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Building

Manchester milestone - GRAHAM office celebrates 5 years

Author: Gary Hughes

Posted: 6 Jun 2018

GRAHAM’s Manchester office is celebrating five years in the region by unveiling a secured forward order book of £180m.

GRAHAM – one of the UK’s leading contractors – opened its first North West office in Manchester city centre in 2013, with just three employees. The business now directly employs more than 100 members of staff from its Salford HQ, and has gone from a turnover of £4m in its first year to £64m in 2018.

The North of England division works across a number of regions, with high-profile projects delivered and currently on-site in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Lancaster, Leeds, Sheffield, York and Halifax.

Over the past five years, GRAHAM has also committed to strong community engagement, and supporting skills and employment opportunities. This has led to:

Gary Hughes, Regional Director, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by everyone across the North of England division – to go from what was essentially a standing start in Manchester, to where we are now, is phenomenal.

“The support we received from the business community and also the local authorities – particularly Manchester City Council – was encouraging right from the off. It has always been our aim to become part of the fabric of the Greater Manchester region and the wider North of England, and to give back through community engagement wherever possible.

“Northern cities such as Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester are undergoing major regeneration in both commercial and residential sectors, and we are excited to be involved in so many expansive projects with wide-reaching impacts.”

GRAHAM provides a wide range of services from its Salford base, incorporating building and construction, civil engineering and interior fit-out work.

Projects in the North of England include the recently awarded 383-bed BTR development at Strand Street on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront, PRS schemes with developers Manchester Life and Glenbrook in Manchester city centre, and the £22m transformation of the Grade I listed Piece Hall and Central Library and Archive in Halifax.

As part of its long-term vision for growth, GRAHAM has just completed a rebranding exercise, centred on ‘delivering lasting impact’ with its focus on people and its intention to remain at the forefront of the industry.

New brand

The new branding will see the business place its divisional names all under the GRAHAM title, with a new streamlined logo, all pointing to a forward-thinking organisation with a bright future. The new branding can now be seen across all GRAHAM offices and site hoardings, with a rollout on its van fleet also under way.

GRAHAM’s Group Executive Chairman Michael Graham said: “Our business has evolved significantly in the last 25 years, however. We are operating at an entirely different level now in a market that has changed enormously. The way we communicate needs to reflect that shift.

“But this isn’t ambition for turnover growth or maximising profits. We are ambitious about what we can help achieve for a society that needs more homes, better hospitals, schools and infrastructure, first rate commercial space and leisure facilities that make downtime as rewarding as possible – high quality projects that are built to last.

“We are a trusted and reliable business and have been since day one. We have built solid and strong relationships with clients and our supply chain network. We listen to all of our partners and strive to deliver beyond specification.”

Further successes within the past 12 months have included GRAHAM achieving Platinum Investors in People and being named Building Magazine’s Major Contractor of the Year.