Amiri Construction was formed in 2005 by Grahame Pettit and Kevin Lendon with investment from a leading regional businessman. The intention was, and continues to be, to develop the best regional contracting business—with a culture and brand quality that sets it apart from the competition. Drawing on time spent working with other companies and six years of working together in the region theyhave been able to create a business that is exciting, vibrant and possesses a commitment and determination to deliver real quality construction to it’s clients.
Within weeks of setting up home in Fareham Amiri were awarded our first project (above). As well as being delighted to have secured turnover so quickly it was great to see an award from a client that had worked extensively with Grahame and Kevin in the past and was so ready to accept the new Amiri brand. This loyalty continued with the nextproject, a new sports hall at Farnborough 6th Form College, This was the fourth project carried out on that campus by the management team and also allowing us to employ the Senior Site Manager, Adrian Harvey, that carried out the previous three!
And so it continued, each project awarded was a reflection on loyalty shown to the business by clients and consultants with whom we had previously worked. This allowed Grahame and Kevin to show the loyalty to both staff and supply chain partners that had helped them achieve success in the past. With the recruitment of more staff, old and new friends, the business took on the familiar enthusiastic feel that epitomised their workplaces in the past. This passion and enthusiasm was demonstrated by the success of the projects on site, in the Report and Accounts for 2005 and in the enjoyment everyone took in the social activities, even the Chichester 10k run which was undertaken in order to raise money for some of our clients favourite charities.
Into 2006 with an excellent order book and Amiri Constructionwas able to demonstrate excellent project delivery for many repeat clients, superb financial performance, an ability to provide solutions to suit clients needs and a project experience that keeps people coming back to us. Some of the highlights of the second year included:
So where did Amiri go from there? Our aim continued to be to generate a sustainable business turning over £20m and generating decent margins whilst giving exceptional service. We continued to delight our existing clients and our ability to draw on our knowledge and experience and offer excellent construction solutions has already been illustrated by the pods that we have designed, built and installed within the wider SEGRO supply chain.
We continued to make inroads into the Public Sector now that we are able to demonstrate financial prudence and a history of delivering projects. We recruited, when necessary, but only exceptional people that were able to demonstrate the same level of passion and commitment to delivering for clients in the region.
This was demonstrated in our 2007 Report and Accounts where our financial results consolidated nicely with turnover increasingly slightly but the margin improved significantly.
2008 saw Amiri well placed to take the next step on the growth ladder. Turnover will be up to around £17.5m and margin should remain very positive (results will be published in March 09). This has been achieved with an increased volume of work but also a slight rise in the average project value. Once again this has been with the help of our industry friends, both clients and consultants, who continue to reward our excellent delivery with repeat business.
Among the negotiated and repeat was the stunning transformation of a tired office building in Winchester to a cutting-edge development that our client, for whom this was our third project, was able to let in less than four weeks!
The year also saw us working on some very different projects, including the £2.6m design and build of accommodation, retail unit and workshops for the Emmaus charitable trust. This building will allow the charity to take homeless people off the streets and off benefits and give them the life skills to re-integrate successfully into society. The scheme is “commercially green”and includes such sustainable elements as the sedum roof. Amiri fully bought into this ideal and is working with it’s supply chain partners to build the project in a sustainable manner. Amiri and our supply chain partners saved180 lorry movements and 40,000 cuft of landfill by treating the ground rather than carting away the existing poor subsoil and importing fill materials. We also recycled waste materials used in the construction of the scheme and with our waste management partner, Hippo, recycling more than 80% waste on the project. The project achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.
Our open and approach was also welcomed by another charity, the Elizabeth Foundation for whom we provided a first floor extension to their existing pre-school building whilst providing temporary accommodation and ensuring that their charity continued to operate it’s excellent assessment and education programme. We fully understand that every pound spent in capital on the construction of the building is a pound that is lost to the running of the facility and that this impacts directly on fundraising activities. For this reason we are pro-active in working with the client and consultants to ensure that the absolute best value for achieved and also fundraising and public relations activities.