Construction firm Jistcourt eyes South West growth with new Bristol office

Jistcourt, a family-owned construction firm, has invested in a new regional office based in Bristol. The additional office represents the company’s commitment to delivering existing and new construction projects in the South West of England as they continue a phase of rapid growth.

The company has made the move on the back of winning a substantial £6.2 million contract with Bristol City Council to deliver a three-year planned maintenance programme covering more than 500 kitchens and 125 rewires per year in properties across Bristol. The contract also has a potential one-year extension.

Jistcourt, which employs around 90 staff and has a turnover of some £13 million, has acquired 3,500 Sq Ft of space in the Witchurch area of Bristol. The office will be headed up by contracts manager Matthew Legg, who joined the business in November 2018 from Lovell Partnership. He has 20 years of experience in the construction sector. He will be supported by operations director Dave Haskell.

The company plans to use the Bristol office as a platform from which to grow in both the South West of England and the South East of Wales.

Robert Norman, managing director of Jistcourt, explains:

“This represents a significant investment for the company at a very exciting time in our growth.  We plan to diversify our client base and geographical reach – but in a sustainable way. The new base will enable our planned expansion into the South West targeting planned maintenance programmes and new build developments, our two specialities.

“We realised we couldn’t grow any further without expanding our remit further east, and we have a three to five-year manageable growth plan in place, however we are committed to sustainable, steady growth.”

Jistcourt was established in Port Talbot in 1980. This new growth strategy represents the latest strategy for a company that has been through several phases in its history.

Norman took over the business in 1993. In its early days it operated within a relatively limited geographical remit of around 20 miles of Swansea and South West Wales.

Jistcourt has always carried out both refurbishment projects and new build construction, though the balance between the two has varied significantly during its history.

In more recent years, Jistcourt has built up a solid reputation working for housing associations and local authorities. It has also extended its geographic remit even further east doing a growing amount of work in Cardiff and Newport – as well as Swansea and the South West.

A contract to build Powys County Council’s first affordable housing development for social rent in over 40 years has been awarded to a Welsh building company.

Port Talbot-based Jistcourt has been appointed as lead contractor to build a three-storey building containing 26 one-bedroomed flats in Newtown.

The company, who are committed to using local sub-contractors, is a major player in the building and civil engineering industry and have worked with a number of councils and housing associations in Wales.

The £3.5m new build housing development, which is being built on land adjacent to Newtown Bowling Club at Back Lane, will provide low-carbon accommodation available at an affordable rent.

Home grown timber will be used as part of its construction with timber being used for both the primary structure and external materials, including windows and doors, which supports the council’s Wood Encouragement Policy.

The Welsh Government has granted almost £2.2m in funding through its Innovative Housing Programme towards the development of the flats.

Cllr James Evans, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“I’m delighted that Jistcourt (South Wales) Ltd have been appointed as the lead contractor for this exciting and innovative social housing development project.

“This development, which will meet the needs of the local community, is just the first of many housing developments that we are planning across the county.  It will also help meet our Vision 2025 – to build a minimum of 250 affordable homes across the county by 2023.

“We are looking forward to working with Jistcourt for the duration of this construction project.”

Rob Norman, Chairman of Jistcourt, said:

“We are looking forward to working with Powys County Council on this exciting new build housing development, which will provide 26 new affordable housing units in Newtown.”