One of the country’s leading infrastructure contractors Excalon, specialising in services within the utilities industry, have continued their pivotal work throughout both lockdowns.
With a reputation for high-quality services including the design and construction of a variety of infrastructure projects, it was crucial that Excalon sustained their essential level of work during the pandemic.
The Managing Director Kevin O’Donnell started the company alongside Dessie Donnelly eighteen years ago and they have been considered a major contractor for over fourteen of those.
He said: “We’ve built our reputation up over many years resulting in gaining the major projects we’re currently working on.
“The quality of our work is now known throughout the industry”.
Despite two lockdowns, and a battle to keep all of the staff safe, the team have persevered with only a few of the office-based personnel being put on furlough.
Kevin said: “It’s been very difficult, but we’ve all worked hard to keep everyone safe throughout; with one- way systems plastic partitions between desks, hand sanitiser and thermometers being used.”
Having the company based in Salford allows Excalon to be at the centre of the motorway network, most of their external staff are based in Manchester.
This enables them to tender favourably for contracts all over the UK. At present they have major projects as far away as Scotland and Southampton.
“Currently our biggest jobs include a treble 132 kilovolt circuit overlay in Bradford which is approximately 15 kilometres, plus a quadruple 132 kilovolt project to Lostock Energy Park in Northwich which is approximately 5 kilometres.” said Mr O’Donnell.
“It’s been very difficult, but we’ve all worked hard to keep everyone safe throughout; with one- way systems plastic partitions between desks, hand sanitiser and thermometers being used.”
Excalon were recently approached by Vital Energi, a major energy solutions company, to carry out work to improve the countries carbon emissions.
Kevin explained: “In 2019 the company was approached to carry out district heating works. That involves excavating and inserting heating pipe systems in major city centres to reduce carbon output. This will be a major contribution to becoming carbon neutral in the future”
With help from Excalon and other companies such as Vital Energi, the UK is expected to be on track to become somewhat carbon neutral by 2038.
Vital Energi in partnership with Excalon outside Manchester Central (Video credit: Excalon)