From ecclesiastical, social housing and school extension projects, to speaking at events and helping Brighton University students get a better understanding of construction in the real world. We’ve been really busy over the last few months.
We’ve been working across a whole range of sectors in the last couple of months. It’s been great to be part of projects that make a real difference. This includes getting new housing to families that really need it and helping to preserve historical buildings for years to come.
The church needed its North and South Lancet windows replaced. As a Grade II listed building, it was important that we kept as much of the 85 year old glass as possible. We were able to get the right experts on site and are pleased to say that the vast majority of the original glass was put into the new window frames.
We're currently carrying out an internal and external commercial refurbishment project on a building in Easthill Park in Portslade. The building, which was originally stables, was built in the 1800s as part of Easthill House. It has been rewarding to breathe new life into the building as well as to preserve its history for years to come.
The external refurbishment includes new roofing, leadwork, brickwork repairs and two window replacements. Inside, the building will have a new kitchen, upgraded electrical works and toilet, new internal doors and decorations.
We have been appointed to build a highly efficient SEN classroom building at Felpham Community College which is progressing well. The building uses a solar panel system to power air source heat pumps which will help reduce the running costs and CO2 emissions when the build is complete.
It’s not all been work, work work. We’ve had a chance to do a bit of celebrating too! Firstly, our managing Director, Steve Hayman, attended the celebration of the MD Hub’s 21st birthday. During the evening, the MD Hub award winners were also announced. As the sponsor for the Futureproof Award, Steve presented the award to the winner, Jess from Aldenham Estate.
We’re also delighted that one of our projects, Wiston Wine Estate, was a finalist in the Constructing Excellence awards in the 'Regeneration & Conservation' category. After winning the regional awards earlier in the year, it was great to see it make it through to the national finals. You can find out more about the project on the Constructing Excellence website.
Among all of the other things that we have been up to, we’ve also been making sure we give back to our local community through supporting local university students. Through the University of Brighton, our Operations Director, Jason Wickenden, co-hosted a workshop with Ben Coombs from MacConvilles and John Smith from Cityzen. It was all about how a collaborative approach can save time and money, as well as offer the best quality for delivery of a construction project. The workshop was a success and was a fantastic opportunity to give the students real-world context.
In addition, Steve King, our Construction Director, has shown other University of Brighton students around our site in Albion Street as part of their Level 4 Built Environment qualification. It’s always great to be able to enrich students’ learning with real-world context and show them the relevance of what they’re learning.
Where we can, we love to get involved with local schools, colleges and universities to hopefully inspire them and educate them on the job opportunities available to them. You never know, we might have already met a future Cheesmur employee! You can find out more about the work that we do with students in our other blog post.
All in all, it’s been a fantastic couple of months for Cheesmur and we’re hoping to continue to progress with all of our current projects. Whether we’re bringing a new lease of life to a listed building or building new, energy-efficient, facilities for students.
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