Construction firm builds strong order book to mark tenth anniversary

Richard Elam, left, and Mark Reynolds

York based Evora Construction is celebrating its tenth anniversary and is on track to enjoy its best year ever, with turnover set to exceed £15m, and a strong order book across the commercial, industrial, education, medical and residential sectors.

The company was launched at York Eco Business Centre in February 2009, by directors Richard Elam and Mark Reynolds, who both have more than 30 years of industry experience. Originally specialising in small scale extensions and refurbishment projects, Evora established a £2million turnover within just two years.

In 2015, the company expanded into its current headquarters at Chessingham Court in Clifton Moor, and it now employs a strong team that will typically work on up to 14 projects simultaneously throughout the UK ranging in value from £100,000 to £4m.

Richard Elam said: “Although we started the business during the 2009 industry downturn, we quickly won several impressive contracts with companies that we still work with today. The ability to grow and foster strong relationships has been a vital part of our controlled, year on year growth, and repeat business is the backbone of the company with more than 80 per cent of our work coming from previous clients, which is a great endorsement for what we do.”

“Our tenth anniversary is a major milestone and we’re in a really strong position, with £11m worth of work already underway in 2019. This includes transforming the Grade II* listed Spenfield House, next to The Village Hotel in Headingley, into a high quality apartment scheme along with seven new build townhouses, building a £1m medical centre extension at Leeds Student Medical Centre, a CAT A office refurbishment at Monks Cross, York and extending Beechwood Primary School in Seacroft.”

Mark Reynolds said: “Richard and I are both very hands-on across every project and we’re a very agile management team, which means we can quickly adapt and respond to clients’ requirements, across all sectors throughout the UK, which is key to our success.

“Celebrating ten years is a big achievement. To mark it, we’ve refreshed the Evora logo, as well as continuing our work with local volunteer organisation York Cares, which we’ve supported for the past eight years, and we’ve also committed to raising £10,000 for Cancer Research through a variety of fundraising events, so it’s going to be an exciting year.”

Evora’s work with York Cares, which is a partnership of the city’s leading employers committed to making York a better place through employee-volunteering, sees the company supporting the Starting Blocks initiative. The programme provides opportunities for young people living in care to gain the practical skills, knowledge, attributes and behaviours they need to secure employment and improve their life chances.


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