CONSTRUCTION SURGE BOOSTS BUSINESS AT CDI
Cotswold Decorative Ironworkers reportedanother major surge in business for the finalquarter of 2018 thanks to the continuing hike in the construction sector in several parts England which has brought a dramatic increase in orders for its fencing and gates.
This year it expects to have sold around 30 miles of fencing, making it one of the largest suppliers and stockists of Estate fencing in the UK. Company managing director Hughie Powell told Fencing News: “Our stocks at the moment amount to 8,000 metres of fencing and 300 gates. Orders for our Estate fencing have been coming in steadily since January. We’re now doing a lot of new business for the construction industry, a trend which began two or three years ago.
“Five CDI installation teams areworking flat out on sites on manyhousing Developments including Alderley Park in Cheshire, where a luxury homes Development is being built by PH Property Holdings. CDI is supplying 350 metres of fencing and customised gates.
“We’ve supplied several leading major construction companies in the past including Crest Nicholson, Millgate Homes Kendrick Homes and Barratt Homes,” said Hughie. “We’re mainly experiencing growth in the high net value sector that is constructing and restoring quality homes.”
“We’re decorative metal- workers by tradition rather than fabricators and this is appreciated by our clients. We’re often working to architects’ plans using CAD. We prefer, however, to work with our own hand-drawn plans.
“Our fencing has an upright in the ground every metre with a LargeSupport spade to secure it firmlybelow ground level. This usually removes the need for concrete. We install our fencing using traditional methods.”
He said another major selling factor is that CDI fencing is hot- dipped galvanised with an acid-etch primer and topcoat. It means very little maintenance is required in the years following installation.
The surge at CDI, which is based at Marsh Farm, Stourton, near Shipston-on-Stour, in Warwickshire,has also had a positive effect onsales in the gates division.