Glencar replaces Midas on £23m Stihl HQ project

Glencar has replaced collapsed company Midas as the main builder of German power tool maker Stihl’s new £23million UK headquarters.

Midas, which was based in Devon, took office in February, after struggling with the postponement or delay of contracts during the COVID-19 pandemic, laying off 303 people.

The company had been slated to build Stihl’s new warehouse and Surrey headquarters in December 2021. It was originally due to start work on the site in February.

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

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

Speaking of the contract award, Glencar Managing Director for London and the South, Roy Jones, said: “Stihl are the world leader in chainsaws and garden power tools, setting the standard for over 90 years. years, so Glencar is both honored and proud to have been appointed to design and build their new headquarters and distribution facilities.

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

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

An adjoining 25,000 square foot corporate headquarters will house dedicated retailer training facilities, an on-site restaurant, flexible co-working spaces and a technical workshop.

A new car park, a service yard, landscaping and the construction of a new access from the adjoining A331 also take part in the construction.

Stihl GB Managing Director, Kay Green, said: “Stihl has experienced a period of sustained growth in recent years and as a result we have outgrown our existing warehouses and offices.

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

“We are delighted to have been able to secure a suitable site in Camberley, and we look forward to working with Glencar and seeing the progress of construction.”

Construction of the new facility is expected to take 42 weeks and is expected to be completed by May 2023.

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

Alice F. Ponder