Helideck contract propels County Durham firms

Revenues are set to reach £2.5m by April 2015 at D&S Services and D&S Construction

Steve Hadwin, offshore industrial fire tutor, Paul Hutchinson, D&S Construction Services project manager and Chris Brown, technical services manager
Steve Hadwin, offshore industrial fire tutor, Paul Hutchinson, D&S Construction Services project manager and Chris Brown, technical services manager

A fabrication and engineering firm is predicting record-breaking revenues for 2014 with help from a high profile contract win.

Newton Aycliffe Business Park-based D&S Services and its newly-launched sister company D&S Construction Services have secured a contract with Serco for a new helideck at the International Fire Training Centre based at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

International service business Serco enlisted the firms to create and install the new 196sqm helideck, which is to be used for training, carrying out the project within tight specifications to meet regulations.

Mark Kelly, operations manager at D&S Services said: “We are extremely proud and delighted about winning the Serco contract.

“It’s a really exciting time for us and to have been given the opportunity to supply such a contract shows the market our capability and will increase awareness of our firm and its offering, hopefully improving our chances of winning similar contracts in the future.”

Paul Hutchinson, project manager at D&S Construction said: “We are really excited about the helideck, as it demonstrates our ability to erect complex structures.

“This is just one of the many projects we have been working on. It’s something that not many people can say they have installed.”

D&S Services has increased its workforce to 19 full time employees in the last year to cope with the rapidly rising number of orders, whilst D&S Construction Services employ five – four on-site and one office-based.

The firm said this year is fast becoming D&S Services’ most successful year to date, having invested heavily in new machinery.

Turnover increased from £1m to £2m in their last financial year, and by next April that figure is forecast to grow by a further 25%.

The business has also both CE accreditation for structural steelwork and ISO 9001:2008 certification, and was also recently recognised at the Aycliffe Business Park’s Make Your Mark awards when its apprentice Tom Wise won Apprentice of the Year.

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