Henry Group remains a family-run giant which continues as another example of the strength of the construction sector here, and its resilience.
The business is now a major player with around 200 staff and interests from manufacturing to construction and fit out, and has seen its turnover rising to £88.5m, for the year ending March 2019, and pre-tax profits of £2.5m.
The company first began in 1976 when Jim Henry set up a small construction business called H&K construction, focusing on small-scale construction projects within the local area. Trading under this name for 10 years, in 1986 the business became known as Henry Brothers.
“We are proud to be listed in this year’s Top 100 companies in Northern Ireland,” David Henry, managing director, told Ulster Business.
“Our continued successes have been founded on high quality construction, innovation, integrity, and dependability. These values have been the bedrock of our relationships with our long-standing construction partners and are largely responsible for providing repeat business.”
The Henry Group is made up of a number of construction and manufacturing sector companies, comprising of general construction and fit out.
“While we deliver projects throughout the UK, we are pleased to have completed many prestigious projects here in Northern Ireland including the NI Fire & Rescue Facility, and the Davis House project at Maghaberry Prison for the Department of Justice, as well as Translink’s Milewater Service Centre, a purpose-built facility to service, maintain and repair the fleet of Glider vehicles,” David says.
“We have regional offices in Scotland and in England where the construction market is more buoyant. We have just completed four projects at Loughborough University and three projects at Nottingham Trent University, illustrating the continuation of the successful strategy by our directors to build repeat business and partnering opportunities with key clients.
“Our board recognises that a skilled, professional and experienced workforce is an integral part of the group’s continued success and seek to continue to focus on recruitment, training and retention.
“There are challenges ahead and the industry will rely heavily on the Government ensuring that there is an adequate pipeline of work for the construction sector.”
And the business has both won, and completed, a number of major projects here over the last few months. Henry Brothers Midlands won a new contract to build a new £18.5m joint headquarters for Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.
The three-storey facility will be constructed on land behind the existing Nottinghamshire Police headquarters at Sherwood Lodge and is scheduled to open by the end of 2021.
Work on the new building, which will include a control room, training centre, changing rooms, gym, canteen and shared offices. Once complete it will form part of a wider joint campus that will also include all of the existing police headquarters.
Meanwhile, it’s also recently completed a £30m scheme to refurbish and upgrade two key buildings at Loughborough University.
The development was undertaken in 19 different phases over more than two years to enable university staff and students to carry on with their work and to minimise disruption.
The scheme involved upgrading labs, offices, study areas, lecture theatres, kitchens, toilets and refreshment venues to create light, airy and modern amenities, with top equipment, first-class teaching and learning facilities, and attractive break out spaces.
More than 17,000 sq m of space over three floors has been refurbished and modernised in the two 1960s buildings, which are linked.
Officially known as the Sir David Davies building, the W building houses Chemistry and Physics within the School of Science, and the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering – one of the biggest engineering schools of its kind in the UK.