Construction News Update – Autumn 2020

Director’s welcome

Welcome to the autumn 2020 edition of our quarterly newsletter which contains a roundup of construction news across all areas of our business: automotive, commercial, education, healthcare and residential. We hope you find our news of interest and would be delighted to help with any enquiries you may have.

As like your business, our operations have had to adapt accordingly to the challenges we face due to the pandemic. Our team has made substantial changes to the way they operate to ensure new and evolving safety standards and a COVID-safe environment for the protection of everyone involved in our construction services. The health, safety and well-being of all our people is our highest priority at all times, whilst continuing to give our clients the confidence in their projects during every step of the process.

Continuing with health and safety, we recently attended the RoSPA Awards Ceremony, held virtually, where we were formally announced as a winner of a “Silver” internationally-recognised award for demonstrating high standards. Furthermore, to enhance our standards further, we are now delighted to announce we have been working hard over the last 6 months to achieve ISO certification for our management systems in construction. This is a huge achievement which was led by our Construction Director, Matthew Bynoe, and a dedicated team.  We are now certified in ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management and ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management. Further information is available below.

Regarding new business, we are very pleased to announce the award of a new £7.3m care home contract in Maidstone, Kent, for a new prestigious client. Our team is excited to foster another long working relationship with the client. Our team is already on site and making good progress. This is another significant development in our portfolio of healthcare construction projects. Further information is available below.

We are in advanced stages of other new business opportunities and hope to make further announcements in the near future. In particular, we have seen good interest from healthcare, automotive and commercial sectors, which are all determined to move forward with projects.

‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, so we have been busy producing more videos. Our latest video is of our automotive construction expertise, which I highly recommend. It aims to demonstrate our critical focus on quality across all our operations and on customer service. This video is available below.

Finally, with the new academic year commencing we would like to wish our trainees all the best and look forward to the lessons learnt being bought back to the workplace.

We have a number of ways for you to stay in contact with us. Our newsletters aim to keep you informed, as well as regular updates on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube).

Please contact us if you would like further information about any particular project or have a general enquiry.

Phil Holding
Managing Director

Automotive construction expertise

Our short video (3 mins) covers a broad range of recent automotive projects which is a good example of our construction expertise and demonstrates a strong focus on standards, quality and customer requirements.

Project updates

Horizon Construction undertake construction projects valued between £500k and £8m regionally.

NEW Healthcare: Maidstone Care Home, Kent

Horizon Construction has been awarded a £7.3m healthcare construction contract for a new 72-bedroom care home in Maidstone, Kent. Our team is now on site and looking forward to making good progress for the client, Oakland Care. We are delighted to be part of a new project delivery team, which includes Aedifice Partnership (project managers) and ADG Architects. We are also looking forward to working again with WA Consulting Engineers.

COMPLETED Healthcare: Fornham Care Home, Suffolk

Construction has recently been completed on a 17-bedroom extension, including associated facilities, to an existing care home for a longstanding client, Healthcare Homes. Phil Holding, Managing Director, provided the official ‘key handover’ in September.

Healthcare: Woodbridge Care Home, Suffolk

Our healthcare construction contract in Woodbridge is making good progress for a new client, Angel Care, creating a 2-storey, 55-bedroom bespoke care home for mixed-use requirements. The building is now out of the ground and the basement is complete. The ground floor has been installed, which means we can now commence the superstructure brickwork.

Healthcare: Dartford Care Home, Kent

Our healthcare construction contract in Dartford to build a 4-storey, 78-bedroom bespoke care home for Bostall Group is reaching the final phases. The scaffold and debris netting are coming down to reveal a really impressive building.

Automotive: BMW & MINI Sales and Aftersales Facility, Surrey

Construction of the new showroom and servicing centre in Hindhead, Surrey, for Group 1 Automotive is nearing the end and the official handover will take place in the next few weeks. The remaining works include landscaping, fencing, decorating, cleaning and commissioning. We are starting to clear the site of all equipment, material and welfare. Construction partners include Bruce ShawTaylor Design ArchitectsD&d Building Services Consulting Engineers and MNP.

Residential: Chelmsford, Essex

Construction at Railway Street, Chelmsford, is nearing completion. The project involves the construction of 14 flats in the city centre. The newly named “The Signal Yard” is situated close to the railway station and our client, Brodie Property Group, is now taking reservations in anticipation of our completion.

Residential: Wix, Essex

Our team is progressing with 11 bespoke houses in Wix, Essex. The client, Northeast Real Estate Development, is a large Chinese developer and it’s their first construction project in the UK. They are excited by the UK market even in these current times and has appointed Haart New Homes for the sales.

Commercial: Essex Wildlife Trust, Laindon

The core structure has now been completed at the Laindon Nature Reserve for Essex Wildlife Trust. The commercial kitchens and flooring are being fitted and the external heating area is underway. The team is looking forward to completing the project for the client in early November. We have been delighted to work with GROW Architects on bringing to life another commercial construction. 

Education: Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Essex

Construction at Chelmsford County High School for Girls to create a new sports hall and teaching block, including other extensive alterations to the site, is progressing. The teaching block roof steels are being installed and carpentry works to follow. The sports hall’s superstructure is near completion and current works involve masonry to the ground floor, insulated panels to the first floor and the roof installation. This £5.2m contract is due to complete in September 2021. We are pleased to be working with the team at PCH Associates.

Latest news

Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with our latest news and announcements, including construction projects and job vacancies. Our LinkedIn company page now has over 2,300 followers.

The following is a selection of news on our website since the previous edition of the newsletter:

  • Corporate news: “ISO Certified in Construction Management Systems”… Read article
  • Corporate news: “Automotive Construction Expertise (video)”… Read article
  • Corporate news: “Contract awarded for new care home in Maidstone, Kent”… Read article
  • Insight: “Government consultation to reform planning system is welcomed”… Read article
  • Corporate news: “Over 20 years of construction expertise (video)”… Read article

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