Award winning Savesta Construction Limited, founded by Samuel Hudman in January 2018, is one of Wolverhampton’s newest businesses.
Savesta was born from an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion to deliver construction projects safely and sustainably. We are currently based at the Creative Industries Centre at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park.
Upon the announcement that Carillion was to go into liquidation with immediate effect, Sam, our founder, who was a bid and project manager for the company, knew that there were a number of projects and clients in the West Midlands who would be left in limbo. Seizing the opportunity to put his team’s knowledge and wide-ranging, main contractor experience to good use locally, he approached Heath Park Academy, whose £3 million stand-alone Art block project was one of those affected. Following a competitive tender process, the newly-formed Savesta Construction Ltd was appointed to the contract.
During delivery of the Heath Park project, Savesta reached out to a local technical college and were able to provide surplus materials for them to use on training projects. They also supported the All Saints Action Network by donating waste timber to the Wood Saints project, which provides training, volunteering and employment opportunities for up to 30 people every year through the recycling and reuse of wood waste. Savesta are committed to continuing their community engagement programmes, and continue to seek out local partners to work with to deliver real change in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands.
The Heath Park Academy Art Block was delivered in December 2018, on time and on budget.
“On behalf of our Heath Park community I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam and the team for turning Jonathan’s fantastic design into a reality. We are overwhelmed with the finished building and cannot underestimate the impact this will have on the life chances of generations of young people and families.”
Georgetta Holloway OBE, Executive Head of Central Learning Partnership Trust.
Savesta help customers through the entire construction project life-cycle by offering clear and honest advice from initial design development, through costing advice, planning development and then go on to deliver the construction works. Effectively creating a one-stop shop for the delivery of a construction project. Committed to delivering projects within a 30-40 mile radius of Wolverhampton, we provide a large, main contractor experience on a more personal level, with a supply chain focus, supporting local businesses and suppliers. We are determined to be responsive to the needs of the supply chain, including fair payment terms.
“It was a breath of fresh air working with Samuel Hudman and the team at Savesta Construction on the Heath Park Academy project. We were involved from the early stages and the change in main contractor could have been wrought with issues. It was refreshing to engage with a contractor that understood and was mindful of our needs as a sub-contractor, allowing us to keep to schedule and deliver our service without a hitch. I would be more than happy to work with them in the future.”
Glyn Evans, Director, Construction Profiles Ltd
Our workforce continues to expand, providing opportunities for local people. The team includes five former Carillion employees, and a number of others have been employed in consulting roles. Aside from the Heath Park Academy project, our first year trading saw Savesta deliver a £50,000 refurbishment scheme. Now at the beginning of year 2 we are currently mobilising a £2 million New Dining Hall and Science Block extension at Moseley Park Secondary School in Bilston, with a further £6 million project in the early stages of development.
“This is a fantastic phoenix from the flames story and Sam deserves a huge amount of credit for what he has achieved in such a short space of time. It is an example of the entrepreneurial spirit in the city and shows how businesses, with support from the council and city partners, are thriving in Wolverhampton. It is great to see a Wolverhampton company and local people in the supply chain benefiting from city contracts.”
Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton council’s cabinet member for city economy.
Moving forward, Our strategy is of realistic sustainable growth. Focusing on projects from £500,000 to £5 million in value, turnover is projected to go from £3 million in the first year to £10 million in 3 to 4 years. Key to achieving this objective is the development of staff. Here at Savesta we recognise that a business is only as good as the people it employs. We are committed to investing in all employee development, we cover the cost of professional memberships and support the requirement for continued Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of those memberships.
Fundamental to the business plan is finding the right local people to train within the business and build their career within Savesta. Conversations are currently ongoing with Wolverhampton College with a view to providing apprenticeships, work experience and training opportunities either directly with us as a company or through links to local contractors and suppliers.
We also continue to offer main contractor services, but with small contractor levels of service and support. They provide a level of responsiveness, personal focus and unique insight that a large organisation such as Carillion could not. Construction has been at the heart of Wolverhampton’s history for many years.
Director of Savesta Construction Ltd.