Premier Modular appoints new managing director

David Harris takes over lead role at offsite construction specialist

David Harris (left) is taking over from Eugenio de Sa (right) as managing director of Premier Modular

Premier Modular has appointed David Harris as managing director.

The move follows the retirement of Eugenio de Sa after more than 20 years in the business and who remains as executive chairman until the end of this year.

With over 20 years experience in the offsite sector, Harris has been a director of Premier since 2011, when he joined to lead its permanent offsite construction division.

And, in 2018, he became divisional director with responsibility for Premier’s modular hire business.

One of his career highlights was leading negotiations to secure the £50m contract for the provision of 38,000sq m of office and welfare accommodation for the Hinkley Point C project.

This was awarded to Premier and is the company’s largest project to date, involving the offsite manufacture and installation of 900-plus modules.

Commenting on the restructuring, Harris said, “Eugenio is leaving a fantastic legacy. His leadership, commitment and passion for the business have made Premier the force it is today.

“Our financial performance is one of the strongest in the offsite sector and we have achieved significant growth in the last eight years, taking Premier to a £65m-turnover business.

“We have increased market share in our core sectors – commercial, industrial, education, and healthcare – and are diversifying into new markets such as residential.

“We are also expanding into new geographical areas, for example building on the success of our hire business in London to supply construction site accommodation to contractors across the UK.”

He added: “Key to our success has been our extremely-flexible approach.

“We offer a full range of design, offsite manufacturing, fitting out and construction services to both contractors and clients and we are committed to innovation and are developing new building products for hire to meet evolving customer needs.”

de Sa adds: “We are delighted that David is taking full responsibility for leading Premier and for the continued delivery of our strategic growth plan.

“This is a really-exciting phase in the history of the business, which is one of the longest-established and most-successful offsite specialists in the UK.”