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MJ Church, the Chippenham-based civil engineering, plant, transport and waste management contractor, has reported a buoyant start to 2017 with a number of new projects.
The contracts include a £4m park and ride at J23 M5 for Hinkley Point, £3m capacity improvements to J16 M4 for Hochtief and a £2m railway cutting stabilisation at Horfield Cutting with Vinci Construction.
It will also develop the Lockleaze Sports Facility for Bristol City Council and complete a £5.5m contract at Venn Quarry, Barnstaple which developer Habitat First Group is transforming the quarry into an eco-holiday village and nature reserve.
The new agreements follow the company’s work on major contracts including a £15m project with Balfour Beatty converting a strip of the M3 in Surrey to a ‘smart motorway’ which completes in the spring of 2017, the £3m conversion of Pinhoe Quarry in Devon for residential development and major works for Wavin Group in Wiltshire.
The business is now said to be on course for £50m turnover and about 450 employees.
Steve Blower, managing director at MJ Church, said: “The civil engineering sector has held up well for us in recent years. With the government’s focus on infrastructure, particularly to support the housing planned by 2020, we see a good pipeline of projects coming forward.
“However, still for the industry is the skills issue. MJ Church have been striving to ensure we have a strong and well skilled workforce and have been working with partners to ensure we invest in our future workforce. Our Civil Engineering Academy in partnership with Wiltshire College has eight students studying for a BTEC Level 3 and extended diploma.”