Year: 2014

Problems delivering your AD project? – PROjEN can help

PROjEN Bioenergy is one of the UK’s leading providers of bioenergy solutions. PROjEN has been in business for over 35 years and recently joined the Design and Management Division of Capita Plc. Capita is a UK FTSE 100 listed Company which offers us an unrivalled degree of financial stability in this market place.

Over the last 5 years the company has been associated with the successful delivery of over 25MW of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) capacity in the UK.

In 2013, the IChemE recognised our AD biological process and engineering capabilities by awarding PROjEN with their prestigious ‘Bioprocessing Award’. This award recognises our achievement in developing a highly optimised AD process which is being used on the AD plants that have been successfully designed and delivered by our biological process team, led by Dr Les Gornall, a recognised AD pioneer.

Our unique blend of AD experience is based on the design and delivery of AD plants with a capacity of between 500kW and 8MW. Every project has its own unique process design challenges to be overcome meaning that there is no one solution for all applications.

PROjEN is technology agnostic and has no technical alliances with suppliers. We do not provide an off the shelf ‘Black Box’ solution; instead we provide UK designed and warranted solutions for our clients.

Our capability offering to the AD market typically includes the following range of professional services:

  • Concept development and feasibility studies
  • Technical due diligence (on behalf of major investment banks and project developers)
  • Process design and consultancy
  • Planning and permitting
  • Architectural, civil and structural
  • Detailed design, mechanical, control and electrical
  • Project management
  • Construction management/SHE/CDM support
  • Project controls/QS/planning
  • Procurement/expediting/subcontract management
  • Commissioning
  • Operative training
  • Plant optimisation and biological health checks

In short, we can develop projects from a blank sheet of paper through to a fully working and optimised plant.

Our bioprocessing capability has included the delivery of biodiesel, biomass and EfW (Energy from Waste) projects throughout the UK. As a result of our capabilities, we are currently retained by a number of major infrastructure providers who draw down on our consultancy services and digester delivery capability in co-operative contracts.

For further details please don’t hesitate to call:

Terence Brownhill


T: 01928-752-538

M: 07729-914-490

Capita Acquires PROjEN | PM PROjEN News

Capita has today announced the acquisition of project management and engineering solutions business PROjEN for an undisclosed sum.

Established in 1978 PROjEN employs over 100 staff at Preston Brook in Cheshire, providing a wide range of design, engineering and management services in the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, manufacturing and bio energy markets.

The company will join Capita’s 4,000 strong property and infrastructure business and sit within its design and management division. The acquisition will expand Capita’s existing services into new key markets and create opportunities for cross-selling a wider range of expertise to clients of both organisations, as well as the up-selling of wider transformational partnerships to new clients in key growth markets such as bio energy.

PROjEN delivers projects for blue chip clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Smith & Nephew and has established long-term relationships for BP and AkzoNobel, for which it is currently delivering a flagship paint manufacturing facility. In recent years the business has expanded into the bioenergy field to deliver biofuels, biomass, and biogas projects, particularly focussed on the development, design and build of anaerobic digestion plants in the energy from waste market.

Simon Birchall, executive director of design and management at Capita said: “PROjEN is an excellent cultural fit for our business and reflects our commitment to expansion through the acquisition of strong and innovative businesses that allow us to enter new markets and provide new technological solutions to our clients. PROjEN is a well established, innovative business in key target markets for us and I welcome its staff to our business.”

Martin Seabrook, managing director of PROjEN said: “We are delighted and excited to be joining Capita. Working as part of a major consultancy will allow us to invest in the future growth of our business, further develop our staff, and expand our capabilities into new markets – as well as giving our clients access to the skills and transformational expertise of a market-leading business.”

PROjEN BioEnergy to return to ADBA Show after Successful year

Following another successful year in the Anaerobic Digestion industry, PROjEN BioEnergy will be exhibiting at this year’s Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) Show. The ADBA show is a free two day exhibition, at the NEC in Birmingham and will run over the 2nd and 3rd of July and will showcase over 250 exhibitors with free seminars and one to one advice clinics running over both days. (Register Here for Free)

The ADBA was established in 2009 as a not-for-profit trade body representing businesses in the anaerobic digestion sector to support those interested in using the technology. This has been accomplished by removing many of the barriers to growth currently faced by the industry, by offering expert advice and support and by influencing Government legislation to help promote the benefits of AD to the UK.

PROjEN has maintained strong ties with the ADBA; PROjEN BioEnergy’s own Terence Brownhill is an ADBA director and the Chair of ADBA’s Training and Safety Working group. Both Terence and Dr Les Gornall, who has been building Anaerobic Digesters since 1978, made significant contribution to the ADBA’s Practical Guide to AD (paywall).

PROjEN has over 35 years’ experience as a Project Management and Engineering design company, maintaining an impeccable Health and Safety Record, while working in the Chemical and Process engineering industries. When combined with the technical expertise of the PROjEN BioEnergy’s team of specialists, who have over 100 years combined Anaerobic Digestion experience and have been involved in the development of over 25MWe of AD capacity in the UK, it gives PROjEN the capability of designing, building and commissioning bespoke digesters to range of capacities, safely, on time and to budget.

PROjEN has attended the ADBA show since 2011, and has enjoyed a highly successful year since the 2013 ADBA show, having commissioned a 1.2MW AD plant, and been awarded the 2013 IChemE BioProcessing award for it’s innovative three phase digestion process.

The project was completed 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.

It continues to be a busy time for the PROjEN BioEnergy team who are working on a variety of projects around the award winning process from 0.5MW to 1.5MW with modular features that will reduce the cost and time required to build a fully optimised AD system. PROjEN has also embarked on full turnkey 7MW gas to grid projects with several clients.
If you would like to come question our experts at the show, we would be happy to help and will be situated on stand G027, between the R&D Forum and the Edina Café.

The Canal Boat Adventure Project visit PROjEN House

On Friday the 18th of April, PROjEN had a visit from Mrs Norma Hornby and three young members of the Canal Boat Adventure Project, a local Charity originally based on and still using the Bridgewater canal, which runs through Runcorn. The Canal Boat Adventure Project was established in 1976 and has been based in Hallwood Park Primary school for nearly 40 years. Originally the charity provided canal boats to youth groups and schools in areas of high deprivation across Halton, Cheshire and Merseyside.

The Canal Boat Adventure Project has its roots loaning out canal boats on the Bridgewater Canal and while they continue to run three canal boats, they are now able to offer far more. The direction of the Canal Boat Adventure Project changed in 2001 with funding severely restricted; seven young local people were offered the opportunity to restructure the project to meet the needs of the local community.

Not only did they save the Canal Boat Adventure Project, but also learned valuable life skills, with all seven now in full employment, three of whom are qualified teachers and one employed by a national charity.

Since 2001 this project has become an award-winning youth led social inclusion project, inspiring, motivating and providing opportunity to over two thousand young people from some of the most deprived communities. Many of the skills that PROjEN value most highly, such as, team work, commitment and engagement are promoted by the Canal Boat Adventure Project, with a strong emphasis on providing career skills and advice, with the ultimate aim of getting local young people into long term employment.

There are many opportunities that would not usually be open to the children, but are provided by the Canal Boat Adventure Project, including several trips abroad, such as; raising 30k to design and build the first children’s computer centre in Nkawiee, Ghana. Also a long term partnership with ‘Kids and Co.’ has allowed young people from Runcorn to visit East Berlin, explore Europe and to learn about differing cultures. Many of the ideas are developed by the young people, giving them the opportunity to really make a difference, such as the group that was awarded the NCVYS ‘Best Social Inclusion Project’ for developing a new initiative to help young women who suffer from mental illness.

The Canal Boat Adventure Project are now looking for a new dedicated long term home of their own and have decided to lease and renovate a disused ‘Woodlands Play Building’ and grounds in the Castlefields area of Runcorn. However they require both financial and in kind support to get this project moving and to realise their ambitions.

Fortunately for the Canal Boat Adventure Project, PROjEN specialise in Project Management and feel its well within our remit to assist on the project and to bring in some support from our collaborators, such as Clancy Consulting to help with the civil engineering and some assistance on their website from our external Marketing consultancy, Piranha Solutions.

With this combined effort, of PROjEN, our partners and other organisations. We expect to have the ‘Woodlands Play Building’ up and running as soon as possible to allow the Canal Boat Adventure Project to continue to serve the community from a new home.

PROjEN awarded RoSPA President’s Award

At PROjEN, we set our Health, Safety and Environmental responsibilities to our employees, customers, suppliers and our surrounding community as our highest priority. All of the excellent work we do to deliver projects on time, to budget and to the highest quality standards counts for nothing if our safety performance is not exemplary. For these reasons, we are proud to announce that PROjEN has just been recommended by RoSPA’s Awards Adjudication Panel for our 4th RoSPA President’s Award and our 13th Consecutive Gold Award. The RoSPA Safety Awards are internationally recognised and have become the most sought after safety accolade by organisations from every sector.

The majority of RoSPA’s awards are non-competitive, graded achievements at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations that maintain high standards in consecutive years can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.

“This key fixture in the health and safety calendar offers organisations a prime opportunity to prove their ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards and to be a part of the longest running and most highly respected occupational safety awards programme.”

RoSPA is the UK’s family safety charity and aims to save lives and reduce injuries for people of all ages and stages of their life. In support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work. Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage the raising of occupational health and safety standards across the board. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems such as PROjEN, contribute to a collective ‘raising of the bar’ for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations.”

Dave Elliott, PROjEN’s Business Support Services Director said: “We are delighted to be recognised by RoSPA once again. This 4th President’s award is testimony to our excellent Health and Safety record and all of the hard work and commitment shown by everyone across the business.”

The awards will be presented by RoSPA at a dinner gala hosted at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on the 14th of May 2014, which will be attended by PROjEN’s SHE Manager, Lyndon Workman who will collect this prestigious award.

PROjEN employs the experience and expertise of a dedicated SHE team who ensures the health, safety and wellbeing of both PROjEN employees and those we manage as part of the construction process. If you or your company requires assistance in understanding or remaining compliant with all applicable Health and Safety legislation, or want to reduce your accident rates; please call our experts on: 01928 752 500

PROjEN raise over £2,000 to assist with the construction of a new Bedroom Block at Francis House Children’s Hospice

PROjEN are based in Preston Brook, near Runcorn and understand the importance of assisting charitable organisation in and around our local area. PROjEN has always felt that more of an impact could be made when we partner with a local charitable organisation and directed all of our charitable contributions towards that organisation.

Last year we partnered with Francis Hose Children’s Hospice. In January of 1990 Sister Aloysius set up the ‘Rainbow Family Trust’ to provide help and support to the many families around the Northwest who had children with life limiting conditions and on the 25th of November 1991 the late Princess Diana opened a fully operational Francis House and ever since, the Francis House family has continued to grow.

The Francis House Lodge was opened in October 2010 and has focused on providing care for teenagers and young adults as their conditions and needs change. The Lodge was always a temporary solution and is now being replaced by the new seven bed unit adjacent to Francis House.

PROjEN began worked closely with Francis House Children’s Hospice at the end of 2012 and have collected donations as well as holding a number of charitable events throughout 2013 to raise money for Francis House who are currently constructing a new seven bedroom Hospice for teenagers and young adults adjacent to the existing site. These events include:

  • May last year Lyndon Workman cycled from Manchester to Liverpool raising money for Both Francis House Children’s Hospice and the NSPCC.
  • PROjEN employees were given the opportunity to ‘Dress down for Charity’ at the end of last year raising a couple of hundred pounds for Francis House and were also able to purchase Christmas Cards produced by PROjEN again raising money for Francis House.
  • PROjEN are keen to reduce our environmental impact in any way possible, so our I.T department have been selling off any redundant computers and screens at a discounted rate to PROjEN employees, with all proceeds donated to Francis House.

PROjEN managed to raise £2032.81 throughout 2013, with the funds going towards the completion of Francis House’s new block, which will provide a parent free space, where teenagers and young adults can experience some rare independence, while relaxing in the pleasant grounds or enjoy a range of suitable activities provided by Francis House.

PROjEN wish farewell to Peter Jobling

PM PROjEN is a multi-disciplined project management and engineering consultancy. We are a management owned SME that designs and builds industrial projects for the Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and BioEnergy market sectors. PROjEN has said farewell to a key member of the PROjEN staff family following the retirement of our Recruitment Manager, Peter Jobling.

Peter has had a long and fruitful career; he began back in 1967 as an Engineering Draughtsman, and then took on several engineering recruitment management and consultancy roles before joining PROjEN in March of 2007.

As Recruitment Manager, Peter has been directly involved in the hiring of over 300 staff and contractors in his 7 year stretch with PROjEN, which has obviously had a huge impact on both the Company and our culture. Peter was highly effective at hand picking the correct fit for PROjEN personnel and is a key reason as to why we are able to consistently maintain a staff turnover rate below 10% and an average employment satisfaction score of 90%.

Despite Peter’s wish that no fuss should be made, PROjEN could not let his retirement go unmarked. Staff held a collection and presented Peter with a top quality Whisky and hip flask; while the company presented Peter with a new fishing rod which we hope he will put to good use now he has a lot more time on his hands.

Peter thanked everyone for their kindness and before he left, Peter stated that working for PROjEN “has been the best job of my Career”. Peter will be missed greatly and we wish him all the very best for the future.

To ensure continuity Peter’s replacement will commence employment during April.