Independent construction firm Howard Russell is expanding on the back of a record performance which has seen the business build up £2m in contract wins in the last month.
The Cramlington company, which tripled its turnover last year, has taken on three new staff members to help in project and site management following its appointment as main contractor on building projects for Bon Coeur Fine Wines, ITV and Gestamp Tallent Automotive.
The Bon Coeu contract will see the new recruits assist in the conversion of a former agricultural building in Masham, North Yorkshire on behalf of the wine merchants.
The lucrative project will create a bespoke fine wines base consisting of a sales area, tasting area, offices and boardroom, kitchen area, large function room and a large wine storage facility.
The firm is also working on an extension of a large car manufacturing plant for Gestamp Tallent in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, as well as the refurbishment and fit-out of ITV Tyne Tees’ studios in Gateshead, the first phase of which has just been completed.
David Varty, sales director at Howard Russell said: “Last year was our most successful year to date. We completed a number of high profile projects and recruited five new staff to help manage the increase in workload.
“Now we’re pleased to announce a strong first quarter to 2015 which has led to further job creation taking our total workforce to 26.”
Mr Varty said the latest round of appointments will further strengthen the team with capability and expertise that to help meet the needs of the expanding business.
Ian Goss, commercial director at Howard Russell, said: “During the past year we have seen an increase in both the quantity and quality of new enquiries and instructions as the construction sector continues to gather momentum across the region.
“Recent research suggests that confidence within the industry is continuing to build and we are poised for further growth as 2015 progresses.”
The wave of new instructions follows Howard Russell’s successful completion of £9m worth of projects during the last month including an extension of Akzo Nobel’s industrial unit in Felling, an office fit-out and extension for Maquet at Boldon Business Park, an extension of Plant 1 for Gestamp.
The team also completed its first full BIM project which was a £3m refurbishment of Mash Purveyors newly acquired 53,000 sq ft warehouse at the prestigious Park Royal Business Estate in London.