Premier Modular appoints new hire director

Mark Rooney takes on role as modular construction methods grow in popularity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Premier Modular has appointed Mark Rooney as divisional director for its hire operations.

Rooney joins the business with 15 years experience in leadership roles, 10 years of which have been spent in the construction hire space.

He now takes responsibility for Premier’s hire division, from business development and project delivery, to managing and developing the company’s expanding fleet of modular buildings for hire.

David Harris, managing director, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has really put the modular industry in the spotlight.

“It has given us the opportunity to demonstrate the responsiveness of modular construction and, in particular, of our hire solutions.

“We have worked on some really-high-profile projects in the past year, to incredibly-challenging programmes to help the Government in its response to the pandemic.

“To help meet the increasing demand for our temporary building solutions in every sector, we invested £12m in our hire fleet in just 12 months and have an extremely-high degree of fleet utilisation.

“As the economy is starting to return to normal levels, we are pleased to report a very-strong order pipeline.”

Rooney adds: “This is a really-exciting time to join the business, which has made tremendous progress in the past year.

There is enormous growth potential for Premier’s hire solutions, particularly in healthcare and education, where we are well placed to provide larger, more-complex temporary buildings which may be on hire for a number of years.

These projects range from decant education facilities for use during school redevelopment works, to acute healthcare buildings to help NHS trusts rapidly increase capacity – from specialist ward buildings to theatre blocks.

“We also have ambitious plans to increase our market share in the provision of high-quality project offices for major construction and infrastructure projects, not just in the South East, but across the UK.

“Our aim is to provide additional space very quickly and with levels of quality, fitout, and comfort that make every building feel bespoke.”

Premier is currently working on a number of multi-million pound contracts, including new wards at Royal Cornwall Hospital.

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