Walker Engineering celebrates record start to the year

By Tim Aldred

19 May 2023

Andy Walker and the Walker Engineering Team

Skelmersdale's Walker Engineering has secured new projects worth a combined £1.2m, marking a record start to the year.

The increase is due to the firm winning work in new sectors and new geographical markets.

Recent significant wins have come in Northern Ireland and Scotland, meaning the company is now able to say that it operates right across the UK.

Notable wins include a pipework and vessel install in Lutterworth, a building and pipework project in Belfast, pipework and process plant upgrades for a project in Cranwell, and a further pipework install in Perth.

Other projects include the installation of a steel access walkway to a tank farm in Manchester, and an export project in which 2No 25m steel hoppers are to be exported to Texas in June.

The extra work has seen the team grow by 11 per cent, up from 26 to 29, with further recruitment on the way, including trainee fabricators, welders, pipefitters and mechanical and electrical engineers.

Project manager Ryan Green is also spearheading a campaign to recruit five new apprentices in various roles.

The firm has also signed up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge, an initiative that works with local businesses to upskill, recruit, and inspire the people of Lancashire. This will mean the company will continue to develop its relationship with local schools and colleges in the area to provide opportunities for those looking to get into the industry. The first apprentice through the scheme is expected to start with the company later this year.

Andy Walker, managing director, Walker Engineering, said: "At the close of the last financial year, we set out both a short and long-term strategy to further expand the business. Throughout this time, our team has been at the forefront of the application of this plan, driving us on to succeed and grow in 2023. Thanks to the meticulous implementation of this strategy, I am proud to say that Walker Engineering’s reach is now UK-wide. 

“I am extremely encouraged by the recent outcomes of these project wins - it is a great start to the year and a real testimony to the team, of which we want to expand by championing apprentices and the next generation of talent.”

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