How Rainton Construction’s successful growth led to an unprecedented jump in turnover  

Rainton Construction, an award-winning civil engineering and road surfacing company, is built on the solid foundation of family values. Based in Durham, England, the company’s commitment to responsible practices has led to continued resilience and success.

As part of MGL Group, one of the region’s largest privately-owned construction and demolition businesses, the organisation offers single services or end-to-end solutions to reshape the built environment.

The Group’s Joint Chief Executive, Dave Elliott affirms: “Our solid reputation is founded on operational excellence, innovation, and sustainability. Each new project is driven by our dedication to safety, productivity, and creating a lasting positive impact. Whether we operate as principal contractor or through partnership agreements with Tier 1 contractors, we work on projects of all sizes.

“At the heart of our company lies a strong family ethos, shaping every decision. Our commitment to supporting local communities goes beyond our core services – it’s a commitment to creating a lasting impact, nurturing growth, and empowering the neighbourhoods we serve.

“Trust, integrity, and community are the cornerstones of our approach and drive our continued success,” he continues. “In 2022, MGL Group achieved a consolidated turnover of £100 million, part of which was due to Rainton Construction’s impressive growth in the last financial year. We believe that this is a result of our commitment to social, economic, and environmental responsibility. As we move forward, these values will continue to guide us, ensuring that we create a positive impact.

“We are proud to be actively involved in significant local projects within our region, notably Teesworks, part of the UK’s largest freeport. This is a collective group effort, with MGL Demolition and MGL Earthworks playing essential roles in ground remediation and site clearance, while Rainton Construction is currently leading the delivery of the mile-long South Bank Link Road, a crucial access route unlocking the vast 4500-acre site.

“On another area of the site, we are also part of the project team for the £450 million SeAH Wind monopile facility, led by K2 Construction Management. It’s one of the largest civil engineering schemes we’ve taken on to date, with approximately 200 site personnel including our supply chain actively engaged on-site.”

The business continues to strengthen its position by investing in its teams, who are the core of the company’s success. Dave elaborates: “Across the group we employ over 450 talented people. Their vast knowledge and experience embody our founding principles of delivering high-quality workmanship and developing strong partnerships.

“We foster a supportive and inclusive culture that places a strong emphasis on professional growth and development. Our commitment extends to passing on valuable skills to the next generation. We currently have 25 apprentices, two graduates, a T-Level student and various work placement students, who all gain hands-on experience alongside their studies. We’re always excited to see young people progress in their careers.”

The commitment to attracting, developing, and retaining industry talent has been recognised in the form of multiple industry awards. This includes winning the Trainee Quantity Surveyor of the Year award for two consecutive years and the acclaimed Apprentice of the Year title at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) North East Awards. The company’s Chairman, Alan Davison, was also honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Additionally, two employees secured the Manager of the Year title and a Highly Commended accolade in the Plant Operator of the Year category at the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) Awards.

The business has also received various innovation and sustainability awards, largely due to its recycling efforts. “We develop and self-deliver a range of surfacing solutions through our asphalt production company, Tynedale Roadstone, and use materials from our hard rock quarry in Northumberland,” Dave explains. “We lay these on local road networks through our surfacing division, part of Rainton Construction.

“Our sustainable Plastipave® material is a long-term, cost-effective, and sustainable asphalt pavement solution for end-of-use waste streams. Recently it earned its second consecutive award at the Constructing Excellence in the North East (CENE) Awards.”

Looking ahead, Dave envisions a promising future: “Having completed some transformative projects in the past year, we remain committed to exploring potential opportunities for expansion and further diversification. Our goal is to adapt to the evolving market and cater to our clients’ ever-changing needs.”

He concludes: “With the support of third-generation family members, our collective aim is to sustain our trajectory of steady growth and continue our dedication to community-focused construction.”