shows that the values which underpin our company and the projects we deliver are acknowledged by our clients and peers at a national level. This spurs us on to continue our development of Mountbridge and deliver more top-quality client projects.”

Here at Towergate we would like to congratulate Hammond ECS on its impressive wins and we are thoroughly enjoying seeing our clients recognised for the wonderful work they do.