Constructing sustainable growth

For more than 25 years, Hadden Group has helped construct the face of modern central Scotland.

Founded in Crieff in 1992, the past 26 years have seen the construction firm grow from three founding partners to employ more than 130 people across three operating divisions – Hadden Construction, Hadden Homes and Hadden General Works: all now based at Aberuthven, in rural Perthshire.

“From day one, the ambition was always to achieve sustainable growth,” explains Steven Brady, who joined the business as Group Managing Director in 2017.

In fact, the Group exceeded an annual turnover of £10m by 2007. “We continued to diversify into new, more fertile markets, always striving to become better at what we do and to care for our people.”

The Group’s current clients include  local authorities, housing associations, hospital trusts, universities; and many private companies and private clients.

“When I joined,” continues Steven, “Scott Hadden, our chairman, made it a priority for me to recruit further high calibre individuals to augment our team. Both as a well-established employer in this area, and a developer, I know the quality of life in Perthshire’s and the area’s strategic transport connections have made that task easier.”

One driver for the Group’s on-going expansion came with the recent news that Hadden Construction had retained its place on the East Lothian Council Framework for Construction Works. It runs to 2019, with options to extend and like many of the Group’s other public sector contracts, the Framework covers construction work spanning education projects, and civic buildings.

“This particular framework includes the £7.6m project at Law Primary School in North Berwick,” adds Steven. “This project involves the creation of 16 new class bases, as well as administrative facilities and newly developed external spaces, and the reconfiguration of part of the existing building to create changing facilities and teaching space to service a new multi-purpose hall.

“All of which we have to achieve with absolutely no disruption to the schools’ ongoing everyday activities.”

Closer to home, Hadden Construction recently completed work on the new £4.6m Arnold Clark Motorstore at Inveralmond, Perth, which includes 2000m2 of showroom and workshop space.

Other notable awards include being named as a  ‘Primary Contractor’ for Hub West Scotland, and receiving Tier 1 Contractor status for the East Central Hub, a five-year framework that has led to the recent commission to design and build the £1.3m NHS Forth Valley Doune Health Centre.

For every project, the Group aims to be the most cost effective and innovative construction service, and wants its work to be acknowledged by customers for the benefit it brings to local communities. A perfect example is the Birks Cinema project in Aberfeldy.  As well as making the Art Deco cinema compliant with DDA guidance, this £1.8m refurbishment included the installation of the latest in digital theatre capabilities, which provides the town with a multi-use venue that can host live performances.

Hadden Homes also strives to benefit the local communities it serves.  “We sold our first home in 2005,” says Steven, “and since then we have delivered more than 450 units.” One example is the Dunmoss View development in Clackmannanshire – sitting within easy reach of the M9 and M80 motorways, and providing quick and easy access to Edinburghand Glasgow – both just 35 miles away.

The division has almost 200 further units in development, across four sites. (Perth alone is expected to see its population grow 13% over the next decade, so new affordable housing is a key to support local economic growth.)

“At the same time, our chairman is leading on the creation of a Hadden Skills Academy,” adds Steven. “We hope this effort will help to address the skills shortage in our industry and bring training and apprenticeship opportunities to Perthshire and Central Scotland.

“Construction is very much a people industry, and we recognise that we need to be consistent in our delivery and quality to stand the test of time,” he adds. “We have put in place a ‘Back to Basics’ campaign across our sites and offices. This is part of our strategy to deliver consistency in our brand, culture and behaviours: it reinforces the fundamentals of PPE, workplace organisation, housekeeping and communication, and provides our clients and workforce with the sense of safety and organisation they expect when walking onto any Hadden Group site.

“Going forward, Back to Basics will play a huge role in delivering the professionalism our clients demand, from the moment we submit a pre-qualification questionnaire, to the day we hand them the keys to their new property.”

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