Construction consultancy firm has increased its workforce by nearly 30% over the last 12 months, as well as appointing a new director.
Shadbolt Group, a Gateshead-based multidisciplinary construction solution provider, has created six new positions throughout 2018-19 following the recent opening of a new southern office and a raft of new projects.
New starters include geo-environmental engineers Emmanuel Barreto and Ronshy Kurian, business and brand manager Rebecca Greener and trainee quantity surveyor Chris Botterill, with structural engineer Adam Beadle and civil engineering graduate Niall Curtis to start later this year.
Lee Butler, director at Shadbolt Group, said: “We have experienced our best year to date thanks to strong repeat business as well as a range of new projects and clients.
“To be able to open up a position for a new member of staff to join our team is a great milestone. However, this year we have been able to expand within several departments, as well as expanding our marketing following the recent rebrand.”
The consultancy group maintain strong relationships with a number of key clients such as Urban & Civic, Northumberland Estates, Hellens Group, Project Genesis, Baker Hughes (a GE company) and Northumberland Homes, who together contribute 82% of the group’s turnover by way of repeat business.
Gary Herron, Managing Director at Northumberland Homes, said: “As a rapidly growing residential developer, we have been working with Shadbolt Group for over two years.
“Whether it’s the specialist teams within Shadbolt Consulting or the significant experience of the Shadbolt Management team, we’ve always been extremely satisfied with the advice and guidance given, the speed at which this is done and, last but not least, the friendly professional manner in which this is all delivered.”
Over the past year the company has also managed to break into new markets and forge relationships with two major North East clients – Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd and The Go-Ahead Group Plc – which has led to an exciting new stream of projects.
To try enhancing the reach to new clients, the group hired business and brand manager Rebecca, to regularly update Shadbolt’s online presence, design promotional material, as well as sourcing and completing relevant tender opportunities.
Most recently, Shadbolt Management the project management, quantity surveying and construction arm of the group, project managed a £3.5m relocation of Go North-East’s bus depot from its historic Stanley site to a new state-of-the-art facility in Consett – which all of the departments within in Shadbolt Group were able to play a part in.
Following on from this, the project management consultancy has been awarded a number of new commissions for Go-Ahead Group, including a major redevelopment in Oxford.
The increase in workload has resulted in the recruitment of a new trainee quantity surveyor, Chris Botterill, who is now gaining practical experience while completing his degree at Northumbria University, as well as supporting the management department.
The group are now able to tender for new contracts in the Midlands, East Anglia, the Home Counties and London due to the opening of the new southern office at Corby Enterprise Park.
The requirement of the new office came after Shadbolt’s environmental department were awarded numerous contracts from land developer Urban & Civic, including Priors Hall Park, Newark, Alconbury Weald and St Neots, which is set to provide the business with a solid baseline of ground investigations, remediation and supervision works over the next five to ten years.
Geo-environmental engineers Emmanuel and Ronshy are the latest two additions to the environmental department, helping to ease the workload across both northern and southern regions.
March saw the retirement of a long-standing director, John Little, who ran the structural engineering department. Following nearly 20 years of service, Graham Hobson, a former Associate Director has now taken over John’s position having been with the firm since 2000.
Graham said: “After working for Shadbolt for nearly 20 years, it is an amazing opportunity to be able to step up and take on the role of director and manage the structural engineering department.
“We already have Adam lined up to start in July and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the role and help take the structural engineering department on to bigger and better things; sourcing new contracts, clients and taking on more exciting projects.”
As well as staff expansions, Shadbolt Group recently celebrated their best year to date, turning over nearly £2m throughout the 2018-19 financial year.
To celebrate the group embarked on a full office refurbishment earlier this year having resided in the Bewick Road building for just over 22 years.
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