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Primus raids rival's staff for new interiors arm

The company set up by former directors at Multiplex has poached another man from Wates to joins its interiors business.

Neil Macintosh will join Primus Interiors at the beginning of September once he has left his current job as Wates’s London business unit director.

Primus has raided Wates before with managing director Martin Tidd turning to one of his former employers to land Bill Osborne as its operations director, John Wistow as its commercial director and Eric Smith as head of its new business.

Mr Tidd, who himself left Wates in 2004 to become Multiplex’s UK construction managing director, whose most famous project was the scheme to rebuild Wembley Stadium, said the interiors business was targeting jobs of between £1 and £2 million.

He said Primus Interiors is targeting clients in the London and South-east commercial office market and would be up against the likes of Wates, Como and Ibex for jobs.

He added: “The downturn suits our strategy at the moment because we’re all about upgrading offices. A lot of companies are upgrading what they’ve got rather than moving to new offices.”

Parent company Primus Build, which also has former Multiplex operations director Simon Cook and Dave Redfern, the man in charge of completing Wembley back in March 2007, on its books, is expected to turn over around £35 million this year.

Mr Tidd said its interiors arm would be looking at revenues of £4 million in its first year of trading, tripling them to £12 million the following year.

He wants the business to have a turnover of £35 million in five years’ time.