Wharton Construction responds to North East of England Chamber of Commerce survey

recovery of region's economy

Matthew Wharton, a director of Darlington-based Wharton Construction, said the company had secured £7m of work across the Tees Valley during the first six months of 2021, with a further £8m worth of projects expected to get underway by the year end.

Matthew Wharton

Matthew Wharton Director:

“As a building contractor that specialises in commercial and public sector projects, our healthy order book is proof of this region’s economic optimism.Our success is down to our reputation, the dedication of our employees and proactive management.As a result, we are looking to recruit a senior site manager over the summer, but our long-term ambition is to grow the business and create further jobs.”However, he warned that rising inflation is a concern.“We priced a project in Darlington at £2m in March, and that has already increased by £106,000, mainly due to the rising cost of steelwork and cladding.Generally, the cost of construction materials is increasing on a weekly basis. It is a worrying situation and one that could act as a brake on economic recovery.”

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