Resourced to manage projects up to £8, we undertake projects across diverse sectors, possessing a strong track record in education, affordable housing and community projects. More recently we have enjoyed particular success in the construction of high-specification one-off private residences, together with several major schemes for the Ministry of Defence. We are able to accommodate various procurement routes, including Design and Build, negotiated, two-stage tender, and traditional competitive tendering. We have an unrivalled reputation for exceptionally high quality, well managed projects. Our operational area covers Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, West Sussex, southern Berkshire, Devon and north Cornwall.
Our General Works Division is an integral part of our operations, covering a similar range of project types on a smaller scale to our Main Contracts Division, generally up to £1.5m in value. This ensures we can provide an holistic service to our increasing Client base. Led by its Commercial Manager, General Works employs a Team of Surveyors, Site Managers and tradesmen to ensure quality and reliability. General Works' operational area covers southern Hampshire and south-east Dorset.
Since the Company was formed in 1908 we have continuously undertaken our own speculative development projects mainly in the residential sector, and as a result we retain the management skills necessary to take a scheme from land appraisal through to occupation. We maintain long-established relationships with many Design Team, and are well used to managing the design process, value engineering projects and using modern methods of construction. Since 1983 our development activities have been centred in the Devon and north Cornwall region.
Parent Holding Company
Drew Holdings Limited
Registered as a private limited Company 10 September 1986, no. 2054173
Estate & Property Developers
Drew Properties (New Milton) Limited
Registered as a private limited Company 10 October 1978, no. 1393344
Contract & Project Management
Herbert H Drew & Son Limited
Registered as a private limited Company 18 December 1950, no. 489545
Registered under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Professional & Industry accreditation
ISO:9001, ISO:14001, OHSAS:18001
National Federation of Builders
Exor Accredited (GOLD standard)
11-15 Station Road
Hampshire BH25 6HN
T: 01425 614546
F: 01425 620376
1 Exe View Cottages
St Andrews Road
Devon EX4 2AB
T: 01392 250151
F: 01392 421103
The Company was founded
by Herbert Drew in 1908, building quality new homes in the New Forest
area, with the name soon prominent in the locality. Many homes built around the time are still standing, with architecture typical of the time. The business was shut down during the two World Wars, and remained dormant until the men returned home. After the Second World War, Herbert Drew returned to the business and became very active in land acquisition and sale. During the early 1960's, as the Company expanded contracting work became the main activity, as it is today. The competitive environment of the 1960's saw a difficult time in winning work, with large numbers of small contractors vying for the available opportunities. The then Lymington Borough Council became a key client and a number of large housing estates were built for them in the locality. We have provided a virtually continuous service to some of our main clients since that time.
In 1983 the acquisition of a small private development Company based in Exeter, Devon, created a new base for activities in Devon and Cornwall, where the greater part of our development work is now located, and continues to be a significant part of Company activity. We are at the forefront of providing innovative and sustainable quality homes, acknowledging changing lifestyle trends - for example, our unique community development at Rydon Village designed for active over 55's seeking a high quality solution to retirement living.
Although the Company has evolved and grown extensively since its inception over 100 years ago, it remains supported by the Drew family. This, together with stability within the Board of Directors and staff as a whole, provides a vital backbone of knowledge and experience that sets the Drew Group apart. We now directly employ over 80 staff and tradesmen, and are achieving steady growth in turnover year on year. We currently manage projects up to £8m, across Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Wiltshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Berkshire.