Halcyon days for building company

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A BUILDING firm is celebrating after collecting a top honour for its part in the construction of a £53m Hartlepool college.

Halcyon Building Systems, based in Trimdon, was the largest of the sub-contractors to work on the new Hartlepool College of Further Education.

After the project was completed, the firm – which specialises in steel framing, partitioning, joinery, cladding and roofing – submitted its work for the revered Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors Awards.

Halcyon won the competition which is widely recognised for rewarding the highest standards of skill and excellence in plastering, drylining and associated trades.

Managing director Alan Richardson said: “Winning an award establishes your company as a major player in the sector. But even making the shortlist provides your company with a competitive edge.”

Halcyon won the honour for the Steel Framed Systems section of the competition and representatives from the firm, as well as from Miller Construction which was the main contractor on the college project, collected the honour at a ceremony in London last month.

Mr Richardson added: “Halcyon is very proud to have accepted this award and is proud to be a local business thriving in this current recession.”

Halcyon was set up 10 years ago and now has an extra office in Hull as well as its original base in Trimdon.

Hartlepool College of Further Education’s new building first opened its doors when staff and students moved into the impressive new building in August last year after six years of planning.

The Duke of York officially opened the building last month and praised the college for its commitment to giving young people the confidence to go on into the workplace.

As well as working on the college contract, Halcyon also took on four local apprentices as a result of the scheme.

The college students originally took them on as placements in May 2010.

Mr Richardson said: “Due to their overwhelming commitment, punctuality and willingness to learn, they were taken on as full time apprentices in November.

“Halcyon is proud and honoured to provide the necessary knowledge and experience and a pathway to further their career opportunities.”

He said their appointments were “a long term investment” and the apprentices were “a key to developing the business for the future and moving them to more responsible roles as their careers develop.”