NORTH Yorkshire-based Biker Group has been awarded a new contract with one of Europe’s largest housebuilders, leading to the creation of up to 12 jobs.

Biker Group will carry out the ground works at a new housing development at Harlow Green in Harrogate, with work already underway.

The new development to build 119 homes will see Biker Group complete the foundations, drainage, concrete finishing, hard landscaping and paving.

The family-owned company, which is based in Leyburn and Thirsk, is looking to expand its workforce by 12 as the project has created a need for additional ground workers and plant operators.

Taylor Wimpey, who build and sell more than 10,000 homes a year, is a long-standing client of Biker Group and the latest project comes as a welcome jobs boost to the North Yorkshire economy.

Biker Group provides a diverse range of services to the construction industry, including haulage, ground works, bespoke joinery, construction, concrete, material handling and waste management.

Expansion over the last four years has seen the firm increase its workforce to nearly 200 and report a 133% increase in annual turnover.

It estimates the creation of jobs over the last four years has directly generated an additional £10 million for the local economy.

Biker Group’s ground works manager David Phipps said: “We undertake work for both public and private sector, but the majority of our projects over the last 40 years have been on a preferred supplier basis for Taylor Wimpey within North Yorkshire and the North East.

“This continuity has been achieved by using our expertise to deliver high productivity levels to meet our clients demanding programmes within budget and to the highest standards.

“Taylor Wimpey is a long-standing client and we are delighted to start the next project in our association.”

The contract comes after a period of significant growth for Biker Group, which was established nearly 50 years ago by company chairman Tony Biker, who has been joined in the business by sons Matthew, Ben and Sam.