Fit-out contractor Morris & Spottiswood has acquired Cumbrian property maintenance specialist LLED Construction.

The £88m turnover fit-out firm, with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Warrington, has completed a buy-out of the Carlisle business led by founding owner and former bricklayer Dee Addison.

Addison will continue his role as the principal of LLED Construction, which will be absorbed into Morris & Spottiswood’s maintenance division.

LLED currently employs 27 people and had a turnover of £1.35m for the year to May 2016.

Morris & Spottiswood UK Group managing Jon Dunwell said the strategic acquisition would enable the firm to grow the maintenance division across Northern England.

Dunwell said: “We have worked with LLED Construction for more than 15 years and they have been a key partner throughout this period. They have been involved in many of our projects including both reactive and planned maintenance works for clients around the Scottish border territory and North of England.”

LLED’s clients including Weatherspoon’s, Heineken, Spar and Edinburgh Woollen Mill. It has built a reputation providing reactive and planned maintenance services covering all core trades, including joinery, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas servicing, building, flooring, roofing and decoration works.

“There is major scope for expansion in the construction maintenance sector, particularly for reactive works,” said Dunwell. “Morris & Spottiswood is already established in the Glasgow – Edinburgh urban and industrial corridor, however, this move will enable us to make greater inroads into the maintenance market across northern England. Our maintenance division is growing fast and has both experience and resource to act swiftly to repair damage – as was seen during the flooding in Carlisle and Cumbria in 2015.”

The division was also recently boosted by the launch a ‘round the clock’ emergency repair service.