Premier Modular has appointed Mark Rooney as divisional director for Hire operations.
Rooney joins the modular building specialist 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.
‘Enormous growth potential’
Commenting on his appointment, Rooney said: “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.”
Premier is currently working on a number of multi-million pound contracts to provide project offices for HS2 in the South East and a £3m project for Kier is nearing completion at Royal Cornwall Hospital to rapidly increase ward capacity.
Rooney added: “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 [England] 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.”
David Harris previously held the position of divisional director for Hire until he was appointed managing director of Premier Modular in 2020, following the retirement of Eugenio de Sa.
Harris 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.”
He added: “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.”
Image: Mark Rooney, Hire director, Premier Modular. Credit: Premier Modular
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