Premier Modular appoints new managing director

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Premier Modular has appointed David Harris as managing director, this follows the retirement of Eugenio de Sa after more than 20 years in the business

David Harris has been a director of Premier since 2011 when he joined to lead its permanent offsite construction division.

In 2018 he became divisional director with responsibility for Premier’s modular hire business.

One of Harris’ career highlights was leading negotiations to secure the £50m contract for the provision of 38,000m2 of office and welfare accommodation for the Hinkley Point C project.

This was awarded to Premier and is the company’s largest project to date, involving the offsite manufacture and installation of 900+ modules. The unions working on the nuclear power station site have since recognised the welfare accommodation as the best in Europe.

Meeting evolving customer needs

David Harris, said: “Eugenio is leaving a fantastic legacy. His leadership, commitment and passion for the business have made Premier the force it is today.

“Our financial performance is one of the strongest in the offsite sector. We have achieved significant growth in the last eight years, taking Premier to a £65m turnover business.

“We have increased market share in our core sectors – commercial, industrial, education, and healthcare – and are diversifying into new markets such as residential.

“We are also expanding into new geographical areas, for example, building on the success of our hire business in London to supply construction site accommodation to contractors across the UK.

“Key to our success has been our extremely flexible approach. We offer a full range of design, offsite manufacturing, fitting out and construction services to both contractors and clients. We are also committed to innovation and are developing new building products for hire to meet evolving customer needs.”

“We have a clear vision and strategy for the next phase in our growth and have ambitious plans to increase turnover to £100m in three years, providing a healthy return for shareholders.”

Eugenio de Sa, said: “We are delighted that David is taking full responsibility for leading Premier and for the continued delivery of our strategic growth plan.

“This is a really exciting phase in the history of the business which is one of the longest established and most successful offsite specialists in the UK.

“David’s appointment gives us fantastic continuity and he brings a wealth of industry and leadership experience to the role. He is supported by an outstanding management team.”

Eugenio de Sa remains as executive chairman until the end of 2020.

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