• 19 July 2021
  • News,

Tolent has been shortlisted in the residential construction excellence category at the national Construction News awards.

The award recognises the most outstanding work by a contractor, developer or housebuilder who can demonstrate evidence of a successful strategy, high quality residential schemes and a commitment to local planning, innovation and sustainability.

The multi-disciplined contractor has grown its residential arm over the last five years which has seen an increase in delivering affordable housing projects across the North East for a range of clients.

Due to its success, which has seen turnover for this area of the business increase by 170% in the same five year period, in 2019, the business announced its plans to expand its residential arm into the Yorkshire region.

The team has already secured £25m of work this year in this region, adding to the £56m secured in the North East, proving its credentials as a contractor of choice.

Despite challenges faced in 2020, Tolent successfully handed over 11 projects in the year, delivering a total of 299 homes to clients, and have already delivered more than 200 to date this year.

“We’re not just your average residential contractor,” said regional director, Chris Price.

“Our end-to-end service which can include anything from land acquisition, helping to secure finance, planning, design, construction, sales, marketing and aftercare, means that clients can engage us at any part of the development lifecycle.

“We soon become an extension of the team for our clients, understanding their needs and those of their customers, who are often some of the more vulnerable people in the communities we work in.”

Aside from its construction efforts, the Gateshead-based contractor has also been working to ensure it delivers on its commitment to inspiring the next generation of construction workers.

Due to the ongoing restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the team’s usual activities of hosting site visits, supporting school career events and general engagement with local education establishments have been unable to go ahead. 

With a commitment to helping young people into construction careers, the team set to work to create a suite of online materials to ensure the focus on jobs in the industry was not lost and provide schools with some valuable resources at a time when they’ve needed it most. 

Activities now freely available to schools and colleges include a video on the importance of health and safety, a guess the construction career task and a live Q&A event discussing careers in construction.

Andy McLeod, CEO of Tolent, said: “I’m incredibly proud of everyone involved in this project who continue to uphold our reputation as a considerate contractor, going above and beyond what is asked of them and making a real difference to our communities.

“With more than 230,000 construction jobs expected to be created in the next five years, it’s important we engage with school learners now to promote the choice and quality of roles within the industry. We all know how important careers advice and support is for schools, and without being able to get access to the schools this year, I’m delighted we’re still able to support where it’s needed.”

All the winners will be announced at the Construction News Awards on Wednesday 15th September 2021.