Billington wins massive Next job

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Barnsley-based Billington Holdings has signed a contract to build a massive warehouse in Doncaster for fashion retailer Next.

The firm’s structural steel division will build a near 1m sq ft distribution centre in Armthorpe, complete with four-storey offices, new access road and bridge over Holme Wood Lane.

The deal, with contractor Bowmer & Kirkland Group, comes after Billington last month announced it would resume dividend payments - four years after halting them due to the downturn.

Mark Smith, chief executive, said: “I am delighted that Billington has been awarded this contract with such a well-known and leading retailer.

“The construction of a distribution warehouse on such a large scale involves a great deal of complex planning. The fact that Bowmer & Kirkland has once again chosen Billington Structures to provide the structural steelwork for one of their most significant and prestigious projects, and indeed clients in Next, is testament to Billington’s quality, reliability and performance.”

Billington is providing 5,000 tonnes of structural steel for the project, including portal frames and stability bracing designed to split the warehouse into five compartments ensuring it remains operational in the event of a fire.

The project is underway and is due for completion in August 2015.

The warehouse was approved in November. Councillors heard it will create more than 500 jobs and secure 528 at an existing Next depot on Westmoor Park.

Last month Billington delivered a “strong” set of full year results for 2014.

Profit after tax for the year from continuing operations was £1.4m on revenue of £45m.