Regional Winners of the Federation of Master Builder Awards 2010

14th December 2010

Southern Regional Winners of the FMB Awards 2010 for the following categories:

Category 5 Commercial Projects

Category 4 Large Renovation Project

We are very proud to announce that Sporn Construction are regional winners in the Federation of Master Builder Awards 2010. This achievement has been the result of the eternal commitment of all members of the team to implement the high standards and meticulous attention to detail, impregnated in the very culture of our company.

“Sporn Construction exemplify the high standards that FMB strive to achieve. They are passionate about delivering quality: this is demonstrated by their portfolio of beautifully restored buildings, and delighted clients. It is also demonstrated by their commitment to training their team to the highest standards, so that they can deliver modern innovative solutions to 21st Century challenges like energy efficiency, alongside the best of traditional building skills. In this way they are helping to ensure that future generations will still have the skills to care for our precious stock of heritage buildings”      Hayley Fry, FMB Regional Director.

” The FMB Awards are held in the highest of regards throughout the construction industry.  I am extremely proud of this achievement. To be regional award winners in two categories is absolutely amazing. I know my appreciation is shared throughout every member of our team. It is wonderful to receive recognition for the  quality craftmanship achieved at Sporn Construction and indeed how we focus not just on the finished  project, rather the journey to that point. I must thank our clients, of the two projects for nominating us for these awards, not only for their very kind comments , but also for their time that they have devoted to the nomination process.  I would also like to thank every member of our staff , for working hard as a team to maintain and constantly improve the standard of construction carried out on each and every project. Finally to FMB, without whom our industry would not have such prestigous awards to aspire to, and in particular Hayley Fry, the Regional Director, for the professional manner in which the judgement process is conducted; the time devoted to site visits to each project, the detailed liasons with clients, which ensures the Awards retain their unquestionable status of the most coveted awards in construction. ”  Robin Sporn, Director.


Sporn Construction will now go forward to the National FMB Awards 2010. The results of which will not be available until March 2011.

Stone Mason Course 2010-2012

20th November 2010

November 2010

The masonry team have completed the first stage of their Stone Mason Course.  A traditional stone masonry course focusing on  developing  stone carving and dressing skills, together with imparting the techniques and discipline required for executing inticate detailed stone work. The course is approved by English Heritage and will continue into 2012.

All members of the team thoroughly enjoyed the course, amd have already been able to utilise their new skills on site. Paul Robinson the masonry foreman remarked “We are looking forward to completing the challenges ahead. It is fantastic to see how even the more junior members of the team are very excited about the course. Stone carving requires meticulous attention to detail, all members of staff have done exceptionally well. The standard of work required is nothing less than we expect every day on site. “

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.

Successful Airtightness Test at Chesnut Lodge

1st October 2010

Chesnut Lodge Update

This project is of a timber frame construction. On the 27th of September an air  permeability  test was carried out on the property which passed with flying colours. The design air permeability was specified as 8.Om3/h/m2 and the achieved value was 4.4m3/h/m2, an almost 50 % improvement on the specification.  The fantastic results were achieved by the skill and meticulous attention to detail of our staff.

The scaffolding to the rear of the property remains in place whilst we await delivery of the bespoke glass handrails to complete the balcony.

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.

Investors in People Award 2010

4th August 2010

Investors in People

Investors in People Award – Bronze Recognition
We are incredibly proud to announce that we have achieved the prestigous Investors in People Award, and further we exceeded the standard and were awarded Bronze Recognition. We first registered our committment to the Investors in People framework 5 years ago. All members of the team, from directors to staff on site have provided a positive contribution to our recent success. The award reflects  our continued investment in our staff and how our Company values each and every member of its team.

Simon Jones, Chief Executive of Investors in People UK, said, “This is a fantastic achievement for Sporn Construction Ltd. I would like to congratulate the organisation and its people on their commitment to continuous improvement.”

Robin Sporn, Company Director commented ” We are passionate about developing each of our employees to their full potential.The shortage of construction skills is a major area of concern and is something, as a member of the Oxfordshire Construction Training Group, we are working hard to address. The framework we have created and implemented over the last five years has not only resulted in this most prestigous award from the Investors in People Organisation but also ensured the efficient, professional management of our Company through the continued difficult economic times. Our recent growth is testiment to this. Thank you to each and every member of our team for their hard work and support.”

Achieving the Investors in People Bronze Award, firmly places Sporn construction Ltd in the top 5% of recognised organisations.

Staff Achievements

21st July 2010

Congratulations to Mark Fairbairn who has completed his 2 year NVQ Carpentry Apprentorship. Mark has passed his Level II qualification with a merit of distinction. Mark will now go on to start his Level III NVQ in Carpentry in September 2010. Well done Mark!

Adam Hall has passed the requisite interview to enable him  to start his Level III NVQ in Brickwork in September 2010 after recently completing his Level II. Well done Adam!

Maple Barn

2nd June 2010

This project has now been completed. Despite major additions to the contracted works the project was completed by the imposed deadline. The barn conversion is an amazing success due to the effective teamwork between all parties