Rapid growth at North East firm Aedis as construction picks up

North East building control firm Aedis Group has doubled in size over the past year, with new offices and a company rebrand to mark the growth

Aedis directors Steven Spence, Alan Barraclough and Joe Ayre
Aedis directors Steven Spence, Alan Barraclough and Joe Ayre

North East building control firm Aedis Group has doubled in size over the past year, with new offices and a company rebrand to mark the growth.

Throughout 2013, the company opened nine new offices around the country, taking its total to 19, including two new head office hubs in Newcastle and Darlington.

Staff numbers have almost doubled from 36 to 68 in the expansion, indicative of new growth and optimism in the building and construction sectors.

Aedis was established in 2009 by directors Alan Barraclough, from Guisborough, Cleveland, Joe Ayre from Richmond, North Yorks, and Newcastle’s Steven Spence to provide professional building control services to domestic and commercial clients. Services in relation to energy, environmental and sustainability, structural warranties, fire engineering and site safety and training are also carried out by the company’s building surveyors and inspection teams.

Clients include The White Company, LandRover, Birmingham Airport and Network Rail.

Spence said: “Traditionally local authorities have delivered these types of building inspection services but private sector accredited companies such as ourselves are ensuring there is now real choice for all parts of the market.

“We offer a client-focused alternative which is both practical and pragmatic.

“We like to be proactive and assist clients rather than just being a legislative hurdle to jump; this means clients keep coming back.

“We are also cost-effective and quick and we can provide complementary services over and above the traditional building control only service.

“All of our surveyors are highly qualified and very experienced and we have introduced a graduate training programme to address shortages in skilled staff predicted for the future.”

The firm’s rebrand has included a new logo, web design and new livery for its fleet of company vehicles. Qualified building surveyors staff each of the firm’s offices, with administration and business services based at West Farm, Ponteland Road,

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