One of the region’s largest privately-owned building services contractors has taken on 12 new employees as it seeks to realise organic growth plans.
The Hebburn-based Castle Building Services, which has a current turnover of £13m and hopes to hit £16m by next year, has created both technical and administrative posts to aid expansion, along with two apprenticeships, in line with its aim of supporting the region through career opportunities.
The news comes on top of Castle’s securing two major contracts worth a total of £5m.
One sees the company work alongside Miller Construction on behalf of a partnership between East Coast Trains and Network Rail on the ï¿½8.6m project to transform the entrance to Newcastle’s Central Station. The other involves work with Kier Construction North East on new headquarters for Durham Constabulary.
Established in 2001 by directors Allan Carr and Tony Lister, Castle, which has its headquarters at Monkton Business Park, has gone from strength to strength and now employs 112 people.
It provides building engineering services across a range of sectors, including commercial property, education, custodial, leisure and retail as well as residential.
The latest recruits includes the addition of Ronnie Corbet as Castle’s EWI installation manager; Kevin Bennett and Peter Carr as project managers; Ben Clement and Matty Mitchell as mechanical engineers; David Nattrass as an electrical engineer; and Les Dunn as a mechanical estimator.
Christine Connolly, Vicki Smith and Dawn Cox have all taken on administrative roles, while Ryan McElwee will be doing the Association of Accounting Technicians apprenticeship and Alex Burke an apprenticeship in business administration.
Operations director Allan Carr said: “One of our aims is create sustainable employment and to give something back to the local community and the industry.
“We achieve this by making a commitment to invest in young people hence creating two apprentice roles.
“Securing a number of contract wins has further strengthened our position to increase our high-calibre workforce and I am delighted we have created such a significant number of positions.”