New ownership and outlook for ambitious building firm

Ashley King, new owner of Langwith Construction at an open day with daughter Chloe King and managing director Alan Melton.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Ashley King, new owner of Langwith Construction at an open day with daughter Chloe King and managing director Alan Melton. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The building and construction industry across Lincolnshire and eastern England has a new and enhanced player in the form of Holbeach-based Langwith Construction.

Formerly known as Langwith Builders, the 90-year old developer has received new impetus from a change in ownership and management.

Holbeach property developer Ashley King is the new owner of Langwith Construction in Fen Road and he has brought in Alan Melton as managing director, triggering a number of changes at both boardroom and workforce levels.

Mr King said: “We’re very, very pleased to be involved in Langwith Construction and we’re looking to grow the business by putting significant investment into the district.

“We’re a business turning over about £12 million a year and we’re looking to expand on the back of both residential and development land that we own.”

One of the most immediate projects Langwith Construction is involved with is the Lincs Gateway Business Park off the A16 between Spalding and Cowbit.

The development will include a Premier Inn Hotel, Brewer’s Fayre pub/restaurant, conference and exhibition centre, service station and warehouse area.

Mr King said: “We’re very excited by the Gateway project, it’s a prominent project and one of the key projects in this area over the last ten to 20 years.”

Langwith Construction has an impressive track record of developments across South Holland in recent years, including the Curlew Centre, Sutton Bridge, University Academy Holbeach and the new Wygate Park Primary Academy in Spalding.

Mr Melton said: “It’s a very exciting time for us because we’re bringing together all of Ashley King’s business expertise and acumen, the investment he is prepared to make in Langwith Construction and my experience in general construction.

“We’re keen to keep the business customer-focused but we’re both very ambitious as well and we’d like to think that in a few years’ time, we’ll be one of the foremost construction businesses in Lincolnshire and north-east Cambridgeshire.

“Ashley King took the opportunity to by into an already established business and what we have in front of us is a very, very exciting future.”