Hartlepool building firm celebrates £9m new contracts win

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A Hartlepool-based building contractor has celebrated securing three new contracts with a combined value of more than £9m.

Gus Robinson Developments has taken on 11 new members of staff over the last year as it is set to achieve its target turnover of £20m by September this year.

Since January, the company has started work on two projects with Karbon Homes which will see 54 new homes completed throughout 2017.

One is at the former St Mary’s School in South Shields and at the other is a development of the former Newbottle Community Centre near Houghton-le-Spring.

Works have also commenced on the firm’s first collaboration with Bernicia Homes with 11 new bungalows and houses under construction in Fawdon, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Bernicia Homes is working with Newcastle City Council and The Homes and Communities Agency to deliver much-needed affordable homes.

In June, works will also start to transform a disused brownfield site in Shiney Row, Houghton-le-Spring, into 24 affordable new homes.

Steve Bell, Gus Robinson Developments managing director, said: “We’ve grown over the last three years and what we are seeing now is the culmination of a lot of hard work from everyone within the company.

“To deliver these projects onto site we’ve needed to add to our team in order to keep pace with the growing volume of work across a much broader geographical area to that which we have operated in over the last few years.”

The new developments are part of Gus Robinson’s growing pipeline of work and business plan, which is set to exceed £20m in each of the next two financial years.

Steve said the new additions to the team has given the company the right balance of skills and experience that bodes well for the future.

He added: “Skills and experience are really important in the delivery of our projects, but so too are people who fit in with our ethos of being a trusted and reliable contractor partner.

“Gus Robinson Developments has had a long tradition of training and developing its staff.

“With the current growth of the company, we needed to bring in experienced people but did not want to lose the tradition of developing young people now to lead the business in the future.

“We wanted people who we can train in the Gus Robinson way and used our current workload as a launch pad to bring in new talent to join our already established team.”