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YMCA Plymouth Goes Green With Commercial Solar PV

We were proud to have been commissioned to design and install a comprehensive energy-saving solution for YMCA Plymouth

This project involved two key aspects:

  • Upgrading the building envelope: A new pitched overclad and flat roofing system was installed, along with wall cladding. This not only improves the building’s aesthetics but also enhances its weatherproofing and thermal performance.
  • Sustainable power generation: We designed, installed, and commissioned a 56kWp commercial solar PV system. This system, featuring 140 x 400W Trina Solar Vertex S panels and a Growatt New Energy 50kW inverter, will significantly reduce the YMCA’s electricity bills.

Beyond Cost Savings

The combined effect of the roof and wall cladding upgrades and the solar PV system goes beyond immediate financial benefits. Here’s what YMCA Plymouth can expect:

  • Reduced Carbon Footprint: The solar PV system is estimated to generate over 10,500KG less carbon emissions annually, making a positive impact on the environment.
  • Enhanced Building Safety: The new roof and wall cladding ensure the long-term structural integrity and safety of the building for years to come.

Retain Limited’s Expertise

Our project scope fully encompassed our award-winning three-in-one service offering:

  • Complete design, installation, and commissioning of the commercial solar PV system
  • Supply and installation of the new pitched overclad and flat roof systems, along with wall cladding
  • Comprehensive project planning, including RAMS
  • Air testing to ensure optimal building envelope performance
  • Design and erection/dismantling of scaffolding and edge protection systems for safe project execution

By partnering with Retain Limited, YMCA Plymouth has invested in energy savings and the sustainability and longevity of its facility.

Is your organisation looking to reduce its environmental impact and energy costs? We can offer a comprehensive range of energy-saving solutions, from solar PV installations to building envelope upgrades. 

Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help you achieve your sustainability goals.

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Listen To Jamie Gibbs On ‘Fitz In The Community’

Our Founder and Director, Jamie Gibbs LLB (Hons) MIoR, recently had the pleasure of recording a podcast with David FitzGerald (formerly of BBC Radio Devon). The discussion centred around PL1 Civvy Street, the inspiring new veteran’s hub set to open in Plymouth later this year.

From job placement services and counselling to social activities and securing housing, PL1 Civvy Street aims to provide a welcoming environment where veterans can find the well-deserved support and guidance they need to thrive beyond their military service.

During the podcast, Jamie and David explored the distinctive challenges veterans often face, the services PL1 Civvy Street will offer, and the upcoming fundraising gala at the Crowne Plaza Plymouth on Friday 20 September.

We are extremely proud of Jamie for using his platform to raise awareness about this crucial cause, which is incredibly close to his heart, having proudly served in the Royal Marines.

David’s podcast series, ‘Fitz in the Community,’ explores the communities across Devon and beyond, offering unique insights throughout the county. The latest podcast (featuring Jamie talking about PL1 Civvy Street) is out now. Please click here to listen to it. 

In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the gala and join us for a special night of celebration and fundraising. Every ticket sold helps us make a well-deserved difference in the lives of those who have served our country with pride.

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Retain’s Integrated Services Power Southall Project

We are thrilled to share the remarkable progress made on our large-scale roofing and commercial solar PV project in Southall, London. The building has undergone a complete transformation, and the works we have completed will ensure its sustainability and resilience for many years to come.

We have finished the extensive roofing installation, and our solar energy team has mounted almost 1,100 Canadian Solar panels alongside four Solis inverters. Once complete and fully commissioned, the commercial solar system will exceed 400 kWp, substantially reducing our clients’ electricity bills and carbon footprint.

A vital feature of this project has been the seamless and successful integration of our three award-winning services – Retain RoofingRetain Energy, and Retain Access.

Our experienced team of professionals has conducted everything from safe access to the roof space with Retain Access to the expert installation of a new roofing system by Retain Roofing and the clean energy generation from Retain Energy.

This synergistic approach eliminates the need for unnecessary communication channels and ensures a cohesive flow of information and expertise throughout the project.

Stay tuned for the final reveal of these impressive works! We’ll be sharing more details about the completed project soon.

In the meantime, are you interested in a similar transformation for your industrial or commercial property? Contact us at 0800 027 2244 today to discuss your project requirements, or complete the form below to request a callback.

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Maximise your Industrial or Commercial Roof Space

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, sustainability is no longer a buzzword and has become a crucial factor in tackling climate change.

As industries and commercial organisations navigate the complexities of reducing their environmental impact and operational costs, adopting renewable energy technology such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels has become both a credible option and a wise investment.

One particularly successful strategy involves maximising the roof space of large industrial or commercial properties with solar PV installations. This renewable energy solution offers a dual benefit of cost savings and carbon footprint reduction with the unique opportunity to harness the untapped potential of rooftop real estate.

Cost Savings:

Investing in a commercial solar PV system enables organisations to generate their own electricity, reducing reliance on traditional grid power. By developing otherwise unused roof space, businesses can effectively offset their electricity consumption, leading to substantial cost savings on future energy bills.

The initial investment in a commercial solar PV system is recovered over a relatively short period through reduced energy expenses. This makes it a financially prudent decision for businesses looking to optimise their bottom line.

Environmental Impact:

Commercial solar PV systems harness the copious energy of sunlight, a practically limitless and renewable resource. By switching to solar power, businesses can significantly decrease their dependence on fossil fuels, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating their environmental impact.

This aligns with corporate sustainability and net zero goals by contributing to broader efforts that tackle climate change and help preserve the planet for our future generations.

Revenue Generation:

Beyond offsetting electricity costs, businesses can leverage commercial solar PV installations to generate additional revenue streams. Mechanisms such as peer-to-peer energy trading allow surplus electricity produced by the solar PV system to be exported to the grid, providing opportunities for revenue generation and an enhanced return on investment.

Solar PV installations transform unused industrial and commercial rooftops into revenue-generating assets, further incentivising businesses to invest in and embrace renewable energy technology.

Summary

Maximising industrial or commercial roof space for solar PV installations represents an effective strategy for reducing electricity costs, decreasing carbon emissions, and enhancing sustainability.

By harnessing the abundant power of the sun, businesses can unlock significant economic and environmental benefits while demonstrating leadership in corporate responsibility, which benefits stakeholders.

As the global transition to clean energy accelerates, leveraging solar PV technology offers a convincing pathway toward a more sustainable and resilient future for businesses and communities alike. Embracing solar power isn’t just a smart business decision – it’s an investment towards a brighter, cleaner, and more sustainable future for everyone.

Contact us at 0800 027 2244 to explore how commercial solar PV can transform your rooftop into a renewable energy powerhouse. We can help you build a brighter, cleaner, and more sustainable future for your business and our planet.

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Navigating The Transition From Military To Civilian Life With Retain Limited

Transitioning from military to civilian life presents a unique set of challenges for armed forces personnel. The structured environment, camaraderie, and clear mission objectives characterising military life differ considerably from the civilian world.

Reintegrating into civilian society can be overwhelming. Veterans may tackle issues such as finding employment, adjusting to a less regimented lifestyle, coping with trauma or PTSD, navigating healthcare systems, and establishing new support networks. This transition period requires adaptation, resilience, and support to ensure a successful reintegration into civilian life.

Many of our employees have armed forces experience, including our founder and director, Jamie Gibbs, who proudly served with the Royal Marines. Retain Limited endeavours to provide employment opportunities to help and support military personnel to adjust to the lifestyle of a UK civilian once they have left service.

We also strive to help educate, train, and create bespoke career pathways tailored to suit individual skill sets to enable and encourage a successful and fulfilling life post-service. We take tremendous pride in helping and reassuring service leavers that there is a way forward in the civilian world.

Last year, we were delighted to attain the prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award. This achievement strengthened our continuous commitment to support the armed forces community in a manner that aligns with the values of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Through a three-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold, the ERS scheme acknowledges employers’ different levels of commitment. It allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and reward organisations for their support.

We announced the appointment of Jamie Cooper as our new Health and Safety Manager last month. Jamie wanted to be open and speak freely about his military career and transition experience after recently leaving the Royal Navy.

“In September 2014, I bid farewell to my role as a pool lifeguard and stepped through the gates of HMS Raleigh to embark on my journey in the Royal Navy. Here, I cultivated lifelong values of discipline, courage, commitment, respect, integrity, and loyalty.

Throughout my tenure, I had the privilege of learning and imparting essential military skills to new recruits as a weapon instructor, range conducting officer, and parade instructor. Leading security teams across various global assignments, I operated the Navy’s most powerful weaponry.

Guiding firefighting and damage control teams through diverse scenarios, I ensured departments were trained to exemplary standards in my final years of service. Gratitude is owed to my mentors, whose guidance was integral to my success.

I recently departed HMS Drake for the last time and retired my uniform and medals, having had the honour of serving and protecting our nation and monarchy. I traversed the globe over the years, encountering and assisting countless remarkable individuals. Now, I embark on a new journey within health and safety, embracing its challenges with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude.

Transitioning from military to civilian life isn’t easy, yet I’ve come to appreciate the invaluable skills I’ve acquired in service. While the adjustment may be gradual, I am fortunate to have support within my new workplace and at home. My family, friends and colleagues have been a massive help during my transition.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to Jamie Gibbs and everyone at Retain Limited for entrusting me with the opportunity to lead their organisation towards continued success in their esteemed health and safety policies and initiatives. I eagerly anticipate the future as we strive for growth and excellence together.”

Please click here for further insights into career opportunities at Retain Limited and information about our current vacancies in the construction and renewable energy sectors.

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Southend-On-Sea Project Update

We are pleased to report that another Retain Limited industrial roofing project started recently in the coastal resort of Southend-on-Sea. A well-known manufacturing facility in the city will soon benefit from a new roofing system expertly installed by our professional operatives.

The primary objective of this project is to enhance the structural integrity and weather resistance of the large building, which is almost 14,000m2 in size. This involves stripping the existing roofing system and subsequently installing new components, including bar, bracket, insulation, top sheet, and associated flashings and sealants.

Discover exceptional industrial and commercial roofing, as well as commercial solar PV and scaffolding services, provided by the award-winning Retain Limited team. Connect with us and learn more about our high-quality industrial and commercial solutions that are tailored to meet your exact needs.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at 0800 027 2244 or fill out the contact form below. We’ll promptly reach out to discuss your project requirements.

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Exciting Academic Journey Ahead

We are pleased to announce that our trainee quantity surveyors, Trent Kennedy and Jordan Lawrence, have embarked on a two-year distance learning program in MSc Quantity Surveying (RICS Accredited) with Northumbria University.

Their academic adventure kicks off with a deep dive into the first module, exploring construction and sustainable technologies. This not only equips them with essential knowledge of modern construction practices but also highlights the importance of sustainability in shaping the industry’s future.

In addition to mastering the finer details of construction and sustainable technologies, Trent and Jordan will immerse themselves in law and surveying practice. This comprehensive approach ensures they develop a well-rounded skill set that aligns with the highest industry standards that we adhere to.

As they embark on this educational journey, we would like to wish Trent and Jordan every success in their studies. Your commitment to continuous learning and professional development is an inspiration to us all at Retain Limited! Here’s to a rewarding and knowledge-filled two years ahead. Good luck, guys.

If you would like to learn more about Retain Careers, please click here to view our latest vacancies or contact us on 0800 027 2244.

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London Project Update

Good progress is being made at our latest project in London. Work commenced just before Christmas, and our professional team of operatives has been very busy since our return to the construction site.

In conjunction with our cutting-edge roofing system with panels supplied by Kingspan Insulated Panels UK & Ireland, we’re elevating our project by integrating a comprehensive commercial solar energy system onto the new roof, featuring an impressive solar PV array that exceeds 400 kWp.

This advancement signifies that the building will soon be empowered to generate its own environmentally friendly energy, leading to substantial reductions in electricity bills for our client.

An important aspect to highlight is our seamless integration of all three of our services – Retain Roofing, Retain Energy, and Retain Access – ensuring safe access to the roof space.

This comprehensive approach reflects our commitment to providing an all-encompassing and seamless strategy for improving project management and communication.

For unparalleled expertise in industrial and commercial roofing, commercial solar PV solutions, and scaffolding services, the Retain Limited team stands as your trusted partner. Connect with us today to explore top-tier solutions that redefine excellence!

Feel free to give us a call at 0800 027 2244 or simply complete the contact form below, and we’ll promptly get in touch to discuss your project requirements.

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An Introduction to the Retain Limited Group of Companies

For those who do not know what we do at Retain Limited, let us take this opportunity to introduce Retain Limited – your trusted partner for construction and renewable energy projects.

Retain Limited is one of the most established and well-respected three-in-one industrial and commercial specialist contractors in the UK today. Not only do we handle large-scale industrial and commercial roofing and cladding projects, but we also supply robust scaffolding systems to access projects.

Our commitment to sustainable and innovative solutions extends beyond our roofing projects. In addition to our expertise in roofing installations, we take pride in our capability to design and implement cutting-edge commercial solar energy solutions. Harnessing the power of the sun, our dedicated team of experts is well-versed in creating bespoke solar solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of your business.

Retain RoofingRetain Access, and Retain Energy are three companies that operate under the Retain Limited umbrella. They all offer a consistently high level of service regardless of which company you engage.

Our award-winning services across Roofing, Access and Energy mean clients can work with one contractor, offering professionalism, knowledge and experience. This three-in-one approach makes it easier for you, the client, to engage our services. It allows for better, more cohesive planning across the project as a whole, where we can dovetail seamlessly with any other on-site contractors.

Retain’s service offering is designed to exceed industry standards and is unmatched in our sectors. Should you require further information or wish to arrange a site visit, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team on 0800 027 2244 or email us here.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our work at Retain, and it’s why we’re proud to have our name on every part of the business. We look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you and contributing to the success of your projects in 2024 and beyond.

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Happy New Year!

We trust the holiday season showered you with joy and fulfilled all your wishes. As we step into a brand new year, Retain Limited is excited to extend a warm welcome back. Our knowledgeable team is invigorated and fully prepared to dive into your industrial and commercial projects with newfound enthusiasm.

Whether you have ongoing endeavours or exciting new projects on the horizon, rest assured that we are here to deliver top-notch services and unwavering professional support. Our dedication to excellence remains steadfast, and we are eager to collaborate with you to achieve your objectives successfully in the coming year.

We appreciate your continued trust in Retain Limited, and we’re geared up for a prosperous 2024 filled with shared accomplishments. If you have any enquiries or projects in mind, feel free to reach out to us:

📞 0800 027 2244
📧 info@retainlimited.com

Thank you for considering Retain Limited for all your industrial and commercial roofing, solar PV and scaffolding requirements. Here’s to a year of growth, success, and meaningful partnerships.

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