'Jem' of a build officially opens as architectural prowess wows

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 19 Dec 2016

BLACKWOOD'S official launch brought many guests a first Christmas party of the year, but for owner JemBuild's managing director Paul Barker it signifies taking the business to a new level.

The impressive premises on Humberston's Wilton Road is a statement project underlining the quality the building contractor can produce.

Home also to the architects behind it, ID Architecture, and well as additional tenant CSi Interiors, the £700,000 investment clad in Siberian Larch is seen as pivotal to taking the company forward.

TEAM PHOTO: ID Architecture team members, from left, Rob Cook, Tom Williams, James Lockwood, Andy Inch and Richard Thornton, pictured at the official opening.

Mr Barker, who was named Wilkin Chapman Business Person of the Year at the 2016 Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards, launched JemBuild with Mark Kitchener five years ago.

He said: "We hope this is an example of just what we can do. The offices will not only showcase every aspect of the services we offer our clients, from concept, design, through to quality construction, but they will enable our business to expand to the next level.

"It is about everything we do, being seen to be different and provide a quality service.

"It feels like a new beginning, but we have a strong brand, which is recognised and in place, and now we have the building. This will enable us to go out there and take on staff, and compete with larger contractors, while still remaining a size where we give close personal service."

Mr Barker said he was very optimistic for 2017, with lots of speculative work underway, as he hopes to welcome plenty of deal completions to the new boardroom, which together with impressive atrium entrance and high vaulted first floor ceilings, adds to the external appeal.

Andy Inch, director of ID, said: "It is brilliant and what we have been working towards for nearly seven years. It is a great building, great to work with JemBuild on it, and it is testament to both businesses, both new businesses have been going for a similar time, so to get to this point and create something of this scale is amazing."

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