Michael joined MHB in August 2016 as a Senior Technician to head up our CAD department. He has 25 years experience working for large companies including White Young Green and Amey, and for the last six years has been working in the rail sector.
Michael joined MHB in August 2016 as a Graduate Engineer, following completion of a M. Eng in Civil Engineering at Herriot Watt University. Previous engineering experience was gained whilst working at Iberdrola in 2014.
Steven McIlroy has joined us on a secondment from Morgan Sindall in September 2016. He has a degree in civil engineering from Newcastle University having graduated in 2014. His experience includes rail, highways and water projects.
MHB Consultants recently completed the design of a bridge infill at Pyetscleuch near Sanquhar. The existing masonry arch bridge carrying the railway was showing signs of distress and was no longer required for access. Network Rail decided to infill the structure and regrade the existing slopes to match in with the adjacent embankments. Rather than remove the bridge structure itself, the decision was made to infill the bridge arch with concrete whilst keeping the railway open at all times. MHB carried out the outline and detailed design. Works were completed by the contractor, Amco during summer 2016. Photographs during construction follow.
Photos courtesy of Amco
Most people take about 4 days to walk it, but in June 2016, Alistair Gray ran the 96 mile West Highland Way Race and raised over £5000 for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Here is his account of the race..........
"The day went well with me leading the race nearly as far as Rowardennan before being passed by two runners, one of whom would go on to win the race and an American who would pull out at Kinlochleven. I made it out the top of the loch and up to Beinn Glas Farm in 4th and managed to hold onto fifth place at Bridge of Orchy. From here to Glen Coe Ski Centre was without doubt the hardest section and I was really taking a beating through here. When I arrived in Glen Coe I was struggling to talk or take in basic instructions. My mum walked with me for a mile or so down the road to Kingshouse and somehow I managed to get moving again. Surprisingly the Devils Staircase was OK and I managed to get some food down before the long decent into Kinlochleven. I was glad to see the village as they say if you make it here you have made the race as you can almost walk the last section. However, having already done 80 miles my body was starting to be in a pretty poor way and those last miles through the valley towards Fort William were excruciating. With less than five miles to go I was shuffling down through the woods and was surprised when a fellow runner caught up and spurred me on to keep going and keep running. He stayed with me and before long we were running pretty fast down the forestry track to Glen Nevis. We were approaching 6 minute mile pace along the last mile and ended up in a 3 man sprint finish - described by Dougie Vipond as TV Gold by all accounts! In the end I came in 15th Place in 19 hrs 26 mins so within the 20 hours I had been aiming for. Watch out for the interview on the Adventure Show later in the year"
MHB recently completed the detailed design of a culvert replacement contract on the East Coast Main Line at Grantshouse. No track shutdowns were permitted so it was necessary to install a new concrete culvert inside the existing masonry structure. Several metres of soft clay and peat were present on the site and the old culvert had settled in the past. To ensure this did not happen with the new culvert the structure was supported on “jack piles”. These were installed using mini piling rig which could work within the 1.3m headroom available within the culvert. Our client for the works was Amco and the jack - piling was carried out by Bullivant. Construction was completed in May 2016.