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Plandescil Ltd celebrates 40th anniversary and change of directors




An Attleborough civil and structural engineering consultancy firm has celebrated its 40th year in business and a change of directors.

More than 200 employees, customers, suppliers, friends and family helped Plandescil Ltd mark four decades of operation at the English Whiskey Distillery, in Roudham, at the end of last month.

The firm, based in Connaught Road, was started by Roderic Riley in 1979.

Staff outside the offices of Plandescil Ltd, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Pictures by Mecha Morton.
Staff outside the offices of Plandescil Ltd, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Pictures by Mecha Morton.

He was later joined by his sons, Simon and Julian, as well as his wife, Sara.

In 2016, the firm took the decision to reward its staff by changing the ownership structure of the business, with all shares transferred into a trust for the benefit of employees.

Julian, Simon and Sara remain as senior directors of the company, while six new director have joined.

Julian Riley is among the senior directors taking more of a back seat in the business.
Julian Riley is among the senior directors taking more of a back seat in the business.

Sara said: “The Rileys developed Plandescil slowly over nearly 40 years. Following the transfer to employee ownership in 2016, we are now taking more of a back seat and working towards retirement,

“We are delighted that the new directors are determined to continue the success of the company and everyone is working hard to deliver our clients’ expectations.”

The business employs more than 40 people, with the majority of its staff being with the business for many years, some working their way up from junior positions within the company.

During its four decades, Plandescil Ltd has worked on a wide range of projects for many well-known household names including the RNLI, British Sugar, Holkham Hall, Aspall Cyder/Molson Coors, Banham Zoo, the Dinosaur Park and The Hoste at Burnham Market.

A statement issues on behalf of the new directors said: “We are honoured and excited to be passed the baton, and we will strive to maintain the company standards and deliver on the company’s mantra of cost-effective engineering solutions.

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“We are committed to developing the next generation of construction professionals and providing new services to ensure Plandescil and its customers are successful for many years to come.”


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