HRS Services can support the HS2 rail development project through the provision of our environmental sustainability and inspection & maintenance services. We have an in-depth knowledge of both the rail and highways networks and were selected as a delivery partner to HS1 – our experience also spans other major rail infrastructure projects.

HRS Services can support you and your project from pre-planning with a range of environmental services, such as ecology, noise, vibration and dust services to working on site to carrying out the cycles of inspection and maintenance works, such as detailed / visual inspections, removal of vegetation and forestry as well as many others, using techniques such as rope access and drone surveys.

HS2 Services

HRS Services has a diversity of services applicable to the HS2 project. We are experienced and capable of bespoking our services to offer a package which is specific to the requirements of a particular rail infrastruture project. These services include:

  • Ecology Services
  • Protected species mitigation
  • Noise, Vibration and Dust surveying (HRS have a range of kit and acoustic consultants)
  • Detailed / Visual Inspections (using rope access and other methods)
  • Principal / General Inspections (using rope access and other methods)
  • Structures Inspection, Maintenance and Examinations (variety of structures including bridges, retaining walls, shafts, culverts, etc.)
  • Inspection for Assessments
  • Confined Space
  • Removal of vegetation and fly tipping
  • Forestry
  • Scour Assessments
  • Drone Surveys
  • Geotechnical works on slopes/embankments
  • Bespoke difficult access solutions
  • Rock netting and slope stabilisation

Why use HRS – what can we offer?

  • One company that provide a wide range of services, saving you time and money
  • Over 30 years experiences of working on rail infrastructure
  • Proven track record working on HS1
  • STE 04 qualified inspectors for the full range of inspections to BD 62/07 for bridges, gantries, masts and culverts
  • Working towards the new Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme (NHSS31)
  • Dedicated teams – fast turnaround of site works and reports
  • Used to uploading reports in a range of formats
  • In-house Automated Visual Reporting System (AVR) for outstanding efficiency and accuracy
  • HRS holds all relevant accreditations
  • Excellent safety record
  • Work carried out nationwide 24/7 and 365 days a year
  • Possession times and costs can be dramatically reduced
  • A proactive and not reactive client approach
  • Work carried out using rope access, MEWPs, autonomous inspection vehicles, divers and drones
  • BIM competent

Competencies & Quality

  • IRATA rope access trained personnel
  • Examiners competent to Network Rail NR/SP/CTM/017
  • Confined space trained
  • Traffic management – “Signing, Lighting & Guarding”
  • Pesticide spraying tickets
  • PTS AC/DC trained
  • RISQS approved
  • Quality system ISO 9001 2008
  • IRATA Approved company
  • CHAS Approved

Fast turnaround with reports

HRS has a dedicated reporting team with many years of producing and uploading reports in a range of formats to fit our clients’ requirements. Understanding how important fast turnaround is to our clients, HRS have developed an Automated Visual Reports system (AVR).

An example of where AVR has been used is on High Speed 1, visually inspecting bridges, culverts and retaining walls; using AVR has enabled a fast turnaround time for the reports.

For more information on Automated Visual Reports please contact rebecca.oxley@hrsservices.co.uk and Rebecca will be more than happy to send you further information or arrange a date and time for a demonstration.

Safety First

The inspection team is briefed on the structure specific plan before their attendance on site. At each departmental safety meeting the generic structural inspection risk assessment is reviewed and updated in response to audit information, root cause analyses from near misses, employer safety alerts and site feedback.

Effective Collaboration, Communication and Early Planning

HRS engage in a series of purposeful discussions with the employer and other stakeholders as the programme develops. The inspection team checks the traffic management plan for consistency with the proposed approach to access, identify interfaces with third parties such as landowners, the EA, the Canal & Rivers Trust and Network Rail, and prepares a structure specific inspection plan.

Using IT to Enhance Efficiency

HRS provide our inspectors with the information they need on tablet PCs. This includes RAMS, site rules, HRS’ operations manual, drawings, previous inspection reports and relevant toolbox talks. This helps the inspectors to work efficiently and ensures that they always have the latest information to hand in a searchable form.

HRS specialise in ecological impact assessment, protected species work and mitigation with a varied portfolio including work for housing, pipelines, road and rail infrastructure, mineral workings and industry.

The benefits of our approach to ecology are:

  • Coverage of all species by CIEEM professionals, ensuring comprehensive and accurate advice
  • Understanding of rail and road infrastructure, meaning that our mitigation proposals are practical and actionable

HRS’ ecological knowledge and experience is diverse and wide ranging, with an excellent knowledge of British species and habitats, the UK nature conservation and planning system, conservation priorities and wildlife legislation. We are passionate about ecology, committed to sustainable development and aim to promote nature conservation and biodiversity benefits and to optimise ecological gain wherever possible. We have proven technical ability and experience and are committed to delivering professional work of the highest quality.

Previous similar project experience includes:

  • Reptile surveys, reporting and on-site mitigation (including installing specialist reptile fencing and carrying out a translocation exercise) for a large rail infrastructure project in the West Midlands
  • Full ecological surveys and report production for major road scheme in Nottinghamshire
  • Landscape-wide great crested newt surveys and report production for a large industrial development in Cheshire
  • Great crested newt on-site mitigation works for a road infrastructure project in Cheshire.

HRS Services offer an integrated noise, vibration and dust service which unites our acousticians and air quality specialists. Our approach provides both baseline and ongoing measurement through the use of remotely monitored equipment to develop practicable noise, vibration and dust mitigation plans.

The benefits of NVD services with HRS Services include:

  • Remote monitoring of data, minimising monitoring costs
  • Reporting by exception, minimising the time required by the client’s management to review monitoring results
  • Careful identification of the most representative sensor locations, so that the data is meaningful

HRS’ Noise, Vibration and Dust experience includes providing monitoring in connection with the construction of a large industrial development close to London. We worked for the Main Contractor during construction and fit out stage works including provision of a construction noise impact assessment to BS 5228-1:2009+A1:2014. This in turn covered 24/7 monitoring for earth moving, piling, steel erection, cladding and power floating operations and industrial warehousing fit out works.

Using Rope Access, drones and a range of other access equipment, HRS provides national coverage for the Rail and Road market. We have STE 04 qualified inspectors and provide the full range of inspections to BD 62/07 for bridges, retaining walls, gantries, masts and culverts. Our inspectors are also working towards the new Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme (NHSS31)

The benefits of Structures Inspection, Maintenance and Examinations Services with HRS Services include:

  • Over 30 years experiences of working on rail infrastructure
  • Proven track record working on HS1
  • Dedicated teams – fast turnaround of site works and reports
  • Used to uploading reports in a range of formats
  • In-house Automated Visual Reporting System (AVR) for outstanding efficiency and accuracy

With over 30 years experience of working on the rail and road network on a range of structures, including detailed and visual inspections to over/under bridges, retaining walls, culverts, gantries, tunnel shafts, vegetation removal etc, you can be confident that HRS has the expertise that you are looking for. HRS use a range of access methods, such as rope access, MEWP, boats and waterway access. HRS clients range from working directly for Network Rail on High Speed 1, to working for Carillion on the M40 and Amey, Pell Frischmann, Carillion, Balfour Beatty and others doing a range of work nationwide on rail structures.

The close visual data HRS receives from the drone is allied with HRS’ in-house engineering knowledge to produce in-depth reports for our clients. Safety is HRS’ top priority and our professional pilots are fully insured and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved. This is the gold standard for UAV flying.

The benefits of Drone Surveys with HRS Services include:

  • Drone Surveys can deliver a large time and cost saving over other traditional hands-on methods of inspection. The drone cameras are high definition shooting in RAW and 4K Video.
  • Structural and civil imaging in video and stills in high definition
  • Close inspections of bridges, buildings, highways and other infrastructure, topography, roofs, chimneys, masts, pylons, river walls, wind turbines, and many more

The close visual data HRS receives from the drone is allied with HRS in-house engineering knowledge to produce in-depth reports for our clients.

Previous project experience includes:

  • Aerial Roof Condition Survey via Drone at Kerry Sweets, County Durham
  • Drone surveys to 16 structures to bridges over water in central Manchester

HRS are highly experienced in a variety of Geotechnical Surveys, De-vegetation and Forestry services. This includes rock slope stabilisation, soil nailing, de-scaling and the safe management of vegetation.

The benefits of Geotechnical, De-vegetation and Forestry of services with HRS Services include:

  • Where steep slopes require stabilisation or netting to reduce debris hazards, rope access is often the most cost-effective method of access due to site constraints.
  • Materials and equipment can be safely lowered and secured in the desired location using light, self-contained teams.
  • The flexibility of equipment allows rigging and removal much more quickly than conventional access and generates useful cost savings.

HRS provide a range of access solutions and labour for clearing blanket vegetation, tree felling, removing of tip material, installation of ground anchors and rock netting.

Previous similar project experience includes:

  • Removing ivy and examination of BRB Structures by STE04 qualified person
  • De-vegetation using abseil techniques to access Ribblehead Viaduct
  • Installation of ground anchors and rock netting at Merstham Cutting

To discuss your requirements or for HRS to put together a bespoke solution, please e-mail rebecca.oxley@hrsservices.co.uk or call 0800 030 4391.