Specialists in industrial and commercial pipework, heating and process systems - Established in 1920

Project Updates

Project Updates

Bells Food Group cuts gas bill by 10% thanks to James Ramsay

 James Ramsay Ltd are pleased to receive a glowing commendation from our client, Bells Food Group, following a successful gas burner replacement at their multi-million pound production facility in Shotts, Lanarkshire.

After their existing burner failed, Bells Food Group turned to James Ramsay to help find the best solution for their needs. This came in the form of a new fully modulating digital burner from market-leading manufacturer Weishaupt, for whom James Ramsay are a Scottish agent.

During the burner installation we also reinstated missing baffles to increase the efficiency of the system with no additional costs. The works were carried out – to schedule – over a 6-day period, during which the factory remained fully operational on a temporary steam system adjacent to the plant. The new burner is expected to deliver a 10% saving in Bells’ annual gas costs.

Jamie Shepherd, Service Director at James Ramsay said “We were delighted to be awarded this contract from Bells Food Group. Until now, we have predominantly worked with them on their process burners, so it’s fantastic now to also be able to provide them with a cost-saving steam solution. As one of the few remaining steam specialists in Scotland, we had the in-house skills and experience to complete the works on time, to budget and with minimal disruption.”

Paul Griffiths, Director of Operations at Bells Food Group commented “We have been working with James Ramsay for a number of years now and have always been delighted with the standard of work delivered by them. This project was no exception. Particular commendation to James Ramsay’s foreman Allan, whose attention to the job was excellent.”


About Bells Food Group

With a history dating back almost 90 years, Scottish pie and pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group is a leader in their field. The company manufactures 50 tonnes of pastry per week, shipping pastry-based baked goods to every corner of the UK and meeting the needs of commercial and domestic customers alike. Retail products include Scotch pies, steak pies, Scotch dumpling, chicken curry pies, macaroni pies and the famous Kirriemuir gingerbread, amongst others. Food service products include frozen puff pastry bases, lids, blocks and rolls, as well as fill-and-bake pastry. The company also offers a bespoke service developing products tailored to trade clients’ individual needs.



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James Ramsay contract win at Tiree Power Station

James Ramsay Ltd is delighted to be awarded the contract to install new oil and water-cooling batteries at Tiree Power Station, situated on the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

The new batteries, manufactured by Serck/Unipart, are critical to the safe operation of the station. The project itself has been many months in the planning with particular attention to detail given the geographical location.  We have had to consider and overcome the challenges of transport (the island can be only be reached by ferry and air), availability of limited accommodation and our own staff resources – we need to ensure our team of skilled engineers can adapt to the exposed weather conditions that the island can throw at them!

Raymond Shepherd, Managing Director at James Ramsay said “This type of specialist work is suited to the skills and expertise of our workforce; remote locations, high specification welding and attention to detail are crucial to ensure a smooth and trouble-free installation. The client, SSE, demanded a quick turn-around to ensure that it maintained the essential back up power supply to the island and we are delighted to be able to meet these needs”.

The project will take 4 weeks from start to finish and will see 4 new batteries and 41 new valves installed, as well as pipework alterations involving a challenging lifting operation.


About Tiree Power Station

Tiree’s small diesel-fuelled power station is located next to Tiree Airport, to the north of Crossapoll. It was one of several power stations built by the Air Ministry during World War II to service the Royal Air Force installations on the island. After the war, the station was purchased by the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board and brought into civilian use, supplying 2.5 megawatts of power to the island. The island was connected to the National Grid by submarine cable from Mull in the 1980s. Now owned and operated by Scottish & Southern Energy, the power station is retained as an emergency backup. It was refurbished in 2002 and is tested monthly. In early 2005, the station was brought into service for several months until repairs could be completed after the undersea connection was broken during adverse winter weather.

Below: The island’s beaches extend most of the way around the shoreline, a distance of 46 miles altogether.

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James Ramsay acknowledged in award-winning energy project

James Ramsay (Glasgow) Ltd, alongside the design team at Scotia Energy Ltd, are delighted to have been involved in the installation of the award-winning innovative energy centre at the Wirral Metropolitan College.

The project, which saw a unique low carbon hybrid microturbine energy centre installed at the College’s Twelve Quays Campus in Birkenhead, scooped the ‘Carbon Champion Award’ at this year’s ECHO Environment Awards.

The new energy centre has reduced the College’s energy costs by 40% and is saving over 300t of carbon per annum compared to the previous gas boilers and imported electricity. The installation also took place in a fully operational building with minimum disruption to staff and students.

George Norrie, Primary Contractor and Energy Consultant, Scotia Energy Ltd said “James Ramsay Ltd played a major role in making the Wirral project a success. Their professional staff carried out the mechanical installation within budget and to the project timescales. They were helpful and easy to work with and we hope to be collaborating on other projects in the future.”

Raymond Shepherd, Managing Director at James Ramsay said “We are delighted to have worked with Scotia Energy on this award-winning project to showcase our team’s installation expertise. The long-term benefits for the College are huge – they will be able to significantly reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions and costs.”

It is hoped that this innovative integrated energy solution will be rolled out across the local area for schools, colleges, leisure centres and commercial and public buildings.


About James Ramsay

James Ramsay (Glasgow) Ltd was established in 1920 and has grown to become one of Scotland’s most experienced and well-respected specialists in industrial and commercial pipework, heating and process systems.

A business built on the traditional values of quality workmanship, customer service and focus on health and safety, the company offers customers total support for their pipework, heating and process requirements from the provision of maintenance and emergency repairs to major pipework and heating plant installations and upgrades.

About the Awards

The Liverpool Echo Environment Awards – in association with Merseyrail and now in their eighth year – recognise the successes of business, community groups, schools and individuals in the area striving to make Merseyside a Healthier, Greener and more Connected place to live and work.

For more information please contact:

Jamie Shepherd, Service Director


Pictured above (left to right) – George Norrie, Energy Consultant at Scotia Energy; Renia Kotynia, Local Energy NW; Dr Bryan Lipscombe, Climate Consultant at Wirral Borough Council and Joe Finneran, Director of Estates at Wirral Metropolitan College.