Scunthorpe building contractor turnover to exceed £10m for the year

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Nov 2018

SCUNTHORPE building contractor GS Kelsey Construction is midway through what will be its busiest ever year, with turnover forecast to exceed £10 million.

The Brigg Road team has had major tender wins, predominantly locally, with a mixture of public sector affordable housing developments and private commercial investments.

Following a strong end to 2016/17, which saw a 16-home development for Ongo Homes at Belton, the £2.5 million Arc at Westcliff and a significant new ATF and valeting building delivered for TruckLincs in Grimsby, the 22-year-old company has pressed on.

A total of 43 homes are being built in Scunthorpe, with 27 on Cottage Beck Road and 16 on Holgate Road, with a further 23 being built for Lincolnshire Housing Partnership on multiple sites in Grimsby.

Ongo Homes at Belton.

A third retail outlet for Spar franchise operator AF Blakemore at Thurcroft, South Yorkshire, follows projects in Laceby and Louth, with eight housing units for Kirklees Council in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, another notable addition.

“We have secured future work off the back of some very successful projects we have delivered recently,” Matthew Robinson, the firm’s managing director said. “As with many in our industry we are facing a number of challenges.

“Cost pressures and skills shortages are a threat that have the ability to effect margins and quality.

“Having an experienced, multi-skilled workforce is helping us overcome these issues and we’re maintaining our quality service while remaining competitive.”

Mr Robinson is proud of the employee retention, with time-served members of the 30-strong team averaging over 11 years. Our employees have familiarity with our clients systems and how they work. This aids our overall performance and leads to high levels of customer satisfaction,” he added.

Baysgarth Leisure Centre extension at Barton and visitor centres at Belton and Bottesford Beck have been or are in the process of being delivered for North Lincolnshire Council, with a statement £1 million function venue for Stallingborough Grange Hotel also recently handed over to the client for final fit out by the team there. Extensions to GP practices at Brigg and Broughton for the same client are expected to commence in 2019.

“The local economy appears to be thriving at the moment.

“There is still some hesitation to invest, particularly in the private sector, but we are well positioned and poised to help local businesses expand when the time is right.” Mr Robinson added.

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