Steel River in the News: Steel River Consultants Opens New Office

Steel River Consultants is proud to have been featured in a number of press articles, most recently in the Derby Telegraph:

A HEALTH and safety consultancy has expanded from Teesside to the Trent and Mersey Canal, having launched its second base in Shardlow.

Stockton-on-Tees-based Steel River Consultants is opening a Derbyshire office as part of an ambitious expansion plan.

The move was prompted by a need to manage a number of blue-chip clients in the Midlands combined with confidence in the economic recovery in the UK.

Steel River Consultants provides health and safety management services and construction and design management co-ordination to some of the biggest companies in the world, including E.On, Siemens, SSE and Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas multinational.

Its new office has been set up in a grade two-listed building set on the wharf of what was once a tributary of the Grand Union Canal.

Managing director Graham Tyerman said: “The country is out of recession and the economy is growing strongly.

“Confidence is returning and we need to be ready to meet future growth opportunities. To do that we need to grow our expertise.

“As well as being a fantastic location, it’s nice to be part of the revitalisation such a lovely old building.

“Further expansion on Teesside was limited by resources and the need to attract people with specialist skills.

“Opening a second office in a different part of the country gives us added flexibility to deliver for clients beyond Teesside.”

The new satellite operation will be managed by Chris Lawson, who brings with him more than three decades of experience in the design management and construction industry.

Appropriately, Mr Lawson started his career as an engineer working in Middlesbrough, close to Steel River Consultants’ headquarters.

He subsequently worked in both the public and private sector. Latterly, Mr Lawson was involved in the offshore wind farm at Sheringham Shoal and has worked closely with Ford Motor Company helping to decommission tooling and presses at its Dagenham factory.

Among the projects he will be working on for Steel River Consultants are a new quayside development near Aberdeen and a new offshore wind farm.

Mr Lawson said: “I couldn’t be joining Steel River Consultants at a better time. It’s great to be part of such a talented and ambitious team.”

The new satellite operation will service clients in the Midlands and the South, although there will be crossover of expertise between the two offices.

In the past three years, the company has grown from just one person to a team of ten and has built an international reputation within the renewables sector.

Part of Steel River Consultants’ expansion plan is to include the automotive industry, commercial property, ports, harbours and housing within its portfolio.

The original article is available is here.

 

They also appeared in the online publication Bdaily on the 28th of February:

A Teesside health and safety services outfit are expanding into the Midlands with the openeing of a satellite office to manage its growing list of blue chip clients.

Stockton-based Steel River Consultants say the time is right to grow their operations and confidence returns to the economy.

The firm’s new Shardlow office is six miles south east of Derby and located in a Grade-II listed building set on the wharf-side of what was once a tributary of the Grand Union Canal.

Managing director Grama Tyerman said: “The country is out of recession and the economy is growing strongly. Confidence is returning and we need to be ready to meet future growth opportunities. To do that we need to grow our expertise.

“Further expansion on Teesside was limited by resources and the need to attract people with specialist skills.

“Opening a second office in a different part of the country gives us added flexibility to deliver for clients beyond Teesside.”

The satellite operation will be headed up by Chris Lawson, who brings with him more than three decades of experience in the design management and construction industry.

Chris, 54, started his career as an engineer working in Middlesbrough, not far from SRC’s Teesside headquarters, before moving into architecture as a design manager working for local authorities in North Yorkshire and South Derbyshire.

He over saw a number of direct works activities before moving into health and safety management and, finally, into the local authority enforcement sector.

Chris left local government to join a multi-disciplinary international company as an associate director working in a variety of sectors including the automotive, commercial and renewable industries.

Most recently, he was involved in the 315MW offshore wind farm at Sheringham Shoal and has worked closely with Ford Motor Company helping to decommission tooling and presses at the famous Dagenham factory, in London, as well as carrying out projects at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre and its engine plant in Bridgend, Wales.

A member of the Association for Project Safety, the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and the European Wind Energy Association’s health and safety group, Chris has also published a number of papers on health & safety culture in the offshore industry.

He said: “I couldn’t be joining SRC at a better time. It’s great to be part of such a talented and ambitious team.”

Among the projects he will be working on for SRC are a new quayside development near Aberdeen and a UK based offshore wind farm. He will also be assisting with SRC’s renewables portfolio.

The new satellite operation will service clients in the Midlands and the South, although Graham explained: “There will be plenty of interchange between the two offices. It’s essential to match the skills of our personnel to the right project.

The new office is a logical extension of SRC’s progression. In the past three years, the company has grown from just one person to a team of ten and, despite the challenges posed by the recession, it has built an international reputation for excellence within the renewables sector.

The expansion will also enable SRC to extend its service portfolio beyond renewables to encompass a number of other sectors including the automotive industry, commercial property, ports and harbours and housing. Chris’s expertise will also enhance SRC’s training and hazard analysis programmes.

SRC also intends to make a formal response to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the forthcoming consultation on the redrafting of the Construction (Design and Management) regulations. Government officials are looking to industry experts, such as SRC, to help shape the new framework.

Chris explained: “Interpretation of new legislation is a big issue, especially for smaller businesses which sometimes struggle just to keep up. I hope SRC can be influential in the new regulations, particularly in the renewables arena.”

Graham hopes the new office will experience similar growth to the Teesside operation and doesn’t rule out further expansion. “We have a three year plan,” he says. “We will be looking for further expansion opportunities at strategic locations within the UK.”

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In late February Steel River appeared in the Northern Echo:

SURGING confidence in the strength of the UK’s economic recovery has prompted a North-East firm to announce ambitious new expansion plans.

Teesside-based Steel River Consultants (SRC) is set to open a satellite office in the Midlands to help manage a growing list of blue chip clients.

The consultancy, based at Concorde House, in Stockton, already provides health and safety management services and construction and design management (CDM) co-ordination to some of the biggest companies in the world.

In the past three years SRC has forged an international reputation for its expertise and support in the off-shore industry.

The company has worked on some of the biggest off-shore projects in the past decade including the Humber Gateway Wind Farm, which will produce enough electricity to light 170,000 homes, and the UK’s largest on-shore gas storage facility, near Aldbrough, in East Yorkshire.

The opening of a new office in Shardlow, six miles south-east of Derby, will see the company extend its service portfolio beyond renewables to encompass a number of other sectors including the automotive industry, commercial property, ports and harbours and housing.

The satellite operation will be headed up by Chris Lawson who has worked in a variety of sectors including the automotive, commercial and renewable industries.

Most recently, he was involved in the 315MW offshore wind farm at Sheringham Shoal and has worked closely with Ford Motor Company helping to decommission tooling and presses at the famous Dagenham factory, in London, as well as carrying out projects at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre and its engine plant in Bridgend, Wales.

A member of the Association for Project Safety, the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and the European Wind Energy Association’s health and safety group, Chris has also published a number of papers on health & safety culture in the offshore industry.

Among the projects he will be working on for SRC are a new quayside development near Aberdeen and a UK based offshore wind farm. He will also be assisting with SRC’s renewables portfolio.

SRC managing director Graham Tyerman said the time was right to branch out: “The country is out of recession and the economy is growing strongly. Confidence is returning and we need to be ready to meet future growth opportunities. To do that we need to grow our expertise.

“Further expansion on Teesside was limited by resources and the need to attract people with specialist skills,” added Mr Tyerman. “Opening a second office in a different part of the country gives us added flexibility to deliver for clients beyond Teesside.”

The original article can be seen here.