One of Huddersfield’s longest established businesses is moving into 2016 with new projects and a plan to diversify into housing.
Initially established in 1802, Radcliffe Construction Ltd is based in Huddersfield and works across West Yorkshire and the M62 corridor, predominantly in construction project management for the industrial and commercial markets. 2015 was a busy year, which saw turnover increase by nearly 15 per cent, including a 2,000 sq m industrial unit with 350 sq m offices in Brighouse.
Paul Radcliffe, Director, said: “The majority of our work is in the industrial and commercial markets, covering a wide spectrum of industries, whether it be manufacturing, food and drink, education or retail. And the size of jobs is wide ranging; it might be a £2,000 civil project or a £3m industrial unit.
Unit Zero was one of the larger projects, and despite uncovering substantial unknowns, it was still completed within budget and on time, and is now home to digital printers Pure Innovations.
“As with most projects, the biggest hurdle was getting out of the ground, but more so with this. We obviously knew we would find obstructions in the ground as the old brickworks building was demolished only to ground level, but the extent of what we found – huge brick cellars and foundations – was unprecedented. Also, as we were on the flood plain, the entire site was raised to minimize the risk of flooding. Thankfully for the client, this proved to be beneficial as they were not affected by the recent devastating floods, whereas unfortunately, immediate neighbours were not so lucky.
Looking to the future, Paul is hopeful that the market is picking up now and moving forward.
He said: “As well as new contracts starting in early 2016, we have existing long term partnerships with clients in both the food and drinks industry, along with a lift company who we carry out over 25 jobs a year for. We have really concentrated in recent years to make sure the correct management is in place for these partnerships to thrive and this is starting to bear fruition, which has allowed us to expand elsewhere.
For example, we have recently purchased a piece of residential land that has just been successful in planning for five houses, and are looking one other.