Our History: Petrochemical

May 13, 2019

Looking back in the Beech job book, 20 years ago we were completing the demolition of the old storage depot in Silvertown London for Shell UK.

Since that day our petrochemical division has gone from strength to strength. Both plant and equipment have evolved massively over those years: we now outright own a number of modern Doosan excavators with up-to-date attachments and oil quick conversion.

Many of the same lads from back then now work as managers in the Beech Group. The  Company has dismantled four bitumen plants in the UK and has decommissioned floating roof tanks as far away as Trinidad. Beech are currently tendering for some large-scale petrochemical contracts all over the UK.

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Arthur’s Beech Birthday

May 10, 2019

Earlier this year our director Arthur Marley reached an incredible milestone – his 40th year of working for Beech Group! Arthur’s been here nearly as long as the company itself – John Beech Ltd was founded in 1963 and he joined the company as a fitter in 1979. Since then he’s risen through the ranks and now directs demolition in the Group.

Being with us for 40 years is a momentous achievement, so we had to celebrate Arthur’s milestone twice!

At the NFDC AGM & Awards Luncheon 2019, our MD Chris Wainwright prepared a surprise presentation for Arthur before the awards were announced. Arthur was recognised for 40 years in service with a special NFDC Certificate of Achievement signed by colleagues at Resurgam House.

(Pictured above: Chris’ speech at the NFDC AGM & Awards and Gyles Brandreth, who hosted the event, congratulating Arthur).

But this wasn’t the only recognition we planned for Arthur: we threw our own party at our local rugby club a few weeks beforehand, which meant the presentation at the NFDC Awards came as even more of a surprise! There we gathered together his colleagues and friends and presented him with a watch to commemorate his achievement.

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ISO 45001 Full Certification

May 7, 2019

Beech Group are excited to report that at the earliest opportunity, within a year of the introduction of the new International Standard ISO 45001 – Occupation Health & Safety – the Company has gained full certification (transitioning successfully from OHSAS 18001).

This comes hard on the heels of being granted a further 3-year asbestos removal license from the HSE in January 2019.

This again demonstrates Beech Group`s continued commitment to exceeding health and safety requirements for all employees, our sub-contractors, clients, stakeholders and interested parties.

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Glad We Clad

It’s been a few years now since we secured our first major industrial cladding work in recent times. On a chance encounter, Cammell Lairds invited us to tender for stripping and re-roofing the massive three bays sitting beside the huge boat building warehouse in Birkenhead. Because they are next to this behemoth, they look quite small but as you can tell in the photo of one half of one of them, they are gigantic.

The job was a massive success, on budget and in time.

That contract also saw the start of a joint venture with local firm Wirral Cladding. We safely remove old roofing and they replace it. Since then we have done some sizeable works for a national car dealer and for The Big Yellow, the national storage specialist.

I think it’s fair to say that after the Lairds project there isn’t really anything we couldn’t tackle in this field.

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The 190 Club

During 2018, Beech set up a fund called the 190 club aiming to attract 190 companies or individuals to donate £190 in return for being incorporated in a raffle every month for three prizes of £500, £300 and £200.


Every single penny raised would go to Feeding Britain: a charity seeking to try and solve the problems of hunger, homelessness and cold in a constructive way. Along with many other important projects, Feeding Britain raise much-needed funds for people in the Wirral struggling to buy food and recently opened the Number 7 cafe and supermarket in Birkenhead. Frank Field is a massive supporter of this charity and its methods, as are all the members of the Mersey Maritime Group.


It raised £18,220 in its first year and the Johnson Foundation amazingly stepped in and doubled that! This effort has resulted in Beech being shortlisted for the Positive Impact Award at the Mersey Maritime Business Awards 2019.


If anyone reading this news item would like to join the 190 club, the new year has started and the draws commence in early February. Contact for more information.

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Training Division Launch

Day 1 and they’re off. The new training facility started up yesterday, one day before the Companies 55th birthday landmark. The first booked customer was impressed as was the tutor for the course which is the five day counter balance novice course. the photo shows the training manager and brain child James Millward and the instructor Damian Jamieson. There is a continuous stream of courses available.

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Happy Birthday John Beech Limited

Sep 25, 2018

Today marks the 55th Anniversary of the Companies founding back in 1963. The Companys’ hand written minute book, recorded meticulously by the late Norman Fishwick in attendance,  shows that Midland Bank were appointed to handle the banking, the Company Seal was adopted and an impression of it made in the minute book and Dolby & Son were appointed as the accountants. The rest is history as they say.

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Our Tough Mudder!

Our very own MD recently completed the 5 mile Tough Mudder challenge for charity, along with his wife Ali and a few of their close friends. 2 weeks later, he is still finding mud! We’re just glad we weren’t doing the washing!! Well done Chris & Co!

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Getting Fit for Charity!

Apr 26, 2016

Our Beech Boy Dave from the Civil division of the company, together with his team, cycled 170 miles from Morecambe to Bridlington over a period of 3 days!  In his words they ‘smashed it’ Well done Dave and team!

Getting fit and making money for charity are a common theme at Beech at the moment. On 14 August MD Chris is doing the swim leg of the Liverpool triathlon in the company of Rob McKay, MD of Sherrington Associates (run) and Charles Gray MD of Armitt Group (bike).

Meanwhile, Chris might get some practice for swimming on 8 May when the Beech Group have entered a team in the charity dragon boat championships at Manley Mere. The day is organised by Saughall Rotary and is their second Dragon Boat Event. They are raising money for Claire House and The Hospice of the Good Shepherd.Why not come and make a day of it? It starts at 10am!

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Asbestos, Asbestos, Asbestos!

Feb 24, 2016

Following a very thorough audit from the HSE two weeks ago, we are please to announce that we have been awarded another three year Asbestos Removal Licence.

It would be an understatement to say that this is a little more than useful as we are exceptional busy working on exciting asbestos projects with our new blue chip client based in Liverpool.

We completed the first of what is to be many Asbestos removal projects last month,with our highly trained and experienced operatives working day and night over a weekend. Much to the satisfaction of the client, the work was completed on time and in budget and thus securing lots of future projects.

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