Deritend recognised for role in helping preserve a British industrial icon.1 June 2012
Leading industrial maintenance, service and repair group Deritend has been recognised for its role in helping to revitalise a true icon of British engineering – the Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.
To celebrate the 100th birthday of this iconic landmark, a team from Deritend’s Middlesbrough branch was invited to attend a spectacular centenary carnival performance, celebrating the long history of the bridge.
In recognition of the sterling work carried out by Deritend, which installed the drive systems at the Tees Transporter Bridge – against almost impossible deadlines - a brass plaque was commissioned by Middlesborough Council and revealed on the day.
Operations Manager Mark Westwood explained: “It has been a privilege to have worked on such an important project and the whole team are honoured that that we have been recognised for our part in helping to preserve an iconic piece of Britain’s industrial heritage.”
Last year Deritend spent three weeks carrying out a series of major refurbishment projects on the structure’s electric motors to ensure that the renowned landmark was in full working order in time for this exciting centenary celebration in 2011. Although the project saw the original electric motors on the Bridge replaced with new machinery, the team at Deritend treated the project with the ‘recognition and respect’ needed when working on a heritage site, according to Mark.
“Our team designed a bespoke solution for the Transporter Bridge that retained the iconic engineering of the site whilst ensuring that the bridge will be working well, not only for this special celebration, but for many decades to come.
“It is rare that we get to work as engineers on projects of true historical importance, so this was a significant contract for Deritend, and we’re delighted to have been recognised for our role in helping revitalise a true icon of engineering history.”
The Transporter is an iconic landmark recognised around the world, and is the only working bridge of its kind in England. The Transporter connects Middlesbrough to Port Clarence on the bank of the Tees and was originally built in 1910 by Sir William Arrol and Co of Glasgow to replace an earlier steam ferry.
To mark the occasion and the outstanding work carried out by Deritend, the special brass plaque has been placed on the building detailing the recent work carried out to safeguard the working nature of the bridge.
Anglian Water awards Deritend with multi-million pound contract for asset improvement programme22 May 2012
Deritend Industries – the UK’s leading industrial maintenance, service and repair group – has once again bolstered its credentials in the water industry by landing a major five year contract with Anglian Water.
Anglian Water, geographically the largest regional water and wastewater company in the UK, supplies a region of over 27,500 square kilometres with wastewater treatment works, reservoirs and development sites from Humberside in the North to the Thames Estuary in the South and across to Northampton in the West.
Anglian Water has turned to Deritend, to help improve the performance of its sewage treatment works in order to comply with more stringent discharge consents set by the Environment Agency. Deritend has now been confirmed as a MEICA subcontractor partner for the full AMP5 period until March 2015, and this framework could continue all the way though AMP6 as well.
The new AMP5 MEICA contract involves carrying out mechanical and electrical refurbishment and installation of any of Anglian Water’s water and wastewater treatment processes deemed necessary during the five year period.
Anglian Water has turned to Deritend at a time when they are under pressure to drive down costs through innovation and efficiency whilst maintaining a strong customer focus, continuing to improve the delivery of quality services and value for money. As such, the organisation demands excellent performance from suppliers and contractors in order to deliver on expectations with innovative ideas and technology.
Regional manager at Deritend, Mike Smith, explained: “We are delighted to be working so closely with a water company with such wide coverage in the UK, and will make sure that the delivery of service, maintenance carried out and any field based repair operations, are carried out to the highest of standards.” He continued, “This type of landmark contract has a substantial requirement for highly skilled field engineers, which Deritend is proud to be able to offer on a long term basis”.
This major development in the water industry comes on the back of previous success with other core water and wastewater providers in the UK, proving that Deritend has a unique offering to the industry. The business is able to provide a high quality, fast response, engineering service with the additional backing of well established workshop based engineering services, distinguishing Deritend from other key suppliers.
Double-dip is catalyst for change – Engineering sits at heart of recovery, says Deritend4 May 2012
As the UK officially enters a double dip recession, Midlands based engineering firm Deritend is calling on industry and Government not to lose sight of the role of British engineering and manufacturing in driving economic recovery.
Gathering together industry figureheads, Government, apprentices and employees, the firm celebrated its own achievements and those of the sector last night at a reception in Birmingham, led by Chris White MP, Co-Chair of the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG).
Business Minister Mark Prisk, who recently chaired an APMG discussion focused on boosting the image of manufacturing, said: “The UK remains one of the world’s leading manufacturing nations, generating £130bn a year for the UK economy and accounting for over half our exports. So too, engineering plays a vital role in ensuring that we have the knowledge and expertise to keep us highly competitive on the world stage.
“Manufacturing and engineering remain crucial for growth, which is why Government has launched initiatives such as the Make it in Great Britain and See Inside Manufacturing campaigns. We have also launched the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering to bolster the status of engineering here in the UK and in the eyes of the world.”
Mr White echoed this sentiment commenting, “It’s encouraging to see industry recognising and celebrating progress and achievements. Continued commitment and investment from businesses such as Deritend in the future of engineering and manufacturing will be key to future success. With Semta estimating that the UK will need 82,000 engineers by 2016, there’s an exciting growth opportunity ahead but we have to continue to attract future talent if the sector is to fulfil its potential.”
Deritend itself remains resolute in its commitment to stay positive and continue to invest in the next generation of engineers: “In the midst of economic gloom it would be easy to lose sight of what our sector has achieved in recent years,” commented Deritend Managing Director Richard Hale.
“In fact engineering and manufacturing is the backbone of the UK economy and we’re proving resilient – recent research by the Begbies Traynor Group shows that manufacturing is recovering , with indicators of financial distress falling by 17% in the first three months of this year.”
“We will continue to invest in new technologies, innovations and skills. Engineering is changing, and it has a central role to play in supporting UK business in achieving greater productivity and efficiency. This isn’t just about fixing things, it’s about using asset management to add value and intelligence to the way businesses run and operate.”
Underlining this commitment, Deritend used the event to unveil its new website and Client Knowledge Portal ‘Clearview’ to delegates, highlighting how developments in technology and online systems will support its clients in driving efficiencies and improving productivity. For more information, visit www.deritend.co.uk.