Vale Builders Southern are a Portsmouth based commercial contractor that have established a vast portfolio of clients during their 26 years of operation.
Their portfolio of completed contracts covers new builds, major extensions and major and minor refurbishment projects and span clients nationwide across all business sectors.
The firm undertakes projects in many spheres including pubs, hotels, schools, local authorities, residential, commercial, industrial and medical arenas. Some projects the firm has worked on include refurbishing the students union at the University of Surrey, constructing two waiting rooms at Portchestor Crematorium, as well as converting an existing 19th Century working mens club to create a state of the art J D Wetherspoon.
Vale Builders have achieved Investors in People status, accreditation to the CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety assessment scheme), Constructionline and EXOR. They have also won a design award for a restoration project to an extensively fire damaged 16th century building.
The firm is an instrumental component in the Marlborough College project in Swindon. The £1.4 million project involves the complete upgrade of the colleges Museum Block, which is currently used as a history teaching facility, to provide a modern teaching environment compatible with 21st century technology and teaching practices.
This is a phased contract over two years with works being carried out during the school holidays. Phase one began in April 2013 and was completed by August 2013. The second phase of the project will begin in April 2014 and will see the entire scheme completed by August 2014. The Museum Block is situated within the main College quadrangle, which dates from the 1800’s, and comprises nine classrooms and a library and computer suite.
Phase one of the scheme, which is now complete, saw the team carry out internal works to two of the college’s classrooms and complete the library and/computer suite. This phase also saw the onsite workers complete an entire re-roofing of the building, including major lead work replacement which was handed over in September, one week ahead of programme. During this period Vale Builders Southern undertook more than £100,000 of variation works, which arose from client instructions and unforeseen works discovered during the refurbishment but the final account for this phase was still under budget.
A summer school was underway during phase one but the team worked around this challenge by placing restrictions on access to site. A huge printed banner was placed over the scaffolding which was in the form of a huge giant word search and was used by the younger children attending the summer school for amusement.
Phase two is due to commence with exploratory works in the Easter holidays 2014 and will see the team carry out the refurbishment of a further seven classrooms and upgrade the communal areas and corridors.
As the main contractor Vale Builders Southern sub-contracted aspects of the work out to various companies including structural, roofing, scaffolding, decorating, electrical and mechanical, plastering, suspended ceilings, furniture, electrically operated blinds and flooring contractors.
The firm also has a longstanding contract with Premier Inn Hotel and has completed works on a plethora of their hotels during their lifespan. They have undertaken New Build contracts to construct Premier Inn hotels at Poole, Watford, Thurrock, Merton, Chichester, Hemel Hempstead, NEMA, Coventry, Durham and Exeter.
Conversion contracts they have secured with the Premier Inn brand have included Leicester and York; with Extension contracts covering Birmingham, Bradford, Basingstoke, Thurrock, Stevenage, Chippenham, Eastleigh, Polegate and Twickenham. Having secured a longstanding relationship with Premier Inn and completed contracts nationwide, Vale have illustrated their dedication to delivering quality services and their ability to maintain clients.
Scafco Limited offers a complete range of services in particular Scaffold & Access Solutions, Temporary Roofs, Screens & Partitions and Event & Media Stands. Scafco Limited was recommended to Vale Builders by another contractor, to provide access solutions during the construction process of the Premier Inn Hotel, Chippenham. Scafco were highly recommended due to several reasons, mainly concerning the time constraints set by a very demanding construction programme. Scafco had to meet the programme in line with carrying out the work in the most cost effective way. This was a challenge that had to be met from the outset.
Arfan Rehman, Scafco Limited, said:
“Scafco Limited were overwhelmed with being awarded the contract by Vale Builders to provide Access Solutions on a Prestigious Project such as the Premier Inn Hotel. This gave Scafco Limited a recognition to carry out further work within the Hotel & Leisure industry.”
Another project Vale has been involved in is the construction of a brand new five bedroom, three story house in Hampshire. The £1.1 million project involved the demolition of the existing property and out buildings, before the construction of the new structure could commence. The client also wanted a two bedroom annexe constructed along with four garages, plus a double car port under.
The new building incorporates the latest technology with under floor heating, heat pumps, zoned lighting, wood burning stove as well as having a very high U value achieved by incorporating additional insulation throughout. The windows, external doors and screens are all purpose made oak frames. The finish is K Rend externally providing a maintenance free façade.
Timber floor specialists Restore My Floor, which have been in operation for 13 years, played an integral role in the Spire House project. We caught up with Managing Director Craig Anstey to find out more about their involvement in the scheme. He said:
“We have been working with Vale Builders Southern for ten years and so became involved in this project through them. Originally we were contracted in to install a finish board that the customer had previously chosen, however after we did some consultation with the client she chose an unfinished engineered floor.
“The installation process involved us fitting a six millimetre plywood layer as a sub floor, before installing the new engineered oak floor over the top. The floor we fitted featured on all three floors of the house including in the bedrooms, the landing, dining room, lounge and study.”
The Restore My Floor team were on site fitting the floor for five days. The team then left the site whilst the decorating and finishes were underway; they then returned to carry out a dust-free sanding service and to fit a protective flooring finis. Craig said it was great to have been involved with the Spire House development, he added:
“The majority of works we have done with Vale Southern has been commercial based so it was nice to get involved in a domestic installation. It was slightly different from the refurbishments we have done with them in the past.”
The firm recently received recognition in the form of a Small Business Award which they won through an initiative run by renowned former ‘Dragon’ Theo Paphitus in 2013. They have also featured in Sarah Beeny’s “Double your house for half the money” on Channel 4. The team has worked on a number of high profile projects including completing all the timber flooring for St Johns Cathedral in Portsmouth, undertaking works at Twickenham Rugby Stadium as part of the Twickenham refit, as well as supplying and fitting residential floors at St Pancreas Station.
“Our main focus is customer satisfaction. During the Spire House project Vale’s client was our client as well and our main aim was to produce something everyone was happy with. We based our work not just on what looked the most aesthetically pleasing, but also made sure the finishes we used were fit for purpose and durable in terms of cleaning and maintenance.”
Karen Whitehead, Financial Controller at Vale Builders Southern Ltd, said:
“We pride ourselves on completing projects on time, within budget and to a high quality. We manage to maintain long term clients because our construction team work in close cooperation with each client and their representatives. We also ensure the best utilisation of their budget and it is for these reasons we enjoy repeat business with many of our clients.
“Our future plans are to continue to grow as a company and increase our client base.”
Town & Country Cleaning
Town & Country Cleaning, a leading independent contract cleaning company, were established in 1977 and since then have built up an impressive portfolio of clients in both the commercial and residential sectors.
The firm employs some 40 members of staff, and has worked with both independent and larger regional builders on new build, owned and rental properties in London, Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex, as well as further afield for larger one-off projects.
The company is a Corporate Member of the BIFM (British Institute of Facilities Management), as well SafeContractor, (Safety Schemes in Procurement) accredited, membership with BICS (The British Institute of Cleaning Science) and has an imminent ISO9001 certification, which demonstrates their commitment to delivering a quality service and focusing on customer care.
Recent contracts Town & Country Cleaning have been awarded include Marlborough College in Wiltshire, St Johns Church in Hartley Wintney, Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Redfields Garden Centre in Fleet, Lythe Hill Park in Haslemere. Other projects the team has worked on are Disability Challengers in Guildford, the prestigious Coombe Hill Golf Club in Kingston, Kirkby Homes and Affinity Sutton across the south of England.
One of the firm’s most recent projects was the cleaning of a new build mansion in Headley, Bordon, in partnership with Vale Builders Southern. The house was a sizeable high spec new build covering three floors, and comprising multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, receptions rooms and a huge open plan kitchen and conservatory area. The impressive property also contains an annex flat above self-contained garages and adjoins to the main building via a bridge.
Lee Turner, Managing Director of Town & Country Cleaning said:
“This is about the biggest residential new build we’ve done to date. The house was huge and we took it from a building site to showroom condition ready for client handover.”
“The scale and complexity of the property and exacting standards of Vale were all challenges. The Site Manager, Peter Willis really did prepare the site in a very professional and organised way. It is always a pleasure to deal with professionals that have this approach to their work.”
“We went the extra mile with this clean by cleaning the windows twice, placing Neutradol deodorisers in all key rooms and facilitating the clean of the existing Aga cooker with a specialist Aga-approved contractor. We like to add value in any way we can and demonstrate a better customer service.”
Town & Country Cleaning also recently partnered with Vale Builders Southern to help with the last minute opening of Marlborough College in Wiltshire. The coeducational boarding school is famous for its buildings and unique setting in the heart of Marlborough. Lee Turner, Managing Director of Town & Country Cleaning said:
“On the first day we had 13 cleaners working all day. For the first few days we had the team start from 6am and work right through to 8pm in the evening; we did everything possible to help.”
The project was to clean two key buildings in the college including the museum block and a new purpose built residential block. The cleaning involved external jet washing, the deep cleaning of 50+ rooms, communal areas, as well as cleaning all windows, both internally and externally.
“We did everything we could to help the college. Vale Builders Southern is an important partner for Town & Country Cleaning and we are looking to continue to working closely with them.”
To contact Town & Country Cleaning, call 0845 222 2000 or email email@example.com.