Lords completes first phase of transformation of former Burdens branch

London-based Lords Builders Merchants has completed the first phase of works to the former Burdens 2.5 acre site in Hayes after 12 months of planning delays.

Lords completes first phase of transformation of former Burdens branch

The site has been transformed with a substantial seven-figure investment programme with the installation of racking, open fronted storage, the concreting of 1 acre of the yard and the demolition and replacement of the old warehouse.

After taking over the business from the administrators in January 2012, Lords started the transformation of the premises in February 2014 and continued throughout the year with the site still operational and growing.

Lords Builders Merchants CEO Shanker Patel said: “When we took over the site it was evident there had been no investment for at least two decades and that it would need a substantial refurbishment to be able to realise its full potential.

“What we also recognised was that we could create a substantial and successful business operation because of the size and the location of the site which perfectly suited our business model.”

The merchant is now planning to undertake the second phase of the expansion at Hayes with the creation of a new trade counter, showroom and sales office.

The expansion at the Hayes site is part of a five-year plan to increase the size of the business by three fold through strategic acquisitions, organic investment and the recruitment of industry professionals.

Lords say they have the infrastructure, management and finances to implement their strategy of growing existing branches whilst undertaking the procurement of new sites and acquiring other businesses.

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