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Another Custodial Suite for Hampshire Constabulary

Our Specialist Joinery Division have gained a national reputation for custodial suite fit outs. Their latest project is fitting out the Hampshire Force’s custody suite at the new Eastern PIC in Portsmouth. This follows a similar fit out for the same Constabulary at Basingstoke as well as award winning projects for the Avon & Somerset Constabulary, see below and police forces all across the country.

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Another Start on Site for County Durham Housing Group

 

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We have started work on another project for CDHG – our third this year. The project at Matterdale Road, Peterlee will deliver 12 affordable homes under the Rent to Buy scheme. More details in this feature in the Northern Echo:


A Residential Conversion in Durham City’s Viaduct Area.

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We are starting work on an exciting project to convert the former Companions Club, adjacent to Waddington Street, Durham City, to form eleven residential units. The works include the construction of a new second floor on the existing concrete framed section of the building as well as a new four storey extension to the southern elevation.


More New Homes for County Durham

We have just started on site on our third development for County Durham Housing Group. The multi-million pound development at a site on Matterdale Road, Peterlee, will provide more much needed affordable housing for the County and forms part of County Durham Housing Group’s £54m investment in the Region.matterdal street scene


Our £3 million Hat-Trick of successes at Junction Farm!

We are delighted to be starting a further phase of improvement works at Junction Farm Primary School in Stockton. It is the third major contract for expansion works at the school that we have consecutively  won and involves a new extension containing two classrooms, a sensory room, a meeting room, an office, two additional toilets and a new outside play area.

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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’.
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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 […]


Big Rig on site at Darlington apartments project.

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A 20 metre piling rig has started work on our site in Darlington’s West Park. We have a contract to construct 40 apartments on the site, with bored piles going down 18 metres!


Our Fire Door Has Passed the Test

Building Fire Burning
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’.
FIRE_RESISTANCE_TESTING_SUPPORT_620px-x-264px-Svcs_1
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.

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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.”