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ECS at 30yrs

29th January 2020
ECS is an engineering success story – born out of adversity but flourishing into the 2020’s producing everything from steelwork for the Nuclear Industry to radial weir gates on the River Thames. Even the largest canal lock gates in Britain have been designed, fabricated and installed by ECS.

The company, based at its HQ in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire has plans for growth to 2025 and beyond.

Reflecting on the changes that have happened and the opportunities ahead, Chairman Bob Nix comments, “ECS was established as the collieries around Nottingham were being closed down, we were looking for opportunities to use our engineering knowledge and experience. Apt then that by moving with the times we have since worked on making redundant pits safe so they can become nature reserves, produced equipment for the nuclear power industry and more recently installed eco-friendly composite structures within the water industry with a predicted 100 year life span.”

ECS Engineering Services, to give the company its full title, first started trading in January 1990, so is officially 30 years young this month. From relatively humble beginnings working on the coal mines ECS now has a 50,000ft2 steel fabrication shop, its own steel stockyard, a design office and well over 140 people working in electro-mechanical design, engineering, fabrication, installation and maintenance.

Having won a series of multi-million pound framework contracts for water authorities, the Environment Agency and other utilities across the UK, ECS has been able to increase its headcount and provide rewarding roles for many skilled people. It even won a place in the London Stock Exchange list of ‘Companies to Inspire Britain in 2019’.

The company plan is to grow by 25% over the next five years, which will mean that there are opportunities for people to join the business at all levels. To find out more about the services ECS offers and the opportunities it provides, check out the 20+ videos the company has produced on successful projects here


Image 1: ECS Engineering Services is celebrating 30 years trading this month. Photo shows Bob Nix one of the original founders of the business and the current chairman

About ECS Engineering Services

ECS Engineering Services has over 30 years experience in delivering high quality, reliable and cost effective engineering solutions, specialising in bespoke design and construction of water, energy and environmental processing and management projects.

In conjunction with key supply partners, ECS has the expertise and capacity to design and install a wide range of water control engineering projects. With in-house fabrication services, which have CE Marking approval to EXC4, well equipped and highly skilled engineers can also complete structural steelwork, bespoke fabrication work and access metalwork to the highest standard.

With a complete range of site services available, ECS offers a full turnkey project managed service for mechanical and electrical installations including managing civils contractors and supplying pipework, control and automation work to ensure that every installation is installed and commissioned to the highest standard. Existing clients include the majority of the UK Water Utility companies, Government Agencies and Internal Drainage Boards.

Editorial Contact: Jake Lacey-Watts

Tel: +44 (0)1905 917477



Address: Progress House, Midland Road, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR5 1AQ, United Kingdom

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ECS Engineering Services: Steve Crapper

Tel: +44 (0)1773 860001



Address: Fulwood Road South, Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 2JZ, United Kingdom