Year: 2013

PROjEN Support Barton FC’s Under 14’s fight for top flight football.

PROjEN believe that we have a responsibility to the local community that we work in and have therefore sponsored the Barnton under 14s, a local football team, based near Northwich in Cheshire.

PROjEN have sponsored Barnton youth football since 2008/9 season when the team were starting out; five years on and PROjEN renewed the sponsorship by way of a contribution to the home and away kit for the now under 14’s.

PROjEN’s Head of Procurement Mark Warrington, who is the Under 14’s FA Qualified coach, said; “Two years ago the, then under 12’s gained promotion as runners up in the mid Cheshire youth league and now after a restructuring of the divisions they are currently fighting for another promotion to the top flight,” he added that “At the Christmas break we are nicely poised in 4th position of division 2 and with the contribution from PROjEN means that each week we can compete and look the part.”

With the heightened public awareness about the dangers of childhood obesity; in combination with the social benefit of playing a team sport, it has become increasingly important to engage children in sport at a young age. Barnton Football Club provides opportunities for children and adults in the surrounding area to participate in a football team and to enjoy their involvement regardless of ability. Barnton FC view themselves as a family, winning and losing as a Club, not just a team. However they rely on volunteers to coach and manage the team as well as participate in fund raising efforts.

Barnton Football Club place a high value of fair play and respect and in December 2010, were awarded the FA Charter Standard ‘Community Club’ Award, the highest status that they could achieve under the FA Charter Standard Scheme.

Barnton play their home matches on Sundays at the Barnton Primary School playing field.

If you are interested in joining Barnton Football Club as a either a player or volunteer, please email: mark.warrington@projen.co.uk

PROjEN Secure Prestigious IChemE Bio Processing Award 2013

PROjEN, a specialist Project Management and Engineering Consultancy Company is proud to announce that we won a prestigious award at this year’s IChemE awards dinner. The IChemE Bioprocessing Award underpins PROjEN’s leadership in the design and development of anaerobic digestion systems in the UK.

PROjEN were initially nominated for both the Bioprocessing and Sustainable Technology awards in recognition of their innovative approach to anaerobic digestion process optimisation on a recent project. The project in question processes a combination of pig slurry and food waste. The output from this process provides enough biogas to power a 1.2MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine, which provides electricity and hot water for the on-site farm operations and enough surplus energy to power around 700 homes.

This was an exciting, yet challenging project that required an innovative approach, considering that pig slurry contains significantly more ammonia than most digesters can handle. A two-phase digestion process was required which included a first stage hydrolysis phase that has ten times the efficiency of conventional continuous stirred tank reactors and allows the system to handle three times the amount of ammonia that would normally kill most digester bacteria.

The IChemE awards have been recognising and rewarding chemical engineering innovation and excellence for the last 20 years, and have become “widely recognised as the most prestigious Chemical Engineering awards in the world.”

The award ceremony returned for its 20th Anniversary on the 7th of November; the evening was hosted by Nick Hewer, (Lord Sugar’s long time business advisor and panel host from the Apprentice television series) who described PROjEN’s project as “My favourite nomination”. The award ceremony, which was held at the De Vere Whites hotel in Bolton, was attended by PROjEN’s Head of Engineering Nevin Elliott and Sales and Marketing Manager Shane Pugh who reflected;

“We were all really thrilled to have been recognised by the IChemE for this prestigious award; innovation and “thinking outside the box” have always been at the heart of what we do at PROjEN.”

The project was completed earlier this year (after only 14 months), and achieved 1.2MW on a reduced feedstock tonnage, with the capacity to upgrade to 2MW. This has enabled energy independence for the client, while diverting 18,000tpa of food waste from landfill.

Child Safety Week | PM PROjEN News

Back in June, Murdishaw primary school was participating in Child Safety Week; a national initiative run by the Child Accident Prevention trust, which provides support and advice to schools and parents.

A competition was run by PROjEN through the week, to design the best ‘Safety Awareness Poster’. Everyone at PROjEN was hugely impressed by the quality of both the graphics and the catchy slogans, so picking a winner was a real challenge.

Margaret Barnes, PROjEN’s SHE advisor commented on her visit to the school “Although the Children clearly enjoyed the opportunity to be creative, the content of the posters demonstrated their comprehension of the dangers around them, especially in high risk areas such as construction sites.”

Two winner have now been chosen with each receiving a 7” Kindle Fire HD, with additional money donated by PROjEN and Akzo Nobel. Dave Elliott, PROjEN’s business Support Services Director was also delighted to have to opportunity to present the school with A Zebra Wristband Printer.

The winning posters will continue to be displayed at the Akzo Nobel site and at Murdishaw primary school in order to promote accident reduction.

PROjEN return to ADBA 2013 | PM PROjEN News

PROjEN, a specialist engineering and project management company, based in Preston Brook, Cheshire, has once again ventured and exhibited at the ‘Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association’ show at the NEC in Birmingham, which took place on the 3rd and 4th of July 2013.

This was PROjEN’s third visit to the ADBA show, and with another successful year in the BioEnergy sector, including the design build and commissioning of a 1.2MW AD plant at AC Shropshire PROjEN had high expectations for this show. The expansion and growth of both the ADBA Show and the technology used within this industry over the last three years has been clear, with the Show now boasting 240 separate exhibitors.

Despite a quiet first hour to the show and some strong competition, the knowledge of our lead technical consultant Dr Les Gornall, working in combination with Shane Pugh our Sales and Marketing Manager and Terry Brownhill the BioEnergy Development Manager ensured that the stand remained constantly busy throughout the day, resulting in some exciting leads.

The show was also an excellent opportunity to interact with customers and to gain a better insight into what they were looking for. Les and Terry were also able to share some of their considerable knowledge through the free seminars and conferences that ran over the two days, offering impartial help and advice and resulting in Les having a semi-permanent crowd in tow.

Guy Phipps; a Placement student from Manchester Metropolitan University, who is currently spending this year working with PROjEN, and attended the show commented:

“Despite being thrown in at the deep end, this was an exciting two days and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to immerse myself within the market, interacting with customers gaining experience and confidence as the ADBA show progressed”

After such a successful show PROjEN have placed their order to return to the NEC for the 2014 show on the 2nd and 3rd of July.

PROjEN design ‘Iconic’ Anaerobic Digestion Facility

This plant represents another example of a PROjEN designed facility carefully engineered to efficiently create energy from organic waste which will make a contribution to reducing the volume of organic bi-products currently going into landfill or to waste incinerators.

The organic ‘fuel’ for the plant is obtained by AC Shropshire from their onsite pig breeding and waste food processing operations as well as via organic waste collections from a selection of their clients. The plant is currently in the latter stages of biological commissioning, and is already producing good quality biogas from a mixture of pig slurry and food waste. The biogas produced in the anaerobic digesters is used to power a 1.2MW combined heat and power unit (CHP), which will export enough electricity onto the grid to power around 700 homes.

PROjEN were chosen by AC Shropshire to deliver this project because they were the only company AC Shropshire could find that was not tied to any specific technology provider and that had an in-depth experience of delivering projects of this type in the UK. Other factors that played part in AC Shropshire’s choice included PROjEN’s outstanding Health and Safety record, and most importantly their in-depth understanding of the UK legislation surrounding such facilities.

PROjEN started the project back in January 2012 by completing an in-depth feasibility study designed to identify additional ‘fuel’ sources to increase the financial viability of the plant, as well as producing the concept design, and cost estimates for the facility. The project has been built in an extremely short timescale in collaboration with AC Shropshire and is set to be an ‘iconic’ anaerobic digestion facility in the UK.

Shane Pugh, PROjEN’s BioEnergy Divisional Manager, said: “This was a great project to get involved in and we are very proud of what we have achieved. This project made use of a number of PROjEN’s key skill sets and our knowledge of the bio-energy market combined with our project management experience was a real asset in the delivery of this project”.

Randall Boddy, MD for AC Shropshire, said: “We are extremely happy with the way the project has gone and can’t thank PROjEN enough for their support. We are extremely glad that we chose them on such an important project for us. PROjEN’s collaborative approach was a major factor when it came to choosing a supplier – it was extremely important for us to have someone who could keep us on the ‘straight and narrow’ but also allow us the ability to influence the direction of the project”.

PROjEN provides support to Child Safety Week

Child Safety Week is a national scheme, run by The Child Accident Prevention Trust. They are the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the numbers of serious accidents among Children, by providing support and guidance to schools and parents.

Child Safety Week ran from 24th to 30th June and was designed to highlight both small everyday risks as well as more significant dangers that threaten inquisitive children, while still allowing them the freedom to play.

PROjEN has a diligent approach to health and safety, which has been rewarded with numerous Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awards. Because of this PROjEN understands that promoting health and safety in the local community and beyond is of the highest priority. PROjEN’s Safety Representative Angela Keegan and Health and Safety Advisor Margaret Barnes attended Murdishaw West Primary School’s Child Safety Week and worked with the children to produce a range of safety posters.

Margaret Barnes PROjEN’s Health & Safety Advisor said,

“It was great to see the children so engaged and involved in this project, and producing such excellent work with memorable and humorous slogans.”

The pupils were initially shown a presentation detailing the hazards in the home environment as well as the risks to children at a construction site. They were then tasked with expressing their views by creating a poster on each of these hazards, giving an insight into the children’s grasp of the importance of safety measures.

PROjEN will be providing prizes for the best poster along with a donation to the school prior to the summer term break. A very high standard of design and eye catching slogans will ensure the PROjEN judges have a tough decision later this Month. The winning posters will be displayed at the Akzo Nobel site, one of PROjEN’s current projects and at the school to raise awareness of the dangers.

PROjEN Ltd celebrate winning ECI Project of the Year 2013

PM PROjEN, a specialist engineering project Management Company, based in Preston Brook, Cheshire is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the European Construction Institute Project of the Year 2013 following the successful completion of a key project at Cabot Carbon Limited.

PROjEN have had a long working relationship with Cabot that stretches over 6 years and includes work across a number of sites in the UK as well as the Cabot Italiana plant in Ravenna, Italy. PROjEN were selected as the EPC contractor for Cabot Carbon’s Fumed Silica Expansion project at Barry, South Wales via a competitive selection process because of the professional and structured approach they bring to design and project management.

The project at Barry has increased the Company’s Fumed Silica production capacity by 25% and the expansion is part of a three year plan to enhance Cabot’s global fumed metal oxide capacity by 35 to 40%. The project has been a huge success and a major contributor to this has been the collaborative way in which all the stakeholders worked together to achieve common goals and objectives. In addition PROjEN’s specific use of the ECI’s ACTIVE (Achieving Competitiveness Through Value Enhancing) Principles were also cited as reasons behind PROjEN’s nomination and subsequent award winning achievement.

The award was presented at the ECI Gala dinner which was held on Thursday 13th June at Heathrow Marriott Hotel, London Heathrow. PROjEN’s Managing Director Martin Seabrook and Head of Projects Simon Forshaw attended the Gala dinner and collected the award on behalf of PROjEN. Simon also presented a paper at the ECI Annual Conference on the 14th June on the ‘Reasons for Success by following the ACTIVE Principles’. PROjEN’s Managing Director Martin Seabrook comments:

“It is a great honour to win this award and is testimony to the efforts and hard work of PROjEN’s employees to maintain our exceptional health and safety record and professional culture and approach – as true followers of the ECI’s Eight ACTIVE Principles.

PROjEN’s key business driver is working with clients who share our business culture and Cabot’s willingness to endorse a true teamwork approach on this project has promoted the innovation and ownership that is needed to deliver this project”.

PROjEN Celebrate Winning Two Top Awards

PROjEN, a specialist engineering and project management company, based in Preston Brook, Cheshire is extremely proud to announce that they have won both the Business of the Year and Positive Environmental Impact Awards at the Halton Business Awards 2013.

The result was announced at the awards ceremony held at the Runcorn Holiday Inn on Friday 26th April.  PROjEN’s Business Support Services Director David Elliott and Sales and Marketing Manager Shane Pugh attended the awards ceremony and collected the award on behalf of PROjEN.

The Halton Business Awards are highly respected amongst the local business community and beyond for their recognition and reward of excellence in business practise.

For the Business of the Year Award the judges commented:

“PROjEN has demonstrated that despite the economic downturn …. the implementation of sound business practices and principles, coupled with the drive to succeed through product development and innovative approaches to working with markets can make for successful business”.

For the Positive Environmental Impact Award judges commented:

“The launch and development of a new division (PROjEN BioEnergy) has enabled this company to work with a wide range of businesses to reduce the requirement for fossil based fuels, use waste materials in order to reduce costs and use energy more efficiently. All of this has led to the largest order book since its foundation”.

PROjEN are extremely proud to receive this external recognition for the work they do.  PROjEN’s Managing Director Martin Seabrook is delighted with the company’s success:

“It is a great honour to win both the Business of the Year and Environmental Award in these local business awards.  These awards are a testimony to the efforts and hard work of all PROjEN employees.   We have worked extremely hard in making PROjEN a good place to work and where everyone has a voice.  Being shortlisted for an award in the local community is also important and reflects our employees pride in working here and willingness to recommend us as a place to work.  It also demonstrates the high level of service we provide to our clients who we have long lasting relationships with”.

PROjEN has a successful track record in business awards and has been successful in being voted the Vale Royal Business of the Year in 2006 and also winning the first ever High Sheriff of Cheshire Award for Enterprise in 2007.  Other awards include three European Construction Institute Awards and in 2013 PROjEN secured their third RoSPA Presidents Award following 12 consecutive Gold Awards for outstanding Health & Safety performance.

PROjEN are shortlisted for Local Halton Business Awards

PM PROjEN, a specialist engineering project management company, based in Preston Brook, Cheshire is proud to announce that they have been shortlisted in both the Business of the Year and Positive Environmental Impact category at the Halton Business Awards 2013.

The Halton Business Awards are highly respected amongst the local business community and beyond for recognising and rewarding excellence in business practise. For the Business of the Year Award the judges are looking for a dynamic company, which demonstrates all round excellence in business. For the Positive Environmental Impact Award the judges are looking for an outstanding local business which has developed new and innovative business practices to embrace the challenge of climate change.

The awards ceremony will be held at Runcorn Holiday Inn on Friday 26th April. PROjEN’s Business Support Services Director David Elliott and Sales and Marketing Manager Shane Pugh will be attending the awards ceremony on behalf of PM PROjEN.

PROjEN has a successful track record in business awards and has been successful in being voted the Vale Royal Business of the Year in 2006 and also winning the first ever High Sheriff of Cheshire Award for Enterprise in 2007. Other awards include three European Construction Institute Awards and in 2013 PROjEN secured their third RoSPA Presidents Award following 12 consecutive Gold Awards for outstanding Health & Safety performance.

PROjEN’s Managing Director Martin Seabrook is delighted with the company’s success:

“It is a delight to be shortlisted for an award in the local business community. We have worked extremely hard in making PROjEN a good place to work and where everyone has a voice. We are all delighted with our Health & Safety records, our extremely high client retention and the fact that we have been able to grow our business in such difficult times”.

PROjEN gains accreditation to Occupational Health and Safety

Specialist Engineering Project Management company PM PROjEN, based in Preston Brook, Cheshire is proud to announce that it has gained accreditation to the Occupational Health and Safety Standard BS OHSAS 18001:2007.

OHSAS 18001 is an Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series for health and safety management systems and its purpose is to help organisations control occupational health and safety risks. It was developed in response to widespread demand for a recognised standard against which to be certified and assessed. The OHSAS 18001 specification is applicable to any organisation that wishes to establish an OH&S management system to eliminate or minimise risk, both to employees and other interested parties.

The latest accreditation gained by PROjEN is in addition to those for ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management) held since 1992 and 2009 respectively. During 2012, PROjEN made significant investment in their management system combining the three separate components for Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety into one single Integrated Management System (IMS) before applying for accreditation to BS OHSAS 18001:2007.

SGS audited the IMS against all 3 standards in February 2013 resulting in the continuation of accreditations to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 as well as the new award of OHSAS 18001:2007.

David Elliott, Business Support Services Director said:

“We are delighted to gain this accreditation which is as a result of the hard work put in to consistently improve our internal systems. We have an outstanding health and safety record at PROjEN and this new accreditation is testament to how seriously we take health and safety in the workplace. OHSAS 18001 is yet another independent endorsement of our approach to Health & Safety and provides further support to why many organisations put their faith in PROjEN to deliver their projects safely”