Craig Bridges, Graham Construction's regional development director with Elaine Murray, leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council and Deputy Council leader, Rob Davidson.
A construction company which is building four major projects in Dumfries and Galloway has officially opened its first permanent office in the region – situated in Heathhall.
The move expands Graham Construction’s presence in Dumfries and Galloway, where it has been operating since 2013, following its first job in Scotland, delivering work for the MoD in Kircudbright,15 years ago.
Today the entire Graham Group, encompassing construction, civil engineering, interior fit and facilities management has delivered, or is in the process of delivering, more than £2bn of projects in Scotland – with over £80m of these in Dumfries and Galloway.
A total of 28 people from the region are employed by Graham Construction and the firm has created 14 new apprenticeships while supporting 22 existing apprenticeships.
Craig Bridges, Graham Construction’s regional development director said: “It’s exciting to commence the next phase of Graham’s presence in Dumfries and Galloway, building on links to the region which began over 15 years ago but have intensified since 2013.
“We are currently undertaking four major projects on behalf of the local council in partnership with HUB South West, each within the education sector. However, we’re keen to reach out to a wider-network of clients and supply chain partners, with the new base helping us to start these discussions.
“We have created 28 jobs for the region since starting these major projects in 2013 and looking forward we’re confident we can further expand the local team, taking on new employees and sub-contractors, alongside a developed supply-chain.”
Council Leader Elaine Murray said: “Building the local economy is a top priority for our Council and we’re committed to improving skills levels and creating job opportunities. It’s fantastic news that Graham Construction is opening a permanent office in the region employment opportunities delivered by Graham Construction, including apprenticeships, along with the knock-on effects in the supply-chain, are vital in delivering a diverse local economy.”