The surge in demand for new homes has seen activity levels double at a North East utility infrastructure business.
Service Connections Limited (SCL), based in Corbridge, Northumberland, has seen a massive rise in the construction and project management of electricity, gas, water and telecommunications infrastructure on new developments, now that house building is returning to pre-crash levels.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) predicts that 150,000 new homes will be built across the UK during 2014 – a 20% rise on 2013 levels – prompting SCL to take on another engineer, as well as make investment in new IT and plant to meet demand.
Managing director Keith Macaulay predicts pre-tax profits for the year will far exceed the £95,600 figure posted for 2012/13.
Macaulay said: “In the first four months of 2014 we have won work on 500 plots – double our target.
“Much of this has been in Yorkshire but we have also picked up work in the North East, the North West and in London. We are in the process of bidding on 65 further schemes totalling 2,500 plots which marks an incredible turn around in the market which, 18 months ago, was pretty much dead.”
The problem developers are having is getting the utility companies to respond quickly enough to keep pace with building and that is something which is only going to become more challenging.