An East Yorkshire joinery contractor has expanded its senior team as it looks to build on a ‘hugely successful’ first four months of 2017.
Kingston Joinery, based in Melton, near Hull, has carved a reputation in recent years as a leading commercial joinery provider, working for clients including the likes of Interserve, Morgan Sindall, Balfour Beatty, Galliard and Wates.
Managing director Craig O’Leary says the firm, which has expanded over the past 12 months to now employ a team of around 60 joiners and management, says demand for its services have been at an all-time high.
As a result it has recruited new site managers, estimators and design technicians, alongside a new business development manager to oversee the increasing number of tenders the firm is being invited to submit across the UK.
“It has been a really strong first four months of 2017 so far with a number of significant contracts secured, whilst we are also being invited to tender for some very big contracts later in the year,” said Mr O’Leary.
“This strong first quarter of 2017 has been built on two years of steady growth in 2015 and 2016, in which the reputation of our business has expanded across the UK.
“There has been a nice mix of repeat business for contractors we have supplied before, alongside new customers who have heard of our success and growth in recent years and given us our chance to impress.
“We’ve now expanded our team to reflect that growth and demand, and there is a really positive outlook at present.”
Work recently competed included a £240,000 contract for a full joinery fit-out with construction firm Walter Thompson’s at the recently opened £6m, 73-bed Claremont House Care Home in Beverley, operated by Crown Care.
It has also recently put the finishing touches to a £600,000 joinery contract with GMI Construction on the multi-million pound 134-bedroom Ibis Styles Hotel in Leeds, where celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has opened a new restaurant in the Merrion Centre site.
“As a company we have always done well at securing extra work from the companies who have used us before, and we are always pleased with that as it reflects very well on our performance,” added Mr O’Leary.
“We are seeing a theme of repeat business from customers after we’ve worked for them for the first time, and that is really pleasing given the competitive nature of this industry.
“Equally, over the past 12 months in particular, we have seen an increasing amount of work come from new clients, who have seen our track record of delivering on high-spec contracts, and have had the confidence in us.
“We know pricing is always key in any job, but whilst all companies can offer good competitive price, it is those which repeatedly deliver on budget, and on time, which will win repeat and new business.
“It is why we have expanded our team. As we grow we know we need to still be able to deliver that first class service to all clients.”
One of the latest contracts secured has been to provide a full joinery fit-out for Blackpool-based Create Construction, which is redeveloping the former Brass Founders site in the St. Vincent’s Quarter, Sheffield, into a £32m student accommodation complex.
The foundry closed in 1972 but the ongoing multi-million pound project will see the site converted into a 437 bed new build, providing premium student accommodation for overall developers the Crosslane Group.
Kingston Joinery was selected by Create Construction, with its aspect of the work worth over £300,000 as it completes the internal joinery fit-out on three residential blocks of between six and eight storeys, with a central communal landscaped courtyard.
With that project scheduled to be ready for the 2017/18 academic year, Kingston’s teams are also currently working on another full joinery fit-out contract for a £9m new 70-bed care home development for Tyneside-based Tolent Construction.
The £320,000 contract follows previous work for Tolent in 2016 in which Kingston’s teams provided a full joinery package for the new Hilton Garden Inn in Sunderland, next to the Stadium of Light ‐ home of Premier League football club Sunderland AFC.
A new contract has also recently been secured with Leeds-based housebuilder Stonebridge Homes to provide and install casement windows on its exclusive Clifton Road development in Ilkley, which will see nine bespoke four and five bedroom detached executive homes completed.
Kingston Joinery is also working for Hull-based Geo Houlton & Sons on the refurbishment of the Boddington Sports Pavilion at the University of Leeds, where it will provide a full joinery refurbishment and external timber cladding, as part of a £5m investment into training facilities for cycling and triathlon in Leeds.
Close to home in East Yorkshire, it has also been awarded further work on The University of Hull’s ongoing £25m, five-storey Allam Medical Building development, which will become the home of Hull York Medical School.
The building, also set to be completed for the 2017/18 academic year, will include a mock hospital ward operating theatre and intensive care facilities, as well as dedicated research space.
Having already been awarded a six-figure contract to provide a full joinery package in the development, Kingston Joinery was also handed the fixtures, fittings and extras package, taking the total value of that work on this project alone to close to £450,000.