NEWS

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.

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.