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VEST Construction () is a privately owned Building & Civil Engineering Company.


We are involved in general construction covering a wide range of work such as : -


*    Industrial – Factory Extensions & New Build

*    Domestic – House Extensions, Alterations & New Build 

*    Insurance – Domestic & Commercial

*    Historic – Historic Restoration & Refurbishment

*    Social Housing – Refurbishment & New Builds

*    Healthcare – Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Veterinary Hospitals, Dental Surgeries

*    Education – Schools, Colleges & Universities (Employees are DBS/CRB Checked)

*    Commercial – Extensions, Refurbishments & New Build



Repeat Clients, Architects and Project Managers


We have built up a strong portfolio of repeat clients, architects and project managers as identified below:


Clients – Durham County Council, Durham University, RC Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, Newcastle University, Bishop Auckland College, Diocese of Durham, North Yorkshire County Council, Newcastle College, Initial Developments, RC Diocese of Middlesbrough, English Heritage, Numerous Schools, Various NHS Trusts


Architects & Project Managers – Wm. C. Harvey, Howarth Litchfield Partnership, Architects Design Group, Alan Dodd, WS Atkins, GSS Architecture, ADP Architecture, Darbyshire Architects, Faithful + Gould, John Waugh, George Stastny Chartered Architects, DTZ, Thornton Firkin, Gleeds, Php Partnership, Ian Ness, Cyril Sweet, Capita Symonds, Summers Inman, Turner & Townsend.



Working Area


We currently concentrate our works within the North East of England, working between Ashington in the North to Ripon in the South, Covering Tyne & Wear, Sunderland, Co Durham, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middleborough, Darlington & North Yorkshire, as indicated on the map below:




Management Structure


We have a very experienced management team and capable/skilled workforce.  


Org Chart/Management Structure



Key Personnel



Gavin Vest the Managing Director, founder and main shareholder has around 30 years experience within the construction industry, working on a variety of projects ranging from new build to inner city refurbishments valued in excess of £100m, as detailed below.


Gavin’s Experience & Qualifications



B.Sc.(Hons) Construction Management (First Class Honours) – Nottingham Trent University

Various health & safety courses, including CDM, H&S for senior managers, ISOH SMSTS.



M & M PLASLINE LTD (MMP Construction NE) – Bishop Auckland

Construction Director – 5 years


Reporting directly to the Chairman / Managing Director (2nd in charge), to oversee and manage the Construction Department. During the 5 years at MMP the turnover grew from £4.5m to £17m at the time of leaving, with construction accounting for £14m. Whilst at MMP I was actively involved with the Estimating, Contracts Management and Quantity Surveying on a variety of projects, from small insurance repair jobs to New build and refurbishment projects in excess of £2m. Many of the projects involved working in occupied buildings, these included schools, universities, colleges, hotels, houses, shops, shopping malls, hospitals, hotels, etc.


AMEC CONSTRUCTION – Locally and Nationally

Project/Senior Site Manager & Various other roles – 10 years


·          Project Manager and in the QA department on the construction of new build offices for the Department of Social Services (DSS) at Longbenton and Waterview (Washington). Contract Value > £150m. in the QA department.

·          Project Manager for the alterations and refurbishment of a live Marks & Spencer store at Hamilton .

·          Project Manager for the alterations the Marks & Spencer Distribution Centre, North Shields. The work involved the inclusion of a mezzanine floor, conveyors, offices and associated M&E modifications. Also carried out the pre-contract works i.e. formation of S.C. packages, the Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan and post contract the Health & Safety File.

·          Project Manager in charge of the Marks & Spencer Project Robin at Norwich . Initially assisting in the management of the £4m conversion of the former Littlewoods store. Overall responsibility for the management of the £6m 20 week refurbishment and upgrading of the existing M&S store. The work included modernisation works to the entire live sales floor as well as the inclusion of a Sandwich Shop, Coffee Shop, Toilet Facilities, Butcher’s Shop, Delicatessen and Bakery. Also included backstage refurbishment and essential works items, such as roofing, asbestos removal, refrigeration and A/C upgrades. Post contract - Compiled the Health & Safety Files in accordance with the CDM regulations for the 2 stores in Norwich , 2 stores in Peterborough and 1 store in Llandudno.

·          Section Manager on the £6.75m upgrading of the Marks & Spencer’s store at the Metro Centre, Gateshead . The project involved the refurbishment of the existing sales floor and staff areas, plus extending the sales floor to make it the largest single storey M&S in the World. Main job functions included the liaising with the Store managers & client’s representative and the management of our own labour force and sub-contractors.

·          Senior Site Manager - the planning, organisation and controlling of all on-site activities on a £6m high quality concrete framed multi storey car park on the Newcastle Quayside. Main duties included the management of our own labour force and sub-contractors, as well as liaising with the client's on-site representatives.

·          Site Manager - Responsible to the Project Manager during the construction of a new 6-storey £4m steel framed office building on the Newcastle Quayside. Main job functions involved the overseeing of the site engineering, the managing of the sub-contractors and directly employed operatives as well as dealing with the client's representatives on this design and build contract.

·          Site Manager - Responsible to the Project Manager during the construction of a new 3 storey £2m office building on the Newcastle Quayside. Main job functions included the controlling and supervision of our own labour force and sub-contractors as well as being involved with the site engineering.

·          Site Manager - The conversion of a derelict factory into a new food processing unit and cold store for Mr. Lazenby's of Thornaby. Reporting to the Contracts Manager for the site engineering and supervision of the on-site works.

·          Site Engineer/Foreman - Working on the construction of a £5m new hospital at Peterlee. Mainly involved with the site engineering and supervisory duties.

·          Site Engineer/Foreman - Involved with the site engineering and supervisory duties on a new build £1.25m nursing home for Multiple Sclerosis patients in Redcar .

·          Site Engineer - Employed on a £6m extension and refurbishment of Redworth Hall Hotel and Leisure Club near Darlington . The hotel is a Grade II listed building and was in constant use during the construction works.



Various Job Functions – 8 years


Involved in a wide range of job functions including site engineering, quantity surveying, general office work, design/drawing work and estimating.

Having gained a wealth of experience within three very successful companies Gavin decided the time was right to establish a construction company and with the aid of partners   was formed in 2004. More recently Gavin has been joined by another one of his colleagues from M&M Plasline Ltd, Darren Cooke who was appointed as the Construction Director in March 2005.

Darren is a well respected contracts manager within the region with a proven track record on a variety of projects and over 35 years experience in the industry.


Darren’s Experience & Qualifications  

CIOB - Site Management Diploma - University of Northumbria

City & Guilds - Certificate in Joinery

Various health & safety courses, including Risk Assessment/Safety Method Statements, Avoidance of Underground Services, Workplace Accidents Course, Scaffold Safety Inspection Course


M & M PLASLINE LTD (MMP Construction NE) – Bishop Auckland

Contracts Manager – 19 years


Employed originally as a Joiner working on a variety of projects, promoted to foreman, site manager and then to Contracts Manager. During his time as a contracts manager Darren looked after a variety of projects upto a value of £2.25m. Works included but not conclusive:


·            Tudhoe Hall Farm - Conversion of stone barns and farm out buildings, plus new build to create 10No. dwellings (£840K).

·            Tithe Barn, Easington – The restoration and conversion into offices space of the Eastern end of a derelict barn. The listed building dating from the 13th century was of historical interest. (2 Phases - £274K)

·            Prior House, Richmond - The conversion and renovation of Prior House a Grade II listed building to create 11No. apartments and flats. (£350K)

·            Numerous Sunderland Housing Group Projects – Internal & External Modifications, including new kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring. This work is undertaken with the tenants insitu. (Various schemes upto a value of £2.25m).

·            Classroom of the Future – Easington Comprehensive School - £400K

·            Sure Start & Classroom Extension at St. Helens Primary School - £400K

·            Spaces for Sports & Art – Ebchester School - £550K

·            Insurance repair schemes – +£1m per annum


Barratt Developments (Northern) Ltd – North East

Joiner working on a variety of housing developments – 2 years



Leech Homes (NE) Ltd – North East

Joiner working on a variety of housing developments – 2 years



Shepherd Construction Ltd – North East

Apprentice Joiner & Joiner – 5 years




Now based in bespoke premises in Bishop Auckland, VEST Construction (LIVECO Ltd) is a privately owned Building & Civil Engineering company which targets construction projects in the North East region up to a value of £2.5m.


It is our policy to employ skilled tradesmen, operatives and apprentices in the various building disciplines and help them develop their skills further through training. We currently employ around 45 such personnel covering most building trades.


Our initial aim was to achieve an annual turnover of between £3m and £5m within the first 3 years. We have now been trading for ten years and continued to build on our success. Our turnover has steadly grown to around £8.5m. Our aim is to maintain a turnover of around £8m by continuing to give our clients, design teams and consultants an excellent service.


We believe our success is due to our customer focus and strategy to bring a complete and professional service to all of our customers. The feedback from our repeat clients has proven our believe that historically these qualities were very difficult to find especially on the smaller projects.


Working with our customers!

Not just for them!