Total Project Management
Distribution Network Design
Mechanical & Civil Design/Draughting
Environmental Mitigation Planning
Project Cost Control
Supervisor function (NEC3)
All the above project services are also available to clients carrying out maintenance, repairs, refurbishment and remedials in respect of pipelines, AGIs, storage facilities and infrastructure generally.
Since 1988, when a Quantity Surveyor and Gas Project Engineer set up business together, Rush Construction Services has steadily built a team of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals and now boasts a staff, including ex-Utility engineers, with 400 years combined experience in all aspects of the design, construction, management and maintenance of gas-handling infrastructure. Our range of expertise and disciplines has grown with the company to enable us to offer the many services listed above.
Cost Consultancy and Quantity Surveying: One of the core disciplines of our practice, cost engineering services, from the early planning and feasibility stage of a project to claims advice and settlement of final accounts, have been provided by this practice since its inception in 1988 and by one of our directors for some forty-plus years.
Design and Planning: Our experience is wide and varied and the people who are charged with delivering projects within the UK Gas Utility Companies and Utility Contractors for whom we work, know they can call on Rush Construction Services for virtually all their gas project needs. We have designed and project managed new-build large diameter gas pipeline projects and high Pressure Reduction Installations, along with numerous pipeline diversions and PRI modifications. Our expertise in this field is known and recognised throughout the UK Gas Industry.
We have also designed gas network schemes for many domestic housing, commercial and industrial projects. Our accreditation for Design under the Lloyds administered Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS), is particularly significant in our low pressure gas infrastructure and network design work and we are now the sole gas utility designer working on the largest Private Finance Initiative scheme ever let in Europe. We work mainly in the UK Gas Industry so can remain focussed on our strengths, but venture into other utility fields when appropriate.
We treat every project as unique and are particularly proud of our record in seeking and implementing innovative and environmentally friendly solutions to individual design requirements. Several such projects are described and illustrated on our Services & Gallery pages.
Project Management: We have carried out many and various roles in the management of pipeline, distribution and AGI related construction and maintenance, including full site and performance management/quality control; programme management and monitoring; and planning supervision/project co-ordination. We carry out any of the individual functions previously listed or full management of a project.
CDM (Construction Design and Management) Co-ordination and Supervision: Several members of staff are planning supervisors/ CDM co-ordinators and employees regularly attend update courses on CDM, health and safety. We offer clients the reassurance of a focussed, independent and knowledgeable expertise, with improved communication and control of projects from both the CDM and management engineering aspects.
SHEQ: Safety, Health, Environment and Quality: Advice on and monitoring of health and safety matters, including the formulation of Pre-Construction Health and Safety Plans and Site Audits to ensure compliance, form an important part of the service we offer to clients. We have carried out Environmental Risk Assessments and incorporated eco-friendly elements within many contracts. Our Services and “Gallery” Pages describe and illustrate several such projects.
Hydrogen Research Project (R&D):
RCS were instrumental in the design of a test facility (research and development) for the initiation of proposals to convert the existing UK natural gas networks to transport Hydrogen. This facility was built as part of an overall programme of work proposed in the Ofgem Network Innovation Competition project. With the overall aim of providing quantified safety based evidence to confirm whether the existing gas distribution networks of Great Britain are suitable to transport 100% hydrogen.
The test facility was designed and built to understand the potential changes in background leakage levels in pipes and fittings which currently carry natural gas. A strategic set of tests were undertaken to cover a range of assets and pipe considered representative across the GB gas network. A cross section of these assets were removed from the network and transported to the test site where controlled leakage testing with natural gas and hydrogen will took place.
We believe that we are one of very few multi-discipline practices to offer the client a “one-stop shop” option for planning, design, cost estimating, and management of construction and maintenance for gas-related infrastructure projects.