Fastflow’s new Scottish office in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, was officially opened today, providing a hub for operations throughout Scotland.  Fastflow are currently working for Scottish Water who, having recently reviewed their supply chain, have reduced those approved for pipeline activities from eleven to four, Fastflow being one of the preferred partners.

> Read more: Fastflow’s new Scottish office in Hamilton

The Fastflow Group has gained full Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) accreditation.

The assessment of Fastflow’s capabilities was conducted by Lloyds Register and demonstrates that safe and effective water mains and services installation can be undertaken under the Lloyds WIRS banner. Extensive development of the spray head has enabled unmatched levels of cleaning to be achieved in a single pass of the cleaning head.

> Read more: Full Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) Accreditation

Fastflow, the utility infrastructure services provider, has won the clean water contract for the Asset Management Period 5 with Northumbrian Water commencing April 2010. The contract is likely to be worth approximately £200m over a 10 year period. Fastflow will become Northumbrian Water’s sole Clean Water Contractor with responsibility for carrying out water network rehabilitation / renewal work, new connections, repair and maintenance, reinstatement and metering works.

> Read more: Award of Northumbrian Water’s "Water Distribution Maintenance Service" Contract

In June we were assessed by ‘Verify' on behalf of the Achilles Utilities Vendor Data Base (UVDB) over a two day period, one in the office and one on site. The UVDB is used by utility clients to identify good quality suppliers and we are assessed annually to determine how we compare with other suppliers on the database.

The results of this latest assessment are shown in the table below and clearly demonstrate that our commitment to continuous improvement is resulting in consistent and significantly high standards. As you'll see, Fastflow's results (in bold type) are considerably higher that industry averages in all categories; a testament to the hard work and ongoing quest for excellence.

> Read more: Business Standards News - UVDB

The British Standards Institute (BSI) have undertaken a rigorous evaluation of Fastflow Group’s Environmental Management System (EMS) and confirmed that it fully meets the International EMS Standard (ISO 14001:2004).

BSI recognises that Fastflow’s environmental performance meets the demanding needs of the Standard, environmental legislation and delivers the objectives of our environmental policy, including the reduction of our carbon footprint, effective waste management and the prevention of pollution.

> Read more: BSI Assessment: Fastflow’s Environmental Performance Endorsed

Site Trials for Northumbria Water

Following the successful cleaning of 1.06km of 36” steel bitumen lined mains for Northumbrian Water Ltd’s (NWL) Trunk Mains Cleaning Trials in Morpeth in September / October 2007, Fastflow were requested to clean a further 3.63km.

> Read more: Trunk Mains Cleaning

Fastflow’s innovative and award-winning trunk mains cleaning system is to start cleaning the strategic trunk main pipeline running from Gosforth in Newcastle to Warkworth on the Northumberland coast on behalf of Northumbrian Water. The pipeline runs for a total distance of approximately 84km (52 miles) supplying Tyneside, Blyth and Morpeth.

> Read more: Trunk Mains Cleaning Contract Commences

Fastflow were delighted to receive the United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) Award for Innovation for the development of a new Trunk Mains Cleaning System.

The award was presented at the UKSTT Awards Dinner on Friday 25th April 2008 at the Holiday Inn in Birmingham.

> Read more: Fastflow Wins Award for Trunk Mains Cleaning System

This is the fourth charity challenge being undertaken by employees of all ages from Fastflow Pipeline Services, Northumbrian Water, Faithful and Gould, as well as some of their friends and family. Our journey will begin on July 12th and end the following day.

The challenge comprises a 138 mile cycle ride from Whitehaven in Cumbria across the Pennies to Sunderland on the Sustrans Coast to Coast route. Our challenge is to do it in one and half days the majority of crossings take three to four days.
Our nominated charity is Cancer Research UK, so please dig deep and sponsor us on-line @

> Read more: Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

As part of our continuous improvement and compliance with national and international business standards, Fastflow have successfully obtained the following accreditations: -

  • Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) Accreditation (Partial) January 2007
  • Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS) Accreditation (Partial) April 2007

We expect to obtain National Electricity Registration Scheme (NERS) Accreditation (Partial) and then full accreditation of all three by the end of 2007.

> Read more: Award of WIRS and GIRS Accreditation