A young Hartlepool company that operates in the specialised area of façade design for buildings has signed a £500,000 contract just weeks after marking its one-year anniversary.
BEDC, set up by birector Simon Ayre in UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre at Hartlepool, has already more than doubled its office space to cater for an 11-strong team of designers and technical experts with more expected to come on board soon.
The £500,000 contract is part of a £10m project being undertaken by a UK organisation in the education sector and is a significant step up for BEDC.
The company has already secured numerous contracts, worth between £50,000 and £100,000, for new build and refurbishment projects at hospitals, a university, a station and offices in London.
“We have grown considerably faster than all our projections,” said Ayre – above, right – who has 15 years’ experience in engineering and façade design. “There is every likelihood that we will need even more office space soon.”
BEDC moved into a 400 sq ft office in June 2016 but now has 1000 sq ft in the Innovation Centre’s Hub Two to house its eight full time designers, a technical manager, a structural engineer and other staff.
Ayre attributes a lot of BEDC’s success to his decision to invest heavily in 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) software from the outset and provide specialised training for all the company’s design engineers.
“We are amongst the leaders in smaller companies using this system,” he said. “It is why we have a technical manager and there is no doubt that it’s enabled us to work with larger companies and organisations.
“Façade design is a highly specialised area of architectural and engineering practice and the vital importance of getting this part of the building design right has, tragically, been brought into sharp focus recently.
“UK Steel Enterprise has been very supportive, finding us the new office space when we needed it, and the Innovation Centre is an ideal place for us,” he added.
Joan Cook, of UK Steel Enterprise (above, left), added: “Our Innovation Centres are specifically designed to support new and growing businesses and we always do our best to find additional office or workshop space for companies that need it.
“BEDC has grown quickly so we are very pleased that we were able to move the team into the bigger office that they needed.”