A silver landmark – and a golden future

Builder Michael Dickenson at his latest development, Bakers Court on Powlett Road.
Builder Michael Dickenson at his latest development, Bakers Court on Powlett Road.

TWENTY five years and counting.

That’s the Hartlepool firm Kingfield Developments which is looking to the future with hopes of taking on six new workers.

Mike Dickinson first formed the company as a design and project management organisation and it became established as a building company soon after.

Now the firm, which is primarily involved in designing and building projects, is planning for another 25 years in business.

Looking back on his success, Mike said: “This firm is built on old-fashioned values of a loyal workforce. We try to stay in the North-East and we try to use Hartlepool people.

“Seventy five per cent of the workforce stays with us for five years-plus and I am proud of that.”

The Victoria Road-based firm employs ten staff and has been involved in thousands of projects down the years.

Mike said: “We have constructed buildings with values from £50,000 up to £2.3m.

“Specifically in Hartlepool we have designed and constructed some well-known and utilised structures such as the pathology labs, angiography unit and ITU at the Hartlepool Hospital site.”

One of its projects was the Bakers Court apartments in Powlett Road, a £1.7m development of land where a petrol station formerly stood.

“It is a high-security, hi-spec project,” said Mike.

He said the company has also worked with Hartlepool College of Further Education, Hartlepool Sixth Form College and the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

The company is divided into two parts which are Kingfield Developments and Kingfield Estates.

Despite the recent economic downturn, the firm has “secured a couple of contracts and we are looking to take in staff, probably about half a dozen,” said Mike.

“The economy is starting to turn. It is certainly a lot better than it was five years ago and we are feeling the change. We are seeing improvements in the south and when that happens, you tend to notice them up here about nine months later.”

Speaking of his proudest moments, Mike said: “It is the fact that we have contributed to peoples’ wellbeing with our buildings, and in particular with facilities like the path lab.

“I would like to think that we will be here in another 25 years.

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