NMS awarded prestigious £2m Accrington Town Square Redevelopment contract

Below is a copy of the press release posted by the Accrington Observer

L-R Annette Birch, THI Officer; Councillor Clare Cleary, cabinet member for Accrington town centre; Roger Thistlethwaite, managing director of NMS Civil Engineering; Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson; and Nick Stafford, LCC landscape team manager.

Works on the historic £2 million public square in Accrington are set to begin this month after a contractor was appointed.

Hyndburn council has awarded the contract to NMS Engineering Ltd from Wigan and the project is set to be completed by July 2018.

The area in front of the Market Hall and Town Hall will be transformed to commemorate the sacrifice and bravery of the Accrington Pals.

It will also include the restoration of historic, retail and commercial buildings in the town centre.

The first phase of the works will target the public realm area before the second phase to restore buildings on Blackburn Road between Eagle Street and St James’ Street begins in the New Year.

Coun Clare Cleary, cabinet member for Accrington town centre, said these are ‘exciting times’ for the town.

Artist impression of new town square and public realm space in Accrington

She said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the works progress on site as a new phase of history unfolds, with the creation of a new town square and public realm scheme outside Accrington Town Hall and Market Hall to commemorate the Accrington Pals.

“The Townscape Heritage Initiative team have worked hard to finalise the details of the scheme since the planning permission was granted in January this year.

“A detailed tendering process has taken place and the team are pleased to announce that the contract has been awarded to NMS Engineering Ltd from Wigan.

“Hyndburn Borough Council and Lancashire County Council (LCC) will continue working together to make the plans become reality over the coming months.

“Honouring the Accrington Pals is at the heart of this scheme and this will be realised through six bespoke benches supported by granite pieces, containing text and images depicting the last 300 years’ history of Accrington with the battalion as a central theme.”

Designs for the ‘simple, high quality and flexible’ square have been created by Landscape Architects IBI Group with funding secured from Hyndburn council, LCC and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the scheme will ‘deliver a high quality public space’ and also provide a ‘focal point for events and creating an attractive environment which helps to support the local economy’

NMS Tractor Unit


NMS welcome their newest member to the vehicle fleet, the Volvo FH 540 6×4 80T Tractor Unit.

The Volvo FH Range is one of the most successful truck series ever and in September 2012, Volvo Trucks launched the Volvo FH with major technology upgrades, a new design and more.

The Tractor Unit will be utilised within the planing division.


New W220 Planer

NMS can now reveal theiw220 Planer best aloner new Planer, the Wirtgen W220.

The W220 is now the largest milling machine amongst the Planer fleet. An innovative feature of the W220 is that the milling drum speed can be adjusted which helps to cut down emissions. The W220 cuts at a width of 2.2m and can plane up to depth of 350mm.

The Wirtgen W220 is operated with Wirtgen’s latest technology the WIDRIVE machine management system.

The WIDRIVE machine management system has been able to reduce the amount of controls needed for the operator to aid easy handling. Additionally, the WIDRIVE optimizes fuel consumption as the economically efficient engine always works in the optimum performance and torque ranges.

For more information on the W220 please click here to visit the Wirtgen website.

For quotes and booking of the W220 or the rest of the fleet then contact Roger on 01942 722694.

New 8W Tipper Wagon

The Volvo FM450 8X4 tipper wagon is the latest recruit to the growing NMS fleet.

Volvo have been continuously upgrading the Volvo FM series for over 10years with significant developments made in its fuel efficiency and improved stylish appearance.

The Tipper will be a valued addition within the planing division.



Two New 8W Tippers

NMS are pleased with their 2 new Volvo FM450 8X4 tippers. (See pictures below)


These vehicles come with the upgraded Euro 6 engine that reduces the emissions and particulates while maintaining its fuel economy.

Both 8 wheeled road wagons are valued additions to the vehicle fleet and have been painted with a new modern design that make them more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.


NMS Volvo Crane Unit

This investment is a product of the Volvo FH series.

The new Volvo FH500 6X2 rear tag 3-axle Tractor Unit with Fassi Crane F485RA.2.24 (see picture below).

The Tractor unit is a product of the Volvo FH series and the articulating crane is a continuous rotating crane and complete with European Compliant safety devices to assist with safe loading and unloading.

The Crane unit is a key feature within the barrier division.

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NMS Introduce a Second Road Sweeper


The Road Sweeper is another V651 Johnston’s Roadsweeper following the success of the first sweeper introduced last year. The V Range has established itself as Johnston’s most reliable and dependable truck mounted sweeper.

The sweeper is the most recent addition to the fleet and will be a valued asset to be used within the planing division.

For more information on the sweeper or any member of the fleet please contact Roger on 01942 722694.

NMS New Tipper Wagon

NMS is pleased unveil the newest addition to the Vehicle Fleet, the Volvo FM13 E6 460 8X4 Drawbar Tipper.

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In addition to its improved driving characteristics and improved cab safety, the tipper is lighter than the previous model and has an upgraded Euro 6 engine which can help improve fuel efficiency by 5% and will help reduce the carbon footprint.

The Tipper is a valuable addition to the growing NMS fleet.

Company Restructure

After 25 years of loyal and dedicated service to the company, Peter Law has left our employment for a change in lifestyle on Friday 27th June 2014. We would all like to thank Peter for all the hard work he has done over the years and wish him all the best for the future.

This has left a vacancy for the role of Contracts Manager.

NMS are pleased to announce that the vacancy has been filled internally and we have appointed Billy Griffin as the new Contract Manager. Billy will be in charge of the day to day running of the civils, blocks and variogaurd contracts.

Billy has a wealth of experience in these fields and his hands on proactive approach will ensure continued success into the future.

NMS Road Sweeper

Following recent introductions, NMS can now present its first ever Road Sweeper.


The 18ton DAF chassis is mounted by the state of the art Johnson V651 Dual Sweep. The V651 has a hopper volume of 6.5m³ and water tank capacity of 1572 litres. The sweeper will majority be used within the planing division but can be hired out separately if required.

The V Range has established itself as Johnston’s most reliable and dependable truck mounted sweeper. The Latest V Range sweepers have been developed from over 50 years of evolution and continuous improvement to meet customer requirements.

For more information or to hire the sweeper then please contact Roger or Mark on 01942 722694.