Leisure sector contractor Medlock FRB claims the country’s biggest chains still have expansion firmly on their mind after beginning contracts totalling £4.5m over the past five weeks.
The work is all for pubs and restaurants being opened or refurbished in the north west and Yorkshire.
Medlock has begun new-build schemes for Greene King’s Farmhouse Inn chain at the Logistics North business hub in Over Hulton, Bolton, and at Hessle in Hull, near the Humber Bridge.
The 60-strong outfit is also on-site in Leeds city centre, where it is converting a former restaurant into a new Manahatta Bar for ARC Inspirations. The 5,500 sq ft venue on Greek Street will feature 150 covers.
In addition, Medlock has begun the fit-outs of All Bar One venues for Mitchells & Butlers in Chester and Harrogate, and is refurbishing the Vale Royal Abbey Arms at Oakmere, near Northwich in Cheshire for JW Lees and The Roebuck at Urmston, Greater Manchester, for Joseph Holt.
Medlock finance director, Colin Drury (main picture), said: “We are thrilled to hit the ground running in 2017, with £4.5m of construction and fit-out projects in the leisure sector.
“The repeat business for existing customers including national chains and important regional clients is a vote of confidence in our ability to deliver fast-track projects to a high quality. It shows the sector remains buoyant following excellent trading results for the Christmas period.”
Medlock posted record annual revenues of £25m in 2015 and expects to report strong figures for its most recent full year.
The company says it is benefiting from the UK’s casual dining boom. Its client base in this sector includes national players such as Casual Dining Group, JD Wetherspoon, All Bar One, Pizza Express, Miller & Carter and Bella Italia, as well as regional operators.