Leeds roofing group Everlast to create 30 new jobs in 2020

A roofing group which has worked on major projects at the Royal Armouries and London Victoria Station is creating 30 jobs after expanding its workforce by 25 per cent last year.

Everlast, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has grown to become a £28m turnover business, employing more than 80 people.

The Leeds-based roofing and cladding group provides specialist services across the construction, property and rail sectors. Founded by chief executive Terry Deighton in 2000, in the last 12 months the firm has created 20 jobs, with a further 30 hires planned for 2020.

Everlast, which includes divisions such as roofing and cladding, rail infrastructure works, scaffolding, facilities management and specialist surveys, carried out more than 1,500 projects ranging from £500 to £3m across the UK and Europe in 2019.

The firm has worked on schemes including the £600,000 re-roofing of Sheffield’s Park Hill flats and a £400,000 project to install a new roof for the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Everlast has also delivered waterproofing projects for the Manchester Arndale Centre and York University, as well as replacing the roof covering at one of the country’s busiest railway stations, London Victoria.

Jason Cross, inset, managing director of the firm’s rail division, said: “Delivering roofing works for London Victoria was one of our most challenging projects so far. Not only is it a listed building in the heart of London but it had to remain fully operational for the duration of the project, which involved fitting steel roofing to the station’s grade II-listed vaulted roofs.

“We’re really proud of the skill, dedication and flexibility of our management team, supervisors and fixers who worked on the project from the start to its successful completion.”

Since the Grenfell fire tragedy of 2017, Everlast’s fire remediation team has also been contracted to work on growing numbers of major fire prevention projects, replacing cladding, glazing and façade systems to buildings and installing fire breaks and non-flammable insulation to upgrade safety.

The firm is currently carrying out £3.5m of refurbishment schemes for the Novotel hotels group at its Birmingham Airport and Greenwich sites, replacing aluminium composite cladding panels and fire stops to ensure the safety of both sites.

“Both hotels have remained open to guests while we carried out the fire prevention installation, and the Birmingham Novotel is right next to the airport which brings its own security and operational issues,” said project manager Richard Wattam.

“However we have completed the Greenwich project with minimum disruption to the daily life of the hotel and Birmingham is on schedule to be completed in May.”

Managing director, Michael Hunter, 
added: “The last two decades have seen
the firm go from strength to strength as we have diversified into new areas such as schools and colleges, where we have carried out several re-roofing projects.

“Everlast are all about improving buildings, and using innovative solutions to make them safer and more comfortable to live and work in.”