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.
Herbert H Drew & Son Limited, along with other construction companies and Industry figures from across England and Wales attended the National Federation of Builders (NFB) Awards 2015 in London on 22 May. The awards, held in association with the NHBC and hosted by former England and British Lions hooker, Brian Moore, celebrated some of the best talent offered in construction. H H Drew were crowned Winners in the category 'Refurbishment Project of the Year 2014', and Highly Commended for 'Heritage Project of the Year 2014' for our work at St George's Primary School. The Judges' comments included "The extensive refurbishment has really enhanced this learning environment, and great care has been taken in all aspects of the project."
They went on to say "Herbert H Drew & Son's design and build project at St George's Primary school shows a real empathy to integrate modern educational needs into a building with heritage. The completed project shows recognition of all the Client's needs, and maintains the traditional feeling with a modern construction."
Bill Rabbetts, Managing Director or HH Drew added "This award provides national recognition of the outstanding service that our Company provides, which is achieved by the commitment and hard work of all our Team. This Dorset project is an excellent example of enhancing the built environment within which most of us work and live."
Judges rewarded Companies who had set out to deliver extraordinary projects based on a clear set of objectives and the implementation of Best Practice. Richard Beresford, Chief Executive of the NFB, told the audience: "A sense of quality ran across the entire field of entries this year, making the judging particularly difficult. The NFB is proud to represent its members. It is your commitment to excellence that we are all here to celebrate today." The two awards were sponsored by Croner and The Yorkshire Builders Federation respectively.
Herbert H Drew & Son Ltd has been shortlisted to receive 2 awards from the National Federation of Builders in the categories 'Refurbishment of the Year 2014' and 'Heritage Project of the Year 2014' for our work at St George's School, Langton Matravers. The NFB's annual awards scheme celebrates the high quality work and commitment delivered by its members across England and Wales. The awards truly reflect the dynamic nature of the construction industry and the excellent standards achieved. Reaching the final stages indicates that we have been able to demonstrate we are completing work to exceptional standards. Winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony taking place in Westminster on 22 May 2015.
We are working with social housing landlords Aster to convert a block of 15 bedsit units in Stockbridge into 13 one-bedroom apartments for the elderly and vulnerable. Refurbishment to be delivered over 3 phases, with residents remaining in occupation.
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Drew Construction was amongst 16 participating Contractors invited by the NFB to attend a prestigious ceremony at the House of Commons on 16 February, to recognise the achievements of its members working towards the Government's 2016 mandate, through its BIM Exemplar programme. Our invitation was in particular recognition of our commitment to BIM Technology. The Programme, supported by the CITB, has provided intensive suport to participating Companies over the last three years, each working with an NFB BIM Adviser to develop understanding of BIM, implement a structured programme, and apply it for the benefit of their respective Organisations. Our internal Working Group comprises a number of our Directors and staff covering a broad base of disciplines within the Company, dedicated to help drive the BIM process through. It is a natural progression for us to further build on our ethos of collaborative working, and will enable us to enhance the service we provide to our Clients and Consultants. Greg Daniels - Senior Surveyor & Estimator - has achieved the status of BIM Champion in his role within this Working Group.
The perfect host for the event was soccer legend Sir Geoff Hurst, MBE, who was able to draw parallels between his own sporting achievements and the aspirations of the BIM Exemplars. Through sharing his experiences it became clear that, whatever the Industry, whatever the objective, the benefits of working within open and collaborative environments can bring success at the highest level. Speaking at the event, he said: "BIM is a lot like football; having a clear purpose, good teamwork and executing good exchanges."
Through Building Information Modelling (BIM) the UK Construction Industry is undergoing its very own digital revolution. BIM is a way of working; it is information modelling and information management in a team environment, with all team members working to the same standards as one another. BIM creates value from the combined efforts of people, process and technology, by integrating different aspects of the design more effectively. In this way, the risk of mistakes or discrepancies is reduced, abortive costs minimised, resulting in a greater whole life value for the project. BIM data can be used to illustrate the entire building life-cycle, and we are excited to be moving forward as part of this revolution in the Construction Industry.