Builders' Merchants News

MKM completes move to new, purpose built offices

Published:  03 February, 2012

STONEFERRY: MKM Building Supplies – one of the UK’s biggest independent building merchant – has completed a move into a new, purpose-built office at its Stoneferry site in east Hull.

The £1m state-of-the-art office and warehouse complex was build by local contractor Hall Construction Group and will house MKM’s 60-strong central support team during the next phase of the company’s growth.

The development is part of a £20m group-wide expansion plan which will see the firm build on its 37-strong UK branch network in Yorkshire, Scotland, the North West, the Midlands and the South of England, creating up to 200 jobs in the process.

MKM completed the move earlier this month after the 10,000sqft building was completed on December 16th.

David Kilburn, MKM Chief Executive, said the new building marked a milestone in the company’s 17 year history.

MKM was established in Hull in 1995 and has grown to become the UK’s biggest independent building merchant employing more than 700 people across Britain.

Mr Kilburn said: “As MKM has grown over recent years we found ourselves increasingly short of space and were faced with the decision to either move site, which would have been logistically very difficult, or design and build a place bespoke to our needs.

“We opted to stay on Stoneferry, where the business was founded, and create a brand new office that way we knew we would end up with precisely what we wanted.

“I’m extremely pleased with the result. A lot of thought went into it from our side and from Hall Construction Group and Chameleon who fitted it out – it is very modern and is designed to help facilitate efficient working practices.

“The move took a couple of weeks but we completed it earlier this month and we already feel very much at home.”

The new office features glass walling, an open plan area where employees can exchange ideas, hot desking and a flexible hot office.

Hull-based Chameleon finished the fit out in December after Hall Construction had completed the shell of the building in November.

Neil Symmonds, commercial director at Hall Construction Group, said the project had gone well from start to finish without any hitches.

He said: “It is always a source of pride for us to be working with local companies, especially ones like MKM which is a major Hull success story. We think the building really enhances the Stoneferry area and is an excellent base from which David and his colleagues can drive the business forward.”