Construction News – Spring 2023

Dear Reader

Welcome to the Spring edition of our Construction News publication which contains a roundup of news from across our construction sectors: automotive, commercial, education, healthcare and residential. I hope you find this edition of interest and would be delighted to help with any enquiries you may have.

Well, with Spring in the air, it is a welcomed change of season following a cold winter. As we all know, the winter months make things much more challenging on construction sites. However, now with a positive change in the weather, the pace of our lives in construction seems more buoyant and confident about the outlook of our industry.

It’s been a busy start of the year for our team as Horizon Construction marks its 24th Anniversary. We have been pleased to get recently awarded projects in commercial and residential sectors quickly and smoothly underway with construction works on site. We have also been awarded new projects in the automotive and education sectors, so are looking forward to getting these underway in the same way.

Determining confidence in a main contractor to meet expectations for any new project can sometimes be a high-risk element for a developer, especially during pre-tender/per-contract negotiations. Our team works hard at every level to instil confidence throughout the construction process, from start to finish, through high standards of service. Our portfolio of current and past projects, and the relationships we have built with developers, is a testament to the commitment to our values and our approach to ‘a better view of construction’.

Along with our established repeat clients, we are pleased to have recently started several contracts for new clients too. New commercial sector projects in Haverhill (Suffolk) and Tendring (Essex) have highlighted our expertise in industrial units. In contrast, our versatility in the sector is demonstrated with modern, high-specification offices at Ardleigh (Essex) and a mixed-used business centre in Great Dunmow (Essex). We are also undertaking our largest-ever schemes in both residential and healthcare sectors for new clients, which are leaders in their own sectors.

Therefore, as usual, there is plenty to discover in the contents of our publication, including additional news on our website and recruitment opportunities.

We look forward to working with all our clients, professionals and suppliers throughout 2023.

Kind regards

Phil Holding

A better view of construction

Horizon Construction Group is defined by its exceptional people, a commitment to excellence and clarity on solutions. Established in 1999, we have built a reputation for high-quality and dependable services for our clients. 

With offices in Colchester and London, employing over 50 people, we operate across a wide range of construction sectors throughout East Anglia, London and South East. A typical construction project is valued between £500k and £10m (per annum).

Our latest video includes a range of recent construction projects across our core sectors: Automotive, Commercial, Education, Healthcare and Residential.

A better view of construction video

Automotive projects

NEW: Automotive service centre in Norwich, Norfolk

Horizon Construction has recently been awarded the contract to deliver a new service centre for Group 1 Automotive and its Volkswagen Norwich dealership. The £1.3m scheme will involve the creation of a two-storey facility on the client’s existing site.

The team looks forward to commencing work on another project for Group 1 Automotive, working again with the team at SDA Architects, and building upon our reputation of delivering a high-quality solution for another leading automotive brand.

Commercial projects

LIVE: Business park in Ardleigh, Essex

The £5.1m project at Apex 12 business park to expand its office facilities by 26,000 sq. ft. will be completed very soon. The scheme for our existing client, NEEB Holdings, involved two additional blocks of high specification offices, external landscaping and a new car park.

Block 2 will be welcoming its new commercial tenants at the end of March and Block 1 will be operational towards the end of April.

This is the second phase of construction works at Apex 12 for NEEB Holdings, and continues our strong working relationship with Wincer Kievenaar Architects. Completion photographs will be available in the next edition of this publication.

LIVE: Mixed-use business centre in Great Dunmow, Essex

Construction works of a £2.8m mixed-use business centre in Great Dunmow is edging towards completion. The facility within Bluegates Farm includes a building containing six commercial units and office space, landscaped surroundings and a car park. 

The project has involved significant planning to reroute utility services and provide new access. We are awaiting S278 works to widen the main road so new services can be routed to the site.

Our team has been working with the project managers at Real8 Group, architectural team at Inkpen Downie and the structural engineers at WA Consulting Engineers.

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

Our team began work on site in December to form a bespoke storage, office and production facility at Haverhill Business Park, Suffolk, for a new client. The site has been cleared and groundworks are well underway for the foundations and subsequent steel frame structure.

The delivery team behind this £2.8 contract includes the project management team at Real8 Group.

LIVE: Industrial unit in Tendring, Essex

BGG industrial unit in Tendring - Spring 2023 - commercial construction

After commercing construction works on site in Tendring, Essex, in December, preliminary groundworks and foundations have been completed and the steel frame structure is already taking shape. 

The £2.2m contract for Bruno Generators Group (BGG) will create a versatile industrial unit and the first premises in the UK for the Italian company. BGG is a leading global manufacturer of high-specification rental diesel-powered generators. 

Completion is expected in Q3 2023.

LIVE: Commercial and residential scheme in Stanton, Suffolk

Construction works at our site in Stanton, Suffolk, are progressing at pace to create a retail unit and six houses for a new client, Foundation Property & Capital Group.

The retail unit within the £2.8m scheme will become a convenience store for a leading supermarket brand.

Our photographs have yet to capture the site in its entire form, so we hope to share those with you soon.

Education projects

Horizon Construction has completed an extensive range of projects in the education sector. We are proud to be recognised as a trusted main contractor in this sector for delivering a high-quality service within, typically, live school environments. 

Our team is engaged with completing new enquiries in this sector, with one project commencing works very soon, so we hope to share more news very soon.

Our video covers a variety of education sector construction projects.

Education Construction Expertise Video

Healthcare projects

LIVE: 75-Bed care home in Braintree, Essex

Braintree Mews Care Home will become a new 75-bed care home in Braintree, Essex, for Avery Healthcare Group. The £8m facility will join its award-winning portfolio of care homes in Q3 2023.

In February, the project delivery and client teams marked the completion of the roof with a topping-out ceremony.

The team is now in the advanced stages of completing all brickwork, stonework, fascia and glazing of the building. Internally, initial plastering and decorating have begun.

The project delivery team includes the architects at Harris Irwin, project managers at Holden & Lee, and mechanical and electrical consultants at Harniss Consulting.

Residential projects

LIVE: 122 new homes in Wickford, Essex

Gateway House Construction - CGI 1

Following a breaking ground ceremony in December, the construction of a 122-home scheme for Sanctuary in Wickford, Essex, is well underway with groundwork preparations, along with the erection of a tower crane. 

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 2024.

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

LIVE: Residential and commercial scheme in Stanton, Suffolk

Construction works at our site in Stanton, Suffolk, are progressing at pace to create six houses and a retail unit for a new client, Foundation Property & Capital Group.

The six houses within the £2.8m scheme will all be individually designed and delivered.

Our photographs have yet to capture the site in its entire form, so we hope to share those with you soon.

Small works service

Our Small Works Service provides minor building, decorating and maintenance services within the Colchester area. Our skilled, trusted and dependable tradespeople undertake all types and sizes of work. So, whether it’s redecorating or refurbishing your workplace, replacing floors, fixtures and fittings, or requiring alterations to your building, our friendly team is ready to help with all your requirements. Contact us for a quote.

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