Story on site with steel store

Story Contracting has been chosen to build a £1m warehouse for the new home of Carlisle-based steel stockholder Thomas Graham.

The project, due to complete in May, is currently under construction at Kingmoor Park, north of Carlisle, where Thomas Graham is moving all operations and staff after outgrowing its existing premises elsewhere in the city.

When completed, the 75,000 sq ft building will be used to store steel, aluminium and other metal supplies. The project is being led by Carlisle-based Story's construction division.

Thomas Graham was founded in 1892 and employs 150 staff, around half based in Carlisle. The firm supplies metal, hardware and industrial services to trade customers across Cumbria, Lancashire and the south of Scotland.

Alistair Grant, construction director of Story Contracting, said: "Thomas Graham is an historic Carlisle company and one we have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with, so it is a source of pride that we are managing this project. The business is prospering and by investing in Carlisle it is showing a clear commitment to the city. We are being appointed to an increasing number of these projects which is a clear sign that the economy is continuing to improve."

Phil Barnes, operations director at Thomas Graham, added: "Having been based in Carlisle for more than 120 years, we have occupied several sites in and around the city. The move to Kingmoor offers us the chance to bring all our operations and staff together in one place, which will ultimately mean an even better service to our customers.

"Crucially, our new home also provides room for expansion, which I think demonstrates both our ambition for the firm and continuing commitment to Carlisle, so we are really pleased that a local company like Story can assist us in our move."

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