The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 9 March 2009

Land Engineering announces expansion plans

SCOTLAND’S market leader in the management and construction of city and town centre regeneration projects looks set to achieve significant growth this year with the launch of a new specialist stone division which will create fifty jobs.

[Pictured: Land Engineering management team left to right: John Ronald, Charles Barrett, Ian Wilkinson and Graeme Hadden. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Land Engineering, which employs 500 people at its head office in Fenwick, Ayrshire, and offices in Grangemouth and Edinburgh, has opened a fourth office in Livingston which will be the new headquarters of its recently launched division, Stone Engineering.

Stone Engineering will provide a specialist service within the natural stone industry and will extend Land Engineering’s well established portfolio of civil engineering, public realm, environmental regeneration and renewal schemes, grounds maintenance and soft landscaping services.

The newly launched division is expected to play a significant role in Land Engineering’s growth plans for the year ahead, with the firm predicting a turnover this year of £47million, an increase of 23 per cent on last year, with profits up by £800,000.00 to £2million. This represents an effective doubling of turnover and a five fold increase in profits since 2005.

As part of the growth strategy, Land Engineering constantly seeks to improve their management structure to add benefit to its operations. To facilitate this, they were pleased this year to welcome Janette Anderson, former chief executive of First Engineering to the board of directors.

Managing director John Ronald says the firm has a strong order book for the year ahead despite the economic downturn. “A large proportion of our secured work for the year ahead is providing an extensive range of design and construction solutions in relation to urban renewal and regeneration projects which can range from large scale civil engineering contracts to soft landscaping of play parks and recreational areas.

“With the introduction of Stone Engineering, we will be extending our range of services, and our expertise in natural stone by providing an unrivalled offering to our public and private sector clients in Scotland and the North of England.”

Charles Barrett, who is the commercial director at Land Engineering, will head up Stone Engineering and he is supported by former joint managing directors of Watson Stonecraft, Graeme Hadden and Ian Wilkinson. Together they will form the senior management team responsible for overseeing Stone Engineering’s services, which will include traditional masonry, cladding work and leading edge Rainscreen façades for new build construction; repair and restoration services in stone masonry for historic buildings, internal flooring and surveying, procurement, stone selection, reporting and design.

Commenting, Charles Barrett said: “Stone Engineering will provide a quality of service second to none in the stone cladding and restoration market. We believe this is the right time for us to capitalise on our industry knowledge and expertise in this market with a dedicated and highly skilled management team and workforce. We see this as a tremendous growth opportunity for the future.”

Land Engineering was formed in 1980 in Bridgeton, Glasgow. It has grown from a staff of 40 and a turnover of £150,000 to employing over 500 people and a turnover of nearly £47million.

The company moved to Fenwick in 1990 and has since opened offices in Edinburgh, Grangemouth and more recently Livingston, headquarters of its new division, Stone Engineering.

Further information:

Land Engineering
Head Office
Gardrum House

Tel: 01560 600 811
Fax: 01560 600 818


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