Independent Connections Provider Matrix Networks has made a positive start to the New Year with the launch of an online portal with recruitment partners Hays, and the promotion of several new vacancies.

The roles have been identified in support of the utility infrastructure specialist’s five year growth plan which was communicated to its existing employees before Christmas. They cover every discipline from design to estimating, provide opportunities for a range of experience levels, and are based out of the Company’s three locations across the UK.

Awarded a 2-star accreditation in the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ survey in 2019 for its ‘Outstanding’ commitment to workplace engagement, Matrix Networks prides itself on providing opportunities for staff development. And, as a small business currently employing around 70 personnel, as more talented individuals are recruited it aims to continue this ethos.

Rob Sparkes, Matrix Networks Group CEO, said: “We’re about to embark on a period of significant growth and therefore need to attract more personnel in to the business who want to be part of that journey. We always look at the talent of our own people first and promote or reassign roles where there’s an opportunity, but as great as our people are, we haven’t got enough of them.

“We’re working with Hays because they have the skills and experience to deliver our recruitment programme at the pace we need. They’ve taken time to understand our business, understand our people are our most valuable asset, and know the calibre of individuals we need to help our Company achieve its full potential.”

Elisabetta Baylis, Hays Managing Director, added: “Matrix Networks is a well-established and respected name in the utility infrastructure industry and I’m pleased they’ve chosen to work with us, to help them find the right people to join their successful team.

“Matrix is also very much an employee-focussed business. Working with them, specifically over the past few months, I know they’re not only looking for candidates with specific experience, but with the right mindset as well. We’re excited to be part of their onward journey and look forward to meeting potential candidates.”

Over the next few months, more roles will be added to the online portal to see the ICP potentially increase its headcount by as much as 50 per cent by the Spring. This recruitment drive will be supported by structural changes within the business and the exploration of new market opportunities to further establish Matrix Network’s objective of being the utility infrastructure provider and employer of choice.

For full details of the roles available, visit https://webmicrosites.hays.co.uk/web/matrix-networks

Matrix Networks will be making a donation to The Trussell Trust and Shelter this Christmas, showing its support for some of those who have been adversely affected by the events of the past year.

Through its own donation and the e-cards it’s sending to industry contacts and colleagues, the Independent Connections Provider hopes to raise awareness of those in need over the Festive season.

According to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust, 14m people in the UK are living in fuel poverty, including 4.5m children. The Charity also records giving out 89% more food parcels in April this year when the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were initially felt, compared to the same time last year. And Shelter, helping millions of UK citizens every year who are struggling with bad housing or homelessness, received 6.8million visits to its online advice service in 2019/20 alone.*

Matrix Networks CEO, Rob Sparkes, said: “I know everyone’s saying it, but 2020 has been a year like no other. Many people have suffered either directly or indirectly from the effects of Covid-19, and as we approach what will be a very different Christmas period for all of us, we should spare a thought for those who find themselves denied the basic things in life, like food and a safe place to live.

“We consulted with our staff over who we should support and the feedback was unanimous. Offering our help as a business to The Trussell Trust and Shelter this Christmas is something we’re proud to do – and we hope others will consider doing the same.

“As we look ahead to 2021, we’re all hoping for a happier, healthier new year and hope those whose lives have been adversely affected by 2020, will begin to see some positive changes too.”

* www.trusselltrust.org and www.england.shelter.org.uk

Independent Connections Provider Matrix Networks, has expanded its sales team to take advantage of the continued growth opportunity in the industrial and commercial utility infrastructure sector.

Nayan Mehta is now Sales Manager at Matrix Networks

Two new external appointments have been made as well as an internal promotion to strengthen the ICP’s national business development reach, under the leadership of Sales Director Paul Beck.

Stepping in to the role of Sales Manager, Nayan Mehta has been part of the Matrix Networks team for four years as a Key Account Manager. Over that time, Nayan has secured significant new business contracts which have helped the Company retain its position as a leading and respected utility infrastructure provider.

Commenting on his appointment, Nayan said: “Matrix Networks is a growing business operating in a construction industry which is experiencing one of the most rapid periods of growth of any UK sector following the Covid-19 lockdown in March. Every new development needs utility infrastructure, which means opportunities are opening up for our business every day. Having worked at Matrix for a number of years I’ve got to know the business, our industry and have built good relationships across our client base and am excited about the period of growth ahead of us.”

Nayan will coordinate Matrix Networks’ business development efforts focussing on the sectors in which the Company has built a solid relationship. These include Data Centres, Logistics Parks, Commercial and Industrial Parks and Units,  Apartments and Public Sector Developments amongst others – though, the opportunity to present themselves as the provider of choice across a wider range of sectors and where the potential for network adoption exists, will become a key area of focus.

Sales Director Paul Beck, added: “Matrix Networks is evolving from the business it was 14 years ago when it was founded. If we’re to continue with our evolution and engage with the growth which the construction sector is experiencing, we need to strengthen our team. In his new role, Nayan will helping to drive our business development opportunity, engaging with all departments to help ensure our future growth is fully coordinated and our customers remain at the forefront of everything we do.”

Nayan will initially manage a team of four Business Development Managers – Stu Giles, Alex Wilson and newly-appointed Roy Witter and Laura Watchorn, with further recruitment planned in 2021. Matrix Networks was founded in 2006 with the vision of providing an independent solution for infrastructure installations. The Company services UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. and is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.

Independent Connections Provider Matrix Networks Group, has been awarded Gold level membership of the nationally-recognised Constructionline platform, providing confirmation that they meet industry standards across the board.

Constructionline works with construction buyers and suppliers to help speed up search, validation and purchasing decisions, opening up opportunities for members to access a wide range of procurement contracts and projects – and for buyers to access a validated pool of high quality suppliers.

Matrix Networks’ new certification therefore places them on a strong footing for securing further high profile multi-utility infrastructure contracts where the immediate validation of credentials are required, saving time and expense at the tendering stage.

Constructionline offers four levels of Membership. Matrix opted for Gold as it was the most appropriate for the size and nature of its business, and by requiring a more detailed prequalification questionnaire as well as a SSIP assessment, it would provide the evidence demanded by some of the UK’s most high profile contractors.

To qualify for Constructionline Gold Membership, Matrix Networks completed:

  • An enhanced prequalification questionnaire which went beyond the standard PAS91
  • A Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSI) assessment, providing evidence of competence in health and safety management
  • The Common Assessment Standard – a standard set of questions developed by industry to help save time and money at the prequalification stage.

Paul Beck, Matrix Networks Sales Director, said: “We’re finding more and more contractors are asking their supply chain partners to be listed on Constructionline, because it ensures they’re dealing with businesses which meet the required industry standards without having to duplicate and evaluate further prequalification assessments.

“We’re extremely pleased to have achieved Gold level membership as this is proof of our capabilities and standards as a business – and something for which we’ll work to maintain year on year. We’re obviously new to Constructionline, but are already starting to realise the benefits of being a registered member.”

Matrix Networks Group is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. The Company is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.

 

Situations with the Coronavirus are developing day by day. This advice is communicated to assist the NHS and to ensure all those working on Matrix Networks Group sites, are kept safe from infection and prevent infecting others.

Key points to remember:

  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds (2 x happy birthday)
  • If you have ANY of the following symptoms, go home and self-isolate for 14 days.
    • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Guidance for safe distancing includes the following:

  • Travel to and from sites alone – not in teams.
  • Take breaks alone in your vehicle or other safe location. (remember to wash your hands before handling food or beverages).
  • Work alone where possible or maintain the 2m distancing. (follow lone working procedures)

Guidance for use of PPE

  • Gloves are mandatory at all times, use disposable gloves when not wearing working gloves.
  • Clean all surfaces, materials and vans regularly (Vans daily)
  • Contact your employers for ordering of wipes/ sanitisers (MNL staff please contact the SHEQ Dept on safety@matrixnetworks.co.uk ) or call Davina Reilly 07835525129.

KEEP SAFE

 Please contact the SHEQ Manager Davina Reilly on 07835 525129 if you need further clarification on the information contained within this alert.

Please send any information to safety@matrixnetworks.co.uk

Independent Connections Provider (ICP) Matrix Networks has been contracted by developer Roxhill via main contractor Buckingham Group, to design and install the electrical services connection to bring the new £182m Gateway South commercial park in Coventry to life.

The announcement follows hot on the heels of Matrix Networks’ successful completion of the multi-utility infrastructure works for the prestigious SEGRO Logistics Park – East Midlands Gateway in Leicestershire last month, also for Roxhill.

With work already starting on site, the ICP’s brief is to design and build a Primary Substation to provide electricity on the 200-acre development which surrounds Coventry Airport. Matrix will be designing and installing electrical infrastructure to bring a 33kV electrical supply into the Park, providing a load of 20MVA to power the commercial units located across both the northern and southern sections of the development.

Commenting on the new contract, Matrix Networks Managing Director, Rob Sparkes, said: “Gateway South is more than a contract win, its repeat business from a valued client, with whom we’ve developed a positive, long-term relationship.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate once again, how important collaborative working is for the successful delivery of utility infrastructure projects. And, over the next 12 months, our experienced team will work with Roxhill and their other development partners, to ensure we communicate, integrate and deliver ‘power on’ to bring Gateway South to life on time.”

Previous contracts between Matrix Networks and Roxhill include Gateway Peterborough, a 180-acre distribution and manufacturing park at Junction 17 of the A1(M), and Kettering Gateway, a 90-acre business park with mixed use at Junction 10 of the A14.

Martin Eckersall, Infrastructure Director, Roxhill added: “Cost and programme certainty are two of our most important considerations when procuring utility contracts. Matrix Networks has consistently provided this for us, over a significant period of time and I’m pleased to be working with them to deliver Gateway South.”

Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. The Company is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.

On Friday 27th July, Independent Connections Provider Matrix Networks held an official ‘kettle switching on’ ceremony to mark the completion of its utility infrastructure works at the SEGRO Logistics Park – East Midlands Gateway at M1 Junction 24.

The event was attended by key project personnel from Matrix Networks, Independent Distribution Network Operator UK Power Distribution and development directors from Roxhill and SEGRO. Roxhill Senior Development Director Kate Bedson carried out the official task of boiling the kettle to prove the electricity connection was fully up and running.

Delivered on budget and ahead of schedule the multi-utility project was designed and installed by the Warrington-based business to provide power, heat and water for the 700-acre development. To reach its completion, over the past 12 months Matrix Networks has worked to excavate a 12.5km route to the nearest Western Power Distribution connection point – the furthest distance the Company has ever had to negotiate. It has also designed, installed and commissioned a new 33/11kV primary substation to supply 28MVA; designed, installed and commissioned the on-site 11kV infrastructure with secondary substation to supply on-streetlighting; provided a medium pressure gas main and a water main.

Commenting on the project completion, Matrix Networks Managing Director, Rob Sparkes, said: “SEGRO Logistics Park – East Midlands Gateway is a significant project both regionally and nationally. From our initial conversations around contract and design, through to installation and ‘power on’, I’m proud of the professionalism, commitment and passion the Matrix Networks team has shown. Throughout the project, we’ve worked to respect the wishes of our client and have delivered our brief ahead of schedule, without risk to them and on budget. We aim to exceed our customers’ expectations through uncompromised service and delivery, and I hope through bringing this development to life, we’ve achieved that.”

Matrix Networks has a long-standing, positive relationship with Roxhill and was appointed for this flagship development based on its past success on multi-utility contracts. Senior Development Director, Kate Bedson added: “Today’s site visit marked a significant milestone for the site. Our thanks go to all at Matrix Networks who have worked so incredibly hard over the past 12 months and beyond, to provide the connections we need. This was a complex, detailed brief to deliver which wouldn’t have been achieved so proficiently without the commitment of their expert team.”

Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. The Company is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.

Matrix Networks has been selected as a finalist in the Specialist Contractor of the Year (Turnover up to £25m) category of the 2019 Construction News Specialist Awards, making the shortlist from among a fantastic number of entrants.

The Independent Connections Provider made the shortlist based on a written submission and supporting evidence which was reviewed by a panel of experts earlier in the autumn. The Company will now take part in the second part of the judging process – a face-to-face interview by members of a jury which include some of the most influential clients and industry experts in the UK.

Commenting on the company’s finalist status, Matrix Networks Managing Director, Rob Sparkes, said: “Being shortlisted as Specialist Contractor of the Year is down to our employees. They’re the ones who work hard to nurture our client relationships, delivering often complex multi-utility infrastructure contracts to bring some of the UK’s most significant developments to life.

“This is the first time we’ve been singled out as a potential award-winner and right across the business, we’ve enjoyed hearing how so many of our industry peers and clients agree our finalist status with Construction News, is well deserved.”

Now in their 15th year, the Specialists Awards are both highly regarded and well established within the construction industry and this year, all firms shortlisted will also qualify for entry into a new category –  ‘Outstanding Contribution to Construction’, at the main Construction News Awards in July.

The winners of the Specialist Awards will be announced on 27th March 2019 at a glamorous ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, where the industry’s elite will join together for a night of entertainment, celebration and networking.

The full list of finalists and more information can be found at: https://specialistsawards.constructionnews.co.uk/shortlist-2019

Work has now started on site for utility infrastructure provider Matrix Networks to install gas and electricity connections for Prologis Park Hams Hall at Junction 9 of the M42 in Coleshill, Warwickshire.

Matrix Networks, an Independent Connections Provider (ICP) was awarded the work by main contractor Winvic earlier this year. They will be responsible for the design and installation of the new high voltage electricity and gas services required to bring this manufacturing and distribution park development to life.

Following remediation works from the site’s previous use as a power generation plant, utility infrastructure will be one of the next major components to be completed. Matrix Networks has scoped its work for ‘power on’ by September 2018 – which is a restricted timescale for a project of this scale but, because the ICP is responsible for both the gas and electricity installations, with service connections being provided by sister company, UK Power Distribution, they have been able to provide Winvic with a single point of contact from which to manage multi-utility connections, enabling clear communication and flexibility, as well as cost and programme certainty.

Nayan Mehta, Matrix Networks Account Manager, said: “We have a wealth of experience delivering multi-utility contracts for distribution parks, but every project and client is unique. For Hams Hall, we’ve been tasked with delivering a significant contract within a tight timeframe. But, because our client Winvic has worked with us before, they know we’ll resource and manage the project appropriately, to ensure it’s completed safely, on brief and on time.”

Matrix Networks will install two main substations, two pad-mounted transformers for local street lighting, plus two gas governors. The connection point for the 8MVA electricity supply is located 700m off site at a local primary substation and the medium pressure gas connection, 300m off site.

Kenny Cockrell, Winvic project manager, added: “Matrix Networks provides a single solution for all utility requirements, from tender through to delivery, including detailed designs, installations, legal support and commissioning. Their flexible approach helps us to meet the needs of our clients – which can change significantly through our projects.”

Marketed as the ‘final significant development opportunity within the manufacturing and distribution park of Hams Hall’, three or four units totalling 886,980 sq ft of commercial space will make up the total Prologis development. Hams Hall is located close to major air, rail and road transport routes and a stone’s throw from premises occupied by world-leading automotive and logistics companies, making it one of the most attractive commercial bases currently available in the UK.

“We’re delighted to be bringing forward this brownfield site and putting it back into productive use,” said Alan Sarjant from Prologis UK. “There is a shortage of power for industrial users in the West Midlands region so it’s good news that this site has the potential to provide more power for customers, if required.”

Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. The Company is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.

Matrix Networks has launched a new campaign to help make site safety information accessible and understandable for its employees and those who work with them.

Called ‘10 Golden Rules’, Matrix Networks has developed briefing materials and new eye-catching site posters featuring 10 bespoke icons depicting its ‘Golden Rules’ for working safely on site. The icons have been designed to also be used across everyday site materials such as mugs, folders and pens, so that they become easily-recognisable and memorable.

By taking this approach, Matrix Networks wants to help its employees working on sites nationwide, as well as its subcontractors and clients, to be aware of the Company’s commitment to maintaining safe work environments. Its aim is to ensure no one is being put at any unnecessary risk as they go about their work.

Matrix Networks’ 10 Golden Rules are:

  1. Always follow our Safe Systems of Work protocol
  2. Make sure your site is kept secure at all times
  3. No drugs or alcohol are allowed on site
  4. Keep your working areas clean and tidy
  5. Be responsible for ensuring your plant and equipment are safe to use
  6. Look after your vehicle and drive safely
  7. Protect the environment and manage waste responsibly
  8. Report any issues as soon as you can
  9. Always wear the right PPE
  10. Remember mobile phones are not to be used on site, unless it’s an emergency.

Davina Reilly, Matrix Networks’ SHEQ manager, said: “Construction sites are hazardous and unpredictable environments. While it’s important for site workers to keep up to date with the latest health and safety legislation, we’ve identified these 10 fundamental safety rules which help to ensure that key safety requirements are always front of mind.

“Our 10 Golden Rules have been developed by talking to those who are working on site every day – understanding what they feel is important to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. We then combined this research with the requirements we know are essential for compliance to our accredited bodies, before arriving our set of Golden Rules.”

Matrix Networks’ SHEQ team will monitor awareness levels of the 10 Golden Rules over the coming months to see how they’re being received and adopted by site workers – as well as listening to ideas around further ways to improve safety and communication with its site workers nationwide.

Matrix Networks is accredited under Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes as well as CHAS and Altius.