Bridge Group acquires Web Access Engineering company
engineering group Motherwell Bridge has expanded its portfolio following
the acquisition of Web Access Engineering Ltd, one of the leading
specialist access and training organisations in Scotland. Together
with Hi-Rope, a Motherwell Bridge subsidiary since 1998, this latest
acquisition will create the country’s most highly skilled and successful
specialist access provider to onshore and offshore industry.
access techniques are becoming a major growth industry in a move
away from traditional scaffolding and cradles for a wide range of
applications and projects. The most prominent and widely accepted
is rope access or ‘abseiling’. These methods are cost-effective,
reducing project time and cost, and offer significant safety benefits
with an excellent safety record.
first entered this specialist service market with the acquisition
of Aberdeen based Hi-Rope, a key player in the UK offshore oil industry
where rope access techniques first came of age. Their impressive
client base includes oil majors and large engineering companies
around the world, with projects completed as far afield as Russia,
the Far East, Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
Hi-Rope’s General Manager, Pete Robinson the company is geared to
develop and search for new market sectors. "Hi-Rope’s business
is primarily offshore related and it is important to retain this
focus whilst providing our clients with new services and innovative
ideas. However, we also recognise the significant benefits our skills
and capabilities can offer to other industry sectors, particularly
civil and onshore. Linking up with Web Access Engineering provided
immediate entry to new markets in addition to an extensive pool
of skills and technical capabilities."
In 1999, as
part of their development strategy, Hi-Rope began working with Web
Access Engineering. Based in Edinburgh, Web has focussed onshore
in the civil engineering and industrial sectors, power generation,
utilities, transport and communications markets.
worked successfully on a number of projects which neither company
could handle individually, at the same time moving into new areas
such as Nuclear Decommissioning and Transport Infrastructure.
to their access capabilities, Web also offers a comprehensive range
of training courses, including ECITB registered courses and support
for specific client needs, in one of the best training facilities
in the country. "This was also an important aspect of working
with the Web, not only to provide training for Hi-Rope personnel
but for our client personnel too." says Robinson.
2001 Web was acquired by the Motherwell Bridge Group. Gordon Bisset,
Web’s General Manager, is delighted with the move. "This will
present substantial opportunities for Web, in terms of accessing
new markets and new clients, as both Hi-Rope and Web now have the
combined expertise and experience to confidently bid for and carry
out much larger scale projects."
from Motherwell Bridge, we can ensure solid growth in the onshore
civil sector whilst consolidating Hi-Rope’s offshore position."
Group Chief Executive John Lumsden said: "Hi-Rope has been
a successful Group member for several years and I am convinced the
acquisition of Web will help the company consolidate its position
as a leading provider of access solutions."
already have eyes on overseas expansion, targeting American and