A subsidiary of Tolent Plc, Tolent Construction Limited was formed in Tyneside in 1983 and has since successfully completed a huge variety of development projects encompassing all types of building and civil engineering work in the public and private sector.
Their rapid nationwide expansion has given rise to regional offices in Teesside, Yorkshire and London, as well as a Head Office in Tyneside.
The firm work across various sectors including Commercial, Education, Energy & Waste, Health, Heritage, Refurbishment, Public Sector, Residential, Leisure, Retail, Industrial and Distribution, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical.
The firm believes in delivering efficiency and excellence for all. A spokesperson for Tolent commented:
“One of Tolent’s greatest strengths is our versatility which enables us to deliver efficiency and excellence in projects of all sizes, whether they’re repair works valued at £1,000 or a £60 million contract for a flagship new build development. We operate in all market sectors working on new build, refurbished and fit out projects.
“In the construction industry, safety is a consideration that must never be compromised. It’s a belief which permeates Tolent’s entire organisation and, as with every aspect of our work, we set our safety standards high and achieve consistency through proven procedures.
“The careful management of environmental impact is a vital objective for any organisation but it is especially relevant in construction. As an industry we have a key responsibility in setting the standards of sustainability, minimising pollution and building a healthy global environment with a commitment to low-energy solutions and balanced use of land, minerals and resources.”
The firm has worked on the alteration and refurbishment of the Listed Post Office Building in Sunderland. The £4.7 million project included demolition and facade retention of the sorting office and conversion into 32 luxury apartments together with underground car park facilities. The Grade II listed structure was a very technically challenging project on a restricted city centre site.
Tolent worked closely with the Planning Officer, Historic Buildings Officer and English Heritage with respect to the repairs to the elevations and the retention of numerous internal features. The building needed a wealth of expertise in sensitive refurbishment work which Tolent was able to provide. The exterior provides a contrast between the contemporary interiors of the apartments and the period character of the historic Post Office building.
The firm have also worked on the construction of the Pets at Home store in Widnes. The £0.6 million project was located on the Bowers Retail Park and comprises 560 square metres of retail space and 84 square metres of loading and staff-only space to the rear.
The contract involved both external and internal work with a bespoke specification which combined the requirements outlined by Pets at Home and UK Land Estates. The project was completed on time and within budget. It is now one of over 335 Pets at Home stores across the UK, employing more than 5,900 people.
The firm has established a long standing relationship with University of Huddersfield over the years, completing a series of projects for them including a new reception, library refurbishment, new teaching and performing arts centre in Oldham. The team has also converted a music building into a lecture theatre and teaching facility and offices for the Estates & Facilities department.
Colin Blair, Director of the University of Huddersfield’s Estates & Facilities, commented:
“The fact that we have been using Tolent for in excess of ten projects since 2001 demonstrates our satisfaction with the reliable quality of their work and service. In 2008 they completed five projects with a total value of approximately £8.5 million. In each case Tolent worked closely with the University’s management team and end users to deliver very high quality, high-tech facilities, all of which were completed on time to fit the schedule of the academic year.”