Professional Concrete Pumping (formerly Pochins) has been awarded a two-year sole supplier contract for Skanska which will include work on the £191 million M1 junction 19 improvement project.
It will supply all mobile and static concrete pumps for the project which is due to open to traffic in the autumn of 2016.Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne visited the site this month to reinforce the government's commitment to investing in traffic infrastructure improvements
Managing director Peter Liddle said: "Our commitment to expanding the company, our faith in the economic recovery and the upturn in the construction industry have been translated into an ambitious unprecedented £5.2 million investment in new plant. This will see our mobile fleet grow by more than 25% by August this year and more than quadruple our static and placing boom capacity. This looks set to be a record-breaking year for us and many of our suppliers and customers.
The David Cameron and George Osborne visit to the M1 site coincided with an announcement that Skanska is creating 1,500 new jobs over the next two or three years and follows CITB research showing that the construction industry as a whole needs to recruit more than 36,000 workers a year over the next five years to keep pace with a faster than expected recovery.
Professional will play a key role in work at the interchange, which has seen 250 deaths and serious injuries occur over the past two decades. Improvements are aimed at relieving congestion and improving traffic safety for the 142,000 vehicles which use it every day, providing direct free flow links between the M1 and A14, M6 and A14 and M1 and M6 and will include six new bridges.
The Skanska M1 contract is the latest in a clutch of major road and rail infrastructure projects for Professional. Other contracts include work for Betts on the new Heysham to M6 link road, emergency repairs to the storm ravaged railway line in Dawlish, and multi million pound extensions to tram systems in Birmingham and Nottingham.