We were delighted when a group of aspiring Mechanical Engineers from Southall Community College put on their PPE to experience a busy Coleman & Company site last year.
Led by National Grid with support from Local Dialogue as part of its ongoing CSR programme, the event saw seven students and a lecturer from the college visit the former Southall Gasworks, where Coleman & Company is using all of our extensive experience in gas holder dismantling to clear the site ready for development.
The gasworks have been decommissioned and the site is being regenerated to deliver new homes, jobs and new community facilities for Southall.
As a responsible demolition company we are committed to supporting communities around our sites in whatever way we can. The visit gave them a chance to gain experience of being on a construction site and to get an understanding of the processes involved in dismantling the gas holders.
Charles Humphries of National Grid led the presentations, covering what National Grid do and why the regeneration of the Southall site is significant. The students were also given an initial site safety induction and heard from Paul Quance, our Regeneration Manager, who underlined the importance of site safety and understanding risks. Paul also spoke about the design and temporary works under way at Southall and showed an impressive time-lapse video of a MAN holder being dismantled.
There was then a tour of the site, including the in-ground gas holder area and a chance to go inside the MAN holder – which is always a fantastic experience for anybody that has the chance to do it.