09-March-2018: Bourne attends local careers fairs

Bourne attended two local careers fairs this week to offer free advice to pupils interested in working in the construction industry.

Bourne employees from various departments including Project Management, Design Engineering, Production, Commercial, Project and Bid Management attended Parkstone Grammar School and Bournemouth and Poole College careers fairs where they met with children, parents and college students to discuss the different career paths available to them.

Production Director, John Flynn met with school leavers to discuss apprenticeship opportunities at Bourne while Assistant Commercial Manager, Tom Hunt gave advice on the application process.

Attending Parkstone Grammar School for Girls was also a fantastic opportunity for us to banish the old-fashioned gender stereotypes that can discourage women from joining the construction industry. Bid Manager, Valentina Biles was on hand to give an insight into the industry from a female perspective and discuss the significant range of careers available in our sector.

We hope we’ve inspired a new generation to consider a future in what is now one of the biggest and most diverse sectors in the country.

30-Jan-2018: Bourne attends Hilti Innovation Event

Bourne Steel Operations Director, Craig Galway and Bourne Engineering Managing Director Alan Pillinger attended the Hilti VIP Innovation Event today along with other valued Hilti customers.

The event was held at the Hilti Headquarters in Schaan, Lichtenstein where guests had the opportunity to look around the facility and gain an insight into the DNA of the organisation and what drives them to deliver the best possible products and services.

The visit included a tour of the Hilti Innovation Centre where an annual budget of £280m is expended creating the tools, fixing and cutting solutions of the future.

Guests were also given a tour of the fixing & anchor production facilities including the unit that hand assembles the tools and equipment.

Craig Galway has said “We were certainly ‘wowed’, not only by the spectacular location of the Hilti HQ but also by their first class facilities and attention to quality and precision.”

02-Jan-2018: Nine years with Thameslink

The final section of London Bridge Station is now open, marking the end of Bourne’s five year involvement in the London Bridge Project and nine years with the Thameslink Programme.

Bourne’s involvement in the Thameslink Programme began in 2009 with a £360,00 order for the Turnmill Street ticket hall at Farringdon Station. The Company went on to win several more contracts at Farringdon including the installation of rooflights above the integrated ticket hall, an over-track crossing and a roof canopy covering the north end of all four platforms. This was followed by work at Blackfriars Station where Bourne provided the structural steelwork for both the north and south stations alongside carrying out most of the enabling works to allow the station to evolve as part of the build programme.

Many of the Thameslink projects have required Bourne to carry out astonishing feats of engineering and precision, from installing 60 tonne concrete encased girders and intricate ‘flying staircases’ to erecting 15 tonne girders in underground tunnels and even propping and jacking London’s oldest station, London Bridge.

Bourne has now exceeded a combined order total of £20 million with Thameslink but the Company’s work at Farringdon Station continues as part of the Crossrail development.

03-Nov-2017: Bourne wins National Company Award

We are delighted to announce that Bourne Construction Engineering Ltd. has won a Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme 2017 National Company Award.

Bourne was one of the highest scoring of all registered companies in the Considerate Constructors Scheme 2017 and has been recognised for showing the highest levels of consideration towards the public, its workforce, and the environment.

The CCS Company report for Bourne stated that “The company and their processes and procedures continues to promote a positive image of the industry to an excellent standard.”

Thank you to all involved for helping the Company achieve this high standard of working practice.

05-Oct-17: Steel Design Award for LSQ London

The Company is proud to announce that Bourne Steel has been awarded a Structural Steel Design Award for the LSQ London project (48 Leicester Square).

LSQ London is a Grade II listed building refurbishment which required Bourne Steel to install over 2,000 tonnes of structural steel and metal decking within what is thought to be one of Europe’s largest retained facades.

Bourne Steel Managing Director, Nick Hatton was presented with the award by BCSA president, Tim Outteridge at a special ceremony held at the Museum of London.

18-Aug-2017: Blue Peter badge for Bourne Steel

After two years of filming the transformation of Kings Cross, footage of the Gasholders was finally aired on last night’s Blue Peter on BBC 1.

The Gasholders or ‘Gasholders London’ is a collection of canal side apartments built within a refurbished triplet of Grade II-L listed, 150-year-old cast iron gasholder frames. Bourne were responsible for the re-erection of these refurbished but very fragile gasholder frames around the three already constructed apartment blocks.

Footage of the bespoke pivot frame that Bourne used to lift each column into place made the final cut along with some great shots of the huge, 60mm diameter holding down bolts being tightened.

Behind the scenes, our site manager even received a Blue Peter badge!

Click here to see the clip – Blue Peter Green Badge Special 17/08/17

17-July-2017: Bourne #Heartswimmers 2017

We are pleased to report that the Bourne Barracudas;  Tom Hunt, Keira Podyma and Clare Clayton stormed it at this year’s Pier to Pier swim for the British Heart Foundation. At 1.4 miles from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier it was not a challenge for the faint hearted!

This year’s swim, which is Europe’s biggest outdoor swimming event, was completely sold out with almost 1,800 people setting off to brave the chill of the Bournemouth water.

We are particularly proud of our three swimmers for smashing their £500 fundraising target and so far raising a total of £760.

21-June-2017: Bourne Parking receive H&S Award

The Company is very proud to announce that Bourne Parking Ltd have received a H&S Gold Award for their exemplary health and safety record throughout the delivery of the new Jaguar Land Rover car park.

The 1,690 space Multi Storey Car Park at JLR’s Castle Bromwich facility was recently completed in conjunction with one of JLR’s framework contractors.

BPL Managing Director, Nick Hayes has said “It is a pleasure to be recognised for the work we have completed at JLR. The collaborative relationship we share reflects in the positive results on site, and I would like to congratulate the team for making this project a great success.”

16-May-2017: George Perry – Apprentice of the Year

We are very proud to announce that Bourne Steel fabricator, George Perry has won the Craft Skills Award in the Metals Industry Apprentice of the Year Competition.

This is the only competition specifically for metals industry apprentices and aims to recognise individuals who have made exceptional progress in developing their knowledge, skills and career and who have made an outstanding contribution to their company.

George was put forward for the award by Production Manager, John Flynn who has said “George’s ability as a fabricator is outstanding. He is often asked to complete complex fabrications as with George you know that the work will be right first time. Even on the most difficult and heavy welds George’s work always passes our quality standards first time. We have recently undertaken some heavily engineered execution class three work which George has taken in his stride.

“George has an excellent time keeping and attendance record and is always willing to help the business. I have been involved in his last collage project, which required him to interact with senior members of our business and each commented on how George came across and his eloquent communication, both verbal and written.

“As George’s skills, have developed, both on the practical and theoretical side, he has through his own efforts been able to complete his apprenticeship nine months earlier than planned and has become a valued member of the Bourne Steel business.”

George was shortlisted for the award following the initial application in February. He then attended an interview in April where he was required to present evidence of his progression and achievements.

George was crowned the winner out of 22 applicants from globally known organisations and was presented with his award at the Court Dinner of The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers (alias Wire Workers).