Our Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Keith just attended a SMARTWaste course at the BRE in Watford and took some photos of the Natural House that we built there a few years ago. You can find out more about it here: https://ipark.bre.co.uk/parks/england/buildings/The-Princes-Natural-House
Great photo of our fantastic, highly skilled workshop team, pictured in our Kidlington workshop. The photo was taken for the soon to be launched new Joinery Division website. Watch this space for the new website coming very soon!
Another superb aerial photo taken yesterday at our site at St Mary's School, Ascot, showing the pastoral building first floor slab cast and general site progress.
A fantastic aerial photo taken recently of our site at St Mary's School, Ascot, where we're building a new sixth form residential hall & pastoral centre.
We are delighted to announce a new residential project for Kingerlee Ltd and Kingerlee Homes. The site is set on the western edge of the attractive Cotswold market town of Northleach, adjoining the Conservation Area. The project is for a total of nine properties; five detached houses (all 4 beds) and a terrace fronting West End road comprising two houses (each 3 beds) and two apartments (1 & 2 beds). The dwellings will be of traditional construction with cavity walls faced in natural and reconstituted stone along with render to the majority of the rear elevations and slate pitched roofs. The project is valued at £2.5m and is due to start in mid April with a contract period of ten months.
Kingerlee have commenced works on the new sixth form residential hall and pastoral centre at St, Mary’s School, Ascot. Staff and pupils celebrated the start of this exciting project by digging the first foundation!
Read more about this new project here.
New double glazed sash windows in sapele hardwood with narrow applied glazing bars from our Joinery Division, for J Rigg Construction for a private house near Cheltenham. For more details of the range of windows Kingerlee Joinery can supply please visit our website: http://www.kingerlee.co.uk/joinery/windows/210.html
We've held our annual Christmas jumper day today and we've raised £90 for our Charity of the Year, Maggie's Centre, Oxford! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Kingerlee! https://www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-oxford/
We're delighted that our recent project for Ruskin School of Art, in collaboration with Spratley Studios, collected an Oxford Preservation Trust Certificate at the awards this week. More information and the full list of winners can be seen here: http://www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/content/opt-awards
Fantastic shot of the tower crane taken yesterday at our Oxford project for D'Overbroecks, photo by Kingerlee Construction Manager Rob Cruickshank.
Our new 6th form building and multi use hall for d’Overbroeks College, Oxford is progressing well.
The building superstructures are complete and the roof is taking shape.
We are working closely with Constructional Timber and have recently erected the BauBuche [laminated beech] roof beams to the hall.
Upon completion the existing Villa building will accommodate d’Overbroeks administration and offices.
The design and build team include local consultants TSH Architects, Price and Myers and Qoda.
We're delighted to announce our new Charity of the Year for 2017 is Maggie's Centre, Oxford. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.
Watch this space to hear about our upcoming fundraising activities!
We are nearing the completion of our Winery project in Henley-on-Thames. Looking through some of the 45 acres of vineyards our client will be harvesting their first crop to produce the first 10,000 bottles of English Sparking Wine.
We have worked closely with Nichols Brown Webber Architects to develop and construct the scheme which includes winery processing area including labs and office, tasting room, equipment store and hard landscaping. The construction includes traditional clay tiled roof, brickwork with flint infill panels, timber boarding , oak framed tasting room and traditional oak joinery manufactured by Kingerlee Joinery.
It's only 15 days until our Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Tom Heasley, runs the London Marathon for our charity of the year, Helen and Douglas House.
Last weekend Tom completed the Reading Half Marathon and despite nursing a foot injury, he completed the race in under 2 hours.
He's put a huge amount of effort into his fundraising and today he is just £143 off his £2k target! Great work Tom!
Staff at our Kidlington Head Office getting into the Christmas spirit today with our Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Helen and Douglas House!
Wow! The Flint House was crowned the 2015 RIBA House of the Year on Grand Designs last night! Once again, a huge well done to all the members of our team that worked on this challenging project.
We're delighted to have scooped an Oxford Preservation Trust Award for our work with GBS Architects at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
We're very excited that the Flint House was featured on Grand Designs last night, and not only that, was then shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year. Watch the rest of the series to find out the winner!
A huge well done to Peter Johnson and Neale Harrison, two of our site operatives who bravely took to the skies today to take part in a skydive to raise money for our charity of the year StyleAcre.
The daredevil pair both said within minutes of landing that they loved every second of it and would do it again! You can still sponsor them on virgin money giving!
Well done to the 17 members of Kingerlee staff who turned out on Saturday despite the soggy weather to take part in a 13 mile challenge walk, raising £264 for our Charity of the Year, StyleAcre.
The route was devised by our Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Keith Shackleton.
Well done everyone!
Congratulations to our Admin Apprentice, Nicola Barnett (left), she has worked exceptionally hard since she's been here and has today completed her apprenticeship and achieved Business Admin NVQ Level 2, and is now keen to get started on Level 3!
A huge welcome also to the newest member of our Administrative team at Thomas House, Alana Roper (right), who has joined us as an Administrative Apprentice and is now working towards Business Admin NVQ Level 2, and doing a great job getting to grips with everything we've thrown at her so far. We are very proud of both of them!
Great news for one of Oxford's historic buildings, built by Kingerlee and also the family home of our founder in the 1870s!
We're really delighted that two of our projects have been shortlisted for RIBA Regional Awards 2015. The winners will be revealed on 23rd April.
Read more on the RIBA website here.
See the timelapse footage of the demolition works we've just carried out for The Ruskin School Of Art here: http://youtu.be/dXe2Aq_CaBw
Footage courtesy of The Ruskin School Of Art.
We're delighted to learn that our Brewer Street project for Pembroke College, Oxford was highly commended in the Stone Federation Natural Stone Awards 2014! We worked with specialists in stonework, Szerelmey, on this project.
Check out the timelapse film of the demolition and enabling works we've just completed at St Anne's College, Oxford to make way for the new Library we're now starting work on there. Find out more about the project by visiting the St Anne's College website here.
We are delighted to announce we will be commencing work for The Tintometer® Group on their new Headquarters at Solstice Park in Wiltshire with Oxford Architects early in the new year.
These new facilities will enable the company to enhance the manufacture and supply of colour measurement and water testing equipment and reagents, marketed under the Lovibond® brand.
Shown in the CGIs as the building in the foreground, the Phase 1 works comprise the construction of a new two storey industrial unit. The new facility will provide goods in/out, storage and dispatch facilities, laboratories, offices, meeting rooms and a service yard with parking for cars and cycles.
Congratulations to our Joinery Apprentice Jack Brandon on winning the Paul Tierney Award at City Of Oxford College awards night last night. We're very proud!
Read more about the awards here: http://www.cityofoxford.ac.uk/news/construction-awards-cement-achievement
The first delivery of window assemblies just leaving our yard in Kidlington this morning destined for the new Abingdon School Science Centre.
You can view the latest time lapse film of our Abingdon School Science Centre project here: http://www.abingdon.org.uk/science_centre_construction
Our Administrative Apprentice Nicola donned her PPE for her first taste of life on site today when she visited the team at the new Abingdon School Science Centre.
Nicola is usually based at our head office in Kidlington, but was keen to visit some of our projects and understand more about how the sites and site offices work.
As well as visiting the Abingdon project she also visited the team on site at the new Lincoln College Garden Building in Oxford. Nicola said "It was great to see the sites, I loved seeing the Abingdon School building right at the start of it's life, I can't wait to see what it'll look like when it is finished".
Nicola will have to wait a little while though as the Abingdon School project is scheduled for completion next summer.
White precast concrete stairs arrived on site this week at Abingdon School, from Decomo in Belgium.
Upon installation, the landings were supported on steel angles bolted to the core walls.
Each flight was then lowered into the preformed rebates to complete the installation.
Our fearsome foursome enjoying the Lighthouse Club charity golf day at The Oxford Golf Club last week. Sadly no trophies this time but a good day was had by all with funds raised for a fantastic cause.
Bench Joiner Jack Robson (left) and Apprentice Bench Joiner Jack Brandon (right) with the large order of spray painted bathroom niche units, complete with glass shelves, that our Joinery Division have been busy working on.
We're over the moon to have been awarded Performance Beyond Compliance by the Considerate Constructors Scheme for our project at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Well done Mick and the team!
Wing, Buckinghamshire, we are also re-modelling the sports fields and rugby pitches to provide a more level and useable playing surface.
Another great before and after pic of the thatching work at our barn restoration project in Berkshire.
Thatching by http://www.kitdavis.co.uk/
A WOLFF KRE 250 saddle jib tower crane has just been installed for Kingerlee Ltd by HTC Plant at the new Abingdon School Science Centre Project. The picture also shows the Terex AC200T mobile crane which was utilised to undertake the assembly.
Behind the scenes these guys keep us on the road! Our in-house plant and garage team (left to right Garage & Yard Manager Paul Rolston with his team, Steve Coppock, Mark Pearce, Ali Browne and Richard Poulter) work tirelessly to maintain our fleet of company vehicles, plant, machinery and even mobile site accommodation in tip top shape and keep our yard in Kidlington running smoothly.
This week in our workshop, our joiners have been putting the finishing touches to solid oak and veneer wall panels ready for installation by our team on site. These impressive panels have an oiled finish and are going to look fantastic in the Oakshott Room at Lincoln College, Oxford. Photography by Ryan Cowan.
We are delighted to have secured a new project at Corpus Christi College carrying out re-roofing, external repairs and refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed Beam Hall on Merton Street in Oxford.
Click here to view the fantastic time lapse films showing construction so far at our site at the new Abingdon School Science Centre.
Some impressive barn doors just completed by our Joinery Division for an external contractor. These lovely European oak doors are 3.5 meters high and 100mm thick.
Last week we hosted a site visit with a group of 15 engineering students from France studying at Oxford’s British Study Centre. Members of the site team showed the students around our site at The City of Oxford College before stopping for a question and answer session where the students had the chance to practise their English. The project at the College involves the refurbishment and remodelling of existing buildings to create new state of the art hairdressing and beauty salons, a fitness suite and a new student services hub.
Many Congratulations to Fine Art Mouldings Ltd on winning the ‘Fibrous Plastering for a New Build Contract’ Award at this years prestigious FPDC Plaisterers’ Awards. The award was for superb featured moulded fibrous plastering work carried out on one of our Oxford City Centre projects. Photograph shows the award winning work.
Today we bid a very fond farewell to Dennis Walker, our Management Accountant, who retires after 12 years of dedicated service at Kingerlee.
Located behind the original commemorative stone plaque dated 1939 the cylindrical time capsule was exposed and handed to the school.
Upon opening we found a number of interesting objects including medals, coins and various papers, parish magazine and the original fundraising campaign and building plans.
The original school was built for a budget of circa £13k!
Experts from the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock are trying to identify some of the coins along with the origin of a small badge shaped as the Star of David.
The Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre was officially opened by Lady Howe and the mayor of Chesham last month.
The initial phase of the project opened to students last September 2103 with the main building at the beginning of the January 2014 term.
The vocational training facility incorporates kitchen facilities for domestic science, a garage workshop with car lift, construction workshops for carpentry, brickwork, plastering , mechanical and electrical engineering training. There are also numerous fully equipped training rooms for academic courses including mathematics and computer technology.
It also caters for recreational skills including jewellery making, photography, sports and glass making.
Click here to view some more fantastic photos of this project.
We're very proud of our three apprentices who all attended the wonderful Apprentice Awards event last week at the Thames Four Pillars Hotel, hosted by the Oxfordshire Construction Training Group. Big congratulations to Curtis Roca, our recently qualified Bench Joinery Apprentice, for receiving the Merit Award. It hasn't been an easy road for him, but it just shows with a lot of hard work and determination it's possible to achieve great things. Curtis is pictured left being congratulated by Kingerlee Managing Director, Michael Puttick.
We are proud to have successfully handed over phase 1 of the Vocational skills centre for Buckinghamshire County Council on 18th December 2013. A new build Vocational skills centre for students on the Prestwood Lodge Campus, featuring engineering workshops and classrooms. Phase 2 – Consisting of student accommodation and break out/ communal areas is due for completion by in Spring of 2014.
Delighted that the Pembroke College footbridge has won the 2013 Structural Award for Pedestrian Bridges!
This is Kingerlee’s first appearance in a comic strip! The Story Museum in Oxford have installed a comic book themed mural on the front facade explaining the current building project, it includes story characters, plans for the site and even Kingerlee feature in the story.
The museum’s first phase of works incorporate a shop, cafe as well as new artist studios.
Click here to see the whole mural.
Kingerlee are delighted to have been awarded a contract by Bicester Town Council for Innovative Refurbishment works to the Garth Building in Bicester.
The project is to upgrade the insulation and air-tightness of part of the Garth Building for a project to monitor the subsequent improved performance of the building by Brookes University.
The scheme has been possible due to the award of a grant by TSB. Bioregional are managing the project with Ridge contributing financial and architectural services.
Bennetts Associates Architects, Buro Happold and Kingerlee discuss the benefits concrete brings to the design and build of The Gateway Buildings, St Antony’s College Oxford.
Excavation is now well underway for the basement of The Garden Building at Lincoln College, Oxford.
Following the installation of the contiguous piles and ring beam, we have installed temporary and permanent steel to prevent any movement of existing buildings or garden walls within this typically confined town centre site. We are now excavating below these and between load bearing piles to construct a basement that will eventually house music practice rooms and toilet facilities for the refurbished performance space, dining area and middle common room.
The first phase of works at the Chesham Skills and Enterprise centre is handed over two months early. Kingerlee's team worked hard to achieve early client occupation to enable pupils to start work at the beginning of the 2013/14 academic year. The final phased handover is due late October.
Prime Minister David Cameron visited Oxford last week to offically open the newly refurbished Brasenose College development completed by Kingerlee last year.
The new standing seam roof to the £3m Sports Hall at The Cottesloe School, Wing is taking shape.
The raw aluminium coil material has been cut to length, shaped and curved prior to lifting into position.
Kingerlees Special Projects have recently commenced the re-roofing of the Chapel and Dining Room at University College , Oxford. The designed scaffold and temporary roof structure will fully encapsulate the building prior to the commencement of the restoration works.
Works have recently commenced on site and are due for completion in Spring 2014
Kingerlee have recently completed piling works at our Winchester College Project .The ‘Comdeck Foundation and Flooring system’ being installed negates the need for a traditional piling mat. Concrete blinding is laid over the foot print of the building and the rig bores through the blinding and reinforcement in the pile is then connected to the mesh within the slab. This initiative has been far more expedient than a traditional piling method and has provided a very flexible system. We have installed far quicker than the normal piling and ground beam arrangement.
Kingerlee put the finishing touches to the masonry work at their “Flint House” on the Waddesdon Estate near Aylesbury. The detailed facades included coursed knapped flint work, diminishing coloured bands, gallets and clunch [Chalk] representing the geological layers of the Chiltern Hills strata.
St Antony’s College kindly hosted a thank you evening to all those involved in the new £8m Gateway Project recently completed by Kingerlee.
The college were very keen to thank the entire team and invitations were received by sub-contractors, design team members , neighbours, college representatives and friends.
Following a drinks reception a number of guests were entertained at College High Table.
More information about the Gateway Project can be found here.
24.01.2013 - Icicles on a roof at a site near Bicester. It’s been a chilly week for all of our teams out on site this week!
Kingerlee are proud to have achieved CHAS Accreditation for its robust health and safety management systems.
CHAS is a founder member of Safety Schemes In Procurement, an organisation actively supported by the HSE, who encourage clients to accept accreditation as having met the requirements of Stage 1 Health and Safety Competence as required by the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations.
Kingerlee have again scooped more awards for two of their prestigious completed projects in Oxford.
The Oxford Preservation Trust Awards Ceremony 2012 (now in their 35th year) recognises the contribution to the conservation and improvement of Oxfords built and natural environment. This year Kingerlees successes were both awarded the coveted plaques for their high achievements along with commemorative certificates. The restoration and refurbishment of the Old Fire Station [originally built by Kingerlee in 1894] working alongside London based Architects, FCB Studios and Shulman Auditorium at The Queens College with BGS Architects.
Kingerlee’s Construction Division had a very successful evening at the RIBA Southern Awards Ceremony. We collected the Downland Award for a prestigious grand designs style house in Berkshire a Sustainability Award for The Queens College, Oxford and an overall award winner for the Shulman Auditorium also at The Queens College.
Alan Crane CBE FCIOB and President of The Chartered Institute of Building along with Bennetts Associates visited the Kingerlee St Antony’s Gateway Project on Woodstock Road, Oxford recently.
Alan, who has been advising on the project for several years arrived for a personal site visit to review the progress of the design and construction processes.
He was accompanied on a site tour by representatives from Bennetts Associates and Kingerlee.
Mr Crane said “this was a very impressive and well kept site” and that “they should keep up the good work”.
This was a great opportunity for Kingerlee’s team to meet with such an influential member of the construction industry.
Pictured left to right are:
Phil Eccles (Bennetts), Delroy Ireson (Kingerlee), Alan Crane, Mark Watterson and Paul Hardy (both Kingerlee) and Nong Udyanin (Bennetts)
Oxford based Kingerlee have recently lowered a new bridge into place across one of Oxford’s most historic streets. It is believed to be the first new bridge over one of Oxford’s historic city centre streets since the Bridge of Sighs a century ago.
The bridge links The Fellows Garden on the existing Pembroke campus to Kingerlee’s new £17m Brewer Street Project. It also spans the ancient City Wall before springing across Brewer Street to its landing point over five metres above the road below.
The 10.2m structure is predominantly made from Corten steel which is left to oxidise following the bead blasting process.
The bridge base structure will also receive a glass balustrade which is sandwiched by stainless steel handrails cambered to the arc of the bridge structure.
Kingerlee are due to complete the Brewer Street Project in preparation for the start of the autumn academic year.
The Kingerlee team successfully “topped out” the Gateway Buildings at St Antony’s College, Oxford.
The Acting Warden Rosemary Foot and the late Kingerlee Chairman Jonathan Kingerlee tightened up the final roof steelwork bolt with a golden wrench to signify this important stage of the construction process.
The event was well attended by college fellows, students, neighbours and the many staff involved in the project.
The £7.5m Gateway scheme is due for completion for an official opening early 2013.
View the live webcam of our project for St Antony's College on the Woodstock Road! Please click here.
You can also view how the finished project will look here.
Just completed in our Joinery Workshop - Two curved on plan staircases for a private client near Henley on Thames. Oak treads and risers and handmade laminated curved strings. They will have steel dowel spindles with a continuous oak handrail. These photographs were taken before site installation. More photos after installation will follow.
On 28th January, Giles Henderson CBE Master and Julian Schild Chairman of Pembroke College’s Bridging Centuries Campaign unveiled a commemorative stone within the new quod at the Kingerlee Pembroke College, development.
The event was attended by 80 alumni and friends of the College including past masters, the design team, consultants and Kingerlee.
Kingerlee have successfully completed the refurbishment of the Old Fire Station, Oxford. Here are links to some interesting video and audio footage of the scheme.
Kingerlee have had a busy few weeks reaping the success of a number of their projects.
Structural Awards – Archive Centre at Waddesdon was short listed against a very strong international field.
Aylesbury Vale Design awards- The new Arts block at Stowe school received a commendation and Waddesdon was announced as one of the winners.
Concrete Society Awards – The new Kendrew Quadrangle at St John’s College , Oxford received a commendation and features over four pages in their November journal.
Wood Awards – Waddesdon won the structural section along with the overall Gold Award.
RIBA Awards – Both Waddesdon and St John’s College won their sections and received plaques and certificates to mark their success. The awards ceremony took place at the RIBA headquarters in London.
The Kingerlee team on the Waddesdon Archive project scooped two awards at the prestigious Wood Awards.
The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier architecture and furniture competition celebrating excellence in design in the world’s most sustainable material. Now in its ninth year, the Wood Awards is the most respected award for building and design in wood.
The unveiling of the winners and award ceremony took place at the Timber Expo Exhibition, Coventry, 27th September 2011.
The focal point of the new reading room at the archive centre was constructed from a furniture grade oak geogrid structure, unique in its design and construction.
From a select short list of projects nominated across the United Kingdom Kingerlee picked up both the Structural award and the overall Gold Award.
The St Antony’s team gathered for a ground breaking ceremony to signify the commencement of the Gateway Buildings construction works. Kingerlee presented an engraved silver spade to commemorate the occasion. The college Warden and benefactor H.E Sheikh Ghassan I Shaker are pictured prior to the cutting of the first sod of turf.
Kingerlee have held their annual company briefing at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford on 11th October 2011.
This annual event invites all employees and provides an overview and the successes of the company’s activities within the year. It will also provide a forward look into 2012 and an overview of the exciting challenges ahead.
Two of Kingerlee's projects are to open for public viewing.
The Old Fire Station refurbishment in George Street is part of the Oxford Preservation Trusts Open Doors Weekend. This project nears completion to provide a Crisis Skylight to offer homeless and vulnerable people opportunities to gain skills along with Aspire a social enterprise and a new arts centre for Oxford.
At Pembroke College a £16.5m scheme, we are providing a site tour as part of the Oxford Briefing 2011 a weekend conference for building surveyors, facilities and estate managers, architects and construction professionals. Organised by local RICS members, the conference attracts delegates from across Southern England. We are anticipating in excess of 100 guests.
Kingerlee have recently been awarded a £7.4m project to construct the new Gateway Buildings for St Antonys College in Oxford. This development adjacent to the Woodstock Road is due to commence in September 2011 with completion programmed for student intake in April 2013.
The two buildings comprise 54no en suite study bedrooms along with a porters lodge and entrance facilities along with flexible office space to the upper floor.
The traditional and listed stone boundary wall to the St Antonys site will be re-configured to accommodate a new entrance forecourt.
A new energy centre for the scheme will be located in the existing and listed Hilda Besse building and will be carefully linked to the two new Gateway Buildings. This will also provide a new and upgraded system to the existing facility.
The reinforced concrete framed building will be dressed with a facade incorporating stone and bronze cladding. Renewable energy is provided by ground source heat bores carefully inserted under the existing traditional Oxford lawned quadrangle along with solar panels placed at roof level. The exposed concrete finishes will act as a heat sink which complements the renewable technologies to provide sustainable and thermally efficient buildings.
Kingerlee have recently completed The Natural House built on the Innovation Park at the Building Research Establishment in Watford. A project developed by the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, demonstrating that the most effective route to low-energy, low-carbon homes is through a robust thermal and airtight envelope, designed for longevity and with traditional appeal.
The emphasis of the house was to utilise natural materials of low-impact provenance that display traditional design and construction methods in providing a family semi-detached house, small two storey flat and a single storey maisonette.
The materials utilised in the building structure such as aerated clay blocks, lime based plasters and renders reduce the risk of VOCs. The plastic membranes were replaced in favour of vapour-open insulating systems. The house avoids the risk of damp and mould build-up within the building fabric, thus reducing the risk of asthma and respiratory problems for building occupiers. The air quality is maintained by a maintenance free passive ventilation system.
The principal construction system, NBT ThermoPlan uses an extruded aerated clay block which entraps air in pockets providing high levels of insulation within a single skin structure. The aerated clay blocks were externally clad in a Baumit render and internally with lime plaster. This composition achieves a U-value of 0.2.
The clay block construction is supported by other natural materials including NBT Pavatex woodfibre, Thermafleece sheepswool insulation and wooden floor and roof members which combine to provide the dual pitched roof with a U-value of 0.11. This consequently greatly reduces solar gain during summer months allowing comfortable living space within the roof area.
The Natural House emphasises attractive flexible urban living for a low-carbon future.
Photo shows Kingerlee's Joint Managing Director Tony Woodward handing the new building keys to James Hulme, Director of Research for the foundation.
The RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966 and are judged and presented locally.
No matter the shape, size, budget or location, RIBA Award winning schemes set the standard for great architecture all across the country.
RIBA Awards are for buildings in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Winners will be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Kingerlee are currently progressing with the construction of a new quadrangle for Pembroke College, Oxford. The project consists of five new buildings and the refurbishment of a Grade ll listed existing building which provide 102 new bedrooms, lecture theatre, kitchen, cafe and seminar rooms linked to the existing Chapel Quadrangle. The new development is linked across Brewer Street via a bridge.
During the sub structure works significant archaeological excavations are being undertaken, the site has uncovered medieval tenement settlements along with a tannery and brewery dating back to the 13th century.
As seen in the photograph, one of Kingerlees Graduate trainees with part of a rare knucklebone floor. The building in the back ground is Campion Hall (founded in 1896) which forms part of the University of Oxford as a Permanent Private Hall.
Alongside the archaeology we are currently boring approximately 100no secant piles to form retaining walls for the basement construction along with 400no bearing piles for the structure. The piling rig is a Soilmec SF-50, weighing 40 T when fully operational; the continuous flight auger system is a centrally fed through the auger to place the concrete under high pressure. Its motor is capable of driving a 900mm auger to a depth of 25m.
Works on site are due for completion for the new academic year 2012/13.
Oxford City Council is working with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, to redevelop the Old Fire Station, after a bid was awarded funding from the Government's Places of Change Programme.
This is an exciting project for Kingerlee as we were involved in building the original fire station in 1896 and we are looking forward to reinventing it.
The Old Fire Station will be home to a new Crisis Skylight centre providing education, training and employment opportunities for homeless and vulnerably housed people and a social enterprise, Crisis Skylight Cafe, open to the public.
There will also be high quality, flexible spaces for artistic professional development and training, and for community groups to use to offer performance and visual arts events, regular classes and courses for the public.
These spaces will accommodate an auditorium, a galley and retail space, and a creative workspace for artists and designers.
The Old Fire Station opened as a working fire station in 1896 and remained the main fire station until 1971.
Fitzharrys School staff, Oxfordshire County Council, Mouchel Consultancy and Kingerlee Special Projects recently celebrated a bricklaying ceremony at Fitzharrys Schools I.C.T. and Sixth Form Block refurbishment.
The schools headteacher, Susan Tranter, laid a facing brick prior to a tour of the refurbishment by site manager Mick East.
The £395,000 project includes a unique and distinctive barrel roof over the ICT building.
The Alumasc Derbigum System provides a warm deck insulated covering, bio diverse planting medium and a seed mix with plug planting to provide the sedum vegetation. Due to the access constraints on this BREEAM project the team have procured a system to pump the roofing medium from large capacity tankers at ground level. The roof areas were then raked to an even thickness and planted instu rather than the more traditional sedum blanket.
This environmentally friendly project also incorporates photo voltaic panels, air source heat pumps and a rain water harvesting system.
The project will be completed for school occupation in September 2010.
Kingerlee are proud to have won a Considerate Constructors Scheme 2010 National Site Award for the Kendrew Quadrangle at St John's College, Oxford. The award is presented to the top 7.5% of the 7000 eligible sites that competed. The bronze award was presented to Darran Gammon and Glynn Biggins at a ceremony in London on 6th May. Well done to the whole of the site team on this achievement.
Kingerlee Ltd has recently installed possibly the largest sheets of plywood in the world at the Waddesdon Archive Centre project. Sized at 12m X 3m and procured from Finland the stressed skin sheets provide structural stability to an oak diagrid design on the Archive Centres Reading Room. Kingerlee, Green Oak Carpentry and Thornton Thomasetti collaborated to find a solution that would meet the criteria for structural stability, build ability and site access. The large sheets assisted the team to reduce the number of time consuming and temperature dependent glued structural splice joints, which leave only 8,000 mechanical fixings to complete the installation!
The oak diagrid structure was procured with a client brief of achieving a very high quality â€œfurniture finishâ€. The European oak laminated beams were imported from France and clad with hand selected and finished locally sourced veneers. The exacting specification required CNC technology to achieve a machining tolerance of 0.2mm and craftsman fitting on site.
Due to the sensitive nature of the materials the entire reading room structure is being constructed under a bespoke designed 25m x 12m sliding temporary roof. The project is due for completion late 2010.
Work at the Waddesdon Archive Centre is progressing well. The first sections of the Oak Grid Shell Roof are underway. The uniquely designed roof to the reading room is constructed from furniture quality laminated oak and incorporates a stressed plywood skin from what we believe could be the world's largest sheets sized at 12m x 3m wide!!
Given the high standards of the finish and quality the entire building is being constructed under a tented temporary structure with accessible sliding roof panels.
Works are due for completion late 2010.
The crane removal procedure required careful and close planning and liaison with the local authorities to undertake the works over a two day weekend road closure in the busy street of St Giles in historic Oxford.
With the aid of a 250t mobile crane the Jost 158.6 tower crane was carefully dismantled adjacent to a four way road traffic management scheme controlling the busy Woodstock , Banbury and St Giles intersection.
The final and smaller of the two tower cranes is due to be dismantled shortly and ahead of the completion phases of the project and client occupation for the 2010/2011 academic year.
The Prince's Foundation, in collaboration with Kingerlee, The Building Research Establishment and Natural Building Technologies are engaged on this high-profile build project that will demonstrate that the most effective route to a low energy, low carbon building is through an effective building envelope. This is to be delivered by employing natural building materials.
Kingerlee are committed to being a leader in advancing environmental and sustainability standards and processes in the construction sector. The Group, through its development company, applies commercial tests to prospective projects, considering for example not just the cost during production, but the medium-term cost and real carbon footprint, leading on to a view or measure of the whole life cycle impact of each proposal.
Architect, BGS have designed the building to sympathetically fit within the historic college's setting.
The project is located within the confines of a secluded listed garden set within the heart of the college campus.
Piling and enabling works commence in February 2010 with the main contract due to start in June 2010.
The largest of the 45mm thick glazed units were sized at 6.00m x 3.00m and weighed in at just less than 1 tonne per unit. Kingerlee's sub-contractor Solaglas installed the units with the assistance of one of the site's luffing jib tower cranes and a Glass Boy vacuum lifting set. The panels were carefully inserted between architectural pre-cast concrete panels to form the main entrance of the new Kendrew Quadrangle Building.
The project is due for completion next summer.
Kingerlee third year Bench Joinery Apprentice Jack Robson was awarded the Merit Award at the Oxfordshire Construction Training Group Apprentice of the Year Awards at a ceremony held on Thurs 8th October.
Nine young Oxfordshire apprentices were recognised at the awards held at Bicester Golf and Country Club. The awards are designed to celebrate the exceptional achievements of local construction trainees, the ceremony rewards hard work and dedication across disciplines such a Joinery, Carpentry and Bricklaying.
The awards ceremony also recognised 11 first year apprentices who received certificates to recognise their commitment to the industry, the group included Kingerlee first year Bench Joinery Apprentice Ryan Cole.
Kingerlee also contributed to sponsoring the event.
Kingerlee have been awarded a £1.6m contract to undertake refurbishment of an existing building and provide new Art teaching facilities at the Stowe School, Buckingham.
Kingerlee will be working with their Design and Build Architect Rick Mather.
In a hard fought bid Kingerlee came out on top, seeing off competition from Linford, Beard, Marriot and Ashe.
Work is due to start on site this August with completion anticipated for summer 2010.
Kingerlee have recently installed a Mason Jack Flooring Systems at one of their College projects in Oxford. The system is designed to mitigate issues of sound transfer through concrete structural floors and is being installed between the college's gymnasium, music and events rooms, and [quiet] archive reading room.
Rubber jacks were installed prior to a concrete screed topping being poured and jacked up once the concrete has reached its designed strength. Threaded rods were inserted for the winding process and the slab was jacked up to form an air gap between the screed and sub-floor of up to 100mm.
Kingerlee recently installed the first of 68 bathroom pods at their £35m Kendrew Quadrangle project for St John's College in Oxford.
The concrete pods vary in weight from 5.2t units equipped with disabled facilities, to 3.6t for the more standard student shower rooms.
The units were manufactured in Vicenza, Italy at the Sterchele factory and shipped to Kingerlee's holding yard in Kidlington. This enabled day-to-day control on a 'just in time basis' delivery to the site, seven miles away.
Whilst excavating for the foundations and drainage at the site of a new house in Sonning, Kingerlee and archaeologists unearthed a trench, believed to date back to prehistoric times. After several hours of scraping soil by hand, large animal bones, medieval pottery and a number of struck flint flakes were uncovered.
The area was previously the site of the Bishop of Salisbury's Palace which fell in to disrepair and was eventually demolished in 1574.
The flint flakes are all waste flakes produced when flint was being worked into tools such as knives and scrapers. Some of the animal bones have been identified as horse bones, other bones would appear to belong to pigs and cattle, believed to have been slaughtered for food. It was also interesting to find a deer antler and a tusk that probably came from a wild boar. Soil samples containing seeds and pollen have been taken from the site for environmental analysis. This will help to define the age of the archaeological remains.
Kingerlee assisted Exeter College in the erection and placing of an Anthony Gormley Statue [the creator of the Angel of the North] onto a building in the surrounds of the historic City of Oxford. It was placed on the skyline of the college, on the corner where Broad Street meets Turl Street.
The operation required detailed planning and co-ordination in a busy and central area of Oxford. A mobile crane was used in conjunction with road closures following close consultation with Oxfordshire Highways authorities.
The statue, a seven foot tall figure weighing in at around a half a tonne was carefully placed into position on the 15th February 2009, following which a ceremony was attended by Anthony Gormley, Exeter College and its benefactors along with members of the local community.
Kingerlee Contracts Manager Sam Brown said 'It is a privilege to be involved is such a significant event in Oxford. We are currently working closely with Exeter College and are on site constructing a £5.5m student accommodation development for them'.
The construction of a purpose built hall enclosing a hydrotherapy pool with associated changing facilities. The new facility has a purpose built, link building to the original school, and the pool features a hydraulic ram controlled moving floor.
Further to the successful completion of the enabling works in March 2008, the main construction works have now commenced on the construction of a new four- storey quadrangle building, around a large protected beech tree.
Kingerlee Ltd are pleased to announce that they have recently promoted Glynn Biggins and Paul Hardy as Construction Directors, and Colin Botton as Commercial Director for their Main Contracting Division.
The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to advance an organisation's performance through its people. Our assessor selected a variety of employees from across the company to meet with him to talk about their time with Kingerlee and their experiences. He was impressed with the employees he met with, and was very pleased with Kingerlee's progress since his last visit two years ago. It is anticipated that we will be reassessed at the end of this year.
|All members of our management team, including quantity surveyors and estimators, together with the entire board of directors have been successful in attaining either the CITB Health & Safety Test or Site Management Safety Training Scheme and achieving CSCS Registration.
We are currently up skilling our operatives through a range of training courses covering topics such as manual handling, safe use of abrasive wheels and use of mechanical plant (e.g. telehandlers, MEWPs, etc)