A specialist East Yorkshire joinery firm is celebrating having secured contracts worth a combined £4m over the coming months.
Leading contractors have called upon the expertise of Melton-based Kingston Joinery for new hotel, health, community and student accommodation developments.
It has ensured the best start to a year in terms of agreeing contracts for new work in the firm’s 11-year history, already putting it well on course to beat last year’s turnover of £6m.
Managing director Craig O’Leary attributes the firm’s careful and focused growth strategy over recent years for its current success, saying it has been selective over the jobs it has tendered for, and been careful not to over commit.
“When you are a growing company like ours has been for the last few years, you find yourself working with more contractors and receiving an increasing number of referrals and repeat contracts. In that situation it is all too easy to take on too much and overstretch yourselves, and we have been mindful not to do that,” said Mr O’Leary.
“We have worked hard to expand the business year on year and we have done that, but the focus has always been on bringing in the right people and expertise to secure the right jobs, and then deliver on our promises.
“That is what has kept the business coming through our doors and we are delighted with how 2018 has gone so far. With each year we have been entrusted to take on bigger and more prestigious jobs, but importantly we have been better placed to handle them.”
Included in the work recently secured is a 42-week contract at the site of a new multi-million pound residential development in Leeds, where 744 one, two and three bedroom apartments will be developed as part of the ‘Sweet Street’ development, led by Interserve.
Located in the south side of Leeds city centre, Kingston Joinery’s expertise is being used for a full internal fit out, doors, general joinery and for 8500 square metres of external cladding, in a contract worth more than £2m – the biggest single contract in the firm’s history.
The firm is also currently working on the final stages of an £800,000 contract at the new Hilton Hotel at Doncaster Racecourse, which is expected to open this summer.
It is providing the full internal fit of doors, ironmongery, general joinery and fixtures and fittings, working for FTSE 250 contractors Galliford Try.
The development will see a 154-guestroom hotel, Hilton’s first in the town, offer guests extensive panoramic views over the racecourse, which is home to the famous St Leger event.
A dedicated team has also been working in Sheffield on the development of an £8.5m 11-storey student accommodation complex for North Midland Construction.
The £299,000 four month contract for Kingston Joinery will see it complete internal joinery work on 190 en-suite bedrooms and apartments. It is the second phase of the Denby Street development, close to Sheffield United Football Club’s Bramall Lane stadium.
The firm has also been working for Harrogate based HACS Construction Ltd to transform the mid-18th century Grade 2 listed Grantley Hall in Ripon, North Yorkshire, into a five star 47 bedroom hotel and spa, whilst closer to home it is working for Kier Construction on a £400,000 contract at the new £16.4m staff accommodation block at Grimsby hospital, where 220 homes are being created to attract workers to the health service.
Other contracts secured for this summer include working for Hull-based Hobson & Porter at the new Preston Road Women’s Centre, and with Interserve at the University of Nottingham’s new Cripps Health Centre, which will provide healthcare services for students and staff.
“Securing such an impressive list of contracts has provided a great foundation for us to once again grow the business in 2018,” added Mr O’Leary.
“Alongside our previous work, and a number of other prestigious contracts we continue to work on as those developments reach new stages, we have an impressive portfolio of work which is proving highly influential when we are competing for contractors against similar businesses, and those which are somewhat bigger than us.”
Kingston Joinery continues to work on long-standing commitments including a £1.4m contract to provide bespoke timber windows on a £400m redevelopment of London’s Islington Square and a contract with Bam Construct, again for windows, on the first residential phase at the prestigious £1bn North West Cambridge Development.