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Opco set to start construction of £4.1m Cornwall development

Construction firm Opco will begin work on a new £4.1 million development in Cornwall next month as part of almost £14 million in new contracts since opening a new office in Exeter.

Opco will start work next month for the Nicholas James Group on 16 new apartments and four townhouses with underground parking at the Porthminster Hotel at St Ives in Cornwall which will remain open throughout.

The group have also secured work to design and build a £4.8m, 36 bed extra care facility in Frome for Westbury Partnerships on behalf on the local health authority and a new brewery extension for Hall and Woodhouse in Blandford Forum, Dorset.

The South Wales-based group opened the new centre in Exeter in November and currently employs 12 staff in the region.

Opco regional director for the South West, Bruce MacDonald said: “I am delighted with the significant progress that we have made to date. I am now looking forward to providing our new and existing customers in the South West with the very high levels of service with which Opco has built its reputation over recent years from our Cardiff base.

“Our start in Exeter has been extremely promising. We have secured £13.4m of work over the last four weeks which we are hopeful can be boosted to nearer £15m within the next month.”

Opco recently completed the £4m West Quay Medical Centre in Barry, South Wales and is the main contractor for a £3.5m redevelopment of the National Museum of Wales’ Upper West Wing galleries.

The group has also completed three high-profile South Wales healthcare projects worth a total of some £10m; the £4m Cancer and Genetics research laboratory for Cardiff University, the Paediatrics Pre-Assessment Unit for Cardiff and the Vale NHS Trust plus the £3m Porth Medical Centre for Matrix Medical.

Opco has a forward order book of some £40m and employs 60 staff from its headquarters in Cardiff.

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