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Boaty Mc-Boatrace

Posted on 23/01/2018

The first catch of the year was no prize winning catch in terms of weight. But she was a tidy day fishing vessel to be moved from Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne to Premier at Brighton Marina. Barry ‘The Moo’ Huntley dusted down our boat cradles and had a ride to the seaside with our 3 axle…

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Branch Manager

Posted on 18/01/2018

Imagine my concern this morning on the way to work on the busy B2116 when I approached a road closure manned by the Police and saw the unmistakable ‘Southdown’ livery in amongst it. Moments later, our Service Manager Ryan Russell appeared to reassure me that there was nothing to worry about. Last night’s gales had…

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Posted on 02/01/2018

Tottenham Hotspur are well under way with the high grade construction of their fantastic new ground. On the last working day before Christmas a client needed 8 pieces 3m x 1.5 x 25 mm plates to stabilise an area to keep the gargantuan task of erecting the complex prefabricated structural members moving along. One of…

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The first NOEL!

Posted on 23/10/2017

Site – Shopping Centre, central Leeds Yes we know that bonfire night hasn’t even happened yet, but there is a veritable forest of Christmas trees to put up around the country and it’s up to us (aka Santa’s little helpers…) to assist with a good few of them. This first one of 2017 was more…

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Chopper Squad!

Posted on 23/08/2017

Site – Defence Contractor – Southern U.K Most of our work is interesting at some level, but some jobs are more than others. Take for instance our assistance with the crew of technicians in the delicate job of removing the 5 bladed rotor drive assembly out of Westland Sea King helicopter. The close proximity of…

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The Beast of Battersea

Posted on 19/06/2017

The Beast of Battersea We’ve wasted no time at all on putting the latest addition into work. Rigid 8×2 Hiab cw Super Heavy Lift Hiab Fly Jib and Winch A still and sunny Sunday morning was the perfect time for ‘The Beast’ to catch her first prey in the form of a ‘very’ loaded 20ft…

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Metropolitan Weekend…

Posted on 15/05/2017

Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of May was a busy weekend for the boys at Southdown. Saturday… T.Hill – M.A.N 8×2 c/w 36 t/m Our ‘smartly turned out’ truck and driver arrived at Old Burlington Street behind Saville Row with a ‘neatly wrapped’ load of finished steelwork. The PM crane with remote controls…

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Beam me up… Paddy!

Posted on 17/03/2017

What better way to celebrate St. Patricks day than a bit of steel erecting in South Wimbledon with some boys from the old country. A fine old demonstration of our truck and drivers versatility. Straight off the trailer and into position. Craning now, but a pint of Guinness later maybe? Pix and operator, Graham ‘Purple’…

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What the Dickens?

Posted on 07/03/2017

From the Great Fire of London through to the Edwardian period, an army of builders and craftsmen with horse and carts and carpet bags for tools set about building Londons atmospheric streets. Since 1997, we’ve been in and working round them. The resulting organic street plan is great for a sense of history and filming…

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Stairway to Heaven

Posted on 21/02/2017

We are very lucky at Southdown to have clients like Green Oak Carpentry who are the very top of their game. People who are not only skilled and equipped to help some really ambitious projects become a reality, but who go that extra step further and really care about the work they do. This was…

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