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


Project Updates

Summer school for project team

Just because school’s out for summer, doesn’t mean the work stops for our project team. In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to clear the decks, and we’re busier than ever supporting our FM clients to deliver essential maintenance work at school boiler houses while campuses are quiet.

For three of the large FM companies, that trust us to deliver quality projects on time, we are currently delivering a range of summer transformations at eleven schools throughout Stirlingshire, Renfrewshire and Ayrshire, including complete new plant rooms, essential maintenance on existing infrastructure, and upgrades to meet energy efficiency requirements.

It’s a huge logistical effort to ensure work is completed on time. So, we’re calling on the excellent project management skills and breadth of experience in our engineering team and pleased to be getting our sleeves rolled up to deliver!

To find out more about our maintenance service, visit http://jamesramsayltd.co.uk/services/commercial-and-industrial-burner-and-boiler-maintenance/

IOSH qualification
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Team boost health and safety credentials

We’re delighted to report that our colleagues Marc Millar and Chris Rocks (project managers) have successfully secured the IOSH Managing Safely qualification

Gary Shepherd, managing director, said: “At James Ramsay, safety always comes first and we will continue to invest in the training and development of our people to ensure we’re delivering to the highest standards. We believe IOSH qualifications open up a world of professional opportunities, and we’re proud to be able to support our people achieve success.”

“These qualifications help our people to develop and apply a broad range of competencies to implement and lead effective health, safety and wellbeing practices within workplaces and in workplace cultures. As well as a range of transferable skills that support career journeys.”

IOSH (The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) is the chartered body and largest membership organisation for health and safety professionals. Its vision is simple: a safe and healthy world of work.

IOSH professional qualifications develop and recognise the excellence and expertise of occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals and aim to improve global standards in OSH. These globally-recognised professional qualifications are based on the IOSH competency framework and the IOSH Awarding Organisation (AO) is regulated by Ofqual. The qualifications are designed to enable learners to progress within their career as an OSH professional. Find out more at https://iosh.com/

We’re proud to have pledged our support to IOSH’s Activate 2028 campaign to help create better working lives. Find out more here https://iosh.com/about-iosh/strategy/ and pledge your support here https://iosh.eaction.online/activate2028

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Dumfries and Galloway Council contract award

We’ve been appointed by Dumfries and Galloway Council to deliver the contract for servicing and maintenance of boilers and all associated plant.

As a Gas Safe, OFTEC registered supplier, James Ramsay is the successful tendered across all four regions of the council estate, covering Wigtownshire, Stewartry, Nithsdale and Annandale & Eskdale. Our technical expertise, scale, resources, and focus on safety, are key assets for the delivery of this service. 

Works will include the servicing and maintenance of all gas and oil boiler flues and plant, including pressurisation units, air handling units, and gas catering equipment necessary to ensure compliance, servicing of mechanical parts and asset identification. 

Jamie Shepherd, Service Director at James Ramsay, said: “We’ve worked together with Dumfries and Galloway Council for almost a decade now, and that’s a testament to our ability to support a broad geography and a wide range of equipment and technology.

“As you’d expect from a local authority, the estate facilities provide a mixed range of critical public services, and disruption must be minimised to ensure council services are uninterrupted, or back up and running as soon as possible. We’re always focused on delivering a responsive service and practical solutions to keep operations running smoothly.”  

steam boilers
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Steaming ahead with new projects

When our company was founded more than 100 years ago, our core business was steam. Today, we’re still heavily involved in the steam sector – carrying out new boiler installations, insurance inspections, pipework installations and boiler repairs, and you might be surprised to hear that the way steam is raised has not changed much at all. We use heat from a fuel source, such as oil, gas, biomass, waste heat or nuclear, to heat water and produce steam. The principle is exactly the same now as it was 100 years ago.

So, against the backdrop of diverse new fuel sources and innovative technology in the HVAC sector, we’re still going strong in steam.

Most recently, we’re pleased to report winning several new steam work contracts with end users, including new steam and condensate pipework to support the expansion of a large commercial laundry, the installation of pipework for a new press machine in a textiles business, on-going upgrades and compliance work to support the existing steam infrastructure at a life sciences facility, as well as the installation of metering equipment at a world-famous distillery.

We have decades of experience working with steam and our qualified steam specialist’s offer a range of services including the repair, supply, installation and re-tubing of steam boilers; steam pipework installation, repairs and modification; and steam system surveys.

The full strip down inspection of steam boilers and systems is a statutory legal requirement, and we’re well known and respected by most of the major insurance companies for this type of work. As a result, we also undertake recommended repairs, refurbishment and replacement of system components as instructed by the assessor.

To discuss your requirements, contact sales@jamesramsayltd.co.uk or call the office on 0141 774 2602, and we’d be delighted to help.

industrial boiler hire
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Supporting Cochran boiler hire investment

We’ve been busy in the workshop supporting Cochran fit out its temporary boiler hire fleet with this range of trailer installations.

David Weild, Industrial Boiler Business Manager at Cochran, said: “As part of our hire boiler investment programme, we turned to James Ramsay knowing the high standard of workmanship, impeccable professionalism and work ethic. Ramsay’s produce a first-class job time after time, and the speedy turnaround of excellent quality work is building a solid basis for future ventures.”   

This latest project for Cochran supports the delivery of its flexible, short and long-term boiler hire service – a critical resource for clients whose existing equipment is undergoing essential repair and maintenance work, or whilst awaiting the arrival of new capital equipment. These trailer-mounted and containerised solutions offer a cost-effective remedy for many different applications.

With our expertise in boiler installation, industrial boiler and burner maintenance and pipework, and specialist fabrication team, we love a challenge like this, and it’s great to see the fleet taking shape and hitting the road. 

industrial pipework
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Burner upgrade for Thermo Fisher Scientific

We’ve been appointed by global life sciences firm, Thermo Fisher Scientific, to install two new Dunphy gas fired burners at its Inchinnan facility, near Glasgow, where it uses novel technology to make products for drugs which treat flu and other diseases.

In a drive to improve efficiency, the new equipment replaces older, out-dated systems with an upgraded solution that will reduce fuel consumption by five percent.

Gary Shepherd, managing director at James Ramsay, said: “A high demand site requires a high-performance burner to optimise operating efficiency. This new equipment has the potential to save five percent on fuel, and the digital combustion management system ensures accurate control and maximises combustion efficiency across the turndown range.

“We’re increasingly working with customers on measures to improve sustainability, and with environmental targets at the forefront, this is a great example of a pro-active approach to delivering really meaningful results and long-term cost savings.”

We’ll be managing the full CDM package as well as providing all the man-power, plant and material to execute the project from start to finish, including supply of the new Dunphy TG4.550MESC burners.

The project is now up and running with the installation of a new permanent steam and condensate pipe set up, including a fully engineered solution for expansion and trapping to allow the connection of a temporary steam boiler that will assist with the site load while each individual burner is replaced. Once the temporary set up is proven and made operational, the team will isolate the existing boilers, disconnect from the gas and electricity supplies, and remove, as well as removing the existing, out-dated burner control panel.

The existing boiler will then be modified to accept the new burner equipment. The new burners will be mounted and new burner control panels fitted, and installed with interconnecting wiring between the panel and burners.

James Ramsay, alongside trusted supply partner Dunphy Combustion, will carry out commissioning of the new burner in full load conditions, and conduct a full safety function check in conjunction with the site engineer and insurance inspector.

The new Dunphy TG series is hydrogen-ready and comes with a Ratiotronic 6000 digital combustion control system, Axial air flow forced draught fan, 10:1 turndown of modulation range, high-integrity self-checking photocell for 24/7 operation, and DN125 gas train for low pressure drop, so no booster is required.

Ewan McRory, Site Expansion Project Engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific, said: “James Ramsay was selected following a competitive bid process. Progress to date has been to programme, a quality installation from all involved.”

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Van investment

As we continue to expand, we’ve invested in ten new vans for our fleet – ensuring our engineers are safe and well-equipped to support customers across the country.

The vehicles are Ford Transit Connect vans which combine the trademark Ford Transit toughness with state-of-the-art technology to help us work smarter.

These new vans provide up to 3.6 cubic metres of load space and can carry up to 961 kg of cargo. They also come packed with sophisticated technologies, including active park assist, traffic sign recognition, and SYNC 3. These systems work together to help drivers stay connected and in control.

They also feature alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view camera and heated seats.

We’ve kitted out the rear cab so they are fully lined with plywood and complete with shelving.

Ready to go!

Activate 2028
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Activate 2028 with IOSH

We’re proud to have pledged our support to The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Activate 2028 campaign to help create better working lives.

Activate 2028 is all about action – and the entire occupational safety and health (OSH) community coming together to deliver a safe and healthy world of work. It’s bold and ambitious, and it’s about building on what IOSH and the industry has achieved so far and progressing the health and safety profession as a whole.

Through the Activate 2028 campaign, IOSH aims:

  • To be a leading authority in global occupational safety and health to maximise influence and impact.
  • To develop and recognise the excellence and expertise of occupational safety and health professionals to improve global standards in occupational safety and health.
  • To champion the role of occupational safety and health in social sustainability to drive business success.
  • To connect diverse professionals to continually develop the world of safety and health.

IOSH said: “We are in this together. Our collective commitment to Activate 2028 will bring about extraordinary change and progress. We look forward to creating a proud profession that is a beacon of diversity, a healthier, safer world of work that is recognised for sustainability, championing the right of every worker to have a safe and healthy workplace.”

We can all contribute towards IOSH’s goals by committing to the statements below.

1. We will push for best practice in our organisations, share our success and celebrate the colleagues and peers who help to lead the way.

2. We will support and connect with fellow professionals to continually develop a safe and healthy world of work.

3. We will challenge ourselves to identify and address ways in which our contributions can support sustainability in the workplace and help to usher in a more sustainable future.

4. We will embrace diversity and create an environment for greater equity and inclusion in whichever industry or organisation we are working in.

We pledged our support today. Find out more here and pledge your support here.

Together, we can make a real difference.

OTFEC accreditation
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Awarded OFTEC accreditation

Following an extremely thorough audit process that demonstrated our competence across all key areas, we’re delighted to have been awarded accreditation by the Oil Fired Technical Association (OFTEC).

Recognised by government, manufacturers, distributors and consumers for commitment to excellence, OFTEC’s role not only provides audits, inspections and comprehensive technical support, but extends into promoting the industry through a trade association.

As well as services for the liquid fuelled heating industry, OFTEC has diversified significantly to include a competent person scheme, as well as support for a range of heating technologies including solid fuel and renewable technologies – reflecting the diverse off-gas heating industry of today.

Ian Mathieson, operations director at James Ramsay, said: “We always aim to empower our team to deliver safety, quality and value to solve our customers’ industrial and commercial heating and pipework problems. Collectively, our experience and technical expertise make us the experts in our field, and we strive to stay at the forefront, which is why industry recognition and accreditation is vitally important to our business and everyone who works here.”


OFTEC is a leading trade organisation for the heating and cooking industries in the UK and Republic of Ireland.  Leading the way in the off-gas grid heating sector, OFTEC’s vision is for all consumers to have safe and efficient heating. It achieves this by working with manufacturers of heating equipment, training providers, UKAS, LABC and other industry experts.

Find out more at OFTEC

Queens Quay district heating
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Fit for a Queen

Queens Quay is Clydebank’s new business and living quarter. A £250m development located on the former John Brown shipyard, it has transformed the site into a vibrant waterside community just a few minutes-walk from town with open access and views to the riverside.

The 23-hectare site includes a diverse range of housing, health and leisure facilities, office, bar, restaurant and retail elements, and civic spaces such as parkland, riverside walkway and cycle path.

The entire development is served by a new district heating system – Scotland’s first major water source heat pump district heating network. The system extracts heat from the river Clyde and distributes this throughout residential areas and the wider Clydebank community, making it the greenest town in Scotland.

Owned, operated and maintained by West Dunbartonshire Council, the entire heating system, ensures security of supply and reduced tariffs for customers.

The district heating network is operated through an energy centre where the water source heat pumps extract 3°C of heat from the river Clyde. The river water passes through a series of filters before being pumped up to the heat pumps in the energy centre. The heat harnessed from the river is then converted into usable heat via the refrigeration process and is then transported by district heating pipes at circa 75°C to homes, businesses and other public buildings, to provide heating and hot water without the need for gas fired appliances. The primary water is then discharged back into the river.

As part of this project, we worked with our customer, Vital Energi, to design and install a very specialist and completely bespoke, maintainable, water extraction system consisting of a filter, DN350 pipework and frame, to extract the water from the Clyde.

Fabricated at our Glasgow manufacturing facility from super duplex stainless steel using a specifically developed weld procedure, it was essential that this pipework and filter could be regularly disconnected and removed using the frame as a slide guide to remove it from its location on the quayside for cleaning. To ensure ease of use, a set of sliding rails were attached to the frame so it could easily be maintained.

This was no mean feat. As well as calling upon the design and technical expertise within our in-house team, we deployed a team of professional divers to install the underwater elements of the frame and slide rails.

Gary Shepherd, managing director at James Ramsay, said: “We’re really proud to be involved in this ground-breaking project which really showcases our range of traditional skills in the most modern application of heating and pipework technology today.”

The rollout of the district heating network at Queens Quay continues and we’re currently back onsite (February 2023) installing connections to a number of public buildings including Clydebank library and the townhall.