A NEW building surveying consultancy is aiming to make a splash in the North East property sector and is already looking to add more staff after working on a range of contracts.
Harrow Consulting LLP has been formed by Graeme Harker and Nick Rowling, who were both looking for new challenges after several years with a well-known building surveying consultancy in Newcastle.
With 20 years’ experience between them, the pair have decided that it was time to branch out on their own and believe their low-cost base should help them hit a strong first-year turnover.
The pair, based at Hoults Yard in Walker, Newcastle, have already secured a strong pipeline of work, which includes ongoing work at the yard to help new tenants modify their units, as well as re-roofing and internal fit-out work.
The company is working on plans to establish a £1.5m centre for homeless children in Newcastle city centre.
The pair met while working together at building consultancy EC Harris, with Mr Harris later head hunted by Manchester-based consultancy AA Projects after it set up offices in Newcastle.
Mr Harker, whose CV includes developments worth up to £150m, said: “Right from the beginning, we set out to build a unique niche for Harrow, with a focus on high-quality design and client-led working.
“We aim to offer tailored services that will suit all potential clients from small building projects to major infrastructure programmes.”
He now plans to bring on the firm’s first employees and is confident of growing the business over the coming years, despite the threat of Government spending cuts and the continuing downturn affecting the building trade.
Mr Harker said: “There is an argument that the best time to start up a business is during a recession as things can only get better.
“As we only have a small cost base, our overheads are kept to a minimum.
Charlie Hoult, managing director of Hoults Yard, added: “We decided to approach the Harrow team soon after they moved in as we like to work with our clients and support them wherever possible.
“I’ve been very impressed by their professional approach and the support they have given in helping us to deliver this major project on time and within budget.
“Harrow’s vision chimes with our ambitions for Hoults Yard. They are already working collaboratively with a number of our other clients – further reinforcing the creative and commercial hub.”