We are drawing to the close of 2014 and look forward to the festive period where we at IC can look back on another very exciting year.
2014 has seen us reinforce our offering within both the North East and North West, delivered from our Sunderland and Preston offices. We have also extended our presence in Scotland in both Affordable and Private Executive housing with the fantastic development for All Saints at Larbert House in Ayrshire. Our CV within Primary Care has seen us extend our presence within London and we continue to support our private clients by delivering some truly bespoke, world class residences and commercial space. It’s a proud feeling to see the IC site board displaying our Sunderland roots in St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands!
“Our success and growth is integrally linked to having a really talented and motivated team who are aligned to both our vision and that of our clients and who want to play a part in working with some really forward thinking partners in understanding the wider business context.”
We have worked extremely hard to arrive at solutions for our clients within one of our core markets, Affordable Housing, and have been delighted to be appointed to support Durham County Council arrive at Private Sale and Rent solutions complete with a new brand on key strategic sites within the county. We have entered into strategic arrangements with key clients to explore Joint Ventures, private finance and service pathways which will support in the delivery of much needed homes and housing solutions across all tenures using housing and forward thinking Registered Providers as an integral part of the equation in unlocking an integrated health and housing offering. The Gateway, which we completed at Middlesbrough at the turn of the year for Keiro and Thirteen, is at the leading edge of this initiative and we are delighted that it has been recognised nationally and is now starting to be commissioned from nearby Trusts.
Our CV within the Higher Education sector continues to develop with prestigious commissions being gained both at Lancaster University and University of Sunderland where we are playing a part in reshaping the campus. Our presence within the commercial sector has also been enhanced during the year as we near completion of Corporate Headquarters both within the North East and the Channel Islands.
We have created ten new positions within our business this year, increasing staff numbers by in excess of 50% with new positions ranging from Assistant through to Associate level. We have also strengthened our Senior Management Team with promotions being made at both Director and Associate Director level. Such appointments have been made to sustain our growth, providing us with a platform to support our clients in implementing some really exciting developments in the years to come. We have in parallel invested significantly in BIM, IT and in training to help ensure that we remain efficient and forward thinking in our continued drive to offer our clients excellence in service delivery.
Our success and growth is integrally linked to having a really talented and motivated team who are aligned to both our vision and that of our clients and who want to play a part in working with some really forward thinking partners in understanding the wider business context. If we are allowed to do this then we can really add some value and this forms part of our strategy in moving forward as does a continued movement away from price biased mini competitions.
We do not profess to be philanthropists but we do feel that we have a responsibility to put something back into the communities and clients we serve. We are delighted to offer continued support to Percy Hedley and the Foundation of Light where our partnership with them and Shildon AFC Development Centre, which we founded, continues to provide much needed training, employment, community and sporting opportunities in my home town.
In summary lots has been achieved with your support and we are really excited about the future where we will look to strengthen key partnerships and our client base. Thank you for all of your support over the past year and I trust you all have a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
David Dent, Managing Director