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Diversity key as Cube3 squares up to big year

A SIGNIFICANT project on the doorstep, combined with major contracts around the country, have seen Cube3 Construction start 2017 in buoyant fashion.

Diversity key as Cube3 squares up to big year

The award of the project management and civils work for a calcination plant at Knauf's Drywall site in Immingham is a major win for the North Killingholme business, with works now underway.

Graham Marshall, director, said: "We have worked extensively for them since we set up six years ago, building on a previous relationship. We have done lots of small and medium-sized contracts and we have been helping them with this major expansion since the early part of last year."

The investment on Queens Road focuses on the recycling of gypsum products to increase production.

From the banks of the Humber to the Mersey, and in Liverpool a £2.5 million contract is on site, providing two transit sheds, massive silo foundations, roads and weighbridges at Canada Dock, Liverpool.

The client is Bulk Powder Terminals, and was impressed by work completed in New Holland.

"It is a big job with a short duration," director Tony Quirke said. "The client had been in the area to explore options, to import into local facilities, and had seen what we had done before with bulk storage.

"It was a new client, they saw it, liked it and asked for details."

Now 5,000 sq m of transit sheds and bases for 15,000 tonnes of silo are emerging

While two industrial contracts span the north, Cube3 has just completed an extension to Gusbourne Winery in Appledore, Kent, providing a large distribution store.

It has also led to an intriguing domestic commission it is in discussions with, for Tom Dixon OBE, a highly respected lighting designer.

"The client there, the architect at Gusbourne, and the firm of quantity surveyors, liked what we did and said they have another job that was out of the ordinary – a water tower conversion. We have been down, and had a look, but it was on hold for a little while for planning, but now back up and running."

A steel structure is being added to bring three lower floors in what is described as a "challenging space."

"It is interesting to us as it is a high profile client and location," Mr Marshall said.

Back on home turf and local development company Belgrave Land was a recent client for a 4,000 sq ft retail scheme off Sheffield Parkway, the major route into the South Yorkshire city. It is set to feature Subway, Greggs, Burger King and Card Factory.

Last year, after six years of trading, Cube3 turned over more than £8 million, and this year the order book at the end of January was in excess of £7 million. It carries a team of 15 permanent staff, with a pool of local sub-contractors.

"Diversity is massive thing for us," Mr Quirke said. "You can get a lot of customers in one sector, but if that goes quiet it causes all manner of problems."

"We feel there is still a lot of confidence out there, but there might be the Brexit fall-out to come," Mr Marshall added.

"Time will tell, but the period since the Brexit vote has surprised a lot of people."

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