Company History

Wood Group Industrial Services Limited was originally founded in 1973 as Pyeroy. The objective was to establish a business to apply industrial protective coatings to ships and industrial structures in the North East of England.

By 1994 Pyeroy had grown to a business generating sales of over £8.0million per annum. In 1994, after 20 years of managing the business on a day to day basis, Mr Thompson appointed a managing director and became the Group's non-executive chairman.

In 1995, Pyeroy established a presence at the Rosyth Naval Dockyard in Scotland and expanded its service range to include a number of services complementary to surface preparation and the application of protective coatings including scaffolding, insulation, asbestos removal, industrial cleaning and fire sentry provision.

As a result of this strategy, Pyeroy secured the majority of naval refit work at Rosyth. This culminated with the Group securing the multi-discipline contract for painting, scaffolding, cleaning and insulation work on the Navy's aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal in 1999.

Also in 1999 a specialist civil engineering division was established and the Group established a business to undertake work in the infrastructure sector - in particular - working on the refurbishment of rail and road bridges. The marine business continued to expand with the award of major multi-discipline contracts on HMS Invincible in 2001.

In 2002, Hugh Pelham was recruited and appointed as Group Managing Director. In the same year, the Group secured the prestigious £20m ten year contract to carry out service preparation and application of protective coatings on the Forth Rail Bridge and also secured a three year £25m contract to provide multi-discipline services during the re-fit of HMS Illustrious in Rosyth Dockyard. The two contracts established Pyeroy's reputation as the market leading applicator of protective coatings in the UK.

In 2005, the Group acquired the trade and assets of Palmer's industrial coating business in Scotland and Uprite Services in Ireland. The two acquisitions, alongside the recruitment of a number of key individuals in 2008, enabled the Group to enter into the process and energy markets in the UK and Eire.  

In 2007, Pyeroy established a joint venture company Ship Support Services with Cape Industrial Services Limited. In 2009, the joint venture company was awarded a £120m contract over nine years to provide access and specialist coatings services for the Royal Navy's new generation of aircraft carriers. As part of this contract award, Pyeroy established specialist project teams in all the UK dockyards and shipyards involved in the fabrication of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers (QEC).

In 2008, Pyeroy secured three key refurbishment contracts in London - Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.

In 2010, Pyeroy acquired a specialist electrical contracting company in Cork (CEI) to extend the range of services provided to GSK. CEI had previously acted as a sub-contractor to Pyeroy in Ireland delivering services on complex pipebridge refurbishment projects.

In 2011, Pyeroy established a joint venture arrangement with OCS Group Limited to provide industrial support services to Babcock Marine at its Devonport Dockyard. The joint venture was subsequently awarded the term contract to provide industrial support services for warship refits in the Devonport dockyard over a three year period. The Group also secured an additional six year contract for £18m on the QEC Aircraft Carrier project to provide composite support services.

In 2012, Pyeroy entered the offshore energy market and increased its penetration of the oil and gas fabrication market. 

In July 2013 Pyeroy Group Ltd was acquired by Wood Group plc and became a division of Wood Group PSN.

In 2014 sales reached £137m and the company was awarded a £12m per annum contract to provide insulation, scaffolding and painting services on Shell Northern Gas Plants and secured off-shore term maintenance contracts with Ithaca, Talisman, Premier Oil and Centrica. The company also established a rope access business and gained IRATA accreditation.

 On 1st January 2015 Pyeroy underwent re-branding and changed its name to Wood Group Industrial Services Limited to highlight its commitment and belonging to Wood Group PSN and to facilitate internal integration processes.

In 42 years WGIS has become a one of the United Kingdom's foremost suppliers of multi-discipline industrial services specialising in painting, asset maintenance and integrity and access solutions to power generation, oil and gas, renewable, infrastructure and marine industries.

Timeline Details

1973 - Pyeroy established above a DIY shop in Felling, near Gateshead

1974 - Pyeroy moves to Kirkstone House, Heworth

1979 - Start of work on HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious on the Tyne

1982 - Company turnover breaks through £1 million

1985 - Newcastle Swing Bridge is first major bridge painting contract

1990 - Company turnover breaks through £5 million

1995 - Pyeroy Scaffolding division established

1997 - Asbestos Handling and Removal division established

2000 - Company turnover approaches £30 million

2001 - First £10 million contract secured for re-painting of HMS Ark Royal

2002  - Contract won for re-painting of Forth Rail Bridge

2003 - HMS Illustrious is Pyeroy's first £20 million contract

2004 - Re-painting of HMS Invincible at Rosyth

2006 - Asbestos waste handling and transfer station established in Gateshead

2007 - MOD contracts won include the new build of RFA Lyme Bay

2008 - Re-painting contracts won for Tower Bridge and Southwark Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge in London

2009 - Pyeroy establishes joint venture company with Cape and secures the painting and scaffolding contract for the new Royal Navy supercarriers

2010 - Site industrial maintenance and support contracts secured with Huntsman and Heerema on Teesside

2010 - Pyeroy acquires the CEI Electrical, Instrumentation & Communications Engineering Contractors based in Ireland

2011 - Pyeroy establishes a joint venture company with OCS and secures the Dockside Services contract with Babcock Marine at Devonport Dockyard

2011 - Long term framework site services contrcats awarded by GlaxoSmithKline for several sites in the UK and Ireland

2012 - Aberdeen Office established to expand our support to renewables, offshore infrastructure and oil & gas activities

2013 - In July 2013 Pyeroy was acquired by Wood Group plc has become a division of Wood Group PSN.

2015 - Pyeroy re-brands to Wood Group Industrial Services Limited.

Head Office, Kirkstone House, St Omers Road Western Riverside Route, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE11 9EZ

Tel: 0191 493 2600 Fax: 0191 493 2601

© Wood Group Industrial Services Limited 2015 Company Registration No.05159696.
Registered Office: Compass Point, 79-87 Kingston Road, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 1DT

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