2018 has seen another busy but successful year for local engineering company SWP Engineering Services Ltd.
The company has been involved in many bespoke and prestigious projects, from specialist fabrication projects, to the manufacture and supply of bespoke stainless-steel products and support services for the food industry in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland.
General engineering projects have been designed and manufactured in their purpose-built workshop on Ramparts Business Park, one of the latest projects being a sub contract job in collaboration with Inland & Coastal Marine Systems Ltd. This was to install a new pontoon system in Berwick Harbour for Berwick Harbour Commissioners.
However, the jewel in the crown was the opening of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room at the V&A Dundee in September, where SWP were tasked to fabricate and install the aluminium frame work that supports the Oak Room artefact.
In a partnership venture with Smith & Garratt and Charles Taylor Woodwork they have just restored the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room and have delivered it to the new V&A in Dundee – to great acclaim. Smith & Garratt oversaw the project management, procurement of specialist parts, the interface with services in the gallery and the finances, while the structural frames were designed and manufactured by SWP Engineering Services with Charles Taylor Woodwork and their team undertaking all the craft activities. Smith & Garratt are delighted to say the Oak Room was delivered on time and on budget. The third measure of success – its quality – is for others to judge.
(The Oak Room interior designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a tea room, last used in Glasgow in the 1950s was saved from destruction in 1971 where it has been in storage since then. V&A Dundee director, Philip Long, said: “The project to conserve and restore an entire interior by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, unseen for nearly 50 years, has been one of the most exciting parts of creating V&A Dundee. When we set about developing galleries for the new museum telling the story of Scotland’s design history, it was vital Mackintosh was represented in a major way. Now, with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, the Scottish Government and others that has been made possible.”)
With a long history of taking on apprentices from the local area, SWP has seen two of its advanced apprentices Chris Garland and Calvin Sutherland become fully qualified. Both HNC qualified engineers are now sitting a level 4 NVQ in engineering management.
Building on from last year, SWP’s Hardware and Engineering store has also gone from strength to strength serving the trades and general public, supplying everything from mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium and engineering plastics, to nuts and bolts, ironmongery, bearings, tools, cutting discs, abrasives and much, much more.
With the run up to Christmas they have an excellent range of stocking fillers and other gifts for the professional and DIY enthusiast. Opening Hours – weekdays from 7.30am – 5.00pm and Saturday mornings from 7.30am – 11:30am.
Everyone at SWP would like to wish their customers and all the readers a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year.