April 30, 2019
In the course of our projects our staff often work in challenging locations including confined spaces and we need to ensure that in the event of an incident, we are prepared to conduct a rescue from these areas at any time. As part of our ongoing training and to coincide with our companywide April focus on Confined Spaces, we decided to simulate a rescue from Honor Oak reservoir in South East London as part of our ongoing works for Thames Water on their reservoir assets. The exercise involved evacuating one of our two company rescue dolls, in this case Clean Ruth (as opposed to Dirty Ruth, you guessed it for use on the waste network!) from a cell in the reservoir. Honor Oak poses many challenges for a rescue operation including the scale of the reservoir which is one of the largest in the UK and consequently the long rescue route required.
April 8, 2019
We are pleased to announce that we have recently completed the roll out of our ‘Mates in Mind’ Mental Health Awareness Programme.
April 3, 2019
J Browne Construction has received a prestigious award in recognition of our practices and achievements in helping its staff get home safely at the end of the working day. We achieved a Gold in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK. We will be presented with the award during a ceremony at ExCeL, London on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
March 14, 2019
We are delighted to announce that J Browne have recently been awarded the water service reservoir maintenance framework with Southern Water for a 4 year term, with a possible extension for a further 4 years. This award will keep us in place until at least 2023 on this contract. This award builds on the close working relationship developed with Southern Water on other framework agreements since 2015.
March 5, 2019
Every year at J Browne we hold a Christmas raffle with a chance for one of our staff to nominate a charity of their choice to receive the money raised. This time Lisa Blundell, our Head of Planning and Customer chose Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford.
January 25, 2019
Visitors and staff at J Browne’s head office in Enfield will now be able to charge their electric or hybrid vehicles thanks to the installation of some Pod Point charging points in January 2019.
December 20, 2018
Steven Moore and his team Adrian Marin, Alexandru-Daniel Tala and Filip Romeo had a day to remember on Friday 23rd November 2018 helping the London Fire Brigade and local resident get a potentially devasting fire under control by an innovative use of the Thames Water mains network and some quick thinking by the team.
November 22, 2018
J Browne Supervisor Wayne Blaney has been chosen to identify and promote the characteristics of good supervisors in the Thames Water business through a poster and social media campaign. Wayne and five other supervisors from both our client Thames Water and supply chain partners were handpicked as exceptional supervisors who could inspire the next generation and promote the vital role within the Thames Water business.
October 31, 2018
We had a successful & very enjoyable MacMillan Coffee Morning on the 28th September with a large range of tasty treats created by our amateur bakers. The event was very well supported by the cake loving J Browne Head Office and site-based staff.
October 23, 2018
J Browne’s head office has joined Refill London, the scheme that offers people free tap water refills as part of the Mayor of London’s plans to reduce single use plastic bottles in the capital.
October 18, 2018
J Browne have been awarded a prestigious RoSPA award in recognition of our practices and achievements in helping our staff get home safely at the end of the working day.
June 16, 2018
A team of 28 from J Browne took part in the recent 10km March for Men event for Prostate Cancer UK at the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.
April 26, 2018
We were delighted to get involved in a career fair at our local school, The Oasis Academy, on Thursday 26th April.
March 10, 2018
Back in February, J Browne’s launched their new recognition and reward scheme “BrownE Points”. This is a reward scheme whereby any employee can nominate a fellow colleague for an award, with winners being selected quarterly. The 3 categories were:
February 1, 2018
After a long and thorough process of identifying our core values and identity, we have arrived at what we feel is a new, independent and modern company brand. JBDS
December 1, 2017
We had a great response to Movember this year with 13 Company staff discarding their cutthroat razors for the month of November and sprouting some impressive moustaches all to raise awareness and funds for Men’s Health.
November 29, 2017
Skills London is the UK's biggest jobs and careers event for young people. Focusing on young people aged 15-24 this year’s event attracted more than 30,000 individuals across two days.
For ten years it has reached out and inspired London’s young people by showcasing opportunities including apprenticeships, education, training, employment, internships and other options.
November 1, 2017
Our Developer Services, Managing Director, Pat Kavanagh (AKA Captain Haddock) took part in Leg 1 - the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg, of the Clipper yacht race 2017/18. Bidding farewell to his family (and dry land) from Liverpool’s Albert dock on the 20th August, Pat and the ‘Liverpool 2018 Pink’ team, travelled 6,400 miles to Punta Del Este, Uruguay on the journey of a lifetime.
October 27, 2017
Our Chairman, Jeremy Browne, and Managing Director Paul McMahon, donned their overalls this week to lend a hand at Farnham Common Junior School in Sherbourne Walk, Farnham Common. They joined forces with Martin Hague and J Browne project team and our colleagues at eight2O led by Justin Boustouller to paint the school’s picket fencing
October 23, 2017
J Browne have now commenced works for Eight2o in the Thames Valley area. In addition to the mains replacement works that we have already completed for in North London, we are now replacing 12km of water mains in the centre of Reading and 5km in High Wycombe.
September 20, 2017
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an extension on our Reservoir Repair and Maintenance framework agreement with Thames Water. J Browne has been carrying out the Service Reservoir Framework Agreement, including water towers, very effectively since 1992. We have successfully retained the agreement on four consecutive occasions, with the current agreement being now extended to September 2020.
January 11, 2017
JBrowne continued its safety stand down programme with a number of ‘back to work’ sessions for our 250 operational staff delivered on 3rd January 2017. The objective of these sessions was to ensure that everybody is focussed on their own and their team’s safety after the busy festive period when they return to work. Engagement with the workforce is a big part of our Cultural Behavioural Safety programme to ensure the message on health safety and well-being is emphasised consistently and regularly.
January 11, 2017
We are delighted to announce that Barry Jones has joined us as Head of Operations. Barry has over 15 years’ experience working in utilities and was most recently working as part of the senior management team for Thames Water’s Infrastructure Alliance.
January 11, 2017
To help us become one of the leaders in customer service, J Browne have enlisted the help of Blue Sky Performance Improvement, a multi-award winning consultancy who specialise in driving customer service transformation. Working together we have developed the ‘Eyes Up’ training programme aimed at driving customer service improvements within our Metering contract at Affinity Water.
October 8, 2016
We are pleased to announce that our long-standing contract for all civil engineering activities on the Thames Water waste network in North East, North Central and South East London has been extended for a further four years to 2020. Our client on this work is Lanes Group and we deliver this through our Cappagh Browne Ltd JV vehicle.
October 7, 2016
J Browne has been working for Thames Tideway Tunnel since 2013 and we have delivered a number of high profile and challenging projects for them including archaeological and field investigation works across the proposed tunnel route. The core team that has delivered this work has been Site Manager, Bob Read, Contract Manager, Duncan Groombridge, father and son team, Pat and James Tees, Electrician Martin Daly and Commercial Manager Mish Hoque.
October 2, 2016
To demonstrate our commitment to customer service, last month J Browne joined more than 500 private, public and voluntary sector organisations in becoming a member of the Institute of Customer Service. The Institute of Customer Service are a non-for profit organisation designed at supporting companies like J Browne in achieving increased customer satisfaction for our clients and end customers.
October 1, 2016
J Browne has been working for Southern Water since April 2015 through our Cappagh Browne Utilities JV delivering their AMP6 Waste Water ‘React & Maintain’ framework across Kent, Sussex, and Hampshire.
We were therefore truly pleased to support both our client Southern Water and their charity partner, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance by sponsoring a race at their recent race day in Fontwell Park on Saturday, 1st October 2016. This trust – independent of the NHS, saves many lives every year and is funded almost entirely by voluntary donations. Over £50,000 was raised on the day for this exceptional charity.
September 23, 2016
J Browne was delighted to play a significant part in the recent Thames Water Safety Summit held at Ascot Racecourse on 23rd September 2016. It involved all Thames Water’s main waste network and treatment partners both Tier 1 and 2 getting together to devote a full day to improving health, safety and well-being of all our people on this work. We deliver this work through our Cappagh Browne joint venture.
Many of Thames Water’s senior management including Managing Director of Waste Water, Lawrence Gosden and Head of Safety Karl Simons, were in attendance as well as owners and senior management of their supply chain partners.
September 22, 2016
J Browne had a successful coffee and cake charity event on 22nd September 2016 at our Enfield HQ with staff baking a various assortment of goodies from Jamaican Rum Cake to Salt Fish Fritters!
This was all in aid of a very good cause. ‘Lenny’s Leap of Faith’ is a fundraising campaign for Lenny Baker, the cousin of Amy Baker who works in the Accounts Department at J Browne’s Head Office.
Lenny suffers from Cerebral Palsy. This is a neurological condition that affects movement and co-ordination. In Lenny’s case, it causes muscle stiffness known as spasticity. Spasticity causes hip displacement, knee, ankle and foot deformation, the spine curves and arthritis develops in joints. This is an incredibly painful condition and makes walking unaided impossible.
June 8, 2016
In recent weeks J Browne has developed a system to radically improve the quality of Utility plans available to our digging teams. It also improves the distribution of plans to the teams. The application called JBUP (J Browne Utility Plans) is installed onto the gangs’ tablets, and enables the Street Works Co-ordination department to send electronic colour utility plans directly to the tablets of the operatives on the ground no matter where they are. We have launched the system on our Affinity Water contract with great results.
June 3, 2016
The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that J Browne Construction, has today been accredited as a Living Wage employer.
May 16, 2016
We have recently added a number of HGVs to the fleet. A big part of our buying strategy was to ensure our new vehicles gave our drivers the maximum visibility to ensure cyclist safety. Our drivers Pat Todd, Mark Coulson and Bill Gill were complimentary of the visibility afforded from the cabs particularly when turning left. Bill said “the new lorries certainly have excellent visibility with the glass panels and mirror systems providing us with the tools to drive safely on London’s busy streets”.
January 19, 2016
J Browne Construction and two of its long standing supply chain partners Crangy Construction Ltd and Glenea Contracts Ltd came together to make a £15,000.00 donation to GOSH’s heart unit appeal.
October 30, 2015
Two teams of volunteers from J Browne went head to head in a competitive challenge to improve the environment at Tatem Park in Enfield. The teams headed up by Paul McMahon, Managing Director and Jonathan Dodd, Commercial Director were given two separate sections in the park to improve over two days. Paul’s section consisted of a large old fashioned children’s paddling pool and surrounding woodland, which was in a very sorry state. Jonathan’s section was at one of the entrances to the park which included a pathed entrance and four large existing flower beds. It was a daunting challenge!
October 30, 2015
J Browne continued its safety stand down programme with 2 morning sessions at Theobald’s Park, Enfield in October 2015. Over 250 of our staff attended including all our Head Office and depot staff as well as the operational teams.
July 30, 2015
We are currently delivering a significant tranche of Thames Water’s mains renewal programme, working for the Eight2O Alliance partner SMB JV. The work involves replacing mains in a number district meter areas in North East London and will involve replacing 7km of pipe. We have started working in the Woodford and Finsbury Park areas, with 9 teams on the ground, and the work is programmed to run from July 2015 until March 2016.
May 28, 2015
Enisca Browne is delighted to announce an important double contract award by South East Water. Our parent companies are Enisca Limited and J Browne Construction. Enisca is a specialist MEICA service provider with an extensive in house manufacturing and engineering capability operating throughout the UK & Ireland. J Browne Construction is an experienced water utility contractor with an extensive civil engineering capability in London and the South East. Both businesses have successfully worked with South East Water through their AMP 5 programme. Our businesses share an open, transparent business culture and a strong focus on safe and efficient delivery.
March 23, 2015
J Browne is delighted to announce an important contract award by Southern Water Services for its joint venture business Cappagh Browne Utilities.
We have secured the AMP6 React and Maintain Operational Partner contract for Southern Water’s sewerage network following a strenuous, year-long procurement process. We will be working with Southern Water to deliver a range of improvements for their customers under their Business Plan for 2015 to 2020.