A Yorkshire construction and interiors firm that counts Asda, Arla Foods, Britvic, Burger & Lobster, Coca Cola, General Electric, John Lewis, Nando’s, PepsiCo UK and Next amongst its client base is on target to exceed its growth targets for 2015.
Harris Construction Management (HCM), a multi-disciplinary organisation that has two operating divisions – HCM Projects and HCM Interiors – is on track to exceed its turnover target of £50 million by the end of this year, which is more than a 50 per cent increase on the previous year.
Jason Adlam, chief executive of HCM, said: “Our impressive increase in well managed profitable turnover is a direct result of a controlled strategic five-year growth plan that has seen us employ ten more people this year alone.
“In previous years the majority of projects would fall within the £1million to £3million bracket, but we have recently secured several new high-profile contracts with blue chip clients with individual values of between £7million and £8million in certain key driven sectors. These wins combined with an upturn in the market, has meant a significant increase in the average value of each project we are working on, whilst we continue to satisfy the requirements of our existing customers.
“All existing and new business won by HCM Projects and HCM Interiors is managed by our highly experienced staff and we plan to expand our team, which already stands at more than 50 employees, further before the end of the year.”
HCM, which is based in South Elmsall, predominantly operates in the private sector delivering industrial, commercial, residential and retail schemes and has delivered consecutive year on year profitable growth, combined with zero debt or borrowing since its formation seven years ago.
Recent contract wins for HCM Projects include a £7 million project to design and build a new extension for Britvic Soft Drinks at the company’s Swinnow Lane site in Bramley near Leeds; an £8 million design and build warehouse project in Dartford, Kent for Bericote Properties and Asda; a £2 million repair scheme on a North Wales Shopping Centre for a property investment firm; a £4 million design and build project to create a 10,000 square foot storage facility in Scunthorpe for manufacturer Can-Pack UK; a project for Premier Inn in Sunderland to complete a 125 bedroom hotel and a new staff shop for Next plc at Armthorpe near Doncaster.
Recently the firm has also completed a new dealership for the iconic Harley Davidson brand on Meadow Lane in Nottingham, further emphasising the diverse service provided by HCM.
In addition, HCM Projects continues to provide a dedicated service to Asda as a partnering contractor, having delivered over £100 million of construction work as part of a long-term investment programme since 2007, which includes the appraisal, design, construction and commercial management of warehouses, distribution centres, depots and loading and racking systems for the retailer.
HCM Projects also works on a retained basis as part of a programme of refurbishment, improvement and repair for Coca Cola Enterprises across the UK.
HCM Interiors has delivered 12 new Nando’s restaurants throughout the UK and has recently started on site with a tenth new restaurant for Goodman’s Burger & Lobster after recently fitting out the up-market chain’s fifth floor restaurant in Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. Work has also started on site to provide a new bar and restaurant for The Alchemist on Greek Street in Leeds.
Jason addeds: “Our reputation in the leisure sector has resulted in a substantial increase in restaurant work, ranging from large well-known chains through to exclusive eateries. We work for the well-known Chef Tom Kerridge and recently refurbished the famous Michelin starred Hand and Flowers Restaurant in Marlow, Buckinghamshire which is an incredibly exciting project.
“After years of local, national and international downturn in the economy, which hit the construction sector particularly hard, the market is now incredibly positive.
“This optimism is very much reflected in both our increase in work for existing clients as well as new business wins across new sectors, so it’s a rewarding time for both our clients and the industry as a whole.
“We also have a very strong pipeline of work that includes a huge array of exciting projects that will start towards the end of this year and during 2016, so the future is looking very bright as we continue to build on our established and unrivalled reputation for delivering quality projects on time and within budget.”