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Proud Sponsors of Sefton RUFC

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Dowhigh have announced that they are to be main sponsors of local rugby union team Sefton RUFC Juniors.

The Dowhigh management team, who have always supported community initiatives, were keen to get on board as part of their ongoing commitment to Corporate and Social Responsibility.

Over the past few years a lot of hard work has gone into the running of the junior section and this has been rewarded by the club being appointed the Liverpool Club of the year 2009 and also being awarded the club mark level three accreditation, which was presented to the club by the RFU President Sir Francis Baron.

The club teams for most ages ranging from under 7 to under 19 and the club is always looking for new players. All the coaches are suitably qualified and all have passed the most recent child safety and protection vetting scheme.

One of the clubs main objectives is to develop rugby union in the Liverpool area so that local children can play rugby for their local club.

Dowhigh Managing Director, Dominic Murray commented, ‘We always try and support local talent and Sefton is at the heart of our home-turf, so the guys were a logical choice. We wish them all the very best for the coming season.’


Saving landfill, Saving costs, Saving LIVES

Saving landfill, Saving costs, Saving LIVES

An alternative solution for materials destined for landfill is set to help save lives across Merseyside.

Following an enquiry from Parish Cllrr Frances Woodridge, Capita Symonds and highway maintenance contractors Dowhigh have co-ordinated the delivery of unwanted reinforced concrete blocks to the Mersey Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) in Bootle.

Parish Cllr Frances Wooldridge said she was bemused when her son, who works for the special rescue team, first asked if she had any surplus concrete to hand. He went on to explain that this is to help the team create practice disaster scenarios for rescue operations. With this serious need in mind, Cllr Woodridge contacted the Highway Services team of Capita Symonds Sefton.

Dowhigh, kindly made the delivery of the reinforced concrete free of charge to MFRS and have kindly pledged to continue doing so. Director of Dowhigh Trevor Murray said “I am thrilled to see that such a practical use can be found for an otherwise obsolete by-product. Our fire and rescue services do an outstanding job; it’s only right that they are given every resource they need to continue doing so.”

Over 95% of unwanted materials from road improvements, such as concrete, are recycled at Dowhigh’s Hawthorne Road site and applied to road repairs. However the concrete slabs delivered to the MFRS had reinforcement bars and would have been otherwise destined for landfill.

Dan Stephens, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at MFRS said “By providing our Urban Search and Rescue Team with concrete slabs Capita Symonds and Dowhigh are significantly enhancing our collapsed structure training facility. It is particularly difficult for us to locate this type of material so we are very grateful indeed to Capita Symonds and Dowhigh for assisting us. We think this is a really community spirited action by both Capita Symonds and Dowhigh.”

“The reinforced concrete is added to the rubble pile and collapsed structure training rig which contains various hides for our live victims. The Search and Rescue Team and search dogs carry out searches on the rig to locate live victims (played by trained Firefighters!). Once they are located the Team access the live victims by breaching through the concrete slabs using power tools. This type of training is as realistic as it gets and our team need to train regularly to ensure they stay on top of their game”.

Parish Councillor Frances Woodridge stated that she is uplifted to have witnessed such this type of practical collaboration between local organisations. She said “It’s lovely that people work together with the fire and special rescue service. I have every confidence that this will help save lives in the long term.”
Capita Symonds work in partnership with Sefton Council to deliver Highways, Infrastructure and Property services throughout Sefton.


Dowfoam Open Day Huge Success

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With a guest list that read like the who’s who in Local Authority Highways, the first Dowfoam Educational was a huge success. Representatives from the highways departments at over twenty local authorities were in attendance at the event, which was held at The Park Inn Hotel.

Guests were given the opportunity to learn the full facts surrounding the development and key uses of the patented Dowfoam product.

The video presentation was followed by an address from the former head of the Northwest division of The Institute of Highways and Transportation, Keith Patterson, who spoke at length about the environmental and efficiency savings offered by the product.

Dowfoam technical gurus Steve Petch and Rob Prescott then chaired a Question and Answer session.

The event closed with an informal lunch and networking session, allowing old colleagues to catch up and chat informally to the Dowfoam team.

MARCH 2010

Dowhigh Recognised for Environmental Excellence – Local Highways firm achieve ISO 140001 Accreditation

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Merseyside based highways company Dowhigh Ltd, have been officially recognised for their commitment to the environment this week.

The family run company, who employ 114 staff at their Netherton Head Office, have worked hard to achieve the accreditation, which is awarded for excellence in environmental and sustainability issues.

Trevor Murray, Director of Operations at the firm commented, 'We are delighted that our hard work has been recognised. environmental considerations are at the heart of everything we do, from simple 'switch off' policies at head office, to major considerations on site, the team have worked hard to develop policies and procedures which not only protect the environment, but promote sustainable working practices across the business'.

Dowhigh have been at the forefront of re-cycling technology, developing a patented asphalt alternative in the form of Dowfoam. The product, which is produced at a purpose built plant in Bootle, is made utilising waste products from defunct surfaces and site waste.

Their recycling credentials combined with strict internal policies surrounding sustainability, health and safety and social and corporate responsibility have helped position Dowhigh as one of the 'greenest' operators in the region.

With plans to launch Dowfoam nationally and a Road Safety initiative with Sefton Council in the pipeline, it looks like Dowhigh plan to continue to build on this commitment to excellence in the coming months.




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