Cruden Group set to consolidate Central Belt construction business

Property development and construction group Cruden has taken an important strategic step to combine its construction activities in the central belt of Scotland.

Following the successful rebranding of Hart Builders last April to Cruden Building (East), the management and operations teams of Cruden Building East and West have worked together to establish a cohesive construction offering.

Now Cruden will consolidate its construction activities across Scotland, as 180 employees from Cruden Building (East) will transfer to Cruden Building (West) to create a single construction company, made up of almost 500 employees. This combined business will shortly be renamed Cruden Building (Scotland) Limited.

With a combined turnover of around £170m, the business will have the scale and operational capability to invest further in its people and meet the challenges of the changing construction landscape. This is especially relevant as the company moves forward with its sustainability and modern building methods programs.

The business will continue to operate from its two bases, in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and will therefore deploy its similarly experienced workforce locally, with clients benefiting from no disruption to existing and construction projects. pipelines.

Since its inception in 1943, the Cruden Group has built or modernized over 135,000 homes for the public and private sectors. The group currently delivers around 1,200 properties each year, or almost one in fifteen homes built in Scotland. Cruden is also currently delivering the design of the country’s first net-zero housing development and building Scotland’s first social housing estate to Passivhaus standard on site.

Allan Callaghan, Managing Director of the combined Cruden Building business, said: “One of our key areas of focus is building sustainable, energy efficient homes as Scotland aims to achieve net zero emissions. carbon by 2045. Bringing together the collective skills of our Building workforce as part of a cohesive building supply will allow us to accelerate our efforts to deliver the Net Zero homes Scotland so badly needs for the future.

Cruden Group Managing Director Kevin Reid said: “This is an important step in the evolution of Cruden and has been our strategic intent for several years. Creating a grassroots building activity within the group, with a common management and culture, will provide a number of benefits, including greater consistency of approach and the facilitation of best practices and knowledge sharing. as we strive to continuously develop innovative ways of working.

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