Francis Brown Hits 100 Employee Milestone as it Successfully Completes Orders for Leading Global Projects


We are delighted to announce that Francis Brown has recorded one of its most successful years to date hitting an employee milestone of 100 staff and forecasting a 30% growth in turnover.

Now in its fourth generation of family leadership since its foundation in 1903, we are well known across the globe for providing a range of skills and expertise to industries including oil and gas, chemical, renewable energy, nuclear and rail, through a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce which this year has hit the landmark figure of 100.

The Francis Brown team comprises a pool of highly skilled tradesmen including platers, welders, fitters, machinists and engineers who together have worked on some of the country’s and the world’s most prestigious projects. Most recently these have included projects on the Greater Gabbard Offshore Windfarm – the first offshore windfarm of its size, one of the UK’s biggest – located off the Suffolk coast, together with multiple fabrications for the Maersk Culzean Offshore Gas Condensate Field in the central North Sea.

As the business continues to invest in its workforce, including the training of six local apprentices and the retention of 10 staff with over 25 years’ service, we remain firmly committed to growing alongside our clients and continuing to secure repeat work based on its track record of successful project delivery.

Francis Brown Fabricates and Site Installs 700Te Carousel to One of the UK’s Largest Windfarms

We have successfully fabricated and installed – in only 11 weeks – a 700Te carousel which will be used for the storage of spare cables for UK offshore windfarm projects.

Francis Brown was commissioned to fabricate and site install the 700Te carousel to the project base in Sunderland, by Ecosse Subsea Systems on behalf of an international infrastructure group.

With the ability to upgrade from a 700Te to 1700Te capacity, the carousel comprises a number of key items and sub-assemblies including; basket and core, grillage, rollers and tracks, floor, drive system and central bush.

Speaking about the contract, Mark Roddy, Managing Director at Francis Brown, said: “We are thrilled to be part of this project and believe that it is our experience, quality, ability to hit a very tight schedule and excellent safety record that landed us this order.

“We pride ourselves in providing first class, robust and sustainable solutions to projects across the globe and firmly believe it is our emphasis on delivering exceptional design – coupled with our focus on safe manufacturing and installation – that makes us the supplier of choice across our industries.

“These key values are underpinned by our ability to constantly deliver on time and on specification. And, with a growing demand for storage carousels across the renewable sector, we firmly believe delivery of this project can only lead to further opportunities for us in this growing market.”

The project adds to Francis Brown’s already extensive portfolio delivering engineering services and solutions to projects worth over £10m in the offshore renewables, chemical, oil and gas, rail, nuclear, power and construction markets. The company has the ability to assemble and install units of any size, scale and specification and has already installed some of the largest fabrication and engineering components to projects across the globe, including the world’s largest tidal turbine to date – the MeyGenTidal Stream project in the Pentland Firth.