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24. November, 2016|News|Comments Off on Takeover Sparking Growth for City Electrical Business

 

Merlx Electrical – Biggest deal comes a year after acquisition

Merlx has marked its first anniversary 28th September 2016 following its takeover by embarking on a housing renovation project, which is the biggest contract in its history.

Merlx, which is based in Williamson Street, east Hull, is working on improvements to more than 300 homes in the Preston Road area of the city, having been appointed by the main contractor Willmott Dixon.

Chris Fawley, who completed the acquisition of Merlx in September last year and is now the company’s electrical services director, said the year has brought consolidation followed by expansion in the commercial and residential property sectors.

His first step was to change the status of his workforce from sub-contractors to employees, including a dedicated fire alarm and emergency lighting specialist.

Mr Fawley said: “We wanted to employ people ourselves. It makes the overheads a bit higher but we were confident we could keep everybody busy and that has certainly been the case.”

The work at Preston Road is part of a £35m contract awarded to Willmott Dixon by Hull City Council to improve more than 2,000 homes across the city.

The current phase, which will be completed early next year, involves recladding the properties to retain the heat and improve the look.

Mr Fawley said: “Our part of the job is to remove any electrical fittings from the outside of the properties and put them back again afterwards. The houses are all occupied, which means we have to be sensitive to the routines of the people who live there. We started our work in September and it will run into next year.
I did some work for Willmott Dixon years ago and they have approached us for this.