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Lucky 13 for Colas

Colas block paving

Contracting company among first to receive certification for the new National Highways Sector Scheme 30

COLAS have become one of the first contractors in the country to receive accreditation under the new National Highways Sector Scheme 30 (NHSS 30) for the installation, maintenance and repair of modular paving, which was launched in May 2015. 

BSI assessors visited Colas bases in Leeds and Portsmouth just six months’ later to assess the company’s skills, safety practices, quality and delivery in the realm of modular paving.

‘Earning accreditation to NHSS 30 is testament to the dedication and quality of the work our teams do,’ said Colas quality manager Lau Vlaar.

‘We are a very diverse company which aims to self-deliver as much of our work as possible, rather than use subcontractors. External validation under the National Highways Sector Scheme has huge added value in demonstrating that we have a deep understanding of all the services we offer.’

Colas are now certified for 13 of the 26 NHSS quality schemes, and are aiming for three more in 2016, setting a new industry benchmark.

National Highways Sector Schemes are bespoke integrated management schemes which supplement ISO 9001:2008 and were developed in partnership with key stakeholders of the highways industry to interpret ISO 9001 and its specific application to highways maintenance activities.

The schemes provide Highways England and local authorities responsible for the operation and maintenance of the road infrastructure in the UK with an assurance that only competent organizations are carrying out work on their behalf.

Colas have recently been putting their modular paving skills to use close to historic Romsey Abbey, in Hampshire, resurfacing Church Street in the town centre as part of their framework agreement with Hampshire County Council.

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