Deals help firm buck the trend

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A STRING of contracts including an upgrade of chocolate firm Nestle’s York plant has helped manufacturer NG Developments beat the downturn.

The firm has reported growth of 45 per cent after designing Project Hubble, an ambitious scheme to expand Nestle’s product technology centre.

The scheme includes 800 sq metres of glazing, an exterior curtain wall design and aluminium features under plans drawn up by NG Developments, based at Normanton Business Park.

The scheme is one of six new projects secured by the company, which specialises in curtain walling and rainscreen cladding.

Commercial director Adrian Lee said: “We have really enjoyed the last couple of years and we have seen our turnover rise quite dramatically which is testament to some of the successful projects we have been involved with.

“Although it’s a tougher market we know that there is still business out there to be won. The squeeze on budgets has created a much more prudent approach with finances but we are in the final throws of negotiations for further retail projects for the summer and beyond that.”

NG Developments has completed projects including Tesco stores in Eston and Hornsea, a Sainsbury’s in Welwyn Garden City, Herfordshire, and a Travelodge in Manchester.

The firm will also be working on a new Waitrose store in Southampton and phase two of a school building programme in Sheffield.

Work on the Nestle project is due to start next month.

Mr Lee added: “We are delighted to be working on the Nestle scheme as it’s a going to be a fantastic Yorkshire project and it really is going to be truly stunning when it’s completed.”