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Andrew Brittain retires

Long-serving staff member and managing director, Andrew Brittain, retired from ARM Buildings at the end of December 2022.

To mark the event, he was given a send-off at a party at the company’s Rugeley offices where he was presented with a superb wrist-watch by Tim Martin.

Previously a junior draughtsman with a chartered surveyor, it was in 1976 when, following an interview with Rob Ray, Andrew joined what was then Alfred Lyons & Sons which operated out of a timber merchants yard in Abbots Bromley.  “My first job was to assist the managing director on the design side of the business. There were three people working in the office – the MD myself and a secretary!” he recalled.

In contrast, over the last 46 years, the company has grown from these humble beginnings to becoming a leading manufacturer of pig housing at its purpose-built manufacturing works and offices, which has 50 employees, split between office, factory and site teams.

“Pig housing has improved vastly since the late 1970s, changing from simple timber-framed, plywood-clad, glass fibre-insulated structures to today’s highly technical, laminated bespoke buildings of high efficiency and quality,” said Andrew.

“The biggest development is in the design and technology of the modern piggery.  ARM can accurately tailor the housing to the individual requirements of the pig farmer,” he added. 

In retirement, Andrew will – with his wife, Diane – be focussing on family, friends and travel, as well as pursuing his hobby of racing sailing dinghies at events around the UK.

Smooth sailing, Andrew!


ARM’s Tim Martin, presents Andrew Brittain  (right) with a special watch to mark his retirement.