Story opens new Blantyre base to accommodate growing team and pipeline of projects
Civil engineering and plant supply company Story Contracting has opened a new Scottish head office in Blantyre following a period of significant growth in operations and workforce.
The family-owned company, founded in Carlisle in 1987, already has offices in central Glasgow and Edinburgh, and employs over 230 people across Scotland. Its new head office facility in Blantyre will accommodate the infrastructure company’s expanding team, allowing it to deliver major projects across the country.
The newly renovated 2,150sqm office is purpose-designed to bring together the rail, civils and plant divisions of the business. It includes training rooms, open-plan working areas and a 1,000sqm workshop facility to provide machinery and equipment across work sites in the region.
Story Contracting delivers infrastructure projects for Scotland’s railway to the benefit of the travelling public, with the aim of putting passengers first. Its civil engineering and infrastructure business is delivering the Network Rail CP6 IP-SNE Framework contract of renewal and enhancement projects in Scotland worth £135 million over the next five years.
Story Contracting’s Plant division is one of only four suppliers in the UK to earn the Gold Award on Network Rail’s Route to Gold and has maintained this for two consecutive years.
Earlier this year, Story also completed the £23m refurbishment of Edinburgh Waverley, where Platforms 5 and 6 were extended into the heart of Scotland’s second-busiest station on behalf of Network Rail.
The infrastructure, and the new rolling stock it will enable, will help to transform travel on the East Coast main line and has been funded by the Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP) and the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).
John MacArthur, managing director of Story Scotland, said: “I’m delighted with how my Story Scotland team has grown from its humble beginnings of just six employees in 2014 to where we are today.
“With our growing team and pipeline of projects, the time is right to open a new head office facility in Blantyre. This is an exciting time to be a part of Story Scotland with our expanding footprint and growing bank of work in the rail and civils sectors across the country.”
Story’s growing stature in civils infrastructure and its collaborative approach to problem-solving has seen it win major UK contracts worth up to £200m in recent months.
The company grew by 57% in Scotland in 2019 and is now targeting another 300 employees to fulfil a series of impressive contract wins across the UK, including up to 60 graduates, trainees and apprentices in Scotland across the next five years.