City Region specialist tank builders up for national award

Published 20th March 2013 at 10:36am

A South Yorkshire company which specialises in the design and build of storage tanks for clients across the UK and abroad is up for a national construction award.

Galglass Ltd, of Wombwell, Barnsley, is a finalist in the Construction News Specialists Awards and will find out if they have won at a London awards ceremony next week (Tuesday March 26th).

Galglass design, manufacture and install concrete and steel circular tanks used to store liquids, food stuffs, water, effluent and other products in industrial, municipal and agricultural settings.

Their commitment to innovation led the company to launch the bespoke digestore™ tank for use in the renewable energy sector a year ago. It is this product which is up for an award in the ‘Concrete Specialist of the Year 2013’ category.

Galglass managing director Nick Stringer said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted as a finalist in one the UK’s most respected construction industry awards. Our digestore is the leading tank technology for use in the anaerobic digestion process.”

The company’s digestore tanks are specially-designed, reinforced, leak-free structures used to store and process large quantities of waste product, such as food waste, green waste, slurry or sewage. The tanks are heated to trigger the anaerobic digestion process necessary to generate biogas. The gas is then captured in a separate tank and the green energy can be used to power the client’s own engines and systems or sold back to the National Grid. Even the left-over waste material is transformed into a clean product which can be used as fertiliser on crops.

Galglass is currently working on several digestore construction projects including a £7 million contract to install tanks at the Blackburn Meadows anaerobic digestion renewable energy plant being developed by ETM for Yorkshire Water, off the M1 near Meadowhall.

Galglass sales director Jon Smith said: “With diminishing fuel resources and growing pressure internationally to support renewable energy and reduce landfill, there is a great deal more commercial interest in the renewable energy industry today. There has been a significant growth in this market for us as specialist designers and builders of the unique digestore tank.”

Barnsley Development Agency (BDA), a partner in the South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme (SYSGEP), is now supporting the company’s business development, in response to increased demand for its product.

Barnsley Development Agency’s SYSGEP sector growth manager Steve Hawkins said: “The South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme aims to support innovative companies like Galglass to ensure they can make the very best of new market opportunities.

“Interest in the digestore tank has been phenomenal and we have been pleased to help Galglass quickly and effectively expand their operations to ensure they can make the most of their new product.”

Barnsley Development Agency has helped Galglass secure investment and develop its factory, machinery and workforce capabilities.

Galglass has seen its turnover grow by nearly 30 per cent within a year to reach £22 million in 2011-2012, thanks in a large part to the increase in digestore orders.

The company has also created 80 new jobs since 2011, bringing the total number of employees up to 176. Over 40 are based at its headquarters and factory off Hough Lane in Wombwell, with teams of engineers currently working on 25 construction sites across the UK. There is also a small Galglass office in Alicante, Spain