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Sponsor’s Profile – MLC

Civil engineering and building excellence in York for over 50 years

With a heritage spanning more than 50 years serving clients in York and across the UK, MLC is a highly experienced and skilled team of builders with a strong track record in delivering consistently high quality solutions for the built environment. As it looks ahead to its next half century, the company is attracting a growing client base thanks to a unique blend of capabilities and an ethos driven by quality and attention to detail.

Experienced in all kinds of civil engineering, commercial, design and build, industrial and residential projects, MLC is a trusted supply chain partner through its focus on attention to detail and dedication to the highest standards. The company’s expertise – ranging from roadworks to residential, refurbishment to regeneration – includes heritage office space renovations, contemporary build developments, bespoke manufacturing warehouse options and many grand designs.

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This great scope and range of capabilities is what comes of a company whose team’s collective complex structural building experience stretches to more than 250 years. It’s a closely knit team too, with a family mindset which shines through in every project and its customers benefit from a true partnership approach.

A fine example of MLC’s work in York comes with its sympathetic refurbishment of Adam & Cromwell House. Here, MLC was tasked with fully refurbishing a Grade II listed property, transforming it from offices back into three single residences and three apartments. MLC worked closely with English Heritage and York Archaeological Trust to certify that well insulated energy efficient technicalities did not affect the historic nature of the buildings.

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Creating homes fit for the 21st century within an historic context, the properties were completely rewired, given underfloor heating, fire protection, new kitchens, bathrooms and structural improvements. All original features were retained while providing the new owners with state-of-the-art living accommodation plus Local Authority Building Control (LABC) warranties.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, demonstrating MLC’s great expertise is the Flint Mill motor museum in Wetherby. This £1.6m design and build project set in a riverside location is a spectacular project which houses a superb private car collection. The MLC team worked night and day on a stunning two-storey, fit for purpose, ‘super unit’. The steel portal-framed glass building embraced the topography of Wetherby’s uneven terrain via a curved footprint and reflective concave curtain walling was used to the front elevation for a full landscaped effect effortlessly blending.


A capable team focused on building skills – traditional and new, training and future development are all key to the success of MLC, as Steve Hargreaves, Managing Director explains.

“Qualifying in essential trades during the 20th century makes us feel old when, in fact, our hands-on apprenticeships and professional qualifications served a fantastic opportunity to be at the forefront of change,” says Steve. “Adapting to modern techniques without forgetting traditional artisan methods adds a surplus of skills into the MLC melting pot.”

MLC has established itself as a dependable construction partner. The company is one of Yorkshire’s best civil engineering firms for substructure, groundworks, roadworks and highways, with projects including extensive excavations, drainage, ducts and chambers, surface renewal, paving and landscaping. It also provides tailored solutions for structural designs in steel, wood, brick and concrete.

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Commercial construction is another significant sector for MLC, including the delivery of complete turnkey commercial projects which involves taking care of each aspect from ‘start to furnishing’. Its approach throughout each stage of the build process (concept – design – project) centres on clear communication to help clients make the right decisions. This communication and clarity ethos extends to its industrial construction, building refurbishment and residential projects too, as well as design and build.

Steve adds, “We factor design and build into everything from lightweight modular options on a sustainable greenfield scheme to technically confined residential space regeneration. If we design and build a house, it will be more than fit for purpose because, as artisan builders, we understand the beauty in an idea just as much as the assessment procedure for costing out finances.

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“We’re delighted to be sponsoring the York Design Awards and being even more active in the city’s development and building community. With a great new brand and a strong forward order book, we’re looking ahead to a positive 2019 and beyond.”

Find out more about MLC at www.mlcyork.co.uk

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