Archive for March, 2011

National Winner at the Master Builder Awards 2010

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

National Winner of the Federation of Master Builder Awards 2010 – Commercial Project less than 3 million

The FMB Awards Gala took place in London on Friday 11th March 2011. There were over 700 people from the construction industry, all very hopeful that they may win the coveted national awards, including our Directors!  The competition was of an extremely high standard.

The Directors took the stage to receive the award from Phil Spencer, the presenter of Location , Location , Location.  An amazing achievement and the first time that Sporn Construction have been a National Winner. The Directors were interviewed on Radio Oxford immediately after the awards ceremony.

Robin Sporn, company Director, commented “This award is recognition of the determination of each member of our team to continually strive for perfection. I receive the award on behalf of everyone at Sporn Construction. It is embedded in the very culture of our company that it is not simply the quality of the projects that we build, but the journey to that point. I must thank our clients who nominated us for the regional awards. Their kind comments were the foundations upon which our nominations were built.  The competition was of an extremely high standard. Other projects in the commercial category included, amongst others, the conservation and restoration  of an old coal colliery, regeneration of victorian baths to create an art gallery and appartments, major refurbishment of a 166 bedroom hotel.  In total there were 10  regional finalists for each national award category, from all over the UK. The National, and Regional FMB Awards are testiment to our belief that a construction company which employs and nutures skilled craftsman, backed by professional management, will  stand out as no ordinary builder”.

Bernard Sporn, company Director commented ” Sporn construction laid its foundations in the construction industry in the 1960’s.  Over those 50 years the Company has constantly evolved, expanded, implemented new techniques, built on the traditional old skills but never lost sight of the ethos of the company  – Building Quality Together.  To receive this national award firmly establishes our company as a professional construction company which delivers outstanding quality and customer service.”

Caswell House Barns – Commercial Project – The renovation of 14th Century Barns to a wedding venue.

More details relating to this project can be found on the portfolio pages of our website.

Progress at Oak House

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Construction at Oak House is ahead of program. The construction involves the restoration and extension to an existing property. The extension incorporates a green oak frame coupled with SIPS panels.                         

Construction Progress at Acorn Farm

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Renovation works at Acorn Farm are on program. After an initial delay due to the discovery of bats at the property, we have been able to reverse the negative impact on programme.The discovery of bats can be a major issue.  Even the most vague possibility of bats needs to be reported and work to be immediately halted within the area of concern. Sometimes it is also necessary to construct an alternative home for the bats.We have a very good working relationship with the Bat Conservation Trust.

Construction of Elm Cottage Complete

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Construction of the extension to Elm Cottage was completed March 2011.

The extension, to provide a kitchen and family room. Predominantly a glass structure to maximise the view of the beautiful gardens. The traditional oak trusses were crafted on site which enabled the fusion of the historic features of the property and the modern glass structure.


Construction of Hawthorne House Complete

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Construction of Hawthorne House was completed January 2011.

The project involved the extension and renovation of a historic farm house. The extension was a twin panel timber frame construction insulated with hempcrete.The focus of the build was to seamlessly extend the property ensuring the historic soul of the property was uncompromised.

Construction of Chesnut Lodge Complete

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Construction of Chesnut Lodge was completed in December 2010. A very modern. contemporary home with a strong “Eco” presence. The construction was of a twin panel timber frame design. The property was designed to achieve an Air Permeability Test result of 8.  Upon testing the building passed with flying colours achieving 4.

The construction also incorporated large glass panels, balconies and extremely large glass doors.