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Handover at Barton Court Grammar School

Today was the official handover for Barton Court Grammar School in Canterbury, Kent.

The new £4.7million project was partially funded by CIF (Condition Improvement Fund) and provides a new academic block including science labs, classrooms for a new mathematics suite and kitchen and canteen facilities.

Betteridge & Milsom worked with Jenner Contractors, Clague Architects, MLM Group. 

B&M Support Little Buddies, Children Charity

On Friday Paul Gannaway, our Director, attended a presentation of a cheque to the children's charity Little Buddies, with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). B&M had been asked to attend as ambassadors of the construction industry in Kent, and were delighted to be able to celebrate with the CIOB and the charity.

The CIOB South East had earlier this year held their Annual Dinner and had raised £4,635 for the Kent based charity, who are a group helping and supporting children in North Kent with Down's Syndrome.

The cheque was presented by the chairman of the CIOB and Paul, at the charities children's Christmas party, held at the Stone Pavilion, near Dartford. Fun was had by all with disco, games and food buffet. Father Christmas made an appearance and passed out presents to all the children.

We are proud to continue our support to Kent based charities, especially those dealing with disabilities.

Handover at Hampton Primary School

We are pleased to see a successful handover at Hampton Primary School.

The works for this project included an extension on the existing assembly hall to give the pupils of Hampton Primary School additional space. The project also included additional kitchen storage areas with some minor internal alterations.

Betteridge & Milsom worked closely alongside BEC Construction.

B&M Host Quantity Surveying Apprenticeship Taster Day

This week we have been taking part in hosting Taster Days to support the new Construction Degree Apprenticeships being set up by University of Kent, in association with Canterbury College.

We welcomed students from three Kent schools in to our office and gave them a glimpse into the kind of experiences and opportunities that exist for those who might be interested in the surveying profession. We were joined by year 13 students from Abbey School, Folkestone Academy and Victory School, Chatham.

We started with a presentation by our Director, Paul Gannaway, followed by a hands on session looking at the various aspects of construction and design. We then had a look at the Quantity Surveyors role in our current education project at Barton Court Grammar School. This was followed by the students donning high-vis and hard hats and getting out onto the site at Barton Court. The site tour, generously hosted by the contractor, Jenner, gave the students a real idea of what the Construction Industry is all about.

The afternoon session, saw the students visit the University of Kent campus, with a tour of completed projects, including Sibson Building, Templeman Library, Colyer-Fergusson Music Building and Jarman School of Arts; all projects which Betteridge & Milsom were involved in. They also had a quick stop at the School of Architecture, and a glimpse of the Crit Building, designed by Kent practice, Guy Hollaway Architects. The day drew to a close with a Q&A session with the students in the Sibson Building, home of Kent Business School and SMSAS.

The day was a great success and we hope that is has inspired students to consider Surveying as a career. Feedback has been great, with comments such as “one of the best trips I had been on” and that “it was inspiring
listening to Paul so passionately talk about his field of work”.

For more information about Degree Apprenticeships in Kent, see https://www.kent.ac.uk/apprenticeships/

5th Anniversary Celebrations for Colyer-Fergusson Music Building

The University of Kents music building, Colyer-Fergusson, was officially opened 5 years ago.

In celebration of the anniversary, the University of Kent put on a musical performance, finishing with everyone joining for a song.

Official Opening of The Salomons Centre

We are pleased to have been a part of the formal opening of Canterbury Christ Church University's Salomons Centre.

CCCU Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology is one of the largest Clinical Psychology programmes in the UK and has been in the area since 1996. 

The new building located centrally in Meadow Road includes neuropsychology, CBT therapies and psychology, adult mental health, child and adolescent development and mental health and elderly people's health and wellbeing training.

It was a pleasure meeting Comedian Jo Brand, who officially opened the centre. Jo opened the Salomons Centre due to her previous career in psychiatric nursing and her long association with Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Betteridge & Milsom worked closely alongside Coombs, HMY Architects and Evans & Langford LLP.

Formal Opening of Norton Knatchbull School

Betteridge & Milsom were pleased to be a part of the formal opening at Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford. 

The refurbished building was officially opened by The Rt Hon Damian Green MP and The Worshipful Mayor of Ashford Cllr Winston Michael.

Betteridge & Milsom worked closely alongisde Robert Limbrick Architects and Logan Construction.

Betteridge & Milsom make a splash

Betteridge & Milsom took to the water with Elveys Canoe for an enjoyable canoeing experience.

All staff worked together to ride along the River Medway for 10km. 

Another throughly enjoyable summer staff event at Betteridge & Milsom.

Successful handover at CCCU Salomons Centre

We are pleased to see a successful handover at Canterbury Christ Church University's Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology.

The new addition to CCCU in Tunbridge Wells was converted from an existing office building. This has now been refurbished into teaching accommodation and ancillary spaces which enables CCCU to relocate from their other Tunbridge Wells Campus. 

Betteridge & Milsom worked closely alongside Coombs, HMY Architects and Evans & Langford LLP.

Handover at Quarry View, Mersham

We are pleased to announce that the handover at Quarry View, Mersham was completed today with tenants moving in this week.

Quarry View is an 8 unit scheme, comprising of 4 new build flats and 4 houses.

Betteridge & Milsom worked closely alongside BW May as contractors, SEA Compliance as building regulators, OSG Architects and English Rural Housing Association.

Project Update - Barton Court Grammar School

Barton Court Grammar School is progressing well with the completion of substructure brick & block work, internal block work partitions and the first floor screeding. Additionally the first floor partitions have now commenced on site and the construction to the roof light is nearly complete.

The scheme is due to be waterlight by September.

Betteridge & Milsom are working alongside Jenner Contractors. 

Handover at Chantry Place

We are pleased to announce that the handover at Chantry Place is now complete and the first tenants are due to move in this week

The £4.2million scheme saw the demolition of the Chantry Social Club to make way for 32 new build apartments across 5 floors. The apartments are a mixture of private and affordable housing.

The site was very restricted, with neighbours on all sides including The Premier Inn and Canterbury College, a lot of work was undertaken in the Pre-Construction stage to develop good relationships with the neighbours to allow the works to go ahead. The exterior appearance was carefully considered to ensure it blends in with the neighbouring buildings.

Betteridge & Milsom worked closely alongside Orbit Housing Association, Jenner Contractors, BDP Design and Kirk Saunders throughout the scheme. 

Sandwich Tech Progression

Lab works have been completed in one room at Sandwich Tech. An additional two rooms have commenced lab works where they have had ceilings installed, first fix works and flooring is to be laid.

Roof works are also underway.

It is a pleasure to work alongside BBS Construction.

Formal opening of The Judd School Ashton Building

The Judd School formally opened the impressive Ashton Building last night. The building includes new biology labs and a new dining facility.

The Judd School’s new building was named after Hubert Ashton, former Chair of Governors. The current Chair of Governors, James Leahy cut the ribbon.

A large amount of funding for this project was through donations.

Acting as Quantity Surveyors and Contract Administrators throughout we worked closely alongside Bond Bryan Architects and BBS Contractors.

Project Completion at RBLI, Aylesford

We are pleased to announce that the new Veteran Accommodation, RBLI Aylesford scheme has been completed this week.

The housing will be for veterans who need care and special facilities. Veterans who are either homeless or facing homelessness are moving into the Invictus Games House and Victory House as we speak.

The scheme is completely wheelchair accessible and provides private external spaces for residents.

It was a pleasure working with Jenner Contractors and Clague Architects.

Formal Opening of Sibson building, UOK.

Yesterday saw the formal opening of the impressive Sibson building at the University of Kent. The new 8,000m2 state of the art space built for Kent Business School and the School of Mathematic, Statistics and Actuarial Science will create a vibrant new campus destination.

Acting Quantity Surveyors throughout we have worked closely alongside Architects Penoyre & Prasad and Contractors Wilmot Dixon on this outstanding project. 

Norton Knatchbull School Update

The façade upgrade works are progressing well at The Norton Knatchbull School. The window and cladding refurbishments are coming along nicely, with the re-roofing works nearing completion.

Refurbishment of the internal Reception area will be starting shortly.

New Orthotics Laboratory, Sandwich

Construction of new Orthotics laboratory and workshop within in Sandwich is over the half way mark. The internal walls, floor joists and ceilings are installed and constructed, with first floor partitions and services to follow in the coming weeks.

The quick turnaround and current on-track schedule for this project should mean that we are due for completion in June.

New team member joins us

We are pleased to welcome our newest Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Elliott.

Elliott graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2014, completing his BSc Hons in Quantity Surveying and now joins us with three years of experience.

Tonbridge Town Lock wins Civic Society Award

Betteridge & Milsom have been presented the Tonbridge Civic Society Design Award 2016 for Tonbridge Town Lock Refurbishment.

Tonbridge Town Lock Refurbishment begun on 1st June 2015 and was completed in early 2016. The schemes main objectives were flood control, telemetry monitoring and enhanced urban landscaping.

We are pleased to have had the pleasure of working alongside Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Environment Agency and Interserve Construction.

Fulston Manor Sixth Form Centre

Fulston Manor’s Sixth Form centre has been shortlisted for Project of the Year at the Constructing Excellence awards.

Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne have recently added a brand new Sixth Form Centre, replacing outdated existing buildings. The new sixth form centre ensures all pupils have an area where they can study during free periods. It is fully equipped with a library, learning zones, café, common room and offices.

It was a pleasure to work alongside Lee Evans Partnership LLP and Jenner Contractors.

 

Margate Caves successful in funding bid

The historic Margate Caves will be re-opened to the public with a visitors centre above. This will provide community spaces and a change to learn more about the historical importance in the area.

We are pleased to say that Margate Caves have been sucessful in the funding bid with Heritage Lottery Fund.

Tonbridge Castle River Wall project completed

We have recently completed a project for Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, to replace the existing River Wall near Tonbridge Castle. The scheme included co-ordination with the Environment Agency and Historic England, due to the location of the site.

The scheme replaces part of the river wall, railings along the walkway adjacent the castle, and augments the river walk, providing a quality landscape. It took 10 weeks on site and was carried out by TMS Maritime.

Betteridge & Milsom provided Project Management and Cost Consultanty services.
 

Refurbishment of traditional period building into Apartments

We are currently on site at Cuthbert Street, Paddington to convert and refurbish a traditional period office building into 14 apartments and 3 penthouses, sophisticatedly designed with high spec living and secured underground parking. The development is moments away from the picturesque canals of Little Venice, a pocket of tranquility within the otherwise bustling Paddington area.

The scheme is a five storey building and the conversion scheme has been designed by Cive Sall Architects.

Betteridge & Milsom are providing Employer's Agent and Quantity Surveying services.

Appointment for Custom Build Passivhaus scheme

Betteridge & Milsom have been appointed to project manage the land development scheme for a new Passivhaus Custom Build scheme, near Faversham.

Designed by London based architects, Inside Out, the scheme provides 14 houses in total, from 3-bed up to 5-bed, all available as Custom Build plot purchases. These houses are arranged in such a way that they all open up into a communal central woodland, a place for children to play and a community to be built.

The project was granted planning permission by Swale Council late last year, and a recent plot launch took place at Boughton Golf Club, where our client, along with Potton (the custom build provider), introduced the scheme to interested purchasers.

You can find out more about the scheme here: http://www.potton.co.uk/finding-land/custombuild/faversham,-kent/

 

The Fifth Trust launch fundraising appeal

The Fifth Trust launched their fundraising appeal today, for the Greenbanks Development, in Barham, near Canterbury. The Trust have secured permission to create four new interconnecing "pavilions" at their Greenbanks site. This includes buildings to teach Art, Horticulture and Design.

The project will deliver a much improved and sustainable facility that provides a learning environment for adults with learning and physical difficulties. The trust provides support to allow their students to develop essential life skills, as well as confidence to make informed personal choices about their own lives.

With the support of Pam Ferris, the patron for the fundraising campaign, the students made a model of the proposed scheme, which was revealed at today's launch.

Betteridge & Milsom are providing construction consultancy services, and are proud to be involved in this wonderful scheme.

Scheme shortlisted for AJ Retrofit Award

The Sail and Colour Loft at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument as well as a Grade 1 Listed building, has been shortlisted in the Heritage Building under £5M category of the AJ Retrofit Awards.The building has recently been converted into the new Medway Business School for the University of Kent to provide teaching, academic and administration facilities.

Architect's HMY and Betteridge & Milsom have worked with the client, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Historic England, to provide a top class environment for both staff and students, whilst at the same time respecting the building, its history and its heritage features.

“The innovative teaching spaces are light, bright, pleasant and modern; however, the fundamental characteristics of the building remain intact, including the ancient beams, Georgian windows and historic offices on the first and second floors. New staff offices are large, agreeable and full of character.”
Giles Polglase, University of Kent

“The outcome is an outstanding re-use that provides great, modern academic work space that will secure the long term future of a building where legends were created, including HMS Victory’s sails and Nelson’s flags flown at the Battle of Trafalgar”.
Bill Ferris OBE DL, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Samphire Hoe Education Centre shortlisted for award

The Samphire Hoe Education Centre has been shortlisted for the 2016 CIAT Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology. The scheme is designed by Lee Evans Partnership and built by Coombs.

Samphire Hoe is a unique country park located on a man-made stretch of land on the south Kent coast alongside the White Cliffs of Dover, being formed from the waste produced from the Channel Tunnel construction in the 1990s. Due to the harsh coastal environment, the need was identified for a shelter on the site for visitors and school groups.  Samphire Hoe Education Centre provides a comfortable environment for learning about the park, its ecology and origins.  The building has been specifically designed to sit unobtrusively within its natural environment and utilises recycled railway sleepers from the Channel Tunnel site in its construction.

You can find out more about the awards here http://www.ciat.org.uk/en/awards/ciat-awards-for-excellence-in-architectural-technology-/index.cfm

Margate Caves scheme continues design development

We have been working with Kaner Olette Architects and Friends of Margate Caves to submit the next stage of funding applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund. Already through the initial stages, and with planning permission approved, the scheme is developing well, with some thoughts on how the interior may look.

The images here are in draft and they may change, but it gives you the feel that the trust are considering. Images courtesy of Kaner Olette Architects.

We now await further funding approvals from the funding bodies, before moving on to the next phase in the design process.

The trust are continuously seeking funding apportunities and welcome any further assistance for the scheme. Find out more here: http://www.margatecaves.co.uk/

Peter Thorpe becomes Associate Director

We are pleased to announce that Peter Thorpe has become Associate Director at Betteridge & Milsom.

Peter joined Betteridge & Milsom in 2005 and has become an integral member of our team. He has accumulated a breadth and depth of experience in a variety of industry sectors. He has the ability to work at both strategic and detail levels with comfort. As well as his expertise in Quantity Surveying, Peter has a considerable level of experience in working with external consultants and contractors covering feasibility, employers requirements, tendering procedures and contract administration.

Supported by the other Directors, Peter will provide client facing services, as well as continued management of projects to enhance the excellent service that Betteridge & Milsom provide.

Works commence at Aldi Store in Herne Bay

A new Aldi store, which is now being built in Herne Bay, has commenced on site with the steel frame recently erected. Work began on the 17,000 sq ft building in February on the Kings Road car park, and is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.

Betteridge & Milsom are providing Canterbury City Council with construction consultancy services, including quality management and client fund monitoring services.

The scheme, which is part of the town's Central Development plan, forms phase 1 of a wider set of ideas being pursued in the Herne Bay Area Action Plan, which is part of the Local Development Framework.

Chairman of Canterbury City Council's Regeneration and Property Committee, Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, has previously said: "We are absolutely delighted that the first phase of the Herne Bay Central Development Area is now underway"."We are looking forward to seeing the plans for the town centre developed, alongside other projects contributing to the wider regeneration of Herne Bay."
 

KM Bright Spark Award winners celebrate achievement

Our Paul Gannaway, once again attended the KM Bright Spark awards, and sat on the judging panel, as a "Dragon". The awards, which support and encourage Kent schools to consider STEM subjects, are held to make science and technology cool. Students can enter teams using cross-curricular skills in Maths, IT, Science and Engineering. The awards look to reward innovation, investigation and invention.

As a leading Construction Consultancy in Kent, Betteridge & Milsom know how important it is to encourage the next generations into Engineering, Design and Surveying proffessions.

Betteridge & Milsom have presented their award to Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, for their R-Gen project. More information can be found here https://vimeo.com/170965968 : Well done to all the schools who took part this year.

Appointment with the Land Trust

Betteridge & Milsom have recently been appointed to work with the Land Trust at Fort Burgoyne, near Dover. Fort Burgoyne was acquired by the Land Trust early in 2014, with plans to restore this unique site and open it to the public for the first time in its history. Fort Burgoyne will be a welcome addition to the community and visitor attractions in Dover and beyond.

The Land Trust owns and manages public open spaces, such as country parks, nature reserves and woodland for community benefit. We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and unique project in Kent.

Kentish Wind Flats success in RICS Awards 2016

The 90MW Kentish Flats wind farm, owned and operated by Vattenfall, is located off the coast of Kent, about 8km North of Herne Bay and Whitstable. The installed wind farm has now been extended by another 49.5MW, and the project has received a Highly Commended award in the RICS South East Awards, Infrastructure category.

Betteridge & Milsom provide Quantity Surveying services for the onshore building works, and worked with local Architect's The Duncan Graham Partnership, and BEC Construction.

Matthew Green, Project Director at Vattenfall, has said about the RICS Awards, "It's very good; it's an important organisation to be recognised by, so it's quite an honour to be nomitated."

New Appointment at Norton Knatchbull School

Betteridge & Milsom have been appointed as Employer's Agent and Quantity Surveyors for the new re-development works at Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford, Kent.

Following on from a successful project completed in 2014, the school have been awarded funds through the Education Funding Authority to carry out works to the existing roof and facades, along with remodelling of the existing reception area. The plans are to bring the existing building stock up to current standards, and maximise the space, forming a new reception hub.

Working with the Architects Roberts Limbrick, we are pleased to be involved with the school's next phase of re-development.

Greenbanks Arts & Media project appointment

Betteridge & Milsom have been appointed by The Fifth Trust as Project Managers for the building development works at Greenbanks, Kent. The Fifth Trust is a charity based near Canterbury, which supports people with learning difficulties, providing a safe and fulfilling way of life, and coaches each individual to achieve their potential. Through enjoyable and productive work, both in the local community and in their Garden Centre and Café, their students develop life skills as well as the confidence to make personal choices about their own lives.

The key aims of the scheme is to create a cluster of buildings that provide for the complex needs of Greenbank's staff and students, while also respecting the history and natural beauty of the precious landscape. The project looks to learn from Open Air schools, a movement in education architecture that prioritised connection to the landscape as conducive to learning and health.

The proposal is for four buildings that sit like a cluster of farm buildings or a hamlet, and the scheme gained planning permission last year.

RBLI Scheme commences providing Accommodation for Veterans

This much needed housing project sees the development of new one and two bedroom homes for the Royal British Legion Industries in Aylesford.

24 homes for wounded and sick war veterans and their families will be provided, across two blocks. Designed by Clague Architects, the housing provides accommodation for those who are not in need of care, but require specialist facilities. Accommodation will also be provided for younger single veterans in need of temporary housing. RBLI is aiming to create a new sustainable community of ex-forces personnel with it located near to the extensive RBLI Village which offers support, employment and further housing for ex-personnel.

The development will feature a specialist centrepiece – The Chelsea Barracks Garden, designed by Jo Thompson for the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show. The garden will contribute to resident rehabilitation with Qatari Diar, the garden’s sponsors, sponsoring training for two residents who have a keen interest in horticulture allowing them to maintain the garden in its new home.

The team have already started work on site, with Betteridge & Milsom providing Quantity Surveying services. The project due to be completed by Q1 2017.

Barton Court Grammar School scheme gets funding green light

Barton Court Grammar School has received funding for Phase 1 of the new building development in Canterbury. The school have been working with Betteridge & Milsom to secure funds for the first part of the project, which will provide new teaching spaces, specialist science rooms and new dining facilities.

The scheme recieved planning ealrier this year and has been designed by Canterbury based Architects, Clague.

The project will provide the school with modern facilities, as expected from a school of Barton Court's stature.

Betteridge & Milsom will be providing Employer's Agent and Quantity Surveying services to the school.

New staff start with Betteridge & Milsom

We are proud to announce that we have had additional staff join us recently. George Malone joins us as a trainee quantity surveyor and will be working with our senior surveyors, whilst continuing his part time course at college. Charlotte Miller joins the team as an administrator, and is currently working through her NVQ Business Administration.

University of Kent scheme achieves Topping Out

Our latest scheme at University of Kent, passed a milestone today, with the Topping Out ceremony held on the roof top. Representatives from the University, the Design and Project Team got together for a celebration on a sunny day.

The new academic building for Kent Business School (KBS) and the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science (SMSAS) will create a vibrant new campus destination, bringing together academics, students, researchers and administrative staff from KBS and SMSAS.

The scheme will be completed later this year. Betteridge & Milsom are providing quantity surveying services.

Harvey Grammar School sucessful in funding bid

Harvey Grammar School have been successful in bidding for funds from the EFA to allow the next phase of building works to commence. The scheme, which provides an extension to the sports hall, comprises two new classrooms, changing rooms, a gym and a fitness suite. The new building will replace two temporary classrooms and the old gym building.

The old gym was originally built in 1928 and has seen generations of students through its doors. The new scheme will allow the school to offer modern facilities for the students, and compliment the recently completed education building.

Betteridge & Milsom are providing Construction Consultant services. The scheme has planning permission and will commence on site later this year.

Oakwood Park Grammar School completes on site

Oakwood Park Grammar School's new education building was handed over this week. The new purpose-built block includes learning resources area, which will include a library, computer section and a sixth form study area. The scheme also includes a number of class spaces and this two storey building connects the sloping site by use of clever level changes built into the building and external landscaed areas.

Betteridge & Milsom provided full construction consultancy services for the school.

Betteridge & Milsom invest in electronic measurement equipment

Betteridge & Milsom continue to invest in the latest technological advances, and always look to keep ahead of the latest innovations in surveying equipment and software.

With the growing demand for BIM integrated services, we have today purchased the latest integrated eRulers, which allow our surveyors to measure off of paper drawings straight into our measurement and cost planning software. The eRulers have been developed to provide a quick and easy measurement device and can be used at the desk, or remotely, by using the USB adaptor. This also allows our staff to provide accurate dimensions, integrated across our SQL database and carry out dim checks using different scales.

The eRulers contain a number of clever functions, including zoom, scale hunt (for those drawings without any dimensions), rotational, latitude and swipe functions.

The eRulers will be integrated into our measurement software as from 1st April, and we hope our staff enjoy the advantages that these delightful apparatus provide.

B&M help judge RIBA South East 2016 Awards

Our Director, Paul Gannaway, has been visiting projects in the South East region, which covers Kent, Surrey and East and West Sussex and the Channel Islands. As part of the RIBA judging panel, Paul visited eleven shortlisted projects, and considered their inclusion as winners of the coverted RIBA Region Awards.

Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

You can find a details of the shortlist here - https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Contactus/NewsAndPress/PressReleases/2016/ElevenbuildingsshortlistedforRIBASouthEast2016Awards.aspx

Cutting into the Chalk Cliffs at Dover for School project

Work starts at White Cliffs Primary College, in Dover, Kent. The scheme will provide a two-storey building for Key Stage 1 , and will accommodate an extra seven classes, along with extensions to the hall and play space.

The scheme, being built by Walker Construction and designed by Clague Architects, has started on site with the sloping site being cut into, exposing the white chalk, synonymous with the Dover landscape.

Betteridge & Milsom are providing CDM Advisory services to Kent County Council.

Brunel University scheme commences on site

Betteridge & Milsom have been appointed to act as Clerk of Works on the Wilfred Brown Building scheme at Brunel University London. This remodelling project, creates an identity for the recently formed College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. The £10m scheme will include the complete internal and external transformation of the 4,710m2 building and create a new gateway at the western boundary of the university, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The building will be stripped back to its concrete frame and re-clad with a mixture of ‘saw tooth’ façade to the 1st and 2nd floors, and at 3rd floor a perforated profiled metal screen will be added, echoing the structure of the façade below and unifying the front elevation of the building.

The scheme, designed by Sheppard Robson, is planned to be completed later this year. Betteridge & Milsom are honoured to be involved with this scheme.

 

Kent County Council Academy programme nearing completion

Kent County Council’s Batch 2 Academy programme is nearing completion, which sees the re-development of six secondary schools across Kent. This included St Augustine Academy (Maidstone), The John Wallis Academy (Ashford), Skinners Acadmey (Tunbridge Wells) and Dover Christ Church Academy.

Skinners' Acamdemy, for example, is a new £20M three storey secondary academy with four zones that provide a variety of personalised learning space internally and externally. Additional works involved re-modelling three separate areas of the site, and refurbishing the existing sports hall to create a state-of-the-art facility to cater for the 1,150 students, specialising in Science and Engineering.

Dover Christ Church Academy, a £10M scheme, sees the delivery of a new extension offering specialist and vocational teaching spaces including science laboratories, hair, beauty, textiles and catering.Included is an extended sports hall with remodelled dance and fitness suites, and new changing room facilities.The central block of the academy’s existing buildings have been retained, with remodelling and refurbishment to provide a new main hall and dining area.

Betteridge & Milsom have been providing CDM Advisory services for all of these schemes, which are a mixture of new buildings and remodelling of other parts of the Academies.

Chantry Place scheme commences on site

The demolition of the former Chantry Social Club on Lower Chantry Lane, Canterbury has now been completed; to make way for 32 apartments across 5 storeys. These apartments, to be named Chantry Place will be for private sale, shared ownership and affordable rent.

Working with Orbit Housing Association, Betteridge & Milsom are providing Construction Consultant services for this city residential scheme.

The site is very restricted, with neighbours on all sides, including a Premier Inn and Canterbury College. A lot of work has been undertaken in the Pre-Construction stage to develop good relationships with the neighbours to allow the work to go ahead, with minimal disruption. Due to the restrictions of space on site, the project is being developed using off site manufacturing.

Tonbridge Town Lock coming along nicely

Betteridge & Milsom are proud to be involved in the much needed improvements to the Town Lock in Tonbridge, which started back in June 2015.

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council are working in partnership with the Environment Agency, on the project that will develop a high quality area of open space adjacent to the river, maintaining flood defence levels. The scheme will provide a fully accessible open space for the whole community, enhancing the riverside and allowing the public to walk along the river bank.

The scheme has also been designed to include flood defence work as well as the construction of an attractive new boathouse for use by the EA and other river users. In addition a new telemetry station will be installed to provide the EA with information on the river level.

These improvements will add to the previous major enhancement of the Memorial Gardens and the forthcoming High Street regeneration project.”

Betteridge & Milsom are providing Project Management and Cost Consultant services, through a NEC contract.

New Sports, Business and Art Complex completed

Canterbury College’s new £8 million project to provide a new business and enterprise centre, sports facilities and an art building, at their Dover Road campus in Kent, has recently been completed.

Betteridge & Milsom provided Cost Consultancy services, and we are proud of our involvement with the scheme, which sees the college’s facilities transformed and provides exceptional provision for students and staff alike.

The project, which was part funded by the Skills Funding Agency, involved the construction of a sports centre and business block, in addition to a separate arts block which represents the final phase of development at Canterbury College City Centre campus.

The sports hall with wooden sprung floor accommodates many sports, including badminton, basketball, netball, and cricket, and is located close to the campus entrance. It also comprises a fully equipped gymnasium, fitness rooms, changing facilities and teaching space. It will be used by the whole campus and surrounding community.

The business centre provides exceptional facilities for students and the local business community and includes a business lounge, conferencing space, numerous training rooms with the latest generation of audio visual equipment and specialist I.T. training facilities.

The arts block comprises large sculpture and ceramics workshops for all students and a separate ceramics and art workshop for supported learning. It has several storage rooms, including a drying room, a plaster and clay store and a secure space for the many craft materials. The new block is a light and inspirational area for creativity to flourish.

The hard and soft external landscaping, which was designed and implemented with the aid of specialists, introduced 35 plant species and a biodiversity corner on-site. This includes a ‘bug hotel’ and three bird boxes which have already been occupied by robins and sparrows.

The building was designed by Archial Norr, and built by Morgan Sindall.

New houses built by Shepway Council are first in 20 years

Five local families have moved into the first council houses to be built by Shepway Council for 20 years. The two homes in Lydd and three in Hawkinge have been let at affordable rents to people on the Council’s waiting list.

They are all designed to be “homes for life”, which means they can be adapted to meet the changing needs of residents over their lifetime. The doors are wide enough for wheelchairs and specially-strengthened beams mean that hoists will be able to be easily installed if an older person needs to be lifted or moved. One bungalow in Hawkinge is fully adapted for someone with a physical disability.

Shepway District Council, along with its partners, aim to provide up to 100 additional affordable homes across the district, over the next year. Betteridge & Milsom provided Quantity Surveying services for the schemes.

 

Kent Bright Spark winners join us for the day

Our Kent Bright Spark Winners from The Canterbury Campus joined us for the day to gain an insight into the Construction Industry. 

The students visited the offices of Lee Evans Partnership, Lloyd Bore Landscape & Ecologists and the day was topped off with a site visit at The University of Kent hosted by Willmott Dixon, It was a great opportunity for the students to see how the different parties are involved from inception to completion. 

A night on the ice

As part of our annual winter tradition we spent an evening at Fentons Curling Ring in Tunbridge Wells for some team building activities.

It was an excellent opportunity to bring the two offices together for a bit of festive fun. 

Harvey Grammar School scheme great success

Earlier this year, the new build scheme at Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone was completed ready for the new school year. Recently returning to see how the school have settled into the new classroom spaces, we were delighted to see that the building has been a great success with pupils and staff enjoying the new classroom facilities that the project provided.

The scheme included 12 new classroom spaces, including an IT suite, along with department offices and replaced some of the ageing temporary building stock, which the school had been living with for too long. The works were carried out by local contractor, Jenner, and was designed by OSG Architecture, based near Ashford.

It was great to see the building in action and the school are clearly pleased with the facilities.

“The service provided by Betteridge and Milsom was second to none. They helped us to put together an effective and successful bid for government funding and then oversaw all aspects of the project to its very successful conclusion with our students and staff now benefiting from teaching and learning in a fantastic new £2.4 million building.” (Mr. S. Norman - Headteacher)

Fulston Manor School project team hosts Staff Update and Site Visit

Betteridge & Milsom hosted a Staff Update, along with the Kent based contractor Jenner, for the current scheme at Fulston Manor School. Currently on site and due to be completed in the new year, the school staff were updated on the current progress of the scheme, including details of how the final project would look, and were able to visit the site on a tour of this fantastic two-storey building. The building will house education spaces, including a library space and areas for use for open place study.

The scheme, designed by Lee Evans Partnership, is the second phase of a larger masterplan, and continues the regeneration of the school campus, which continues to depend on a partial stock of ageing temporary buildings.

Betteridge & Milsom are providing Employer's Agent and Quantitiy Surveying services, along with CDM Advice.

Investing in Staff Training with Causeway

We are always aware that a good practice is built on great staff; and great staff deserve excellent tools.

So we are investing in more measurement and cost planning software, which includes BIM products, to allow our surveyors to become an integral part of the project team on BIM projects.

Currently on training, our staff are embracing the software, which is supplied by Causeway.

Fegans Community Hub on site

Betteridge & Milsom have been working with Fegans, a charity which was founded in 1870 and exists to bring hope to the lives of children, families and communities in towns across the UK. They do this through life transforming counselling, family restorative support and providing safe environments for at risk children & their parents. They acquired generous funding to create a brand new community hub in Ramsgate, Kent, which is due to open in January 2016.

The scheme includes a community hall, a pre-school, counselling/parent support rooms, space for youth work and children’s play areas. This new family centre will be at the heart of residential Ramsgate, working with local people to overcome multiple disadvantages, not only through the trust's services, but also by working with other organisations and in partnership with the residents themselves.

Betteridge & Milsom are providing Employer's Agent and Quantity Surveying services, and are proud of our growing community portfolio. The project team also include local Architect practice The Duncan & Graham Partnership and local contractor BEC Construction.

Deal Youth Centre completed

The new youth centre at Deal, Kent will soon have its official opening, and will be home to the relocated services currently situated in the Linwood Centre, nearby.

Betteridge & Milsom worked with Kent County Council and Dover District Council, to ensure that the quality of this project was not compromised. Designed by Kent based Architects, Lee Evans Parnership and built by Kier, the scheme allows the local young community of Deal to have a place for all their needs.

Work Experience for Year 13 Student

Betteridge & Milsom are proud of our continued support of the next generation of potential construction professionals. Isabel Hellman is a student at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School, and has spent the week with our surveying team, visiting sites and getting involved in the interesting work we do.

We hope she has enjoyed the insight into the construction consultant world, and found it enlightening and informative. Good luck for the future Isabel.

Strood Sports Centre is a great success

Strood Sports Centre has undergone a major refurbishment worth £1.9 million, transforming it into a more modern, spacious and inviting facility for all of Medway to enjoy.

The state-of-the-art fitness suite is double the size of the previous one, and there are new fitness studios that will host an exciting new programme of classes.

A brand new reception space has been formed, to provide the centre with a modern and clean entrance, welcoming the visitors to the facilities. Works on the changing areas and café facilities mean that the sports centre is more bustling than ever before.

The centre boasts more than 100 cardiovascular equipment, free weights and abdominal strengthening stations, along with new equipment including a Functional training zone, Trixter indoor cycling and a power plate.

The centre also has a new health suite with sauna and steam room.

Betteridge & Milsom provided project management and full construction consultant services, to ensure that this project was a great success.

Rebrand and Refresh

With Betteridge & Milsom going from strength to strength, it's time to refresh the brand.

Our Head office is situated in the historic city of Canterbury; we also have our Discovery Park office, where we have just relocated within the complex.

University of Kent: Templeman Library

This first phase is part of the redevelopment of the Templeman Library, and will create a leading 21st century university library capable of delivering a comprehensive range of facilities, services and resources to the University and its stakeholders. 
Templeman West is a light, comfortable space with new facilities including more study spaces, as well as the Library’s collections and services that have moved into the new extension. The Ground Floor and Floor 1 will be open, with other areas coming on stream at later dates.
So, what’s different in the Library from September? Well, there are over 500 new social, quiet and silent study spaces in Templeman West

Redevelopment of Historic Dockyard

The new academic facilities and social spaces for Kent Business School (KBS) at The Historic Dockyard Campus Chatham have recently been completed and were required through significant success in student numbers at the campus, creating the need for space to grow further.

The Sail and Colour Loft was originally built in 1723 and will now be the home of KBS at Medway. The building is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was where the sails of HMS Victory were made. This facility in conjunction with the Royal Dockyard Church and Galvanising Shop will provide a teaching and learning centre specially designed to meet the needs of KBS students.

The Sail and Colour Loft building is Grade 1 listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. As the building had many original features that needed to be preserved in situ, as well as uneven floors, these presented challenges in providing a learning environment with compartmentalised learning spaces. Working closely with the Historic Dockyard Trust (who also occupy the same building) and English Heritage a scheme was approved.

Ospringe Primary School - May 2015

Betteridge & Milsom have just completed the Ospringe Primary School project on behalf of Kent County Council. The two classroom building, provides the school with much needed space and has been procured under the Scape framework, working with Kier.

The scheme was achieved by using an Integra modular system, which allowed the build process to be fast track and a smooth construction process. The modular units were craned over the existing school, which was a sight to be seen, and solver the logistical issues.

Betteridge & Milsom are delighted as to be involved and have provided Project Management and CDM Co-ordination services.

Town Lock in Tonbridge - June 2015

Betteridge & Milsom are proud to be involved in the much needed improvements to the Town Lock in Tonbridge, which started on site this week.

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council are working in partnership with the Environment Agency, on the project that will develop a high quality area of open space adjacent to the river, maintaining flood defence levels.

Council leader, Nicolas Heslop has said: “Everyone agrees that the River is a major asset for Tonbridge and so I am delighted that we now have the final go ahead to bring these much needed improvements to Town Lock. It has been a long standing ambition of the Borough Council.

“These improvements will add to the recent major enhancement of the Memorial Gardens and the forthcoming High Street regeneration project.”

Betteridge & Milsom are providing Project Management and Cost Consultant services, through a NEC contract.