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Regional manager joins electrical and mechanical company

Darren Allen and Dave Kieft
Darren Allen and Dave Kieft

Darren Allen and Dave Kieft

RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has expanded its management team through hiring a new South West regional manager.

Darren Allen from Bristol has joined the Swansea-based company from Emtec Group to strengthen the already successful RDM team and assist in the delivery of outstanding electrical and mechanical services across the South West.

Having been in the electrical and mechanical industry for 24 years, Allen’s experience covers a broad range of projects spanning sectors including commercial, residential, educational, industrial, healthcare, auditoria and petrochemical. His strong business acumen has seen Allen successfully grow a regional division of a national contractor, creating a multi-million pound business within four years and establishing an impressive client base.

In addition to his extensive experience in the mechanical sector, Allen trained through a four year office-based mechanical engineering technical apprenticeship in Bristol and has a degree in Mechanical Building Services Engineering from Bath Spa University.

Allen’s strong connections across the South West from Wiltshire, Bristol, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall will assist RDM in continuing to fulfil contracts in this region and solidify the company’s reputation for outstanding electrical and mechanical services throughout the UK.

Darren Allen, newly appointed South West regional manager at RDM, said:

“I am really excited by this opportunity for both myself and RDM. I will be looking to bring my skills, experience and contacts to help strengthen the business, to aid the expansion geographically and to improve the delivery to our clients.”

Dave Kieft, director and co-owner of RDM, added:

“With experience at large corporate businesses as well as local smaller contractors, Darren’s industry knowledge is excellent. He has clearly developed leading strategies and processes from his many years in the sector and we look forward to him delivering more successes with us at RDM.”

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Electrical and mechanical firm scoops award

Dave Kieft
Dave Kieft

Dave Kieft

Swansea-based RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has been announced as winner of the Best Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Company (Wales) award. The award is part of Corporate Vision Magazine’s 2017 Business Innovator Awards.

RDM is a leading UK building services company that works on multi-million pound contracts across the country. The firm has been involved in significant commercial and educational-based projects, such as Swansea University’s Bay Campus, as well as projects for key governmental organisations. The company works with major contractors and developers including Vinci Construction UK and St Modwen.

The 2017 Business Innovator Awards have been designed to celebrate the trailblazers of the corporate sphere, striving ahead of their competitors to achieve remarkable results. These awards pay homage to the commitment, determination, and skill that has been displayed by the game-changers of a variety of industries.

Edward Kemplen, Awards Co-ordinator, discusses the awards:

“Businesses around the world have shown innovation and determination in order to overcome a myriad of challenges over the past 12 months. As such, I would like to congratulate my winners and wish them the best of luck going forward.”

Dave Kieft, director and co-owner of RDM, commented:

“I’m thrilled that RDM has received this recognition by being announced winner of the Best Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Company in Wales award. Our hard work, innovative approach and quality service is what makes us stand out from the competition and being dedicated to delivering these top standards first time, every time, is what makes RDM a success.”

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Climbing mountains for a special cause

Rose Phillips
Rose Phillips

Rose Phillips

An engineer at Swansea-based RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has been recognised for her efforts after completing an immense challenge for an industry charity.

Rose Phillips, an engineer with the award winning electrical contracting and engineering company, was given the opportunity to represent the firm through taking on the ‘challenge for a cause’ Mount Kilimanjaro trek with the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC). With sponsorship from RDM and its supply chain partners, Rose was able to help raise funds for a family affected by the loss of a loved one to cancer.

With only three months training, she took on the challenge that aimed to raise £100,000 to support research into a rare form of cancer and help the Hendrie family to re-build their lives.

Christopher Hendrie, a fellow member of the engineering community, sadly lost his battle to cancer, and so the sector has been pulling together to do what it can to support his family.

The EIC is the national charity for all people from the electrical, electronics and energy industries. Phillips, aged 29 from Gower, took on the 10-day Lemosho Route as part of the EIC expedition, which is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro – the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

Rose Phillips, said:

“I’ve always been someone to take on a challenge, especially something a bit extreme. Mentally, the climb didn’t faze me but it did hit me when we arrived what I had ahead of me.

“The journey was gruelling and it was freezing during the nights. The ascent with all the weight in my backpack was tough and I really felt it on the first day. But finally reaching the Kilimanjaro summit and standing at the top with the team was amazing. It was over eight hours to the summit but it was timed so we reached the top for sunrise. With the glaciers and the view, it was stunning.

“Coming back down from the summit was the hardest part. I was exhausted and we had to walk through loose shale, which made it feel like I was sinking. All I wanted to do was reach camp and sit down as I was absolutely shattered.

“The challenge for a cause was one of the most testing experiences I’ve ever been through, but knowing we were completing it for such an important cause made it all worthwhile. We were given a letter of thanks and support from the Hendrie family, which just showed what it meant to them. The whole experience was very rewarding and I’m really glad I was a part of it thanks to RDM.”

David Kieft, ECA National President and Director of RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services, added:

“We are really pleased we provided this unique opportunity to Rose, who we are incredibly proud of for successfully completing the Kilimanjaro trek, which raised money for our industry’s leading charity. We are dedicated to offering support to our engineers no matter what challenge they decide to undertake, and Rose deserves full credit for her efforts. Her willingness and determination to represent RDM to raise much needed funds for Christopher’s family and show our support to a fellow member of the engineering fraternity is truly admirable.”

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RDM seeks to support Wales Air Ambulance and its mock helicopter

Saving lives across Wales


RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services would like to make you aware of a very important cause that the company is eager to support. Wales Air Ambulance is an all-Wales charity providing vital emergency air cover for those who face life-threatening illness or injuries.

RDM’s managing director, Dave Kieft, is particularly supportive of the charity for many reasons. Not only does Wales Air Ambulance save many lives each year, but a close friend of Dave’s is still here today thanks to the admirable work the organisation does.

Dave recently visited Wales Air Ambulance’s Dafen base following an ECA Presidential dinner, to present the charity with a cheque for £1500, which was raised through the event. To put this donation into perspective, each mission carried out by Wales Air Ambulance costs the charity approximately £1500.

During the visit, Wales Air Ambulance’s mock helicopter came to our attention, which the organisation previously used as a great promotional tool to raise awareness of the work the charity does. Unfortunately, the helicopter, which has attended several shows, entertained thousands of children and has helped raise much needed funds, is now in a very sorry and unusable state.

From learning more about Wales Air Ambulance and its treasured mock helicopter, RDM has made a pledge to do what it can to encourage others to either donate some time, effort or monies to help bring the mock helicopter back to its full glory. Modernising this asset so it can once again be used to engage with others, and raise awareness and funds for Wales Air Ambulance, is of utmost importance.

Wales has grown to become one of the busiest air ambulance operations in the UK. As a registered charity, the service is wholly dependent on public donations and does not receive any support from the national lottery or the government. Responding to approximately 2000 missions every year, with around 400 of these being for children, Wales Air Ambulance simply cannot be neglected.

If you are able to offer some support to help revitalise Wales Air Ambulance’s mock helicopter, RDM would like to hear from you and help us support this very worthwhile charity.

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RDM employee leads the way in health and safety

Chris Phillips RDM Project Manager, Kye Davies, Mark Sainsbury RDM Mechanical Director, Wayne Lemon of BSS

We are very proud of our mechanical engineer Kye Davies, who has received the RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services’ monthly award for outstanding standards in health and safety practice.

Kye has been recognised for his continued commitment to health and safety for his continued reporting of anything that is or could be a potential safety risk.

Kye’s project manager Chris Phillips commented:

“Kye has really stood out for his proactive attitude and positive approach towards health and safety, which is an excellent example of good practice for all staff.”

Ensuring jobs meet regulations and health and safety requirements is a central focus of the work conducted by RDM Electrical and Mechanical services, especially as there is stringent legislation in the industry that has to be adhered to.

All directors, management and staff at RDM congratulate Kye on his continuous excellent approach to his role with the company and wish him continued success and growth within the business.

Photo caption (L-R): RDM project manager Chris Phillips; award winner Kye Davies, RDM mechanical director Mark Sainsbury; Wayne Lemon of BSS, who kindly supported the prize for this month’s winner.

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Awards for outstanding RDM apprentices

Wayne Lemon from BSS;  Kye Davies apprentice; Mark Sainsbury RDM Mechanical Director; Iestyn Davies apprentice; Richard Young from BSS

Two apprentices at RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services have been acknowledged for their excellent work on completion of their first year in training.

Mechanical apprentices Kye Davies and Iestyn Davies have received toolkits from RDM as an award for their outstanding achievements during training.

RDM is very proud of its training commitments and achievements, which is a value the company aims to instil in all its staff members.

Doug Mullinger, BEST training manager (Wales), stated that these two apprentices had shown an excellent commitment to their course work, set an exemplary standard in their commitment to their apprenticeships and stood out from the crowd.

RDM directors and management, who have a solid track record spanning over 28 years in employing apprentices, are pleased to recognise the continued success in their investment into the future of the industry. The company congratulates these two very capable young men on their recognition by their training organisation, as well as by their direct management within the business.

All at RDM wish these two fine apprentices a continued successful career within the expanding business.

Photo caption (L-R): Wayne Lemon from BSS, who kindly sponsored the toolkit awards; RDM apprentice Kye Davies; RDM mechanical director Mark Sainsbury; RDM apprentice Iestyn Davies; Richard Young of BSS.

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Swansea based RDM wins £6m contract on new Bay Campus


Electrical and mechanical services company RDM has been successful in tendering for work on the £450m Bay Campus project, being built on Fabian Way by Swansea University and its development partner St. Modwen.
pTpHrM0VThe company, which has been based in Swansea for 25 years, will be the main subcontractor delivering electrical and mechanical services on the student accommodation and support offices on the site, working for main contractor VINCI Construction UK.

Company Director, David Kieft, is delighted with the success and says that the £6m contract, which is design and build, will mean further employment and training opportunities for local people.

“We’re a company which employ all our staff directly and we will be looking to substantially increase our workforce next year to work on the key delivery stage of the contract. We’ve a long history of training our employees to a very high standard and we’re planning to recruit two additional apprentices through the Beyond Bricks and Mortar initiative as well as liaising with the Workways project to take on people who are currently unemployed.”

RDM has a long established reputation for its work on major projects, including the Bluestone leisure park, local schools and civic buildings as well as having won awards including achieving the Gold Standard for its delivery of contracts on MoD facilities across Wales and the borders.

“Winning this M & E contract on the Bay Campus is down to the hard work our team put in to the tendering process, starting with our attendance at one of the Meet The Buyer events earlier this year” said David.

“We’re delighted to have been able to provide strong evidence of our ability to deliver and to price the work competitively so that we were successful in our bid. It’s not just good news for RDM, but for the area as a whole as it means that the benefit of this part of the investment will stay in the area, supporting local jobs and people.”

Jerry Williams, Project Director for VINCI Construction UK said: “We are delighted to have appointed RDM Electrical, particularly because they are a Swansea-based company that came to us through the Meet The Buyer event. By working with local companies, we ensure that the community benefits from employment and training opportunities that will extend beyond the duration of the project.”

RDM’s design work on the project has already commenced and the on-going contract will run through to September 2015, when the campus is due to fully open to students from the College of Engineering and the School of Management.

Professor Iwan Davies, Pro Vice Chancellor, Swansea University, said: “The Bay Campus will be a catalyst for regeneration for the whole region. About 4,000 direct jobs will be created during the construction phase, with a further 6,000 indirect jobs supported in the wider economy as a result. It will also be an exemplar for University researchers working with industry, helping to boost the knowledge economy in Wales.”

RDM is among a number of Swansea Bay based companies which have won work on the development with many more opportunities in the pipeline for which local companies will be able to tender.

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, is developing the Bay Campus with Swansea University and is carrying out the building work with its contractor VINCI Construction UK and Swansea University’s framework contractor Leadbitter, a Bouygues UK Company. Works started on site in May 2013, with full student occupation due in 2015.

Article posted on behalf of Swansea Bay Life,