Seymour Civil Engineering dominates industry awards

Seymour Civil Engineering has made it down to the final in seven out of 14 categories, totalling 9 shortlistings at the Construction Excellence North East (CENE) Awards 2018.


The firm, which this year celebrates its 40th year anniversary, has been shortlisted for the People Development award, the Health, Safety and Wellbeing award, and for SME of the Year, amongst others.


Kevin Byrne, Managing Director at Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “It really is a testament to the hard work that we have collectively undertaken and the diverse range of pioneering projects that we have been working on during the last 12 months across all areas of the business.


“This year we have grown and improved in every single department from our apprentices and training programmes to our brilliant team on the ground carrying out work across all our sites, and I’m incredibly happy that this has been recognised by the CENE body.”


In the wake of the company developing and launching its own digital training portal, Seymour has been shortlisted for the Innovation award. For its work on the Hartlepool Town Wall project, completed in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, the company has also been shortlisted for the Preservation and Rejuvenation award.


Seymour are incredibly proud to have two projects shortlisted in both the Integration & Collaborative Working Award and The Civils Project of the Year categories, which include the already multiple award winning Hartlepool Headland Town Wall project and the Whitley Bay Northern Promenade Walk, completed in partnership with Kier North Tyneside.


The annual ceremony, which celebrates everything that the North East Built Environment has to be proud of, will be held at the Marriott in Gosforth, on the 14th June.


At the 2017 event Seymour was awarded highly commended in the Project of the Year category, for the Brunton Park flood alleviation scheme, which was completed in partnership with Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency.


Kevin added: “The past 12 months have been fantastic for Seymour Civil Engineering. We have started work on a number of really exciting, wide ranging projects across a number of industries for public and private clients located right across the North East – further cementing our position as a leading independent civil engineering firm in the region.”


Over the past 12 months, Seymour has won a number of other prestigious awards in recognition of its hard work within the trade. Last year Seymour won four awards at the North East Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) awards.


Sweeping the board, Seymour was named Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year, as well as taking home the Project of the Year and the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ awards, both for the work they carried out on the Hartlepool Town Wall project in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council.

Seymour makes Egg-ceptional donation to Newcastle food bank

Thanks to the generosity of team members from Seymour Civil Engineering, hundreds of children in Newcastle will have a smile on their faces this Easter.

Employees from the North East-based civil engineering firm teamed up with Beamish Museum staff to collect over 200 chocolate Easter eggs, which have been donated to the Newcastle West End Foodbank, helping parents who can’t afford them this Easter.

Tom Brown, Site Manager at Seymour, received a message from Greg Tennet, who volunteers at the foodbank, asking if he could contribute to the shortage of Easter eggs they have received this year.

Tom said: ‘’As a parent myself, this got me pretty upset knowing that families in the North East struggle to afford a £1 Easter egg for their child. After a chat with all the site staff and site operatives at from Seymour, Beamish Museum and Linear Recruitment, we decided to donate as many Easter eggs as we could.’’

The company, who are working on the £18 million ‘Remaking Beamish’ expansion project at the open air museum in County Durham, came together and managed a total count of 212 eggs with a further £20 in donations.

Tom continued: ‘’It was a great moment turning up to the foodbank with bags and bags of eggs, the staff were smiling from ear to ear. To most people, it’s only a bit of chocolate, it’s pretty meaningless, but to those less fortunate it can potentially brighten their whole day.’’

He continued: “I could not be prouder of my team; they have no idea how happy they will make so many children in the North East this Easter. As a network, we want to see more people helped out of crisis and fewer people needing foodbanks in the future.’’

Newcastle West End Foodbank helps provide for around 40,000 people in Newcastle every year, but this would not be possible without contribution from the public.

Hairdresser Greg, who volunteers regularly at the foodbank said: “Tom and I have been friends since childhood. I reached out to him on the off chance, so when he got back to me to let me know he’d asked everyone at work I was amazed, one little idea can go such a long way. “

He added: “If we live in a city where people are going hungry we aren’t doing enough. Direct action is so important, so many foodbanks need contributions which means we need to do much more to donate and to help each other.’’

Newcastle West End Foodbank, founded in 2004, is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities, as well as across the UK.

Greg continued: ‘‘I organised a ‘The Big Family Food shop’ event at Christmas, which managed to raise over £3,000 worth of food which was amazing, but events like that are something that need to be contributed to all year round.’’

“Contributions to the cause don’t need to be expensive, even if it’s just a few tins that are sitting in the back of your cupboard it all helps. Hygiene products are also welcomed, every little thing adds up and it makes such a big difference to the people who need it most.’’ He added.

With one in five of the UK population living below the poverty line, The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies and support to those in crisis. Of these, over 430,000 went to children.

If you want to donate, Newcastle West End Food bank is located in Grainger Market, Newcastle City Centre, alternatively you can visit there site at