A SOUTH Tyneside building company is pushing ahead with its expansion plans by creating jobs in Scotland.
Castle Building Services, based at Merchant Court, Monkton Business Park, Hebburn, is opening a new office and creating six jobs in East Kilbride, Scotland.
The company, whose annual turnover exceeds £20m, was founded 13 years ago by commercial director Allan Carr and operations director Tony Lister.
The borough firm, a leading independent building services design and installation contractor, has enjoyed steady growth in recent years, and the Scottish plans mark the next phase in the company’s development.
In 2013, Castle also appointed technical director Simon Groom and projects director David Harland as shareholder directors.
This has given both men more say in the direction the Hebburn company takes and its success and financial performance.
Expansion into Scotland follows several successfully completed projects, including its biggest to date, providing mechanical and electrical design and installation services for the £29m St Vincent’s Plaza, in Glasgow.
Mr Carr said: “With regard to opening in Scotland, we see a great opportunity to replicate what we have done in the region to establish an autonomous regional office, serving its local market with a local resource of high-calibre construction professionals.
“To that end, we have appointed director Derek Reid to head the office. Derek is well-known in Scotland and the North East of England from his previous role with a leading building contractor.
“Although trading conditions remain challenging, we see a confidence returning to the industry across the UK and, based on the Scottish Building Federation’s Q1 trading figures, we are confident that the time is right to make this decision.”
The Hebburn company is also involved with current work on the transformation of Newcastle Central Station.