CONSTRUCTION company Bowmer and Kirkland is expanding its North East offices after building its business in the region.
After 20 years of working in the North East, Bowmer & Kirkland has moved its regional office to larger premises on Wearside.
Directly employing 70 people and a much larger number indirectly has prompted the move from its offices at Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland, to new offices at nearby Rainton Bridge Business Park.
Bowmer &Kirkland is based in Derbyshire and opened its North East office in 1991 while constructing phase 1 at Doxford.
Initially working from temporary accommodation, staff moved into permanent offices in 1999.
However, at that time, the region employed 10 people and had a turnover of £16m. This has now grown to £100m and the office now completes projects across the North East and Scotland.
During the past 20 years the company has constructed many well-known buildings in the region – including most of the buildings on Doxford International Business Park, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Teesside Press printing facility for Trinity Mirror, BAE production facility at Washington, a distribution centre for Argos at Darlington, Seaham Retail Park and is currently the main contractor on the major redevelopment of Trinity Square in Gateshead.
Bowmer & Kirkland regional director Alan Johansen said: “Our time at Doxford has seen us evolve from working out of Portacabins, to moving into offices at Doxford and now requiring the larger facilities at Rainton Bridge.
“It has been a wrench to leave Doxford International Business Park, given that it represents such a highly successful period for us, however we are confident the move to Rainton Bridge Business Park will help Bowmer & Kirkland have continued success in the North East and Scotland.”
There are 27 companies in the Bowmer & Kirkland Group offering a diverse range of complementary services and skills.
It was founded as a partnership in 1923 by Alfred Bowmer, a joiner and Robert William Kirkland – a bricklayer. They undertook general building works and based themselves in the village of Heage in Derbyshire.
Robert Kirkland died at 40 and his son Jack, left school to support his family. He joined the company as an apprentice joiner in 1928.
In 1941, Bowmer & Kirkland (Plant) Ltd was formed.
In 1955, Jack Kirkland was appointed managing director and six years later the Bowmer & Kirkland partnership was formed into a limited company. Since then the company has grown.