Isle of Man Premier Construction

Redeveloping Pulrose Estate

Upper Pulrose, Douglas, Isle of Man
Written by Roma Publications

Upper Pulrose, Douglas, Isle of Man

The Redevelopment of Pulrose Estate in Douglas, on the Isle of Man is a £17.6 million project designed to introduce new accommodation into the area.

The work is being completed in phases, with work currently under construction on the tenth phase of the project.

The project comprises the demolition of existing properties and the creation of 86 local authority dwellings, along with 38 sheltered housing units and a police office. In addition, parking will be improved and some landscaping will take place on a section of open land.

The houses on the scheme are either two or three storey properties and include a mix of two, three or four bedroom units. The sheltered accommodation is a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments, housed within two and three storey buildings. The sheltered housing scheme includes a biomass fuel source, whilst solar panels – to heat water – are installed on all three and four-bedroom houses.

Work began on the Redevelopment of Pulrose Estate Douglas in January 2011 and the tenth phase –the sheltered scheme – reaches completion in October 2014.

Award-winning property specialist, Dandara is the main contractor on the Pulrose Estate project. Established in 1988, Dandara is at the forefront of commercial and residential property design and development, constructing desirable homes throughout the UK.

Dandara undertakes all aspects of the development process, from land buying and planning, to design, build and sales. This approach to work has ensured that the company has remained one of the UK’s largest independent property developers for the past 26 years.

Savage and Chadwick Chartered Architects is providing all architectural services on the phased scheme in Douglas. Formed in 1989, Savage and Chadwick is the largest architectural practice on the Isle of Man and has provided services to the majority of the island’s major building projects, including Douglas Power Station, indoor facilities for the National Sports Centre and the Isle of Man Waste to Energy Plant.

Work on the Pulrose Estate project continues to make great progress, with Dandara working hard to ensure all aspects of the scheme run as smoothly as possible. The scheme is surrounded by 76 existing local authority houses, which are in turn undergoing refurbishment and alteration on a phase by phase basis. As a result of the neighbouring scheme, traffic management and road closures have provided a particular challenge, however this has not caused any major impacts on the project’s construction programme.

Mark Savage of Savage and Chadwick Chartered Architects, said:

“The works have progressed well and all phases have been on time and on budget. This project is very important to us and had provided six years of consultancy work so far.”

Once work is complete on the project, the redevelopment of Pulrose Estate will provide residents with a better living environment and improved community facilities. Parking will also be improved and traffic flow will also be much better.

Upper Pulrose, Douglas, Isle of Man

Mark said:

“The project transforms the entire upper part of Pulrose estate and creates courtyards, landscaping and a much improved living environment with construction to the highest standards. Working on a ‘live’ estate has been carried out without incident and the project has been completed well within time and budget.”

Fire safety equipment specialist, Mann Fire Protection (IOM) Ltd supplied the Pulrose project with fire blankets.

Mann Fire Protection (IOM) Ltd Company Director, Mark Reid, said:

“We like to be involved with all of the big construction projects such as the Pulrose Estate project. We celebrate our 30th anniversary this year and continue to provide all our clients with a high quality service.”

Brick and block work specialist Brickmann Ltd is involved with all the brick work across the project. The company has a strong working relationship with Dandara and has worked with the main contractor on many previous projects.

Brickmann Ltd Company Owner, Ruairi McGovern, said:

“This is a great project to be involved with. We value all of our jobs and it is good to be a part of this one. At Brickmann Ltd all our work is completed to the best of our ability and this project demonstrates this once more.”



BPD Ltd specialise in the manufacture of bespoke pre-cast concrete for the construction industry. The company has been in operation since 1954 and within this time has worked on many high profile projects on the Isle of Man, including a runway extension and works at the prison in Jurby.

BPD Ltd has also been involved in the construction of sea walls to correct defence issues which have occurred due to recent storms. Working on the Upper Pulrose project, BPD Ltd manufactured the site’s bespoke window sills, working alongside Dandara Contracts.

BPD Ltd Managing Director, Greg Wright, said:

“Dandara Contracts is a longstanding client of ours and we have worked with them since they first set themselves up on the Isle of Man. This working relationship is very important to us and we truly value long term clients.”

Greg added:

“At BPD Ltd we pride ourselves on our ability to react to our clients’ bespoke requirements.”


H&H Painters & Decorators

H&H Painters & Decorators specialise in all commercial and private decorating, from wallpapering to spraying and everything in between. The company has been operating for 23 years and within this time has worked on the Isle of Man Government offices, Southlands residential home and a number of housing estates.

Working on the Upper Pulrose project, H&H Painters & Decorators conducted decorating works on all of the dwellings. H&H Painters & Decorators valued their involvement on the project, having developed a strong working relationship with their client.

H&H Painters & Decorators Director, John Hay, said:

“AT H&H Painters & Decorators we pride ourselves on our finishes. The finished product is always first class!”


E&S Plumbing & Heating Ltd

E&S Plumbing & Heating Ltd is a plumbing and heating engineer specialising in the provision of services within the new building housing sector. The company has been in operation for 16 years and within this time has worked on many high profile projects, including Ballawattleworth estate in Peel and Gardeners Lane, Ramsey.

E&S Plumbing & Heating Ltd has been working extensively on the Pulrose estate, installing plumbing and heating in all properties. The company has also been involved in the solar installations on the estate.

E&S Plumbing & Heating Ltd Company Director, Mark Sansbury, said:

“The Pulrose project has provided us with continuity. We have been working on this project for the past couple of years and we have worked with Dandara for a number of years too.”

Mark added:

“We offer a fast, thorough service, which has allowed us to build up a fantastic reputation on the Isle of Man.”


MC Locksmith Services Ltd

MC Locksmith Services Ltd specialise in a full locksmith service and architectural ironmongery. The company has been in operation for almost four years and within this time has worked on a range of projects, including Foxdale, Springfield Rise, Ballawattleworth Farm, Port Erin Main Road Town House, Phildraw Road and Mount Rule.

Working on the Pulrose Estate project, MC Locksmith Services Ltd supplied the site with architectural ironmongery.

Discussing the importance of the project, MC Locksmith Services Ltd Director, Mark Corrin, said:

“This project gave our company a chance to promote our good quality products and services and by buying and supplying locally it was also good for the local economy.”

Mark added:

“At MC Locksmith Services Ltd we are proud of our product knowledge, competitive prices and our customer service and care.”


Island Timber & Building Materials Ltd

Island Timber & Building Materials Ltd specialises in the supply of good quality building materials for the construction industry. The company has been in operation for 15 years and has worked on many high profile schemes including Peel sites, Lonan, Ramsey and recently Port Erin sites for Dandara/Heritage Homes.

On the Pulrose Estate project Island Timber & Building Materials Ltd worked with buyers to provide quality products at competitive prices, organising efficient reliable service for products on ‘call off’.

David Miller of Island Timber & Building Materials Ltd, said:

“Dandara /Heritage Homes are the largest most reputable builders in the Isle of Man. Island Timber strive to create a good reputation within the Isle of Man and supplying to Dandara benefits our reputation, showing the quality of our products and great customer service.”

David added:

“At Island Timber & Building Materials Ltd we pride ourselves on providing quality products at competitive prices, our fast efficient reliable service and our friendly helpful team.”


Magnet Group

Magnet Group are specialists in the design, planning and project delivery of kitchen solutions to the social housing, private developer and trade professional market in the UK. Magnet Group has been serving the UK market for over one hundred years and working on the Isle of Man has been engaged in a number of large scale projects with Dandara Contracting, as well as other large private and social housing projects.

Magnet Group has worked on all phases of the Pulrose redevelopment project, Clagh Vane and Janets Corner redevelopments for the Isle of Man Government. Working on the Pulrose project Magnet supplied all kitchen equipment to suit the strict deadlines of the project.

Magnet Group Branch Manager, Steve Farrell, said:

“We are pleased to be associated with Dandara Contracting, who share a reputation for on-time and efficient delivery of projects and this project was no exception.”

Steve added:

“Across the UK, Magnet are proud to be trusted by thousands of trade professionals to give great quality, value and service. As experienced manufacturers, we work directly with the trade to make sure they have the quality kitchen and joinery products they need, when they need it, to get the job done.

“Whether you are a homeowner, a trade professional, private developer or are sourcing kitchens in volume for social housing projects, we are confident we have just what you are looking for.”


Lancashire Brick and Tile Ltd

Lancashire Brick and Tile Ltd specialise in the supply of façade materials to the construction industry. Via the company’s technical sales team, Lancashire Brick and Tile Ltd obtain specifications from architects, developers and clients for materials including facing bricks, natural and reconstituted stone, terracotta rain-screen cladding, and a wide range of cladding solutions from a number of UK and European manufacturers.

Lancashire Brick and Tile Ltd has been in operation for 24 years and has worked on many prestigious projects, including ITV’s new Coronation Street set in Media City Manchester; numerous University student accommodation projects; and a number of over-cladding works on existing tower blocks within Manchester city centre.

Working on the Pulrose project, Lancashire Brick and Tile Ltd worked closely with Douglas B C, advising them on the varied pallet of materials, including facing bricks, reconstituted stone and tile bricks for both Upper and Lower Pulrose.

Martyn Wells of Lancashire Brick and Tile Ltd, said:

“As an on-going project that has been running for the last 15 years, Pulrose Housing has always set the standard for local authority housing on the Isle of Man. This in turn gave LBT the exposure to become a major supplier to both the Isle of Man in general, as well as the Dandara/Heritage Homes Group.”

Martyn added:

“We pride ourselves on the number of repeat customers, and the network of designers, developers and contractors that use LBT exclusively. We believe that we provide an honest old fashioned service, but technically advanced to meet the modern day construction needs and challenges.”

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