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Offsite firm Merit appoints new Operations director

by Liam Turner
Steve Barrett, Operations director, Merit

Northumberland-based offsite construction and manufacturing specialist Merit has appointed Steve Barrett to the role of Operations director.

Steve initially joined Merit in 2021 as a project director with more than 20 years of operations experience.

Having previously worked in senior operational roles at international consultancy Jacobs and Laing O’Rourke, Steve is tasked with overall responsibility for project delivery and planning.

Merit’s CEO, Tony Wells, said: “Our newest appointment to Merit’s board of directors cements our commitment to delivering the highest rates of productivity within the construction industry.

“Having already made an impact in his role as project director, we are delighted to welcome Steve into his new role as Operations director to support Merit’s high period of growth.”

He added: “With operational efficiency, innovation, and health and safety in mind, Steve’s extensive expertise will play a major role in further enhancing Merit’s offsite manufacturing capabilities.”

Steve Barrett said: “I’ve held operations roles in construction and engineering for over two decades now and am all too aware of the limitations and challenges that hamper traditional construction.

“Since joining Merit in 2021, I’ve been hugely impressed by its commitment to innovation and the thrill that comes with being part of a thriving business that is revolutionising the sector.

“Merit’s investment in R&D is way ahead of traditional construction, and I’m looking forward to playing a leading role in implementing this expertise by sharpening and standardising our approach.”

He added: “There has never been a greater opportunity to transform how we deliver building projects in our industry.

“I look forward to working with the rest of the team as we continue to deliver projects faster, more efficiently, and more sustainably across the UK.”

Merit recently announced a “record” financial year, in which overall revenues climbed by 44% to £60,220,482, and total profits rose by 256% to £3,730,676.

Early this year, Merit announced a 4,000m2 expansion at its Cramlington site to accommodate its plans for further growth.

Image: Steve Barrett, Operations director, Merit

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