Jarvie Plant gears up for building growth

Plant hire business Jarvie Plant Group has outlined a multi-million-pound investment as it gears up to cope with increased demand from Scotland’s construction sector.

Jarvie has made a large investment in equipment. Picture: Contributed

The firm, which is based in Grangemouth and was founded by John Jarvie senior in 1960, said it had invested heavily in the last 12 months, with almost £15 million ploughed into new plant, accommodation, vehicles and staff recruitment.

Staff numbers have grown by 15 to about 150, and there has been a double-digit rise in turnover to £15m. The firm has acquired land for two new depots, in Aberdeen and Dundee.

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While recent reports regarding the state of Scotland’s construction sector have been mixed, the group remains upbeat, highlighting strong activity levels in the country’s two biggest cities.

Business development ­director David Jarvie said: “We’ve noticed an upsurge across various market sectors in particular civils and house building which has been particularly competitive.

“Glasgow in particular has been a busy area due to the huge number of commercial developments and housing projects around the city, including areas like Newton Mearns.”

Recent investments include a fleet of more than 50 new machines from JCB at a cost of £2.75m to support, in part, the renewal of a five-year preferred supplier agreement with the City of Edinburgh Council.

The firm also played a key part in the recently completed Borders Railway, where it supplied the accommodation complexes in three locations as well as heavy compaction equipment and mobile tower lights.