New schools in Tay­side boost prof­its at Robert­son

Firm also car­ried out re­fur­bish­ment of Perth The­atre

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - BUSINESS - ROB MCLAREN busi­ness@the­

The con­struc­tion com­pany be­hind the re­fur­bish­ment of Perth The­atre and sev­eral ma­jor schools projects in Tay­side has re­ported a rise in prof­its.

Robert­son Group Ltd saw its turnover in­crease by 29% to £572 mil­lion for the year end­ing March 31. Pre-tax prof­its rose from £20.3m to £26.1m.

As well as the re­cently com­pleted restora­tion of Perth The­atre, the com­pany has also built the new Har­ris Academy in Dundee, com­mu­nity cam­puses in Brechin and For­far, Ward­dykes Pri­mary School in Ar­broath and Sid­law View Pri­mary School in Dundee.

It also car­ried out a re­fur­bish­ment of the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice hub at Ma­calpine Road in Dundee.

Chair­man Wil­liam Robert­son said the com­pany’s or­der book was in ex­cess of £1 bil­lion, a record level.

He said: “As a re­sult of the track record and di­ver­sity of Robert­son Group, we have now firmly es­tab­lished our­selves as a sig­nif­i­cant niche in­fra­struc­ture provider who can de­liver ma­jor projects in ex­cess of £100m and who is a trusted part­ner in many pub­lic and pri­vate-sec­tor frame­works.

“We have also shaped the busi­ness to a place where we are cov­er­ing a greater ge­og­ra­phy, and will con­tinue this strat­egy of or­ganic, ge­o­graph­i­cal ex­pan­sion.

“The broader skill set we have cre­ated is giv­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to be more se­lec­tive on the value of projects we pro­cure.

“Our ma­jor projects team now has the ca­pa­bil­ity to un­der­take sig­nif­i­cant projects through­out the UK.”

The com­pany runs 22 di­vi­sions in­clud­ing Robert­son Tay­side, which op­er­ates from Ge­orge Buck­man Drive in Dundee.

The ma­jor projects divi­sion is on site at the new £251m Aberdeen Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre and the new £60m Bal­four hos­pi­tal de­vel­op­ment in Orkney.

The num­ber of peo­ple em­ployed by the group rose by 19% dur­ing the year to 1,943.

A fo­cus on in­vest­ing in youth has seen the com­pany em­ploy 114 peo­ple un­der the age of 24, in­clud­ing 48 ap­pren­tices.

Mr Robert­son added: “Over the last few years we have po­si­tioned Robert­son Group to cap­i­talise on what we per­ceive as a changed but sus­tain­able mar­ket of­fer­ing con­sid­er­able growth op­por­tu­nity.

“Our group or­der book is stronger than it ever has been, at a value of £1bn.

“This vis­i­bil­ity in our or­der book, in con­junc­tion with the in­her­ent strength of our bal­ance sheet, pro­vides us with con­fi­dence for the group in the short, medium and long term.”

Pic­ture: Kris Miller.

Brechin Com­mu­nity Cam­pus was con­structed by Robert­son at a cost of £26 mil­lion.

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