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CVU and the Edible Bus Stop

Edible news


CVU worked with The Edible Bus Stop TM Ltd, which is an organisation that transforms neglected urban public sites into design-led, community growing spaces. The aim is to produce gardens that promote harmonious meeting areas for people to come together for the good of the neighbourhood and to get to know each other. By gardening and enjoying these community growing spaces, conversation is encouraged, barriers are broken down and skills are shared.

In April 2014 the Edible Bus Stop TM Ltd wanted to create a new ‘Pocket Park’ in West Norwood, SE27. CVU have transformed what was a paved area with lots of bollards to prevent cars parking in the space, into a ‘green’ space with community planting areas and seating.

“As a CVU project manager it is always a pleasure to be part of a project that makes such a difference, in terms of transforming a previously unused space into a resource that the local community can ‘own’ and enjoy,” said Anne Sharp, Project Manager.

Throughout the build CVU have worked closely with Lambeth Council and the Edible Bus Stop to build the pocket park. CVU have been extremely flexible in their approach and have been able to adapt to various design changes as the works have progressed.

Paving the way for the future


On Monday 7th July CVU welcomed six work placement students from La Retraite School all girl’s school in Lambeth. The six students were placed into seven departments in CVU, including design, core services, tunnels and structures, control room, admin, procurement and commercial. All six students got to experience what it is like to work in CVU and to understand the fundamental elements that create the roles; from design, planning and delivery.

The young ladies got a chance to meet the Senior Management team (SMT) which was a great opportunity for the students to hear about what the SMT carry out, but also for the SMT to understand how this opportunity can create a window into the field of engineering for these students.

During the week CVU held a “Meet the Team” event, with TfL hosting. This event is an internal monthly event where each department gets a chance to showcase their team and explain and talk about projects they are working on. The six students also got a chance to visit a site on the network; A10 Bishopsgate. Here they got to see the different side of engineering and the actual plans that they had been working on in design come to life.

“The girls were wonderful to work with, I hope this has given them a taste of working life and encouraged them to consider a future in Engineering… though we don’t have barbeques and Le Tour every week!” said Kunle Kolaru, Managing Director CVU.

Inspections Revolve Around London’s Cyclists

Bike ride news


With World Environment Day in full flow on Thursday 5th June, CVU’s Network Manager and Inspections Team headed out onto London’s roads for a different perspective than normal – the cyclists view of London.

Fully armed with Barclays Bikes and suitable outfits consisting of safety helmets and high visibility jackets, the CVU cyclists made their way around London starting from the south side of London Bridge. On their route they took in some of London’s most famous attractions such as The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye and of course, Palestra!

The main purpose of the day was to give the Safety Inspectors a greater understanding of how it feels to be a cyclist in London, how defects impact the cyclist and just how little room the vehicles and cyclists share. This will go on to assist the inspectors in the identification of defects on the TLRN.

As it was also World Environment Day, the CVU team used this opportunity to reinforce CVU’s commitment to the use of public transport in London.

“This was a fantastic experience for both me and the Inspections team. Getting the opportunity to see how a cyclist feels on the Network was invaluable and will certainly give greater focus on how we approach things in the future” said Matthew Wilson, Network Manager.