Novus celebrates first anniversary

  30 APRIL, 2014
Novus celebrates first anniversary

We're celebrating a successful first year of business following our large-scale rebrand last May.

We have maintained our robust presence in the construction market, consistently winning contracts in our target sectors, which include housing, local authority, hotel and leisure, commercial, health and heritage.

Over the past 12 months, we have vastly expanded our client base, forming partnerships with high profile organisations such as Steelite International, Home Group, Centrepoint and Aspire Housing.

For renowned tableware manufacturer Steelite, we are constructing a new factory extension in Stoke-on-Trent, while for Home Group, we have installed external wall insulation to improve the thermal efficiency of more than 250 homes.

We also won a contract to redecorate and refurbish the stunning Cheltenham Town Hall and completely remodelled and refurbished state-of-the art dog kennels in Hertfordshire for the Royal Vet College.

In the education sector, we have constructed extensions for Ferncumbe Primary School in Warwickshire and Westwood First School in Staffordshire, to create improved learning environments for teachers and pupils.

In Scotland, meanwhile, we won a joint procurement bid to provide services to Manor Estates Housing Association and Melville Housing Association. The five-year contract will see us deliver reactive and emergency repairs and maintenance for both housing associations.

We have continued our ongoing partnerships with long-term clients including Whitbread, Anchor Trust, University of Manchester and social business Bromford.

Throughout the last year we have continued to deliver impressive corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity, and to mark the first anniversary, we are launching our Novus Excellence Awards, which acknowledge and highlight employees who continually go the extra mile in their role.

We have continued to give something back to the community throughout the last 12 months, having carried out work to improve areas of Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent with the help of would-be apprentices, and involved young homeless Bromford residents in the redecoration of their homes.

We also formed a partnership with Stoke school Thistley Hough Academy, as part of Business in the Community’s flagship education programme, Business Class.

Stuart Seddon, our chairman, said: “This year has been a significant one for us and it gives me great pride to know that we are still a robust business that continues to perform strongly in our chosen sectors, and we’re looking forward to many more years of success.”

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We have been chosen to deliver a major housing project in Stoke-on-Trent in a deal worth around £14million.Our Stoke-on-Trent team will be building 85 apartments and 43 houses in partnership with Fortior Homes, the housing company owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, on Lichfield Street, Hanley.Work on the site will begin in December with completion set for September 2020. The development will consist of a range of two and three-bedroom houses and one and two-bedroom apartments.Novus were appointed to the contract following a competitive tendering process.Dean Povey, Operations Manager at Novus, said: “As a national contractor that calls Stoke its home, we can’t wait to get started on this exciting project.“The development will provide quality homes for private rent and market sale for the city’s people a stone’s throw from Stoke-on-Trent’s shopping, nightlife and business centre.“As the first project we’ve worked on with Fortior Homes we’re looking forward to building a lasting relationship.”Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “We are committed to providing quality housing for our residents at all stages of life – and to ensuring that different types of accommodation are available to meet everyone’s needs. By providing new-build homes in this location we will be making sure we don’t lose people to other areas who want to live in this kind of accommodation, but are struggling to find somewhere suitable.“There has been a significant amount of investment in the city centre and the infrastructure to support businesses. This is a way of continuing that support by providing the homes for those attracted to the city by the new business environment in a spot readily accessible from the centre.“It is also fantastic news that a local company, Novus, has successfully won the contract for this development. Helping local businesses to grow means more jobs and opportunities for local people. It raises people’s quality of life, and it supports our economy.”Councillor Ann James, leader of the city council and a board member of Fortior Homes, said: “The development of this site will allow us to deliver on our objective for significant investment in new housing.“We aim to provide high quality homes within Stoke-on-Trent, and the Lichfield Street site presents an exciting opportunity for the delivery of a new and aspirational private rental and market sale offer in a key location.”