This year, Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd is celebrating forty years in the corrosion industry. The operation began life 40 years ago as a power cleaning service, now it is the leading shot blasting and surface treatment provider in West Cumbria, serving international clients as well as those at Sellafield.
Set up by Mike and Barbara Livingstone in 1975, the company began life in Workington as Power Cleaning Services. They quietly became established as a ‘Shotblasting and Painting Contractor’.
Throughout the 1980’s the Livingstone Surface Treatment team continued to expanded their client base, working on architectural commissions that include dramatic architectural features for shopping centres – like the famous Peacock at Princes Square Glasgow, park instillations, many kilometres of railing for Euro Disney and elaborate rails for the Tuileries Gardens at Versailles. One of the most outstanding recent works are the new gates at the Lakes Distillery near Cockermouth.
In the late 1980’s the company received their first contract on the Sellafield site for jet cleaning boiler tubes. This helped increase awareness of the business and growth led to the opening of an in-house Shotblasting and Painting facility at Lillyhall near Workington in 1991.
In 1992 Eddie Blackmore joined the company, working his way up ‘through the shop floor’ to join the management team and in 2012, he became Operations Director. The business continued to work with existing clients like ABB, Dawson’s and Shepley’s and also won another contract on the Sellafield site, but the mid 1990’s were difficult times for Industry in West Cumbria.
During 1994 – 1996 many local companies were struggling to keep going. Mike and Barbara Livingstone were committed to supporting their client base and loyal workforce through this difficult time.
This commitment paid off and in 1997 they were the first business to occupy the Energy Coast Business Park at Haile, operating out of porta cabins. Today there are purpose built offices and workspace for the workforce. We were the first on this site and are now the only original business still here. We were attracted by its proximity to Sellafield and the space available and we knew it would give us greater reach to clients in Barrow and the south of the county.”
The extra production space means the coating facility can work on large, complex structures using decontamination and abrasive blast cleaning techniques to the highest standards including Class 1, Swedish Standard levels (SA1 to SA3) and ISO 8501-1.
Since their move to Haile the company has worked on over 15,000 contracts, ranging from painting school gates to large scale shotblasting and industrial coating work on vessels bound for Japan.
Now well established locally, and working on projects bound for the Far East, Australia and the USA, Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd has worked on components for the E-on Robin Rigg wind farm, The Morecambe Bay Gas Rigg projects, plus specialist coatings for the Astute class submarines at BAE Systems (Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful fleet of attack submarines.)
Their client portfolio continues to grow across the nuclear, oil and gas industries and have now extending their services to include training. Livingstone’s are now Industrial Coatings Applicators Training Scheme (ICATS) registered – one of only a handful in the country. Eddie Blackmore (MICorr) has also become the only official ICATS External Trainer in the North West.
The ICATS certification is now mandated for Sellafield, the Ministry of Defence, the Highways Agency, Network Rail and oil and gas facilities. Everyone working in the industry needs the accreditation to continue, so we weren’t surprised at high level of interest.”
Moving into the next decade, the business has a solid base and healthy client book. As Mike and Barbara Livingstone approach retirement they have a safe pair of hands in Eddie Blackmore who will soon take over as Managing Director. Eddie said “We firmly believe we owe our success and staying power to a committed team that provide a consistently high quality service.”
For more information about the shotblasting, protective coating, galvanising, inspection, consultancy or training services offered by Livingstone Surface Treatments, contact Eddie Blackmore on 01946 841191.