Construction of Oak Manor started this month. A large prestigious home in Oxford. The project will be constructed in 2 phases to allow the clients to remain in residence on site.The current building on site will be completely demolished during phase 2 of the project.The programme for the build is in excess of 12 months. The house incorporates a “green sedum roof”, ground source heat pumps, and mechanical heat recovery to the main house. In addition there is an air source heat pump system to be installed in the outbuilding.
The renovation of Maple Cottage is almost complete. The property is Grade II listed. The final quality assurance pre completion checks are due to take place the middle of next week. The cottage has an abundance of original features which have been beautifully restored. Materials and building techniques sympathetic to the original construction have ensured perfect fusion between the old and the new without compromising the historic soul of the building.
Issue 7212 7th April 2011 Sporn Construction were in the press again this week, in Construction News- the publication is voted number one by the construction Industry.Robin Sporn was approached by the editor of Construction News to contribute to an article on low-carbon construction. We are extremely proud to have been involved in such a prestigious publication.
Robin Sporn, along with other MDs from some of the largest construction companies in the UK, has been invited to the head office of Construction News next week to attend a breakfast meeting to contribute to a series of special supplements to look at the challenges in delivering radically lower carbon built environment.
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.”
More details relating to this project can be found on the portfolio pages of our website.
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.
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.
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 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.