Quatercentenarian News from R. Durtnell and Sons Limited Spring 2015
It’s No Accident Some two or so years ago R Durtnell & Sons Ltd had submitted a tender for a new ambulance station in Brighton, known as a Make Ready Centre. The job did not go ahead but we had sufficiently impressed the Employer and his team to be invited to tender for three new MRC’s. Earlier this year South East Coast Ambulance, part of the NHS, awarded R Durtnell & Sons Ltd a Design & Build contract to build a new MRC worth £4.7m, starting this Spring at Polegate, a few miles North of Eastbourne, East Sussex. The clay bound site slope has a water course running through and will require some 5,000 cubic metres of soil removal before construction can get underway. The programme for this project is 42 weeks. This is one of four new MRC’s and the first to get underway. Three further MRC’s are being planned in Brighton, Crawley and Chichester.
Quantity Surveyor: Sawyer & Fisher M&E Employer’s Consultant: Mecserv Employer’s Concept Designer: LA Architects Employer’s Agent: Chawton Hill Contractor’s Designer: Ubique Architects Structural Engineers: Millwood House Consultants
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE Colfe’s School page 2 Larkfield House page 3 Two Stage Tenders page 3 Durtnell Joinery & Finishings page 8 In The Frame! page 9 Cheam Leisure Centre page 10 Kent County Council Contracts page 11 Hidden Histories page 12
Chantry Quarry - pages 4/5
Rye Cinema - pages 6/7
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Colfe’s School In 1652 the Reverend Abraham Colfe re-founded a school that was established in 1574 by John Glyn. Nowadays Colfe’s School, in Horn Park, South London, is a co-educational private school for pupils from 3 to 18 years old. In the summer of 2014, R Durtnell & Sons Ltd commenced work at the school after successfully tendering for the construction of a new teaching and sixth form block. Located at the heart of the school, this new facility will provide additional teaching accommodation and an area for the sixth form to socialise. The design for the new block was carried out by BHM Architects and the PQS is Gardiner & Theobald. To deal with tight access around the site, a decision was taken to erect a tower crane, which has been invaluable in distributing materials and in particular for the steelwork and brickwork construction. The £5m project is due for completion in the summer having been on site for 63 weeks.
“Durtnell have made what is the school’s biggest and probably most difficult new building project to date an enjoyable and painless experience. Building in such a confined space in the centre of the existing school buildings means that Durtnell have to tailor their working practices to minimise disruption to the school - this has worked well, and the Headmaster commented that he has had no complaints from school staff. Likewise there have been times when school routine needs to be adapted to accommodate certain elements of work. Durtnell’s Site Manager on this project is excellent, experienced and gives the school 100% confidence. I would definitely recommend Durtnell on any future project.” J Martin Scobie, Operations Director, Colfe’s School
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Larkfield House After a period of final negotiations, R Durtnell & Sons Ltd commenced construction in July 2014 of a new five bedroom private house in Penshurst, Kent.
The new residential dwelling is c. 3500 sq/ft and replaces the mid 1930’s house that stood on the site. Following demolition, an in-situ concrete basement was excavated and cast. The main superstructure is constructed using hand made bricks with stone quoins and lintels being installed on all the elevations. The main feature of the property, which is due for completion during the Summer of 2015, is a sweeping oak staircase to the front hall, along with the terraced gardens and stunning views across the Weald. The £1.2m scheme is being managed by Jonathan Dunn Architects and the PQS is Trevor Patrick Partnership. The programme for this project is 52 weeks. R Durtnell & Sons Ltd are delighted to be involved with the creation of this new family home and one that is just a mile away from Poundsbridge Manor - the first house built by the company in 1591.
Two Stage Tenders R Durtnell & Sons Ltd are currently working on two 2 stage tenders. The first is for a new residential scheme in Seasalter. The scheme has been designed by Architect Edward Szewczuk and is situated on the Kent coast, with some challenging site conditions and access issues. We, together with the Structural Engineer, have been heavily involved in the design of the substructure and site perimeter retaining walls. This project is due on site Summer 2015.
The second tender is with the University of Creative Arts (UCA), having recently completed a £2.0m scheme in Wimbledon. R Durtnell & Sons Ltd have now been appointed by the UCA, Rochester for the £2.3m remodelling and entrance building. Architects DRDH are seeking to create “a more open and welcoming face to the campus for staff, students and the wider community”. The scheme is due on site Summer 2015.
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Chantry Quarry This successful project has received a number of awards : Best Architecture Multiple Residence UK, Best Architecture Multiple Residence South East (5 star), Best Residential Development Surrey (5 star) and Highly Commended Interior Design Show Home South East - all at the 2014 UK Property Awards.
Completion beckons at The Quarry, near Guildford - a project involving the construction of 15 contemporary townhouses. Chantry Quarry is hidden away at the foot of a prestigious residential area that rises up and away from central Guildford to meet the green open spaces of the North Downs. Works to this £13m project commenced on 25th June 2012. All of the units are sold and 11 are already occupied. Internal finishes to the last two houses and the final soft and hard landscaping works are drawing to a conclusion. The project for Latchmere Properties was designed by Brookes Architects, with engineering by Thomasons and the PQS was Deacon & Jones. The houses, which are all open plan, are formed by five floors and a roof garden, all accessed by a lift. The location of the properties within half a mile of Guildford and centred within an old chalk quarry, made for quite unique selling points.
“At the risk of sounding like an Oscar winning performance - its fair to say all the site team are priceless and go over and above ones expectations of working with builders/contractors. We just wanted to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone. Generally, we appreciate everyone’s hard work in making our house more and more a home.” Private Resident - The Quarry
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In the late Autumn of 2013, R Durtnell & Sons Ltd successfully tendered for a project to bring a new privately owned cinema to Rye, East Sussex. The Kino, located behind the George Hotel, is the brainchild of the Fletcher Group and the Kino, with the Kino already operating a cinema in Hawkhurst, Kent. Working with Jonathan Dunn Architects, the project consisted of two phases. The first phase was for the demolition, new build and refurbishment of the planned cinema superstructure and the second phase was for the fit out for the Kino Group. The project commenced mid December 2013 and completed on time in the middle of January 2015. The overall contract sum was circa £1.2m and the finished building houses two cinema screens (100 seater and 40 seater), along with an ‘Art Room’ used for occasional private viewings, a kitchen, a box office and cafe with mezzanine. The work involved dealing with very tight access constraints via the Medieval Arch and Rye’s notorious one way system. The building has a listed status, which meant that a great deal of sympathy had to be given to the approach and planning of the works. The raking site meant that the new 100 seat cinema had to be piled with a blockwork and steel shell then constructed. The new roof areas were covered with single ply membrane and also sedum roof covering. The old tiled roof areas were also refurbished incorporating the traditional ‘hatched’ lines as seen on adjacent buildings. Following the successful completion of the works, the project has been short-listed for five awards:• • • •
Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion - LABC Building Excellence Awards Best Small Commercial Building - LABC Building Excellence Awards Sussex Heritage Trust Award Rother Conservation Award
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The cinema has already received the following awards:• • •
RIBA South East Award 2015 Rye Conservation Society Townscape Award 2015 Design and Conservation Award 2015
“I enjoyed working with Durtnell’s team on this project. It was very challenging with a difficult site and complex conversion. However everyone worked well together in resolving any issues thrown up. The Site Manager was very committed to the project and had many challenges to deal with which was a big influence on the success of the final building. The design is quite unusual but all on site were focused on the attention to detail which has now fully paid off. I look forward to working with all involved again soon.” Rob Pollard, Architect, Jonathan Dunn Architects
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Durtnell Joinery & Finishing The last year has seen Durtnell Joinery & Finishings settle down in their new home at Aylesford, near Maidstone, Kent. The mill, which is staffed by 8 joiners, 3 machinists, 2 sprayers and 2 managers is having good success in securing work from other main contractors, joinery companies, Architects and Interior Designers. The mill is set up to undertake all aspects of joinery from hardwood sash windows and fitted furniture, to veneered MDF wardrobes and doors. Recent works completed include a hardwood bell tower for Brasted Place (the same village as our head office), a circular reception desk for a private London school, bespoke hardwood wardrobes for private apartments in Chelsea and a hardwood conservatory for a private house in Kent. In addition to producing high quality joinery, the mill has a spray shop which carries out all level of spraying and prep work. This section of the business extends to on site spraying and finishing and since the beginning of the year, we have undertaken making good and polishing works on finished joinery in private residences in St James, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. If you have any joinery or finishing work or require any advice on the aforementioned then please do contact the Joinery Manager, Paul Henley, on 01622 790601 or [email protected]
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In the Frame - Update! Our partnering agreement continues with London Borough of Merton and London Borough of Sutton. Projects recently completed include:•
Devonshire Primary School - construction of a two-storey timber framed classroom block and construction of a single storey on top of the existing sports/assembly hall; completed for London Borough of Sutton. Architect was The HOCA Practice with whom R Durtnell & Sons Ltd have a long working relationship. Project value: £2.3m.
Beddington Park Primary School - again for the London Borough of Sutton, we carried out a three phase project to include new entrance building, 3 classroom infill and refurbishment and reconfiguration to existing areas of the school. Architect was NPS South East Ltd. Project value: £1.5m.
Cheam Leisure Centre - project details follow.
Projects currently on site:•
Sherwood Hill SEN School - construction of a new £4.5m SEN school with associated soft and hard landscaping areas. Client is London Borough of Sutton. Project team is: Architect: Architype Ltd QS: Synergy LLP
Perseid Lower School - project value £1.0m. Perseid Lower School is located over two campuses, the Higher School for High School Students and the Lower School for primary students. R Durtnell & Sons have been employed by London Borough of Merton to create extensions to the Lower school and re-modelling works which will house the primary students aged 3-5 years old.
Projects awarded and due to start:•
Cheam Common Junior School Construction of new single storey building and external infill area. Works also include re-modelling the existing school and entrances.
St Mary’s Junior School Construction of two extensions to form new classrooms and ancillary areas.
Whilst the project is underway the school is open, therefore the school is occupied so the health and safety of both staff and pupils is of importance to the site team and our subcontractors.
R Durtnell & Sons Ltd have made two senior appointments within the last six months. David Neiles has joined the company in the position of Construction Manager, with his day-to-day duties being concerned with the running of all the ‘live’ projects. This includes sub-contract procurement, health and safety, programming, logistics, client liaison etc. David comes with a long career behind him in the construction industry and in the past has worked for Denne and William Verry and has been an integral part of the BSF for Kent County Council. Philip Ithier has taken up the position of Pre-Construction Director. Phil will be overseeing all aspects of pre-construction, including marketing, tendering, pre-qualification, PR, interviews etc. Phil started out as an Engineer and progressed into management both in the UK and overseas for companies Balfour Beatty, Interserve and Volker Fitzpatrick. We wish them all the best for their future at R Durtnell & Sons Ltd.
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Cheam Leisure Centre Recently completed is the £3.0m refurbishment project we undertook at Cheam Leisure Centre for London Borough of Sutton. R Durtnell & Sons were employed to carry out the refurbishment of the existing leisure centre. The works which Durtnell carried out were split into two elements, pre-contract works and main works. Element 1 - Pre-Contract Works The pre-contract works consisted of temporary footpaths around the site compound, containment within the leisure centre to accommodate gym equipment and the construction of a temporary reception area for the gymnasium. Element 2 - Main works The main works included re-roofing of the main sports hall, re-lining the main pool, renewal of mechanical and electrical plant, installation of new windows, small extension to form disabled toilet, insulation and decoration. The centre was officially re-opened on Saturday 11th April 2015. Commonwealth gold medal winning swimmer Adam Whitehead, water polo captain Fran Leighton and synchronised swimmer Adele Carlsen were alongside more than 1,000 visitors to Cheam Leisure Centre for the opening and taking part in inflatable fun activities in the pool, group exercise classes and taster sessions. More than 100 children took part in an Oceans of Fun event with the GB athletes and learned a variety of skills.
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KCC Contracts Oakwood Park Grammar School In July of 2014 R Durtnell & Sons Ltd were awarded Stage 1 of a 2 Stage Design and Build contract at Oakwood Park Grammar School. On 31 March 2015 RDS commenced work on site. In the intervening months since the award of the First Stage we worked with the Client and Designers to value engineer the proposed new teaching block to ensure the scheme cost falling within the Client’s available budget. The final building being constructed is a two-storey Maths and Modern Languages facility. The building incorporates a steel frame structure with pre-cast beam and block ground floor and a composite profiled metal sheet and concrete upper floor and roof. The roof covering is a reinforced bitumen based membrane. The building is clad with a combination of face brickwork, cellulose fibre reinforced resin cladding panels and curtain walling. Internally the rooms are divided with proprietary metal stud partitions and plasterboard to provide the required sound resistance, in combination with acoustically rated fire doorsets. Ceilings are generally the structural soffits left exposed, with acoustic absorbent panels hung from the structure to assist with the required acoustic design. The building is heated with a water based underfloor heating system and is naturally ventilated via louvres in the external façade and vent shafts at roof level. The building programme is for a total of 46 weeks, with a proposed handover to the Client in February 2016.
Leybourne Chase Primary School Also in July of 2014 R Durtnell & Sons Ltd were awarded the Design & Build contract at Leybourne Chase Primary School. Work commenced on site on 27th October 2014, having spent time worrking with the Kent County Council, Faithful & Gould, Lee Evans Partnership and Gary Gabriel Associates to value engineer the proposed new teaching block. The final £4.2m project is for a two-storey general teaching facility which includes a hall that can double up as a sports/dining hall. External works include a new car park, MUGA and sports pitch. The building programme is for 44 weeks with a proposed handover to the Client on 29th August 2015. The Architect for this project is Lee Evans Partnership and the QS is Betteridge & Milsom.
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R Durtnell & Sons Ltd were the subject of an hour long documentary, which was aired on BBC4 last year and again shown in January 2015. The programme ‘Hidden Histories’ was a journey through the 400 plus years of R Durtnell & Sons Ltd past and how the business adapted as historical events took place, such as the Fire of London and World War II. Our Chairman, Alexander Durtnell, was shown evidence not seen before, which backed up the claim that the family had been involved with Construction since 1591. Interestingly the evidence seen actually suggested that the date could have been far earlier than 1591!! During the filming of the programme Alexander visited Lambeth Palace and saw first hand an original handwritten Will from 1607 for William Durtnell, which stated that at that time he was a carpenter in the Parish of Penshurst, Kent. Other visits included the site of Detling Aerodrome in Kent, which played a key role in the Battle of Britain in WWII. R Durtnell & Sons Ltd were employed in a pivotal post in keeping the airfield fully functional which, after one serious attack by the Luftwaffe (which left many dead), meant the runway had to be re-built along with hanger repairs, all in a matter of days. The programme was one of three in a series, the other two programmes followed the story of R Balsom & Sons (Butchers) and Toye Kenning & Spencer (Ribbon and Medal makers). The programme was produced by Chris Durlacher who also produced the successful series called ‘The History of our Streets’. Of his involvement in the programme, Chairman Alexander Durtnell, said “I always thought that I was aware of all the important aspects of the family history, but having been involved with the programme and meeting the professional historians that they employ, I have to admit that I have without doubt learnt and seen some new things related to our family and businesses. It was also a real eye opener into how much effort and research goes into just an hours programme. Overall it was an enjoyable and memorial experience”.
Addio e buona fortuna Evan Valente has recently retired from the position of Director and General Manager after 28 years of loyal service. R Durtnell & Sons Ltd wish Evan a long and happy retirement.
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