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CambridgeHOK has revealed plans to continue building its business having added four new members to its team and secured a new ‘major glasshouse order’ since the country went into lockdown in March.
Construction director Louis Bradley says the business, which designs and builds energy efficient construction projects across the UK for the food, industrial, commercial, retail and logistics sectors, has emerged strongly through the recent uncertain times across the economy.
It has even has seen several new additions made to the team with Jason Tether starting as a project manager in the Operations Team, David Brunsden joining as a Site Manager in Construction, Mark Cumbor a CAD Engineer strengthening the Design Team and a further Mechanical Engineer due to start shortly.
They have each hit the ground running as work has started on three major new projects, including a contract for a ‘major UK glasshouse build’ which was agreed in April.
Work has also started at on project building a new controlled environment facility for a client, and at a multi-million pound glasshouse and cold store facility development for Beeswax Dyson Farming in Lincolnshire.
Now, the firm is looking to add further skilled professionals to its team.
“I’m delighted to say that we’ve maintained our momentum through the lockdown – and even strengthened our team and order book in that time,” said Mr Bradley.
“That has put us in a really strong position now that the green light has been given to the construction industry to carefully return more people back to sites across the country.
“As has already been reported, we have been on site at Beeswax throughout April and our latest two projects both needed speedy starts due to timescales and required completion date targets.
“The new glasshouse development was a project which was placed under some doubt as the country went into lockdown, as we all faced uncertainty over how things would develop.
“Our client in that case was understandably very concerned about our ability to fulfil that contract and deliver the product before the end of the year, but we were able to provide sufficient reassurances which meant we were able to get the deal agreed and we started on that site in early May.”
Complete in-house construction service and stability key to contract wins
Earlier this month, Mr Bradley revealed how the firm had been able to start ground works for a new multi-million pound strawberry production facility for Beeswax Dyson Farming in Lincolnshire during the lockdown, closely following Government and Construction Leadership Council guidance.
“The key during this period is that we have been able to demonstrate our stability as a business, and the advantages we offer, such as being able to provide a complete service with every process being managed by one single business, even down to providing energy efficient solutions,” added Mr Bradley.
“That approach ensures an efficient project and effective execution, reducing the risk for clients, which is of course paramount in the current climate.
“We are extremely busy and working on some of the biggest projects in our history at present and with those in mind, and with other significant projects already in our order book we are now actively looking to add further members to our team.”
Picture shows, left to right: Jason Tether, Mark Cumbor and David Brunsden