M&C Engineering Invest in New Lorry

New investment by M&C Engineering was showcased this weekend by suppliers MV Commercial Ltd at #convoyInTheParkDonington Park Racing Ltd.

The Volvo Globettotter FH, is a 6 x 4 tandem rear lift 26 tonne tractor unit and de-mountable body fitted with hiab 858, 7 extensions with a fly jib and a further 6 hydraulic extensions. Giving an incredible lift capacity at over 30m reach.

Fitted with a cable winch, the crane has a maximum lift of 18 tonnes short arm, and 800kg at full extension.

13ltr and a 540 horsepower engine, fitted to an automatic i drive, it one of the most efficient trucks in its class, whilst maintaining driver comfort and safety.

The crane is also fitted with the latest stability control VSL+ and Space Evo, the lorry automatically adjusts to give optimum lifting duty. Meaning it can do a variety of lifts many lorries can’t, safely.

Adding to our fleet of 7 lorries, the truck is able to carry out lifting and moving, safely, of all manor of loads.

On the road in September, and already booked out on a week long job as soon as it arrives, plus more work on the horizon the future looks positive.

To book in a lifting job, get in touch with the team 0845 6000 002

M&C Engineering invests in new site with sustainable development

M&C Engineering acquired Waldringfield Golf and Leisure Club and the adjoining ex-demolition yard, in April 2021.

Recent planning approval has seen the start of the development of two additional light industrial units built in the yard, alongside the improvements on the five existing structures that are being refurbed and restored with all the latest environmental technology, with sustainability being at the forefront of all their growth.

The acquisition of the sale included 100 acres of golf course, including the Clubhouse and ex-demolition site. With 80 acres of the golf course being restored to its natural habitat of gorse land, the business has invested heavily over the last year in depolluting the old demolition yard in preparation for the new development.  Alongside preparing the land to be eco-friendly, the company has as long-term sustainability strategy that has seen an investment in 30kw three phase solar panels on the existing Club House, with further solar panels to be erected on the other industrial units as they get restored, alongside solar lighting installation in all areas of internal and external structures.

Rainwater is also harvested and used to run equipment such as pressure washers for cleaning engineering parts, and the workshops are heated using biomass from wood waste on site. There will be installation of electric vehicle charge points and the firm also uses local recycling centre, for its other waste which 95% is recycled into new products.

Director and owner, James Couch says: “As our business has got bigger, we started to feel the squeeze at our old unit and it was starting to hinder our growth, so when this opportunity came up, to acquire the site, it was a no brainer for us. The investment that we have and are undertaking, helps to protect the future of our business and creates more opportunities for local employment, which can only be a good thing.  It gives us control over something we can’t ignore – our sustainable imprint and future proofing the business for the uncertain times ahead! So to allow us to be as self-sufficient where possible, now the site has been depolluted and the planning application has been approved, it enables us to look to the future for running sustainably and not relying on energy prices to come down. So we have invested in solar lighting, solar panels, rain water harvesting, electric vehicles and charge points, and log heating. We have made it integral in all the development we will do.”

Richard Shipp, Joint Director and Owner says: “this was the perfect opportunity to spread our wings and having seen a record year of growth, it couldn’t have come at a better time. We are a local business yet service contracts all over the UK, namely for the utilities, ports and recycling sectors. So space for storage and larger workshops for our engineering team to execute some of our larger projects, simultaneously, is the key to us being able to grow. We have been following the economic uncertainty, particularly with energy prices and decided to create security and sustainability, so that investment in energy production ourselves is essential for stability in these uncertain times. There are some exciting times ahead for us and we look forward to having the ability to take on new projects in our new space”

The clubhouse is available for business leasing and further development will be invested in restoring it downstairs to a functioning wedding and corporate venue again.

Accreditations and certifications renewed for 2016

It could be easy to think that once you’ve achieved an accreditation, you can sit back and relax for a year. That’s certainly not the case and, taking health and safety and the quality of our work very seriously, we’ve been continuing our work to make sure we keep our people well trained and that our business remains compliant. We’re pleased to say our work has paid off.

Our ISO 9001:2008 certification, awarded to us by Alcumus ISOQAR, has been renewed. It has also been recognised that we’re working towards the 2015 changes well ahead of the requirement to implement them in 2018.

With Achilles we have once again improved our score. Achilles represents a national benchmark of quality for buyers and suppliers across a particular industry sector, engendering trust among suppliers for their services and skills. Once again, an independent Achilles auditor came to our headquarters to assess our procedures and workshops.

Added to these our position as an NICEIC approved contractor has also been renewed, recognising our continued compliance with standards in the electrical industry.

We’re continuing to work on ongoing process, health and safety improvements and are already in preparation for next year’s audits.

Dissolving Floor Calls For An M&C Solution

Water recycling centres are never out of action, so when a leading regional water company came to M&C Engineering with a need for a new floor, we knew we were in for a complex operation.

While hydrogen sulphide had literally dissolved the sub-frame, the original floor structure had been designed specifically for the centre, and needed to be retained. First taking it up to clean and make good, we then took the opportunity to raise it slightly, taking it further out of future harm’s way.

We then designed and built a new floor using glass reinforced polymer (GRP) which was installed while also repositioning the hand rails to fit the raised platforms. Selected for its non-corrosive properties, GRP is also beneficial for sites such as Clacton Water Recycling Centre as it requires no painting and can also incorporate abrasive elements to reduce slipping.

As always, turnaround was also important, so planning and making sure all elements were in place and ready to be installed was key. Our team of three, plus crane support took just five days, from removal of the first pieces of damaged flooring until completion.

Ferric Sulphate Dosing Plant

When a leading regional water company needed to add a new ferric sulphate dosing plant at the Cliff Quay Sewage Treatment Works in Ipswich, they knew M&C Engineering had the tools, the training and the tech for the job.

What was the brief?

Waste water requires a number of treatments to remove unwanted elements before it can be flushed back into circulation. One such element is phosphate, which can be removed by dosing with ferric sulphate.

Making the job slightly more complex, we needed to build the plant to be fully mobile, allowing it to be moved to other similar sites. Cliff Quay also has an unusual flow split, so a unique mechanism needed to be designed to spread the dosing across the entire incoming, pre-treatment flow.

How did you go about it?

With the aim of reducing man hours, the new plant measures the incoming flow, then doses at a predetermined rate, set proportionally to the inlet flow. This is controlled by a programmable logic controller (PLC) which has a full colour HMI operating panel for display and control purposes.

The new plant is made up of one 30,000 litre storage tank, two inverter driven pumps, a PLC and HMI. The fully bunded 130m pipe – from pumps to dosing point – has no joins and treats accurately a crude inlet flow rate of 75-1100 litres a second.

We also designed a unique new v-notch delivery distribution bar, allowing the correct spread across the incoming flow.

As with the plant we installed in Clacton, earlier this year, this one is a fully portable, self-contained unit, including local lighting, an emergency shower, wash down and delivery point.

What was the timeframe for this project?

From briefing to commission, this project took the teams at M&C eight weeks to complete – delivered on time and on budget.

Water Works – showcasing our services at IOS Market Day

As the water industry moved into the sixth asset management period since privatisation back in 1989 – otherwise known as AMP6 – 2015 has been a key year for the modernisation of the country’s water infrastructure. We’re pleased to be working with the likes of Morrison Utility Services, Kier, EPS and Qelec on the AMP6 Integrated Operational Solutions (IOS) programme, and we were delighted to have been invited to their Market Day to showcase the range of services that we offer to the wider industry.

Joining key figures from across the industry, directors James Couch, Richard Shipp and Gary Robb set up in a sizable exhibition space at the event on 23 September 2015, which was bustling with project managers from across the marketplace.

James said: “This was the first event we’ve been to where we’ve been able to bring all of our new branding together, showcasing our offering to great effect. We had some fantastic feedback from many of the people at the event and we’ve made a number of new key contacts as a result.”

Helping to increase compliance and minimise costs

We’re immensely pleased to announce that we recently achieved our ISO 9001:2008 certification, awarded to us by Alumus ISOQAR – a leading UKAS accredited certification body providing a recognised benchmark in best practice management. ISO 9001:2008 is a certified quality management system (QMS) for organisations worldwide, proving their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet the needs of their customers and other relevant stakeholders.

This award comes hot on the heels of our improved Achilles UVDB Verify scores in health and safety, environment and quality. Those familiar with Achilles will know that it acts as an independent partner, representing a national benchmark of quality for buyers and suppliers across a particular industry sector, providing them with the information and means they need in order to operate and work effectively and cohesively together, trusting each others’ services and skills.

These score improvements were verified by an Achilles auditor who came to our headquarters at Martlesham, near Ipswich to assess us, our procedures and workshops. We were also subject to a working site audit in the same areas – health and safety, environment and quality – which showed considerable improvement since the last audit 12 months before as well.

Our appointment as an NICEIC approved contractor rounds off our hat trick of recent awards. NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. To become approved contractors we underwent a rigorous assessment process covering a representative sample of our work, premises, documentation, equipment and the competence of our key supervisory staff. We will be re-assessed on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance.

With all of these certifications under our belt, our clients can rest assured that we have attained a standardised level of quality and expertise and operate with the highest levels of professionalism, safety and experience.


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Achilles Approved supplier

M&C Engineering has been part of a framework with a leading regional water company since 2008 and is registered with Achilles; supplier number 78306. Achilles UVDB is the largest Achilles community and is managed by a Steering Group comprising of utility buyers to ensure industry best practice. The proven system demonstrates our capability to meet stringent industry requirements with full EU regulation compliance.

This years certificate.

ACC001 Achilles Accreditation Certificate


Winners at WaterAid Ball

As proud sponsors of the WaterAid Ball, M&C Engineering purchased a raffle ticket for each of their employees and included it with last week’s payslip. Imagine the delight of Guy Beston when his ticket was the first to be drawn, making him the new owner of a brand new Nissan Micra, kindly sponsored by Grontmij.