Northumberland firm JC&C secures £3m contracts

A North East construction and civil engineering company, which has doubled turnover within the past year, has won four major contracts worth almost £3m

A North East construction and civil engineering company, which has doubled turnover within the past year, has won four major contracts worth almost £3m.

The work has secured the jobs of 40 people at the Northumberland-based JC&C and created new on-site opportunities, which are being filled through a recruitment drive.

Director Chris Joyce said: “We are delighted to have secured this new work right at the start of our new financial year.

“Our investment to expand the business and bring in new skills has certainly paid dividends.”

The contracts comprise £1m worth of site preparation work and drainage on the Newcastle Science City development at Science Central, on behalf of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd; the foundations, slabs, roads and sewer works to the value of £750,000 for Surgo Construction at the new GoAhead depot at Dunston; ground works, foundations, drainage and landscaping for first-time client, Kier, on the Longbenton School project; and similar works on an affordable homes scheme in Middlesbrough on behalf of Mansells.

Founded in 1948, JC&C is historically a drainage business but has built up a wide portfolio of services including kerbing and road surfacing, deep drainage works, tunnel and shaft works and main contractor building.

Having turned over £7.5m in the last financial year, which ended in July, the new business sees JC&C make a positive start to 2013/14. Turnover in 2011/12 was £2.9m.

It is just 18 months since the company moved into new, self-built headquarters, on the site of the former Dilston Sawmill, near Corbridge.

The £1m move, from Tinklers Yard in Corbridge, was led by Joyce with brothers Miles and John, who jointly own the firm.

One major key to winning the latest contracts was the civil engineering skills JC&C has added to its portfolio, which have also paved the way for other significant work with Sir Robert McAlpine at Akzo Nobel in Ashington, Ringway/Eurovia Group at Doxford link road, Laing O’Rourke at Ryhope Hospital and the RVI redevelopment in Newcastle.

In parallel with achieving record growth, the business, which now employs over 100 people in the North East, has achieved ISO Quality Standard 9001, the Environmental Standard ISO 14001 and the Safety Standard OHSAS 18001. It is also a member of the contractors’ health and safety assessment scheme.

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