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.

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.

Seymour Civil Engineering welcomes three new apprentices to the team

New apprentices join the team

New apprentices join the team

A CIVIL engineering specialist has given three students the opportunity to take their first step on the career ladder by taking them on as apprentices.

Klaudia Robinson, Sam Shaw and Lewis Hunt have all joined Seymour Civil Engineering as Apprentice Management Trainees.

They have all enrolled on the three-year Construction Built Environment course at Hartlepool College of Further Education, and will spend four days a week at Seymour with the remaining day based in the classroom to complete the academic part of the programme.

Klaudia, 17, from the King Oswy area of Hartlepool, left St Hild’s school to start her apprenticeship and will work with the Quantity Surveying team.

She said: “This is something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a great opportunity, and hopefully I will learn enough to gain a job at the end of the three-year course.”

Sam, 16, a former High Tunstall College of Science student who comes from High Throston, will work in the Estimating department. He said: “I’m looking forward to getting started, because Seymour is one of the biggest businesses of its kind in the region and it would be a dream job for me if there was an opportunity at the end of the course.”

Lewis, 17 from Clavering, is another product of St Hild’s and will specialise in Repair & Maintenance. He said: “There are a lot of people in senior positions at Seymour who have started as an apprentice, and I see this as a real opportunity to get my foot on the career ladder and hopefully make progress.”

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director at Seymour Civil Engineering, is always keen to provide opportunities for young people and is delighted with the relationship his firm has with Hartlepool College.

He said: “I said when Klaudia, Sam and Lewis walked in that today was the first day of the start of their future.

“From my own point of view, at Seymour if we get an apprentice through the door then they learn from their very first day. They know the Seymour way, and pick up the good habits. It’s easier to give someone good habits than to try and take the bad habits they’ve learned away from them.

“I have a pyramid mentality when it comes to running this business, and I want them to build their way up that pyramid. We’re a local company working with a great local college to provide opportunities, and it gives me a lot of pride both personally and professionally to welcome them on board.”

Seymour is recognised as one of the North East’s leading civil engineering businesses, and employs a workforce in excess of 230 throughout the region.

The firm specialises in drainage, urban renewal projects, restoration and development work as well as sea defence and coastal protection work.

Darren Hankey, Principal at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “We have built up a great relationship with Seymour over the years, and we are delighted to be able to provide them with three apprentices for their Management Trainee scheme.

“There have been some real success stories from Seymour with apprentices going on to greater things within the company, and I wish Klaudia, Sam and Lewis all the best moving forward.”

Seymour Charity Ball a HUGE Success!

summer ball picAfter signing up to the Hartlepool Hospice Corporate Adoption Scheme, Seymour CEC have organised a number of events to raise much needed funds.

We organised a Charity Ball, held at the Staincliffe Hotel in Seaton Carew which had a Casino theme with Swing and Big Band entertainment throughout the night. With 100 people in attendance and support from our key suppliers, including Keyline, Jewson, Nixon Hire, Gap, Jet Aire, MGF, St Gobain, HCS Drain Services, Monks and Crane, North East Concrete, Lafarge Tarmac and Speedy Hire we raised over £7k.

Kevin Byrne, MD of Seymour CEC said “This was our first Charity Ball and it was a huge success. Everyone had a great night, but more importantly we raised over £7k for the hospice. We are proud to be their Corporate Partner and hope to raise more funds with other events throughout the year.

“Going the Extra Mile” in Customer Focus

Customer Focus Award Photo_Winner2Seymour were invited by Northumbrian Water to attend their annual “Going the Extra Mile” Awards 2014.

The awards scheme recognises excellence in delivery by organisations, teams or individuals that have gone the extra mile and were open to all of the NWL framework contractors, consultants and suppliers.

We were delighted to win the award in the Customer Focus Category for the Benfieldside Road Flood Protection Scheme in Consett.

 

 

 

Barkers Haugh Project wins ICE Robert Stephenson Award 2014

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East has highlighted projects across the region with accolades in this year’s prestigious Robert Stephenson Awards.

Projects in South Shields and Durham took the top two awards for 2014, with engineering work in Redcar and South Shields receiving commendations. Presented by the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Geoff French, at ICE North East’s annual dinner, the awards recognised projects in the Under £4m and Over £4m categories.Barkers Haugh - IMG_4439

In the Under £4m section, Northumbrian Water Ltd, Mott MacDonald, Montgomery Watson Harza Treatment Ltd, Seymour Civil Engineering Ltd, and AMEC Environment & Infrastructure UK Ltd took the top award for work to create a new inlet at Barkers Haugh Sewage Treatment Works, in Durham.

Seymour Leading the Way in “This is Civil Engineering” Campaign with the ICE

This is Civil Engineering

A flood alleviation site on Tyneside is the latest project in the North East to fly the flag on a new industry campaign to highlight civil engineering and its value to society.

The Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East, Derek Smith, unveiled the ‘This Is Civil Engineering’ banners across the flood alleviation site in Hebburn which, when complete, will reduce the risk of flooding to 21 homes.

‘This Is Civil Engineering’ is a campaign devised by ICE to encourage public awareness of the work involved in designing and supporting the infrastructure which is all around them and which may otherwise go unnoticed.

The scheme in Mountbatten Avenue is being developed by Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors on behalf of Northumbrian Water. It is the first of four where the firm has committed to showcase the campaign.

‘This Is Civil Engineering’ banners are displayed during projects and immediately following completion of works. The banners feature a QR code linked to a dedicated page on the ICE website that explains what civil engineering is and what civil engineers do. The page also contains links to more detailed civil engineering information and navigation to the rest of the ICE website for those interested in becoming civil engineers.

Derek Smith, Chairman of ICE North East said:

“We are very proud of everything civil engineering contributes to the North East and we are delighted to be working with Seymour Civil Engineering on these important projects across the region.

“We are grateful to Seymour for supporting this initiative and we know there are more firms looking forward to getting involved and helping us to highlight the variety and importance of civil engineering to the general public.

“Most of us take for granted the contribution that civil engineering makes to society, but there is a very true saying, that ‘when you understand civil engineering, you see the world differently’. This is what this campaign aims to illustrate.”

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour CEC said:

“Seymour are proud to be leading the way in supporting the “This is Civil Engineering” campaign. Often it’s only when infrastructure fails or is compromised that the industry’s importance is recognised.”

“We need more graduates and youngsters to enter the industry and the ICE campaign is an excellent way to raise awareness.”

Image above (L-R): Kevin Byrne, Managing Director, Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd, Andy McLaren, Investment Delivery Team Leader at Northumbrian Water, and Derek Smith, Chairman, ICE North East.