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Delighted to partner with veterans initiative Garrison Farm

Garrison Farm

The RD Group is delighted to unveil a new sponsorship and strategic partnership with Garrison Farm, a Community Interest Company formed to support veterans through outdoor/holistic activities and subsidised routes into sustainable living/agriculture.

Garrison Farm is building a team to set up an ecovillage in South Wales to deliver charity services while delivering support for veterans in collaboration with established veterans charities and sustainable development organisations.

The RD Group, which comprises EFT Consult, RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services and DRS Facilities Management, has the skills, knowledge and connections across the group to support Garrison Farm to deliver the framework for this ecovillage.

The group has a proven track record of providing design, engineering, installation and maintenance services for national and international clients and has agreed to use its strategic position and resources to help Garrison Farm fast track its ambitions for building a network of ecovillages and sustainable farming projects.

Dave Kieft, the founder of the RD Group, said:

“Both Garrison Farm and RD Group are interested in developing circular economy initiatives. Having successfully delivered sustainable development projects with similar organisations, we are optimistic we can assist Garrison Farm in successfully developing ecovillages to a high standard.

“This relationship will provide support not only to veterans personally but also provide a platform of support and career opportunity when they leave the armed forces. After protecting us and serving their country, this is our opportunity to show some appreciation and provide viable opportunities when veterans leave the support network they are used to. We are proud to be able to help.”

Chris Carrée, founder of Garrison Farm, said:

“Garrison Farm CIC are delighted to announce strategic support from EFT Consult, RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services and DRS Facilities Management to fast-track our plans to create ecovillages and sustainable farming projects to help veterans.”

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Further expansion for innovative engineering company

Anthony Brunton. Dave Kieft. Grant Clatworthy. Helen Eames
Anthony Brunton. Dave Kieft. Grant Clatworthy. Helen Eames

RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has hired a further three new members of staff as the company seeks to expand its delivery capabilities.

Anthony Brunton from Swansea has been hired as MOD Contracts Director. His new role will see him manage a significant government contract and integration as a Tier 1 supplier and grow the level of hard services currently being supplied by RDM. He has over 35 years’ experience in maintenance and facilities management (FM) delivery, having worked as an FM provider in the UK, Europe and Middle East. More recently, Brunton has worked client side, managing FM service delivery for high profile portfolios. He is a highly qualified electrical engineer with substantial mechanical experience and has a post graduate degree in property and facilities management.

Grant Clatworthy from Bridgend has joined RDM as Mechanical Services Manager to oversee all aspects relating to delivery of mechanical services across the company and to grow project works. Although mechanically biased, Clatworthy has extensive experience in his previous role of delivering multi-discipline projects. His previous roles have included bid manager at a building services company, contracts manager and senior projects engineer. He has been involved in numerous large-scale projects throughout the South Wales region including the University Hospital of Wales and NGD Data Centre, Newport.

Helen Eames from Swansea has been appointed as Group Document Controller. She has over fifteen years’ experience in the industry, with roles within document control, industry compliance, project monitoring, reporting, company process and systems controls. Eames has predominantly worked on multi-million-pound projects for major international companies such as Tata Steel, VolkerFitzpatrick and Leadbitter Construction.

All three staff members have been appointed within the last two months due to RDM continuing to grow in line with its ongoing expansion plans to a wider and increasing customer base.

Dave Kieft, director and co-owner of RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services, said:

“We are extremely pleased to be expanding our team with the appointments of Anthony, Grant and Helen. With the company continuing its work on long-term substantial contracts, in addition to the recent new business we have acquired, there was a clear need to grow our team with additional talented personnel.

“It is an exciting time for RDM as we look to solidify and grow our delivery capabilities across a wide variety of projects. I am confident that our new additions to the team will boost our already strong employee base and assist us in maintaining our robust reputation in the sector.”

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Electrical and mechanical company appointed for Swansea student accommodation project

Coppergate. The Kingsway. Swansea
Coppergate. The Kingsway. Swansea

RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has been contracted by Create Construction, a high- volume accommodation provider that delivers fully integrated construction services throughout the UK, to undertake works at a new student accommodation development in Swansea city centre.

Coppergate Swansea is a £17m new build student accommodation project. The development comprises of 310 bedrooms spread across a 14-storey tower block. It also has two 6-storey wings. The central courtyard is set inside a horseshoe formation, with the building featuring a reception area, substantial bike storage and several commercial spaces. The development also offers panoramic views over Swansea and Mumbles.

RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has been appointed to undertake the full design, supply and installation works of all the site’s electrical and mechanical services. The contract is worth approximately £2.5m to the Swansea-based company.

Work on the project began in March 2018, with the topping out ceremony taking place on 10 April 2019. The ceremony, hosted by Create Construction and Crosslane Student Developments, marked the achievement of the building reaching its maximum height. The project will be completed in September, ahead of the start of the 2019/20 academic year.

Dave Kieft, director and co-owner of RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services, said:

“It is fantastic to be working on yet another high-profile project in our home city of Swansea. Our vast experience in this area is proving extremely valuable to our portfolio and has expanded our working relationship to such an esteemed firm as Create Construction. We look forward to seeing the final result of this impressive development later this year.”

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Swansea Council appoints RDM to brighten city’s market

John Burns. Chris Evans and Dave Kieft
John Burns. Chris Evans and Dave Kieft

RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has been contracted by Swansea Council to undertake the installation of a new lighting system at Swansea Market.

An investment of over £200,000 has been made for the new lighting system, which will see the replacement of the current lighting infrastructure with a modern, more efficient LED system. The new lighting will improve visitors’ shopping experience, cut energy costs and make the venue easier to manage.

The project started last week, with the works anticipated to be completed by the start of June 2019. The market will remain open as usual throughout the duration of the project.

The contract adds to the vast portfolio of work undertaken by Llansamlet-based RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services in the city on private developments, as well as its 30-year history of delivering successful projects with local authorities.

Dave Kieft, director and co-owner of RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services, said:

“We are thrilled to have been appointed to provide our services at Wales’ largest indoor market. As a specialist local contractor, we pride ourselves on contributing to these important projects that improve key landmarks and facilities within our home city.”

Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said:

“This important upgrade is exciting news for shoppers and traders. Swansea Market is a jewel in the area’s crown and it’s good that it will have some extra brightness as we celebrate our 50th anniversary as a city.”

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RDM lends a hand to DIY SOS as the show heads to Swansea

Dave Kieft
SWANSEA / with story Friday August 15th 2014 New University Campus Contractors.. RDM Electrical Services Limited on site at the £450 million development. Director David Kieft

Director Dave Kieft

Swansea-based RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has offered its support to the BBC One series DIY SOS as the show takes place in Swansea for its Children in Need build.

The firm will be providing free labour and materials to the DIY SOS team to assist them in completing their immense task on one of their biggest projects to date for a local charity.

The project, which will run from 6-17 September, is focused on supporting The Roots Foundation Wales – a Swansea-based charity that provides crucial help and support for young people leaving the care system, and embarking on their own lives.

Established nearly 7 years ago, the Roots Foundation has spent recent years offering support in a wooden hut. The team at the charity do their best for the children who come to them for help, but the lack of space and facilities is making it difficult to provide one-on-one and group therapy sessions to those in need.

The Roots Foundation is now in desperate need of more space and better facilities to provide the best support possible to local young people moving into the next stage of their lives.

DIY SOS’s plan is to completely demolish the existing building before filming begins, and construct a new support centre in just 11 days, that is spacious and suitable for their specific needs. This will include a large youth club space, therapy room and kitchen for cooking classes. The charity’s team will also have their own office space and will include several independent flats for young people leaving care.

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

“When we were made aware of this project for DIY SOS in our area, we didn’t hesitate to offer our assistance. We are proud to be a part of this project for an incredibly worthy cause that will make a real difference to the charity and the people it supports. We look forward to joining other generous tradespeople and suppliers to help make this build a reality.”

RDM is a leading UK building services company that works on multi-million pound contracts across the country.

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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.”