Drewlec install state of the art fire alarm system at new TIC

Drewlec Electrical Services, part of renowned Drewitt Group, a Bournemouth-based firm providing services to the construction industry, successfully installed a state-of-the-art fire alarm system into the brand new Tourist Information Centre on Pier Approach.

Julie Collins, xx at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “Drewlec was selected by Bournemouth Borough Council to fit a fire alarm as part of the £4m redevelopment project to move the centre to Pier Approach. We are pleased with the efficiency of the service Drewlec provided and we are satisfied that we have the best safety measures in place for our staff and visitors.”
The new wireless fire alarm system was recommended and installed into the leaf shape building as the glass structure couldn’t accommodate cabling.

Richard Drewitt, managing director of Drewlec, said: “We value our relationship with Bournemouth Borough Council and we were delighted to provide a quality service for them in their new Tourist Information Centre.”
The Drewitt Group combines Drewlec Electrical Services, Drewsons Building Maintenance and Drewsons Plumbing and Heating Services.

James Drewitt Memorial Trophy awarded to Bournemouth and Poole College student

The Drewitt Group presented a trophy to a Bournemouth and Poole College student at the Construction Prize Awards at AFC Bournemouth on Thursday June 25.

Richard Drewitt, managing director of the Bournemouth-based firm presented the ‘James Drewitt Memorial Trophy’ to James Moorcroft, who made the most progress on his level 1 full time bricklaying course. He said: “The trophy, which is dedicated to the memory of my great grandfather, James Drewitt, was instigated to encourage young people to choose a career in the construction industry, gain recognised qualifications in and progress within the sector.

“We were delighted to award James for his efforts as he has continued to improve, he has an excellent attitude to learning and has attended extra sessions to help himself improve. James has become a model student who shows a keen interest in his work and always gives 100%.”

The Construction Prize Awards recognises the success of students at Bournemouth and Poole College and those who have excelled in their studies during the current academic year.

Tony Moss of Construction, Plumbing and Electrical Apprenticeships at Bournemouth and Poole College, said: “I’d like to say a huge thanks to Drewitts for their continued support, because without it, events such as this would not be able to happen.”
Drewitt’s has supported the college’s annual prize awards for nearly 25 years. Until 2013, Gillian Drewitt, also a director of The Drewitt Group, was a member of the college’s Board of Corporation.

The Drewitt Group presents its iconic history to local group

Gillian Drewitt, managing director of The Drewitt Group gave a history talk about how her family business has impacted on the development of landmark buildings in Bournemouth and the local area.

Gillian, the fifth generation managing director of the firm which was established in 1877, was guest speaker at a February meeting of Bournemouth and Beyond Discovery Group at St. Andrews United Reformed Church. She told the story of how the Drewitt Family first came to Bournemouth and how the business has evolved since founder James Drewitt built his first property in 1919 on Newstead Road in Southbourne.

The firm’s heritage has been richly entwined with that of Bournemouth’s, constructing iconic buildings in the area including Beales, Portman House, the Pier Theatre and the Winter Gardens. Gillian drew upon memories of some of Drewitt’s final building works, which culminated in the construction of the Art & Design College in Wallisdown – now known as Arts University Bournemouth.

Gillian commented: “Putting together old photographs, clippings and records has been a terrific and moving experience. Being involved with the creation of Bournemouth, and seeing its growth to the present day is fantastic and we are proud to be able to continue to work with many wonderful local firms.

She added: “Knowing that some of the iconic buildings which dominate the Bournemouth skyline today were constructed by my ancestors, brings with it a certain pride and a sense of place.”

The Drewitt Group, which was founded in 1877, now combines Drewlec Electrical Services, Drewsons Building Maintenance and Drewsons Plumbing and Heating Services.

The Drewitt Group plants trees in British woodlands

The renowned Drewitt Group in Bournemouth, has joined an eco-friendly initiative to offset its CO ² emissions by planting trees in British woodlands.

Drewitts has used Allstar fuel cards for a number of years and they in turn have now partnered with Forest Carbon, to turn emissions into woodlands. The scheme totals business mileage and informs companies in the scheme about how many trees need to be planted in order to offset their CO ² emissions. According to Allstar, vehicle emissions account for 20 per cent of UK wide emissions and each new tree planted absorbs up to 2kg of carbon dioxide per annum.

The Drewitt group currently has 17 vehicles in its fleet which are used every day to provide building maintenance, plumbing, heating and fire alarm services to businesses in Dorset, Hampshire and central southern England.

Richard Drewitt, managing director at The Drewitt Group, said: “We are delighted to join this scheme which is really simple & straightforward and allows us to be confident that we are actively helping to give back to the environment. The use of our fleet of vehicles is vital to the day to day working of our business and we wouldn’t be able to function without them, so I think it is a great initiative and as a company it helps us to become more aware of how using vehicles can make a negative impact on the environment.”

Drewitts pays a small sum per vehicle per month to be registered on the scheme.

The Drewitt Group was founded in 1877 and combines Drewlec Electrical Services, Drewsons Building Maintenance and Drewsons Plumbing and Heating Services.

Bournemouth heating firm offers advice this Winter



Drewsons Plumbing and Heating is offering Dorset businesses and householders some helpful tips on how to stay warm this winter.

Now that the temperature has noticeably dropped Richard Drewitt, managing director at The Drewitt Group which incorporates Drewsons offers some advice on how to keep your home warm this winter:

  • If your boiler is more than 15 years old you should consider getting a high efficiency condensing boiler which is up to 20 per cent more efficient compared to a conventional boiler.
  • Check your radiators are free of air, that there is plenty of water in the system and that the system pressure is at the correct level
  • Choose a Gas Safe registered installer as they are fully trained and approved to be working on these appliances
  • To help cut your energy bills, you can reduce your thermostat to between 18 and 20 degrees or install control upgrades to improve efficiency such as thermostatic radiator valves or programmable roomstats.
  • Have your boiler serviced annually to prevent possible breakdowns, charges from £50 excluding parts and VAT at Drewsons.
  • If you have any doubts about topping up the water in your boiler or if you suspect it to be leaking, make sure you call in a Gas Safe registered engineer who will come to your business or home and check it for you.

For more information please visit www.drewittgroup.co.uk