City Building celebrates successful year of new business wins

City_Building_GlasgowThree new business wins worth more than £2 million have helped Scottish construction company City Building break the £100m milestone in new contracts in the last year.

The first of the new contracts will see the company cover gas services over three years for 600 properties belonging to Thistle Housing Association and a further 1,400 properties over a two year period for Knowes and Faifley Housing Associations.

In addition, City Building has also secured a one year contract extension c£500k from the West of Scotland Housing Association to deliver repairs and maintenance across all its properties with another c£500k contract awarded by Cassiltoun Housing Association.

With an annual turnover approaching £200m, the company also confirmed that £5m was returned to Glasgow City Council last year (up from £3.5m y/e 31 March 2012) to enable further investment in the council’s frontline services. Since 2007, over £41m has been generated in financial returns to the council.

In addition, Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) has secured a second contract in Aberdeen to manufacture and deliver a range of furniture for student accommodation on behalf of Robert Gordon University – all crafted to the highest standard by skilled professionals.

City Building executive director, Graham Paterson, said: “We have vast experience in delivering a range of services to housing associations throughout Glasgow and this looks set to continue.

“These new contract wins are testament to the quality of work consistently produced by our employees, which has enabled us to continue winning business in this area.

“By securing an additional student contract, RSBi has further proved that it is a successful commercial business which happens to employ individuals with disabilities but is more than able to compete successfully in the marketplace.”

Around 50 per cent of RSBi employees have a disability, making it one of the country’s leading examples of social enterprise, successfully combining commercial success with socially responsible practices. The skills of the workforce, in conjunction with advanced production machinery and equipment to cater to their varied needs, ensure that products are manufactured to an exceptionally high standard.

RSBi has already demonstrated that it can successfully deliver student accommodation projects. In January, the factory successfully delivered a contract to furnish 250 student residences for the University of Aberdeen while prior to this, it successfully manufactured and delivered bespoke communal fitted kitchens for students at Dundee University – the first time ever that the company had secured a student accommodation contract outside of Glasgow.

This latest announcement takes RSBi’s contract wins for student accommodation to almost £500K, representing further growth outside of Glasgow in an area the business is keen to develop even further.

The company has delivered a range of projects from providing schools with educational furniture to fitting office furniture for Highlands and Islands Fire & Rescue’s call centre.

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