About the Andrews Sykes Group
As the UK's leading specialist hire company, we provide the best pumping, heating and cooling solution for virtually every need, location and application 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Our aim is to help our customers to address the real-life challenges they face-whether planned or emergency-in the fastest, most expert, professional and cost effective ways. We offer the safest, most reliable equipment sourced from the world's top manufacturers.Andrews Sykes Hire features the two premier brands of the UK hire industry: Sykes Pumps and Andrews family of climate control brand, which are: Andrews Air Conditioning, Andrews Heat for Hire, Andrews Dehumidification, Andrews Chillers, Andrews Boilers and Andrews Ventilation.
The Andrews brand has more than 40 years’ experience dealing with hire, sale, installation and maintenance of all types of comfort cooling, air conditioning, heating, temperature control, ventilation and dehumidification systems, making us the UK's biggest and most reliable specialist hire company.
Sykes Pumps has more than 150 years’ experience in delivering advanced pumping and ground water solutions. No other company has more expertise and heritage in pumping, de-watering and specialist fluid moving than Sykes pumps. Starting on the banks of the Thames way back in 1857, our long history has seen us supporting key projects across the UK, both planned and emergency. A lot has changed over the years but our commitment to delivering the finest equipment and exceptional service hasn't.
Today, Andrews Sykes have 30 depots strategically placed throughout the UK, to offer a local service across the Country. We have over 300 dedicated UK based employees trained and ready to help you. The dedication of our people and the values of our company give our customers the trust and faith to use our service time and time again.
Andrews Sykes Hire Ltd is our main UK trading company and is split into 7 main product groups;
Having been established in 1857 Sykes Pumps have over 150 years of experience in pumps and pump hire. As market leaders we offer an extensive range of pumps including diesel driven units, electric submersibles, sewage submersibles, super silenced units, hydraulic submersibles, high capacity units, high pressure pumps and air driven pumps. From our nationwide depot network we offer a 24/7/365 emergency service and instant delivery. Our team of specialist pumping engineers provide technical advice and service backup to supports a hire fleet of over 3000 units. We are the preferred suppliers to many construction and utility companies and have vast experience in a diverse selection of industries including; construction, water and waste, marine, power generation, petro chem, aggregate and emergency services. From one-off pump hires to complex over pumping schemes, we deliver the right equipment and bespoke pumping solutions for our customers, regardless whether it is an emergency or planned works.
Andrews Air Conditioning Hire
Andrews Air Conditioning is the UK’s no. 1 supplier of portable cooling services. Having introduced the concept of air conditioning hire to the UK in the late 1960’s, we have been keeping customers cool for over 40 years. Using our vast experience we have gained an unrivalled reputation for providing bespoke solutions for a wide range of applications. Our customers include local authorities, retail and leisure groups, healthcare establishments, facilities management and IT companies. Andrews Air Conditioning Hire takes pride in providing the best air conditioning units and cooling solutions, at the right price, whenever you need it. We have over 10,000 units in our hire fleet ranging from 2kw to 17kw, all of which are available for instant delivery nationwide 24/7/365.
Andrews Heat for Hire
Andrews Heat for Hire has been the UK’s leading provider of portable and temporary heating solutions for over 50 years. Since pioneering heating hire in the early 1960’s we have created heating solutions for a wide range of applications. Our clients include construction companies, retail outlets, healthcare establishments, warehousing and distribution operations, facilities management organisations and event organisers. From a single unit to warm a small office to a complex installation on a multi-storey construction development, you can trust Andrews Heat for Hire to develop the right solution. Our goal is to provide our clients with a safe, fast, professional and expert solution to the heating challenges they face. Our network of depots offer a comprehensive service 24/7/365, supplying electric, gas and oil fuelled heaters for immediate delivery complete with all of the necessary fuel, accessories and expertise, that you will need.
Andrews Chiller Hire
Andrews Chillers provides a comprehensive range of chillers and air handlers for wide variation of applications. Working closely with our air conditioning divisions, our chiller rental range extends from 30kw mobile units, up to single units of 750kw in capacity and multi mega-watt packages, for the largest of requirements. In addition to chillers we also hire air handlers, heat exchangers and fan coils together with all of the necessary accessories to complete a full installation. Applications often require low temperature for ice rinks, food storage or industrial requirements, our range of low temperature chillers and the unique Fast Chill range enable us to offer the perfect solution. Our clients include HVAC contractors, facility managers, petro-chem plants, telecommunications providers, data centres, event organisers and food manufacturers. As industry leaders, we work with our clients to deliver the optimum chilling solution, whether they require small standalone packages or complex systems in a fast cost effective and professional way.
Andrews Boiler Hire
Andrews Boilers is the UK’s number one supplier of boiler hire services. We provide bespoke solutions to cover every possible situation in the provision of hot water and heating. We have mobile packaged boilers of 100kw, 250kw, 375kw, 500kw and 1,000kw capacity. These units are complete with pumps, valves, heat exchangers and control systems in a single container, they can be used with either mains gas or fuel oil. For smaller requirements such as under floor heating we offer electric boilers, which are portable and simple to install, with capacities of 22kw and 36kw. To complement our boiler range we provide air handlers, fan coils, heat exchangers, fuel tanks and hoses, along with all of the accessories required to complete an installation. Our engineers are gas safe qualified and provide a 24/7/365 installation and service back up. We have extensive experience in both the commercial and public sectors and we will deliver the solution you require whatever your application.
Andrews Dehumidification is the UK’s leader in drying and humidity solutions. The specific industry expertise of our engineers and support staff means that we can handle any situation that requires humidity control, irrespective of scale. We supply both refrigerant and desiccant drying equipment, thereby covering every possible situation. Whether it is for a short term emergency following a flood, or a long term dehumidification programme for the storage of delicate and sensitive materials, Andrews can provide the perfect solution. Our range extends from small portable units through to high capacity specialist units, all of which are available from any of our strategically located service depots through the country.
Andrews Ventilation provides an extensive range portable cooling, extraction and ventilation fans for hire. Our ASF cooling fans are often used to provide fresh air and comfort cooling, in environments such as offices, warehouses, gymnasiums, shops, factories, airports and events. The FV range of ventilation and extraction fans, are commonly used for more industrial applications. When used for extraction they can remove dangerous odours from the workspace such as paint vapours, dust, welding fumes and carbon monoxide. In ventilation applications they provide fresh air to confined spaces or areas with restricted access. In recent year we have also added high capacity fans for use in tunnels and have complimented the range with dust filters, ducting and specialist accessories.
Other UK subsidiaries
Andrews Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Services Ltd
Our AAC&R operation provides permanent air conditioning services throughout the UK. The specialist installation division offers a wide range of permanently installed solutions, these include wall mounted split systems, cassette units, ducted systems, heat pump, VRV and chiller installations. We offer units from many of the world’s leading manufacturers such as Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Samsung and many more. Our service and maintenance division offer an extensive selection of service options to our clients, these include planned maintenance programmes, a breakdown repair service, R22 and Fgas management support, expertise and advice. With expertise in a wide and diverse range of sectors, AAC&R has become one of the UK’s leading providers of fixed air conditioning solutions.
Climate Contingency Services
CCS provide bespoke and tailored contingency solutions for cooling, heating and pumping systems, ranging from a simple risk assessment or contingency plan to a full emergency standby system. So many businesses experience problems because they do not have a contingency plan in place. From broken pumping systems to damaged heaters, a business can come to a stop without having a contingency. Vital services operations such as hospitals, data centres, telecommunication operators and emergency services are all included in our client list. CCS offer the full range of Andrews Sykes products along with guaranteed response time and a peace of mind should an emergency strike at any time.
Charlton, London, Aberdeen, Scotland, Ashford, Kent, Basildon, Essex, Birmingham, Bovey Tracey, Devon, Bristol, Glasgow, Scotland, Grangemouth, Heathrow, London, Inverness, Scotland, Leeds, Yorkshire, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Lancashire, Penrith, Cumbria, Pontypridd, Wales, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, Sedgefield, Durham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Andrews Sykes BV was established in 1971 and has grown to provide a comprehensive regional coverage of the Netherlands through four strategically placed depots. Today, as part of Europe’s leading specialist climate hire group, Andrews Sykes BV provide a full range of portable climate hire solutions for, construction sites, industrial locations, retail outlets, banks, server rooms, telecommunication operators, corporate events organisers, facilities managers and many more. Our expertise and experience have enable Andrews Sykes BV to become market leaders in Holland, for air condition, ventilation, heating, dehumidification, boiler and chiller hire. Our engineers based from depots in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Hoogeveen provide our Dutch clients with a genuine 24/7/365 service.
Andrews Sykes BVBA, based in Brussels, offers the complete range of Andrews Sykes climate hire services to the Belgian market. Our distribution and service structure allows us to offer a fast and effective service across the whole country. Our staff, literature and website have both French and Flemish languages. With more than 40 years’ experience in the Benelux region we provide dedicated specialist local expertise to our customers for the hire of air conditioning, heating, chillers, boilers and ventilation. Andrews Sykes BVBA hold central stocks of hire equipment to ensure we can match a broad range of cooling, heating, ventilation and dehumidification solutions for both comfort temperature control and a wide range of industrial processes.
Following our success in Belgium and Holland we have extended our coverage into Luxembourg with the opening of a new operation, Andrews Sykes Climat Location srl, in 2013. This business works closely with our Belgian operation to provide the full range of Andrews Sykes climate rental products across the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Andrews Sykes offers portable climate control equipment hire solutions in the Romande part of Switzerland via our subsidiary Climat Location SA. No matter what the demand, whether it is for urgent hire for extreme temperature control, to replace existing equipment due to break down or for a planned maintenance shut down, we have a team of experts ready to respond, select, and deliver the ideal hire equipment, for either short or long term hire. Our first Swiss depot was opened in 2013 and is located between Geneva and Lausanne in order to provide a fast response throughout the French speaking Cantons.
Nolo Climat Srl is the Andrews Sykes Italian climate rental operation. This business opened in 2011 and has grown significantly in recent years to become a market leader in the hire of air conditioning, heaters, dehumidification, chillers and boilers in Northern Italy. The first depot was opened in Milan and quickly doubled in size. This depot proved to be the ideal location to cover Italy’s second city and the Lombardy region, with the easy access to the motorway network, our coverage has extended and has led to further growth throughout the country. The Group chose Italy as a base for its strategic expansion after enjoying strong manufacturing links with the country for over 20 years and this has assisted the business in becoming a leading authority for Chiller hire in a very short period of time.
Andrews Sykes have been working with our customers in France for many years and in 2012 opened our French subsidiary company, Andrews Sykes Climat Location SAS. Based in Lille our operation provides the full range of climate hire products throughout Northern France, including air conditioners, heaters, dehumidifiers, chillers and boilers. Our management has many years of industry related experience which enables us to provide expertise and specialist customer service, to complement our extensive range of products.
Andrews Sykes work closely with our local distributor Aska Sykes Ltd throughout Ireland. For more than 15 years, Aska Sykes have provided pumping and climate hire solutions to over 3000 customers in Ireland. They offer a nationwide coverage from depots located in Dublin, Carlow, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Lisburn and Belfast. Just like Andrews Sykes, they hire and sell pumps, boilers, heaters, chillers and portable air conditioners as well as supplying accessories for all equipment.
The Middle East
Khansaheb Sykes LLC is the UAE market leader in dewatering solutions and pump hire. With over 100 dedicated employees operating from branches in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, no other provider in the UAE has as much local pump hire experience in deep well dewatering, groundwater control and specialist pump hire solutions. Both pump hire and pump sales are available including diesel centrifugal pumps and bore hole deep well pumps.
Khansaheb Sykes was originally set up in 1975 in the United Arab Emirates, following involvement on the Shindegah Tunnel Crossing of the Dubai Creek. As a joint venture with Khansaheb Civil Engineering L.L.C., Khansaheb Sykes was created as a specialised dewatering contractor and pumping equipment supplier for building, construction and petrochemical operations together with water companies and local municipalities. Since then, we have been involved in all major infrastructure projects such as the prestigious Jebel Ali Port and Dubai Dry Docks.
In 2012 we opened our UAE climate hire operation, Andrews Sykes Climate Rental LLC to provide air conditioning hire and chiller hire products throughout the Middle East. We provide temporary cooling solutions to a very wide and diverse selection of clients including hotels, events, construction, utilities, gas and oil, transportation, manufacturing and many more. With units ranging from 2 kw mobile coolers to multi mega-watt packages we can provide solutions for small offices up to district cooling applications.
Sykes Pumps have been active in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than 30 years. In 2013 we decided to set up a new operation to focus on dewatering hire applications throughout the Eastern Region. With the huge volume of construction projects and high water tables the region offer great opportunities for our products and services, Andrews Sykes Pumps Saudi Arabia is planned to operational during 2014.
Sykes Pumps Oman are supplied through Al Ansari Trading Enterprise LLC and together, we offer unrivalled expertise in well pointing, deep well dewatering and all general ground water control and pumping needs. Whether it is for pump sales, pump hire, or dewatering pumps solutions, we offer a local contact point that has the complete Sykes Pumps international resource at their disposal.
Sykes Pumps Kuwait are supplied through Ali Alghanim & Son General Trading w.l.l. and together, we offer unrivalled expertise in well pointing, deep well dewatering and all general ground water control and pumping needs. Whether it is for pump sales, pump hire, or dewatering pumps solutions, we offer a local contact point that has the complete Sykes Pumps international resource at their disposal.
Sykes Pumps Bahrain are supplied exclusively through YK Almoayyed & Sons (HEAVY EQUIPMENT) and together, we offer unrivalled expertise in well pointing, deep well dewatering and all general ground water control and pumping needs. Whether it is for pump sales, pump hire, or dewatering pumps solutions, we offer a local contact point that has the complete Sykes Pumps international resource at their disposal.
Sykes Pumps Qatar are supplied through Al Jabor Trading and together, we offer unrivalled expertise in well pointing, deep well dewatering and all general ground water control and pumping needs. Whether it is for pump sales, pump hire, or dewatering pumps solutions, we offer a local contact point that has the complete Sykes Pumps international resource at their disposal.
In the United States of America, Ameripumps LLC distribute a wide range of Sykes Pumps which are specifically designed for the local market. Since 2001, Ameripumps has grown to provide a comprehensive and localised product range (for both sales and hire) to meet the rigorous demands of the American market. With pumps ranging from 4 inches to 16 inches, whilst taking into consideration durability, ease of use, portability, versatility, and environmental concerns, AmeriPumps and Sykes have created a product that is quickly becoming the local industry standard.
Journey through our enriching past and discover the interesting facts that have helped shape and define our company today. Our principles and values and quality of service were born from humble beginnings, more than 150 years ago, and made us into one of the most innovative and successful specialist hire companies in the UK today.
1857-Henry Sykes Ltd Founded
35 year old Henry Sykes came to London from Sheffield and established a small engineering business in Upper Thames Street. From his workshop, Henry Sykes was embarking on a journey that would see his company working on many of the Thames’ most high profile pumping schemes of the late 19th century.
Upper Thames 1860
The business transferred to the more prestigious location of 66 Bankside, Southwark, and began construction of the deep well pumps with which Sykes’ name was to become closely associated. Here he produced Portable Vertical Steam Engines, Portable Engines and Boilers, Friction Hoists and Pumps.
1879-Death of Henry Sykes
Founder Henry Sykes dies and his wife, Margaret Sykes, takes over the business.
1885 Henry Sykes Ltd. enters in to a Partnership with Edmund Jackson
Henry Sykes Jnr, first son of Henry Sykes, takes control of the firm and introduces cousin Edmund Jackson into the business. For the next 40 years, Jackson contributed heavily to the business. Having a flair for mechanical design, Jackson would go on to design highly successful machines such as Pile-driving Winches, Contractors pumps, and the Tripulse - a three throw bucket pump.
The business continued to prosper and expand and in 1897 it was turned into a Private Limited Liability Company, the directors being Mrs. Margaret Sykes, Henry Sykes and Edmund Jackson with the shareholders all in the family.
A premises, with river frontage and wharf, were required for the making of new substantial works into the business. The 66 Bankside premises became the headquarters from which all the business was conducted.
1914- First World War
As well as many of their workmen enlisting into the army, Henry Sykes Ltd also created machinery that would see England win against their enemies in the war. They designed and built special rolling-friction winches which were used for a large number of ‘Kite Balloons’ used in the war. This portable winding gear ensured we could observe the enemies position of artillery and troop formations.
Henry Sykes Ltd bought 51 acres of land on the Greenwich marshes adjoining the Woolwich road at Charlton. Extensions and additions have been made from time to time to meet with the expanding business over the years.
Sykes plant helps to build foundation of the site of Ford’s great motor works on the marshes in Dagenham, Essex. Sykes’ drove tens of thousands of reinforced concrete piles on which the whole of this world-famous factory was built.
1939 Second World War
Edmund Jackson remains in the business until his death at age 82. The machines he invented were not only uniformly successful but also pleasing to the eye, some of the first machines in the industry to be so. At the outbreak of the second world war, the company provided a large number of winches for the erection of steel masts at points on the East and South coasts. Unknown to Henry Sykes at the time, they were to become the Radar installations that contributed heavily to our country's survival.
After the second world war, a considerable number of pumps were exported to many parts of the world particularly to Australia, West Africa and Persia.
Sykes Pumps plays a crucial part in Operation Overload and D-Day. When the MOD pumps failed to raise the sunken caissons, Sykes’ Pumps were quickly collected and used. Without the pumps, the Mulberry Harbours would not have floated. The Mulberry Harbours was one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of the second world war.
Mulberry Harbour June 1944
1957-Our Centenary year
Henry Sykes reconstructs a new modern design facility in the Southwark offices.
The company also introduced their latest major development, the ‘Univac’ pump. This pump was evolved by adapting the priming arrangements used in the De-watering pump to Unchokeable pumps. This pump achieved great success and many pumping problems previously considered as verging on the impossible are now satisfactorily dealt with.
Sykes Pumps revolutionises pumping by introducing a fleet of self priming pumps called Univac. These pumps work as portable driven diesel pumps and overcome the toughest and most technically difficult applications in any industry.
Sykes Univac Pump 1961
1964- Andrews Industrial Equipment
Founder of Andrews Industrial Equipment, John Andrews established the idea for his business while on a business trip to the USA. Here, he discovered a company who manufactured steam cleaners and portable heaters who were seeking distributors in Europe. Seeing a business opportunity, John decides to purchase a small number of steam cleaners and portable heaters and import them to the UK to sell, the first steps to forming Andrews Industrial Equipment.
After being asked by a business associate to borrow one of the heaters, John decided to hire the heater out instead. From this came the idea to hire out as well as sell the equipment he had. This was a success and as demand for hire increased, John registered the name Andrews Heat for Hire. Within 5 years Andrews Industrial Equipment had grown dramatically, with depots in Wolverhampton, London, Glasgow, Nottingham.
Until now, Andrews Industrial Equipment had been predominantly a winter business, John needed products to keep his ever expanding work force and depots busy during the summer months. While visiting a trade exhibition, John came across a small Italian company who manufactured portable air conditioning units. John immediately recognised the potential of hiring portable air conditioning units, setting up Andrews Air Conditioning for Hire as part of Andrews Industrial Equipment group.
The early 70’s also saw a rapid growth for air conditioning as office space expanded and computer rooms increased, this prompted John to create an installed Air Conditioning division.
Andrews Sykes BV opens in Holland. Located between Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, the three largest cities in Holland, Andrews Sykes BV focuses on climate rental control. Today Andrews Sykes BV is the market leader with high standards of service in Holland.
Sykes Pumps introduces Submersible pumps into the business. Being one of the only companies to bring submersible pumps into the pumping industry, they proved to be a hit. Ideal for dewatering at all kind of sites, the Submersible pump changed the way pumping worked forever. Growing from strength to strength, Submersible pumps now have their own division within the business called ‘Sykes Submersibles’.
Pumpex Magazine Published 1972
As the company continued to grow, John Andrews opened an additional 25 depots, strategically located to give local service to the majority of the UK. During this year, John Andrews promotes his company through rally car racing. This proved to be a success for the company and the partnership between Andrews and the rally car he sponsored continued for 17 years, resulting in the longest single deal sponsorship in UK motor sport. The distinctive Andrews liveried cars getting extensive coverage on TV and in the media putting Andrews Heat for Hire and Andrews Air Conditioning for Hire in the spotlight. Even to this day customers still remember the Andrews rally cars.
'Andrews rally car' 1974
Sykes Pumps takes business to Middle East for the first time merging with Khansaheb Civil Engineering L.L.C to become Khansaheb Sykes. A depot is opened in the United Arab Emirates in Sharjah. The lower ground water table of the country proves ideal for Sykes Pumps as they have the best experts in the country specialising in dewatering solutions.
In the same year, Oasis Sykes opened in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Specialising in dewatering, Oasis Sykes is today known as Sykes Dewatering whilst the depot in Dubai is known as Khansaheb Sykes Dewatering.
Sykes Pumps in the Middle East
Sykes Pumps flourishes in the Emirates and another depot is opened in Abu Dhabi. This depot is dedicated to dewatering contracts in the city.
John Andrews decides to retire from the business. Andrews Industrial Equipment is acquired by the Braithwaite Group. John Andrews remains in the business for 2 years to assist new CEO Andrew Fitton and new MD Peter Webber.
Braithwaite Group acquires Sykes Pumps and merges the two companies, forming what we are known as today: Andrews Sykes Hire Ltd.
Construction to build one of the largest domes in the world commences this year. Due to be located on the Greenwich Peninsular, this dome was named ‘the Millennium Dome’ but is more widely known today as ‘the Dome’. Problems during construction arose as the land was contaminated by toxic sludge from the East Greenwich Gas Works that operated from 1889 to 1985. Our experts at Sykes Pumps worked at the Millennium Dome construction site for three years using submersible pumps to decontaminate the area.
Millennium Dome 2000
Andrews Sykes introduces Chillers and air handling equipment . The Chiller division has grown rapidly into a highly successful division offering wide and varied solutions to customer requirements.
A depot is opened in Amsterdam. This depot mainly supports quick deliveries of emergency coolers in an area with a high density of IT and telecom businesses.
Being pioneers in the pumping industry, Sykes Pumps introduces a revolutionary range of pumps called the super silenced pumps. Technically excellent, these pumps are powerful and have been developed with a clear focus on environmental issues such as sound reduction, the eradication of fuel spillage and fuel economy.
Super Silenced Pump
Andrews Sykes introduce packaged Boilers. Andrews Boilers are designed to be as versatile as possible to cope with many varied applications, emergency break down of customers own boilers, under floor heating system screed drying, domestic hot water requirements and many more.
Sykes Pumps celebrate their 150th anniversary. No other company has more expertise and heritage in pumping, de-watering and specialist fluid moving than Sykes. Since Henry Sykes established the business 1857, Sykes Pumps has grown to become the UK’s leading pump hire company. The anniversary was celebrated with a number of events and a special emblem.
Also in 2007, Andrews Sykes BV opened their 3rd depot in Holland, the new depot is located in Oischot, which is in the south east of Holland, close to Eindhoven. Andrews Sykes BV has grown from strength to strength over recent years and this additional depot will help aid further expansion.
Andrews Sykes BVBA opens in Belgium, our first depot is located in Brussels and is positioned centrally to cover the whole of the country. The business works closely with our Dutch depots and provides expansion opportunities into Belgium for the first time.
Our depot network in the Netherlands expands once more with the 4th depot now in operation, situated in Hoogeveen, in the North East of Holland, we can now cover the whole of Holland within 3 hours from our network of depots.
2011 also sees an exciting new addition for the Andrews Sykes group in Europe as we open our first depot in Italy. The Depot is situated in Milan and will focus on Climate rental products. The company operates under the trading name of Nolo Climat. The location was specially chosen to provide coverage to Northern Italy and benefit from the vibrant economy in the Milanese region.
Andrews Sykes became shirts sponsors of Charlton Athletic football club; our main London depot is situated only minutes away from the Valley (Charlton Athletics home ground) in South east London. In recent years the company has built a strong relationship with the club and also the Charlton Athletic Community Trust.
Also in 2012 we opened our first depot in France. Andrews Sykes Climat location opens for operation, this new depot is located in Lillle, Northern France. The French extension offers the full range range of Andrews air conditioning, heating, chiller, boiler, dehumidification and ventilation equipment, 24/7, 365 days a year.This new venture will provide opportunity to expand our business further into France in the near future.
2012 was a very special year for London and Andrews Sykes as the Olympic games and the Paralympic games were held in the capital. Andrews Sykes became the nominated supplier of portable air conditioning, heaters, chillers, boilers and climate control equipment for the London Olympic Games Organising Comitee. Our London depot was based within 5 miles of 6 of the main Olympic venues including the main Olympic park in Stratford.
To cap a remarkable year for Andrews Sykes, we relocated our main London depot into a new facility in Charlton. Having originally moved to the Charlton area 84 years ago, we have since seen the company grow and expand to become the UK’s biggest and most reliable hire company. In order to keep pace with the continuing growth of the business, the company made the decision to relocate to larger, more efficient and modern premises on the Greenwich Peninsular. The official opening ceremony was attended by Chris Powell, manager of Charlton FC and local Olympic medalist Gemma Gibbons.
Another expansion into Europe came with the opening of our first depot in Switzerland, which opened in July 2013, operating under the name Climat Location. The depot is situated centrally between Geneva and Lausanne, in the Vaud canton, which is in the French speaking part of the Country. The Depot supplies the full range of Andrews Sykes HVAC hire products, operating 24/7 365 days a year.
In 2013 Andrews Sykes opened their first Climate rental business in the Middle East, operating under the brand Andrews Sykes Climate Rental, the business offers a wide and specialist range of air conditioning and chiller rental equipment. The new company is a division of Khansaheb Sykes, which is our pump hire and dewatering operation, that has been operating successfully in the UAE for over 40 years.
2014 was a landmark year for the company as we celebrated 50 years of successful enterprise under the Andrews name. Originally formed as Andrews Industrial Equipment in 1964, the company went from strength to strength before an eventual merger with Sykes Pumps in the late ‘80s.
As part of a driven effort to highlight this milestone across a twelve month period, we embarked on a number of initiatives to acknowledge our first half-century of business. The first of these involved sponsoring the match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic – two teams hailing from areas with strong links to the company even today. Special guest and original founder John Andrews was in attendance almost thirty years after retiring as the firm’s Chief Executive.
The celebrations also sparked further activity on our Youtube and social media channels following the production of a twenty-minute film documenting our progress from local company to a multinational organisation. The story was predominantly narrated by John Andrews who reflected upon several breakthrough developments under his stewardship, until his departure in the late 1980s.
In April 2015, we hosted a commemorative lunch at Molineux Stadium – just a short distance from where our operational headquarters are located. The event was attended by employees past and present, as well as senior directors, members of the press, and special guests John Andrews and Russell Brookes. A vintage rally car emblazed with the Andrews emblem – driven by Mr. Brookes two decades ago – was also on display, serving as an everlasting reminder of this successful partnership.
Once again, we sponsored another encounter between Wolves and Charlton which took place during the last weekend of August. The match marked the final act in a year-long celebration and presented those present with a timely opportunity to take stock of our journey towards our current position in the market.
For more information on the company’s history and subsequent growth, click here to read more.
The month of September saw us officially open our second French depot – this time in the capital city, Paris. This addition enables us to guarantee quicker response times and satisfy enquiries from further afield than was previously achievable. It also highlights our rapid expansion within the country and our commitment to further development in the future.
We have also added Luxembourg to the list of countries in which we operate after opening a branch there too.
In March 2015, Andrews Sykes added a new depot in Lyon to our expanding French network, enabling us to be geographically positioned to accommodate requirements in the South of France. This movement led to new employees joining the company whilst also increasing our fleet of air conditioners, chillers, heaters, boilers and dehumidifiers.
The opening of our Lyon depot reflects our impressive growth in the country and was sanctioned due to a sharp increase in demand for our services within the region. By having a greater presence in the south-east of France, we are in a fantastic position to handle enquiries from the Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne, Auvergne and Languedoc Roussillon.
On English soil, the business’ headquarters were also upgraded when we moved into a modern facility in St. David’s Court, Wolverhampton. The relocation allows us to retain close links with the city while benefiting from some of its most sought after office space. Equipped with a full range of essentials and cutting-edge IT equipment, the premises provide us with the perfect platform for UK and international operations to be developed going forward.
Designed to our particular requirements, the 8,000 square feet of open plan work space provides us with an ideal base from which to drive operations across the city and even further afield. The company considered it imperative to keep our head office in Wolverhampton – where it has been since the 1960s – to prevent local employees from having to endure an extended commute.
Chief Financial Officer Andy Phillips, who is based at St. David’s Court, said: "We look forward to providing a first class service to our customers and staff from a fully renovated modern environment."
New headquarters in Wolverhampton
Following the successful opening of our Paris depot in 2014, the company has already expanded in an effort to cope with a hike in demand for our services. The extension has seen our original building more than double in size, allowing us to add extra units to our hire fleet and store more equipment on site.
This development now provides us with a fantastic modern base north of the city from which we can direct regional operations while maintaining our pledge to respond quickly to any customer requirement.
Upgraded Paris depot
No other company has more expertise and heritage in pumping, dewatering and specialist fluid moving than Sykes and in 2007 we celebrated 150 years in the business. Our successful business stems from the same core values we used 150 years ago and they still shape our business today.
Our Andrews brand supply an unbeatable range of the best cooling and heating equipment at the right price, for virtually every need, location and application. The reason why we are the UK’s largest and most reliable specialist company is because we follow our very own core values. We aim to adhere by our core values in everything that we do:
- We value our customers and their feedback and adjust to operate within their timeframe 24/7
- We don’t expect our customers to be kept waiting without keeping them informed
- We strive to deliver; in full, on time, all the time
- We consistently invest in our rental fleet to ensure we can provide the “right product” for the “right solution”
- We adhere to strict maintenance regimes to ensure our products are “best in class”
- Like all businesses Andrews Sykes Hire revolves around the people we employ
- We invest in our people to ensure we have a fully trained and competent team whether it be field sales or service engineers
- We pride ourselves on being first in bringing “new” products to market
- Costs of running equipment is now very high on our customers agenda. With this in mind we strive to provide products with the “best” running costs in the industry
The Company, Our People and You
From our modest beginning as a single pump store in London, we’ve grown to become the UK’s topmost supplier in pumping and cooling facilities. We employ around 500 people, with depots covering the breadth of Great Britain, as well as subsidiaries in Europe, the Middle East and America. Our business has a wide customer base spanning industry, commerce and the public sector. We’ve been in business since 1857 and have built a reputation for outstanding quality and service.
Our success is rooted in the talents of people who are passionate about what they do, whatever area of our business they work in: Sales, Management, Operations, Engineering or Support Services. We want our people to enjoy their work and feel confident within the job they carry-out. So we offer training sessions as well as review sessions to monitor your progress, making sure everyone has the support they need to achieve their full potential.
We offer a large scale and scope of opportunities at Andrews Sykes. As well as different jobs in our warehouses we have a range of roles at our head office in Wolverhampton and across our many depots in the UK. We have a diverse range of employees and promote a healthy environment ensuring everyone is offered equality of opportunity to achieve their full potential. That is why many of our employees have stayed with us for over 20 years and more, growing and developing within our company. We need committed and capable people to join our Regional, Depot or Head Office teams, so if you think you have what it takes join our company then you can apply on our website today.
Chairman of London Security plc, Nu Swift Limited and Ansul S.A. Mr Murray has a long and successful history in the industrial services sector.
PT Wood, Managing Director
Industry specialist, having joined the group in August 1978. Appointed Director of Operations on 1 March 2006 and Group Managing Director on 5 December 2006.
MJ Calderbank ACA
Appointed Company Secretary on 13 October 1999. Formerly a senior manager at KPMG.
JJ Murray MBA, Non-executive Vice Chairman
Non-executive director of London Security plc, Nu Swift Limited and Ansul S.A.
FMB Gailer BSc.
Senior Independent Non-executive, Chairman of the Audit Committee. Non-executive director of London Security plc.
MC Leon BS
Non-executive director of London Security plc.
X Mignolet (HEC Economics)
Director of London Security plc, Ansul S.A. and Imports S.A.
EDOA Sebag MBA
Director of London Security plc and Nu Swift Limited.
JP Murray Co-Founder of Transcash Inc, President of Eurosky Entertainment and Non - Executive Director of London Security plc.