Helensburgh construction firm expands with Inverclyde base

Craig McAllister (construction director, Stewart and Shields) and Andrew Bowman (head of business investment, Ri)

HELENSBURGH-based construction firm Stewart & Shields has taken over 4,500 square feet premises at Kelburn Business Park in Port Glasgow.

Riverside Inverclyde (Ri), the organisation delivering the economic redevelopment of Inverclyde, said the units have been leased for five years and comprise offices and storage facilities for the company’s plant and equipment.

Stewart & Shields is run by the founder’s grandsons, Richard and Mark Shields. The business covers projects including new build, refurbishment and conversion work.

Richard Shields said, “We have been impressed by the support we have received from Ri whose team went out of their way to make our entry into the new premises almost entirely hassle-free. We have successfully tendered for many developments across Scotland and in particular the west coast including Inverclyde, so a bonus of the new location is a handy base from which we expect to hire local people to support further business growth.”

Gerry McCarthy, chair of Ri added, “We are delighted that Stewart & Shields, like a growing list of businesses including Peak Scientific, Balmore Group, On-Site Scanning, Nutcrafter Creamery and the Start-Up Drinks Lab, has expressed its enthusiasm for Inverclyde’s Kelburn Business Park as a base from which to do business throughout west central Scotland. This is further proof of the growing confidence in the construction market in Inverclyde through the number of developments and on-going regeneration.  We wish Richard and his team continued success for the future.”