A new outlook

September 3, 2020

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, North East construction company Tolent has continued to thrive – delivering multi-million-pound projects across the UK, including the region’s Nightingale Hospital

No matter what industry you work in or how you’ve been personally affected by the events of this year, most of us now have a new or at least a reshaped outlook for the future.

As a business, Tolent is using this as an opportunity and facing these challenges head on; forging a positive path through 2020 and beyond.

Industry reports detail a hopeful road to recovery for construction, as it stands today, with outputs continuing to grow each month, shining the light on the sector as one of the fastest recovering industry.

There is no doubt that the way we work and the need to adapt to the ongoing challenges we face will continue, but by supporting our people, our supply chain, our clients and our communities, we’re confident of a bright future.

We have maintained a secure position in the market place and currently have 45 live projects across the country, with more than 30 in the North East.

One of the fastest-growing and more prevailing areas of work for us in the North East and Yorkshire at the moment is the residential sector. Through 2020 to 2023, we’ve secured contracts to deliver around 3000 units covering both private and public sector buildings.

This includes some ongoing work across major projects like the £84.5 million mixed-use Milburngate development in Durham, the £120 million Seaham Garden Village that will start early 2021 and some exciting new projects in our pipeline which have a combined value of around £185 million.

New opportunities

One of the most remarkable projects for us this year was the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland.

Leading a region-wide team, including key supply chain partners, the Army and other civic partners, we worked over a three-week period to create a temporary hospital from a vacant industrial building and delivered a facility that included the provision of 460 beds, 32 wards, pharmacy facilities and staff welfare areas.

With more than 80,000 working hours, over 300 workers, some 31 miles of electrical cable and eight miles of copper pipework, the collaborative spirit of the region shone through during this project, and we will all be forever thankful to our NHS staff and other key workers for the service provided to us all during recent months.

Another area where we’re seeing significant growth across the business is work to improve the safety of public and private sector stock. This year alone has seen upwards of £15 million worth of work to reclad a number of hospital buildings and student accommodation units, with new enquiries coming through regularly. And showing some real innovative thinking from our asbestos division, we decided to tailor our current offering to provide a disinfection and sterilisation service back in May.

Our highly experienced teams are suitably trained to carry out this service across domestic properties, care homes, sheltered schemes, public transport, offices, commercial buildings and construction sites and all of our disinfection systems are compatible with the COVID–19 disinfectants detailed by UK Government guidelines.

Our commitment

Tolent’s commitment to our clients, our supply chain, our communities and our people has never been as important to us as it is today.

We successfully handed over seven projects during lockdown, ensuring some housing and healthcare projects that were vital to our communities were delivered when clients needed them most.

And everything we have achieved this year would not have been possible without our people. We continue to invest in a strong and skilled workforce who we know will help support and drive our future growth.


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