10:14am Wednesday 1st May 2013
By Robbie MacDonald
A CONSTRUCTION firm is booming after it won two key projects.
Artez will now expand its client base across the UK after being appointed by glass recycling company, Reuse Glass to undertake reinforced concrete substructure works at its Knottingley depot in West Yorkshire.
Reuse is extending its plant at the site and replacing machinery and Artez has been appointed to carry out all the civil engineering and builder’s work before the firm’s new machinery is delivered from Germany.
The contract is the latest in a series of projects Artez, which is based in Springfield Court, off Manchester Road, has undertaken across Yorkshire in recent months.
Founder Mike Banton, who grew up in Bolton, said: “We have undertaken some fantastic work recently. We completed works at Bradford Odeon last year and last month were appointed on a contract by York University. There seem to be some great opportunities in the area and we are delighted to expand our portfolio again with this latest contract.”
Meanwhile in Nottingham, Artez has been appointed by The Everlast Group, where it will work in conjunction with Everlast Waterproofing carrying out re-roofing and brickwork restoration works on the city’s railway station.
This will be the Bolton firm’s second Nottingham project in the past 12 months.
Mr Banton said its client base now covers most of the UK with other current projects in Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool, Cheshire and London.
He added: “We have developed a business that is bringing something new to the construction sector. My primary aim is to professionalise the industry, offering clients more than standard building practices allow. Because of this commitment we are finding more and more good projects to work on.”
Artez was founded in 2010 by Mr Banton, who is a former director at Urban Splash, and still does consultancy work for them.
Urban Splash was a pioneer of regeneration schemes in northern cities, often turning derelict mills or run-down city buildings into new housing and mixed-use developments.
Other current Artez construction projects include refurbishment work to Albert Bridge House in Manchester city centre and at Victoria Station in London.
The firm has built up a turnover of more than £2 million in what has been the construction and property sector’s most challenging era.
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