Cramlington company's name 'in lights' with Commonwealth Games contract

A sparkling chandelier made by Cramlington company will take pride of place at a civic reception for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Left, Jake Stephenson, David Kirkpatrick and Matthew Dunsworth from RDP with Lisa Harwood
Left, Jake Stephenson, David Kirkpatrick and Matthew Dunsworth from RDP with Lisa Harwood

Sparkling chandeliers will shine a spotlight on a North East company when they take centre stage at a Commonwealth Games celebration.

Cramlington metalwork company, RDP, was given a contract to supply nine huge chandeliers for the Gilbert Scott Building in Glasgow which will host a civic reception before the major sporting event begins later this month.

The illuminations made from mirror polished brass with hand beaten leaves and flowers were installed above the main staircase in the listed building this weekend.

Among the team making the lights were two young apprentices, Matthew Dunsworth, 18, from Seaton Sluice and Jake Stephenson, 17, from North Shields.

RDP managing director David Kirkpatrick said: “We are delighted to be working on these beautiful pieces of metalwork which give us a great opportunity to show off our skills in a truly amazing setting.

“Both Matthew and Jake have played an important part in making these chandeliers and it has really helped them to develop their skills.

“It is vital to train the next generation of skilled craftsmen and also give them permanent jobs.

My aim is certainly for these lads to want to work with me for years to come.

“Northumberland is the best place to set up in business as you can literally get anything you need in terms of products or services right on your doorstep.”

The business now employs 11 people and has also undertaken contracts for top UK department stores including Fenwicks, Harrods and Harvey Nichols as well as 5* hotels, the World Trade Centre in Bahrain and more locally, the new Jamie Oliver restaurant in Newcastle, Hotel du Vin and the Malmaison.

Coun Dave Ledger, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council and Chair of Arch, said: “RDP is a first-class company and we are proud to have them in Northumberland, exporting their products all over the globe.

“The fact the business is committed to apprenticeships is an added bonus as it means we are training the next generation in the right skills to grow our economy even further.”

The chandelier contract was awarded by the architect David Nimmo, on behalf of main contractor, D H Allen, who had worked with the Cramlington firm in the past and the distinctive style of the lights was based on the style of chandeliers found in the Houses of Parliament.

Help with finishing the lights was provided by DAD Machining, the company’s neighbour on Nelson Industrial Estate, who also employ an apprentice on their team.

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