A North East construction firm has gained university honours after being named top contractor in its category.
Having graduated from minor works to larger, more complex projects at Newcastle University, MJ Phoenix and Son has been officially recognised for its work.
The Gateshead-based business was named best contractor – five to 50 employees category – in the university’s annual Excellent Contractors Awards 2013.
With more than 4,000 contractors and suppliers engaged over the previous 12 months, winning the award was far from academic and managing director Delwyn Phoenix was delighted.
“It is fantastic to have had our work recognised in this way by such a prestigious client that employs so many contractors,” he said.
“We always enjoy the challenge of these projects which have to be completed to very high standards with tight timescales – often during holiday periods.
“We have worked for the university since 2006 and have been nominated for an award in each of the past four years, coming third and second twice, and so it is great to finally get the top spot.”