Blackhill Engineering builds flood defence gates for New York City hospital

Blackhill Engineering, the heavy engineering division of engineering services company, SC Group, is building flood defence gates as part of the flood defence system being installed to protect a new flagship patient wing at the NYU Langone Medical Centre, one of the US’ leading university hospitals in New York City. The hospital’s new $150 million Kimmel Pavilion is being designed to meet new standards for flood protection that were introduced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which in 2012 forced the evacuation of patients at the Manhattan hospital overlooking the East River.

Devon UK based Blackhill was awarded the contract by Flood Control International, also based in Devon and a world leading specialist supplier of bespoke engineered flood defence systems. The Kimmel Pavilion is the largest contract to date for Flood Control International   which has supplied systems for Nairobi Airport, retail stores in Australia and East Anglian coastal towns.

Flood Control International selected Blackhill for its capacity to manufacture four steel `flip up` flood defence gates, the largest one measuring 12m long and 2.5m high, which combined use some 10 tonnes of steel. Blackhill specialises in building large fabrications and recently delivered 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.

Dan Baker, Business Development Manager at Blackhill Engineering, said: “Winning this prestigious contract from a world leader in a growing niche sector of the construction industry is testament to our expertise and an exciting breakthrough for Blackhill”.

Blackhill Engineering wins two EDF Energy HPC Excellence Awards

The successful delivery of a 650 tonne steel fabrication contract for the jetty at Hinkley Point C (HPC) has earned Blackhill Engineering, part of Devon based SC Group, two EDF Energy Hinkley Point C Excellence Awards for the Supply Chain in 2017. It has been named Best Local/Regional Business and Best Manufacturing Equipment Supplier.

A heavy engineering specialist, Blackhill built the steel pile caps and bridge beams for the construction of the temporary jetty, which will extend 500m into the Bristol Channel at Bridgwater Bay and will allow sea transportation of construction materials to the Hinkley Point C site. To deliver the contract Blackhill was also able to draw on Engineering Design and Project Management Support from sister SC Group business, SC Innovation.

The awards were presented by Stuart Crooks, Managing Director, Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy at a ceremony on 17 November at Bridgwater’s McMillan Theatre. Reflecting the team effort, the two awards were accepted by Dan Baker, Business Development Manager, Mike Simcox, Works Manager from Blackhill Engineering, and SC Innovation’s Sector Lead on Special Projects, Stuart Ship, together with SC Group Chief Executive, Nick Ames.

Nick Ames, Chief Executive of SC Group said: “We are thrilled that Blackhill’s performance has been recognised by our customer with these awards and we are very proud to be part of the team of south west firms helping to deliver this vital UK infrastructure project”.


Image: (from left to right) Dan Baker, Stuart Ship, Mike Simcox, Nick Ames.


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