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Record breaking building work by Eurolink

Hundreds of school children are enjoying snug new classrooms thanks to record-breaking building work over the summer holidays by Huddersfield firm Eurolink Construction Services.

Seven schools in Stockport, Greater Manchester, badly needed more classroom space but it was important that the children’s education wasn’t interrupted while the work was carried out. So in June Eurolink, based at the Link Business Park in Meltham, was invited to help.

Eurolink refurbishes and installs portable classrooms and has long experience in working in schools. The family firm has recently worked with Jitterbugs and Tiddywinks nurseries in Huddersfield, and Holmfirth High School

Eurolink Director Michael Stancliffe said: “We were asked by Carillion Stockport in May if we could provide 17 temporary classrooms in just over four weeks in July and August during the summer break.

“Because we have a great deal of experience in this work, and because we understand the needs of schools, we agreed to come on board and work with the council?

“We had up to forty people working around the clock to ensure this scheme was delivered on time to specification. Because we have built up very strong relationships with contractors and suppliers over our 21years in business, we were able to provide the children with snug, safe classrooms for their first day back in September.

“We provided space for 500 children, using fully refurbished recycled buildings. Our previous contracts for Stockport over the last 10 years have been testament to our ability to perform to strict specification and contract deadlines, and we pride ourselves on offering good value for money by refurbishing high-quality re-cycled buildings.

“At £1.5million this is the largest contract we have ever been awarded – and to be completed over the shortest summer break time of four and half weeks!”

All the buildings were fitted with new carpet and vinyl, suspended ceilings, interactive whiteboards and sound systems, energy efficient lighting, fire and security alarms, cloakrooms, work stations, stores and shelving, aluminium framed doors and upvc windows. Main contractors BE Boys were responsible for groundworks, mains services, heating and school building works.

Where required, classrooms were linked to the main school buildings with timber-framed walkways and steps, ramps and landings were built.

 

 

Directors Profile Michael Stancliffe: Co Director of Eurolink Construction Services Ltd

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Michael joined his father John in the business after service in the Royal Engineers in the Gulf, Bosnia, Canada, Germany and the Falklands where he qualified as a building and civil engineering draughtsman. His work abroad gave him the perfect experience for developing Eurolink Construction Services to provide temporary and portable buildings.

John already had a huge amount of experience across the UK supplying accommodation for businesses and schools.

Michael, 43, said: “I began to learn the portable building trade from the bottom up, carrying out groundworks, foundations, delivering and installing buildings. After five years I started helping out in the office transferring everything onto computers, taking enquiries and pricing tenders, and dealing with health and safety, book keeping, marketing and promotion.”

Michael added: “I was made a director of the company in 2001 and John and I are now equal shareholders (although he is obviously the oldest and still in charge). “My role now as a director is the wider management of the company, still working closely with John who is trying very hard to do just three days a week. “What I enjoy most is quoting and winning new contracts and surprising people with what we are able to achieve for them through temporary accommodation. When we get a compliment from the client that we can pass onto the workforce it makes it all worthwhile. “I also find it very rewarding to see the work we do refurbishing re-cycled portable buildings which gives them years more worthwhile life.

John and Michael are also directors of Eurolink Properties where, Michael said: “We are lucky enough to get the chance to build new and renovate old properties around the local area and have a small portfolio of commercial and residential property that we rent out.”

To relax, Michael plays rugby union competitively for Huddersfield Rugby Union FC A Team, social five-a-side football, golf, and generally enjoys keeping fit.

“Other interests – when I am not enjoying spending time with the family and keeping up with their busy social and sporting calendars – include quad biking with friends and tending our shared allotment growing fruit and vegetables.” He took a first prize at Penistone Show last year with his beetroot.

“I am an active social member and sponsor at HRUFC, coaching assistant in the junior age U10 rugby at HRUFC, and give a helping hand with the Junior U11 Denby Cricket Team. “I’m also part of the volunteer group maintaining the grounds of Denby Church and Vice Chair of Governors of Upper Denby C.E. First School, which my three children attend.”

Michael and his wife Jill have three children, Archie 10, Amos 8, and Blythe aged 4, and enjoy family holidays in the UK and skiing in France.

And he can still remember his first job: “Bottling up in the pub (restocking), the Clothiers Arms at Stocksmoor aged seven, which my Mum and Dad took over from my Grandma and Granddad. I also had a milk round at 13.”

To get in touch with Michael, please contact info@eurolink-construction.co.uk