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Our Fire Door Has Passed the Test

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Fire doors have been in the news a lot recently. There have been cases where 30 minute fire doors have failed after only 15 minutes exposure to fire. Specifiers and building owners are beginning to ask how they can be sure that the doors and door sets chosen will perform as they should.

Recognising that this was an issue of increasing concern to many of our clients in the housing, health and education sectors, we sought certification under TRADA’S Q-Mark scheme for the manufacture, installation and maintenance of fire doors. This certification involves detailed scrutiny of our practices and procedures in the manufacture and installation of fire doors. To obtain certification we had to:
• Develop comprehensive procedures to ensure consistent quality in the materials and manufacture of our doors and sets
• Train our operatives in the correct procedures for manufacture, fitting and maintenance of fire doors
• Demonstrate our ability to deliver on these procedures to Q-Mark auditors appointed by TRADA who undertake scheduled visits in line with the accreditation requirements.
Having succeeded in all aspects of this process, it was only left for us to have one of our doors tested to destruction in TRADA’S testing rig to demonstrate that it ‘Does What it Says on the Tin’.
We are proud to announce that our door passed the test without reservation, providing full protection for beyond the required 60 minute period.
Our doors are manufactured from high quality materials to achieve FD30 or FD60 Ratings
Our trained operatives ensure that every detail of fitting meets the required standards and our Q_Mark Certification ensures that building owners receive documented evidence to demonstrate […]

Spanish City – What a fabulous Project!

We are delighted to have been associated with Robertson’s Spanish City refurbishment. Our Specialist Joinery team completed a major sub-contract including restoration, repair and replacement of timber work within the listed building as well as creating new shop fronts, bar fit-outs and bespoke furnishings. The pictures below illustrate some of the work, more pictures are on our website. Congratulations to Robertsons and all associated with the wonderful project.







New bungalows project brings affordable housing to St Helen Auckland

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We have just handed over four new wheelchair adaptable bungalows in St Helen Auckland as the latest part of a £54m investment in affordable housing by County Durham Homes Group.


The two-bedroom bungalows have been built for County Durham Housing Group on a vacant site in Davis Avenue, near the heart of St Helen Auckland. All four bungalows will be available for affordable rent with the first tenants due to move into their new homes within days.


The Davis Avenue properties are the latest part of County Durham Housing Group’s 545 home new-build programme to be completed. The four-year programme, which began in 2017, will cover more than 20 sites in communities stretching from rural Weardale to the Durham coast. Already over 60 families have moved into their new homes.


Featuring the latest standards in heating and insulation, the bungalows will provide substantial savings for tenants; particularly when compared to older, private rented properties. All four have been built with features such as wider doors and level access that will allow them to be easily adapted for wheelchair users.


Wayne Harris, our Senior Contracts Manager, said: “We are delighted to have completed another successful project with County Durham Housing Group that has been provided for the benefit of the local community. Our craftspeople are all locals to the County and so it feels special to be involved in this much needed project. We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with the Group, building houses at Peterlee and hope to do more in the future.”

Another exciting housing development – 40 new build apartments in Darlington

We have recently secured a number of new build housing projects; new bungalows for County Durham Homes Group and supported housing apartments for Home Group. Now we are delighted to be involved with another new homes project to construct 40 apartments for sale on Darlington’s West Park development. We are keen to continue to expand this part of our business with more new homes projects at a scale of up to £4 million. If you are aware of similar projects and looking for potential contractors, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Start on Site at Charlton Court

We are delighted to have started on site at Charlton Court, Whitley Bay for Home Group. Charlton Court is a Design and Build project to provide apartments for people with learning difficulties. The project continues our relationship with Home Group and we are pleased to be delivering this much needed affordable housing in Whitley Bay.


We are delighted to have been successful in the recent NEPO procurement exercise. We have been awarded a place on the NEPO Building Construction Works Framework for :

  • Lot 1 – General construction works up to £2 million in  Northumberland, Tyne/Wear and Durham
  • Lot 2 – General construction works up to £2 million in Tees Valley and
  • Lot 6 – Housing construction works up to £2.5 million in Northumberland, Tyne/Wear and Durham.

New Build Housing for Home Group

We are delighted to have secured our first new build housing project for Home Group. Charlton Court, Whitley Bay is a Design and Build project to provide apartments for people with learning difficulties. The project continues our relationship with Home Group and we look forward to delivering this much needed affordable housing in Whitley Bay.

More Affordable Housing for County Durham Homes Group

‘As One Door Closes, Another Opens’ As our project to construct bungalows for CDHG at Rookhope comes to a successful completion, we are about to start another to construct more bungalows for CDHG at West Auckland! It’s great to see more affordable housing investment in the County and great to be part of the delivery team.

Work on a very special care home comes to an end.

Our Specialist Joinery Division are just about finished their work for Metnor Construction on a spectacular care home in Ottershaw. The specification is high end and the home includes spa, and cinema for the exclusive use of residents. A small selection of pictures are shown below – a full case study will appear on our website shortly.






Work Starts on National Glass Centre Project

Attractions NGC_0We have just started on our latest project for University of Sunderland at the National Glass Centre. The project involves alterations and refurbishments to create a new display gallery. We are delighted to be involved with this iconic building and to continue our highly successful relationship with University of Sunderland.