AK Lighting & Signs Ltd

About Us

AK (Lighting & Signs) Limited was founded in 2004 by Andy Kay with the aim of providing high quality highway electrical and associated civil engineering works solutions.

Initially working primarily from our North East base as a sub contract partner to local authorities, civil engineering contractors, major electrical contractors and commercial developers. Additionally (from 2005) we have worked closely with Market Leading Service Providers on various Street Lighting PFI projects on a nationwide basis and now have a vast amount of experience in delivering high profile projects in a safe and timely manner.

Timeline
2004DecemberDate of Incorporation
2005JanuaryStart date/first 2 employees start (David Bainbridge & Andy Parkinson)

MarchCommence first contract for CU Phosco

AprilCommencement of first Prison contract (HMP Holme House, Stockton – circa £200k)

AprilFirst cheque received £6,901.80

AugustCommencement of 1st contract for SEC (A1058, Coast Road, Newcastle PFI)

OctoberAchieve Investors in People (IiP) accreditation

NovemberCommencement of work on the Sunderland PFI for Aurora (Balfour Beatty)
2006JulyCommencement of work on the Leeds PFI for SEC

OctoberAchieve ISO 9001:2000 accreditation (QA)

NovemberCommencement of work on the South Tyneside PFI for Light It (Balfour Beatty)
2007JanuaryCommencement of first job directly for Durham CC

JanuaryBecame members of the HEA (formerly ASLEC) and a HERS registered organisation, we are also accredited to NHSS8.

FebruaryAchieve NICEIC accreditation

AugustCommence multi column installation works on the Sunderland PFI contract

DecemberAchieved 1M+ turnover for the year
2008JanuaryCommencement on South Marine Park project (circa £200k)

FebruaryCommencement on HMP Frankland project - still on site in 2010 (circa £400k to date)

MarchCompany holds inaugural Health & Safety Day, with all staff in attendance.

MayCommencement on first Highway Agency (HA) job (A19 Moor Farm R-A-B, Cramlington)
2009JanuaryLeeds Depot opened due to increase in workload on the Leeds PFI contract

DecemberLeeds depot achieved 1M+turnover for the year
2010FebruaryCommencement of work on the Barnet & Enfield PFI for DW Lighting

AugustMoved in to new office/depot at West Auckland

DecemberAwarded the Knowsley Street Lighting PFI framework, Merseyside for SSE Contracting.
2012MarchNew Knowsley depot opened

MarchAwarded a framework with Amey on the Birmingham PFI contact, which would see us providing ad-hoc assistance with this new client.

JuneNew Director Appointment made from within (Andy Mook)

SeptemberMark Atkinson appointed as Business Development Manager

DecemberAchieved 3M+ turnover for the year.
2013FebruaryAwarded a framework for the West Sussex Street Lighting PFI for SSE Contracting

FebruaryOfficial “switch on” of the completed LED Floodlighting schemes at the combined World Heritage Site, which includes Durham Castle & Durham Cathedral

March

New Depot in Horsham, West Sussex


November

Mark Atkinson appointed Director


August 

Awarded our first contract to incorporate “Live Jointing” – Wokingham Street Lighting Replacements Scheme.


December
Awarded a framework with SSE on the Nottingham Street Lighting PFI