Esh Border Construction builds growth with new contract wins

Simon Phillips
Simon Phillips

Esh Border Construction is building its presence in Scotland with a host of new business wins.

The company commenced its Livingston operation in West Lothian in March last year.

Since then, it has enjoyed a steady pipeline of development and work, with its commitment to the market north of the border resulting in several new Scottish contract wins.

These include:

  • A £2 million deal to extend three local primary schools for West Lothian Council
  • The construction of Midlothian Council’s new £1.9m Eastfield Farm Care Facility

  • A £1.6m contract with NHS Borders to build their new Roxburgh Health Centre
  • Scottish Borders Council Wilton Lodge New Café project worth £900,000
  • A £645,000 deal with City of Edinburgh Council to renovate East Craig Primary School’s gym and assembly hall.

  • The firm has also been appointed to Glasgow City Council’s framework for public sector construction works – with project values between £5 and £15m – the first of which is a £105,000 project to repair parapets on the Balmuildy Bridge in the north of the city.

    Simon Phillips, regional managing director for Scotland, said: “We underlined our commitment to Scotland with the opening of the Livingston office last year, and to date it has proved to be a fantastic springboard for growth, serving to reinforce our business ambitions north of the border.

    “Under the stewardship of John Moore, our construction director for Scotland, the team has enjoyed a strong first year with a fantastic pipeline of work including three local primary schools, new build developments, sympathetic regeneration work, and high quality social housing.

    “While we initially reinforced our position in the south of Scotland, we are now looking to target new opportunities across the central belt, where there is significant investment from both the public and private sectors. That strategy is already yielding results.

    “We have also made some fantastic connections with our subcontractors and suppliers in Scotland and look forward to continuing those great working relationships.”

    This year, Esh Border Construction, as part of Esh Group, placed at 54 on the Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100, which ranks the UK’s private companies with the fastest growing profits over three years.

    The establishment of the Livingston office also witnessed the roll-out of the hugely successful and innovative Esh Border Construction Added Value programmes – including the award-winning Building My Skills.

    So far six schools from five local authority areas have signed up, with plans to further grow the initiative for 2016/17.

    The company also handed grants to seven worthy recipients across Scotland, totalling £6,529, via the Esh Group Communities Scheme.

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