Blackhill Engineering Teams with Sizewell C Consortium

Sizewell C Consortium Membership for Blackhill Engineering Services Ltd

Blackhill Engineering are really pleased to announce the membership of Sizewell C Consortium.

The Consortium’s mission is to get Sizewell C Built for Britain, which will help the UK to level up jobs and skills.

One of our missions is to reduce our carbon footprint, so there’s a perfect synergy between us and Sizewell C Net Zero, which is aiming to provide 7% of the UK’s low carbon power – going Green for Britain.

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Blackhill Engineering wins VolkerStevin heavy steel fabrication contract

Blackhill Engineering wins VolkerStevin heavy steel fabrication contract for Thanckes OFD Loading Facility and Firefighting Upgrade

In its first contract for VolkerStevin, heavy engineering specialist, Blackhill Engineering is fabricating large steel structures for the temporary and permanent works for the new Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot Loading Facility Refuelling Jetty.  VolkerStevin is responsible for the £43m Defence Infrastructure Organisation project to modernise refuelling facilities for Royal Navy warships and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Uniquely in the South West, Blackhill Engineering has a double overhead gantry crane lifting capability of 40 tonnes and 20 tonnes; this tandem lift capability allows safe loading of structures up to 25m long.  Blackhill fabricated 15 sacrificial casings measuring up to 18m long with a diameter up to 2.3m and weighing up to 23 tonnes each, which will be embedded into the rock strata of the River Tamar to form stanchions supporting the jetty head structure.  Blackhill is also fabricating dolphin tops, rails, frames and access equipment.

Joe Wilcox, General Manager, Blackhill Engineering, said, “Being engaged by VolkerStevin on this major project is an achievement for our highly skilled and flexible workforce. Our BS EN 1090 Structural Steel and Aluminium capabilities project us ahead of our competition regionally, and our embrace of a Nuclear Safety Culture reflects the pride we take in our workmanship”.

The contract’s initial Scope of Works has expanded with Blackhill building 6m wide platform structures.  The feasibility of assembling the completed platforms on its Exeter site and the logistics of transporting the finished units to the customer are being assessed as they would require an escorted convoy of vehicles.

 

For information:

Celia Turner, CTPR

[email protected]
+44 (0) 7703 344425

 

Nicky Yeoman, SC Group

[email protected]

+44 (0) 7568 106904

 

About Blackhill Engineering

Blackhill Engineering is a specialist heavy engineering business capable of handling large fabrication and machining projects.  It is part of Devon headquartered SC Group and based on a two acre site near Exeter with a 28,000 sq. ft. workshop capacity divided between fabrication, assembly and a large and small machine shop.  Its 50 tonne lifting capability is a unique resource in southern England.  It has built up a strong portfolio of customers across multiple sectors including marine, automotive, defence, oil & gas, renewables and nuclear.

http://blackhillengineering.co.uk/

 

 

Top 150 companies within the South West

Proudly announcing as part of SC Group-Global Ltd we have been ranked in the top 150 businesses for Devon and Cornwall.

We join an elite group of businesses which have made an enormous contribution to our regional economy, with a combined turnover of £13.9 billion and 77,000 employees.

PFK Francis Clark as headline partners of the Western Morning News Annual Business Guide, have congratulated SC Group-Global Limited on being ranked in the top 150 businesses in Devon and Cornwall.

This year’s Annual Business Guide, it is available to read online here: https://www.pkf-francisclark.co.uk/news/western-morning-news-annual-business-guide-2020/

Customer notification *Covid-19*

As COVID-19 rapidly accelerates throughout the world and many countries have issued new directives in the past days in a response to the status of a pandemic. Many borders have been closed in Europe and in the America’s while China is slowly ramping up again. We would like to re-assure you that the Blackhill Engineering Services are, also within these extraordinary circumstances, actively working on the situation to minimise the impact on our customers.

We consider it our responsibility and main concern to do our up most in order to maximise the health protection of our employees and customers. For this, we want to share with you a series of measures that we have actioned with immediate effect:

  • Our Fabrication Department will remain operational with split teams to ensure colleague safety and productivity.
  • We are promoting homeworking for the foreseeable future for our employees, wherever possible. We will be able to maintain all of our services and operations under this new directive.
  • When homeworking is not possible and an employee needs to be on site, we have taken measures to limit exposures to others.
  • We are limiting all business trips to those strictly necessary for ensuring the continuation of the business.
  • We requested all our collaborators to comply with the WHO regulations.

We will continue to keep you informed of any changes, in line with government advice and we appreciate your understanding and collaboration in these difficult times, which we will overcome as soon as possible.

We wish you all the best and ensure you of our continued collaborative working relationship.

 

Nick Ames
Chief Executive
SC Group-Global

Blackhill Engineering adds specialist non-ferrous production facilities

Blackhill Engineering, the heavy engineering division of SC Group, has announced at Southern Manufacturing the addition of non-ferrous production facilities at its Exeter based site.

These expand Blackhill’s capability in fabrication and machining for specialist markets and represent the first stage in the development of a high grade stainless steel facility. This forms part of a new facility investment plan totalling 35,000sqft to complement the existing 28,000sqft facility.

Since becoming part of SC Group five years ago Blackhill has benefitted from significant investment in facilities, people and processes. It has expanded its markets into nuclear new build and decommissioning, civil engineering & construction, space & telecommunications, marine & offshore, oil & gas, renewables and automotive from its origins in quarrying and mineral processing.

Blackhill Engineering is exhibiting on stand F155 at the Southern Manufacturing show in Farnborough, UK from 5-7 February 2019.

Blackhill Engineering achieves ISO 45001

Blackhill Engineering, the heavy engineering division of SC Group, has recently been certified to the newly published management systems of occupational health and safety, ISO 45001. The standard is significant for the increasingly large contracts Blackhill has been securing from major companies in the nuclear and construction industries.

“It was a real achievement for the business and has helped keep our people and facilities in a safe environment. The certification of our systems has formalised the hard work and diligence of all our people in the business and helps continue the culture of safety and responsibility we aim for”, said Dan Baker, Business Development Manager, Blackhill Engineering.

Blackhill has also introduced a rigorous programme of continuous improvement throughout the business and the next target is certification on the company’s Environmental Management System, ISO14001, which is planned to be audited for certification later in 2019.

Since becoming part of SC Group five years ago Blackhill has benefitted from significant investment in facilities, people and processes. It has expanded its markets into nuclear new build and decommissioning, civil engineering & construction, space & telecommunications, marine & offshore, oil & gas, renewables and automotive from its origins in quarrying and mineral processing.

Blackhill Engineering is exhibiting on stand F155 at the Southern Manufacturing show in Farnborough, UK from 5-7 February 2019.

Blackhill Engineering are now recruiting!

Blackhill Engineering is an award winning engineering business based in the South West of England. Due to an exciting programme of expansion we are recruiting for the following roles based at both our Exeter and Bridgwater sites:

  • CNC Setters/Operators £25,000 – £32,000
  • Fabricator/Welders £25,000 – £35,000
  • Steel Erectors £29,500
  • Welding Supervisor £41,000
  • Competitive shift allowance and overtime rates

2019 will see the first of four new workshops being built on site to accommodate specialist operations including a £1.5 million high grade stainless steel facility to support the nuclear industry. This will be one of the largest high grade stainless steel facility in the South West and will complement our current operations in heavy fabrication and machining.

Come and join us and be part of our exciting journey as we grow!

  • Competitive rates
  • Excellent opportunities for fast career progression.
  • Long term growth forecast and healthy pipeline of work for foreseeable future.
  • Winners of the HPC Supply Chain Best local/regional business and Best Manufacturing Equipment Supplier 2017
  • Part of SC Group, Local engineering group renowned for strong family values.
  • 35,000 sq. ft. of new workshops and new machines – state of the art premises and technology.
  • Opportunities to move around and progress within wider SC Group companies.
  • Some of the contracts available are based at the largest construction project in Europe and include payment for travel / free accommodation on site and 10% bonus scheme.

If you are interested in joining Blackhill and being part of our journey, please email including a current CV to [email protected].

 

Blackhill Engineering’s Andrew Burrows wins Apprentice of the Year at Made in the South West Awards

Andrew Burrows, an apprentice with Blackhill Engineering, has won Apprentice of the Year at the Made in the South West Awards. The prestigious event hosted by South West Insider Media showcases and celebrates excellence in the diverse manufacturing industries across the region.

David Clensy, Editor of South West Business Insider magazine, said: “The judges were extremely impressed by Andrew Burrows. The apprentice fabricator welder is spoken of very highly by his team, being described as an “all-round outstanding apprentice”. They noted that he flew through his weld coding test first time which means the company can give him any task and they say he’s proven that no task is beyond him. Congratulations to Andrew – it’s great to have the opportunity to celebrate the hard work of one of the region’s young apprentices in this year’s Made in the South West awards.”

As one of the winners of this year’s awards Andrew will automatically go through to the grand final Made in the UK Awards where the best of British manufacturing will be celebrated.

Blackhill Engineering is part of SC Group, and handles large and complex fabrication and machining projects for customers across multiple sectors including marine, automotive, defence, oil & gas, renewables and nuclear. Its delivery of a 650 tonne steel fabrication contract for the jetty at Hinkley Point C (HPC), which Andrew also worked on, earned Blackhill Engineering two EDF Energy Hinkley Point C Excellence Awards for the Supply Chain – Best Local/Regional Business and Best Manufacturing Equipment Supplier.

Lizzie Jones, Director of SC Group, who attended the Awards, said: “We are thrilled for Andrew, it’s a fantastic achievement. The company recognises that the future of the business depends on the next generation progressing so we invest in apprenticeships. We look forward to supporting Andrew throughout his development to achieve his goal of qualifying as an engineer”.

Blackhill Engineering diversifies into precision test equipment fabrication with Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd. contract

Blackhill Engineering, the heavy engineering division of engineering services company, SC Group, has been awarded an initial two year production contract by Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd. to fabricate base frames for high specification testing equipment. Bruel & Kjaer are a world leader in acoustic and vibration test & measurement products used by the space, aerospace, defence, automotive, telecoms and mining industries and the contract marks a diversification for Blackhill.

Nick Woods, Category Manager, Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd, said, “As a company that looks for more than just the price of the products we buy, finding Blackhill Engineering was an ideal fit with our business requirements. Not only do they have the fabrication and machining capability we were looking for, they have the right mind set to give their customers the confidence they know what they are talking about. This culture exists from the beginning of the ordering process, through every touch point during manufacture to the final delivery of product. With the support we have seen to date, Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd. is confident in the knowledge it has found a long-term business partner”.

The base frames weigh up to 2.5 tonnes and relate to eight different models of vibration test equipment, of which each model has up to six different versions.

Blackhill Engineering has one of the largest CNC mills in the South West of England and boasts one of the region’s largest crane lifts with the capability to lift up to 50 tonnes. Its 28,000 square foot of workshop space offers the flexibility to build large and small components and prototypes and perform one-off, low rate bespoke and continuous volume production.

Dan Baker, Business Development Manager at Blackhill Engineering, said: “Working with Bruel & Kjaer is a major diversification in Blackhill’s portfolio and an exciting milestone in its 60 year history”.

Blackhill’s markets have spanned nuclear new build and decommissioning, civil engineering & construction, marine & offshore, oil & gas, renewables, quarrying & mineral processing, space & telecommunications and automotive.

Recent projects have included flood gates and the delivery of components totalling 650 tonnes of steel for the Hinkley Point C jetty, for which it won two EDF Energy HPC Excellence Awards for Best Local/Regional Business and Best Manufacturing Equipment Supplier.

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