Nuclear deals fuel access firm’s growth

The innovative retractable roof covering Wimbledon's Centre Court.
The innovative retractable roof covering Wimbledon's Centre Court.
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New jobs are being created by the innovative Sheffield engineering company that designed and built the retractable roof over Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

Roman Ridge Road-based SCX Group specialises in solving tricky access and lifting problems and was also responsible for developing the cleaning and maintenance system for the 600ft tall London office block, best known as the Gherkin.

The 101- employee firm says 10 new jobs are being created thanks to a combination of recent contract wins and increasing volumes of repeat business, following on from significant growth last year.

New positions have been created in nuclear and project delivery roles, for crane engineers and in customer service.

Managing director Simon Eastwood said: “We are continuing to buck the economic trend and expanding at a considerable rate.

“These are exciting times and this is a credit to all of our employees for their continued hard work and dedication.”

SCX says the nuclear side of its business is expanding rapidly, with growth being fuelled by a combination of new business and repeat orders. Demand for specialist handling equipment from customers in other sectors has also continued to grow, helping to ensure SCX Group’s forward order book continues to be healthy.

SCX’s latest growth spurt follows a year during which the group created two new companies out of its Street CraneXpress operations, acquired an 81,800 sq ft building for use as an additional assembly and test facility and expanded its head office.

The company is now planning to increase the size of its technical department by building new offices at Roman Ridge Road and says its customer service and sales teams have already outgrown the larger premises they moved into last year.

SCX is planning to fully refurbish of its recently acquired assembly and test facility at Barrow Road, a short walk from its head office

The firm also intends to upgrade the primary fabrication works at its headquarters.