Washington firm construction firm defies the Brexit blues

Galliford Try workers on-site.
Galliford Try workers on-site.
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A Wearside construction company says it has forged ahead since the Brexit vote and is about to embark on a string of new projects.

Regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships North hopes to be on-site in Blyth, Chester-le- Street and Killingworth within weeks, with projects worth almost £16million that will deliver 104 new homes.

We are delighted to have been able to forge strong and successful relationships with our partners and I think this has been the catalyst for selection to carry out work on a repeat basis.

Stephen McCoy

The firm, based on the Parsons Industrial Estate, is also celebrating selection for development frameworks involving projects worth over £60million.

And the firm has been selected by housing provider Thirteen to be one of seven construction partners that will bid to deliver up to £45million worth of projects and by the Riverside Group for its ‘cutting edge’ framework, under which four partners will bid to deliver up to £16million worth of work.

Managing director Stephen McCoy said: “It’s true that after a huge expansion over the past few years we have seen the industry slow in recent months but, fortunately, we have been successful in securing new work which enables us to continue our expansion.

“We are delighted to have been able to forge strong and successful relationships with our partners and I think this has been the catalyst for selection to carry out work on a repeat basis.”

Since 2012/13 the business’ annual turnover has grown from just over £8million to almost £60million this year.

The projects about to begin include a mixture of homes for sale, shared ownership and rent, which are designed to provide more opportunity for people to enjoy the benefits of living in modern, purpose designed energy efficient homes.

The first scheme likely to go live is on the site of a former residential home in Chester-le- Street, where, 20 three-bedroomed houses and two two-bedroomed flats will be constructed, all for affordable rent through Cestria Community Housing.

A similar project with the Riverside Group at Camperdown in Killingworth will provide 10 two bedroomed houses, 26 three bedroomed homes and four two bedroomed bungalows, all for shared ownership.

Then, subject to planning permission, work will commence this month at North Farm, Blyth on behalf of the company’s new homes division Linden Homes to create 22 four-bedroomed properties.