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


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James Ramsay appointed for NHS Lothian

We’ve been appointed by NHS Lothian to deliver the contract for the servicing and maintenance of its gas, oil and steam boilers and associated plant.

The contract awarded to James Ramsay, through a competitive tender process, involves a range of services including pre-planned servicing, 24/7 callout cover and emergency response for boiler appliances across the estate.

Integral to the contract award is James Ramsay’s team being trained in the Autoflame System. Three of Ramsay’s service engineers recently travelled to the London training facility, BK Labtech, to complete the technical training for authorised representatives, where participants learn how the Autoflame burner management system should be installed, commissioning best practices, and service procedures. – with an emphasis on safety and the correct operating practices needed to maximise efficient, safe, and reliable operation.

Jamie Shepherd, service director at James Ramsay said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by NHS Lothian, expanding our servicing business further across the health service in Scotland. We already have extensive experience in the NHS estate, and the team is looking forward to further developing knowledge around new technology to support the delivery of this contract.”

NHS Lothian employs around 26,000 people and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the population of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, and West Lothian. It also provides services for patients in the south and across Scotland


Steam boiler inspection success

With more than 100 years of experience working with steam, we’re well known and respected by most of the major insurance companies to deliver full strip down inspections of steam boilers and systems – as per legal statutory requirements – as well as undertaking any recommended repairs, refurbishments and replacement of system components as identified by the inspector.

We also offer a range of statutory inspection and survey services on all commercial and industrial heating systems, such as statutory inspections under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 – including large capacity gas systems and industrial gas plant; as well as gas tightness testing to ensure site safety and compliance with industry standards.

The team has just completed a two-week project at the sustainable global leather producer, Scottish Leather Group in Renfrewshire.

John Scholes​​​​, Engineering Projects Manager at Scottish Leather Group, said: “We have an annual summer shutdown and this year, with the aid of James Ramsay, the full range of gas servicing, boiler inspections and numerous other installation and modification works around the sites, has been meticulously planned and executed, with the same professionalism we have come to expect from Gary and this excellent team.

“Special credit must go to Marc Millar who always pulls the rabbits out of the hats. We can’t thank the whole team at James Ramsay enough for the unflinching support, advice and good humour during our extremely busy and testing shutdown period.”

steam boiler maintenance

NHS Ayrshire and Arran contract win

We’ve been appointed to provide full servicing and maintenance of all commercial and domestic gas appliances across the NHS Ayrshire and Arran estate.   

The three-year contract encompasses annual gas safety service, inspection, maintenance and certification carried out on each of the 305 heating/hot water boilers across 39 premises, some of which are specialist or dual fuel installations. 

Jamie Shepherd, Service Director at James Ramsay, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed to deliver this contract. Our sector experience and proven track-record, as well as our understanding of gas regulations, legislation and guidance, puts us in the best position to support NHS Ayrshire and Arran deliver on its legal duties and support its high level of health and safety compliance.”

Integral to the contract, we’ll deliver:

  • Physical examination of the condition and safe functioning of appliance, pipework, ventilation and any flue
  • Full service carried out including performance tests, flue gas analysis
  • Gas safety inspection report of findings
  • Gas tightness tests in all areas
  • Any other actions to ensure NHSA&A compliance with the gas safety regulations
  • Any electrical works required within the boiler

All works will be carried out by Gas Safe registered engineer.

We’ll also provide breakdown support to NHS Ayrshire and Arran, supplying only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, and ensuring a two-hour response time for both emergency and non-emergency call outs.

We’ve now worked with NHS Ayrshire and Arran for the past four years, having successfully won the contract in 2018, had our contract extended, and now re-tendered for a further three years.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran provides healthcare to almost 400,000 people. More than 9,000 staff works in its hospitals including two University Hospitals in Ayr and Crosshouse near Kilmarnock, Ailsa Hospital in Ayr, Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine, and Biggart Hospital in Prestwick.  It also has community hospitals in Arran, Cumbrae, Cumnock, Girvan, Woodland View on the Ayrshire Central Hospital site and community-based staff across various premises throughout Ayrshire and Arran.

Find out more about services from James Ramsay here https://jamesramsayltd.co.uk/services/


The rise in demand for steam generation

We asked our Managing Director, Raymond Shepherd, to give us his thoughts on the trends affecting the steam generator market – here’s what he had to say:

“Improvements to the steam engine were undoubtably some of the most important technologies of the Industrial Revolution. The importance of this energy source continued for the next 200 years, with steam remaining at the forefront of manufacturing and energy production in the western world.

In the last 50 years or so however, new fuels and technologies have reduced our dependency on steam, and we’ve seen a reduction in the number of steam generation plants throughout the UK. But as we push towards zero carbon emissions by 2045, is that downward trend about to change?

We’re certainly seeing a growing appetite for steam generation to produce electrical supply on a smaller scale. Biomass steam boilers, waste heat steam boilers and improved incineration processes – coupled with low gas costs – are making steam a viable option once again.

We’ve also noted an increase in steam usage in the Food and Drink sector, with a new wave of small distilleries and micro-breweries opening throughout Scotland, as global demand for scotch and craft beer continues to grow.

It’s great news for us, as James Ramsay have been providing cost-effective, reliable steam solutions to our clients throughout the UK for almost 100 years. Steam is on the rise? We’ll drink to that.”

Raymond Shepherd

Managing Director – James Ramsay