Housebuilder invites applications

Cala offers work to contractors in East Lothian

tradesmanHouse builder Cala Homes is inviting local contractors to apply for work on 12 properties it is building in North Berwick.

Early work on the site will include the initial earthworks and placing the compound and welfare facility, including office, canteen, toilets, drying room and other facilities for staff on site.

The sub structure, including drainage and laying of foundations, will take shape over the next three months. The main construction work is due to start in January when the timber frames will be put in place, marking the best point for local contractors to get involved. The homes will be ready for occupation in the summer of next year.

Contract manager Brian Cawley, who is overseeing the project at Gilsland Grange, said: “We try to employ as many local trades as possible on our sites, and this site will be no different.

“We want to make sure local employers are involved, so we are encouraging contractors based in and around North Berwick and elsewhere in East Lothian to contact us.

“At the very least it is a chance for them to find out what Cala Homes is all about and how we work and share our commitment to quality and to health and safety.

“For those who are the right fit and who are ambitious, this is a chance to work on this innovative project and to put themselves in the frame for future work on other developments in East Lothian.”

One local contractor already benefitting from working on the site is Gary Higgins (pictured) of Lothian Electrical and Data Solutions.

He said: “I’ve been working with Cala on the North Berwick sites since they began in 2013.

“Getting this kind of work is obviously fantastic and it’s great to see they are so committed to supporting local firms.”

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