Photography for the NHS in Bristol

Photography for the NHS in Bristol

I’ve worked with University Hospitals in Bristol for many years now and seen lots of amazing changes over this time. All the staff are so wonderful and the children in the children’s hospital love them to bits!

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is a dynamic and thriving group of hospitals in the heart of Bristol, a vibrant and culturally diverse city.

With over 9,000 staff who deliver over 100 different clinical services across nine different sites. With services from the neonatal intensive care unit to care of the elderly, they provide care to the people of Bristol and the South West from the very beginning of life to its later stages.

The amazing staff are the lifeblood of the Trust. They provide general diagnostic, medical and surgical services to the populations of central, south Bristol and the north of North Somerset – approximately 350,000 people. These services are delivered from the city centre campus with some services delivered in community settings such as South Bristol Community Hospital. They also provide specialist services such as children’s services, cardiac and cancer services, and other smaller specialist services that are nationally commissioned, to a wider population through the south west and beyond.

Michael Portillo opens refurbished King’s Lynn railway station

Michael Portillo opens refurbished King’s Lynn railway station

Former minister and current TV presenter Michael Portillo officially opened King’s Lynn railway station which has been refurbished in a heritage style by First Capital Connect and Network Rail.

Official Photographer for event: Peter Alvey

Mr Portillo, who presents BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys, was joined by the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, local councillors and project contributors to celebrate the station’s makeover as well as the town’s railway history.

The work, which cost just over £1million and was shared between First Capital Connect and Network Rail, is in keeping with the station’s heritage status and includes new British Railways signs, Great Eastern Railway inspired benches and vintage-style lanterns as well as a new royal blue and cream colour scheme throughout.

The local community was at the heart of the project, providing advice and opinions on the design of the new-look station. The Fen Line Users’ Association was heavily involved in design aspects including the Victorian era colour scheme of navy, cream and red which reflects the livery of Great Eastern’s steam trains, while the gold indicates King’s Lynn’s role as a royal station.

Norfolk-based foundry East Coast Casting Co Ltd supplied 10 new heritage-style royal blue benches and the station signs have been replaced with signs in the style of 1950s British Railway ‘totems’.

The work also included a full rewiring of the whole station, the booking hall roof being completely replaced and the platforms being resurfaced.

First Capital Connect Managing Director David Statham said:

“It was an absolute honour to have Mr Portillo open King’s Lynn station on our behalf today.

“Community groups have been heavily involved in this project and this event was about paying tribute to all they have achieved in delivering this fantastic project.

“It is a station with a rich history and we feel that that this refurbishment is a great way to celebrate and give the King’s Lynn community a station to take pride in.”

Richard Schofield, Network Rail Route Managing Director, said:

“The work carried out at King’s Lynn station is part of our ongoing investment programme to upgrade the rail network.

“The improvements made, including refurbishing the booking hall and providing better lighting, will give passengers a much better environment to travel to and from.”

Photography for Queens Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Photography for Queens Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

I have the utmost respect for the wonderful people who work in all areas of the healthcare sector. This was a day spent photographing the fantastic team at Queens Hospital, Burton on Trent working hard to ensure patients receive the very best care whilst they are in hospital.

I’m always disappointed I don’t have more time to chat to the patients who despite their difficulties often seem to happy to chat and be photographed. Its a privilege to be able to meet the patients and work with the staff for the day.

Train Wrap – mobile photographic studio

Train Wrap – mobile photographic studio

We were commissioned to shoot some publicity images for the SkyHD series “All Aboard: East Coast Trains”, the final images were to be used as a train wrap.

We took our mobile photographic studio up to York and shot the participating staff on a white background so they could be cut out and put on the train wrap.

All the people taking part in the programme were East Coast Staff, not actors. We had a fabulous fun day and the resulting train wrap image looked amazing, the print quality was superb, capturing every detail.

CSCS Construction Photography – Piling

CSCS Construction Photography – Piling

The pile foundation process starts off much the same as any other foundation work. Firstly the site will be properly excavated; this involves removing around 150mm of soil and debris. The area is then deepened and removed of any contaminates to leave a good working base before the ground is marked to clearly show where the piles need to be placed.

Some Piles are driven piles, this involves the use of a large machine which acts very much like a hammer. The machine forces the piles into the ground to the depth needed. The piles are normally 3m lengths and these were made of steel.

Sometimes piles are drilled into the ground, this is a general all purpose application for new and refurbishment projects.

Tubular steel piles can go down to 50M deep!

Thameslink Class 700 Train Unveiled

Thameslink Class 700 Train Unveiled

I was the official photographer for the unveiling of the new Thameslink Class 700 trains last week.

Speaking at the unveiling of a full-scale mock-up of the train at London’s ExCeL Centre today, rail minister Stephen Hammond said: “We are transforming our railways through the biggest programme of rail investment ever.

“These exciting new trains, combined with the wider Thameslink programme, are a real boost to UK Plc, creating thousands of jobs in construction and across the supply chain, which is driving forward our economy.

“Once operational they will provide a huge benefit to the hundreds of thousands of passengers who travel into London every day. It will vastly improve train travel providing fast, reliable and more frequent services.”

Steve Scrimshaw, managing director of Siemens Rail Systems UK, said: “Over £80 million has been invested by Siemens in the design and development of the Class 700. The innovative design incorporates the feedback of UK train operators, train crew, cleaners and maintainers, as well as dedicated passenger research, helping us turn proven technology and expertise into a state-of-the-art train of the future.”

First Capital Connect operates the current Thameslink franchise and has worked closely with the government to develop the new trains.

Managing director David Statham said: “This new fleet will give passengers more trains, more carriages and more capacity which our passengers desperately need.

“The Thameslink Programme will deliver more than double the number of carriages across the heart of London. At London Bridge alone the programme will deliver 60% more carriages in the morning rush hour. There will also be exciting new journey opportunities along the route – from Cambridge and Peterborough across the Thames to Blackfriars and beyond.”

PR Photography in Leicester

PR Photography in Leicester

Some Public relations photography for a company in Leicester who process eggs, 1.5M a week, now that’s a lot of eggs!

Eggs have long been recognised as a staple breakfast food. Packed with choline, protein, and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, eggs are full of health benefits. Although scientists have already identified individual nutrients in eggs, they have just recently discovered why eggs are the perfect morning food. New evidence shows how eggs keep you awake by jumpstarting your brain at the cellular level.

PTS Photography in Ipswich

PTS Photography in Ipswich

Being a photographer with a PTS certificate I’m able to undertake track work for clients. These images are of OHL works in Ipswich.

Railway electrification provides traction energy to electric trains, which may be passenger or freight, or consist of electric multiple units, where each passenger car receives it own power and no locomotive is needed. The electrical energy is conveyed to the trains by transmission lines to the railway, and then distributed within the railway network to the various trains, via OHL (Over Head Lines). These OHL carry 25,000 volts!

The trains have a pantograph mounted on the roof, which enables the power to be transmitted to the electric motors, providing traction for the train.