A family-run building firm is passing to the next generation as it marks 30 years in business.
Jensen Construction was started in 1985 by Norman Jensen, who is stepping aside to pass on the reins to daughter Nicky Wood.
The firm, which is based at Portberry Street in South Shields, has been run by Mr Jensen and his wife Joan, who recently retired as company secretary. Mrs Wood now takes over as managing director.
The company has a diverse client portfolio covering public and private sector projects in South Tyneside and further afield, and has extensive experience in construction work of all types ranging from new build to complete refurbishment schemes.
Mrs Wood joined the office administration side of the business in 1999 and went on to graduate from Northumbria University in 2001 with a degree in construction management and became project manager.
She said: “We are very proud of the way our family firm has grown from its small beginnings thanks to the hard work of my father and the whole team for the past 30 years. We have a great workforce of local people and we are particularly pleased to have developed apprenticeships as a key component of our employment strategy.”
Recently the firm secured funding under the Government‘s Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the European Union-backed Growth Accelerator scheme to help SMEs with significant growth ambitions to realise their potential.
Mrs Wood said: “This is the next big step for the firm as we enter our fourth decade in the construction industry and it marks our transition from the first generation management to the next.”
Recent contract wins for the firm include a £500,000 refurbishment at Southwick Police Station in Sunderland for Northumbria Police and conservation work at both South Shields and Jarrow town halls. It has also completed ward refurbishment work at various hospitals for South Tyneside HealthCare Trust and improvements at St. Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.
Mrs Wood said: “We firmly believe that our flexible approach to providing a complete building service has been the key to surviving as one of the oldest independent small building firms in the area.
“This combined with financial stability and a well established workforce will hopefully keep Jensen Construction 1985 to the fore as we seek to consolidate the past and develop the future.”