The original headquarters of one of the region’s top construction firms have been acquired to drive the expansion of a commercial vehicles firm.
The property on Geneva Way, Hull, was designed and built by Sewell Group in 1990 after the company decided that its original converted house was too tight a squeeze.
Now, Sewell Group has decided to merge its teams at its newer complex on the other end of Geneva Way, providing an expansion opportunity for another long-established East Yorkshire firm, Thompson Commercials Limited, which operates seven depots employing 170 people from Boston to Tyneside.
Paul Simpson, managing director of Thompson Commercials, was looking for offices close to the company’s headquarters at Salvesen Way, Hull, to expand his £50 million truck, trailer and van sales and leasing business.
He changed his mind after being alerted to the opportunity at Geneva Way by Garness Jones chartered surveyors.
Paul, who joined the business 38 years ago as an apprentice mechanic, said: “I wanted to centralise various parts of the business including accounts, invoicing, sales admin and leasing and the plan was to do that near our Hull depot but then I saw this place.
“It looks brand new because they built it very well. It’s great value for money and the location is ideal for most of the 30 people who will be working here.
“It’s almost made to measure and it will be a good working environment for everybody, nicely decorated with plush furniture.
“It gives us another platform. We’ve got
Graham Atkins, commercial director of Sewell Group, said the company’s accounts, people and health and safety teams have all moved into the headquarters, which faces Leads Road.
The investments and facilities management divisions have joined them and the construction division is now under one roof in the adjoining Sewell Studio.
Graham said: “Years ago, we were in a converted house in Sutton village with a traditional builders’ yard at the back, and it was a huge decision at the time to move.
“But we bought the land at Geneva Way, put a road in and 27 years ago built an office and lived there for several years without any neighbours, slowly building up the business park down there.
“Now we have outgrown it. We had a dilemma about whether to do a full refurbishment but we also had the opportunity to do that with Geneva Court at the other end of Geneva Way. It’s a bigger footprint and we decided to put the old office on the market.”
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