In September this year Constructing Excellence South West launched their 'adopt a school' campaign, to which DREW was invited. CESW's main mission is to ensure that young people are fully informed of the wide ranging career and skills opportunities available to them within the construction sector. As an outcome of the launch, the Oak Academy in Bournemouth and DREW formed a partnership to help further the dreams and ideals of students in accessing the wider world.
Students had already had the opportunity to meet two of our Site Managers and our Estimator, who shared their knowledge and experiences during a week of school assemblies. On 17 November DREW Managing Director Phil Langdown, and Marketing Manager Katie Cull, were invited into the school to view some results of the blossoming talents of students in bricklaying and carpentry. During this visit they were able to talk with Phil and Katie about the skills needed to work within the Construction sector. During 2018 site visits will be taking place with students involved in a multi-disciplinary project encompassing particular areas of the curriculum.
Mrs Melissa Helliwell (Assistant Vice Principal) stated that "employment collaboration within the community could only lead to better overall outcomes for our young people. We are very fortunate to have been able to make such a 'like-minded' partnership with DREW Construction and we look forward to working with them for the foreseeable future." Read the full article here.
Cherries Court, in Palmerston Road, Boscombe is an attractive development of 11 shared ownership family homes and, following handover on 8 December, the first families are moving in. The project was part funded through the Homes & Communities Agency. Aimed at local families looking to get onto the property ladder, the scheme comprises 6 x 3-bed houses and 5 x 2-bed houses, which have been made affordable to first time buyers via the shared ownership scheme.
Paul Gillard, DREW Project Director, said "We are delighted to have worked with Bournemouth Borough Council to deliver their first shared ownership scheme in Boscombe. As a local main contractor, we understand the need for this type of housing in the area and are very pleased to have been able to deliver this scheme to such a high standard. Having worked on projects with the Council for a number of years, we wish them every success in continuing to provide high quality affordable housing for local people." Read the full article here.
photo courtesy of Bournemouth Borough Council.
This exciting project is the largest ever for Marwell. The unique structure - the size of two football pitches - is constructed using the latest ETFE technology, as used on the Eden Project in Cornwall. It is 100% recyclable allowing natural UV light to shine through, allowing some of the most unique plants the chance to flourish. The heating system of the Tropical House will be powered by Marwell's animal waste and woodchip from woodland management operations, which will contribute significantly to a reduction in their carbon footprint. The project aims to showcase the effects of climate change, how the energy we need to power our modern lifestyles is generated, and how alternative renewable energy can help both humans and animals alike. The project is due to be completed by DREW in time to open to the public for Easter 2018.
Following almost 55 years of loyal and devoted service, we wish to announce that Bill Rabbetts has decided to resign his positions as Chairman and a Director of the DREW Group. Bill's connection with DREW will continue, as he has agreed to work on a part-time Consultancy basis primarily to source further development opportunities. Andrew Jackman has taken the decision to step down from his role as Finance Director & Company Secretary within the DREW Group, to allow him the time to expand his external interests. We have enjoyed having Andrew as part of the Team for the last 8 years, and wish him well for the future. Going forward, we are delighted to announce that Catherine Nicholls has accepted the opportunity to succeed Andrew, as Finance Director Designate.
Arriving in seven lorry loads, from bamboo to mango trees and even a strangler fig, there are 450 plants from 45 different species some weighing up to 2.5 tonnes being placed in the Tropical House, all growing in 400 tonnes of soil.
On October 18 DREW Site Manager, Tim Cummings, won Site Manager of the Year award (Central and Southern Region) at the prestigious BSG Annual Health & Safety Awards. The Building Safety Group are the Industry's largest construction safety group, with these awards nominated by Regional BSG Advisors, based on their regular site visits and their observations on how health and safety is managed at site level.
BSG Managing Director, Paul Kimpton, said: “The BSG Awards ceremony was once again a national celebration of our members’ dedicated commitment to Health and Safety in construction. Recognised award winners such as HH Drew should be immensely proud of their achievement and highly commended for their admirable approach to reducing risk in the workplace. It is BSG Members like HH Drew who make a significant contribution to raising the bar when it comes to health and safety standards across the sector, and we offer them our congratulations.”
HH Drew Managing Director, Phil Langdown said: “We are delighted that DREW’s Tim Cummings has been awarded the BSG Site Manager of the Year Award. This is a particularly special award due to the nominations being made by BSG themselves following regular inspections, unlike other categories which were open to apply for. I would like to congratulate Tim, who has worked incredibly hard and truly deserves this renowned health and safety award achievement. Our recently completed project for 83 flats and retail units in Bournemouth was also shortlisted as a Finalist for Project of the Year at the BSG Awards, of which we are very proud considering the tough national competition. Pictured (left): Paul Kimpton, BSG MD with DREW’s Tim Cummings)
On 13 September year 10 students representing the Westgate School returned to our site at Victoria Road to meet Council leaders and inspect the artwork they had produced in response to a recent challenge to produce artwork for the external hoardings of the site. The theme of the challenge was 'Jobs in Construction'. The images were combined to produce two brightly coloured montages. On completion of the scheme, the student's artwork will be displayed inside the completed housing development, for all the residents to enjoy. Follow link to read the full story:http://www.winchester.gov.uk/news/2017/sep/westgate-school-s-art-project-praised-city-council/
The BSG Project Awards will be held in October, the winner to be the BSG member best able to demonstrate outstanding health and safety in planning and design. Our scheme at Albert Road, Bournemouth has been shortlisted as a result of the complex planning, logistical challenges and design changes required to improve the health and safety of our workforce, surrounding building users and the public during this major construction project. The scheme comprised construction of 83 apartments over 5/6 storeys with 2 commercial shell and core units on the ground floor. The site is located in the heart of Bournemouth town centre, and required careful planning in relation to its location and surrounding building uses. The footprint of the building occupied 80% of the available space on site, with the majority of the remaining space located within inner courtyards created by the new buildings, and not accessible from the public highway.
At the peak of the works we had in excess of 70 operatives and numerous trades on site on any given day, all of which required careful planning of their operations by our Site Management Team. The complex nature of the construction and location has made this one of the most logistically complex schemes we have ever constructed, and was achieved with a zero lost time accident/incident record, with in excess of 85,000 man hours worked.
Foundations have been laid for a purpose-built office for the New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times, to enable editorial and production staff to be based in the same building. Director Eddie Curry (pictured, left with DREW Managing Director Phil Langdown, said: "We know that the regional newspaper industry has been going through challenging times. However, the A&T is adapting so that we can continue to thrive in the 21st century.." The paper's former editorial office was in a poor state of repair and was demolished along with an adjacent building, to clear the way for the new premises now under construction by DREW. "The new offices will provide space for development, as well as releasing other office and workshop space on other parts of the site that can be used for new businesses. There is a lot of talent in the staff and this can provide an excellent base for branching out into new areas and for supporting start-up firms.. We see this new building as an indication of our commitment and investment to our family business. We very much want to continue to be a valued local newspaper and a significant local employer"
The Tropical House project at Marwell Zoo is so far the single biggest project that Marwell has undertaken. From our start on site in the Autumn of 2016 we can now see the construction works really starting to take shape, with support steelwork installed and walls starting to go up. The next phase will see roof beams being installed along with high level walkways and the creation of the large water bodies for the aquarium and reptile pools. Read more about this exciting project on pages 26-33 of Marwell's Spring Newsletter, or take a look at the amazing video Marwell have produced, showing progress so far.
We recently welcomed on site 17 enthusiastic Year 9 students from Westgate School, Winchester for a tour around our works in Victoria Road, where we are building 27 flats for Winchester City Council. The students were able to see the trades and crane in action and hear from our Site Manager, Gareth, about the extent of the build work to date. The students have been invited to create some artwork for our site hoarding, and we are eagerly awaiting contributions from the aspiring artists and photographers among them.
We have been shortlisted as a finalist in the South East LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017 in the categories 'Best extension or alteration to an existing home' and 'Best change of use of an existing building or conversion' for our works to Rosalind Hill House in Stockbridge, for Aster Homes. The awards are to be held in June 2017.
For our Client, Westward Housing, DREW has recently completed a new development of 16 high quality affordable homes for rent in the seaside town of Westward Ho!, North Devon. These are the first affordable rent flats in the town, helping to meet the increasing housing needs of local people where desirability of the area has been making it more difficult for local people to afford a home. 294 applications were received for the 16 apartments.
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DREW has recently been awarded this D&B project to deliver 11 affordable housing units, for Bournemouth Borough Council, as part of their commitment to the provision of affordable housing in the Bournemouth area. [image courtesy of Aspire Architects]
DREW has recently commenced work on the construction of 8 affordable housing units for Cornwall Rural Housing Association. Due for completion in Summer 2017. [image courtesy of Trewin Design Partnership]
DREW has been awarded this £1.9m scheme for Bradbeers at Hedge End Retail Park - the largest independent furniture store in the South. The project comprises ground floor and mezzanine level extensions totalling 1,437 m2 to the side and rear, with alterations to the car park. Works commence 9 January 2017.
Thirteen council homes are underway in Abbotts Barton, the latest in Winchester City Council's programme to build 300 new affordable houses by 2022. Cllr Caroline Horrill, Portfolio Holder for Housing Services said "I am delighted to see work progressing on this latest Council housing scheme. We now have 92 new homes under construction which will be available next year for local families to move into. This scheme is part of the commitment for the Council to provide 300 new homes by 2022, a target we are well on the way to achieving"
Pictured left: DREW Project Manager Andy Macgregor showing Cllr Caroline Horrill and local Ward members Cllrs Dominic Hiscock and Nicki Elks the progress being made on site. Photo courtesy of Winchester CC.
Following successful two-stage tender negotiations, DREW has been awarded this prestigious and innovative £4.3m project, under a Design & Build Contract, to construct a Tropical House at Marwell's 140-acre zoo situated near Winchester, Hampshire. Owned and run by the conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife, it is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals. The proposed new Tropical House will comprise approximately 1,300 m2 of animal exhibits, and back of house support accommodation including Plant Room space. The exhibition space will be covered with ETFE transparent pillows on a structural steel frame with a concrete spine wall between it and the back of house accommodation. The scheme also includes infrastructure works with extensive landscaping and services. Work started on site on 19 September.
Celebrations were in order following our recent win of a Silver Award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards, held in London. The prestigious awards ceremony was attended by Construction Industry professionals from across the UK, with our Client, Aster Group, and Architect / Project Manager, Ken Scaddan Associates also in attendance. The awards scheme recognises registered sites that have raised the bar in considerate construction, showing the highest levels of consideration towards the public, workforce, and the environment. We collected the award for our work at Rosalind Hill House in Stockbridge, Hampshire; the project comprising refurbishment and conversion of partially occupied assisted living accommodation to provide 13 one-bedroom flats for older and vulnerable people.
Mike McCarthy, Aster Group Operations Director (property investment), said: "We worked closely with H H Drew throughout the redevelopment of Rosalind Hill House, to keep people living at the scheme and in neighbouring properties fully up-to-date on the project's progress....Being recognised nationally by the Considerate Constructors Scheme is an excellent achievement, and we would like to pass on our congratulations to H H Drew, and our thanks for all their hard work in transforming Rosalind Hill House."
Pictured L-R: Paul Fenner (Ken Scaddan Associates), Katie Cull, Phil Ware, Shane Kirby, Phil Langdown (DREW), and Simon Oatley (Aster Group). Read more on our Facebook page.
Following a recent review of our Group governance and Board structures, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Langdown as the new Managing Director of Herbert H Drew and Son Ltd.
Phil began his career with the Company in 1984, on a 4-year Trainee Surveyor apprenticeship, from where he quickly progressed into Estimating and Contracts Management. He was promoted to the Board of Directors in 1999, and since that time has actively managed many large contracts throughout the region, building strong long-term relationships for the business, whilst overseeing the Surveying Department, and holding additional responsibility for staff training and development.
Phil is taking over from Bill Rabbetts, who will remain as Chairman, prioritising his time on Group strategy, property development, and finding new business opportunities. As Managing Director for over 20 years, Bill steered the business to success even throughout challenging economic downturns, and with his extensive experience in the Industry will continue to bring valuable input and guidance.
Bill Rabbetts commented: "I am delighted that Phil has accepted his new role. He is highly respected within the Company and the wider Industry, has a deep understanding of our business and all it stands for, and is ideally suited to lead the Team in delivering against our exciting strategy for the future."
Works are due to commence shortly on the construction of 27 affordable homes for Winchester City Council, at Victoria House, and is part of their programme to deliver 300 much-needed affordable homes across the district. The site lies within the northern Roman cemetery, with the previous building on the site demolished in 2015.
Works have recently been completed on a new community facility in Ringwood, specifically designed to provide for the young people of the Town. Formal opening by the leader of Hampshire County Council, Roy Perry.