News First £1million Contract Service Connections

A North East utility infrastructure business has secured its first £1million contract.

The work, on a major mixed use town centre regeneration project for Yorkshire based Dransfield Properties, comes at a time in which Services Connections Ltd. is experiencing unprecedented growth.

It will see the Northumberland based company project manage and deliver the gas, water, electricity and telephony connections for the £42million scheme on a 28 acre site in Stocksbridge, near Sheffield.

The Fox Valley scheme has attracted over £8 million from the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund, managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Being built by Henry Boot Construction, It will deliver 114 new homes as well as 32 retail units and high spec offices, which will create around 160,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.

Keith Macaulay, managing director at Service Connections, said: “When developers are working on challenging projects it is exceptionally difficult to organise utilities with all of the individual providers involved. By adopting a proactive, holistic and experienced approach to the implementation of these services, we are able to work with the client to deliver a smoother transition in keeping with the schedule of the build programme.”

“We are delighted to win our first £1million contract which will mean turnover will more than double in 2015. It shows the strength of the construction industry recovery and allows us to invest in new people and new technology.

“A sound expansion model has enabled us to bid for and win new work and we will be recruiting new employees in the coming months. We have expanded our North East office and are considering potential office space in Yorkshire, which would provide us a base in an area that is extremely important to the business.”

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Service Connections has also recently started work on a project in Hull for Dransfield Properties, which specialises in town and district centre schemes.

Managing director, Mark Dransfield, said: “Fox Valley is the most ambitious scheme we have worked on during our 23 year history. It is a large, former industrial site and ensuring we manage the utilities correctly at this early stage is a crucial part of the scheme’s success.

“We are pleased to be working with Service Connections which has the right expertise to work on a project of this scale and complexity. They don’t just put pipes and cables in the ground but devote great attention to detailed preparation ensuring potential pitfalls are identified and avoided – making schemes less stressful and avoiding delays.”

This innovative approach has seen Service Connections secure new contracts nationwide – with the largest proportion in the North of England – and has seen projected turnover grow from £300,000 to over £2.25 million in a single year.

The company is working on a number of other high profile projects across Yorkshire – an area that has been key to its growth. These include a mixture of residential and retail development in Castleford, Hull, Guisely, Liversedge near Dewsbury and Pontefract. These schemes will deliver connections for approximately 790 homes.

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