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Commendation for one of the UK's most complex interim healthcare schemes

Stoke University Hospital

Portakabin has received a second award commendation for its delivery of a highly complex ward and theatre building at Royal Stoke University Hospital. 

Portakabin Group hands over £2 million Scheme

SouthamptonAfter less than five months on site, the Portakabin Group has handed over a £2 million, four-storey scheme for office support staff at the University Hospital Southampton and to create space for further development, to the benefit of the local community.

Portakabin announces more sustainability initiatives

Portakabin FactoryThe Portakabin Group, the UK’s leading modular building specialist, has announced more sustainability commitments and initiatives to help its customers further reduce their carbon footprint.

Foremans awarded £1.6M contract to use recycled building modules to expand school

HighamForemans Relocatable Building Systems, a member of the Portakabin Group and the UK’s largest supplier of refurbished Portakabin buildings, has been awarded a £1.6 million contract to build a purpose-designed sixth form centre at Higham Lane School in Nuneaton.

Portakabin delivers complete school in just 14 weeks to amazement of parents

PTK DartingtonPortakabin, the UK’s leading supplier of interim modular buildings, has successfully constructed and handed over a complete new 300-pupil interim primary school in Devon in less than four months. 

Shepherd Group backs York Flood Appeal and fund-raising concert

Shepherd Group has donated £15,000 to the York Flood Appeal to help local people affected by the recent devastating floods.

Portakabin Group awarded UKs largest ever off-site contract in the education sector at Riverside Schools Campus

Riverside SchoolThe London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has awarded what is believed to be the largest ever off-site contract in the education sector, to the Portakabin Group – a £44 million project to deliver an innovative three-school campus.

Shepherd Group and Wates Group complete business divestment deal

Shepherd Group has successfully completed the sale of Shepherd Engineering Services (SES) and Shepherd FM, together with a significant number of contracts and strategic frameworks from Shepherd Construction Limited, to Wates Group. 

Wates Group announces preliminary agreement to acquire Shepherd Group Built Environment businesses

Shepherd Group and Wates Group today confirmed that they have reached a preliminary agreement on the sale of two of Shepherd Group's Built Environment businesses to Wates Group - the interests involved are Shepherd Engineering Services and Shepherd FM, its facilities management company. In addition to this, Wates Group would also acquire a significant number of contracts and frameworks from Shepherd Construction Limited.

Shepherd Group agrees to sell Shepherd Homes business to Galliford Try

Shepherd Group has agreed to sell its Shepherd Homes business to Galliford Try

Portakabin Group wins Best Employer at Apprenticeship Awards

The Portakabin Group, the UK’s leading modular building specialist, has won the Large Employer of the Year category at the York Apprenticeship Awards.

Portakabin Group achieves top rating for financial stability

Portakabin Group has again achieved the highest possible rating from Dun & Bradstreet – the global specialist in business information and financial risk analysis.

Portakabin keeps the customer satisfied

In sharp contrast to current trends, Portakabin Group has announced that its customer satisfaction scores have been maintained at 92 per cent 

Portakabin Hire receives largest ever order

Portakabin has been awarded a £13.5 million contract – the largest in the division’s 52-year history – to expand ward and theatre accommodation for orthopaedic services at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Shepherd FM courts success with Simmons & Simmons partnership

Shepherd FM has reaffirmed its position as one of the UK’s leading providers of facilities management to the legal services sector, after being appointed by international law firm Simmons & Simmons. 

Standard Chartered banks on Shepherd FM once again

Shepherd FM, has announced the renewal of its contract to provide mechanical and electrical (M&E) services and helpdesk support at Standard Chartered Bank’s headquarters at 1 Basinghall Avenue, London. 

Shepherd Group Highlights focus on Quality of Earnings

Shepherd Group reported flat Group earnings (EBIT) of £10.1m (2013: £10.2m) on reduced revenue of £686m (2013: £748m) for the year ending 30 June 2014 and once again retained a nil gearing (no debt) position.  

First Modular Construction Nuclear Analysis Lab handed over at Dounreay

The first nuclear facility of its kind to be built using modular construction has been handed over and is now undergoing active commissioning at Dounreay in Scotland.

Pirbright Honoured at BCI Awards

The BBSRC National Virology Centre: The Plowright Building, constructed and engineered by Shepherd at The Pirbright Institute in Surrey, won the Judges’ Special Award at the prestigious 2014 British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards. 

Shepherd sets gold standard with S-Lab ‘Supporting World Class Science’ Conference sponsorship

Safe Successful Sustainable -LAB Shepherd has been confirmed as a gold sponsor of the national S-Lab Conference and Awards, where UK science industry leaders will debate the future of safe, successful and sustainable laboratories.

Shepherd Construction appointed to £1bn regional framework

Shepherd construction has been selected as a preferred tenderer for the north west construction hub (nwch) high value framework for use by local authorities and other public sector organisations in the north west region. 

Portakabin delivers major interim office project for JLR

Portakabin has delivered a 3,500m² interim office complex for Jaguar Land Rover, overcoming challenging weather conditions to deliver the building on time. 

Shepherd FM delivers TNT Express contract win

Shepherd FM has won the contract to deliver mechanical and electrical maintenance to TNT Express, the leading global express delivery company

David Williams appointed Chairman of Shepherd Group

David Williams has been appointed Chairman of Shepherd Group.  Mr Williams joined the Shepherd Group Board of Directors in March as part of a planned succession to Alan Fletcher, who has stepped down after almost 13 years as  Chairman.

Shepherd FM wins contract to maintain award-winning new student centre

Shepherd FM has added the world-renowned London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to its ever-growing client portfolio after being awarded the maintenance contract for the iconic institution’s dynamic new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

Shepherd FM wins £5m Executive Offices Group contract

Shepherd FM has won a £5m contract to deliver reactive and planned preventative maintenance to 27 properties across leading high-end serviced office provider Executive Offices Group’s prestigious Central London portfolio.

Yorkon Modular Buildings - expanded range of colour options boosts flexibility

Yorkon Martin HouseThe Portakabin Group has expanded the range of colours and design possibilities now available for buildings constructed using its Yorkon off-site solutions, giving architects, contractors and customers even greater aesthetic flexibility. The palette of colours for the steel envelope has also been expanded from 20 to 55, giving architects and designers genuine creative freedom without having to specify secondary cladding.  

Portakabin Launches New Planning and Building Control Service

Portakabin Mar 14Portakabin Hire has launched a new Planning and Building Control Service to manage the Building Regulations and planning process for the supply of interim modular buildings.

Shepherd Construction Secures ‚£15.6 Million Holland Park Contract

Holland Park March 14

Shepherd Construction has been granted a £15.6 million contract to design and build 50 residential apartments in London’s Holland Park, Kensington.

New ƒ?‚¢??Yorkonƒ?‚¢?? Primary opens to meet the severe shortage of school places

A primary school constructed using the new Yorkon building system from the Portakabin Group, has opened to help meet the severe shortage of places in Barking and Dagenham.

Portakabin Acquires Oecon (Germany)


Portakabin Limited, part of the Shepherd Group, has announced the acquisition of Oecon Mobilraum GmbH and its subsidiary companies.

Shepherd Group sale of Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes

S.E.K. Manufacturing Limited has acquired the entire share capital of Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Yorkon Awarded UK′S Biggest Health Project to be Built off Site

North Middlesex University HospitalYorkon has been awarded its largest ever building project, and what is believed to be the biggest and most complex healthcare scheme to be built off site in the UK.  The £17.9m contract for principal contractor Kier Construction is to construct a new Women and Children's Centre at North Middlesex University Hospital.

DLA Piper win launches Shepherd FM Legal Sector Division

Shepherd FM has further enhanced its reputation in the professional services sector with the award of a £4m, five year contract for M&E and maintenance services from DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms.

Portakabin achieves its target of zero waste to landfill ahead of schedule

Zero-wastePortakabin has achieved its objective of zero waste to landfill at its manufacturing centre inYork a year ahead of its December 2013 target.  This significant milestone follows further improvements to the waste management processes across theYork site, which have included waste streaming and segregation for recycling.  Any non-recyclable waste is now incinerated for power generation.

SES secures £15m commercial property contracts

Shepherd Engineering Services (SES) has secured some £15million worth of new work in the North West. On the first of two contracts, SES has been appointed to provide a range of M&E services on the 268,000 sq ft Grade A office development at One St Peter’s Square in Central Manchester. SES will work closely with principal contractor Carillion Construction on the landmark building, which forms part of ambitious plans to transform the city’s business district.

Shepherd Construction snaps up Sainsbury’s store contract

Shepherd Construction has landed a multi-million contract to build a new Sainsbury’s store on behalf of Muse Developments in partnership with Blackpool Council as part of the first phase of the mixed use Talbot Gateway project to regenerate the North East side of Blackpool.

Shepherd Group achieves growth in turnover and underlying profit

Shepherd Group achieved growth in both turnover and underlying profit, together with strong cash generation, for the year ending 30 June 2012.

Portakabin announces major investment in new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility
Portakabin state of the art manufacturing facilityPortakabin has reaffirmed its position as the leading modular building specialist with an investment of more than £6m in a new state-of-the-art production facility at its international headquarters in York. The manufacturing centre is now the most advanced of its kind in Europe.
Shepherd Group secures £50M funding deal
Shepherd Group LogoShepherd Group, whose UK and international interests include the market-leading Portakabin businesses and a range of leading construction, engineering and facilities management companies, has secured a £50m funding package to provide flexibility as it plans its options for growth.
The First nuclear analysis laboratory to be built using modular construction arrives on site at Dounreay

First Nuclear Analysis LaboratoryBritain's newest laboratory for the analysis of radioactive materials has just arrived on site at Dounreay in Scotland.  The project, which is under construction by off-site specialist Yorkon, is also the first nuclear facility of its kind to be built using modular construction, and one of the most complex and remote modular building projects ever undertaken in the UK.

Recycled modular building for sixth form centre at New Academy - completed after just 6 weeks on site

Piggotts SchoolForemans Relocatable Building Systems has handed over a sixth form centre at a new academy in Reading.

Yorkon launches revolutionary New Building System
Yorkon New Building System Award-winning off-site specialist, Yorkon, has launched a new building system which is set to revolutionise modular construction in the UK. 
Shepherd Construction appointed preferred bidder on Daventry University Technical College contract

Daventry CollegeShepherd Construction has been appointed  preferred bidder on the  £8.5 million University Technical College in Daventry.

Yorkon achieves independent accreditation for Health & Safety Management

Award-winning off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has achieved OHSAS 18001 accreditation for design and manufacture.

Portaloo Changing Facility
  • Portaloo Changing FacilityPortaloo, part of the Portakabin Group, has launched a specially designed sports changing facility.
Construction completes on first of three world-class buildings for testing offshore renewable technology

Construction has completed on first of three new structures being constructed at the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Blyth, Northumberland.

Shepherd Group launches Education Delivery Package

The Shepherd Group has launched a new initiative that is designed to take a holistic view of reducing the cost of education building projects by up to 40%.

Liverpool Central Library Picton Reading Room re-emerges as work progresses

Liverpool LibraryAfter 12 months of painstaking restoration, the full glory of Liverpool Central Library's historic Picton Reading Room now emerges.

Drax announces contract with Shepherd Group

Drax has announced that it has entered into a contract with the Shepherd Group for biomass-related construction works at Drax Power Station site.

Shepherd Construction Secures £33million Luxury Hotel Contract

Shepherd Construction has secured a contract to renovate an historic HotelShepherd Construction has secured a £33 million contract to renovate an historic building in London that will become a luxury lifestyle hotel under the EDITION brand, created by Marriott International in partnership with American hotelier Ian Schrager.

Yorkon Completes 50th Modular Petrol Filling Station Kiosk for Tesco

Modular Petrol Filling Station Kiosk for TescoOff-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has completed another milestone for Tesco - its 50th modular petrol filling station (PFS) building for the global retailer. The project was also the first application of Tesco's latest kiosk design and successfully achieved an EPC energy efficiency rating of `˜A'.

Keys to new leisure centre handed over to city

Exterior of Bert Williams Leisure CentreBilston now has a state-of-the-art leisure centre following completion of building work on the new £18.6m facility by main contractor Shepherd Construction.

Shepherd Construction Awarded Building Contract for 15MW Offshore Wind Drive Train Testing Facility

NAREC Contract SigningThe National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has signed a £14.8m contract with Shepherd Construction to deliver a 3,000m² building that will become the world's largest facility for testing entire offshore wind turbine nacelles of up to 15MW capacity.

Profit rise shows Shepherd Group strength and potential

Profit rise for Shepherd Group Shepherd Group made a pre-tax profit of £31.5m in the year ending 30 June 2011, almost doubling the total for the previous year (£16m in 2010). The marked improvement was driven by a 16% increase in turnover to £611m (£526.7m) and the efficiency measures implemented in recent years.

Minister Marks Topping Out Milestone For New World-Class Laboratory Build

New World-Class Laboratory BuildA new laboratory which is being constructed by Shepherd Construction on behalf of the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) in Pirbright, Surrey and its corporate trustee - the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) - has been topped out in a ceremony led by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts.

Ribbon Cutting Marks Milestone For University Library

Ribbon CuttingThe University of York has marked the latest milestone in the modernisation and refurbishment of the University's JB Morrell Library ahead of the completion of the £14million project by Shepherd Construction next year.

Yorkon unit constructed off-site at Plymouth Hospital exceeds Part L 2010 by 90 per cent

YorkonOff-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has handed over a new purpose-built satellite haemodialysis unit for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. In independent tests for air permeability, the building exceeds Building Regulations Part L 2010 by 90 per cent without any adaptation to the standard Yorkon building system.

Portakabin Welcomes Encouraging Optimism in Manufacturing Sector

PortakabinPortakabin, the UK's leading modular building specialist, is supporting the upturn in the UK manufacturing sector, with its range of interim building solutions which allow manufacturers to meet changing business needs very quickly.

Shepherd Construction Hands over New Munitions Factory To BAE Systems

Shepherd ConstructionMain contractor Shepherd Construction has completed a new munitions factory at Radway Green in Crewe, on behalf of defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems.

All eyes on Portakabin creator of Big Brother Village

Portakabin Big BrotherPortakabin, the UK’s leading modular building specialist, has created a state-of-the-art interim production village for production company Endemol for the Channel 5 reality show `˜Big Brother’.

Yorkon awarded £7m contract for first nuclear active analysis laboratory building using modular construction

Yorkon to build and fit out a nuclear laboratory A new partnership led by off-site construction specialist Yorkon has been awarded the £7million contract to design, building at Dounreay in Thurso, Scotland...

Shepherd FM wins £10m contract with CHEP

Shepherd FM wins £10m contract with CHEPShepherd FM has fought off tough competition to win a five year deal with CHEP, one of the global industry leaders in pallet and container pooling solutions. The contract, which is worth around £10 million...

New school building arrives on site in Norfolk

Foremans Wymondham thumbA new sixth form centre has arrived on site at Wymondham High School in Norfolk.

Shepherd Construction Lands University of Warwick Contract

Language News Manager  Shepherd Construction Lands University of Warwick Contract National contractor Shepherd Construction has secured a £17 million design and build contract with the  University of Warwick.

Yorkon awarded £2.4m contract at Lister Hospital, Stevenage

Yorkon awarded contract at Lister Hospital in StevenageAward-winning off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has been awarded a £2.4m construction contract at Lister Hospital in Stevenage - its second project at the hospital for East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Oak tree planted to mark 50 years of portakabin company

Patrick Shepherd, Deputy Group Chairman of the Shepherd Group, and Stephen Price, Chairman of Portakabin Limited, were in attendance to mark this special start to the Portakabin half-centenary

Portakabin celebrates 25 years in Scotland

The Hamilton based quality modular building manufacturer, Portakabin, is celebrating 25 years since the company started trading in Scotland...

Prestigious Award Win For Shepherd Construction Project Manager

A project manager for contractor Shepherd Construction has won one of the industry's most prestigious national awards...

Portakabin achieves business superbrands status and jumps 67 places in 3 years

Portakabin has been revealed as one of the UK's strongest business brands in 2010 by the Superbrands organisation, jumping 67 places since 2008...

Portakabin joins elite 15% of businesses in the uk with top rating for financial stability

Modular building specialist, Portakabin, has achieved the highest possible rating from Dun & Bradstreet, the world's leading source of business information. This coveted award puts Portakabin in the top 15 per cent of all companies in the UK and Ireland for financial stability.