The joint venture
Who we are
TPMD was formed in 2018 and brings together specialist teams from the tunneling, trenchless technology and confined spaces industries. TPMD’s has a large, high-qualified workforce are experienced in a range of techniques that deliver build, repair, replacement and renovation of sewer networks and pipelines.
TPMD is formed from a workforce made up of;
- Terra Solutions
- Ludwig Pfeiffer
- Matt Durbin Associates
A specialist trenchless civil engineering contractor with a history spanning over 35 years in the industry. Terra Solutions have been involved in some of the most challenging trenchless civil engineering work on the UK and Ireland across a wide range of sectors. Utilising an extensive fleet of specialist trenchless vehicles and equipment, Terra Solutions is a leading company in its field.
Established in the early 1930s with a focus on water supply and sewage disposal, Ludwig Pfeiffer is a family-owned company currently operating in more than 30 countries worldwide. Specialising in building pipelines using open-cut and trenchless technology, repair and rehabilitation of pipeline systems, as well as designing and building plants. Regardless of project type or size, Ludwig Pfeiffer pursue an intelligent approach using state-of-the-art, sustainable technology.
Formed in 2009 from a working partnership spanning more than 20-years, Matt Durbin Associates specialises in all aspects of confined space working and man-entry renovation techniques along-side a wealth of knowledge and experience in trench-less technology. With much of the workforce hailing from the mining industry, Matt Durbin Associates focuses on delivering with integrity.
Health, safety and wellbeing
Above everything else, TPMD’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of our workforce and the communities where we’re working. Nothing we do is more important than taking the time to do it safely and without harm to anyone.
All staff and visitors to site are given an induction and we ensure that everyone has the knowledge, skills and tools to do their job. No one goes underground without confined spaces training and a full health check.
Our Health and Safety Manager ensures that regular training is provided, and refresher sessions and toolbox talks keep skills up to date.
We know that working on wastewater infrastructure can be disruptive to communities, so we try and minimise our impact on daily life. Our dedicated customer liaison team focuses on making sure communities are kept informed about what we’re doing, how it could impact them and most importantly answer any questions that may arise. This engagement covers everyone from the residents to the local MP.
We also gather feedback to ensure that we’re also looking to improve the way we engage with local communities. When our work is finished, we want to make sure we leave a positive legacy. This might include supporting a local charity, community group or event, or even working with a local school to encourage the engineers of the future.
And when the opportunity arises, the site teams always to try to help their neighbours – from changing flat tyres, mending blown down fencing to assisting schoolchildren across the road. Our customer liaison team is available on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protecting trees during our work
Following NJUG’s best practice Guidelines for Maintenance of Utility Apparatus in Proximity to Trees was not enough for TPMD while delivering Southern Water’s major sewer upgrade scheme in Thanet. Taking it one step further, our Health and Safety Manager is also considering individual tree types, root patterns and the possible impacts and mitigation of root damage.
With the upgrade aiming to safeguard the environment for the future, it’s essential we mitigate the risk of any environmental damage while delivering the scheme. With aging Victorian sewer pipes spread across Ramsgate and Broadstairs, this upgrade will see us working in streets ranging from tight terraces to sweeping avenues, making it impractical to have a one-size-fits-all approach.
By collating this additional information, we can create individually-tailored management plans for each tree sitting close to trial holes or working sites – which we believe will be a very different approach to the one taken by the Victorian miners that originally constructed the network!