Media Release: Building Contractors, William Skinner & Son, complete £550k Corby project

BUILDING contractors, William Skinner & Son, based in Ayrshire, Scotland and Cambridge, England, have completed a £550,000 contract for Land Securities PLC in Corby, Northamptonshire.

The work involved the stripping out of an existing unit to form a shell, and subsequent sub-division into a ground and first floor shell unit for HSBC Bank, formation of two flats on the upper floor, and contractor design of steel and glazed canopy and formation of three shell units for shops on the ground floor.

The works were carried out by Skinners project manager Jim McCurdy and site manager, Ronnie Butcher.

Land Securities (Corby town centre owners) and Corby Borough Council are currently working with Urban Regeneration Company North Northants Development Company (NNDC) (formerly Catalyst Corby), the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA), the Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM), English Partnerships and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to regenerate Corby town centre as part of the masterplan for the whole town.

Land Securities is a FTSE 100 company and the largest Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the UK on the basis of equity market capitalisation. It now owns and manages more than 2.7 million m2 of commercial property, from London offices to major shopping centres and out-of-town retail parks.


Building contractors William Skinner & Son’s Ayrshire and Cambridgeshire bases cover Scotland, South East and Eastern England with a range of activities centred on building refurbishment, mainly of retail stores and shopping centres. Joinery manufacture, metal fabrication, special finishes and terrazzo tiling are amongst the special skills offered.

William Skinner & Son are approved Sika Trocal single ply roofing membrane installers. Experienced and highly skilled operatives carry out a range of schemes from small repairs to major installations on very large buildings, and are trained to apply the Kemper roof repair system. Skinners frequently supply and fix ward decking systems in conjunction with roofing works.

The company also offers contract maintenance and has recently diversified further into custom garden structures, notably treehouses, and solar thermal systems – for which it is now fully Microgeneration Certified.

Skinners’ recently-introduced renewable energy survey service is already in demand, supporting its offer to install any kind of renewable energy system.

Founded in Ayrshire in 1964, Skinners made their first move down south into England six years ago. But the company’s recent expansion and diversification into new areas of business made it necessary the purchase of their own larger facilities comprising an 8,000 sq. ft yard, 1,900 sq. ft of office space, and a 1,620 sq. ft warehouse.

The new premises in Meldreth, near Cambridge, were officially opened in 2008 by Andrew Lansley, MP for South Cambridgeshire.

William Skinner & Son managing director, Sandy Cunningham, said: “Our commitment at Cambridge is a measure of the importance to us of the market in London, the South East, Midlands and East Anglia.

“The Meldreth base provides high quality warehouse, workshop and office accommodation from which we are already developing our capacity and increasing our market penetration. It is capable of supporting several times its present level of activity.”

Further information:

Sandy Cunningham

Managing director

William Skinner & Son

Cunningham House


St Quivox

Ayr KA6 5HQ

Ayrshire, Scotland

Tel: 0845 051 9060

Fax: 01292 671133




William Skinner & Son

Southern Office

College Farm Business Centre

North End





Tel: 0845 051 9070

Fax: 01763 262916

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