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Here you can read all about the latest news within D2. You will find details of our successes and improvements, business announcements and our diary of events, helping you to be fully informed about the latest developments within the company.

Stepping into an SME – 6 months into the journey

Around this time last year, I made the decision to leave the large consultancy I worked for and to join a small to medium sized enterprise (SME). The opportunity to join former colleagues and friends at D2 proved to be the draw for me and I haven’t looked back.

Following a week in our Toronto office, supporting development of our strategy for North America, the flight home seemed the perfect opportunity to reflect on my first 6 months with D2 – on the things we have achieved, the fun we have had along the way and our perspective on the industry.

What have we achieved?

  • Successfully rebranded as D2 Global to enable the next decade of growth. Read more
  • Redefined our service offering to better reflect the solutions we are now able to provide. See more
  • Joined the Nuclear Industry Association. Read more
  • Attended Project Controls Expo both in the USA and the UK.
  • Selected from almost 50 applicants by department for trade and business as UK representatives for the Rail trade mission for North America.
  • Made new connections with clients and tier 1 contractors across the infrastructure sector, becoming registered suppliers with many.

Fun along the way…

  • Rebranding provided the opportunity to reflect on 12yrs of sustained growth from 3 planning professionals in 2011 to >100 programme management solutions professionals.
  • Working with our inhouse digital design team we worked together as a team to develop an identity that matches our Mission and Values.
  • Attending the nuclear newbuild working group provided an insightful tour of Sizewell B along with the opportunity to meet fellow suppliers and technology owners.
  • We made new connections in USA to support our growing office in Toronto and in the UK we attended the awards ceremony together with industry colleagues to support Arpit in his nomination for project controls apprentice of the year.
  • David Steele and Dan Smith represented D2 at workshops in Toronto and New York, making new industry connections, sharing lessons we have learnt over the years and learning of the challenges facing the rail industry in North America.
  • Connecting with former clients and colleagues alike, with the ability to provide agile and innovative response to their challenges provides a great sense of achievement.

Perspective from an SME

Despite cancellation of HS2 Phase 2, the infrastructure investment pipeline is well stocked with £36bn being redirected to the Network North plan to transform regional transport. This, together with existing and planned investment in water, energy and defence projects provides the industry with an unprecedented workbank of critical infrastructure projects.

In order to deliver the planned workbank with any degree of success, the industry needs clear funding decisions. We have seen recent evidence of commitment to the regional rail network with an additional £3.9bn being confirmed for the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU), taking the total commitment to date for upgraded journeys between Manchester and York to £6.9bn. D2 enjoy a longstanding relationship with the TRU programme, having supported development of the project from feasibility stage, and welcome the additional funding certainty.

We have also recently seen COP28 provide commitment to tripling global nuclear energy capacity by 2050. With electricity demand expected to more than double in this timeframe, renewable forms of energy will need to be supplemented by a credible low carbon base load. A diverse energy mix de-risks UK energy security and, according to the Nuclear Skills Taskforce, hitting the target for 2050 will need a 43% increase in the UK nuclear workforce.

To back up the ceremonial commitments of COP28, clear investment commitment is needed to provide suppliers of all shapes and sizes with confidence to invest in the workforce needed to deliver the planned social and economic benefits that infrastructure projects promise to deliver. Commitment enables us to reinvest in development of our people and ultimately our services, something that has recently been recognised through achieving gold membership of The 5% club – which acknowledges our contribution to professional development of apprentices and graduates.

We live our values

During my first 6 months with D2, I have had the time to invest in a workstream to review and revalidate our company mission and values. Working with a cross-section of the business, the exercise provided me with confidence that we are living our working lives through our values:

People – we encourage diversity whilst investing in, and developing, the very best talent.

Innovation – we are driven to inspire others with fresh creative ideas based on continuous learning.

Integrity – our reputation, passion, and commitment inspire trust and integrity.

Community – we are a collaborative community, understanding challenges from every angle, exploring innovative solutions based on our expert knowledge.

If you’re intrigued about what life is like working with an SME, please feel free to reach out to Samantha Ballentyne or take a look at our new website www.d2-global.com. There’s never been a better time to make the move, with opportunities both in the UK and North America.

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D2 shortlisted for UK Project Controls Apprentice of the Year Award

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D2 shortlisted for “Best Use of Digital Technology in a Project” award

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D2’s Information Management Team Charity Hike

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TRU West Volunteering Day at Xaverian College

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D2 Hosts Health, Safety and Wellbeing Day

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Celebrating Pride Month 2023

As Pride month 2023 comes to a close, we want to take time to honour and commemorate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, non-binary and pansexual people. Pride began after the Stonewall riots with a series of gay liberation…

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D2 Opens Innovative Office Space in Swindon

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D2 Delivers Digital Induction and Sign-In System

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D2 joins The Foundry Cohort

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It’s a big win for D2’s Louis Szymanski!

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D2 Celebrates Move to a New Office

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D2 Takes Part in Mustard Tree Tough Mudder Fundraising Event

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D2 Rail supports J. Murphy and Sons with utility diversions on CP6 Renewals Frameworks

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Louis Szymanski nominated for Graduate or Newcomer of Year Award at Rail Staff Awards 2022

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D2 supports TRU West Alliance with successful delivery of TWAO for Transpennine Route Upgrade

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D2 Supports Murphy Group with Interactive Safety Briefing

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Programme Management Team Celebrates Graduation

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D2 Holds Team Building Day in Manchester

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D2 launches equality, diversity, and inclusion strategy

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D2 Welcomes James Cooke into the Team

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D2 Welcomes Dan Taylor into the Team

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D2’s Digital Technology Team explore Innovation Solutions in Canada

D2 is excited to announce a research project that will explore bringing Digital Innovation to the Canadian rail sector. During the 3-month project, spearheaded by Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade, D2 Rail aims investigate and develop a digital…

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D2 Continues its Support of The Mustard Tree

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D2 Delivers Virtual Reality Training Solution

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D2 Welcomes Troy Lancaster as Head of Programme Management

D2 is proud to welcome Troy Lancaster as its Head of Programme Management. The appointment comes as the company celebrates its 10th anniversary…

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Reflecting on a decade of D2

Managing Director David Diesbergen talks about the first decade of successful planning for the railways.

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D2 Rail Support Mind in Charity Bingo and Quiz Fundraiser

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D2 Rail supports the Mustard Tree’s Easter Campaign ‘The Easter Egg Shop ‘n’ Drop!’

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D2 Presents at Salford University on the benefits of project management tools in construction

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Life as an Apprentice – Blog #1

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D2 Rail Fund Raising for the Mustard Tree

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D2 Rail links up with Senior Planner Scott Weir

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D2 Rail launches Capacity Planning service

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Junior Project Controls Assistant Appointed

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D2 Rail Adds to its Capacity Planning Team

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D2 Rail welcomes Steff Hurst

We welcome experienced Information Management professional Steff Hurst to our D2 family, joining us in the position of Document Controller. Steff was recently involved in the roll out of eB within Network Rail Eastern’s Renewals and Enhancements team, assisting projects…

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Arsalan Rehman Joins D2’s Planning and Scheduling Team

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D2’s Visualisations Team Appoints Software Developer

D2 Rail are pleased to welcome Jake Brown to the D2 Rail Team. Jake joins us in the position of Junior Software Developer and will be based at our Central Manchester HQ, where he will report to our Visualisation lead,…

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D2 adds to its Planning and Controls Team

D2 Rail’s Planning Team are pleased to welcome Mark Beecroft-Stretton. Mark joins us in the position of Planning Manager and will report to Planning Director, Simon Blair. He will be based from our King Street HQ but also work remotely,…

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D2 Rail Welcomes Kate Cook

D2 Rail are pleased to welcome Kate Cook to the D2 Rail team, in the position of Commercial Manager. As a growing Programme Management Consultancy, D2 Rail are delighted that experienced commercial professional Kate, has joined our leadership team. She…

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Simon’s Part in Community Work is Featured in the Local Press

D2 Rail’s Planning Director, Simon Blair, has been helping his local Covid-19 Mutual Aid community in Marple, which has a high population of people aged 70 and over, by providing technical support to help in the efficient management of the…

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Capacity Planning Manager Recruited by D2 Rail

D2 Rail is pleased to welcome Andy Pepworth to our Planning and Scheduling Team, in the position of Capacity Planning Manager. Andy’s role as Capacity Planning Manager, will focus on timetable development and performance modelling, which is a new area…

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D2 Rail Hires a Software Development Manager

We are pleased to confirm the appointment of Matt Sykes to the D2 Rail team, in the position of Software Development Manager. Matt will be based at our King Street, Manchester HQ, and will manage and oversee the development of…

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A New Recruit for our Information Management Team

D2 Rail are pleased to welcome Sarah Lomax. She will be based at our King Street HQ, to provide support for our Information Management team on current and future projects, and will report into Rebecca Pratt, Information Manager. Sarah has…

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D2 Rail Update Statement

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Tricia Rogers Re-Joins D2 Rail

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Alesha Raises Funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service

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D2 Rail Attend Business Enterprise Day at Local School

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D2 Rail Bakes for Mustard Tree Charity

The D2 Rail team have been busy baking a selection of sumptuous cakes to raise money in aid of homeless charity Mustard Tree. An amazing array of treats has been laid out for this bake sale including tray bakes, sponge…

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D2 Rail Newsletter – Fourth Edition

We have released our latest edition of D2 News. The last six months has seen D2 Rail winning new rail work at a rate of knots and hence a large part of that period has been filled with the recruitment…

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D2 Rail Adds a Project Case Study Area to its Website

We are pleased to have completed a recent update to our website by adding a new Case Study area to our site. Successful projects are a great way of showcasing our capabilities and we are delighted to have a wide…

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D2 Rail Welcomes Two New Team Members

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D2 Rail Family Extends Further

We are pleased to welcome Lorissa Walker to the D2 Rail Team, in the position of Executive Support. Lorissa will be based at our King Street Office and will be providing support to the managers and other colleagues in the…

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Urban Challenge Completed by D2 Rail Team

D2 Rail is delighted to announce that our four brave members of staff; Chloe Brown and Rebecca Mercer from our Information Management Team, Neeraj Ajit Sukumaran from our Project Controls Team and Rick Webdale from our Visualisations Team, have successfully…

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A Further Addition to our Planning and Scheduling Team

We are pleased to welcome Dave Crowe to the D2 Rail Team, who joins our business from Volker Rail. Dave has joined us in the capacity of Planner and will be based at our King Street Head Office in Manchester….

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D2 Rail Adds to its Planning and Scheduling Team

D2 Rail is pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Dyson to the position of Senior Planner. Jill will be based at 111 Piccadilly, Manchester – the offices of our Transpennine Route Upgrade West of Leeds Project – and will…

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D2 Rail Welcomes Danny Boyle to its Project Controls Team

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D2 Rail Continue Their Support For Mustard Tree Charity

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D2 Attends Salford University to Present on BIM and Innovation

D2’s BIM Manager Ashley Williams, was invited by Salford University to present to students reading their MSc in Construction Management on the implementation of 4D in BIM. 4D is the concept of taking a 3D model and assigning tasks to…

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D2 Rail Successfully Passes RISQS Audit with 5 Stars

D2 Rail is pleased to announce that we have successfully passed our Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) audit, achieving the maximum 5 stars for another year. Administered by Achilles on behalf of Network Rail, our management systems are audited…

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D2 Rail Newsletter – Third Edition

The last six months has seen D2 Rail adding to its capabilities with its new Utilities arm delivering successfully under the guidance of Steve Cooper and also the recruitment of some further industry specialists as our project workload has increased…

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D2’s Work Recognised by Transpennine Route Upgrade West of Leeds Alliance Project

It’s been a great start to the year for the D2 Rail team, our Planning lead Alesha Hancock has been awarded with employee of the period on the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) West of Leeds Alliance project.  Alesha has been…

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D2 Rail Updates Website

It has been a busy start to the year for D2 Rail, with many business updates and news stories. Our Consents Management offering has been added to our BIM, Information Management and Visualisations areas of the website, allowing us to…

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D2 Rail Day

As a forward thinking company that always looks at how we can improve our way of working and maintain a happy and healthy team, the D2 Rail leadership team decided to take their teams away from their busy project work…

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D2 Rail BIM Manager Ashley Williams Presents to Network Rail

D2 Rail’s BIM Manager Ashley Williams, recently presented at Network Rail’s P3M away day in Leeds, joining discussions on the ongoing IPNP P3M Improvement Programme. Ashley’s presentation looked at innovation within the rail industry and how we can ensure that…

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D2 Rail to Partner with Mustard Tree in Manchester

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D2 Rail Recruits New Project Controls Team Member

D2 Rail is delighted to welcome a new Project Controls Assistant to the team. Neeraj Sukumaran is a versatile and results driven professional, with over 5 years of experience in planning, managing and delivering projects on time and to budget….

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D2 Rail Successfully Supports Information Management at Liverpool Lime Street

D2 Rail is proud to have been involved in the successful opening of Liverpool Lime Street Station. Our resource has been sought to provide Information Management support to this logistically complicated project.  We joined the DPE (Designated Project Engineer) team…

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D2 Rail Newsletter – Second Edition

The first half of 2018, has seen D2 Rail building on its previous successes and these have been captured in this exciting second edition of our newsletter.

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D2 Rail Forms New Utilities Division with the Appointment of Steve Cooper

D2 Rail is very pleased to announce the appointment of accomplished Utilities professional Steve Cooper, who joins our leadership team. Steve will be heading a new Utilities Division that will be focusing upon the management and co-ordination of utility diversions…

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Dave Diesbergen Shares His Thoughts for Mental Health Week 2018

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Planning Director Simon Blair Shares His Story for Mental Health Week

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Sarah Barnes Talks Openly About Mental Health

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D2 Rail adds to its Planning Team

We are pleased to welcome Joe McClements to the D2 Rail Team, in the position of Construction Planner. Joe will be based at the Water Street office and will be assisting with the day-to-day planning on the North West Electrification…

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D2 Rail Add to their Visualisations Team

D2 Rail is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Hunter to its Visualisations Team as a 3D Specialist. Reporting to BIM Manager Ashley Williams, Richard enhances our capabilities further in this field and will be supporting a number of…

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D2 Rail Appoint Civils Planning Manager

We are pleased to welcome John Flight to the D2 Rail team.  He has joined us in the position of Civils Planning Manager. John will work out of the Water Street Office in Manchester as required and will supporting be our John…

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A 5 Star Performance from D2 Rail

D2 Rail is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 5-Star RISQS accreditation – the highest possible rating, following its recent audit. RISQS requires rail suppliers to undergo a rigorous assessment process to verify that they have the…

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January 2018 Newsletter

Following a successful 2017, D2 Rail has launched its first newsletter for January 2018. The senior team have been working hard to develop their Programme Management consultancy offering and have added Information Management and BIM divisions to compliment their existing Planning…

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Awards success for Becky Pratt

In recognition of her work with the team working on the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) Becky Pratt recently received an ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Team’ award, after receiving nominations from her project colleagues. They spoke of Becky’s ‘Best For Programme’…

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D2 Rail engaged by Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) West of Leeds Alliance

D2 Rail is delighted to announce its early involvement with the TRU West of Leeds Alliance, helping create the programme and support constructability through the design phase of the infrastructure option selection process for this route. The project, which covers…

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D2 Rail featured in Rail Engineer’s December issue

D2 Rail’s vital role in a major project has been praised in a feature to be published in Rail Engineer Magazine’s upcoming edition. The firm’s Planning, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and 4D Visualisations work on the Ordsall Chord project in…

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Supporting Diversity In The Rail Industry

Did you know that while the UK rail industry and its supply chain employs over 200,000 people nationwide, currently only around 16% of employees are female?* Alesha Hancock is testament to the wealth of global opportunities available in the rail…

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Sarah Barnes featured in November’s RailStaff

D2 Rail’s Sarah Barnes has been featured in an article in the November edition of RailStaff Magazine. Sarah was appointed earlier this year as D2 Rail’s programme information manager, and has been responsible for developing our Building Information Modelling (BIM),…

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Digital Construction Week 2017

Our BIM Manager Ashley Williams recently attended Digital Construction Week 2017 at the ExCel Centre in London. The exhibition featured an array of presentations, showcasing industry leading technology and its implementation on projects. The key features from the exhibition for…

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D2 Rail’s Information Management Team Adds to its Ranks

We are pleased to welcome Chloe Brown to the D2 Rail team in the position of Document Controller from September 2017. Chloe will be based at D2 Rail’s HQ at King Street, Manchester, and will be making regular visits to…

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D2 Rail attends RailStaff Awards

D2 Rail were delighted to be invited along to the RailStaff Awards 2017, not only was it a superb evening celebrating the best in the industry, but we were also there to cheer on and support our colleagues Simon Blair…

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The future of virtual reality in engineering

Visualisation services are a widely-used tool in the delivery of engineering design. From the use of visual imagery and photomontages in public consultations, to the insight 4D construction sequencing provides at the planning stage, visualisations have a strong impact and…

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D2 Rail celebrates two RailStaff Awards finalists

Two members of D2 Rail’s programme management team have been made finalists in this year’s RailStaff Awards. Simon Blair and Alesha Hancock are both finalists in the Rail Person of the Year category, having been nominated for the key roles…

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Two D2 Rail team members nominated for RailStaff awards

Two of D2 Rail’s key employees, Simon Blair and Alesha Hancock, have been nominated in the Rail Person of the Year category in this year’s RailStaff Awards. The RailStaff Awards are designed to honour the people and teams in the…

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Dave Harwood Joins the D2 Rail Team

Dave Harwood has recently joined the D2 Rail team as a Project Controller and will work closely with our Planning Director, Simon Blair. He joins us from Mott MacDonald where he has spent seven years working in the rail and…

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D2 Rail’s Visualisations Team Work With Amey at Ordsall Chord

D2 Rail has recently been involved in aiding the understanding of a major track installation as part of the Ordsall Chord project. With the new Ordsall Chord structure in Manchester now nearing completion, the final Switches & Crossings (S&C) units…

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D2 Rail Scales New Heights For Rescue Charities

A team of adventurous walkers from D2 Rail has taken on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in support of two rescue charities. Led by Rebecca Mercer, the team took on the gruelling 24-mile route with a 5,200ft ascent. The challenge…

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D2 Rail’s Creative 4D Visualisation Works Impress

John Taylor, a specialist in project planning, has recently been interviewed to highlight some of the great animation work D2 Rail has been undertaking on rail projects such as the construction of the Ordsall Chord…

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D2 Rail Exhibits at Railtex

D2 Rail is delighted to have been part of Railtex – a UK Rail Industry Exhibition – giving us the opportunity to showcase our fresh new brand and service offerings for the rail industry. As a Programme Controls company specialising…

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Liverpool Lime Street Re-Modelling Project

D2 Rail has been appointed as the Document Controller/Technical Clerk for the Liverpool Lime Street Station rail rejuvenation project.

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Becky Mercer Joins Our Information Management Team

D2 Rail is delighted to announce the appointment of Rebecca Mercer as a Document Controller. She is joining the Information Management team working closely with Information Manager Becky Pratt.

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D2 Rail Get Comical

The team at D2 Rail got into the sprit of Red Nose Day; setting up a cake stand and selling their goods to donate to this brilliant charity.

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D2 Rail Support International Women’s Day

In celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD), D2 Rail has taken part in the celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

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