An independent Newcastle construction firm is set to triple its turnover to £15m after securing a lucrative London contract.
Howard Russell has been appointed as main contractor on a £2.5m refurbishment of Mash Purveyors’ newly-acquired 53,000sqft warehouse at the prestigious Park Royal Business Estate in north-west London.
Mash Purveyors, who are distributors of quality fruit and vegetables to some of London’s finest hotels and restaurants, are relocating from New Covent Garden Market to what will be their new UK headquarters.
Craig Muldoon, pre-construction manager of Howard Russell, said: “This instruction is a fantastic way to conclude what will be Howard Russell’s most successful year since the business was established in 1997. Tripling our turnover is a significant milestone and one that has exceeded our expectations.
“We are looking forward to working with Mash Purveyors on what will be our first London-based instruction and a highly specialist fit-out including various refrigeration rooms for storage of their fresh produce.”
The Park Royal refurbishment will be Howard Russell’s first BIM (Building Information Modelling) compliant project, having made substantial investments in IT upgrades, software, staff training and the development of documentation and procedures to meet the latest BIM standards.
The project starts next week with completion due in March 2015, and it is just one of a raft of projects worth more than £9m that Howard Russell is currently working on.
Projects include the refurbishment and fit-out of ITV’s existing office in Gateshead, an extension of Akzo Nobel’s industrial unit in Felling, an office fit-out and extension for Maquet at Boldon Business Park and the redevelopment of a large car parts manufacturing plant on behalf of Gestamp Tallent in Newton Aycliffe.
The period of growth has led to a raft of new jobs at the firm, which now employs 22 full-time members of staff in addition to supporting sub-contractors and suppliers.
Howard Russell’s contracts manager Barry Wilkinson added: “By 2016 all large public sector buildings must be completed using the BIM approach. At Howard Russell we have taken proactive steps to become BIM ready.
“Our team has been collaborating regularly in our newly developed BIM Hub in our head office and have trialled various 3D tools. We are now looking forward to seeing what benefits this can bring to our new project in the capital.”