The L.E.L History
Emanating from a rural background in the beautiful south west of England, Phil had aspirations of working within the civil engineering and construction sector. He began his career with a local water and drainage contractor, W.H. Hendy and Sons Limited in Somerset, where he spent 3 years and completed his HNC in Civil Engineering.
From there Phil began a successful career that has spanned over twenty years in the civil engineering and utilities sector gaining valuable experience and industry knowledge working with such companies as McNicholas Plc (‘Brown’ McNicholas – taken over by Skanska), Avent Engineering Limited and Clancy Docwra Limited.
In his career with these companies Phil worked on a number of projects with a varied and diverse scope, from minor repair and maintenance projects to complex heavy civil engineering schemes. He was responsible for the successful management and delivery of many prestigious projects, including:
- The Refurbishment and sectional replacement/diversion works to a 300mm dia. welded steel oil (fuel) pipeline, installation of new isolation valves, intelligent pigging points & expansion loops.
- The design and build Installation of emergency water (fire fighting) system consisting of approx. 3km of high pressure and flow PE pipe line network, complete with emergency water storage tanks at RAF Shawbury, part of Project Aquatrine.
- Numerous flood alleviation and protection schemes. Involving a number of varied pipeline installation techniques such as traditional open cut, trenchless technology such as guided auger bore, directional drill and rehabilitation of existing networks using cure in place lining methods, with pipelines ranging from 100mm to over 1000mm. Attenuation ponds and tanks, some involving shaft diameters of up to 15 metre diameter and 15 metres deep and open storage attenuation ponds.
- Installation of critical HV power network, project included approx. 4km of cable lay including numerous critical crossings using both directional drill and guided auger bore techniques to cross the M5 motorway, the deep channel of the river Parrett and the Bridgwater and Taunton canal.
- Construction of both waste and clean water pumping stations and associated pipework, valve infrastructure to control the system and link in to the existing networks.
- Construction of new reinforced concrete service reservoirs and associated pipe works, control valves.
- Design & Construction of new reinforced concrete primary sand filter treatment bed at Knapp Mill WTW, Christchurch.
- Complex service diversionary works at an existing sewerage treatment works, including medium pressure gas, HV electric, pumped sewer mains and deep drainage culverts. Following completion of the enabling works construction of a steel framed building on a complex pre-cast driven piled RC base at Avonmouth STW.
- First time sewerage scheme, including 1.5km of new gravity sewer with pipe size ranging from 100mm to 600mm and depths up to 7mtrs deep, new brick built pump station with deep storage shaft & 2km of rising main discharge at the an existing STW.
- 4km of strategic 450mm dia. DI trunk main, running through Maidenhead city centre across environmentally sensitive parkland & critical river crossing. These often entailed complex traffic management systems & working within/close to busy city centres, shops/pedestrians/traffic/businesses.
Now as Director of Luxton Engineering Limited, Phil’s vision is to build the company into a sustainably profitable business within the South West that will:
- Build open, honest and long-term relationships with its clients
- Become a ‘go-to’ provider for civil engineering, utility, highways and agricultural services project solutions in the South West
- Deliver resilient and robust project solutions
- Provide the highest quality of workmanship on its projects
- Employ the best people, with the right skills, expertise, and experience
- Listen and hear what its clients requirements are and deliver them