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Department for Transport visits National Training Academy

ntrs are proud to have welcomed the Department For Transport (DfT), #Jacobs, #NetworkRail Telecoms and #LinbrookeServices to the #ntrs National Training Academy on Monday 20th May 2019. The purpose of the visit was to showcase telecoms technologies and discuss the Digital Railway. The tour included demonstrations of Railway internal and external copper and stakka boxes, followed by a display of fibre splicing using single and spiderweb ribbon fibres. This formed part of a visual representation of how far technology has progressed. Attendees also received an introduction to the safety procedures for entering the rail corridor, the challenges faced within rail access planning and a live demonstration of SEI computer-based interlocking using the Ansaldo STS test bed that is within our National Training Academy. In the Q&A session, all attendees were eager to find out more about the challenges faced by delivering training to the Railway and daily operational challenges. We want to thank all attendees for taking the time from your busy schedules to visit our incredible training centre. Also, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic ntrs team for your efforts in making this a memorable event.

We are launching 2020 with a NEW logo and Brand Identity

Due to a dynamic expansion and re-structure within Linbrooke Group, we are pleased to announce that the company has undergone a soft rebrand to support the evolution of #Connectivity&Technology engineering service offerings within the organisation.

Over the last decade, Linbrooke has significantly increased its capability by employing an expert leadership team to support rapid growth, development and training of its #PeopleatLinbrooke and adapting to the new #Technology innovation within the industries.

Linbrooke Services Limited is a Sheffield based company providing end-to-end connectivity and technology integration solutions throughout the entirety of the Rail, Optical Networks and Power sectors.

The new logo and colour scheme brings a sharp new visual identity, characterising the brand as people-focused, forward-thinking, innovative, honest, energised, trustworthy, loyal, and tech-savvy technology integrator.

Linbrooke’s emphasis on its services is reflected in the company’s new tagline, “Connectivity & Technology Integration Solutions”.

Linbrooke Group is renowned for our innovative, flexible & customer-responsive approach, including a unique training facility enabling Linbrooke to provide absolute services to its clients.

The next stage of the rebrand will see the introduction of 60 new vans replenishing the existing fleet of 280 vehicles, new company website and the launch of new company-branded clothing and sustainability initiatives.

“I’m delighted with how our business has developed in recent years having totally repositioned our market capabilities. With the strengthening of our leadership team, we are now updating our branding in line with our market capability and strategic aspirations.”

Lee Hallam, CEO

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Managing Director at Linbrooke Rail

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Wright, our new Managing Director at Linbrooke Rail. The role was previously held by Jason Pearce who has now been appointed as Linbrooke group CEO.

Martin brings a wealth of knowledge and years of experience of managing multi-disciplinary projects across the UK’s railway network.

When asked why Linbrooke? Martin said: Linbrooke is a top tier supplier and is quickly becoming a key player within the industry. The company has been built on a solid foundation with a lot of ambition for future growth. The management team is focussed on its people and delivers outstanding service to the client. I am looking forward to helping Linbrooke establish itself as a market leader within the Rail Sector.

Jason Pearce CEO said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Martin into the Linbrooke senior team. During the last eighteen months our rail business has evolved substantively, and following the success in the recent framework process, we expect our signalling presence and market share to continue to grow through CP6. Martin brings significant rail signalling and programme expertise, and his appointment is the natural progression for our rail business to support our clients with their CP6 plans.“

Martins childhood dream was to join the army to become a soldier and to play rugby. All his dreams come true. Martin is from a military background where he was a Bomb Disposal Officer in the British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. When off duty Martin, a cycling enthusiast, is teaching his children how to ride a mountain bike and acting as a coach for a Rugby team.

When we asked Martin If you could have any superpower, what would you have and why he chose the ability to fly & breathe in space to open up a whole universe of opportunities.

Linbrooke welcomes Jason Pearce, the new Managing Director for Rail!

Jason Pearce has joined us this month as the new Managing Director for Rail, but also with a wider role in supporting the business with its growth plans. We welcome him to the business and look forward to working with him.

Before coming to Linbrooke, Jason has held a number of senior roles in Finance, Commercial and Operations, and in business turnaround, but says he enjoys the wider role of Managing Director the best. He has been in the telecoms and technology sector for nearly 20 years, moving full time into UK Rail in 2011, and says he wished he’d become an engineer.

We caught him this week about his early thoughts. He said, ‘Linbrooke has a fantastic opportunity to continue to drive change in the UK Rail sector. It’s got some great people, I’m very excited to be part of it and to help it with its next phase of growth”.
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New Tower Strengthening process for the first time in the UK

On behalf of Network Rail, Linbrooke Services have recently completed the Tower Strengthening works on Dalwhinnie North, Drumochter Summit, Liskard Station and at Railia. The process included leg replacement which involved temporary fitment of a support leg, full removal of the existing legs, new legs fitted then temporary support removed. Liskard & Railia Towers are 29m in height, Dalwhinnie North & Drumochter Summit Towers are 20m in height, this was the first time this type of works has been undertaken in the UK.

Linbrooke have signed the Armed Forces Covenant

Delighted to announce that we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

UKRIA – Signalling and Telecommunications Award 2018

Proud winners of UKRIA 2018 Signalling and Telecommunication award for the Bromsgrove Corridor resignalling project. Linbrooke delivered the Bromsgrove Corridor resignalling telecoms, improving efficiencies by providing a highly resilient, scalable telephone concentrator and a compatible large bandwidth, high-speed IP/MPLS/Ethernet network, designed to facilitate the digital railway and ERTMS.

Linbrooke is delighted to be Hanwha Techwin Europe first transport gold partner in the UK!

Having worked on several successful collaborative high profile rail projects together – including the upgrade of Paddington Station, we are delighted to be Hanwha Techwin Europe first transport gold partner in the UK! Following a site visit today, our Business Development Director Dave Clarke gratefully accepted our Gold Step partner plaque from Hanwha Techwin Europe‘s Jon Hill – UK Business Development Manager for Transport. We are looking forward to continuing to work together delivering the next generation of station safety and security CCTV solutions to the rail industry nationwide!

Linbrooke’s NEW “STOP, CHECK” initiative

Linbrooke is taking part in Rail Safety Week 2017! Our senior management team is visiting operational sites distributing our new safety initiative: “STOP, CHECK” – aiming to address, engage, promote, and bring rail safety to the forefront of people’s minds. #buildingsafetytogether #makingitsafertogether #railsafetyweek #railsafety

Our Roni brings home the bling!

Our Roni brings home the bling!

Competing in this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto representing Great Britain, Ian ‘Roni’ Ronald has competed in two indoor rowing events: the one minute sprint and a four-minute endurance race and has won silver and bronze medals!

For more information and the results, check out the following links:

http://results.invictusgames2017.com/index.cfm/en/grid/showResults/sport/RO/competitionEvent/187

http://results.invictusgames2017.com/index.cfm/en/grid/showResults/sport/RO/competitionEvent/200

LINBROOKE SERVICES – VALUING ROYAL MARINES

Joining the Royal Marines at 16, our CEO Lee Hallam is passionate about the military, the values it instils and is dedicated to supporting the resettlement of those who have served their country. With a number of our workforce made up of former military personnel, Taryn Edge, Linbrooke’s head of military programmes was interviewed by The Royal Marines Charity to find out how and why Royal Marines are such an essential part of our business. To read the interview and see Taryn post ‘Sheep Dip’, click here: https://lnkd.in/grMa6Eh

Linbrooke Demonstrate New CIS Technology

Invited to the TransPennine Express management conference today in Manchester, we are proud to be demonstrating new technology for Customer Information Systems (CIS) with our partners Infotec and Worldline!

Emergency First Aid at Work!

Designed to provide training in emergency first aid for the workplace, several of our office staff attended the 6-hour Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) training course at our National Training Academy! Dedicated to health and safety in all that we do, the course covers topics such as communication and casualty care, minor and severe bleeding, burns, adult choking, seizures, CPR and defibrillator pad placement! Trainer Dave Mallinder stated that “this kind of course is absolutely essential for safeguarding our workplaces and our colleagues.”

Linbrooke’s Supernova

Providing the utilities industry with over 40 years of dedicated and diverse service, we are delighted that our very own Group Managing Director – Infrastructure Services, Chris Wright, has achieved finalist status for the Utility Week Star Awards’, gaining recognition for the Supernova Award for Long Service! Taking place in Manchester in June, we are excited to attend and support Chris and network with others in the utilities industry!

Take 5 for safety

Committed to safety, collaboration, sharing and learning new ideas, we were delighted to attend Network Rail’s Signalling Safety Suppliers Forum in Westwood last month. With great speakers and ‘round table’ discussions surrounding the terms and expectations of future meetings, along with key safety risks, proposed mitigation plans and how to increase our resilience to incidents and failures, the day is already proving to be a valuable one!

Learning from the Good Samaritans

Dedicated to ensuring our teams have the capability and aptitude to recognise and deal with all situations on the railway, we are pleased to welcome the RISSG Samaritans to our National Training Academy today to deliver the ‘Managing Suicidal Contacts training’. Providing ‘emotional health first aid skills’, the course focuses on the benefits of a short conversation with someone who may be experiencing suicidal feelings and the techniques required to minimise not only the immediate risk, but also reduce the risk of the person returning at a later point.

Helping to eradicate Parkinson’s disease!

As a company dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility and the supporting of many charities, our HSEQ Manager, Lisa Maddocks, is raising money to provide support for Parkinson’s UK! Currently training to complete the largest half marathon in the world, The Great North Run, you can read Lisa’s story and donate by clicking on the link below:

Keeping on top of safety

We are delighted to have successfully passed our Network Infrastructure’s recent Achilles UVDB Verify audit! Assessed for our management system evaluation and onsite safety, health, environmental and quality practices, we averaged at 98% across the board!

HSEQ success!

Sourcing evidence and demonstrating various aspects of the business through our accreditations, competencies and management systems, we are proud to have successfully attained the Safety Schemes in Procurement’s (SSIP) Safety Management Advisory Services (SMAS) certification! With support from both site and office, this highlights that we provide an effective Health and Safety Management System to ensure that any work we are engaged in is carried out without unnecessary risk.

Trailblazing into the future

Talking about the Trailblazer standards for Rail Industry Apprenticeships, Network Rail’s Head of Training Strategy, Michelle Nolan-McSweeny, paid a visit to our National Training Academy today to share her knowledge of the industry systems, processes and national strategy. As the Rail sector lead for skills and competence, she is a strong advocate for the government’s commitment to enrol 30000 apprentices for road and rail over the next few years. 

Bromsgrove Corridor Resignalling success!

Delivering all telecommunications design, installation and commissioning works for Network Rail’s Bromsgrove Corridor Resignalling project, Linbrooke provided both power and Ethernet connectivity for Gai-Tronics Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) trackside telephones. This has been achieved through the use of a centralised Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) with IP connectivity, connected via FTNx infrastructure to trackside Cisco IE2000 Ethernet switches.

Click on the link below to read all about this exciting approach in last month’s Rail Engineer!

https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/tre-january-2017/66

Reaching the East!

Exceeding expectations and persevering through adverse weather conditions, our dedicated team cycled 1000km in just 9 days, successfully completing the #headeast2016 challenge in record time! Travelling from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise money and awareness for the fight against brain tumours, Linbrooke are proud to have had 3 members of our family participate in the worthwhile cause. Battling the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

North of England Transport Summit

Bringing together the key politicians and practitioners to discuss and debate the future transport strategy for the north of England, we were delighted to attend the North of England Transport Summit in Manchester on the 7th of December. With orators such as Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, and Chief Executive for Transport for the North, David Brown, discussing infrastructure investment as a crucial productivity boosting element, the day was both an edifying and informative one.

UKRIA finalists!

We are proud to have been shortlisted for 6 categories in this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards! Recognised for our training and development programmes, corporate social responsibility, apprenticeship development scheme and signalling and telecommunications prowess alongside being selected for our Thameslink project in the ‘outstanding small project’ category, one of our young apprentices has also been selected for the ‘young rail professional of the year’ title. With Sir Peter Hendy as the keynote speaker, we are excited to be attending the UKRIA 2017 in February!

1lastsmile4kasabian

Raising money for one of our local families, we were proud to don our colours for Kasabian on Friday the 25th of November! Fighting a courageous battle and beating cancer twice, 8-year-old Kasabian has now devastatingly been diagnosed with two inoperable brain tumours. Raising £450 in support for him and his family, we are delighted to have been a part of such a worthy cause.#1lastsmile4kasabian

Thameslink press release – read all about it!

Providing passengers with more comprehensive information regarding their train journey departures, we are proud to have successfully collaborated with Infotec Ltd. and Worldline to design, install, test and commission 225 innovative Customer Information System (CIS) displays across Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and London St Pancras stations as part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme! To find out more, please click on the link below….

https://linbrooke.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Thameslink-Press-Release.pdf

New Customer Information Displays at Manchester Piccadilly!

We’re delighted to have successfully replaced the two existing Customer Information System displays on the main concourse at Manchester Piccadilly with 3 more informative, modern equivalent displays. Comprising 3 banks of 8 as opposed to the original 2 banks of 6, the screens present all relevant passenger information in full, providing a comprehensive and efficient passenger information model.

Enhancing the fibre-optic network between the Mediterranean and Asia

As a preferred partner to Ciena, we are delighted to be supporting them in the installation, test and commissioning of the optical mesh network for Telecom Egypt. Enhancing TE’s fibre-optic network between the Mediterranean and Asia, you can find more information on this great project via the links below:

http://www.lightwaveonline.com/articles/2016/10/telecom-egypt-deploys-terrestrial-submarine-optical-mesh-network.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_function_virtualization

http://www.ciena.com/insights/submarine/

Linbrooke is awarded the Sir Donald Gosling Sword!

Commissioned in 2014 to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Marines, The Sir Donald Gosling Sword is presented annually to the business that has provided the most significant support to The Royal Marines Charity (RMC) over the previous 12 months. Celebrated for being a symbol of gratitude and recognition, this year the honour was bestowed upon Linbrooke Services ltd and presented to former Royal Marine and Linbrooke CEO, Lee Hallam.

As the 3rd person ever to receive the sword, Lee “stands out from the crowd” for his dedication to helping military personnel receive training, gain a profession and transition smoothly back into civilian life. Inculcating his passion into his company, Linbrooke have placed a large number of Royal Marines into successful civilian employment and supplied the charity with the most noteworthy support.

Working with Royal Marines charities since 2011, Linbrooke have provided training, development and employment to circa 50 ‘bootnecks’ and over 350 military service leavers, providing each individual with exceptional training and ensuring that they are all positioned within a role that is best suited for them. With a workforce made up of 40% former military personnel, Linbrooke provides the perfect atmosphere for service leavers to transition back into civilian life and find a new career path to suit them.

Former Royal Marine, Lee Carroll said, “Attempting to support my pregnant wife while dealing with an uncertain future, I became severely depressed. Since joining Linbrooke for an extended placement, I have regained my purpose and my pride. This company has truly given me a reason to get up every morning.”

Sharky Ward, Deputy Chief Executive for the Royal Marines Charity, stated that “Linbrooke are leagues above the rest. They have helped our boys out on such a massive scale, providing support to the core! As the catalytic agent for his business, Lee has ensured that the company offers more than just a temporary fix – they provide an entire future for those who are besieged by uncertainty.”

Introducing a number of other companies to the process of military resettlement, Linbrooke are infused with the commando spirit and a quality driven, can-do ethos that is further demonstrated by a commitment to providing extra housing, welfare and social environment maintenance for the bootnecks they assist.

“Joining Linbrooke has quashed my negative feelings about leaving the Armed Forces; it provides a diverse and challenging environment and it is reassuring to know that I am in an organization with a lot of like-minded people.” – Ian Ronald, Assistant Delivery Engineer

Thrilled to have been selected for the Sir Donald Gosling Sword, Lee Hallam said, “As a former member of the core, I have dedicated myself to giving back to the family who gave so much to me. Aiming to serve those who serve our country, it is a constant goal of mine to do as much as I can to help former Royal Marines transition smoothly back into civilian life. Knowing that I have made any kind of progress in this regard is amazing and I am honoured to have been chosen to receive such a meaningful accolade”

Impressed by the magnitude of passion and proactivity displayed at all levels, Sharky vehemently stated that “Lee’s unparalleled dedication to assisting Royal Marines quite clearly goes all the way into the very heart of Linbrooke”.

Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award

We are thrilled to have achieved the Bronze Award for the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme! Approved by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff, Linbrooke have been officially recognised for our commitment to support those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces along with their families!

Linbrooke take Rail Safety Week across the nation!

With safety being fundamental in all that we do, we have taken Rail Safety Week national! Visiting 10 of our operational sites, we have also delivered interactive safety briefings within a number of our offices, discussing the impact that office work has on our site teams. With interactive briefings taking place in our Glasgow, Sheffield, Swindon and York offices, we have received a lot of brilliant feedback and input, helping us to continue building safety together

New CIS displays at Manchester Piccadilly!

Providing an increased level of accurate information to passengers, we are proud to have been responsible for the installation, test and current commissioning of the first side of new CIS displays on the Manchester Piccadilly station main concourse last night! With the new style displays still undergoing tests, they are looking excellent so far! As the first installation of this new-style display anywhere in the world, we are delighted to have played such an integral part in this exciting project!

Our global journey continues…

Have you ever wondered what our transmission engineers do and where they work? Deployed all over the world for protracted periods of time, our team members deliver mission critical infrastructure on a global scale.

Joining Linbrooke as a Communications Systems Engineer after spending 12 years in The Royal Signals, we have been following Simon Kidd as he travels around the world helping Infinera deliver their subsea trials. As part of their business activity, Infinera – provider of Intelligent Transport Networks for network operators – perform these subsea trials to fully characterise customers’ undersea fibre infrastructure to maximise their capacity and therefore return on investment. Working closely with Infinera, we support them in their vision to deliver unparalleled scalability, convergence and automation for service providers who aim to begin their journey to trial new networks in preparation for the Terabit Era.

Working away from his family for months at a time, Simon has been spending his weekly day off absorbing the local cultures and scenery. Encouraging him in this pursuit, we tasked Simon with visually documenting his surroundings so we can demonstrate the diversity of locations we deploy our engineers to.

To date we have followed Simon as he has travelled from New Zealand to Australia and then on to Puerto Rico, Japan, Egypt, America and finally round to Alaska.

Simon’s travels in photographs

AUCKLAND – Spending 3 weeks in New Zealand North Island, assisting Infinera with Tasman-2 cable system tests, Simon managed to explore the island on his days off and take some photographs of the iconic locations he visited.


The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards – shortlist success!

As a company passionate about our Yorkshire roots and the progression of our community, we are proud to have been shortlisted for 2 of the Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business Awards! Gaining acknowledgement for our dedication to providing apprenticeships on both a local and national level, our CEO, Lee Hallam, has also been recognised for his entrepreneurial skills.

Click on the link below to find out more

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/revealed-shortlist-for-the-excellence-in-business-awards-1-8111201

International project delivery!

Working on an internationally high profile project, Linbrooke are currently carrying out critical equipment trials on a global basis. Setting up trial equipment and assisting lab engineers with testing at several exotic locations from Hawaii to Australia and Japan to New Zealand, we are helping to showcase the capabilities of our client to possible customers.

Linbrooke attend Faces of a Vibrant Economy

Linbrooke were proud to attend the Faces of a Vibrant Economy exhibition yesterday – hosted by Grant Thornton UK. Recognised for his dedication to training and development and for working to create a more sustainable future for our nation, our CEO Lee Hallam was hailed as one of the 100 inspirational leaders of the UK!
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