What we do:
Mayflower Engineering designs and builds massive steel structures.
Structures like lock gates, large storage tanks, gun turrets, and frames that form the backbone of many high-tech buildings. They have done their bit in building The Shard, Wimbledon Centre Court, the Falkirk wheel, Crossrail, jigs for large factories and the odd sculpture.
Steel slabs and rods arrive at the factory to be cut, machined, formed using powerful machines, welded and finally painted by the team. Significant structures require heavy cranes and gantries to move them safely and efficiently. As you'd expect, the workshops are vast.
The weight and size of these structures mean big transport challenges for the team too. You may well have seen the sort of thing they make being transported on low loaders with Heavy Load signs.
Why we do it:
The skilled workforce loves a challenge and are continually stimulated as their ingenuity is tested on a wide range of projects. Few tasks are ever the same.
One minute it may be the structure of a building, the next some specialist storage containers, the next it might be a sculpture - each brings with it the puzzle of how it is to be built. Variety is the spice of life; the only common thread running through the projects is that they are big.
There's a huge sense of pride and relief in seeing what started as just a sketch easing its way out of the workshops onto a low loader as a finished piece.
The components Mayflower designs and makes play their part in large infrastructure projects. They help keep water flowing, traffic moving, sports events functioning, and buildings go up. Sometimes the result is just something to observe and enjoy.
The People who do it:
The starting point on any project is a problem that needs solving.
First the 3D CAD engineers will work closely with the client to understand the technical issues and develop a solution. The solution must work technically and be viable for manufacture. Quite often the whole team, including the transport team, has to be consulted.
Once agreed then it's over to the skilled machining, fabrication and finishing teams.
Projects like these rely on close collaboration and trust plus the coming together of different skills.
Into the Future:
Mayflower's design and manufacturing teams now have access to the latest 3D Solid Modelling, finite element stress analysis and design validation software. This enables them to deliver high quality mechanical engineering solutions to a broad customer base.
It now stands among a handful of UK companies able to match the exacting standards required to fabricate products used in the offshore oil and gas extraction and nuclear power industries into the future.
EN ISO 3834 - Part 2
EN 15085 - Welding of Railway Vehicles and Components (CWRVC) TWI Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme BS EN 1090 Certificate of Factory Production Control to Execution Class 3