In conversation with John Collier
What is your name and what job roles did you do at Leada Acrow?
My name is John Collier and I worked at Leada Acrow for 39 years. I started working in Iver, Buckinghamshire as a foreman and was one of the first people working for Leada Acrow. I moved to Colnbrook depot, then got a transfer to Tavistock in 1990 and saw out my days as foreman there until my retirement.
What’s the most memorable project you worked on?
The client was Kier and the project name was Langage Power Station, in Devon.
The new power station was built in Plymouth and took about 18 months to build. We used the mammoth panel as well as our old Kwikstage falsework system for the slabs. At that point, it was the largest job that our Tavistock depot had been involved in.
Today, Langage Power Station can generate up to 900 MW and is capable of delivering electricity to power almost 1 million homes. It is one of the most advanced gas fired power stations in the world with carbon emissions levels amongst the lowest for this kind of facility.
What’s your favourite memory about Leada Acrow?
It’s receiving my gold watch for 30 years’ service. All the managing directors of the company came down to Devon and took me, my family and the employees of the Tavistock depot out for dinner. It was nice to be rewarded for my service to the company.
What’s your advice to Leada Acrow for the next 80 years?
I would like to see Leada Acrow be the market leader within this time and still growing at the same time.