Offshore scaffolding contract success for Grimsby construction firm

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 31 May 2018

Grimsby scaffolding business Callmac has just completed an 18 month project with the town's biggest offshore wind investor, Orsted.

The 15-year-old firm, led by Dave McKenzie, brought forward bespoke offshore solutions for the build out of Race Bank offshore wind farm, set to be inaugurated later this month.

The 574MW array is the largest to be built out of Grimsby so far, and is also the furthest from shore. 

Mr McKenzie, who has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, said: "Our company philosophy is that not only do we offer day-to-day solutions, we also define answers for tomorrow’s difficult challenges especially in the tough offshore environment.

“Building the business from scratch has been a roller coaster ride, from humble beginnings with a relatively small customer base, limited materials and old lorry, it all began when we started erecting scaffolds for local contractors in and around the Humber area.

“I have a very proactive, professional and safety conscious approach and we have now been fortunate to gain some of the biggest names in the UK and Europe as our customers, and more importantly we have, through our professional and efficient service, been able to secure repeat business time after time with these customers."

Read more: Race Bank crosses the construction finish line with full power achieved and praise for town team

The company, launched in 2003, is based on The Enterprise Village, Prince Albert Gardens. 

Callmac carries out a complete scaffolding services including specialist design, commercial, industrial and offshore requirements, erected to the highest UK and international standards.

The company has an in-house scaffold design specialist and safety consultant to ensure this. 

Mr McKenzie said: “I am proud that in 15 years of business the company has achieved an outstanding safety record, with many thousands of man-hours works and a multitude of scaffolds erected.

"The company can boast a zero accident and incident rate, that’s something I’m personally very proud of, and I am sure that this only compounds our customers’ reasons in returning to do business with us.

“Safety is at the forefront of everything we do, and I consider that with the correct planning, and managing the risks with suitable and sufficient risk assessments and method statements provide a safe working environment for not only our customers but also our employees.”

Read more: Orsted's innovation outlined as world's biggest wind farms emerge on our doorstep

The offshore project was a prestigious call, but Mr McKenzie does not lose focus of the daily operations.

“We have not forgotten our roots as a business and still retain some of our very first customers who are treated just as importantly now as we did when the company started,” he added.

“We have been through one of the worst recessions in recent times but we have seen our order books grow year on year after and have recently secured three new major projects in Holland Germany and Denmark.

“In summary, I believe the future is bright for the company with orders with major clients already in place well into 2019 and that with our proactive, flexible and above all safe approach to what we do stands us in good stead to maintain and increase the company’s business into and beyond 2020."

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