Shepherd Construction has opened its first London office as it bids to raise its profile as a national contractor.
Construction News revealed in October that the York-headquartered company aimed to have a London base up and running early this year.
Now the contractor has taken a 10-year lease on 400 sq m of office space near Kings Cross as it aims to capitalise on the first signs of a recovery in the capital.
Shepherd’s 30-strong South Division team, headed by managing director Ian Cheung, has relocated from offices in Slough to the new base. Projects currently being handled by the division include a £58 million new school project at Holland Park, and a £110m project to deliver new facilities for the Institute of Animal Health at Pirbright in Surrey.
Shepherd Construction chief executive Richard Vining said: “Having a base in London makes perfect sense for us to strengthen our operational base and raise our profile as a national contractor. It also gives us a strong presence in the capital to forge stronger relationships within the construction and property industry while maintaining close links with our other operational bases throughout the UK.
“Our current workload will see 35 per cent of our turnover in the South-east, and we are already in discussions regarding several other projects in London. We are confident that our experience, together with our strength when it comes to understanding what clients and consultants are aiming to achieve with each project, will pay dividends.”
Shepherd Construction has offices in York, Manchester, Leeds, Darlington, St Neots, Birmingham and Liverpool.