Our History

Deep Drainage

Deep Drainage Specialists

Established in 1993, we are deep drainage specialists and have appreciated the associated problems with excavating around buried services, committed to looking for a safer and more economical alternative.

Following an award for a major city centre contract in 2005, which specified hand-dig only due to being heavily congested with underground services, we decided to invest in our first Vac-Ex.

This contract was completed successfully with ZERO service strikes, which brought an award for innovation and safety. This laid the foundations of how John Mee Construction Ltd’s Vac-Ex evolved into the Company it is today. Following this, it has been proved to be a “groundbreaking” success applying to various applications. It is a non-invasive safe system for uncovering and exposing the threat from service strikes.

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Market Leaders

At Vac-Ex, we have evolved to work within the following sectors:
Aviation, Nuclear, Power, Highways, Rail, Construction, Gas, Water, Utilities, Telecoms, Tunnelling, Bespoke Solutions, Emergency Works, working seven days a week 24/7. Having achieved a first-class reputation as market leaders in safety, quality and reliability.

All plant operators receive specialist mandatory company in-house Vac-Ex training with driver assessments before taking Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) vacuum excavation – A78 category qualification. External specific sector qualifications are achieved, thus providing our clients with a competent and qualified plant operator.
Environmental and Health & Safety is of paramount importance in every aspect of Vac-Ex, which improves productivity and, more importantly, mitigate risk and save lives with ZERO service strikes.

To complement this our company has achieved and upheld over the years:-

  • 2013 – Waste Carriers Licence
  • 2014 – FORS Bronze
  • 2017 – FORS Silver
  • 2017 – FORS Gold
  • 2017 – Achillies Management System Evaluation 100% & Onsite Assessment 100%
  • 2018 – ISO 9001:2015
  • 2019 – ISO 14001:2015

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    Over 1 Million working hours with zero strikes.


    Training Courses

    • Company Inductions including ISO 9001 & ISO 14001
    • Safety Critical Medical
    • Driver Assessment
    • Asbestos Awareness
    • Manual Handling
    • Working at Height
    • CPC - Driver Qualification Card
    • CSCS Labour Card
    • CPCS Card R/B
    • FORS Gold - SUDS
    • FORS Gold - LoCity Course
    • FORS Gold - Bridge Smart
    • FORS Gold - Cycle Safety
    • FORS Gold - LoCity Time to Clean Up & Learning for Drivers
    • FORS Gold - Security & Counter Terrorism
    • FORS Gold - Smart Deliveries
    • FORS Gold - Smart Driving
    • FORS Gold - Truck Smart
    • FORS Gold - Van Smart
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • 2nd Man Training
    • Tacho Driver Card
    • Driver Class HGV
    • EUSR Shea Gas
    • EUSR Water
    • NRSWA Street Works
    • National Grid Person - Substations
    • Security Clearance
    • Client Inductions

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