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Customer spotlight: Casa Properties trebles its workforce

A local property developer has more than trebled its workforce to cope with the high demand of specialist construction and extension projects involving unique and historic buildings.

Peppard Building Supplies customer Casa Property Development Ltd in Harpenden, Hertfordshire is expanding its portfolio by employing more apprentices ranging from carpenters, plasterers and electricians to fulfil their increasing programme of work.

Casa’s current projects range from a £1.5million extension on a 17th century barn to a garage conversion attached to a period Berkshire house.

Its director, Peter, explained: “We have a firm plan in place for the future development of the business and are expanding significantly thanks to the support of our colleagues at Hertfordshire estate agents Ashtons and Bearwood Property Consultancy in Reading who recommend our work to their clients.

“We pride ourselves in bespoke work, particularly of historic buildings such as farmhouses, barns or even civic halls that require extensions or renovations and this type of niche work is what we’ve become recognised for.”

During the past few months the firm has increased its workforce from three to 10 and created an apprenticeship scheme to bring new talent into the business.

“During the general slump in the market, we saw a period when many young people no longer trained as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers or plasterers,” Peter said.

“This left a void in the job market which gradually is being filled as the construction business is on the up-turn.

“All we need now is enough tradespeople in our workforce to allow us to expand further. Our apprentices will be trained to a high standard and over the next 18 months then we will look for further expansion opportunities.

“It’s a pleasure to see our young apprentices develop their skills to become fully fledged craftspeople.”

The depth and range of work undertaken by the company in the past sixth months has been diverse and challenging.

It includes the creation of lift shafts in a civic centre, a 350 square metre renovation of a property in Fleet and an 18-month project to renovate a 17th century farm complete with eco heating and sustainable features.

The company, which was established 14 years ago, undertakes the majority of its work in the Berkshire and Hertfordshire regions with four developments, including extensions and renovations, currently being undertaken in the Reading area alone.

“We pride ourselves in getting to know our clients and working alongside them as we carry out all manner of work on their behalf, from wiring a garage to a new-build property,” Mr Styles added.

“We began using Peppard Building Supplies two years ago and we are very pleased with the service, particularly as they often respond so quickly during a period of emergency.

“With such dependable merchants on hand, we are confident of getting the supplies we need to keep our business growing.”


Posted on June 4, 2015 by Claire Savage