All posts by Nula Tobin

Public Realm Improvement


In our quest to improve London’s public realm, CVU has completed three exciting and significant projects this year. The projects were at Mabley Green and Gillender Street on the A12 and on Trinity Road. Each of the sites presented its own challenges in terms of design and delivery which CVU and the Central TfL Highways Operations Team had to overcome. The projects were primarily delivered through the in-house teams with some assistance from specialist supply chain partners. As cities continue to expand globally Public Realm is such an important factor in the wellbeing of communities as well as travelling users of the highway network and London is no exception. Our population is expanding rapidly and our customers have told us that they want London to be a green, beautiful, and accessible.


“The public realm programme that CVU have developed in designing and implementing improvements to areas of the network that were tired and unsightly, has benefited both the highway user and neighbouring communities with a new and appealing street-scene and shows that small interventions can bring about a big change in how people feel about the TLRN, plus also all the environmental and ecological benefits the renewal and expansion of the green estate derives. It has been a tremendous effort by CVU to efficiently deliver this programme and illustrates the high level of collaboration between TfL and CVU in continuous improvement” – Alan Davidson, TfL Central Highways Operations Manager


CVU Apprentices Giving Back





It was back to school for CVU this July, as 2 of our Apprentices were invited to Samuel Rhodes Secondary School, to deliver a careers presentation for the students. Samuel Rhodes – a Special Needs School located in the borough of Islington – provides an outstanding education for over one hundred pupils aged between 11 and 16, who have moderate learning difficulties.

CVU Apprentices, Gidel Essien, Business Administration Apprentice, and Charlie Morris, Highways Operative Apprentice, led the presentation which focused on the wide ranging opportunities, roles and careers available for young people within the construction industry. Gidel and Charlie also spoke to the students about their individual roles within CVU and the industry as a whole, as well as discussing the benefits they have experienced from participating in the apprentice programme offered by CVU. Gidel and Charlie really engaged with the young people and held an extensive Q&A session with the students who had lots of interesting questions for them.

‘‘I was very happy to share my experiences with the students and I enjoyed talking to them about the skills I have learnt whilst working at CVU on the apprenticeship programme. The Pupils seemed very interested in construction and what the industry has to offer – it would be great to see some of these students on work experience here at CVU.’’ Gidel Essien.

After our apprentices delivered their presentation, it was over to Heather Isidore – Training and Equalities Manager, who then led a mock interview session with the students. This session was designed to give the students a real taste of what it would be like to meet with potential employers and undergo a formal interview. All of the students really enjoyed this part of the day and all were eager to have a practice interview.

Overall the day was a huge a success, made more rewarding by the fact that the students were so happy to participate in the sessions – CVU look forward to working with these inspirational students again soon.