Company Timeline



In August 2016 we launched STRUBEAM, our new heavy plate girder and cellular beam division to fulfil demand in the market place supplying plate girders and cellular beams to other fabricators throughout the UK. 


Heavy Plate Girder Facility Operational

Early in 2016 our heavy plate girder facility became operational following significant investment in capital plant and machinery with the acquisition of the following: 

1x Voortman V304 30m CNC controlled multi head oxy acetylene with integrated plasma profiling bed. 
1x Voortman VBS2500 2.5m wide 6 wheel automated shot blaster.
1x FICEP Endeavour 1250 CNC controlled automated cut and drill line. 
2x Corimpex automated submerged arc T&I beam welding lines. 


Expansion of Premises

2015 seen the commencement and completion of our new heavy plate girder facility with the construction of our 120,000 square foot facility reaching completion towards the end of the year ready to be occupied in 2016. 


Heavy Investment in Plant & Equipment

In 2015 we invested heavily in new plant and equipment and expanded our already impressive fleet with the addition of:

2 new 100T Grove all terrain mobile cranes
10 new Genie MEWP's of both z and straight boom type ranging from 65 to 85 ft max working height to support all divisions of our company.
12T Telehandler to aid in reducing health and safety risks whilst offloading trailers on site.
360 degree ROTO 30M Telehandler to assist our cladding division in both an offloading and installation capacity.

We also invested in Infobric smart card readers, which help to improve site safety. Infobric smart technology ensures that our fleet of MEWP's can only be used by an authorised operator with a valid IPAF licence. It also enables remote monitoring of the machines.


New Offices

In 2014 we acquired our new 28,000 sq ft office space along with 15 acres of land adjacent to our existing facilities to allow room for the company to expand further. 


Expansion of Mobile Crane Fleet

2014 saw the expansion of our mobile crane fleet with the addition of 2 new 55T Grove all terrain mobile cranes. 


Safety Netting & Roof Edge Protection Division

2014 saw the formation of our safety netting and roof edge protection division to fulfill our needs in house and allow us to provide a more comprehensive package of works to all of our clients by enabling our design team to address all safety requirements not only for our own works but also for follow on trades.  


Small Works Division

Another division established in 2014 was our small works division in newly acquired 10,000 sq ft premises enabling us to continue to meet the demands of our growing business throughout the UK. 


Shortlisted in World Structural Awards

New 40,000 square foot paint shop constructed to increase capability, quality and range of coatings available including intumescent. Shortlisted in World Structural Awards for Haymarket Station, Edinburgh. More unique and complex contracts awarded due to our experience. These included: the Southern General Helipad, Pods and Link Bridges (Western HDVC Link – Flintshire Bridge and Hunterston). Training School revitalised offering IPAF+ and SQA vocational qualifications for roofing and cladding and working towards various plant operators’ qualifications for our own operatives and external clients. Accomplish CE Level 4 accreditation the highest achievable allowing us to fabricate all steel structures, without limitation. Open Days in September attended by 256 clients, engineers and students giving the opportunity to tour our entire site and see the workings of a live structural steel contractor including all processes involved from order to steel on site.  Jim Pierce our found

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Achilles Link-Up accreditation

Achilles Link-Up accreditation achieved allowing us to work on railway projects, which helped secure the contract for Haymarket Station Renewal, Edinburgh. CPCS Testing Centre status reviewed and now able to offer CPCS training and testing for Crane Operators, Appointed Persons, Crane Supervisors, Tele-Handling and Slinger Signallers qualifications. Commencement of CE audit to comply with new European legislation requirements to take effect from July 2014.


SES 4 wheel shot-blaster installed

SES 4 wheel shot-blaster installed to complement the existing 8 wheel blaster allowing double blasting to ensure quality finish Voortman twin bed drilling and plasma cut plating machinery installed to further improve our combined manufacturing and erection package.


Attained ISO14001 Management Systems

Attained ISO14001 Management Systems and OHSAS18001 Occupational Health & Safety complementing our previously gained ISO9001 Quality Assurance accreditation. 10,000 sq ft extension to workshop to accommodate new shot-blaster and Voortman CNC machinery (Computer Numerical Control) for steel processing, extending our investment in people, plant and infrastructure.


A new fully integrated system

Currently the business is in the process of attaining ISO14001 and 18001 which when achieved will provide clients with a fully integrated Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental system. The business will continue to operate with a client focused ethos, listening and developing the best solutions for our clients’ needs. Incorporated into our client focus will be a fully integrated system known as the Business Management Systems Manual, (BMSM PAS 99).


One of the most modern fabrication facilities in the UK

Moving forward with a dedicated workforce of around 150 employees, 6 modern mobile cranes and a fleet of new MEWPs the business is proud of the clients and resources available. The operations are now one of the most modern fabrication facilities in the UK. We intend to continue providing a high level of service and product quality.


A £1.5million investment was concluded

A £1.5million investment was concluded extending the current premises to 100,000 square feet manufacturing and 20,000 square feet paint shop. The Installation of two new Cut and Drill lines, a Robotic Coping line and Profiler ensures the facility is of the most modern in the UK and J&D Pierce the foremost structural steel company in Scotland.


Investment in a further six new MEWPs and a new 50 tonne all terrain crane

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 50 tonne all terrain crane complimented the existing fleet all of which are fully liveried, offering clients a professional and up-to-date plant resource.


A new Training Centre was opened

With health and safety at the forefront, the business opened a new Training Centre which is CITB/IPAF+ approved and an SQA accredited provider. This caters not only for our own needs but that of external clients who include BP, BNFL, BAE and many others in the mining, utilities and engineering sectors. 


New management system was integrated

With production well in excess of 150 tonnes per week and quality control paramount the next investment was focused on a computerised bar coding system thus ensuring traceability throughout the entire manufacturing process. A new management system was integrated to track all steelwork throughout the drawing and manufacturing process and to facilitate the control and purchasing of materials.


Health and Safety Division was formed

To increase efficiency on site, six new Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) were purchased. The Health and Safety Division was formed supporting the growing site and shop operations. By now, the workforce had risen to 90.


Purchased the current 9.5 acre site

Purchased the current 9.5 acre site offering the scope to expand to meet targeted strategic goals.


Launch of a Haulage Division

Investment in articulated vehicles and trailers was combined with the launch of a Haulage Division allowing more efficient movement of materials.


New computerised CNC Cut and Drill line was installed

A new computerised CNC Cut and Drill line was installed which is linked directly to the drawing office. The first brand new mobile crane was purchased.


New fully modernised 12,000 square foot building

Through expansion plans the workshop had grown to 15,000 square feet 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 square foot building. Also at this time the company purchased two 35 tonne mobile cranes and enhanced the site erection team resource.


First Strucad detailing system was integrated

The first Strucad detailing system was integrated, enhancing accuracy and quality throughout our drawing office and the shop.


Moved to a Brownfield site within the Garnock Valley

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 square foot building. This space provided expansion to develop resources and reputation. Derek was now in the office responsible for managing the contracts from estimate to completion allowing Jim to concentrate on the other internal workings of the company including finance, health and safety and guiding the company to ISO 9000 accreditation.


Company Expanded

Another crossroads was reached when the decision arose whether to stay in the 20-30 tonne fabrication range per week or expand into the larger market. The company expanded.


New Workshop Of 3,600 Square Feet

Three years on and one employee later the company was on the move again to a workshop of 3,600 square feet. 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.


First Workshop Established

On leaving school, Derek, his son and Joint Managing Director, joined the Company. Through early success the first workshop of 600 square feet was established. Within two years they had outgrown this and moved to new premises of circa 1,100 square feet.


J & D Pierce (Contracts) Ltd Formed

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 as with most new businesses, in an uphill struggle building a customer base and forming good relations with clients.

Structural Steelwork Fabrication and Erection

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 and supported by continuous investment, innovation and sector-leading resources.

Our comprehensive range of products and services, all from integrated in-house resources, offers clients confidence in our delivery.

We have continually invested to meet and improve on all SHEQ requirements, having achieved the highest possible level in attaining: CE BS EN 1090-1 FPC Execution Class 4 and CE BS EN 1090-2 WC Execution Class 4 we can fabricate and CE mark to Execution Class 4, We have further gained accreditation’s with, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, BS OHSAS 18001, Achilles Building Confidence, CHAS, SMAS and Achilles RISQS (Network Rail), a testament to our commitment to keeping quality and safety at the center 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, transportation and erection. Other services include roofing and cladding, roof edge protection and safety netting.  None of our services are outsourced, so you can rely on the quality of our delivery across the board.

Ongoing investment in our senior management team enables the company to deliver a comprehensive pre-construction to project handover service. Our continuous investment in state-of-the-art technology ensures we continue to meet or exceed all Eurocode and CE marking standards.