Rihoy & Son – Building Guernsey
Having established a reputation for excellence over the course of its 94-year history, Rihoy & Son has become the building contractor of choice on Guernsey.
Working on a huge variety of construction projects from small domestic extensions to multi-million pound commercial premises, life at Rihoy & Son is never dull.
“Thanks to the size of the island, we do tend to deal with every type of construction, and can be working on around 30 projects at any one time,” said Dan Taylor, Projects Director at the company. “Furthermore, our skills mean that we can start at a site that needs demolition and construct a brand new contemporary building from scratch, or we can convert a traditional building, keeping the historical elements and modernising where necessary.”
One sector of the market to showcase is our work with high end residential projects, whether that be new build, renovation, or fit out.
Fort Le Crocq
Fort Le Crocq is located on headland looking out over Vazon Bay, with panoramic west coast views, leading directly on to a rocky beach. The existing building on the site has been retained where possible and a new structure has been built around and through the concrete roof of the existing building. This means that all of the new structure is independently built, but incorporates the existing building.
As part of the project, the existing structure has had three extensions built off the ground floor level including a large lounge, extra bedroom and a link to an impressive triple garage. The extensions are being traditionally built with concrete floor slabs and block work walls incorporating steel frames for the large flat roofs and for the fitting of high specification windows, doors and glazing.
The first floor is a steel frame structure glazed on all four sides surrounded by a walkway/balcony.
The project is now at the stage where all extensions are being roofed and the first floor steels are being erected. Work on site started on 25 February 2019 with the project on schedule to complete in time for Christmas 2019.
Icart de Bas
Located looking out over the cliffs of Saints Bay on Guernsey’s south coast, the Icart de Bas project involved the demolition of a traditional Guernsey cottage and excavation down to form a level partly below ground.
The house itself is three floors with bedrooms, cinema, play room and shower room on the lower ground floor level. A large kitchen, dining area and bar with study, office and boot room are also on the ground floor with a master bedroom and two further bedrooms on the first floor.
Stand out features of the project include a glass section of floor within the dining/bar area looking down into the wine cellar, a large patio on the ground floor with vast terrace on the first floor leading from the dining room level looking out over the cliffs. There is also a balcony outside the master bedroom and inset balcony on bedroom two, all facing the sea.
Work on the project began in January 2016 and was completed in 60 weeks. Over a year since its completion, the site still looks fantastic with great finishing touches internally from the clients.
Reffee is a luxurious new apartment situated in central St Peter Port. The spacious lateral accommodation includes a large open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room leading to a cast balcony boasting stunning views over the islands. There has been careful thought to the design of the property from beautifully fitted study/bar with Cople wine fridges to the en-suite bathroom and feature lighting. The accommodation also includes a master en-suite bedroom, two en-suite bedrooms, utility room and cloakroom and there is parking available for three vehicles in the basement triple garage.
Rihoy & Son were contracted to fit out from “shell and core” this exquisite Open Market Penthouse. From the use of modern and interior design, premium brand products, fixtures and fittings, Rihoy & Son were able to produce the ultimate in luxury living; from spectacular bathrooms, ultra-modern kitchen and bespoke joinery this is a truly unique and state-of-the-art dwelling that received acclaim from the client and design and project management team.
Work on the Reffee project started in November 2017 and was completed in 36 weeks and offers luxurious living and fabulous views in a central St Peter Port location.
Each and every one of these developments provide their own challenges, but the company sees these as opportunities to increase and extend its skills and abilities, and a valuable way to continuously add to the bank of knowledge it has accrued over its 94-year history.
“We not only have 150 direct employees, working in carpentry and joinery, groundworks, engineering, project management, contract management, quantity surveying, estimating, materials buying and transportation, but we also rely on teams of trusted subcontractors who bring their own expertise to electrics, plumbing, roofing, tiling and so forth,” said Dave Tostevin, Construction Director.
“These strong relationships extend all the way along Rihoy & Son’s supply chain, from the local building merchants who supply the predominance of building materials, to the wider UK suppliers of more specialist products. These have been established over many years – we’ve got relationships with the best companies for every stage of a build and we have experts in-house who manage that for us,” explained Dave.
“Extrapolate this out to the wider community and Rihoy & Son’s presence can be felt there too – the company is not only a keen sponsor of local sports teams and athletes, but also runs a sports and social club, with events for staff occurring throughout the year. We also have a charitable trust, and through that we have carried out work in Malawi, Kenya and South Africa, where we helped to build schools and sports facilities,” added Dan.
From the only B&Q superstore on the island, to offices, warehouses, petrol stations, schools, restaurants, care homes, private homes, and local government contracts, it is clear that Rihoy & Son’s activities touch on the lives of not only islanders, but also as far afield as Africa. It’s reputation for excellence has been hard earned and is scrupulously maintained by all, and the organisation is keen to reward its staff with regular training and support for professional qualifications.
“We are a key player in the market and our experience and reputation places us in a good position. We always strive to be regarded as a company that tenders from the smallest to the largest of contracts, and will give each of them our strictest attention and efforts,” concluded Dan.
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