£23m of contracts won by Leicestershire building firm
A building firm says it may create jobs after winning contracts worth £23 million.
The work has been won by G Purchase Construction's Leicestershire operation.
It comes as a much-needed boost to the county building sector a week after the shock collapse of well-known business Hallam Contracts, of Oadby.
G Purchase's Loughborough site has secured a series of contracts to carry out repair and maintenance work at housing association properties.
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One of the contracts is to refurbish 3,900 empty homes run by Leicester's Asra Housing Group, which is worth £6 million over five years.
The raft of new business comes two years after G Purchase opened an East Midlands office at Charnwood Business Park, Loughborough.
Director Trevor Graham hinted that the company's 64-strong workforce in the town could increase. "Our growth in the East Midlands has exceeded expectations and our Loughborough base provides us with an ideal location from which to expand operations further," he said.
The Leicestershire business, whose national head office is in Walsall, recently won a five-year deal to maintain 1,900 homes for Melton Borough Council and has been appointed to convert a redundant care home into six general needs flats for Derby-based Futures Housing Group, a project valued at £350,000.
Meanwhile, the Leicester office of Focus Consultants has won a contract worth more than £1 million to carry out fire risk assessments on 1,000 homes for Asra Housing Group, which is based in Bede Island business park in the city.
Keith Butler, a partner at Nottingham-based Focus, said: "Focus Consultants has worked with the Asra Housing Group for several years and we are very pleased to be extending our existing close relationship with the group through this contract."
Award-winning Hallam Contracts went into administration with the loss of more than 100 jobs last week after sub-contractors submitted a winding up petition over unpaid bills worth around £500,000.
Administrators for the 90-year-old group blamed the economic climate.
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