Building and roofing contractor, Hodgson Sayers, is on track for another year of growth, after securing two local contracts worth a total of £2.4m.
The Stanley-based business, which employs around 100 people, is taking on the task of replacing the roof coverings at Newcastle’s Cruddas Park Shopping Centre. The £1m contract is likely to see workers on site until March next year.
Meanwhile, it has also been appointed for a £1.4m flat roof replacement project that will see it supplying solar photovoltaic (pvs) panels to 142 properties and replacing the roofs on 258 properties in the west end of Newcastle. Hodgson Sayers won the job, at Elswick and West Denton, through a competitive tender with Your Homes Newcastle.
Managing Director at Hodgson Sayers, John Sayers, said: “Our Contracts Manager, Colin Howey is heading up a 14-strong team, who are working closely with Bauder, a leading manufacturer in all aspects of flat roofing to install a Bauder roof system.
“Working in partnership with Bauder, we surveyed the existing roof coverings and produced a detailed specification which would combine the roof covering and photovoltaic system under an integrated guarantee.
“This is a very eco-friendly project as the PV system uses the sun’s energy to generate electricity by means of photovoltaic modules. Flat roofing systems are ideal for this, as they are able to capture an unobstructed space that is perfectly positioned to catch the sunlight. We are really enjoying working on the project and looking forward to seeing the end result.”
Established in 1979 as Hodgson & Allon, the company - which became Hodgson Sayers in 2013 - started life as a small roofing contractor. Over the years it has developed and diversified to include building works, fencing and metalwork fabrication.
Recently, despite a nosedive in the construction industry, its turnover has grown by between 20 and 30% year on year, with the projected figure for 2013/14 being between £10m and £11m.
“Part of our success may be down to the fact that we don’t get involved in the new build sector,” Sayers said.
“I think people made the choice early in the recession to repair and refurbish rather than replace.
“But there’s no magic formula.”
Aside from contracts in the North East, Hodgson Sayers is undertaking work throughout the country, including the £250,000 refurbishment of an activity centre in North Wales. The company is also heavily involved in historic buildings work and has branched into the production of security doors and enclosures for the utilities industry.
David Wakenshaw, technical surveyor at Your Homes Newcastle, said: “We have a great relationship with the team at Hodgson Sayers and are excited to see the changes taking place. Hodgson Sayers is enabling us to play a key role at a local and regional level in improving environmental sustainability.”