MD leaves Scunthorpe construction giant after a decade's service

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 Apr 2019

The managing director of a major Scunthorpe construction firm is stepping down at the end of the month.

Britcon boss Paul Clarkson is to pursue other interests, after a decade with the civil engineering, building and structural steel specialist.

Shaun Hunt is stepping back into the interim role of managing director as the Midland Road firm seeks a replacement. 

Mr Hunt, who owns the long-established family business, returns to the role, with nearly 30 years’ experience, while continuing to oversee development activities under parent company Hunt Group, where he is chief executive.

He said: “Sadly, we say goodbye to Paul Clarkson who has served the business well for many years and we thank him for helping to make Britcon as successful as it is today.  We would like to wish Paul well for the future and feel certain that wherever he may be, he will continue to have great success.

“We are pleased to report that Britcon continues to maintain steady business growth despite the uncertain economic climate.  Into 2019 we continue to see increasing opportunity in the business as we consolidate and invest further with deliberate focus on key growth areas including renewables, energy, and Infrastructure whilst maintaining our traditional markets. 

“We have made considerable improvements to operational systems, staff development and training over the past few years including health and safety behavioural change, mental health awareness and digital construction training around BIM.”

Mr Clarkson, pictured, joined Britcon in 2009, having held senior roles with ISG Plc and Wilmott Dixon Group, working as operations director before taking the top job in 2014. Then turning over £26 million, it has added nearly £19 million to that, directly employing 110 people in Scunthorpe, a secondary office in West Yorkshire and project sites across the UK. 

Key contracts secured in the last 12 months include new warehouse and office facilities for Viking Shipping in Selby, new build and refurbishment work for Vickers Oils in Leeds, while on home turf it is behind the new Ongo building, Church Square House and the refurbishment of the Civic Centre. In addition, Britcon has continued to develop relationships with long-standing clients with new instructions recently coming from British Steel, Associated British Ports and Stobart Rail.

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