Annandale Design wins £800,000 of new metalworker contracts

Graeme Frew

Kilmarnock-based metalwork fabricator, Annandale Design, has won over £800,000 of new business in the last three months resulting in extensive investment in the team and company infrastructure.

With a 2016 financial year turnover of £1.6m, the wins have had a significant effect on the company’s growth projections including the investment in three new tradesman positions, and the hiring of a new apprentice within their established Apprentice Scheme at the Kilmarnock workshop and office.

Over 70% of the new contract appointments have originated from referrals including Brodick Ferry Terminal redevelopment, Edinburgh’s exclusive Quartermile development and Edinburgh Gateway Station at Gogar.

Work on these projects includes the design and manufacture of two bespoke feature staircases, production and installation of a number of glass balustrades and barriers and stainless steel handrails.

The specialist metalwork firm negotiated an overall agreement with well-known contractors BAM, who they have an ongoing agreement with, on three further projects at Barrhead High School, Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton and University of Glasgow’s state of the art Imaging Centre of Excellence.

Paul Carle, Construction Manager at BAM said,

“We have worked with Annandale Design on many occasions and have always found the team to be diligent and professional, producing excellent quality of work, and always finishing the project on time and to a high standard. We are looking forward to working with the team again in the coming months on our current projects at ICE and Barrhead Schools and are confident that our strong working relationship will produce fantastic results.”

As a result of the new contract wins and company growth, Annandale Design is investing in training Craig Browning, former workshop worker, for the role of a draughtsman and has promoted him to the drawing office. Training and development has been an integral part of the company strategy for Annandale Design with six other employees recently completing IPAF and PASMA training and certification.

Graeme Frew, Operation’s Director commented, “2016 has been an incredibly busy and exciting year for us. We are delighted to have been appointed to these recent new projects, allowing us to invest in our infrastructure and equipment, but also our team who are the most important aspect to our business.

“Over the next 12-18 months, we hope to continue to grow our family business and team, move into new markets in the UK and reach a £2m turnover.”