North Tyneside contractor Tri Construction is toasting a trio of major contracts after marking its fifth year of trading with record turnover.

The firm was formed when directors Keith Wigham, Graham Urwin and Jack Bruce joined forces, having previously worked for other construction organisations.

The firm, which was originally based in Gateshead’s Team Valley but is now on the Balliol Business Park in North Tyneside, acts as principal contractor in the commercial, industrial, health, and education sectors.

The directors marked the five-year milestone by handing over a new £3.5m engineering test centre for Express Engineering in Gateshead’s Team Valley.

Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and suspending work on-site for four weeks during the first national lockdown, the 48,000 sq ft purpose-built facility was completed on time and on budget and will enable the engineering firm to maintain growth and expansion, creating new skilled jobs.

The company has also won a £2m fit-out project for the rapidly expanding Northern Gas and Power, which will transform its new headquarters in the landmark Riga building in Gateshead’s Baltic Quarter, into new office space.

Spanning 30,000sqft over four floors, the move is backed by a £150,000 grant from the North East LEP’s Energy for Growth Fund as the business looks to create an extra 150 jobs.

In Sunderland, construction is under way on a new 25,000 sq ft megastore for DIY specialists Wickes which will breathe new life into the Pennywell Industrial Estate, as part of an £8m redevelopment of the former Dewhirst clothing factory site by UK Land Estates.

Projects have also been completed for Newcastle Building Society and timber merchants James Latham.

The deals come as the firm posts turnover of £9m, almost three times its first year sales of £3.5m.

Commercial director Mr Wigham, said: “Building strong relationships is key to our business and we are proud that over 70% of our new contracts are from repeat clients. We have also established close links with our supply chain to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget.

“With a number of contracts already secured for this year, we are confident our turnover will to continue to grow.”

Construction director Mr Urwin said: “It has been a whirlwind five years since we started Tri Construction. However, we have grown at a sensible rate to sustain a high-quality service throughout with close involvement from the directors.

“We couldn’t be happier with the projects and clients we are involved with and look forward to the next five years.”

Contracts director Jack Bruce added: “The Covid-19 pandemic certainly brought new challenges, but our team has been fantastic throughout.

“We have continued to invest in the business and our staff and we are excited to be working on some really ambitious projects that aim to drive the North East economy and create jobs.”

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