About Us

Founded in 1974, GPC74 has progressively diversified to provide project management, design, supply, installation and maintenance in; construction, groundworks, retail fit out, mechanical and electrical build, specialist drainage and sewage solutions.

We offer these multi-disciplined services throughout the UK and this has proved especially invaluable to our clients whose own operational reach extends across the country.  By utilising GPC74 in preference to numerous mono-disciplined regional contractors they benefit from a responsive, seamless and cost-conscious service.

Group Directors and Company Owners, Louis and Emma Purchase, head an energetic and passionate team that strive to provide the most positive client experience.  We have an abiding commitment to both quality of work and client satisfaction that motivates every level of our organisation.

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Both Directors are intrinsically involved to consistently ensure that we provide our clients with the highest standards of professionalism and attentiveness, whilst also adding that personal touch. 

We have a deep-rooted tradition of forging successful and enduring relationships with our clients, who have come to trust our assured and reliable workmanship.  These close partnerships enable us to deliver unique and bespoke services and solutions which are carried out under total quality control, and delivered in a safe and timely manner.

We are a family business in the widest sense of the word – not only do we have a husband and wife team leading the company, but many of our employees have followed their fathers into the business, and so we now have sons, daughters, uncles, brothers and other relations working for us, and long may this continue.  We strongly feel that this has helped to build a loyal, friendly, highly skilled and experienced workforce which strengthens our operations, ensuring we areable to continue to grow, diversify and excel in all that we do.

We have a genuine willingness to ‘go the extra mile’, to resolve the unsolvable and to persevere in triumphing over the most challenging of tasks and deadlines.  We never stand still or rest on our laurels, we are always exploring ways of improving or looking for the next challenge or opportunity.  It is this commitment that has always served to differentiate us from others, and our values and ethos which binds our team is the source of our continued success and growth.

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LEGACY, PRESENT & FUTURE

1970’s
Gordon Cork, founder of GPC74, grew up on his family dairy farm in Shropshire and in the early 70’s started working on local farms carrying out agricultural contracting, drainage and groundworks.  As demand for his services grew, in 1974 he set up G.P. Cork Land Drainage Engineers and became quickly prominent in the Shropshire and Staffordshire area installing large agricultural field drainage schemes using the most advanced technology, methods of work and materials of the time.

1980’s
Government funding of agricultural field drainage came to an end and the company branched out into highways and civil drainage working for local authorities, utility and water providers as well as continuing to service agricultural and private land owners.

1990’s
In 1992, G.P.Cork (Plant Hire & Sales) Limited was formed and continued installing land drainage, storm, foul, irrigation and outfall schemes.  We also constructed lagoons, reservoirs, lakes, horse arenas and undertook concreting, tarmacing and other general groundworks.

2000’s
In 2002, Gordon’s daughter, Emma Purchase and GPC74’s Group Company Director began working for the company.  Emma is the “heart of the company” and oversees all day-to-day company operations.  She has extensive knowledge, exceptionally in drainage, groundworks, maintenance and specialist sewage solutions.

A year later, Emma’s husband and GPC74’s Group Managing Director, Louis Purchase, joined the company.  After working in every department to learn each trade, he saw the opportunity to diversify, enter the commercial and retail market and initiate our presence nationwide.  These progressive changes supported by our dedicated team saw the turnover of the company increase 10 fold between 2003 and 2015.

So in addition to our long-established services we now offered internal fit out and re-development works, construction, mechanical and electrical installations, maintenance works and commercial sewage and drainage solutions.

From 2011 we have been contracted to take care of the drainage maintenance and servicing operations for a number of countrywide commercial estates, to include their sewage treatment plants, pump stations and grease management systems. 

Our wide-ranging knowledge and skills combined with our well established relationships with nationwide specialists allow us to offer a reliable and trustworthy service, which is essential for both proactive and reactive maintenance works.

In 2012, we purchased Upper Baveney Farm, a former pig rearing unit on the outskirts of Cleobury Mortimer, South Shropshire.  With change of use, planning and vision we sought to build our headquarters.  This would involve the construction of new buildings, the refurbishment of existing buildings and complete new site infrastructure.

We became a Bushboard national approved contractor in 2013, specialising in toilet installations and fit outs.

In early 2014 we re-branded and changed the Company name to GPC74 – the founders initials and “74”, the year that the company was established. Our new name is all encompassing, timeless and reminisces our legacy.

In the same year we became an approved installation contractor for Costa Coffee and carried out our first installation.

Our planning consent for our new headquarters had come with various conditions that were to be fulfilled before building works could commence. The main prerequisite was to carry out a highway junction improvement to allow for the safer passage of HGV’s, and this was completed by our own streetworks and highways accredited team in Autumn 2014. 

2015

At the start of 2015 we acted as Principal Contractor for the fit out of the new Percy Thower’s, Wyevale Garden Centre’s new flagship garden centre in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.  The works included the installation of the world’s largest spade, a living wall, botanic themed restaurant, commercial kitchen, Coffee Ground Café, EAS tagging system, porticos to the front of the building, air conditioning, fire alarm system, automatic doors, play areas, lighting, floor coverings, canopies, toilets and all other works to complete the internal and external fit out of this building.

Our relationship with Costa Coffee has continued to develop with another three installs this year, and we have been key contractors in the roll out and installation of a new nationwide coffee outlet at eight sites.

This year we have secured a further 2-year drainage maintenance contact with a national leisure and retail group with 160 sites countrywide to include taking care of their sewage treatment plants, pump stations, interceptors and grease management systems. 

Our groundwork teams have carried out land drainage installation works for a national supermarket supplier, agricultural landowners and also infrastructure and drainage works for a major music festival site.

They have also undertook six commercial sewage treatment plant and grease management installations.  We have worked with three different UK water authorities and various highway departments when we completed six foul pump stations and major rising main installs to connect commercial properties to Public Sewers.  A further eight foul pump station full refurbishments have been carried out, including the cleansing of the well, installation of new guide rails, internal pipework, dual raw sewage pumps, discharge pipework, electrical connections and control systems. 

In July 2015, we received the Discharge of Conditions Notice from the council for the planning that we sought back in 2012 for our new depot, and this has finally allowed us to commence the build works.  Our groundworks team have been preparing the site and in October 2015 the steels for our new buildings have been erected.  The offices should be complete by in early 2016, and these works will be carried out by our own teams in between our normal busy works schedule.

Over the course of this year we have acted as Principal Contractor on numerous retail refurbishments, averaging between £1 to £4 million pound client investment. By the end of November we will have completed a further fit out at a new garden centre in Cardiff just in time for Christmas.

 We are incredibly excited about our new headquarters and the opportunities that it will bring to allow consolidation and expansion of our business.