A series of major contract wins at a Sunderland construction company has triggered a recruitment drive.
Brims Construction launched into 2015 with a £25m order book and is currently involved in a number of high-profile jobs across the North East.
The firm’s current contracts include a £4m office development on Newcastle Quayside for the Live Theatre, the £3m Maling Exchange creative office scheme in Ouseburn and the £15m, 270-bed Glass Works student accommodation scheme, also in the Ouseburn district of Newcastle.
The increase in work has led to the arrival of five new members of staff and three apprentices, who will work across all levels, taking the full-time workforce to almost 60, with a further 400 people being employed at any one time on its on-going schemes.
Commercial director Ian Clift said: “We have had an excellent start to the year and are pleased to announce that we have appointed five new members of staff and three new apprentices.
“These new appointments are in direct response to the expanding needs of our business and each new member of staff will bring additional expertise and strength to our team.
“In the last year we have seen a marked improvement in the number of quality tenders available. We continue to win a good share of this business and maintain a healthy pipeline of future work.”
The new appointments include site manager Adam Wardropper, who is currently working on the Glass Works project, and site engineer Ian Megaughin.
Simon Campbell, who previously worked for Surgo, Dorin Construction, FHM and Kendall Cross, has joined as a senior project manager and will be responsible for managing a second Ouseburn student accommodation scheme, which is due to complete in August 2016.
Purchasing manager Neil McGee and quantity surveyor Stuart Dorward will be based in Brims Construction head office on the Quay West Business Park in Sunderland.
Apprentice bricklayer Ben Robinson and apprentice joiners Ciaran Robbie and Jordan Mowbray, have joined the company through the Newcastle-based NCT Skills for Life programme.
Mr Clift added: “We believe strongly in training apprentices and recent findings show the construction industry will need lots of skilled staff over the coming years.
“We look forward to welcoming our new starters to the Brims family and wish everyone good luck in their new roles.”