May 28, 2019
They put their technological know-how to work on a wide range of complex construction projects, from waterworks and oil refineries to power stations and offshore structures.
Now a civil engineering technician at Trant Engineering has been praised by a professional membership body for his role in providing technical support to civil engineering colleagues.
Adam Reilly was honoured with Technician Award from the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) West Midlands.
The annual awards recognise excellence and innovation in civil engineering across the ‘Midlands Engine’, celebrating successes of teams and individuals and showcasing their infrastructure achievements.
Held at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham, the black-tie event highlights the benefits of civil engineering to society.
Adam works for Trant Engineering, in the energy sector, four days a week whilst on a four-year Incorporated Engineer (IEng) degree course at Coventry University. On completion of his degree he will then work towards Chartership status.
He was one of three to be bestowed with the Technician Award – and being named on the night came as a surprise to Adam.
“I didn’t know the university had put me forward for this until the ICE invited me, two weeks beforehand, to the annual awards. You can imagine my reaction when my name was called out!”
Adam, a design co-ordinator at the multi-disciplinary contractor, received the award from Ed McCann, ICE Vice President.
Alistair Parker, Director, Energy, Trant Engineering, said: “Adam thoroughly deserves the ICE West Midlands Technician Award – it is industry recognition of outstanding achievement in working and studying towards civil engineering technician status.”
Adam’s role as an engineering technician for Trant Engineering includes:
Tracking the project deliverables; liaising with the internal and external design teams
Updating and tracking the design programme
Managing change
Updating and tracking procurement using the procurement schedule
Constructability liaison between the design team and Project Manager
Providing technical assistance to project teams
In its 201st year, ICE is a professional membership body for 92,000 civil engineer members, providing professional qualifications, training, learning, knowledge and career development.
Headquartered near Southampton, and working in the UK and internationally, Trant Engineering employs 1,100 people and has a projected turnover of £150 million.
Established 61 years ago, the independent firm operates in heavily regulated industries such as energy, water and process, oil and gas, defence, marine and nuclear decommissioning.
Clients include the Ministry of Defence, National Grid, Southern Water and Wessex Water.
In May, Trant Engineering celebrated four staff with a century of service between them, taking the total number of 25-year service award recipients at the company to a record 164.
Earlier this year Damian Nunn was named Outstanding Apprentice of the Year in the National Construction College Awards, ahead of 2,432 apprentices across the country.
Trant Engineering was also recently honoured with first place in the business UK digitalisation awards for technology and innovation in project management and document management.
Virtual reality is used so clients can digitally walk through three-dimensional structures, seeing every single detail, however intricate


The Oak is situated in the historic Warwickshire village of Baginton. Not many people know that Baginton is almost 2,000 years old and is even referred to in The Domesday book. With a prominent Oak tree over 500 years old, and a flourishing community in the 21st Century. The Oak is approximately 10 minutes drive from Coventry City Centre and 15 minutes drive from Kenilworth or Leamington Spa.

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Leave the M40 at junction 15, then at Longbridge roundabout take the 4th exit, then merge onto the A46 – signposted M69, Coventry.
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Turn left onto Howes Lane – B4115 and then left onto Mill Hill.
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Axholme Brewing Co is a dab hand at making unique beers to order for clients. We have made special edition bottles for Parkway Cinema (Parkway Pale Ale) and Grimsby Town Football Club (Mariners Promotion Ale and Mariners Winter Ale). We also supply special brews to Papa's Fish and Chip restaurants, Healing Manor and The Shires. All labels and pump clips are designed by our in house team. If you are interested in a special beer for your business in cask or bottle please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Our venue is located near the heart of Grimsby’s historic docks, in a deconsecrated church which has been specially adapted to house our 15 barrel (30 hectolitre) exhibition brewery.
Brewery tours are available on the first Saturday of each month and include a 45 minute behind the scenes look at our brewing process, followed by a Craft Beer tasting session in the brewery during which you get to sample our core beer range. Visitors also enjoy a delicious, complimentary wood-fired sourdough pizza in our vibrant taproom which overlooks the brewery and the brewing happening in it.
Fancy a souvenir? All Docks Beers brewery tourists are entitled to a 10% discount on any craft beers and merchandise purchased to take-away.
If you are looking to give a brewery tour as a gift, we sell tour voucherswhich can be used as payment on the day. If you would like to book a place on our a brewery tour, please fill out the form below. Tours cost £20 per person.
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We’ve published our own book about amazing people By Ruth Lunn (
We’ve published our own book about amazing people
Ruth Lunn
Having spent the last few years publishing other people’s books, we decided it was about time we published our own. And we’re very excited with the result!

The book is inspired by true stories discovered on of incredible people that most of us don’t know about – it’s our quirky and fascinating collection of 101 people who have changed history, performed amazing feats – or just been incredibly lucky.
Read about the guy who saved us from World War Three, the woman who performed a caesarean on herself and the man whose love literally moved mountains. Then there’s the pilot who shot down his own plane and the woman who won the lottery four times.
What we discovered, in producing a book for ourselves, was that it’s still a lot of work! The writing, the editing, the design and layout – and setting the book up for print and ebook formats. But it’s also very satisfying.
You can read an extract below from the book, about an amazing but little-known WWII double agent:
Juan Pujol Garcia
The greatest double-agent on Earth
Influenced by his experiences during his country’s civil war, Spaniard Juan Pujol Garcia was an anti-fascist with great aspirations to be a spy, but with no experience or training in espionage. In 1941, undeterred by his lack of credentials, Pujol went to the British embassy in Madrid, and offered his services as a spy. Described by a British expert on military history as a “balding, boring and unsmiling little man”, the British embassy turned him down.
Unwilling to give up his dreams of becoming a spy, Pujol swiftly changed tactics and offered his services to the Germans instead, claiming that he was a Nazi sympathizer working for the Spanish government who made frequent trips to London. The lie was outrageous: not only did he not speak a work of English, but far from working in the government, Pujol’s previous job had involved chicken farming and managing a one star hotel in Madrid. Still, he forged a diplomatic passport to support his story and the Germans were fooled. They gave him an intense course in espionage and set him to work recruiting English agents who could send dispatches back to Germany.
Since both his passport and employment were fake, Pujol carried out orders to spy in England from Lisbon in Portugal. There, he created fictional agents using a guidebook of England to make his characters’ positions and movements sound convincing. Pujol also read many books about the British Military, and English magazines in order to make the entirely made-up information he passed on to the Nazis sound believable.
So successful was he in convincing the Germans that he was a real spy that they took his reports very seriously. When they made a dramatic response to a completely imaginary Pujol lead, that British troops were active in Malta, British intelligence finally paid the ‘balding, boring’ Pujol some attention. Having started to notice Pujol’s reports and actions from little snippets picked up in radio communications, it was his Malta stunt that swayed the Brits. They found him, moved him to London, and made him an agent.
Now working alongside the British, Pujol could send real reports of unimportant troop movements back to Germany and his credibility was asserted by crucial bits of information sent, just too late to be of any use to the Nazis. These deliberately late reports included the warning that British Troops would invade North Africa in November 1942 to which the Nazis responded, “We are sorry they arrived too late but your last reports were magnificent.”
Perhaps Pujol’s greatest achievement as a double agent was his success in deceiving Hitler that the Allies would land at Pas de Calais for the D-Day landings, rather than in Normandy. As part of the ruse, the Allies stationed American General George Patton in Dover and Pujol convinced Hitler, by extensive communications from his ‘agents’ and confusing reports, that huge swathes of troops were gathering at Dover and preparing to sail for Calais. Even as the first ships began to land on the Normandy beaches, Pujol’s credibility as a loyal Nazi asset was such that his urgent reports that the attack was only to draw attentions away from the true attack which would take place at Calais led Hitler to order for troops heading to Normandy to turn back.
Even two months after the D-Day attack at Normandy, German troops remained stationed at Calais, waiting for the ‘true’ attack that Pujol had convinced them would happen.
Pujol’s success as a double agent resulted in remarkable honours from both England and Germany; receiving an MBE from King George VI and the Iron Cross from Hitler.
After the war, Pujol’s death was faked to protect him from Nazi sympathizers and he retired to Venezuela to live out the rest of his life running a small gift shop. He died in 1988, aged 76.
Ruth Lunn
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