Work Experience

This week we have had Roman from St Mary’s Catholic Academy on work experience at DES. During his time he has been helping various different departments such as Purchasing, HR and Estimating to gain a more all rounded feel of DES. On his first day, Roman put together ‘Tender Submission’ folders for our Southern office. […]

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Canterbury Mills – Health, Safety & Quality Award January 2018

Congratualtions to Neil Shepherd and team working on the Canterbury Mills project, receiving yet another Health, Safety and Quality Award by Willmott Dixon Construction’s site team January 2018. The award is in recognition of going consistently above and beyond & showing outstanding commitment to health, safety and quality standards. Well done to all!

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Our ambitious growth plans hit the local newspaper!

DES are pleased to announce our growth plans and participation in the ELITE London Stock Exchange programme has reached The Gazette. ELITE is a full-service programme which is designed to help the most ambitious companies prepare and structure for the next stages of growth through the access to long term financing opportunities. Working with the […]

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Christmas Jumper Day at DES!

On 15th December, DES participated in the Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. The DES team raised an astounding £70. Save The Children in the UK and around the world, aim to give all children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. With our help, our donation can buy […]

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High Praise from Willmott Dixon on Canterbury Mills Project

Congratulations to our Project Manager Neil Shepherd and the team working on Canterbury Mills Primary School in Croydon receiving the Health, Safety and Quality Award in November. “It is with great pleasure that I contact you with regard to the Above and Beyond accolades for Neil, Jared and Bob from DES Electrical. The awards have […]

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Secured: Blenheim Park

DES are pleased to have secured Blenheim Park – Extra Care Home, Hounslow with Willmott Dixon Construction. The project comprises of 94 apartments of various care levels within a new build nursing home and is due to start for DES in the second quarter of 2018. Willmott Dixon Cobham now encompass WD Housing and this […]

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DES attend Act4Africa Charity Event

On Tuesday 14th November, DES attended a charity event called Act4Africa. What a fantastic cause! Act4Africa was established in 2001 to support women in Uganda. The charity is aimed at providing health and education services to empower women in Uganda, promote gender equality and help them to become financially astute and economically independent. Act4Africa have just […]

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DES starts ELITE programme – a London Stock Exchange initiative

DES have been hand selected to be part of a programme called ELITE. This innovative platform is developed by the London Stock Exchange Group in conjunction with the Imperial College Business School who have selected only 20 companies across the UK, to which DES is one of them! The programme continues over a period of […]

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Kingston University Town House in Revit to BIM Level 2

DES’ in house design team are currently working on Kingston University Town House in Revit to BIM Level 2. The university is the centre of a £41M project that will be a landmark building in local area. The new build will offer a range of different resources and ultimately bring together the local community. DES […]

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DES receive positive feedback!

DES have newly started work on Richmond Educational and Enterprise Centre (REEC) in Twickenham in conjunction with Willmott Dixon Construction. We have a team of 5 electricians currently working on site ensuring the works are completed to a high standard, headed up by our Project Manager David Millard. Due to their hard work over the […]

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Willmott Dixon Construction – October Health and Safety Award

DES are pleased to announce, Bradley Harker has been awarded in the month of October a Willmott Dixon Construction Health and Safety Award. Willmott Dixon Construction’s Assistant Build Manager, Sam Mallia has said: “Well done to Bradley for his hard work and efforts towards Health and Safety. We look forward to working with Bradley for […]

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DES achieves Defect Free on projects!

DES strive to ensure there are zero defects during the handover on every project. Our involvement before the construction stage is a key part in which for this commitment to be achieved. DES have completed the following projects defect free: Heathfield Academy Chipstead Valley Primary School Christchurch Primary School We would like to thank our […]

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DES attend The Goldman Sachs Annual EMEA Entrepreneurs Dinner

On Monday 9th October DES Managing Director, Sean Egan was invited to represent 10,000 Small Businesses UK at the Goldman Sachs Annual EMEA Entrepreneurs Dinner. The event was held at the Goldman Sachs Offices in London. Goldman Sachs received three spaces for 10,000 Small Businesses graduates to join an evening hosted by Richard Gnodde, vice chairman of […]

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DES win Better Together Partner of The Year Award

On the 21st September DES attended the Willmott Dixon Construction – Powered by the Best: Awards Gala Dinner which was held at the Pullman Hotel, London. The evening is hosted to recognises an organisation and their people. We are pleased to announce DES won the Better Together Partner of The Year Award. It was a […]

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DES host the annual MacMillan Coffee Morning

DES hosted their very own annual MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September at our main office in Poulton-le-Fylde. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is MacMillan’s largest fundraising event for people facing or touched by cancer. We feel as though this morning is an amazing opportunity for all our employees in our office and on-site […]

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Meet our two new apprentices

DES pride themselves on their apprenticeship scheme ensuring employees have the chance to learn life-long skills whilst studying for a qualification. Our apprentices work alongside a Project Manager to ensure their full potential can be reached, learning a variety of skills ranging from involvement with the early stages of a project to the after care. […]

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Two new employees join DES

DES are proud to have recruited two young and upcoming individuals to join the DES team, Lauren and Matthew. We support all new employees by ensuring they reach their full potential and are given the correct training and guidance. We are fully committed to focusing our time on our people. Our people are our drive. […]

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CIPS Supply Management Awards 2017

The CIPS Supply Management Awards is the most significant acknowledgement an organisation or individual in the supply chain industry can receive. This year’s event was held at the Grosvenor House, London and was hosted by Joel McDermott. Over 1000 professionals attended to celebrate their work throughout the last 12 months. DES were delighted to be […]

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DES Southern – London Launch

DES have just celebrated an official office opening of our London Offices following major growth and success.The celebrations started on 12th July with a small ribbon-cutting event at our new London Offices at Cantilever Court. We would like to say a big thank you to Michael Simpson, Master Lightmonger from the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers and […]

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DES Supply Chain Conference and Awards 2017

DES held their second Supply Chain Conference and Awards at The Village Hotel, Blackpool on Friday 23rd June. The event was to firstly to say a big ‘Thank You’ for all the support from our Supply Chain as we wouldn’t have got to where we are without them today. Secondly, it was a chance for […]

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DES shortlisted for CIPS Supply Management Award

DES have been shortlisted in the Best Supplier Relationship Management category in the 2017 CIPS Supply Management Awards. DES and Willmott Dixon have been selected as one of the finalists for this years Chartered Institute of Purchasing Supply (CIPS) 2017 Supply Management Awards in the Best Supplier Relationship Management category. The nomination recognises the success […]

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Started Work: Hoe Valley School and Leisure Centre

DES has started work on site at Hoe Valley School and Leisure Centre, Egley Road, Woking. The three-storey, state-of-the-art school will be a including break-out areas, science labs, school library and a separate learning resource centre to support students’ projects based work. The Leisure Centre will include two multi-use games areas as well as a fitness […]

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Started Work: University of Greenwich, Dreadnought Building

We have recently started work at University of Greenwich, Dreadnought Building. The building will become a central student hub and go-to place for students, located at the heart of the campus. The student hub will offer exciting opportunity to create state-of-the art learning, teaching and social space and provide additional flexible accommodation for administrative uses, […]

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Viewpoint for Field View

DES have started using Viewpoint for Field View across all Willmott Dixon sites. The tablet based application allows us to streamline disparate processes for all field data. The application captures field observations from anywhere on site helping to resolve issues more quickly, reduce risk and deliver higher quality products. Some of the elements of Field […]

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DES participates in The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. DES hosted a Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September at our offices in Poulton-Le-Fylde to which we raised £931.60. There was a wide selection of cakes available on the day ranging from the classic Victoria sponge to chocolate brownies. As you […]

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Apprentices spark the start of their careers at DES

DES Electrical are delighted to offer four apprentices the opportunity to join our team on a four year apprenticeship programme with JTL. This year we found there was an increase in applicants applying for an electrical apprenticeship with us to which it was a tough process due to a high calibre of young people. DES recognises’ […]

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DES and WDC celebrate ECA Award win!

In celebration and recognition of winning Best Client/Contractor Partnership at the ECA Awards. DES went to Willmott Dixon Construction, Cobham to personally present the award to Darren Border, Head of Technical Services and the Building Services team. Our relationship with WDC has developed over 10 years and is built upon and inclusive of trust, integrity […]

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DES do DIY SOS – Blackpool

DES participated in helping the DIY SOS team turn a run-down, ransacked building on Newton Drive, Blackpool into a young carers centre for the Blackpool Carers charity. The transformation of the house will enable the charity to build a better future for carers of all ages as it will double as an administrative base too. […]

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DES win Best Client/Contractor with Willmott Dixon at the ECA Awards

On Friday 8th July, DES attended the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) Awards at Celtic Manor, Newport. The ECA is the UK’s leading trade association, representing the interests of contractors who design, install, inspect, test and maintain electrical services. There was a lot of competition within the categories, to which the ECA saw a record-breaking number […]

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DES shortlisted for 2 awards at the ECA Awards

It has been an exciting couple of weeks for DES. Not only have we made some headway on some really exciting new projects, but we have been recently honoured to be shortlisted for not one, but two awards for the ECA Awards and Gala on Friday 8th July at Celtic Manor, South Wales. The Electrical Contractors’ […]

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DES Supply Chain Conference and Awards

On Friday 22nd April 2016, DES hosted their inaugural Supply Chain Conference and Awards at The Village, Blackpool. It was a chance for DES and our Supply Chain to get together to share DES’ ambition going forward collaborating with the support of the supply chain. We see our supply chain as much more than just […]

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Ronald McDonald House Charity Golf

DES was proud to be a silver sponsor and support the Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC) Golf Tournament held on the 28th April at the London Golf Club. The RMHC is a charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at specialist children’s hospitals across the UK, enabling families to stay close to their […]

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Secured: The Light Cinema, Bolton

DES Electrical are pleased to have secured another ‘The Light Cinema’ at Bolton. Commencement on site will be mid-May. The nine screen cinema is part of a £19 million redevelopment of the Market Place. The development of the site will also include leading restaurant chains and an 18-hole crazy golf course. DES are working together with […]

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DES win Construction Business Award

On Thursday 10th March 2016, DES attended the Red Rose Awards at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. We had previously been privileged to be selected as finalists for the Construction Business Award and the Medium Business Award. There was a lot of competition in all the categories, however to our delight we won Construction Business Award! […]

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Work Experience

This week we have had Ethan from Millfield High School on work experience at DES Electrical. He has been working on one of our North West based projects, Brentwood SEN School, Sale. This has enabled him to get to know what it is like to be an electrician. On Ethan’s first day he was given […]

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Our Apprentices

DES is committed to the sustainable future of the industry and offer training and development opportunities in a wide range of electrical skills. Over the years we have consistently demonstrated commitment to young people by striving to provide sustainable employment and skills development opportunities in the community. DES currently employs 8 apprentices of varying levels […]

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Double win for DES on the cards at the Red Rose Awards 2016

DES Electrical have been short listed for not one but two awards, for the Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards 2016. The Red Rose Awards is an annual event to celebrate the very best businesses in all industries throughout Lancashire . The awards we have been short listed for are the Medium Business Award and the Construction Business […]

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Article: Construction growth creates jobs

A growing construction industry is set to create 232,000 new jobs over the next five years. Latest research from the Construction Industry Training Board forecasts annual average growth of 2.5% from 2016-2020. That growth will create the need for thousands of new jobs including 9,400 office based roles every year, 2,800 bricklayers and 4,320 carpenters. CITB’s […]

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DES raise £157.50 for Text Santa

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that took part in Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day just before Christmas. We have managed to raise a brilliant £157.50 for three amazing charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish UK and Save the Children.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

On behalf of everyone at DES Electrical we would like to wish all our clients and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would like to express a sincere ‘Thank you’ for playing a key role in the success of our company. It is because of your continued support we have […]

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DES support Text Santa

We are pleased to announce we are supporting ITV’s Text Santa in the official Christmas Jumper day. On Friday 18th December, DES Electrical will be digging out those embarrassing or should I say our favourite Christmas jumpers to wear. We will be raising money to help support Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish UK and Save the […]

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Kier Supply Chain Conference

  Sean, our MD was selected to go to Warrington and Huddersfield to speak about our journey with Kier at the Supply Chain Meeting Conference. From making the presentation it has given us a chance to reflect the growing relationship DES and Kier Construction have created. Starting from a five minute meet at a ‘Buyer Event’ many […]

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Willmott Dixon and DES Electrical

Willmott Dixon and DES Electrical have built a solid relationship over the past 11 years. This honesty and trust can be highlighted through the delivery of Croydon’s future through the development of schools in the area. We worked with WDC on multiple schools in Croydon such as Brigstock Primary School, Forestdale Primary School and Oasis Academy […]

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Secured work – The Light Cinema, Walsall

DES Electrical are pleased to have secured The Light Cinema, Walsall and will start work on site on Monday 2nd November. The cinema is part of a £12 million canal side development including leading restaurant chains. The Light Cinema, Walsall will be the first Light Cinema to host an Extreme Screen with ATMOS in the UK. DES are working […]

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Secured Work – Ronald McDonald House, Lambeth

We are pleased to have secured Ronald McDonald House near Lambeth. The House will have 59 bedrooms to accommodate families who have children being treated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. We are using early engagement by working on the designing of the project. DES and Willmott Dixon Contractors are to deliver the £11m Ronald McDonald House near Lambeth by 2016.

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World Food Day at Ronald McDonald House

On Friday 16th October, DES supported Ronald McDonald House Guy’s and St Thomas’ for World Food Day. We contributed with Willmott Dixon’s collection of non-perishable food items to the residents of the Ronald McDonald House. DES recently received a lovely ‘Thank you’ message from the Ronald McDonald House Guy’s and St Thomas’; ‘Many of our […]

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BIM

The Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet office on 31 May 2011. The report announced the Governments intention to require: collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on its projects by 2016. DES are ahead of the curve through the introduction of BIM into the designing […]

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Brentwood School

DES is to commence work on Brentwood School, Altrincham in association with Kier construction. The special educational needs (SEN) school will have accommodation to meet the growing demand for specialist provision, with modern fit for purpose facilities. Brentwood School is due to be fully operational for the academic year 2016-2017.

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New Senior Estimator at DES

DES has strengthened its design and build expertise with the appointment of Philip Gladwin as an Senior Electrical Estimator. He will support the Estimating team in costing the electrical element of M&E work projects before tender adjudication. Phil has over thirty years experience in the Electrical construction industry working in multiple sectors from Healthcare, Education […]

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Oasis Academy

DES is pleased to start work alongside Willmott Dixon Construction on Oasis Academy Schools, South Norwood. The proposals to redevelop the site of the existing Ryelands Primary School which is a two form entry primary school with an affiliated Nursery School. As part of a separate planning application, permission was granted for the relocation of […]

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EDT UK North West Regional Final Winners

Our MD, Sean Egan was selected to be on the judging panel for the EDT UK North West Regional Final Winners Award. We would like to say a huge Congratulations to Liam Fallon for winning the award. EDT looks to providing opportunities for young people to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led […]

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Upcoming Awards – Constructing Excellence National Awards 2015

After winning SME of the Year 2015 at The North West Regional Construction Awards, DES Electrical have recently been put forward for the Constructing Excellence National Awards in the SME of the Year category which is being held in London on 23rd October. DES recognises the importance of the awards as they distinguish the very […]

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The completion of Preston College STEM Centre

DES recently completed the £1.8m electrical and mechanical installation at Preston College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre. Working in close collaboration with Kier and Clancy Consulting, DES was engaged at an early design stage where significant cost savings were identified. The addition to the Fulwood campus costing £13m is a huge boost for […]

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DES Wins Grafters Award

On 19th March 2015, we attended our first Grafters North West Construction Industry Awards held at the new Hotel Football, Old Trafford. The awards recognise the great achievements within the construction industry in the North West, in which DES Electrical won the Electrical Contractor of the Year award! Sean Egan, Managing Director of DES Electrical […]

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Goldman Sachs – 10,000 small businesses

DES was selected to be a part of the elite Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK Programme which is designed to provide high-quality, practical education and business support to leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises across the country. The North West programme operates in association with Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. The programme […]

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