The builders' merchant group already operates from 1,900 sites around the UK across the 17 businesses that make up the company. It employs nearly 24,000 people and is the UK’s largest supplier to the building and construction market.
However, it wants more.
“Our ambition post-recession is to substantially increase trading space over the next five years,” said group property director Martin Meech. “This includes a considerable number of brownfield or implant branches and stores, and more than 30 trade parks.”
First step is putting in place a new team to drive the property acquisition and management programme, with five senior appointments.
Peter Webb has been appointed property director for the general merchanting division. Phil Joyce is divisional property director for P&H. Nick Pinney joins from Strutt & Parker to be property director for the contract merchanting division. Jim Adams has joined as property director for the consumer division (Wickes). Finally, Darren Screen has joined as property finance director.
This restructure has also created a further 20 new positions within the group property team at head office in Northampton, including the promotion of Graham Lund to director of construction.