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Kapex Construction promotes first ever employee

June 22nd, 2020 No comments

Kapex Construction has promoted its first ever employee, Paul Armstrong, to the position of Contracts Manager at Kapex Construction, following a successful first three years of trading,

Newcastle-based The Morton Group is a wholly-owned family business, established in December 2016 by Group CEO Gary Morton and father Brian, following Gary’s return to the region after working on large-scale infrastructure projects in London. The Morton Group consists of Kapex Construction, LOK Developments, and Regents Gate Homes, meaning that it can act as both developer and contractor on building projects.

Now it has promoted Paul Armstrong to the position of Contracts Manager at Kapex Construction.

Paul Armstrong, 34, from Cramlington, was Kapex Construction’s first ever employee and has now been promoted to Contracts Manager in recognition of his commitment and dedication to the business. Paul, who has worked in the construction industry since he left school is a plasterer by trade and has a good knowledge of other trades, with an HNC Certificate and three years at Northumbria University studying construction and engineering project management.

Kapex Construction has just celebrated its third anniversary with its best ever annual results, with turnover rising by 277% in year 3 (April 2019 – March 2020). With a forecast increase of 250% in the next 12 months, the business has a confirmed order book of around £40million.

The construction company is currently recruiting for a series of job roles including bid coordinator, document controller, along with quantity surveyor and senior quantity surveyor positions. Additional roles soon to be advertised include health and safety manager, civils contract manager and a number of finance jobs.

Paul Armstrong said: “I have worked with the Mortons’ since 2005 and was the first ever Kapex Construction employee, so it’s very rewarding to be promoted to Contracts Manager with the company.”

The Morton Group CEO Gary Morton said: “I believe it is important to recognise our talent and to promote from within wherever possible. Our team’s experience, expertise and dedication is what makes our company special so I am delighted to be able to promote Paul in recognition of his hard work and commitment.”

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Banks, PR Account Director
Gardiner Richardson
Tel: 07879 493744

About The Morton Group

The Morton Group is a wholly-owned family business specialising in property development, construction, residential home development and sales as well as the ownership and operation of successful leisure accommodation and facilities business.

Established in 2016 and based in Newcastle, Morton Group’s unique vision and approach means they bring together their expertise, push the boundaries and deliver exceptional returns for their investors.

Consisting of Lok Developments, Kapex Construction and Regents Gate Homes, Morton Group is behind several exciting new developments across the North East and the UK. These include Regents Plaza and Sycamore Square in Gosforth, All Saints Church in Newcastle and Six Hills in Stevenage.


Aarsleff Ground Engineering awarded the Soil Nails contract for new school development in Hexham

June 22nd, 2020 No comments

On behalf of main contractor Galliford Try, Thompsons of Prudhoe has awarded Aarsleff Ground Engineering the contract to design, supply and install a retaining structure approx. 150m long for part of the development of Queen Elizabeth School on Whetstone Bridge Road in Hexham.

The school complex currently consists of a four-storey main building with associated structures. As part of the wider scheme, the work will see the current Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School co-located on one site. Specifically, the Grade II listed building will be preserved, and the new buildings developed to its rear – with the middle school to the south and high school to the north.

With its new Casagrande C6XP-2 rig, Aarsleff will install 360No. soil nails of up to 12m in length over a 923m2 face area. To provide a safe working platform during the soil nail installation and to prevent cut face collapse, Aarsleff will carry out a staged top down construction. Aarsleff’s final scope of works includes the provision of facing comprising a 150mm thick gabion mattress backfilled with granular material to provide an aesthetic finish.

Speaking about the work, Aarsleff’s Senior Geotechnical Consultant Dan Adams said:

“We are delighted that Thompsons of Prudhoe have awarded us this soil nailing contract. We have worked closely on several schemes with Thompsons and we are delighted to further develop this collaborative relationship.

As a leading exponent of soil nailing and with its own geotechnical and design team, Aarsleff Ground Engineering can offer a one stop shop solution from the design and supply to installation and testing for all slope stabilisation projects.

Aarsleff will be on site from the 1st June 2020, with completion expected end July 2020. The schools are expected to open in September 2021.

For more information about Aarsleff and its soil nail solutions, contact the company on 01636 611140 or email  


Notes to Editors:

Aarsleff Ground Engineering Ltd, is the UK trading arm of Danish contracting giant Per Aarsleff A/S, and is one of the UK’s leading piling and geotechnical design and installation specialist contactor; actively promoting early consultation to ensure each scheme can be Value Engineered to give clients the best service, quality design, safety and value.

Aarsleff’s strategy and philosophy of investment into the future has resulted in its wholly owned subsidiary Centrum Pile Ltd having the most advanced precast pile production facilities in the UK, producing segmentally jointed precast concrete piles to BS En12794 to Class 1A.