Construction News – 2024

Dear Reader

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2024, we are glad to see a busy start to 2024 and to be moving on from a ‘challenging’ 2023. We have seen an encouragingly busy start to 2024 for our estimating team and of course welcome new enquires too.

Live projects include our 122-unit HA residential scheme in Wickford, CI upgrades for Mercedes Benz of Lakeside, RAAC works at Billericay School and the new Digital and Creative Hub in Queen Street, Colchester, where we recently welcomed a cohort of construction students from Colchester Institute. These students are undertaking their construction management degree and attended the site and listened to a short presentation and spoke with our Site Manager, James Wilby and Tristan Mosley from Daniel Connal regarding specific health & safety matters.

Over the past few months, we have achieved completion on a few schemes including an industrial unit in Haverhill for Real 8 Group, the second phase of our scheme in Stanton, where we handed over six high specification four-bedroom houses, completing the overall project which included a local Co-op store. We have also completed a commercial extension for Chaplane Accident Repair Centre on Colchester Business Park.

We have been collaborating closely with Colchester Institute in recent months to encourage students to pursue careers in the construction industry. Recently, four photography students captured creative images of the groundbreaking ceremony at our site in Queen Street, Colchester. We believe in close collaboration between the construction industry and other industries to demonstrate the wide and varied opportunities that the Construction Industry presents.

This edition of our Newsletter has a lot for you to discover, but should you have any questions or would like any specific information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Phil Holding

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Automotive projects

COMPLETED: Automotive service centre in Norwich, Norfolk

Horizon Construction have handed over the new service centre for Group 1 Automotive’s Volkswagen dealership in Norwich. 

We were delighted to have worked with Group 1 Automotive and SDA Architects on another successful construction project in the automotive sector.

COMPLETED: Mercedes Benz of Ipswich

Horizon Construction have recently handed over the showroom to the team at Mercedes Benz  of Ipswich. Works involved in this project were to provide a corporate Identity upgrade for Stratstone which now brings the building in line with current company corporate requirements.

We were pleased to be working with Stratstone and SRA Architects on another construction solution in the automotive sector.

Commercial projects

COMPLETED: Mixed-use commercial unit at Haverhill Business Park, Suffolk

The construction of a £2.8m bespoke storage, office and production facility at Haverhill Business Park, Suffolk, is now complete. 

Located on the Haverhill Business Park, this construction project included high-security surveillance and monitoring systems including a full sprinkler fire suppression system.  The methods of construction included a steel frame with insulated cladding, with SUDS drainage system, roller shutter doors. External works included car park facility loading yard and associated landscaping.

Our team worked well with the project management team at Real8 Group on another impressive industrial and commercial solution.

COMPLETED: Industrial Unit Extension, Colchester Essex

We are excited to share the completion of Chaplane Accident Repair Centre extension project. The extension will now provide the repair centre with much needed storage space for their parts department. This was a great project to be involved in.

To view more completed commercial projects click here.  

LIVE: Queen Street Digital Creative Hub, Colchester

We are thrilled to share the progress we’ve made since breaking ground in January at our Queen Street project for Colchester City Council and Colchester Amphora Trading Limited in Queen Street

Works have been moving steadily forward, marking significant milestones along the way. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve accomplished so far: We have successfully installed all 57 piles that will serve as the foundation for the upcoming structure.

Building upon the foundation, we have commenced work on the ground beams and reinforced concrete slab, laying the base for the next phases of construction. As we move into the next quarter, we are gearing up to install the structural steel frame. This pivotal step will begin to outline the shape and form of the building, marking an exciting milestone for all involved.

Once the structural steel frame is in place, our focus will shift towards installing timber joists and deck flooring for each level of the building. This progression will bring us closer to achieving the vision of the Digital Creative Hub. 

We have included a selection of images from the site visit attended by Colchester Institute students who are currently studying Construction Management Degrees.


Education projects

COMPLETED: RAAC - The Palmer Catholic Academy, Essex

Horizon Construction is pleased to announce the contract at The Palmer Catholic Academy in Ilford, Essex is now complete, Works involved in this project were to carry out remedial works to RAAC roof planks. Our team successfully handed over all areas to the school on time which meant the school could reopen fully.

We were delighted to be working again with the team at PCH Associates within the educational sector.

Healthcare projects

NEW: 62-Bed care home in Hextable, Kent

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a 62-bedroom care facility for Barchester Healthcare in Hextable, Swanley. Facilities include a cinema, a library, private dining areas, hairdressers, spa room and activity rooms.

We are looking forward to working again with the team at Holden & Lee and Harris Irwin Architects.

Residential projects

LIVE: 122 new homes in Wickford, Essex

The construction of a 122-home scheme in Wickford, Essex, for Sanctuary.

The £18m project for Sanctuary, a leading social housing and care provider, will create a range of affordable and energy-efficient housing. The new development will contain a mixture of one and two bedroom properties, across two apartment blocks, for rent and shared ownership. All works are expected to be completed in 2025. (Read more >>)

Block B
Brickwork has progressed up to 4th floor with External windows and doors now being installed to Ground, First and Second floor. Roof Works are nearing completion. Internally 1st fix MEP is complete to all levels with plasterboard and insulation complete from ground to 3rd floor.

Block A
Lightweight steel frame is now complete with roof works commencing imminently. Brickwork is complete to 1st floor level with internal partitions and 1st fix ongoing.

Horizon Construction is collaborating with many leading local partners in the construction process, including Wincer Kievenaar Architects, Superstructures, JSH and Ingent.

COMPLETED: Six New Houses in Stanton, Suffolk

We are pleased to see that the Co-op on this development is live and we have recently completed the final finishing touches to the six houses. It was great to be working within the residential sector again.

The combined £2.8m residential and commercial scheme in Stanton, Suffolk, will deliver six houses for our new client, Foundation Property & Capital Group.


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