Craig Group Loosens Purse Strings for Aberdeen Expansion

Craig Group has invested $639,360 (GBP 400,000) in extending its Aberdeen headquarters to accommodate additional jobs created as a result of the expansion of its fleet.

The family-run shipping and energy business invested in a contemporary extension to their Queens Road premises. 900 square feet of new office space was designed and built by Space Solutions. The existing rear extension to the building was re-clad and rendered in order to match the new extension to present a unified appearance, the IT department was upgraded and a second meeting room was created on the top floor.

Craig Group chairman and managing director, Douglas Craig, said, "This extension was necessary to accommodate the additional jobs created as a result of the increase to our fleet and allow for future expansion.

"Through continued investment in our infrastructure, people and vessels, we continue to underline our commitment to safety, service and quality."

Graeme Nisbet, business development manager of Space Solutions, said, "We designed and built the extension to ensure the Craig Group could optimize their day-to-day business functions. The work was carried out without any disruption which led to a seamless transition and relocation into the new extension."

The company moved to the prestigious building in the city's West End in early 2009 after 75 years at Aberdeen Harbour.

The Craig Group fleet, operated by North Star Shipping, now stands at 31 vessels in service with a further six vessels under construction, which will bring the Craig Group fleet to 37 and reinforce its position as the largest and youngest British wholly owned fleet engaged in the UK Offshore Industry.

The privately owned, family-run business recently reported an increase in turnover to almost £112million with a 50% increase in pre-tax profits.