Kier’s operations director moves to Barnwood Construction

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Barnwood has appointed Kier’s former operations director, Ben Ramsay as its new managing director

Ramsay will take over from Simon Carey who will become the Gloucester-based Barnwood Group’s chief executive.

Barnwood Group has been established for more than 57 years and includes Barnwood Construction, Barnwood Shopfitting and Barnwood General Works (which undertakes specialist construction projects).

Ben Ramsay joins Barnwood following the company’s recent completion of a raft of successful building projects.

As operations director for Kier Construction, Ramsay led the team which built the Princess Anne Stand at Cheltenham Racecourse. He previously worked for Pearce Construction and Morgan Sindall.

Ramsay said: “I am delighted to be joining Barnwood which is a great opportunity to support the company through its next stage of evolution. The Group has a strong reputation and I have always admired the building work it has done.

“Every business is built on reputation and that’s what really appeals to me about Barnwood. Its customers and employees are at the heart of everything it does, and my challenge is to build on and strengthen that even further.

“As I take over the leadership of Barnwood Construction’s talented teams, I am committed to deliver it to the same, or even higher standards than before and look forward to broadening the portfolio of work undertaken by the Company.”

Ramsay will be spearheading a number of new construction projects, including the delivery of a £20m contract with one of the UK’s biggest business and science park developers, MEPC, to build 250,000 sq ft of high tech industrial units at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, and major project at Bishop’s Cleeve in Cheltenham for Chancery Gate and Rivershill House, Cheltenham for Telereal Trillium.

Alongside his new role of chief executive, Carey will focus on Barnwood Shopfitting where its teams are working on a range of retail and office interior fitout projects, including banks, building societies and gyms, alongside its regular work with well-known high street fashion brands such as H&M, Jigsaw and Anthropologie.

Carey added: “The construction industry is demanding and competitive. Barnwood has always focused on its future and with Ben’s experience added to our already strong Board, we will continue to meet and exceed our client’s expectations.

“When I joined Barnwood in 2004 we were predominantly an industrial building contractor. Over the last 15 years, we have diversified considerably, and I am looking forward to working alongside Ben in leading the Group’s next stage of growth.”

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