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Construction firm Bateman Groundworks sets up base closer to Norwich as it targets NDR growth

PUBLISHED: 06:49 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 27 April 2017

Bateman Groundworks’ new headquarters at Little Plumstead, near Norwich. From left to right, managing director Richard Bateman, production director Lewis Nicholas and commercial director Jason Ramsey. Picture: TMS Media

Bateman Groundworks’ new headquarters at Little Plumstead, near Norwich. From left to right, managing director Richard Bateman, production director Lewis Nicholas and commercial director Jason Ramsey. Picture: TMS Media

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A construction firm which works with blue chip housebuilders has invested £1m to relocate closer to Norwich as it aims to grow.

Bateman Groundworks’ new base is located just a mile from the new £178m Northern Distributor Road (NDR) where an estimated 10,000 new homes will be built from the end of this year.

The company, which celebrates its 20th anniversary later this year, is targeting key residential developments along the 12.5-mile road and has invested in 7200 sq ft of office space in the Octagon Business Park, Little Plumstead, as it forecasts growth of 25% this year. The 15 office-based staff – supporting more than 140 employees on 12 sites across East Anglia – moved in as the company started two new contracts worth more than £5m.

Managing director Richard Bateman said as much of the firm’s work was central to Norwich moving closer to the city had always been part of the company’s strategy.

He said: “There are real advantages to being more centrally placed in our work area. There are plans for an estimated 10,000 new homes to be built to the North of Norwich which will be accessed more easily once construction of the NDR is completed.

“Building has already started at Sprowston, with more once the road opens at the end of this year. We needed to be positioned to be able to access this work and take advantage of the growing workload in and around Norwich areas.”

“The opportunity to move came up sooner than expected and the whole process was accelerated because of the many new business opportunities. With an increase of up to 10% in home building expected up to 2021 and the NDR – to run from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road – which was a priority target.”

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