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Karl Snowdon at Spanish City, Whitley Bay, the location of one of Park’s recent contracts.
Rebecca Wayman

Park Electrical Distributors reports orders worth £1m with North East companies

A specialist services division of Gateshead-based Park Electrical Distributors, has confidence in 2018 having secured an order book worth over £1m in the weeks for projects in the North East.

Projects won by the lighting design division include student residencies; Neville’s Cross in Durham, Union Street and Park View in Newcastle, as well as Unite’s branded student accommodation on North Road, Durham.

On the manufacturing front, two new-build factory facilities; P2 Pipelines, Cramlington and Akzo Nobel, Gateshead. The division has also secured the first commercial office building on the Vaux Site at Sunderland and the new purpose-built Newcastle Eagles Stadium, Riverside Dene Community Stadium.

Karl Snowdon, lighting design manager, said: “While margins remain tight and we operate in a very competitive market, we are consistently winning big contracts thanks to the very strong relationships we have built with both the end customer and companies operating in the supply chain.

“Our exciting start to 2018 is also good news for the regional economy, as it reflects strong investment by customers in their existing operations, including a raft of new infrastructure projects that are taking place across the region.”

In addition to these new contracts, the division has completed a raft of projects including the iconic Spanish City complex in Whitley Bay, which has been redeveloped as part of the regeneration of the seafront in North Tyneside.

Established in 1990 and recognised as the largest independent electrical wholesaler in the North East, Park has four specialist divisions, lighting design, energy services, building technologies and industrial services.

With a £20m turnover, the company has headquarters on the Team Valley Industrial Estate, Gateshead, and branches in Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham.

Snowdon added: “We see great opportunities for future growth in other areas of the country and the potential to establish a base elsewhere, is something that we are currently exploring.

“To support this growth further, the company has recently appointed Graham McMullen as national sales manager, building technologies, to promote the specialist services divisions in other areas of the UK.”

“Trying to stay ahead of the pack is difficult as predominantly most projects are down to cost. [But] we have spent more time and resource on training our staff in new, innovative approaches and products.

“We have also developed our knowledge in building technologies such as the advanced KNX protocol to add further value to our schemes.”

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