What our customers say…
Andy O’Kane of FCBC commented:-
“These stainless steel plaques have been fabricated with great precision by The Blake Group and are a fitting addition to the bridge’s abutments marking the year this grand structure will open”
Scott Logan, Director at Johnston Oils commented:-
“At Johnston Fuels we pride ourselves on working with the best in the business. When it comes to storage tanks, that’s Blakes, whose quality of product is second to none.”
Vert Rotors’ Founder Olly Dmitriev commented:-
“Blakes always provide high quality product and they would cut and weld frame components as required – saving us a lot of time and allowing to concentrate on our main business. This is one of a few companies we can fully rely on.”
Grant Milne, Managing Director of the Quarry Division at Leiths Group commented:-
“We have purchased Blake tanks for a number of years because of their build quality. It’s this quality that ensures the long term serviceability of the tank’
Alien Rock founder Reuben Welch stated:-
“Blake’s team quoted, manufactured and installed the job in an efficient manner enabling us to keep to our tight timescale. We appreciated the prompt service for what is presumably a small contract for them. We have used them on previous jobs in past and will do so in the future. Thank you!”
Tremmel’s Construction Director Andrew McColl said:
“For supply and manufacture of steel products we always use Blake Group as they are knowledgeable, efficient, cost effective and a pleasure to work with.”
Matthew Howieson of Sir Robert McAlpine stated:
“We at Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, along with all Stakeholders, are proud to have contributed to the success of this project. The internal spaces within the College are truly unique, with fantastic state of the art facilities this truly will be an excellent platform for students to excel”.
Brian Hope, Dynamic Earth said:
“I just wanted to say thank you for the new chill cabinet cover, its fantastic, a wonderful bit of craftsmanship and does the job perfectly.
Please pass on my thanks and gratitude to the lads who built it.”
Stuart Holmes, Director of SERYFA commented:
“I write to thank you once again for your invaluable support of Youth Football in the South East Region via your sponsorship of the Fixture List Planners for The Lothian Buses SERYFA.
It is only with the support of local businesses such as yourselves that we are able to maintain the steady stream of ‘new money’ into Scottish Grass Roots Football. The funding raised has also made the PITCH FINDER Phone APP available completely free of charge to almost 52,000 registered players across the country. The APP is rapidly becoming an increasingly used resource for players, parents and officials alike and has the full backing and support of the SYFA at Hampden Park.”
Richard Murphy, Richard Murphy Architects, said:
‘Richard Murphy Architects are delighted to receive the award of RIBA House of Year for Richards own house on Hart St in Edinburgh.
The award is a culmination of a huge amount of effort not only for the office but for all involved in the project.
To achieve such high standards takes skill, care and attention and for Blake’s contribution towards this we would like to say Thank You’.
Andrew Fergusson, Production Director for Miller Homes Scotland, said:
“We are delighted to recognise The Blake Group as our Contractor of the Month for March.
We measure our subcontractors against a set criteria, including quality, supervision, flexibility and health and safety, and The Blake Group scored highly across all aspects for the work they are undertaking on our behalf at Varcity.”
Stevie Livingston of Gregstone commented:
“It was great to engage with Blake Group on this project, as usual the service has been excellent and I look forward to using Blakes again”.
Ross Baxter (of Baxters Hostel, Edinburgh and the new Kip Hotel in London) commented :
“Blake’s worked closely with Kip to make our conceptual designs a reality and provided valuable advice when it was needed, we look forward to building more hotels together”
Alan Robertson of Guthrie Contracts commented:
“Guthrie Contracts are delighted to be working alongside Blake Group once more to help deliver this exciting project, a key element of the Queensferry Crossing. Guthrie and Blakes have always had an excellent working relationship, as two Companies who place quality at a premium. We very much look forward to working with Blake Group through this contract and on many more in the future”.
Lowther Hills Ski Club commented:
“The successful running of Lowther Hills Ski Club is possible mainly thanks to the help of our volunteers, which make things happen on and off the slopes.
Over the past months we have invested much time and effort on a costly and complex programme of improvement of the Lowther tow’s electrical and safety systems. One of the many jobs we wanted to complete before winter was the replacement of the tow’s original single skin diesel containers.
We needed specialist advice to find the best solution for our challenging weather conditions and limited space at the Engine hut, while complying with all current legislation and quality standards. So, we asked the best people for this job.
Edinburgh-based Blake Group are a UK leader of engineering services in the fields of oil tank production and fabricated steelwork.
When we first approached Blake Group, they kindly listened to our requirements and provided us with top-class expert advice. Shortly after, we were most grateful to learn that Blake Group had decided to support the community-owned, mountain playground of the south of Scotland with a donation of a new, state of the art fuel tank.
And a month later, the weather finally gave us a break. In Arctic conditions, Blake Group’s fuel tank was brought on the 22nd of November by our volunteers to its new home on Lowther Hill at 710m (2,330ft) altitude. We believe it now is Blake Group’s highest fuel tank in Britain.”
Robert Reid, Robert Reid Joinery and Building commented:
“It has been a pleasure working with the Metal Centre again. They always provide good service from initial enquiry to supply on site. Delivery is always on time with a quick turnaround and I would happily recommend their service to any potential customers ”
Gordon Harper, Operations Manager for Global Port Services commented:
“With the ever expanding fleet of cranes and acquirement of the new facility it was time to add a new fuel system that could cope with the demand. The fuel management system will also allow us to monitor our fuel costs to individual cranes which is a huge benefit to our accounts team. I would like to thank the Blake Group for the help they have provided from the initial fabrication support to the final installation, with their knowledge and support the purchase of the tank was made an easy task. I would not hesitate in recommending the Blake Group to anyone with regards to fuel tank installation or with any of their wide range of tanks available. ”
Underbelly Production Manager Kenny Easson commented:
“Having worked with Blakes at various events over the years, they always deliver the goods. This relationship can be crucial to the success of an event as often timescales are tight with changing requirements up to and beyond the eleventh hour! At Underbelly we are looking forward to this year’s Festivals and many more with the support of Blakes!”
Ian Thomson of Oilfield Mineral Solutions commented:
“We enlisted the services of Blakes to fabricate these secondary containment working platforms after visiting their premises in Edinburgh. We were satisfied that Blakes could deliver a quality product with in our tight budget and time frame”.
Martin Raeburn, Raeburn Joinery commented:
“Having worked with The Metal Centre over the years they have provided excellent service and are very reliable, always delivering on time. I‘ll certainly be using The Metal Centre in the future and look forward to seeing Alex at his new home in Leith.”
Andrew Salton, Lubricants Manager, Certas Energy
“Certas Energy are the largest distributor of Lubricants in the U.K. and are partners for brands like Castrol, Total, Valvoline and Shell along with Adblue,rust preventatives and coolants and auxiliary products. We operate in various sectors like construction,farming,bus and coach,marine and haulage.
We came to Blakes as previous experience told us we could count on the expertise and professionalism to manufacture the tanks we required to do the actual job in question. The finished result is testament to the previous works carried out by Blakes Group to an exceptional high standard and showing the care,knowledge of legislation, and diligence that we would like to believe that we are known for in our own business”.
Nicky Proud, Managing Director, Ferguson and Menzies
“It was a pleasure working with Blakes, I told them what I required in the way of blending and storage tanks and they supplied me with a cost effective solution to my needs. I won’t hesitate to go back to Blakes in the future for additional storage tanks.”
Marina Doherty, Krafty Brew
“It’s been a really exciting business venture so far. Our goal is to give people the opportunity to make their own quality craft beer in an fun and relaxed environment and so far so good! We are very thankful to all the businesses like Blake’s who have helped us along the way. Blake’s expertise has been invaluable in getting us up and running, they’ve been reliable and produced great work, cheers guys!”
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Ken Giles, Director, Mayfield Engineering
“Mayfield Engineering assisted the Blake Group with the installation of a
new transmission oil tank at Caterpillar’s principal manufacturing facility, Peterlee, County Durham.
These works were completed on time and without complication. Mayfield Engineering has worked alongside the Blake Group for a number of years and with their quality of work and professionalism we look forward to working together in the future”.
Alan Robertson, Guthrie Contracts
“We employed The Metal Centre to fabricate and supply the new steelwork inclusive of baseplates/corbel details. The finished steelwork is exposed and treated with intumescent materials prior to a paint finish. In our dealings with the Metal Centre over the last ten years we have found them to be very reliable in terms of cost and delivery and have no hesitation in using them for future projects.”
Ian Denholm, Depot Manager, Belhaven Brewery;
“The whole process from start to finish went smoothly and we are very happy with the product.
Quote, ordering, delivery and installation were all without hitch. We would certainly recommend Blake’s to other businesses”.
Ignacio Garcia, Project Manager, Cemengal;
“ The Metal Centre have supplied Cemengal with steel supplies on the Dunbar project. The service has been excellent with orders placed at short notice and delivered to site on demand”.
Paul Duckett, AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment), Aldermaston
“James Blake and Co. made every effort to accommodate AWE’s stringent fuel storage requirements and were pro-active in producing a cost-effective and legislatively compliant solution.”
Stuart Cunningham, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors;
“FCBC has been working together with Blake Group over the past 3 years completing various steelworks packages on all areas of the project, as well as providing labour only welders when required to do so by FCBC. Blake Group’s current subcontract orders for the Project are in the region of £1m and throughout working on the Forth Replacement Crossing they have shown excellent commitment to quality and performance.
Blake Group has acted diligently and professional throughout being on the Forth Replacement Crossing completing their works on time and to a consistent high standard. As a result a close working relationship has been built between both parties and Blake Group continue to tender and complete works for FCBC”.
Stewart Lynes, Managing Director, Miller Homes – Scotland;
‘This is to confirm that the Blake Group have successfully completed several projects with Miller Homes Scotland over the years and are considered a partnering contractor of choice.
Documentation, quality of labour & material together with the service on site and in association with H&S are all delivered to a high and professional standard’.
Stuart Lindsay, Project Manager, Miller Homes;
‘I have worked with the Blake Group now on various developments for circa 10 years now. Mainly Flatted developments with varying levels of steel work. From structural steel Turrets to cantilever Balconies etc and much more in between.
To put it bluntly I would be hoping for their appointment on all my projects before others were considered. The Quality of work ,supervision and delivery on time and on budget is consistent and when deviations arise as they so often do Blake are proactive in coming to a satisfactory solution. They are proactive from concept to completion which is very much needed in today’s business which has steadily gained momentum. Tight programmes, tight budgets and of course Health and Safety of the highest standard at all times are consistently delivered with minimum delays.
I would be happy for anyone to contact me for a reference or discussion on their suitability for any project’.
Ewan Robertson, Production Director, Taylor Wimpey East Scotland;
‘At Taylor Wimpey we continue to have a very positive experience with Blake’s and find their quality of product, service and standards of health and safety to be consistently high. At Taylor Wimpey we look forward to completing more successful contracts with them in the future’.
Neil White, Project Manager Civils, Direct Rail Services (DRS);
‘I am pleased to let you know that Blakes offer an excellent service. When requesting quotes for tanks the staff go that extra mile to get the paperwork complete and communicate throughout the process. When the orders are raised the work is planned and all targets are met. The staff also help with the after sales services when any issue or queries arise after the installation. My first thought when I am asked to carry out any fuel or oil projects is to contact Blakes for their professional advice’.
Neil Aitken, Facilities Manager, Lothian Buses Ltd;
‘Lothian Buses have used James Blake & Co. as one of our preferred contractors for the past twenty years.
During this time they have supplied our wide and varied storage tank requirements, fabricating bespoke units from 1000Lts to 100,000Lts.
Their design and fitting teams are always on hand to advise and deal with problem installation areas of which we have had more than our fair share.
Blakes are also pro-active in keeping us up to date with any changes in environmental and oil storage legislation which would have an effect on our business.
Overall James Blake & Co. are a competent professional and trustworthy company who I would have no hesitation in recommending as a prospective contractor’.
Robbie Horne, Managing Director, Merkland Tank;
‘We have always found Blake tanks of a very high standard and highly recommend their tanks and professional approach to contracts. At Merkland we look forward to working closely with them in the future “.
Matthew Gammell, Co-founder, Pickerings Gin;
“Having worked with Blake’s and The Metal Centre on a number of projects over the last 10 years, it was the natural choice to involve them with the distillery project. We have been delighted with their advice, input and assistance in the creation of the still and distillery, through to establishing operations at the Summerhall Distillery”.
Diane Maclean, Sculptor and Environmental Artist;
“It was great to work with Blake’s on the Gannet Archway (erected at Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick). They advised on the best material to use for the arch to withstand the very high winds on the coast and their workmanship was superb in shaping and polishing it. They also installed the work without a hitch. They were a friendly and efficient team to work with”.