Derby County FC manager Nigel Clough (centre),Neil Parker, Derby branch general manager (left) and John Lake, Buildbase regional director.

Rams celebrate Derby merchant's expansion

Published:  16 October, 2009

DERBYSHIRE: Derby County FC manager Nigel Clough and club president Tom Glick visited Lakes Buildbase to perform the official relaunch following an 18-month project to transform the long-established local builders' merchant.

Lakes Buildbase at Lake House, Parcel Terrace in Derby, occupies a large five-acre site and has undergone a three-phase project to extend and improve the facilities for its customers and staff.

The business, whose history dates back 100 years in the area, employs 50 staff. Supplying timber, roofing, plumbing and building materials to tradespeople and home improvement customers, the branch also has a Hirebase tool and equipment hire operation on site.

The main sales area, including building materials, roofing, Hirebase and offices, has been rebuilt and more than doubled in size.

The plumbing and heating area, previously run from a separate branch in Great Northern Road, has been relocated to Parcel Terrace and now includes a kitchen and bathroom showroom.

A fully-equipped timber service mill has been added and a new hard landscaping display has been created to display the latest decorative paving, walling and fencing products.

There are long-standing links between the business and its local football club. Each year, the builders' merchant has staged a large customer event at the club and was the first commercial organisation to book an event at the new Pride Park stadium while it was still under construction.

Said Buildbase regional director, John Lake: "Many of our customers and staff are keen supporters and as a company we've given our backing to the club for decades. Both Nigel and Tom are customers.

"The building industry has been badly hit by the recession and, like everyone else, we've been affected by this.

"We're looking forward to welcoming customers and showing them the new facilities. We have many loyal customers who have been trading here for generations and this is a very exciting time as we move into a new era," Mr Lake commented.

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