A thriving Teesside firm is “steeling” itself for more success after going from strength to strength in its first four years in business.
Billingham-based TekBuild began life in 2017 as a subcontract, steel installation business.
It was founded by director Paul Hutchinson, who used to work on the shopfloor, rolling the steel. Paul progressed his career to management level, working for a London-based firm, but saw a gap in the market for a nationwide installation company.
In 2020, Paul brought in Andy Scholes as managing director. Andy has vast experience and has held various senior management and director-level roles with steel companies across the UK, Ireland and abroad.
Seeing substantial growth on the installation business, the two directors have now expanded the Tek group to include three other companies to offer further services to the construction industry: TekConstruct, TekFrame and TekDesign.
TekConstruct is the specialist subcontractor arm of the group and offers the full holistic package for load-bearing, light gauge and hot rolled steel structures including engineering, design, supply and install, supplying the full structural build from concept to completion.
TekFrame is also a specialist subcontractor offering all the above, but specialising in portal buildings for commercial, industrial or agricultural use, with combined or free-standing mezzanine floors also under its remit.
TekDesign, meanwhile, provides a complete engineering and design service for all types of steel structure, using the latest BIM modelling software to design and deliver from concept to design for manufacturing.
Business development manager Anthony Pepper says: “We do literally ‘straight from tender’ to putting the final screw in the frame on site, so we take care of the full package now.
“When we solely installed for our clients, they started asking us to contract for them because they didn’t want that extra headache. But we’ll happily take that on too.”
Two years ago, TekBuild had a couple of people in its Belasis Court office and 15 to 20 people on site.
Now, there are 10 in the office and up to 50 out on site, all local people who live within 20 miles of the company’s headquarters on Teesside.
The firm currently builds frames in three factories across the north but is due to consolidate and move all operations into one new factory and office premises in Middlesbrough, again employing local people and creating more local jobs.
And the order book continues to grow, with several recent and new projects on Teesside. These include the new Mo Mowlam Special School in Redcar, a further academy in Middlesbrough and a student accommodation block in Middlesbrough – “It’s 10 storeys so you’ll definitely see it,” smiles Anthony.
Along with local work, the team continues to work nationwide and is currently building two large structures for the Hull NHS Trust as part of the Covid response initiative, along with projects in London and across the UK.
Anthony adds: “We do anything from two or three-storey houses to commercial, residential, retail or education – the full range.
“But throughout it all, we’re keen to stress we’re a Teesside-based company that’s doing well and expanding, bringing local jobs to local people.”
With more than six decades of collective experience in the workforce, TekBuild is in a good place to build on its reputation of being one of the UK’s foremost steel frame specialists.
And the service it provides has been attracting plaudits, with 2411 Group director Tim Walker calling TekBuild “professional, experienced and knowledgeable”.
And Martin Jamieson, commercial and technical director at FrameClad, adds:
“We have a longstanding relationship with TekBuild both as a customer and client. We work closely with them and value their expertise and professionalism.
“As one of our preferred load-bearing installers, TekBuild are a company that we regularly recommend to our client base – like ourselves, they have and deliver services of the highest standards.”