Water Quality Expert Appoints New Scottish Operations Manager

Posted: Wednesday 27th January 2010

The UK’s leading water quality engineering firm has stepped up its ambitious expansion plans by appointing a new Civil Engineer to aid with its Scottish area operations.

Panton McLeod - which is the UK’s leading expert in providing repairs, cleaning and inspection services for facilities used to store of potable drinking water – has recruited former MJ Gleeson civil engineer Barclay Smart to help manage its projects across the whole of Scotland.

The 29-year-old Dundee University graduate will work alongside Panton McLeod’s Operations Director Paul Henderson to co-ordinate a range of specialist cleaning, inspection and repair work on service reservoirs and water storage facilities throughout the country.

The appointment is the latest stage of Panton McLeod’s ongoing expansion plans across the UK and overseas, which have already included a £120,000 revamp of its fleet of vehicles and the opening of its US division Panton McLeod Americas.

It also follows a new agreement with utility giant Scottish Water that will see Panton McLeod carrying out repairs, cleaning and inspection services on more than 400 water storage facilities across Scotland over the coming year.

Barclay said: “I’m delighted to join Panton McLeod and look forward to being part of the team managing the firm’s growing list of operations across Scotland. We have just signed a new agreement with Scottish Water to provide our specialist services across the country, so it is a great opportunity for me to get my teeth into.

“The firm is a dynamic leader in its field, working with the biggest water companies across the UK, so I jumped at the chance to help cement its position as the UK’s leading water quality engineering firm. I’m looking forward to working with the team to ensure that Panton McLeod continues to go from strength to strength.”

In his previous work as a civil engineer for construction firms Mowlem Plc and MJ Gleeson, Barclay was involved with a number of high-profile projects across the UK – including a new training area for the Ministry of Defence in Northumberland, the construction of the new Kelso Bowmont service reservoir and an upgrade of the Melrose Sewage Treatment Works.

Iain Weir, Panton McLeod’s Managing Director, said: “We were very impressed with Barclay’s enthusiasm and his wealth of experience in the construction industry, so having him join the team is a real coup for us. His appointment sends a clear statement about our intentions for the future and how we plan to grow the business further across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“Barclay has been involved in some very high-profile projects in the water industry over the past few years, so he is the ideal candidate to oversee our specialist work across Scotland.

“In the coming months, we will be cleaning, repairing and inspecting more than 400 water storage tanks throughout the country, so there will be ample opportunity for him to really help Panton McLeod cement its position as the country’s leading waster quality engineer.

“We are looking forward to having his input and specialist skills on the team and expect his appointment to be hugely beneficial for the company.”

Over the past 15 years, Panton McLeod has perfected highly-specialised methods and developed treatments which thoroughly clean and disinfect structures used to store potable drinking water without compromising water quality.

The firm has also pioneered the use of underwater robots in the UK which are used to inspect and clean these structures while they are still on-line – meaning that there is no disruption to customers’ supplies.

The machines areremotely operated and fitted with camera and lighting equipment, which allows staff controlling the sub to assess the state of cleanliness and need for repair of the interior of the tanks. They are also used solely within clean potable water environments and meticulously cleaned and disinfected prior to every use to ensure they can be safely used in the public water supply, and Panton McLeod conducts rigorous tests before and after each inspection.

In recent years, the firm has grown from its headquarters in Newtown St Boswells and it now has further offices in Nottingham and in the United States. The U.S. base in Denver, Colorado, is the hub for its North American division Panton McLeod Americas - which is currently revolutionising the way water storage structures are cleaned and inspected across the USA.

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