In the beginning...
J & D Pierce (Contracts) Ltd was formed by Jim Pierce, our Chairman & joint Managing Director.
Initially the business operated as a one man operation carrying out light fabrication and blacksmith work from a small workshop attached to the house. The early years were spent, like most new businesses, in an uphill battle to build a small customer base, forming positive relationships with local clients.
In the beginning...
On leaving school, Derek, his son and joint Managing Director, joined the Company.
Following a successful few years, the first workshop of 600 sq. ft was established. Within two years they had outgrown this and began a move to new premises of 1,100 sq. ft.
Three years and one employee later, the company was on the move again to a workshop of 3,600 sq. ft.
The three man workforce was just too small to cope with the work and within the next few years more operatives were employed, a mobile crane was purchased and the company was soon tackling substantial secondary steelwork, site welding and sub contract steel erecting.
The team arrived at a crossroads of whether to stay in the 20-30t per week fabrication range, or expand into a larger market.
The company opted to expand.
Having moved into the larger market, the business soon outgrew the premises and moved once more within the Garnock Valley to a Brownfield site and a 6,000 sq. ft building. This space provided expansion to develop resources and brand reputation.
Derek was now in the office responsible for managing the contracts, from estimate to completion, allowing Jim to concentrate on finance and health & safety, guiding the company to ISO 9000 accreditation.
The first Strucad detailing system was integrated, enhancing accuracy and quality throughout the drawing office and the shop.
Expansion plans saw the workshop grow to 15,000 sq. ft with approximately 40 employees.
The adjacent shot-blast and painting company was acquired giving full control of surface treatments in a new, fully-modernised 12,000 sq. ft building.
Also at this time, the company purchased two 35t mobile cranes, enhancing the site erection team resource.
A new computerised CNC Cut & Drill line was installed – linked directly to the drawing office. The first brand new mobile crane was purchased.
Purchase of the current 9.5 acre site at Glengarnock, North Ayrshire
To increase efficiency on site, six new Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) were purchased.
The Health and Safety (SHEQ) Division was formed, supporting the growing site and shop operations.
The workforce had risen to 90 employees.
With production well in excess of 150t per week, and with quality control paramount, the next investment was focused on a computerised bar coding system to ensure trace-ability throughout the manufacturing process.
The new management system was integrated, tracking all steelwork an facilitating the control and purchasing of materials.
With health & safety at the forefront, the business opened a new Training Centre, approved and accredited by CITB/IPAF+ and SQA.
As well as our own workforce, companies like BP, BAE Systems and BNFL and many more become clients of the J&D Pierce Training Centre
As the company expanded and the number of employees grew in excess of 120, new offices and canteen facilities were built.
Investment in a further six new MEWPs and a new 50t all-terrain crane complimented the existing fleet
A £1.5m investment extending the current premises to 100,000 sq. ft manufacturing, and 20,000 sq. ft paint shop.
Installation of two new Cut & Drill lines, a Robotic Coping line and Profiler ensuring the facility is among the most modern in the UK.
J&D Pierce the foremost structural steel company in Scotland.
Workforce of 150 employees, 6 modern mobile cranes and a fleet of new MEWPs.
The business is in the process of attaining ISO14001 and 18001 which will provide clients with a complete Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental system.
Incorporated into our client focused ethos is a fully integrated system known as the Business Management Systems Manual (BMSM PAS 99).
Pierce attained ISO14001 Management Systems and OHSAS18001 Occupational Health & Safety, complementing our previously gained ISO9001 Quality Assurance accreditation.
A 10,000 sq. ft extension to the workshop saw the introduction of Voortman CNC machinery and a new shot-blaster for steel processing.
SES 4 wheel shot-blaster installed to complement the existing 8 wheel blaster, allowing double blasting to ensure a quality finish.
Voortman twin-bed drilling and plasma cut plating machinery installed, enhancing our combined manufacturing and erection package.
Achilles Link-Up accreditation achieved, allowing us to work on railway projects.
Contract won for Haymarket Station Refurbishment, Edinburgh.
Training Centre now able to offer CPCS testing for Crane Operators, Appointed Persons, Crane Supervisors, Tele-Handling and Slinger Signallers qualifications.
J & D Pierce are shortlisted in World Structural Awards for Haymarket Station, Edinburgh. More unique and complex contracts awarded, including the QEU Hospital Helipad, the Oriam etc.
New 40,000 sq. ft paint shop constructed to increase capability, quality and range of coatings available, including intumescent service.
Training School revitalised, offering IPAF+ and SQA vocational qualifications for roofing and cladding. Accomplished CE Level 4 accreditation: the highest mark achievable, allowing us to fabricate all steel structures without limitation.
Jim Pierce, founder, retires after 38 years.
Expanded our powered access fleet with 10 rough-terrain big boom lifts, 6 telescopic booms, 4 S65s (max height 21.8m), 2 S85s (max height 25.9m), 4 articulating booms, 2 Z80s and 2 Z62s
All platforms fitted with Infobric smart card readers, ensuring only authorised users can operate and allows remote monitoring.
J & D Pierce’s Oriam project wins the Structural Steel Design Award.
“Two parallel vaulted forms spring from a central spine; the larger one covers a football pitch, whilst the smaller covers a sports hall. The elegant lightweight steel trusses resulted from a collaborative effort by the designers and contractor, with the construction methodology informing the roof structure and supports from which it springs.”
Established in 1975, J & D Pierce is the foremost structural steelwork contractor in Scotland, and one of the largest in the UK.
Today our business continues to enjoy sustainable growth and is firmly focused on our clients’ needs.
- 100% self sufficient company, full in-house services at Glengarnock, North Ayrshire, established in 1975.
- 350+ staff across offices, factory and our 6 divisions
- Over 1000t per week fabricated and painted steelwork
- Design and detail office – TEKLA, Fastrak & AutoCAD
- STRUMIS Production Control & CAM/DSTV Interface
- Full CNC fabrication facilities – Cut/Drill, Plasma Plate Profiling, Section Coping Wedling, all to CE marketing – Execution Class 4
- Full shot-blast and surface treatment systems including intumescent fire protection
- Overhead crane workshop material handling system, up to 25t maximum single lift
Supported by continuous investment, innovation and market-leading, in-house resources, our clients are assured of quality and reliability from J & D Pierce.
We continually invest to meet and improve on our high standard SHEQ requirements, notably achieving the highest possible certification in: CE BS EN 1090-1 FPC Execution Class 4 and CE BS EN 1090-2 WC Execution Class 4, allowing us to fabricate and CE mark to Execution Class 4,
With further accreditations setting us apart, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, BS OHSAS 18001, Achilles Building Confidence, CHAS, SMAS and Achilles RISQS (Network Rail), this is testament to our commitment in keeping quality and safety at the centre of all that we do.
We offer the very best value in steelwork procurement from design and cost advice, through the procurement process to fabrication, coating, and transportation – to erection. Other services include roofing and cladding, roof edge protection and safety netting.
None of our services are outsourced, guaranteeing quality of delivery across the board. Our senior management structure enables the company to deliver a comprehensive pre-construction to project handover service.
- Construction Site Management (SVQ Level 5)
- Chartered Structural Engineers
- Site Project Managers
- Construction Site Supervisors (SVQ Level 3)
- Site Supervisors
Health & Safety
- Crane Appointed Persons
- Crane Supervisors