Construction News Update – Winter 2021

Dear Reader

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

As the year draws to a close, I would like to thank our staff, project teams, contractors and suppliers for their hard work and commitment in achieving exceptional results for our clients throughout the last 12 months. We are all aware of the pressures and strains in the industry, but I have seen remarkable progress by our collective teams to instil confidence and determination to overcome challenges.  Even with the onset of winter and the lingering cloud of the pandemic, there is much to look forward to in the year ahead.

We are delighted to announce we have been awarded an £8.5m healthcare contract to build a 75-bed care home for a new client in north Essex. Naturally, we are absolutely thrilled and further demonstrates the expertise and reputation we have built in this sector.  We also have other exciting projects to announce in the new year, so 2022 is looking like our busiest yet.

In the previous roundup of construction news, we reported on several completed projects and we are pleased to report on further projects in this edition.  Only recently, the team in Woodbridge, Suffolk, has completed and handed over a new £6.7m care home. We really enjoyed delivering this project which created an outstanding modern facility for our client. Other completed projects include phase 2 of works at a Chelmsford school to convert an old gymnasium into a library and a new teaching block for a school in London.

Our team has commenced works on two new commercial construction sites. Our site in Ardleigh is forming 26,000 sq.ft. of new office space with associated facilities and our site in Braintree is creating a bespoke office facility. Other project updates are detailed below.

In October we hosted our inaugural construction and property event which was held at the birthplace of projects for Horizon Construction. The Barn in Colchester was a fantastic venue and the event was a huge success. Over 50 senior practitioners attended and Robert Pomery provided an excellent update on changes to the planning environment. We will be announcing follow-up events in the new year.

We continuously seek new talent to join our expanding team. Recently we have welcomed Jack Burton as Senior Estimator, Peter Sevant as Site Manager, and Zoee Gregan in Administration.

Please continue to explore the content on this page. If you have any enquiries, please contact us.

Finally and importantly, with the festive season upon us, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Joyful and Successful New Year.

Kind regards

Phil Holding
Managing Director

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New projects

Healthcare: New 75-Bed Care Home, Essex

Horizon Construction has recently been awarded an £8.5m healthcare contract to build a 75-bed care home in north Essex for one of the largest care home providers in the UK. Due to the early nature of the awarded contract, we look forward to sharing more information about the project in the next edition of this publication and on our social media channels in due course.

Phil Holding, Managing Director at Horizon Construction, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded this contract by an award-winning and large UK care home provider. Similar to our other construction sectors, we have built a reputation on successful relationships in delivering high-quality products and services. Our team is looking forward to demonstrating their experience and expertise to our new client.”

Commercial: New Office Unit in Braintree, Essex

Horizon Construction is pleased to announce a £1.3m commercial contract to deliver new offices for a new client, DOA Underwriting, in Braintree, Essex.

Works have already commenced on site and we are excited to be working again with the project team at Daniel Connal Partnership and the architectural team at Duncan Clark & Beckett.

Project updates

Commercial: New Office Facility in Ardleigh, Essex

Groundworks are well underway at our new commercial construction site in Ardleigh, Essex. This £5.1m contract will create a modern, high-quality office facility for NEEB Holdings. The project represents 9 office units of varying size and 26,000 sq.ft. of commercial space.

We look forward to sharing further photos of progress in future editions, as well as on social media. Our architecture partner is Wincer Kievenaar Architects.

Healthcare: 72-Bed Care Home in Maidstone, Kent

Construction of a 72-bed care home in Maidstone, Kent, for Oakland Care is expected to complete in Q2 2022. All roof works are being completed. Internal works are well underway, including screeding and M&E installation.  

The project delivery team includes Aedifice Partnership, ADG Architects and WA Consulting Engineers.

Education: Grange Academy, Bedford

Construction works on a £2m education contact have started at the Grange Academy in Bedford. The project will create a modern two-storey teaching block. 

Pilings have been completed, foundations poured and pre-work has commenced for slabs. The facility will involve a steel frame structure and external wall framing insulated with brick and wooden rain-screen cladding. Other details include full fit out with a high specification M&E installation, lift access and new landscaping with hard paving. Initial work included underground sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and the removal of five temporary teaching cabins.

We are delighted to be working again with the project and architectural team at Ingleton Wood.

Completed projects

Healthcare: 55-Bed Care Home in Woodbridge, Suffolk

Education: Library at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Essex

The current photographs were taken before the full fit-out. We look forward to sharing the final photographs of the library in the next edition.

Education: New Teaching Block at St Thomas More School, Wood Green, London

The current photographs were taken just before all work was completed. We look forward to sharing the final photographs of the new teaching block in the next edition.

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