Civil Engineering company develops revolutionary digital portal

AWARD-WINNING Seymour Civil Engineering, one of the North East’s leading civil engineering firms, has launched its own company training portal set to digitally revolutionise the way construction sites are run.

The portal focuses on the training and staffing side of projects allowing any site manager or client to have a clear snapshot of staff-on-site and their training credentials, whilst automatically prompting the system administration team before employee training requires renewal.

Martin Russell, Training Systems Administrator said, “We set out looking for a cloud based, transparent system, that would manage our training needs and be accessible from a multitude of devices across all our sites for all user levels, whether it be a site manager or a client.

“Seymour is always thinking about ways in which technology can be used to make employees jobs easier and departments more productive.

“We wanted an intelligent system that would automatically present the training team with the information they needed on a daily basis, improving the efficiency of the whole process.”

The portal uses a QR code format which allows users to see exactly what certifications each employee has all in one place, at the click of a button, from any location.

An important aspect of the portals development was its mobile friendly functionality, so all users working on site have access to the portal via their mobile device.

Martin said: “Our clients will soon be able to request access to the platform, which will allow them to see what qualifications each employee on site has, along with their certificates which are all uploaded to the platform.

“The intelligent search function within the new portal will allow the site managers, as well as users from other departments across the business, to quickly find out this information for themselves. We can already see that through this system we are streamlining operations.”

One of Seymour Civil Engineering’s greatest assets is that they have their own vetted, trained, and highly skilled workforce.

The smart, automated system has worked to simplify the management of the training for the company’s 210 team members.

Martin continued: “Seymour Civil Engineering carries out the majority of their staff training in house, and as a responsible employer we’re taking the initiative to upskill our workforce, constantly investing in training and retraining to ensure their competency.

“The system is so advanced that it shows pending training, what training groups are currently booked in, and automates three-month warnings for upcoming training expiry dates.

Seymour made the decision to build a bespoke platform from scratch, due to the lack of suitable alternatives on the market.

Martin said, “When we originally went to market, we did find systems that we could buy off the peg, but they were not designed specifically for the civil engineering sector, nor did they have the intelligence we were looking for. As a development team, we came together and asked the question, could Seymour build what was needed from scratch? Could we create a platform that was bespoke to the company’s needs?”

“It’s brilliant to see the system in everyday use, making the jobs of employees across the business easier. The development team have delivered something that is a real asset to the company.

“The portal is in its infancy and we have already identified improved functions following feedback from users which has provided us with a host of exiting future developments planned for 2018 and beyond. Off the peg packages mean you get what you’re given and alterations and additions are not always possible, whereas with our bespoke built portal, there’s so much room for development and the sky’s the limit.

“The system places us ahead in the industry, purely because we have created something that is tailored to our specific needs.

“It’s development is likely to also be beneficial to the civil engineering sector, and the idea of white labelling the portal and distributing it to other company’s similar to ourselves has been discussed as an option for the future.”

Karl Brennan, Pre-Construction Director said “Seymour recognises the importance of sustainability and the role our industry has to play. By investing in technology and significantly reducing the amount of environmental resource consumed each year by the business, we are able to make year on year contributions toward achieving sustainable development goals.

“The training portal is a prime example of how Seymour utilises innovation to create opportunities whilst contributing to society. We are also extremely delighted to have been presented with the CECA award for training company of the year after judges were impressed with our achievement. It is great to gain recognition after all the hard work that goes into ensuring our employees have the skillset they require to carry out their duties to a very high standard.”

Seymour was recently awarded Training Company of the Year 2017 at the recent CECA NE Awards in recognition to their commitment to training and upskilling as well as their innovative and exemplar solution to ensure all staff have the training they require to undertake their daily tasks and offer continual personal development.

Seymour Civil Engineering celebrates run-away success at this years’ CECA North East Awards

Seymour Civil Engineering walked away triumphant, after winning four out of the five awards at this year’s prestigious North East Civil Engineering Contractors Association ceremony.

Award wins included Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year, as well as top honours for a project carried out in the company’s home town of Hartlepool.

The Project of the Year trophy was awarded to Seymour for its restoration of the Hartlepool Town Wall, in partnership with Hartlepool Council and The Environment Agency, a Grade 1 Listed structure which had been identified as having overtopping rates that posed a threat to public safety as well as a number properties being at risk from flooding.

Many properties in close proximity of the 14th century wall were at one time uninsurable. The flood defence improvement is now planned to provide up to 100 years’ protection and these properties now have the benefit of being able to gain valuable buildings insurance.

The company gained it’s second award for “going the extra mile” on the Hartlepool Town Wall project by opening up coastal frontage, improving access for pedestrians and blending seamlessly the original seawall and new setback wall. This award recognised the early contractor involvement and how Seymour went the extra mile where partnership working with Hartlepool Borough Council was key to the schemes success. The award also recognised the many community initiatives undertaken during the works including Christmas Tree planting, adapting programme of works to accommodate local community events and ‘wear it pink’ in aid of Cancer Research.

Seymour was, further awarded highly commended for its work on another flood alleviation scheme in partnership with Northumbrian Water, in the Brunton Park suburb of Newcastle, long a problem area due to surface and foul water interacting with the Ouseburn tributary of the Tyne.

Seymour completed its prizewinning sweep by winning both Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year.

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “It is with great satisfaction that we have been recognised as first in class in all the categories that we entered at this year’s CECA North East awards. The achievement is a culmination of years of hard work and professionalism. While we have won in each category previously we have never taken a clean sweep, full credit to the dedicated team at Seymour.”

The firm has recently started work on a £3.4 million regeneration of Church Street and Church Square in Hartlepool, working in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, The Tees Valley Combined Authority, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and Re-form Landscape.

Seymour Civil Engineering-sponsored Team Hartlepool celebrate success at the Bangkok International Rugby Sevens tournament

Team Hartlepool celebrate their success in this year’s Bangkok International Rugby Sevens

“A great success for Hartlepool rugby and the town.”

So said team manager John Bickerstaff after Seymour Civil Engineering-sponsored Hartlepool won the Shield final at the Bangkok International Rugby Sevens.

The town side, made up of players from five Hartlepool & District clubs, plus two guests from the management’s link up with Hong Kong rugby, beat Lao Nagas 19-5 to clinch silverware.

But John explained that the measure of success went beyond being able to hold a trophy aloft at the Patana International School in the Thai capital.

“Hartlepool came out to compete in a brilliant competition and we’ve come away with something,” he said.

“That’s what we intended to do and I’m thrilled that we did that.

“We were making a step into the unknown really in terms of the standard we were coming up against.

“Many of the teams here were either national sides or teams who play together all the time.

“And you had the Pacific Warriors who had two former All Blacks playing for them.

“Our lads played very well, which is testament to them as players, we had limited sevens experience and had never played together before as a side.

“We were also contending with the heat and humidity, something nearly all the other teams were accustomed to

“But credit to the players for the way they performed.

“With the exception of the second group game, against the Thailand Development side, we were in with a chance of winning every match.

“Hartlepool has come out to Bangkok and performed on the international field and it’s something the town can be proud of.

“It’s much more than that, the name Hartlepool is out there and in a good light, and that’s down to our sponsors, people like Seymours Civil Enginnering.

“They have backed not just us as a squad but Hartlepool itself on the international stage.”

Hartlepool opened and closed the competition with victories against Lao Nagas, the Laos national sqaud.

The last win saw the squad at their best, contending not only with intense heat and humidity but vibrant opponents, to take the Shield, 19-5.

Hartlepool conceded a first-half unconverted try but responded magnificently.

The town side’s leading tournament scorer set them on their way, Jack McCallum breaking from half-way to score under the posts with a scintillating burst.

Cameron Lithgo converted for a 7-5 lead and it was soon 14-5 as Liam Austwicke went over from close range with Lithgo again adding the extras.

There was more to come as McCallum, Alex Rochester and Adam Smith all combined before Bailey finished in the corner.

Hartlepool had finished day one third in Group A

After a 15-14 victory over Lao Nagas in the opening fixture, they were defeated 24-7 by All for One (Thailand’s national development team), before losing 12-0 in the decider for second place, to Kazakh side, Olymp.

In the knock-out phase, they conceded two very late tries to lose to Spanish side Wiss, 24-14, before an agonising 21-19 loss to Chulalongkorn University, when Liam Austwicke’s conversion attempt with the last kick of the game went narrowly wide.

However, Hartlepool finished on a high with that Shield success over Lao.

Image courtesy of Paul Lincoln

Image courtesy of Paul Lincoln

Seymour Civil Engineering celebrates continued growth with the appointment of board of directors

front left Adam Harker, back left Karl Brennan, centre Kevin Byrne, back right Simon Rodgers, and front right Stuart Dickens

Seymour Civil Engineering has taken further steps towards securing its future success, with the appointment of four new company directors.

 

All hailing from existing roles within the company, Adam Harker has been named as Contracts Director, Simon Rodgers as Commercial Director, Stuart Dickens as Construction Director and Karl Brennan as Pre-construction Director.

 

Karl, who has been with Seymour Civil Engineering for 13 years, previously as the company’s bid coordinator, said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed in this new position. It’s fantastic to have been rewarded for my commitment to the business. It’s also testament to one of Seymour’s key values, ‘A People Business’. Seymour is excellent at fostering an environment that provides opportunity.

 

“A major part of my new position as pre-construction director will be looking at how Seymour engages with clients and stakeholders and how those relationships develop throughout the lifecycle of a project.

 

“Seymour has always been a client focused contractor, and as a result will have been successfully trading for 40 years next year, but placing a continued importance on maintaining strong relationships, and promoting sustainable outcomes above short term gains, significantly contributes to a positive and robust future for the company.”

 

Adam added: “I feel honoured and privileged to be promoted to director. It’s coming up to 10 years that I have been with the company and throughout that time the firm has assisted me to develop and grow. It’s now my turn to help take the business forward.

 

“I see the appointment of a board of directors as a real statement of intent by our Managing Director Kevin Byrne. It shows his drive and determination to see Seymour grow and continue to establish itself as the leading multi-discipline civil engineering company in the North East. With the new directors in place I can only see the business going from strength to strength in the coming years.”

 

Speaking about the latest appointments, Managing Director Kevin Byrne, said:  “As Seymour approaches its 40th anniversary I felt this was the perfect time to undertake the re-structure and introduce the board of directors to assist with making the vision we have for the company a reality.

 

“I will be working closely with the new directors to identify both strengths and challenges within the business, allowing us to prioritise time and focus attention on the key areas.

 

“As a team I am confident we will be able to lay the foundations for Seymour’s sustainable and structured growth going forward.”

 

Based at Seymour House on Hartlepool Marina, Seymour Civil Engineering has enjoyed a successful year, securing and completing a number of major projects across the region.

 

Most recently the firm celebrated a landmark contract win securing civil and infrastructure work for the £18 million exhibition development at Beamish Museum.

 

The firm has recently started work on the £3.4 million regeneration of Church Street and Church Square in Hartlepool, working in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, The Tees Valley Combined Authority, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and Re-form Landscape.

 

Securing the future whilst remembering the past Seymour Civil Engineering helps Stanley remember its war time history

Mick Mair from Seymour Civil Engineering with Adrian Cantle-Jones from Durham County Council, representatives from The Environment Agency, The River Wears Trust, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Stanley Town Council, and local residents.

North East Civil Engineering company, Seymour Civil Engineering, has completed work on a town regeneration project that captures the history of its residents.

 

Due to issues with flooding across the South Moor Terraces in Stanley, Seymour Civil Engineering was called upon to install a sustainable urban drainage system, a natural approach to managing drainage and recycling water.

 

To do this, rain garden planters were fitted between the pavement, providing homes for five trees, each commemorating one year of fighting in the First World War.

 

Along with additional foliage, the trees, positioned along the length of Pine Street, act as markers within the Twizell Heritage Trail, a route which tells the story of South Moor’s origins shortly before the First World War and how the miners shaped the community. Each tree will be marked with a World War one battle insignia, remembering the hundreds of miners who lost their lives.

The project was funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, Durham County Council, Stanley Town Council and The Environment Agency.

 

Keith Love, Site Manager at Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “As a company, we are really proud to have been a part of a project that has not only contributed to environmental improvement and flood alleviation, but has commemorated Stanley’s heritage.

 

“Seymour Civil Engineering does everything it can to make sure it builds positive relationships with the communities affected by the projects it undertakes.”

 

Before starting on the Pine Street project, the Seymour Civil Engineering team attended a meeting with the residents to discuss the up and coming work.

 

Keith added: “Through the community meeting, we established the importance of avoiding unnecessary road closures and ensuring 24-hour accessibility to the households of vulnerable and elderly residents. Without that meeting, we would have been none the wiser and the project would have likely caused a lot of problems and upset.”

 

The project also saw Seymour Civil Engineering refurbish the pathways with block paving, designed in the style of old fashioned film reel to commemorate the important role that local cinemas played in war time communications.

 

During both World Wars, the community surrounding Stanley depended upon the five cinemas in the area for updates from the frontline.

 

Seymour Civil Engineering is renowned for its commitment to giving back to the communities within which it works and the Pine Street project was no exception.

 

Keith added: “Seymour Civil Engineering is passionate about going above and beyond to ensure its presence is considered a benefit, and its work is well received.

 

“Just one example of this is the work we did at the Stanley Community Centre. Mid way through the project we were approached by the centre’s management committee, asking if we could help make the facilities more accessible to the large numbers of elderly residents who use it. We offered to install dropped kerbs around the site, as it was clear that the community centre was an important part of community life, as anything we could do to help out was no trouble.”

 

“It’s brilliant to know that we’re making a real difference to people’s lives. The adjustments we made to our schedule and the extra work we added, had no effect on the completion of the project, but the positive impact it had on the community was ten-fold.”

 

Adrian Cantle-Jones, the Durham County Council Project Manager, said: “South Moor residents are delighted with the wonderful improvements to Pine Street and the wider Twizzel Burn and South Moor Heritage Trail. The South Moor Partnership is looking forward to continuing the regeneration of the South Moor Terraces and Twizzel Burn Catchment”.

 

The Pine Street project is one of a number of community initiatives that Seymour Civil Engineering has completed. Starting this Autumn, the firm has been contracted to carry out the civil and infrastructure work for the Remaking Beamish project, an £18 million development at Beamish museum that will see the addition of more than 30 new exhibits including a 1950’s town.

Seymour Civil Engineering starts work on £3.4m Church Street and Square regeneration project in Hartlepool

from left, Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Leader of the Council, Niall Hammond, Heritage lottery Fund, Councillor Kevin Cranney, Alison Finch, Re-Form Landscape Architecture, Kevin Byrne, MD Seymour Civil Engineering, and Tess Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen

Seymour Civil Engineering has been named as the lead contractor for a Hartlepool Borough Council regeneration project which will breathe new life into Church Square and Church Street.

The regeneration project is part of plans to transform the area into a hub for creative industries. The project has been funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Hartlepool Borough Council.

The project will see Church Square given a major uplift, with the pedestrianisation of the area. A large oval event space will also be created, encircled by trees and raised seating in front of Hartlepool Art Gallery.

In Church Street, work will focus on making the street more open and widening the pavement along the south of the street to accommodate the larger numbers of people walking to and from the new Cleveland College of Art and Design campus at the bottom of the street. Engraved stones will also be set into the pavement outside key buildings, explaining their history.

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering said: “The project shows both vision and ambition. The development of the historic commercial centre into a centre

for the creative arts is refreshing. It breathes new life and energy into an area originally built be the far-sighted industrialists of the late 19th and 20th centuries

“By careful choice of materials the finished scheme will be aesthetically pleasing and durable.

“Seymour are extremely pleased to be delivering the construction phase of this scheme as it allows us to be part of the regeneration of central Hartlepool and deliver a quality product.

“These are exciting times and it’s great to be in at the start. By coincidence the current completion date falls at the 40th anniversary of the founding of Seymour Civil Engineering.”

Councillor Kevin Cranney, Chair of the Council’s Regeneration Services Ccommittee, said: “These much-needed improvements will enhance and celebrate this historic quarter of Hartlepool, creating an attractive and revitalised environment for people to enjoy and in which businesses can flourish.

As a leading North East civil engineering firm, Seymour have carried out a number of urban renewal projects in the region. Most recently the firm celebrated a landmark contract win securing civil and infrastructure work for the £18 million exhibition development at Beamish Museum.

Artist’s impression of how Church Square will look

Making history, Seymour Civil Engineering starts work on £18million expansion of Beamish Museum

Karl Brennan and Kevin Byrne at the Remaking Beamish groundbreaking ceremony

Seymour Civil Engineering has been contracted to carry out the civil and infrastructure work for the £18million expansion of Beamish, The Living Museum of the North – the biggest project in the museum’s history.

The project will see the addition of over 30 new exhibits, including a 1950s Town, Farm and a Georgian coaching inn, where visitors can stay overnight at Beamish.

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “Seymour Civil Engineering is extremely proud to be working on the next phase of the Beamish Museum development. The museum is a regional treasure and a living legacy to the history of the North East, and it’s fantastic that we’re able to support with its continued growth that will allow future generations to experience the region’s heritage for years to come.

“As an experienced contractor having worked on several historic structures and establishments, we understand the importance of projects like this and feel very passionate about using our expertise and skills to showcase the region’s incredible history.”

Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, the project has been awarded £10.9million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Richard Evans, Beamish’s Director, said: “After years of careful planning we are really excited to be starting this major project, creating new ways for visitors to experience Beamish and learn more about everyday life in the North East of England through time.

“This is the largest project we have ever undertaken – so this is a major milestone in the history of Beamish. We are looking forward to the future with great optimism as we continue to grow and attract even more visitors to our region.”

Remaking Beamish project is expected to create nearly 100 new jobs, and training opportunities, including 50 apprenticeships. An extra 100,000 tourists are set to be attracted to the region. The museum will remain open throughout the building programme.

Find out more about the Remaking Beamish project at www.beamish.org.uk.

Apprentices lead the way in inspiring the future of engineering

from left, Luke Bell, Sam Shaw and Klaudia Robinson

Apprentices from Seymour Civil Engineering, one of the North East’s leading civil contractors have spoken out about the importance of the apprenticeship route at the Bring It On North East event.

The exhibition, which was held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, targeted the engineers of the future and saw three apprentices from Seymour, Luke Bell, Sam Shaw, and Klaudia Robinson, inspiring youngsters and helping children from schools across the North East have a go on the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Bridge.

The event falls in line with research conducted by Engineering UK, revealing that companies need to recruit 56,000 engineers a year until 2022 to meet demand and currently there is an annual shortfall of 28,000 apprentices entering into the industry.

Klaudia, said: “It’s incredibly important to raise the aspirations of young people and to inform them of the options available to them. It gives them more to aim for and the more education we can give them surrounding careers in engineering then the better it is for the industry and the region.

“It’s especially important to remove the misconceptions that engineering is strictly a male career choice. I’ve seen the girls here at the event take just as much, if not more, interest in what he had to say and they have actively got involved with helping to erect the bridge.”

Sam said: “There have been so many school kids coming up to me and asking me questions about the bridge and what sort of engineering is involved in creating a structure such as this. It’s incredible to see children from all sorts of backgrounds taking an active interest in it.

“Some have even been telling me facts they know about engineering. One pupil told me that they knew why the bridge was made using triangles for the struts as it’s one of the most structurally durable shapes. It’s great that our region’s school children are learning things like this in school.”

Seymour now has a total of 6 apprentices, including Ryan Browell Junior, who is an apprentice engineer working on the firms Newcastle projects.

Luke Bell who attended the event, was taken on by Seymour this year alongside fellow student Darren Coombs.

Luke said: “Seymour coming into my school and making the effort to connect with me was exactly what I needed to make the decision to apply for an apprenticeship, which is why it is so important that events like this are put on and backed by local companies.

“I believe that engineering firms should be getting in front of teenagers to educate them on what careers are available to them. Careers events like Bring It On are the perfect way to meet and chat with students, engagement that could make a real difference to their decisions for the future.”

Bridging the gap with the ICE

Seymour Civil Engineering spent a day at High Tunstall College in Hartlepool with 80 students giving them an insight into civil engineering. The students took part in the ICE “Build a Bridge” project where the students build a 15 meter long suspension bridge, the project promotes team building, identifies the variety of roles within the industry and the importance of Health & Safety.

Upon completion of the bridge construction, the students got to test their hard work and see if they were up to the Seymour Standard as they walked across their finished structure.DSC_0021

To give the students a real feel for the career they could have in the industry, Seymour brought along their very own ex High Tunstall student, who is now well on his way to becoming a Site Manager at Seymour CEC. Will Wood joined Seymour as an apprentice in 2012 and is progressing up the career ladder. Will gave the students an insight into the career routes available as well as his own career journey at Seymour CEC.

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Seymour and suppliers join forces for It’s a Knockout

As a warm up to the London Olympics, Seymour Civil Engineering and their suppliers join forces to raise much needed funds for Hartlepool Hospice by taking part in It’s a Knockout. Teams from JetAire, Nixon Hire, MGF and Keyline along with Seymour CEC compete in the trickiest of agility courses, taking part in challenges with plenty of foam and water thrown in for good measure and added fun.

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