Fifth generation family-owned construction business, Seddon, has seen substantial growth across the Midlands. The group has seen a 117% turnover in the region since 2018, part of which is the delivery of £94m worth of social housing projects to date. The success has grown from established long-term relationships, with over two thirds of work delivered through two regional partnerships.
The £94m of social housing detail has generated circa 130 jobs in the area with local employment accounting for 82% of regional work and as growth continues, this figure is set to rise.
Peter Jackson, managing director at Seddon Construction said: “We have been quietly working away in the midlands for over 80 years and we are perhaps its best kept secret. Our growth is based upon firm foundations of sustained relationships, cultivated around frameworks and good delivery in challenging times. As a business, we pride ourselves on the relationships that we have in place, and we continue to invest in. By having such collaboration with all stakeholders, it allows us to increase our investment in the West Midlands, bringing further employment and prosperity to the area.”
Seddon has worked with West Midlands housing association, Citizen, for four years. The housing association owns and manages over 30,000 homes across the region. The partnership has grown significantly since the delivery of the £300k Coventry environmental improvements project, Bell Green estate in Coventry, in 2018. The partnership has since led to circa £15m of new build homes in the Coventry area resulting in a £30m relationship for Seddon.
The family-owned contractor was recently awarded a five-year contract from Citizen to deliver fire doors that will play a critical part in safety improvements since the Grenfell tragedy and subsequent Hackitt report. Seddon will also be partnering with Citizen to help towards the refurbishment of homes across their stock with kitchen and bathroom replacements during 2022.
Another integral part of Seddon’s growth has been its relationship with Sandwell Council, which has seen a turnover of £35m for Seddon. The pair are currently working together on Alfred Gunn House, comprising a major internal and external refurbishment to an existing nine-storey tower block, roof extension and loft conversion along with the construction of 16 new homes with significant external landscaping works to the site in Oldbury. The latest value of this project is circa £21m. Works are also currently taking place on Reservoir Road, which is seeing £4.4m of new build properties and an imminent project to start on Britannia Road which will see an additional circa £2.3m delivery of new builds.
Seddon Group recently celebrated its 125th year in business and is the UK’s largest privately owned national contracting businesses. The fifth generation, family-owned business is celebrating this milestone through personal pledges and fundraising for The Christie Charity.