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Vale Southern Construction celebrates 30-year anniversary

A Portsmouth-based family construction business is toasting three decades of success.  

Located in Hilsea, Vale Southern Construction has grown from a small building contractor with three employees into a £15m turnover company with a 20-strong team.

After starting life refurbishing pubs, the company branched out into other sectors, winning its first million-pound contract in 1998 involving a hotel refurbishment. The project’s success triggered more work across the public and private sectors throughout Hampshire and the surrounding areas. The company now boasts a portfolio that ranges from luxury private homes through to multi-million-pound apartment blocks, hotels and shops.

Chairman Martin West led the company from 1994, employing his niece Karen as a receptionist in 1996. Twenty-eight years later, Karen is still a much-valued team member and Vale Southern’s financial controller. Karen’s daughter, Charlotte, is being trained to step into her shoes and sister-in-law Jane looks after the purchase ledger.

In 2011, Martin’s son, Oliver, joined the family business as joint commercial manager and in 2021, took over the reins, becoming managing director.

Oliver, who also celebrated his 30th birthday in January this year, said: “There have been lots of changes and challenges over the years but as a family business, we’ve always maintained the same values and ethos. With a focus on quality and integrity, our clients trust us to deliver projects with care and to go above and beyond what’s expected.

“We’ve built a really strong client base and have always invested in our people, many of whom have stayed with us until they’ve retired. Its thanks to the dedication and skills of our people that we’ve been able to keep building on our excellent reputation. This has laid the foundations for further financial growth.” 

Within the first half of 2024, Vale Southern has bolstered its portfolio with several new contracts, including a £6.7 million project to provide warden-assisted flats in Gosport for Thorngate Churcher Trust, and the £2m expansion of Cliffdale Primary Academy in Portsmouth.



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