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Feedback and Satisfaction

A challenge has been sitting on the horizon for the construction industry for many years. According to 2020 stats, 22% of the workforce are over 50 years old. Relatively few younger people are joining the industry. In the next decade, experts predict the skills gap will become critical. The sector often loses out on bright graduates to careers in law, … Read More

Moor Lane Respite Centre

Moor Lane - Chawton Hill

Chawton Hill Reach Practical Completion on Children’s Respite Centre We’re delighted that this great project is nearing practical completion. Though not involved in the early stages of the project, Chawton Hill supported stakeholders and client to bring it to completion. In the original works, the precise user requirements at Moor Lane weren’t captured. Chawton Hill worked with the end user … Read More

Chawton Hill Has A New Look

Chawton Hill New Brand

Chawton Hill has been around for almost twenty years now, so we thought it was time for a little refresh of our image and appearance. We’ve been serving both domestic and commercial clients throughout the South East and wider UK for nearly two decades, delivering a quality and consistent service which has ensured a longevity we’re proud of. However, we … Read More

Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

*This year we close for the Christmas holidays at lunchtime on 24th December & we will be back on 4th January 2021. We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

College roof repair in Winchester, Hampshire

college roof repairs

Peter Symonds College in Winchester instructed us to assist with CIF Bid pricing on two CIF Bids. The first was for Roof Repair and Replacement works. The second was Replacement of a Conservatory building. Chawton Hill specified, tendered and managed both projects to completion and below we review the work carried out and show the dramatic improvements to the Adult & … Read More

Chawton Hill: Success in delivering Education projects.

education projects

Chawton Hill is 20 years old next year! Whilst the business has expanded into other sectors, notably, the Make Ready concept for England’s Ambulance Trusts, Education projects have been central to our growth but what makes us so successful in delivering school building projects? Education projects We have carried out over 150 major school building projects and worked with over … Read More

CIF Funding – three tips for success

CIF funding

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) open a CIF funding bidding round every year under which qualifying academies, multi-academy trusts and sixth form colleges can apply for capital funding. ESFA announced recently that they will be providing an additional £182m for Condition Improvement Funding 2020 to 2021 projects. This will fund a further 580 projects at 548 academies, sixth-form … Read More

How to choose a Building Surveyor

Building Survey in Surrey, building surveyor

We have written quite a lot about which type of Building Survey is best for your potential new home, such as What’s in a Building Survey? or What is a mortgage survey? However, we haven’t focussed on how you choose the right Building Surveyor to carry out your survey. Often we see customers use survey price as their main method … Read More

Appointing a Professional Quinquennial Inspector

Quinquennial Inspector

The appointment of a Quinquennial Inspector is always an individual, not a firm. It is important that a Quinquennial Inspector’s training, accreditation and experience in building conservation is commensurate with the complexity and significance of the church building or buildings in question.  The Quinquennial Report itself is one of the key documents which assists in the care and repair of … Read More

Failure of RAAC Roof Planks

RAAC roof planks

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete roof planks (RAAC), were widely used in flat roof construction between the 1960’s to 1980’s. Unfortunately, the methods employed to construct these planks resulted in a relatively weak structure. One with a low capacity for developing a bond with embedded reinforcement. Recent roof failures have identified rusting of this embedded reinforcement and cracking of the planks. … Read More

New SECAmb Multi-Use Centre

Multi-use centre

We are delighted to be acting as Lead Consultant on SECAmb’s new multi-use centre near Gillingham, Kent. This will be the 8th Make Ready Centre/Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) we have delivered for SECAmb & with the other functions incorporated into the building, it represents the largest such facility in England. The proposed building will total approximately 4050msq. Out of that … Read More

Competitive building costs

CIF Bid pricing, cif funding

Accurate & competitive CIF Bid costings are essential if an academy, sixth-form college or eligible school is going to be successful in securing, for example, CIF funding. Even if the CIF bid is ultimately unsuccessful, the process of preparing an accurate tender pack & receiving competitive building costs can often help in budgeting for the works in the future. We … Read More

Public Consultation

Public consultation sessions

As with all our building projects, consultation with local residents, end users and key stakeholders so they can provide their views and feedback on a proposal, is always a central part in refining the final project. We’ve carried out numerous events, whether to gather feedback from local residents on a school extension or end users’ thoughts on a multi-million pound … Read More

Office strategy after lockdown

office

Are you considering your office strategy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? With more staff blending working from home with reduced office commuting, perhaps you need to make better use of smaller, localised office spaces? Your teams may never all be in the office together. Instead they may rotate in smaller groups, so these new spaces will not need to … Read More

Schedule of Condition

Schedule of Condition

A Schedule of Condition (or SoC) is a factual record of the condition of a property. As part of our Professional Services, Chawton Hill prepare Schedules of Condition for both residential and commercial buildings. A well-written Schedule of Condition is a detailed record of the condition of the property on a particular date. This provides a benchmark to assess any … Read More