1928, Bierrum has been a leading specialist for
the design, construction and repair of industrial
chimneys, cooling towers, silos and temporary
works in the UK.
Gary Eastman, managing director,
says that the main differential factor of the
company in relation to its peer competitors is
that “Bierrum has traditionally been a general
contractor able to tackle quite a variety of different
projects rather than just chimneys. This wider
scope of activities has helped us during the recession”.
Construction and engineering
experience, inhouse engineering and on-site performance
to meet and exceed clients’ expectations,
are Bierrum’s keys for success according
Among the most recent important
projects developed by Bierrum include cladding
work in Australia, working with Beroa companies
to be awarded the cooling tower in Belchatow (Poland)
and the new multi flue chimney developed for International
Power at Rugelely (Staffordshire, England).
The Rugeley project included
a mass damper on the old chimney, demolition of
the old chimney and the design and construction
of three silos.
One of the recent main milestones achieved by
Bierrum is the start of Bierrum International
in January 2004. “We realized that it would
be difficult to re establish trust in our clients
and suppliers as we were effectively a new company.
Winning our first major chimney contract in Spain
after only 4 months proved to be the turning point.
We are very proud of our team and it is their
loyalty, experience and professionalism that has
been responsible for our success”.
At the moment, apart from the
directors, the head office has four chartered
engineers, a CAD team of four plus and an administration
team of three. There are four senior experienced
site managers and a very good team of operatives.
“It has been a challenge
during the recession to keep our key teams working.
However, we are aware of the challenges of replacing
staff who are reaching retirement and it for this
reason that we have recently expanded our middle
management team and made some promotions”.
Regarding the in-house learning
and training activities, the company encourages
the younger staff to take part time further education
courses with the intention to seek a professional
qualification. In addition, “we train staff
in first aid, site safety, manual handling, fire
safety and more specific tasks when appropriate.
At a site level, all operatives
receive a minimum training of Safety Passports
and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)