Welwyn Garden City construction firm unveils new offices

PUBLISHED: 11:24 23 October 2011 | UPDATED: 13:38 23 October 2011

managing director John Homer with staff.

managing director John Homer with staff.

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A CONSTRUCTION firm is settling into its new, larger Welwyn Garden City offices – after doubling the size of the business in just three years.

Morgan Sindall facts

The company was founded in 1977 by John Morgan and Jack Lovell, as an office fit out firm called Morgan Lovell. It was renamed Morgan Sindall plc in 1994.

Today, the Morgan Sindall Group group has an annual revenue of £2billion and operates through five divisions of construction and infrastructure, affordable housing, fit out, urban regeneration and investments.

The company has 30 offices across the country, including WGC, as well as one in France and one in Switzerland.

Recent key project wins for the WGC office include a £5m scheme with Aylesbury vale District Council to build a three storey office conference centre, and a £5.5m contract with Brent Council to refurbish and extend two schools.

Staff at Morgan Sindall have made the short trip from Falcon Way to a new 7,000 sq ft office at Falcon Gate, just over the road in Shire Park.

The move comes as the company, which specialises in building large, sustainable structures for both the public and private sectors, celebrates yet more big-money contract wins.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times was invited to the company’s new base to meet managing director John Homer, to talk about Morgan Sindall’s expansion, and for a tour of the premises.

“We took the decision that we needed to move,” Mr Homer said.

“In the last three years we’ve doubled the size of the business and we need to move on in order to realise the potential for future growth.”

The new offices are designed for staff constantly on the move.

The large, glass-fronted, open plan office features a large number of “hot desks” for staff only spending a short time there before heading out to a site. A small “wi-fi pod” also allows visitors and employees quick and easy internet access if needed.

“You get the best out of people if they feel appreciated and have a nice place to work in,” Mr Homer said.

Morgan Sindall is part of the Morgan Sindall Group, an international construction company with more than 30 offices across the UK and part of Europe.

But Mr Homer said each office is very much a product of the location it is based.

“We’ve got this over-arching national presence but we’ve got to think locally as well,” he said.

“We want to do well in the communities that we operate in.

“WGC is particularly useful for network links. In terms of road and rail, and Stansted and Luton airports, the business park is excellent.”

Much of Morgan Sindall’s success comes from the company’s presence on several major construction frameworks.

The company has been appointed to the £500m, four-year Smarte East Alliance Framework, as well as the Improvement and Efficiency South East Framework, which is used to procure public sector building projects.

“We’re fortunate that we’re building on our successes,” Mr Homer said.

“It’s still pretty tough if you don’t have the customers and you’re chasing down individual projects.”

Ultimately, however, success came down to the basic principles of quality, customer care and pride in the work.

Mr Homer added: “It’s caring about what you do and being proud of what you produce.”


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