Glencar replaces Midas on £23m Stihl HQ project

Glencar has replaced collapsed firm Midas as the main builder for German power-tool maker Stihl’s new £23m UK headquarters.

Midas, which was based in Devon, entered into administration in February, after struggling with the postponement or delay to contracts during the COVID-19 pandemic, making 303 people redundant.

The firm had been appointed to construct Stihl’s new warehouse and Surrey headquarters in December 2021. It was originally expected to begin working on the site in February.

However, Glencar has confirmed that it will now lead the construction of the 121,000-square-foot site in Camberley, close to the A331.

It comes after Morgan Sindall announced in March that it had taken over the construction of a hotel in Devon from Midas.

Speaking about the contract award, Glencar managing director for London and the South Roy Jones said: “Stihl are world leaders when it comes to chainsaws and garden power tools, setting the standard for over 90 years, so Glencar is both honoured and proud to have been appointed to design and build their new headquarters and distribution facility.

“This state-of-the-art project goes to serve as a further example of our design-and-build credentials and proven ability to construct buildings tailored to our customers’ exacting specifications. We look forward to working with Stihl and the extended project team, and delivering on time and to budget.”

The development, designed by Hale Architects, will include 97,000 square feet of warehouse space, which will use state-of-the-art picking and storage systems to maximise productivity, efficiency and use of space.

An adjoining 25,000-square-foot headquarters will host dedicated retailer training facilities, an on-site restaurant, flexible collaborative workspaces and a technical workshop.

New car parking, a service yard, landscaping and the construction of a new access from the adjoining A331 are also involved in the build.

Stihl GB managing director Kay Green said: “Stihl has enjoyed a sustained period of growth in recent years and, as a consequence, we have outgrown our existing warehouse and office facilities.

“Our new purpose-built headquarters represents a significant capital investment and is a commitment to the future for our local workforce. This cutting-edge facility will allow us to plan for many years of future growth, which will continue to benefit the local economy.

“We are delighted that we were able to secure a suitable site in Camberley, and we’re looking forward to working with Glencar and seeing construction progress.”

The new facility is expected to take 42 weeks to build, with completion expected by May 2023.

In April, administrators’ documents revealed that Midas owed more than £60m in debt when it collapsed, including £4.5m to former employees.

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