Although it is very much a national company, carrying out a diverse range of projects across the country, Portsmouth-based Vale Southern Construction has retained a close link with its home city and the local community. This was further underlined when it announced a two-year sponsorship with Portsmouth Football Club last year.
“Even though we operate nationally, we’re keen to raise awareness of what we’re about within the local area too so that people know about the standards that we’re able to deliver,” explains Oliver West, Assistant Commercial Manager. “We were therefore delighted to sign the sponsorship deal with Portsmouth FC. We have been long-standing supporters of the club and what better way to show our support than by becoming a club sponsor?
“We are looking forward to seeing what the next two years bring, especially with the plans that the club’s new owners have in place.”
For its part, thanks to the skills and expertise within the business, Vale is able to tackle all kinds of building contracts, from JCT minor works to design and build schemes for private, commercial and local authority clients nationwide. With almost 30 years of experience within the construction industry, the company prides itself on the professional service it can provide.
“Even though we operate nationally, we’re keen to raise awareness of what we’re about within the local area too so that people know about the standards that we’re able to deliver. We were therefore delighted to sign the sponsorship deal with Portsmouth FC. We have been long-standing supporters of the club and what better way to show our support than by becoming a club sponsor?”
Oliver West, Assistant Commercial Manager
In-keeping with the growing reputation that the company is developing, Vale underwent a name change last year, as Mr West outlines: “We were formerly known as Vale Builders Southern Limited but decided that something slightly more professional and corporate–sounding would be more appropriate for the line of work we do now.”
In terms of projects it has been involved in, Vale was recently the main contractor on the eight-month development of a new build Aldi store in Maidstone, which was valued at £2.4m. “It was a green field scheme with additional units built next to the main store,” says Mr West. “It’s the first project of this type that we’ve done for Aldi so we’re hopeful that others will follow. We’ve also been involved in the development of a number of hotels and are keen to build our portfolio in this area too, particularly with the major national operators.”
Within the hotel sector, Vale was involved in the development of The Lodge at Solent, a new concept from Thwaites that has opened in Hampshire. A £5m addition to the four star Solent Hotel and Spa, the Lodge at Solent offers a contemporary design and original features that have been inspired by the local area. In addition to the construction of the 54-bedroom Lodge, the adjoining restaurant Parson’s Collar Pub & Kitchen has also enjoyed a makeover with a new bar and kitchen featuring a wood-fired oven and ice cream parlour.
“Supplementing the growth we’re seeing in the hotel market, the student accommodation sector is also continuing to provide opportunities and we recently completed a 52-week development in Portsmouth that was valued at £4m. It was a former community centre that was converted into student accommodation with a retail unit, a doctor’s surgery and a pharmacy.”
Vale’s ability to turn its hand to a wide variety of work has been built on the strong foundations that the company has established and its ethos of bringing the right people into the business, which is continuing to set it in good stead. “We’re seeing the local authority sector starting to pick up, whilst we’re also seeing more coming through on the residential side too. The entire construction industry is proving quite buoyant currently so we’re looking ahead to 2018 with confidence.
“The aim now is to keep pushing the Vale brand and further raise awareness of what we can offer. A significant proportion of our work is repeat business, which is always a good sign, and we’re keen to keep building relationships with our existing customer base, while at the same time adding new clients to our portfolio. This has been the key to our success and ongoing development as a company and will be the central element to our strategy in the next 12 months.”