Category "Construction"

Construction Progress at Acorn Farm

13th March 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

13th March 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

13th March 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

13th March 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.

Project to be Featured by RIBA Publication

11th November 2010

Caswell House Barns, a barn conversion and renovation project completed June 2010 has been selected by the Royal Institute of British Architects, to be featured in their forthcoming publication ” Conservation Sector Review 2011.”  We are delighted that the project has been chosen by the RIBA.

The project, including the  album documenting the build, is available to view on our website.

Recommended Contractor by Homebase

11th November 2010

We are very pleased to have been selected by Homebase to be their  recommended construction company for major projects in the Oxfordshire area. Advertising will appear in store from the 5th November 2010, starting with the Bicester, Oxfordshire store. According to the Homebase representatives, Sporn Construction will exclusively be the recommended construction company for this area.

Moorland Surgery Completed August 2010

1st October 2010

Construction of Extension at Moorland Surgery  Completed August 2010

This project involved an extension to a traditional Victorian style property utilised as a doctor’s surgery, which remained in use throughout the works. The foundations of the extension are formed by the reinforced concrete retaining structure of the semi basement whilst the superstructure is constructed of twin panel timber frame.

Prior to plastering the internal skin the cavity of the twin panel  frame was highly insulated and sealed for airtightness to exceed the latest standards.

Due to the use of the extension and privacy requirements needed between consulting rooms high standards of sound insulation were also adhered to.Externally the building was clad with natural stone and Chestnut boarding, whilst the high quality windows and external doors were imported from Poland. The existing carpark was also altered and resurfaced with a SUDS drainage system.

Update on some of our current sites

9th February 2010

Hawthorne House
The structural timber frame is in place and work to external stone work and hemcrete are nearing completion.  Internal plasterwork under way.

Chestnut Lodge
The Structural Timber frame and external stonework are complete. Internal plaster work underway.

Maple Barn
Progress is on schedule to meet the imposed deadline. Re roofing with the natural slates are complete, together with the structural alterations. Internal finishes are underway.

Masonry Apprentice
Adam Hall has achieved his NVQ Level 2 in Brickwork and will shortly be starting his Level 3.