Meeting the challenge

Despite challenging conditions, especially in the oil industry, we continue to trade steadily during the first half of 2015. The construction industry has shown signs of improvement and our civil side has been increasingly active.

1.     We have plenty of diverse projects underway in the civils field. We’re currently providing scaffolding services for a large fuel tank refurbishment for BP in Inverness. This four-month project has scaffolding requirements both inside and outside. We’re now working on a large scaffolding support job on a fire-damaged building near the Eastgate Centre in Inverness, as well as supporting the roof work at Inverness Leisure Centre.

Our work with Historic Scotland is ongoing, particularly in relation to repairing damage from storms earlier in the year. We’re providing scaffolding services in several locations, including Duff House in Banff, Fortrose Abbey and Fort George.

We’re also involved in the domestic housing field, supplying scaffolding for house-building projects with various construction companies, including Robertson Homes. SSE is carrying out work to insulate the outside of private homes at the moment, as there are currently government grants available for this. We’re supporting SSE with scaffolding services as they complete this work. 

2.     Our Oil division continues to service the offshore requirements in the North Sea. We have back-to-back contracts with three rigs in the North Sea. Several other routine contracts are underway and it looks like we’ll continue at the present numbers for the rest of the year. Locally, we’re working on the Maersk Resilient and Sedco 712 – although not large numbers at present, we’re hopeful that once the oil industry improves and the stacked rigs come back into use there will be a lot of work in the firth. 

3.     Our Containment division continues to service the Methil yard in Fife for Burntisland Fabrications. Several other contracts have been carried out throughout the UK. We’re in the process of carrying out work for Persimmon Homes, which we hope will lead to longer-term work with them. 

4.     Our haulage business is now becoming established locally. We now have a fleet of 13 vehicles to service our needs and our customers. We have steady contracts with local businesses and other contractors, transporting goods throughout the country. 

Continual improvements

As always, we’re committed to continual improvements across the business and we’re working towards gaining ISO9001:2015 accreditation by the end of the year. We’re still training apprentices on an ongoing basis, which helps us provide the safe, professional services we aim for at all times.

We’ve recently applied to join the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), the professional body for our industry. This is a testament to our professionalism and high standards.

It’s an exciting time as we prepare to move into a brand new, purpose-built building later in the summer. The new premises will comfortably host our team, with six offices, a spacious boardroom and a new car park.

We’re looking forward to continued success in the second half of 2015.