The Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port is the latest automotive installation completed by GMH, building on over 35 years of handling system supply to the car industry for iconic British brand names including Bentley, Jaguar, Mini and Land Rover.
The first three months of 2019 have shown continued expansion for Granada, from design and specification through to installation, maintenance and servicing.
Engie Fabricom has awarded a significant contract to Granada Material Handling to design, manufacture, and commission five davit crane units for use on the Moray East and the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm substations. Each of the Granada Python crane units has been specifically designed for each offshore wind farm and the challenging marine environment in which it will operate. One ‘Python’ crane unit will be fitted to each of the five Jacket Foundation platforms.
Granada further extend their offshore portfolio with a major contract win from Smulders, to design, manufacture, deliver and commission 90 of their unique Python cranes, one to be fitted to each of the transition piece platforms for Triton Knoll.
Situated 27km off the Suffolk coast, the Galloper Offshore Windfarm Limited (GOWL) already has one of Granada’s unique Python cranes fitted to each of the 56 wind turbine foundations, with another two on the OTM platforms.
Building on the success of their 2016 contract to design, deliver and commission davit cranes for the GOWL project, Granada have now been awarded a contract to ensure all 58 cranes are serviced and maintained in accordance with current legislation and with Granada’s own original equipment supplier requirements.
This month sees a fourth contract awarded to Granada for Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) – one of the largest private investment projects ever undertaken in Scottish infrastructure.
Under this new contract, Granada will ensure that all 84 davit crane units installed on the project are commissioned in accordance with current legislation and with Granada’s original equipment supplier requirements. Each of the Python cranes – a design unique to GMH – has been specifically tailored for the Beatrice project, with one Python crane fitted to each of the wind turbine foundations and two more cranes fitted on the OTM platforms.
The internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards scheme, which receive entries from organisations around the world, is the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK, and Granada Material Handling have been given their third prestigious Gold Award, in recognition of the company’s practices and achievements in occupational health and safety management, leadership and workforce involvement.
Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said,
“The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”
Alison Hodgson, health, safety and compliance manager at Granada, reflected on the Award,
“We are delighted to receive a third Gold Award from RoSPA. It’s a testament to the exceptional commitment of all Granada’s staff and our Broughton-based Airbus team thoroughly deserve this accolade.”
The Award will be presented to Granada during a ceremony at Hilton Birmingham Metropole in July. For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards
Having recently delivered their 1000th wind farm davit crane, Granada Material Handling are employed across multiple foundation yard locations ensuring their range of cranes are commissioned and tested prior to installation offshore.
From Denmark to Dubai, Granada’s trained and certified crane technicians are currently supporting the following wind farms with commissioning works: EA1, Hornsea, Galloper and Beatrice.
Granada Material Handling have delivered their 1,000th windfarm davit crane – as part of their contract for Hornsea Project One
A landmark for GMH, this reflects the company’s reputation across the offshore renewables sector, with GMH cranes already working on or specified for projects including: Nissum Bredning, Denmark; ongoing work with Orsted Energy for the Hornsea project; East Anglia ONE Windfarm for Scottish Power Renewables, as well as contracts with Babcock Intl. for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project.
Commenting on this landmark, Mark Sidwell, director of Granada Material Handling Limited, said,
“We are extremely pleased to have reached this prestigious milestone in our delivery programme; this is testament to our tried, tested and proven product and to our strong UK supply chain. With the recently announced contract wins for Granada at East Anglia 1 and Hornsea Offshore windfarms we expect a busy year ahead”
Granada are currently working with several windfarm developers on new projects and will announce further projects shortly.
Granada’s expertise in the automotive sector was on show in a recent Channel 4 documentary, ‘Inside Bentley – a Great British Motor Car’, which showed GMH cranes at work, helping to build the new Bentley Bentayga – the most challenging car Bentley have ever made.