Residents Object to More Student Flats
24th Apr 2018
Builder JA Ball is about to complete a 10-month project in which it is converting part of an office block into 46 apartments in Leicester.
The upper five floors of the building at Allied Place, overlooking St Margaret's Bus Station, are being transformed into 16 studio apartments, 17 one-bedroom apartments and 13 two-bedroom apartments.
Adam Ball, founder and co-owner of the business, said: "There are currently around 20 workmen on site, which has opened up several new job opportunities for tradesmen in the area. They will then move on to future developments within the company. Just metres away from Allied Place is Abbey House of which we are also the main contractor. In addition to these projects we have just completed works at East Bond Street, Belgrave Gate and Church Gate, all refurbishments that are specifically for student accommodation, also based in Leicester city centre."
Mr. Ball said that the firm's diversification into commercial contracts had led it to embrace new construction techniques, provided training for staff and seen investment in major plant equipment.
The company, founded in 1992, has 25 employees and 55 subcontractors, which it expects to increase over the next 12 months. Mr Ball said turnover last year was more than £15 million, up from £10 million the previous year.
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