A West Midland builder is celebrating its best year for sales in its 100 years-plus history.
Orders worth nearly £65 million were placed with construction and property services company Mansell's Stourbridgebased Western operation in 2005.
The business is a descendant of A H Guest, which was founded in Stourbridge in the 1890s.
It later became known as Hall & Tawse Western before being taken over by Mansell, a privately-held national construction group, in 1998.
Last year's contracts covered the housing, education, interiors and health sectors among others, and included new build projects, refurbishments and internal fitouts.
One of Mansell Western's biggest projects was a £10 million social housing contract in Birmingham for Waterloo Housing Association.
Other major contracts included major house improvements for Solihull Community Housing, additional phases of a major housing project in Turves Green, kitchen and bathroom improvements for Bromsgrove District Housing Trust and a dozen branch fitouts for Lloyds TSB. Mansell has also completed major contracts for BT, the Courts Service, Scottish Widows, West Midlands Police, the Fire Service College, Coventry Museum of Transport and a wide range of local authorities including Sandwell, Walsall, Warwickshire, Dudley and Stoke-onTrent.
Mansell Western Region managing director Steve Davies said he was delighted to have set a new record.
"The encouraging thing about these contracts is that they represent a good mix of new clients, and repeat projects for existing clients who are already aware of Mansell's commitment to partnership, quality and value for money," he said. "We must now get our heads down to work at beating this splendid record in 2006."