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C J Haughey – a leading national groundworks and civil engineering firm – has bought a 35,000 sq ft building on the Middlemarch Business Park 10 years after 32-year-old founder Chris Haughey started the business from his Binley living room.

The company, which has a team of around 300 contractors working across the country, has experienced 40 per cent growth in the last 12 months.

It recently won a £17 million contract at a power station development in Wales, has worked on Olympic 2012 sites and has also landed a national award as the emerging contractor of the year.

Mr Haughey, who is managing director of the company, said the move was a result of the company expanding its operations.

He said: "Until the last few years we really were a regional operator but we have recently been winning sizeable contracts right across the UK and that has really moved us to the next level.

"The first office we had was a starter unit on the Bilton Road industrial estate and we then moved to a unit on the same location. Over the years we just kept expanding our office space because by the time we looked at new units we had already outgrown them!

"This new headquarters has enough expansion room for many years to come and will allow us to continue on our planned growth path."

Haughey's central office team of 30 are based at the Middlemarch Business Park building, along with plant and machinery used by the company on its contracts.

The move to the £1.6 million building on Siskin Parkway East was masterminded by accountants Harrison Beale & Owen, commercial property specialists Bromwich Hardy, solicitors Lodders and was funded by Handelsbanken – all locally based firms.

Rob Kendall, of Harrison Beale & Owen, said: "This truly is a success story. Chris has built a company by hard work and determination and now heads up a national operation.

"Although C J Haughey now operates right across the UK, it is very much a Coventry and Warwickshire company, and the whole move to its new headquarters from concept to completion was achieved by professionals based in the local area."