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Looking forward to 2016

We have a number of large construction projects starting in the first quarter of 2016. These include sites at Bishopric and Bishopsweald, Horsham. The client for both projects is the British Airways Pension Trust Fund.

Bishopric is a timber-frame construction of 17 residential units and Bishopsweald involves the structural alteration and fit-out of the existing building to provide 3 commercial units and a gym. Jonathan Fern is the contracts manager for Bishopric and Tim Guest the contracts manager for Bishopsweald. In Seaford we will start building 35 new dwellings including an underground car park for Hyde Housing Association.

The project will be managed by Brian Player and Jonathan Fern is the contracts manager. In addition, the redevelopment of the former Fruit and Vegetable Market in Southampton starts in earnest in 2016


Portsmouth Schools Initiative

From January 2016 we will be sponsoring a construction course for Portsmouth school children to be delivered by Portsmouth Craft and Manufacturing Industries (PCMI) part of Portsmouth City Council. The course will be run by Simon Roberts at PCMI and will involve visits to our site in Cosham. PCMI also help long-term unemployed and disabled people entering sustainable employment.

They welcome material donations to help with their training. We recently donated over £400 of materials to them. Please bear this in mind if you have ansuitable unused materials following site completions. If you would like to help Simon on this course or would like further information, please contact

Redevelopment of the Former Fruit and Vegetable Market, Southampton

We are about to start the construction of 211 one and two bedroom high spec apartments on the site of the former Fruit and Vegetable market, Southampton. The development is within walking distance of the popular leisure and retail areas of the marina and Oxford Street, and is set to deliver 211 one and two bedroom high spec apartments.

The total development costs of the project are estimated to be £36 million and the development will be delivered in several phases over the next two years, with the first phase completing in the fourth quarter of 2017. The developer is Hampshire and Regional and the project is the result of a joint venture between Rockspring Property Investment Managers and Atlas Residential. This represents both Rockspring’s first move into the private rental sector, and Atlas’ first venture in the UK Atlas’ first venture within the UK. For further information please contact project manager Andy Musselwhite.


Affordable Homes in Southampton

Last month, Southampton City Council and developer Stonewater opened a major affordable housing development built by PMC Construction at Queensway. The scheme is an attractive development located on the site of a former night club and bar which have been closed for several years.

This £9.4m scheme offers 40 affordable rental homes which are a mix of 1,2, 3 and 4-bedroom properties. The scheme provides 12 shared ownership homes which include 10 apartments and 2 mews houses.

Local artist Chris Jenkins was commissioned to create special water-jet cut aluminium gates which were produced with Daniel Crow from ‘a space’ arts. The gates have been installed in the walkway between the flats and houses and are based on old maps showing Charlotte Street and the surrounding area as it was before World War 2. Stonewater Executive Director Richard Stevenson said: “We are delighted to be officially opening these important affordable housing schemes which will breathe new life into the heart of Southampton, providing good quality housing for local people who need it most and boosting local city centre trade, commerce and employment”.