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We are celebrating a big birthday next year! 2018 marks our 150th anniversary, and we are in the process of working through our archives to put together a selection of photos and records to illustrate our history. So many individuals have been part of Kingerlee over the years and we have lots of photos of people and we don't know who they are! Over the next few weeks we'll be posting some of these photos, and appealing to anyone and everyone who has had any connection with Kingerlee over the years, to help add to our story. So, first up, a selection of four photographs, can you help us, do you know who's in these photos?

Top row: Photos taken circa 1930 on the construction site of the Nuffield Orthopedic Hospital, Oxford. Do you know who this little girl is?
Bottom left: A beautiful old stately home - any idea where it is? We have this photo in our archive but no information and we can't locate it. Any idea who the painter on the front steps might have been?!
Bottom right: Wolvercote Mill circa 1957, on the back of the photo it says 'George and Percy' - do you recognise them? Your Grandfather perhaps?

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We are delighted to have been appointed to construct a new race horse stables in Berkshire.

Working alongside equestrian specialist KWA Architects and Archibald Shaw Engineers the project is due to commence immediately in the New Year.

The bespoke facility includes four American barn style stable blocks to house the horses. There will also be a manager’s house, staff accommodation, and yard office and tack/farriers facility.

The primary use of the stables will be race horse rehabilitation and includes exerciser, walker, salt and spa unit and warm up barn.

The stables, located on the Lambourn Downs are within a community of equestrian/race horse activity and have immediate access to gallops which will be used as part of the rehabilitation process.

Kingerlee are delighted to be involved with the scheme and are looking forward starting on site.

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On this very cold and frosty winter day the first section of structural steelwork emerged on our project in Paradise!!

This large domestic dwelling known as “Paradise Farm” is located on the edge of the Cotswolds.

The start of the superstructure is a milestone for the project and opens up the following trades including oak glulam feature roof beams which will enable the roof structure to progress and eventually be clad in a reed thatch.

Watch this space for future updates.....

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Not only do we have to contend with the normal day to day challenges of construction, on our site in Ascot today we had to deal with this little fella too! Before you panic though, be assured it’s a corn snake, a harmless type of snake that is often kept as a pet. The school runs a Herpetology Club that has at least ten of these adult snakes already. In fact they had a large batch of eggs hatch last week, so also have baby snakes as well. Visit the school website for more information: http://www.papplewick.org.uk/index.html

It is believed that this particular snake is the offspring of a couple of corn snakes that were released approx. 8 years ago which apparently thrived in the school grounds!! Our Site Manager Neville Jones handed it over to the school and it has been added to their collection!

 

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Looking forward to going to the Museum of Oxford, Oxford Historic Businesses show and tell tonight at the Oxford Town Hall, we've had a dig in our archives and have some interesting Kingerlee artifacts to show!

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Our two intrepid firewalkers raised £1000 for our charity of the year Maggie's Centres at the weekend by taking part in the Oxford Charity Firewalk at Oxford Rugby Club! Here are their firewalk films! A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored them both!

 

 

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The works at our St Mary’s School project are now progressing at a pace with all pupil houses now being roofed and the internal works progressing with first fix and finishing trades commenced. Read more about the project in our Current Projects.

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See the below link to a great article in The Oxford Mail about the groundbreaking ceremony at our new Oxford project for Sobell House Hospice. 

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15595489.Builders_prepare_to_move_in_as_hospice_marks_official_start_of_expansion/

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Great photos taken recently at our project for Fairfield Residential Home in central Oxford. With the frame complete, all buildings are largely weatherproof to the extent that the internal works and first fix services are progressing apace. All sedum roofs are now installed and with the curtain walling and window installations progressing imminently internal works are well underway and remain on programme. In addition to the four structures that comprise the residential home are also progressing well with the internal works well under way. Read more about the project here.

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We are delighted to have 'topped out' on our project for St Mary's School in Ascot. Pictured is Headmistress Mary Breen nailing on the first tiles. The project is a 64 bed pupil dormitory contained in three 2 storey brick buildings along with a detached 2 storey lecture theatre, a laundry and 4 bedroom and two 2 bedroom staff houses, built around a paved and landscaped courtyard on the existing school campus. Read more about the project here.

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Unfortunately no photo but The Kingerlee Team had a sucessful day at the Lighthouse Club Central Golf day. Tom Heasley – 4, Tim Horn – 5, Glynn Biggins – 18, Richard Wilsdon – 18 made a great team score of 90 with the help of a secret hole score adjustment by the organisers. We were very lucky that the predicted rain was only showers. The adjusted top four team scores were only each a point apart so a very close run round.
The Lighthouse Club is a charity which supports families who have lost their lives or suffered life changing injuries through working in the building industry. A big thank you to Chris Sheehan the Central area Chairman who with the help of his family made it a very successful day.

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Some fantastic pictures in this Oxford Mail article about our recently completed project for D'Overbroeck's Oxford at 333 Banbury Road, Oxford. 

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Great photo from the top of the tower crane taken recently at our project for Fairfield residential home in central Oxford. The concrete frame is now complete to blocks A & B, roof structures to all buildings and the Managers house are in place with roof finishes progressing to enable the buildings to become watertight as quickly as possible.

In tandem with the roof works the Metsec facades are progressing well and internal partitions are being set out in readiness for the commencement of the internal services.

Read more about the project here.

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We're delighted that our project for Lincoln College, Oxford has been awarded a RIBA South Award 2017, RIBA South Building of the Year 2017 and a RIBA National Award 2017! Congratulations to everyone involved in this exciting project. 

Read more about the awards on the RIBA Website.

Read more about the project here.

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We're very pleased to have commenced a new project for a new boarding house at Papplewick School, Ascot. The new 3 storey house incorporates 9 dormitories, staff accommodation, common room and bathrooms set in the grounds of the existing school.
It is our first project for the school and we look forward to a successful working relationship with both the school and the design team to create a first class facility.

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Here's the latest drone photo showing progress on site at St Mary's School, Ascot. Make sure you also check out this fab timelapse film of the project to date: Click here to view timelapse.

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Well done to the winning Kingerlee Quiz Team at the Faithful+Gould (Chocolate) cup last week!

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Delighted to have reached the Topping Out stage at our project in Oxford for Fairfield Residential Home! Photos to come, but here's a link to an Oxford Times article about the project: http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15388379.__39_Chance_encounters__39__between_students_and_pensioners_move_a_step_closer/

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Work is progressing well at our Wellington House development for Winchester College. The ground floor slabs have now all been cast and the drainage to the courtyard is progressing whilst we still have access for large machines. Structural repairs to the existing walls have now been completed.

The finished development includes 7 new housing units and the conversion of several existing buildings to provide further dwellings together with vehicular access, parking spaces and bicycle storage facilities.

Read more about this exciting project here.

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Many thanks to Oxford Architects for the use of these fantastic photos of the St Anne's College Library we recently completed in Oxford.

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Foundations are now completed for the 9 houses at our new residential project at Northleach, blockwork has commenced for the support of the precast plank ground floors, which are to be installed early in July. Drainage has also commenced under the roads. For more details on this project please click here.

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First progress report for our new project for a new 7 bedroom Thatched House and Pool complex for private clients in Oxfordshire.

Aerial photo of the proposed new house, swimming pool complex and landscaping, the first month has seen good progress with the basement excavation completed circa 3500m3 of spoil has been removed and distributed on the site.

Close up of the basement excavation with drainage and basement slab along with the house foundations due to commence with approx 1000m3 of concrete.

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Well done to all our members of staff who took part in the Red Horse Vale 20K Challenge Walk at the weekend in aid of our Charity of the Year, Maggie's Oxford, the fundraising total from this event was an impressive £450!

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Thursday 15th June saw Kingerlee welcome 16 construction students from Lille Polytechnic, France to our Fairfield Residential Home project. The students had come to Oxford for a two week technical language improvement course to help improve their technical knowledge and grasp of the English language. Chris Smith (Site Manager) led the proceedings with a brief presentation about the history of Kingerlee and the types of project and sectors that we work in and this was followed by a tour of the site where the students were able ask questions about the project, construction methods and techniques and watch both 2nd floor columns being poured with concrete and view the Metsec frame installation progressing to the managers house and block C. Paul Hardy (Construction Director)  and George Edward (Construction Manager) were also on hand to assist and field any questions as they arose. The event lasted approximately 2 hours and was a great success for all. Thank you also to organisers British Study Centres School of English, Oxford for their generous £200.00 contribution to our charity of the Year Maggies Centre.

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Taken last week on a slightly less soggy day than today! A fantastic drone photo of our project at St Mary's School in Ascot. Read more about the project here.

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Kingerlee Homes Managing Director, Tony Woodward is taking part in the Rotary of Oxford Fun Run this weekend, along with a team of 11 others from Kingerlee, in aid of our charity of the year Maggie's Oxford. This is what Tony said about his inspiration for taking part in the run in support of Maggie's:

"I suggested and supported the adoption of Maggie’s as the Kingerlee Group Charity of the Year because I had been made aware of the support that they were giving to a fellow prostate cancer patient, who was receiving his 37 sessions of radiotherapy around the same time as me.
I am very lucky to have an extremely supportive family around me, but he was a widower, living on his own and slightly isolated from his children. When you are first diagnosed it is difficult to put your health problem into context alongside everything else going on in your life. Without a supportive family, I understand that the Maggie’s support was crucial for this chap as he got to grips with the extent of his cancer and the treatment, and the side-effects. For me, just knowing that Maggie’s knowledgeable support was there if I needed it, was a comfort."

If you wish to sponsor our team please get in touch with our office on 01865 840000. Thank you for your support!

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We are delighted to have commenced the construction of 9 prestigious properties for Kingerlee Homes. The mixed development of properties are being built in the Cotswold town of Northleach, and will be available for purchase early in 2018. For more information about the project visit our Current Projects page.

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An exciting week at our St Mary's School Ascot project, the first 8 Sterchele bathroom pods have been delivered from Italy!

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Progress at Fairfield Home gathers momentum. Two months of progress on site has seen all four new buildings and the Manager's house extension rise from the ground with all foundations and ground floor slabs close to completion. Three weeks ago the tower crane was installed which has improved vertical and horizontal distribution of materials throughout the site. Indeed further progress can be seen to Blocks A & B (critical path) with the installation of the first few columns. Keep up the good progress team, onward and upward to the first floor!

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Just 4 days until our team of four intrepid cyclists tackle the Maggies to Maggies, Cheltenham to Oxford bike ride in aid of our charity of the year Maggie's Centres, Oxford. Please sponsor them! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jackr-jackb
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/derek-reynolds6

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Piling work commences at our Winchester College, Wellington House Development, following a 4 month delay for archaeological reasons. The piling works are being undertaken by Abbey Pynford and should take approximately 3 weeks. Find out more about this exciting development here.

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Kingerlee are very pleased to have been appointed to construct a prestigious private dwelling in North Oxfordshire.
The design has been lead by Richard Parr Associates and incorporates an interesting blend of modern and traditional materials, some of which include, thatched roofs, traditional stone walling, structural glazing and a floating internal staircase. Works on site are due to commence next week.

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Counting down to the completion of our prestigious project at 333 Banbury Road for D'overbroecks, Oxford. The view is of the multi-functional dining/auditorium hall building, showing the zinc panelled roof, wind catchers face brickwork and pre-cast concrete columns, beams and window surrounds. Casting of the external steps and further external works are underway at present. Watch this space for further updates!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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/

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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

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Fantastic shot of the tower crane taken yesterday at our Oxford project for D'Overbroecks, photo by Kingerlee Construction Manager Rob Cruickshank.

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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.

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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!
https://www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-oxford/

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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.

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Works are progressing well on our Leisure Building in Toddington.
 
Sub-structure concrete works are now complete and the 6m high quality twin wall concrete panels are bring erected around the Tennis Hall.
 
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Kingerlee Ltd have teamed up with Moulton College to provide their construction management students on-site experience.
 
Kingerlee are currently constructing a multi-million pound scheme at the nearby Hannington village and approached the College as a gesture of good will to continue their contribution to training within the construction industry. Paul Hardy, Kingerlee Construction Director said “it is important that contractors engage with our industry partners and offer experience for tomorrows rising stars. We have close links with our Oxfordshire based education connections and it will be good to extend these whilst working with Moulton College”.
 
A number of construction management students have been given a week on the job experience working alongside our site team in various roles. We have also conducted a number of group site visits along with Moultons’ teaching staff.
 
In the coming months we will also be providing some practical experience for the trade course students.
 
Bill Birkin, Moulton College Programme Leader for Construction said “this has been an excellent opportunity for our learners to work with Kingerlee on a local project putting the theory they have learnt at College into practice whilst gaining real experiences within their chosen profession to help prepare them for the world of work”.
 
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Amazing effort from our Trainee QS Tom Heasley in the London Marathon yesterday, he completed it in a time of 4hrs and 26 mins. We're very proud of you Tom! Current fundraising total is over £2300 with money still coming in. It's not too late to donate! https://www.justgiving.com/tomheasley
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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!

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We're delighted our Ruskin School of Art project has been short listed for the RIBA South Awards 2016. We look forward to celebrating the evening with Spratley Studios and other team members.
 
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Kingerlee's Jo Smith is helping to answer the phone lines today for Helen and Douglas and Jack fm. Dig deep and phone in to the live broadcast now on 01865 796777! 
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You may already know that Kingerlee are supporting Helen & Douglas House as our Charity of the Year this year.  
 
In support of this, one of our Trainee Quantity Surveyors, Tom Heasley, has decided to take on the challenge of participating in the London Marathon, and has secured a place on the Helen and Douglas House team.   Tom is hoping to raise £2,000 for the charity.
 
You may have seen our post in October when Tom successfully completed the Oxford Half Marathon….
 
If you are able to support Tom’s biggest challenge to date, please visit Tom’s Just Giving Page for further details, 
 
We really do appreciate everyone’s support, and a donation of any amount will help Tom reach his goal.
 
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Kingerlee have recently commenced works to re-develop the old masonic building at 333 Banbury Road, Oxford.
 
The new Sixth Form Study Centre and Performing Arts Buildings will be constructed to allow D’Overbroeks College occupation for the 2017/18 academic year.
 
The existing buildings have been demolished and sub-structures works are due to commence in March.
 
We are working alongside our local Design and Build partners TSH Architects, Price and Myers Structural Engineers and Services Consultant Qoda.
 
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24,000 cube of excavation at our Leisure Building in Bedfordshire. Piling operations will commence next week.
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Visit this link to view a great article in Building Design Magazine all about the Ruskin School of Fine Art Building we've been working on in Oxford, from page 12 onward.
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As part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, wherever possible, Kingerlee use The National Community Wood Recycling Project to manage waste timber generated by its construction sites.
 
We are pleased to have recently received a Social Impact Report detailing that 50Tonnes of timber have been diverted from landfill with the added benefit that that has provided 63 volunteer days of work, 3 volunteer positions and 7 months of paid employment.
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The second wing of our CLT frame in Northampton is progressing well. On a cold but sunny day last week the mix of CLT and Glulam structure looked impressive.
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Staff at our Kidlington Head Office getting into the Christmas spirit today with our Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Helen and Douglas House! 

http://www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/

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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.

https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Contactus/NewsAndPress/PressReleases/2015/UKsbestnewhouse-RothschildsFlintHousecrowned2015RIBAHouseoftheYear.aspx

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The Flint House does it again!
Kingerlee attended this year’s recent Aylesbury Vale Design Awards. We won the overall award for The Flint House on the Waddesdon Estate near Aylesbury. Well done to all those involved on this challenging project.
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The School’s Planning Project went well again this year. 60 youngsters from Year 9’s Geography sets at Wheatley Park and Marlborough Schools took part.
 
The Project started with a visit to Shipton Quarry, by kind permission of Earthline, the current operators. The youngsters viewed the various activities taking place at the quarry, including stone quarrying, the recycling of demolition materials, protection of the site’s ecology and the site’s reinstatement.
 
Back at Thomas House, they received on Day One, tutorials relating to Urban Planning, possible future uses of the quarry site and the needs of the area, and ecology. They were asked to consider the impact of the potential alternative uses of the site on local transport, existing settlements and the environment. Back at School in the Classroom, they integrated their ‘Shipton Quarry’ experience with the GCSE Geography syllabus, and set about preparing planning applications for the future use of the quarry. These applications were then presented to the ‘Planning Committee’ at Thomas House on Day Two.
 
The submissions covered potential  residential, leisure and commercial uses, and the standard of the best submissions were excellent, the youngsters demonstrating an understanding of Green Belt issues, and a keen knowledge of what the area needs.
 
An added dimension to this year’s exercise has been the offer of planning related work experience by West Waddy ADP. This has been made to the year 10’s at Wheatley Park, who took part in last year’s planning project.
This sets the seal on an extremely good Education / Business project, that not only builds on the GCSE syllabus being delivered in the Classroom, but now also leads to related and constructive work experience.
 
We are indebted to Earthline (Nick Waite and Richard Adams), West Waddy ADP (urban designer - Hannah Smart), Enzygo (ecologist - Kirsty Rogers), Steve Bowley (Minerals Consultant), and particularly to David Coates who designed and co-ordinated the Project.                    
 
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We're delighted to have scooped an Oxford Preservation Trust Award for our work with GBS Architects at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

http://www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/

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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!

https://www.architecture.com/StirlingPrize/Awards2015/House%20of%20the%20Year/RIBAHouseoftheYear2015.aspx

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Kingerlee Ltd and Skene Catlin de la Pena have recently been awarded a commendation for the construction of the “Flint House”, Waddesdon.
 
This interesting project was judged against the best houses in the British Isles for the Sunday Times British Homes Awards.
 
Look out for the BHA supplement in the Sunday Times “Home” section this Sunday 25th October 2015.
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On 15th October 2015, Kingerlee Ltd celebrated the opening of the Yang Science Centre at Abingdon School. Our latest flagship project was officially welcomed to the expanding Campus by Professor Sir David J Weatherall, MD, FRCP, FRS.
 
The event went off with a bang as over four hundred guests watched balloons explode in time with the school's brass band.
 
The recently completed Kingerlee Ltd project offers twenty one state of the art labs covering the subjects of biology, physics and chemistry set across its three floors with substantial outreach and break out space facilities.
 
The school also showed their gratitude by baking a cake in the form of the facility which was cut by Kingerlee Construction Manager Darran Gammon and the Principal Architects from Hopkins.
 
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Kingerlee have been awarded a new project to construct a Winery for a private client near Henley-on –Thames.
 
The processing and tasting/marketing suite is part of the £1.9m first phase of the scheme.
 
Works are due to commence on site later this month with a completion in time for their first harvest and pressing in September 2016.
 
It is very impressive viewing the vine yards that are already establishing themselves, which will, in the not to distant future be yielding Oxfordshire Sparkling Wine!
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Jonathan’s funeral will be held on Friday 4th September at 3:45pm, at the Oxford Crematorium, and afterwards at The Abingdon Arms, Beckley. Please could you advise Jo Smith on 01865 840000 if you will be joining us at the Abingdon Arms.
 
Flowers are welcome, however it is the Kingerlee family preference for a donation to be made to our new Charity of the Year, Helen and Douglas House. Donations can be made through our Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com/jonathankingerlee
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The Kingerlee logo and camels in the same photo?! There's a first time for everything! Team Tin Khan are progressing well! You can follow them here: https://www.facebook.com/officialtinkhan
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It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Jonathan Kingerlee, the Chairman of Kingerlee Limited. Jonathan, who was 55, passed away on Saturday, 8th August in the Churchill Hospital after a short illness. 
 
Jonathan, whose energy and drive had underpinned the growth and development of the Kingerlee Group of Companies during the past twenty years, will be greatly missed, both as a colleague and a friend. Jonathan will be succeeded as Chairman by his younger brother David.
 
Our deepest sympathies are extended to his family at this difficult time.
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Congratulations to John Townsend who retired from Kingerlee this week after 40 years! John is well known by all at Kingerlee for his high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail and will be hugely missed. We all wish him a very long and happy retirement.
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Kingerlee have provided mechanical support to two budding adventurers to drive their Nissan Micra from Goodwood to take part in the 2015 Mongol Rally!
 
The objective is to successfully drive a vehicle worth under £1000 over an 8 week period to successfully conquer the 10,000 mile route of your choice.
 
Organisers quote;
“The Mongol Rally thunders 10,000 miles across the mountains, desert and steppe of Europe and Asia each summer. There’s no backup, no support and no set route; just you, your fellow adventurists and a tiny car you bought from a scrapyard for £11.50. 
 
If nothing goes wrong, everything has gone wrong. 
 
Goodbye to tarmac, ABS and gadgets that help you find your navel. The Mongol Rally is about getting lost, using your long neglected wits, raising shed loads of cash for charity and scraping into the finish line with your vehicle in tatters…”
 
To keep an eye on Conor and Harry http://www.tinkhan.co.uk/
 
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We're delighted to have achieved this community wood recycling award onsite at Abingdon School this month. Read more about the project here: http://www.communitywoodrecycling.org.uk/
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Kingerlee's cycle team had a great day at the Broughton Castle Sportive last weekend raising money for our charity of the year Style Acre.
 
Riding a variety of distances from the family 5 to the gruelling 100 miles. One thing in common, there didn't appear to be much flat road just hills, rolling bits and hills!
 
All of our competitors enjoyed themselves with some notable performances-
•Derek a relative new comer to cycling and his longest ride at 50miles.
•Mark for hauling round a borrowed retro racer that was soooo heavy and as ever smiling at the end.
•Paul, although just missing his personal target time did the "ride it like you stole it" approach but the wind and hills took their toll, a good result none the less.
•Noah with his daughter on the crossbar seat managed to entertain the crowd with his post ride juggling and balance beam skills .
•David W the FD used his money saving skills to the full by not buying a new tyre and suffering multiple punctures. It looked like he was having a fun time and still fixing the front wheel when most were post ride eating and drinking to recover.
•Nick the hard man of the group not only successfully completed the 100 but survived the monsoon like conditions at the end of his ride. He now suffers with a soggy bottom!
•Now last but not least - David C. Far too many notable performances but here are a few.....as an Old runner he converted his skills to two wheels with a very creditable time (and smiling ear to ear) some thought he was going to collapse!! His warm down routine was an "ants in your pants", siting, laying down and stretching... For hours...!! Most post ride beer, most wow stories, most...most....
 
Well done to everyone, it was a great day, for a great cause.
 
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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!

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/

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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!

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The Trapezoidal louvres manufactured in Douglas Fir by Kingerlee Joinery are now being installed at our project at the new Abingdon School Science Centre.
 
The largest unit stands over 5m high and forms the rain screen cladding to the gable ends of the project.
 
Each panel is lifted using a spreader beam, drop chain and shackle arrangement onto the eyebolts fixed to the outer frame of the louvre.
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We had a great night at the RIBA Awards yesterday coming away with an impressive South Regional Award and the coveted South Special Award as the overall winner of the region. Its a great accolade to all those involved with the project, a private house in Buckinghamshire.
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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!

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Great news for one of Oxford's historic buildings, built by Kingerlee and also the family home of our founder in the 1870s! 

Click here to see The Oxford Mail article.

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Kingerlee are very pleased to have been awarded a two stage tender for a new private dwelling in Northamptonshire.
 
This scheme incorporates a new build family farm house with indoor pool, detached stable along with out- buildings and a stand-alone staff dwelling. Following the second stage negotiations works are due to commence on site this summer.
 
This will be our second recent project working with James Gorst Architects Ltd of London. The visualisations were kindly provided by Stephen Tierney.
 
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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.

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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.

 

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A Groundbreaking Ceremony has taken place this week at our site for Tintometer, you can read about it here: http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/business/business/11755543.Company_gets_to_work_on_brand_new_three_acre_site/#
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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. 

http://www.szerelmey.com/

http://www.stonefed.org.uk/

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We're delighted to announce that we raised a massive £535.86 in our Christmas lucky dip in aid of StyleAcre. A massive thank you to everyone who took part! Merry Christmas everyone! http://www.styleacre.org.uk/
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CHRISTMAS LUCKY DIP!! If you happen to be visiting us at our Head Office in Kidlington between now and Christmas come and try your luck in our Christmas lucky dip. There's lots of festive prizes to be won. All proceeds raised will go to StyleAcre, a fantastic charity who create opportunities for people with learning disabilities. http://www.styleacre.org.uk/
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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.

 

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We are very excited to be starting work on this stunning new private home this week with Niall McLaughlin Architects. 
 
This negotiated project includes the construction of a large new residential dwelling set within the grounds of a private estate. The works involve the excavation of a basement and swimming pool, installation of mechanical & electrical services, stone and flint cladding to walls, external and internal joinery, extensive hard and soft external works and drainage installations.
 
The project will be completed and ready for client occupation in the summer of 2016.
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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.

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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

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We are delighted to have recently commenced the demolition and re-development of the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford.
 
The new art school has been procured under a two stage design and build contract working alongside Spratley Studios for the Oxford University.
 
Located on a challenging site with numerous party walls and difficult site access. The new bespoke building utilises a piled foundation solution and structural steel/composite frame to accommodate the fast track programme.
 
The design has been developed around the clients drive for useable and practical  art space and includes studios, workshops, project space, media lab, offices and seminar rooms. 
 
The fenestration to the front elevation provides a modern and refreshing image with back lit glazing, composite cladding and high quality brickwork.
 
CGI courtesy of Spratley Studios.
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Just completed by Kingerlee Joinery, open soffite staircase in oak with 10mm toughened glass balustrade and oak handrail, supplied and installed.
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We've now commenced installation of the bespoke window assemblies at our project at the new Abingdon School Science Centre.
 
The complicated bespoke units have successfully been developed in-house to incorporate the architects original vision and design intent.
 
Eventually the window assemblies will be fitted with electronically controlled dampers and proprietary aluminium glazed units to complete a major façade feature. This will incorporate a high level of controllable natural ventilation, reducing running costs and emissions through the lifetime of the building.
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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

 
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Work continues to progress well at our project on Butchers Row in Banbury town centre where we are working for charity StyleAcre. The installation of this rooflight has just been completed.
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Now you can find us on Pintrest too! http://uk.pinterest.com/kingerleeltd/
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Pics just in of the internal areas of the barn conversion that we've recently completed in Berkshire. A fantastic project to be involved with, really pleased with the results.
 
Photography - Ryan Cowan
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A few members of our team had a very enjoyable afternoon on Friday showing some guests around our recently completed project at Winchester College. Thanks to everyone who came along to have a look around.
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Demolition is now well under way at our St Anne's College site on the Woodstock Road. Time lapse footage to come soon!
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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.

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Kingerlee is currently undertaking a project which involves the conversion of an existing single storey building into a two storey office complex.
 
In granting permission for the project, the local authority stipulated that, in order to satisfy sustainability issues, the existing timber roof trusses had to be re-used.
 
Close inspection of the roof structure revealed it could not be removed without damage and that new trusses would be needed.
 
The local authority accepted Kingerlee’s proposal to use The National Community Wood Recycling Project for disposal of the timber from the roof because this not only fulfilled the sustainability criteria, as nothing that is collected enters the waste stream, but it also provides social benefits to the local community as it employs disadvantaged people, helping them to gain skills and confidence to get back into work or play a valuable part in society.
 
 
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Before and after photos from our barn restoration project located in West Berkshire which is approaching project completion later this week. This refurbishment project consisted of the upgrade and restoration of a number of listed barn conversions into four double storey domestic dwellings
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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.

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The Kingerlee team are working hard with Architect, Jacobs to complete the new performing arts and sports facilities at The Mandeville School, Stoke Mandeville near Aylesbury.
 
The external envelope is nearing completion whilst interior works including the under floor heating system and ceramic tiling are progressing well.
 
This is another project that Kingerlee are delivering for one of our long standing clients Bucks County Council.
 
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This week the site accommodation cabins, including offices, meeting rooms, canteen and drying room were lifted out by crane at our site at Winchester College ahead of project completion next week! Watch this space for photos of the completed project.
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Some really lovely photos just in of the project we completed earlier this year in Oxford for the wonderful Story Museum. 
 
Chapter One is the first phase of works to Rochester House with improvements to upgrade the accessibility and facilities of the existing building.
 
The works included, on the ground floor, a kitchen and open plan retail area, as well as a new shop front and front door hand crafted by our Joinery Division. On the first floor, we carried out minor alterations to create a performance space and replaced certain windows. Alteration and extension of the second floor was also undertaken to create office areas.
 
New central plant included boilers and central riser with LPHW heating system to designated areas, lighting and power, data, alterations to the exiting fire alarm and security alarm installation. 
 
Photography Ryan Cowan. 
 
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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. 

http://www.lighthouseclub.org/

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View the latest time lapse film showing progress on our project at the new Abingdon School Sicence Centre: http://www.abingdon.org.uk/science_centre_construction
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We're really excited to be starting work today on the new Support Hub in Banbury for charity Style Acre! 
 
On investigating the history of the building, we were delighted to discover (in the 1861 census) that the founder of our business, Thomas Henry Kingerlee (then aged 18), actually lived in the very same Butchers Row property with his parents and siblings! According to the 1871 census, Thomas Henry Kingerlee, then aged 28, was still living there with his own wife and children. It was shortly after the 1881 census that the family moved to Oxford.
 
Just around the corner on Parsons Street (where the family lived before moving to Butchers Row), the Kingerlee family also had an upmarket clothing store (referred to at that point in time as a “fancy goods store”). The building is now the Quicksilver Games Centre. 
 
The store opened in 1884 and celebrated 50 years of trading in 1934. To celebrate this occasion, customers who spent ten shillings (50p) were given free tickets to the Palace Cinema located in the Market Place. 
 
The Kingerlee Bros store is thought to have closed some time in the 1970’s but a commemorative plaque mentioning the store remains in the pedestrianised area of Parsons Street today.
 
Style Acre’s Kate Liddle says “Providing opportunities and a safe place for people with learning disabilities in Banbury is really important and it is wonderful that Kingerlee will be helping us make this happen in their old family home!
This is an amazing coincidence which makes it feel as if our partnership with Kingerlee was meant to be.”
 
The late Jonathan Kingerlee, Chairman of Kingerlee, and great, great grandson of Thomas Henry Kingerlee added: “To think that we are able to transform our old family home for the benefit of people with learning disabilities is a wonderful full circle for the building and makes this project very special indeed.”
 
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The Kingerlee Bros Shop on Parsons Street - Picture courtesy of Four Shires Magazine.
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We are currently recruiting construction professionals and welcome applications from Project Managers, Site Managers, Design Managers and Quantity Surveyors. Please send applications, including a CV and covering letter to recruitment@kingerlee.co.uk.
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Read a bit more about our partnership with charity Style Acre in Banbury in the Banbury Guardian this week: http://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/local-news/plans-for-town-centre-charity-hub-move-forward-1-6254597
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Work is progressing well on site at our project at the new Abingdon School Science Centre, the first floor slab was poured yesterday and the reinforced concrete walls and columns are now advancing up to the second floor. Once the frame is complete we will commence the structural steel frame which forms the roof.
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See our Managing Director, Michael Puttick in the Oxford Times article today 'Builders at last see light at the end of recession tunnel'.

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/11407556.Builders_at_last_see_light_at_the_end_of_recession_tunnel/?ref=twtrec

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Progress update at Winchester College. This is the view taken looking down from the newly installed raised seating showing floor protection to the new oak floor covering. The refurbishment of the historic listed panelling for which the hall was built in 1960 is also nearing completion.
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We're really pleased to have been selected to refurbish an empty and disused former nightclub in Banbury Town Centre by the charity Style Acre.
 
The transformation of this building will enable Style Acre to provide supported living accommodation and a range of community activities for people with learning disabilities.
 
The project will begin in September, for completion by April 2015.
 
Style Acre’s Chief Executive Kate Liddle says: 
"Kingerlee have already invested a lot of time with us providing thoughtful consideration and huge cost savings for this exciting project.  We like Kingerlee’s ethos and commitment and feel this will be of benefit to the Banbury community." 
 
Find out more about Style Acre: http://www.styleacre.org.uk/
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great photos of our project at Cottesloe School in Buckinghamshire. The New Sports Hub is a facility providing a new sports hall, classrooms, gymnasium and associated ancillary facilities. 
 
Located on the school grounds in
Wing, Buckinghamshire, we are also re-modelling the sports fields and rugby pitches to provide a more level and useable playing surface.
 
The main building consists of a structural steel frame and envelope including facing brickwork and through colour render. Sustainable services installations powered by ground source heat technology provide for an energy efficient building.
 
We are also re-fitting the existing sports hall to provide additional performing arts space.
 
 
 
 
 
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Kingerlee Ltd Barn Restoration Conversion ThatchingAnother great before and after pic of the thatching work at our barn restoration project in Berkshire.

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We're really pleased to have successfully handed over the first floor of the new Lifestyle Centre at City of Oxford College on Oxpens Road. The centre opens in September and will house a stunning state of the art gym and fitness centre, professional hair and beauty salons and a wonderful cafe, all based on the College Campus. For more information please visit http://www.cityofoxford.ac.uk/lifestyle-centre.
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We're very pleased to be able to announce we are now members of Constructionline.
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Wolffkran Tower Crane Abingdon School KingerleeA 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's less than two weeks to go until our Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Laurie Crawford, takes part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing event in aid of Cancer Research at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford! https://www.justgiving.com/Laurie-Crawford/
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One of our Site Managers has been wearing a pedometer at work recently and has just reported that the average distance he walks on site each day is between 4-7 miles!
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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.

 

 

 

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Our brave Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Laurie Crawford is taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing event at the Kassam Stadium on 10th August. Laurie is raising money for Cancer Research https://www.justgiving.com/Laurie-Crawford/
 
We caught up with Laurie who said “Training is very hard, I can safely say the personal training is the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done! I’m not really feeling any nerves yet, I’m sure that will change closer to the day!” Good Luck Laurie from everyone at Kingerlee Ltd!
 
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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Click here to view the fantastic time lapse films showing construction so far at our site at the new Abingdon School Science Centre.

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Bespoke Large Barn Doors Kingerlee Joinery European Oak

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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British Study Centre French Student Site VisitLast 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fine Art Mouldings Plaster Work KingerleeMany 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.

 

 

 

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Today we bid a very fond farewell to Dennis Walker, our Management Accountant, who retires after 12 years of dedicated service at Kingerlee.
 
Dennis (right) is pictured receiving his retirement presentation from David Warlow, Group Finance Director.
 
The countdown is over Dennis! Enjoy your retirement from everyone at Kingerlee.
 
 
 
 
 
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Read more about Timeteam regular Phil Harding on our site in Winchester, in the Hampshire Chronicle this week!
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New Entrance Marlborough Secondary School Woodstock KingerleeWe are delighted to have received the Certificate of Practical Completion nearly 4 weeks early for the work we have been undertaking at The Marlborough School in Woodstock.
 
Work consisted of re-roofing, window replacement and repainting external rendered walls as well as replacement cladding to the Music Block and cladding to main school entrance.
 
The school are very pleased with the improvements and said "The Marlborough School is delighted with the swift and efficient work of Kingerlee Ltd in the delivery of the two renovation projects at our site. A difficult working period: January to May 2014 was impeccably managed through close liaison between Kingerlee staff and ourselves to minimise disruption to the school's operation." 
 
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Kingerlee Wessex Archaeology Winchester College Phil Harding Timeteam
Some of the site team at our Winchester College project were lucky enough to meet Phil Harding when he was working on the archaeology there last week with Wessex Archaeology. Phil Harding is a familiar face on the Channel 4 Television Series Time Team.
 
The exciting development at Winchester College, includes the refurbishment and extension of a listed building and construction of boimass boiler plant.
 
The project includes the repair and conservation of the 17th century paneling that once lined the nearby 14th century Chapel.
 
Once complete, the building will benefit from new auditorium seating, acoustic ceiling sails and renewable energy systems. It stands within the Warden’s Garden of the College, adjacent to the original 14th century buildings and water meadows.
 
The project began in July 2013 and is expected to finish in September 2014.
 
Phil Harding and a team of archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology have been plotting a wall that was uncovered whilst the site team were opening a heating trench. They have advised that the wall dates back to early 1200AD!
 
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Time Capsule Kingerlee Marlborough School Woodstock Project

During our renovation works at the Marlborough School, Woodstock we uncovered a time capsule that had been hidden in the building fabric for nearly 75 years.

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.

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Kingerlee are short listed for three RIBA Awards:
 
Pembroke College - Brewer Street
EF International - Isis Building
St Antony's College - Gateway Buildings.
 
Award winners will be announced at the RIBA event being held at Mercedes Benz World on 8th May 2014.
 
 
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Abingdon School Science Centre
Kingerlee’s major projects division have been awarded an £8.6m scheme to construct a  new science building for Abingdon School. The new building will accommodate twenty one laboratories with associated preparation rooms, project rooms and staff offices. The initial demolition works are due to commence in May 2014 with over all completion for the new academic year 2015/16.
 
The structure comprises of a reinforced concrete frame with a portal steel roof construction. The two storey building has a duo-pitched roof space staggered at the ridge to accommodate high level clerestory glazing, with an external envelope of brickwork and standing seam roof finish.
 
Kingerlee are looking forward to working alongside Hopkins Architects to deliver this state of the art technological building.
 
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Kingerlee are delighted to have secured two new projects, the new £8.7m Abingdon School Science Centre, and a further £7m worth of work as part of the final phase of work at OXCIS.
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Click here to view an article in the Leighton Buzzard Observer covering the grand opening of our recently completed new sports facility at Cottesloe School.
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We have registered with The National Community Wood Recycling Project who collect all types of waste timber for re-use or recycling.
 
This local community based scheme fulfills a small part of our corporate social responsibilities and provides added benefit to our clients and the industry requirements of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
 
For more information visit their website: http://www.communitywoodrecycling.org.uk/
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Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre Official Opening Kingerlee LtdThe 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. 

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Apprentice Curtis Roca Is Congratulated By Kingerlee MD on his award.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.

 

 

 

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We're delighted that two of our projects scooped awards at the Civic Trust Awards on Friday! 
 
The Brewer Street project for Pembroke College received a commendation:
 
St Antony’s College Gateway Buildings received a Civic Trust Award:
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Prestwood School Phase 1 KingerleeWe 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.

 

 

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We’re delighted that two Kingerlee projects, one for Pembroke College, at Brewer Street, Oxford, and the other the Gateway Buildings, for St Antony’s College have been selected as 2014 Civic Trust Awards finalists. The awards take place on Friday 7th March. More details here: http://www.civictrustawards.org.uk/ 
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Thatcher at work on a Kingerlee SiteWe are currently progressing the roof finishes on our project at a private house in Berkshire. The £1.9m, Listed barn renovation and conversion scheme provides for four semi detached dwellings and associated outbuildings.
 
Our thatching is progressing well and as can be seen in the photograph, hazel spars are laid in a lattice pattern and held in place with traditional twisted hazel 'pegs'. The horizontal hazel spars are called 'liggers' and the temporary metal pegs are known as 'crooks' to hold the spars in place until the twisted hazel pegs are inserted.
 
 
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Kingerlee are pleased to have negotiated a project return to The Marlborough School, Woodstock to undertake an external upgrade programme on their Music and Administration blocks. More details to come.
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Delighted that the Pembroke College footbridge has won the 2013 Structural Award for Pedestrian Bridges!

http://www.istructe.org/structuralawards/2013/categories/pedestrian-bridges/2013/pembroke-college-footbridge

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Kingerlee Story Museum OxfordThis 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.

 

 

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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.

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Kingerlee’s Rothschild Foundation project wins International Architecture Award 2013 http://www.chi-athenaeum.org/intarch/2013/1882/index.html
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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.

http://www.concretecentre.com/online_services/videos/st_antonys_college,_oxford.aspx

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Lincoln College Garden Building Excavation Piling KingerleeExcavation 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.

 

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Kingerlee Early Handover at Chesham Skills and Enterprise CentreThe 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.

 

 

 

 

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Prime Minister David Cameron visited Oxford last week to offically open the newly refurbished Brasenose College development completed by Kingerlee last year.

http://www.cherwell.org/news/town/2013/09/20/cameron-visits-brasenose

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Kingerlee's major projects division are delighted to have been awarded a fast track £3 million project for Oxford & Cherwell Valley College to refurbish their Dorn Building.
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Kingerlee are very pleased that the project completed at The Old Fire Station, Oxford has won a Civic Trust Award! http://www.civictrustawards.org.uk/winners/2013/CTA006883/
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Kingerlee Cottesloe School Sports HallThe 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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kingerlee have been awarded Chapter One, the first phase of the Story Museum Refurbishment Development at Rochester House in Oxford.
Works have recently commenced on site and are due for completion in Spring 2014
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Kingerlee Piling Works at Winchester CollegeKingerlee 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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Kingerlee environmental management system has achieved certification to the standards required by BS EN ISO 14001:2004. We have always tried to ensure that our construction activities have as little effect on the environment as possible and we are very pleased that our efforts have been recognised.
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Kingerlee's Construction Division have recently been awarded a £3.8m refurbishment and extension scheme at New Hall, Winchester College, Winchester.
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Kingerlee's recently completed project at Pembroke College was in the news this week:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-22274153
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Kingerlees Special Projects Division have recently been awarded two new projects.........a £1.9m conversion of listed barns near Newbury and the refurbishment of a vocational teaching facility for Bucks County Council in Prestwood, contract value £1.1m.
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Kingerlee St Antony's College Gateway CampaignSt 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.

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Kingerlee and their team are working very hard to complete one of their fast track projects. As a recognition of the team working approach the client has provided a fish and chips supper to all site staff and operatives as a thank you for the hard work and long hours being put in. We are currently working seven days per week and evenings to complete a prestigious project in Henley to meet the clients deadlines. A phased handover process will commence next week with over all completion during mid March 2013.
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Kingerlee's Construction Division are pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded a £3 million project to construct a garden building for Lincoln College, Oxford.
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Icicles on site near Bicester - Kingerlee24.01.2013 - 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

http://www.chas.gov.uk/

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RIBA Award Winning Queens College Lecture Theatre KingerleeKingerlee’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.

 

 

 

 

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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)

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Kingerlee Install New Bridge for Pembroke CollegeOxford 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.

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Kingerlee Topping Out Ceremony at St Antony's OxfordThe 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.

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Kingerlee's Construction Division are pleased to have been awarded two new projects, a £16m scheme to undertake a high quality fit out at the Oxford Centre For Islamic Studies and a £3m grand designs style dwelling on the Waddesdon Estate.
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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

Pre-opening video of the Crisis Skylight in Oxford.

BBC Radio Oxford interview Crisis Skylight Oxford.

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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.

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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.

http://www.woodawards.com/winners/winners-2011/

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The RIBA have announced winners of the South/South East awards 2011. Kingerlee have scooped two awards for their prestigious projects at St Johns College Oxford and Waddesdon Manor, Nr Aylesbury.

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.

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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.

 

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Kingerlee has been appointed for the redevelopment of the Old Fire Station in Oxford.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kingerlee and Accurate Roofing have recently installed a green roof at their Oxford High School Project.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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 “furniture finish”. 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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kingerlee have recently dismantled and removed one of the Jost Luffing Jib tower cranes from the Kendrew Quadrangle project at St Johns College, Oxford.

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.

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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.

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Kingerlee have secured a new contract to construct a £2.3m lecture theatre for Queens College, Oxford. Kingerlee fought off rival bids from Linford, Beard and Benfield & Loxley.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kingerlee are installing double glazed heat soaked panels into their £35m St John's College project in Oxford's city centre as they near completion of the buildings external envelope.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Kingerlee have recently completed the installation of eighty prefabricated glazed wall units on their £35m Kendrew Quadrangle project at St John's College in Oxford.

Each unit, weighing in at 1600kg, is a composite structure built around a galvanized steel chassis. Externally, the unit is clad with Cumaru, a sustainable hardwood. The windows are double glazed with aluminium frames shaded with a stainless steel canopy.

The design of each module has been carefully integrated into a sample bedroom unit and developed with the client team at Kingerlee's head office in Kidlington.

The units are bolted back to the concrete frame of the building on pre-fixed threaded anchors which allow rapid installation.

Internally, the units will be clad with oak joinery to form book shelves and window seats.

 

 

 

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Kingerlee and St John's College have recently Topped Out the £35m Kendrew Quadrangle Project in the centre of Oxford.

The ceremony included representatives from the client, designers, Kingerlee and their sub-contractors who celebrated the completion of the roof structure with the insertion of a golden bolt. Sir Michael Scholar, the St John's College President torqued the final bolt with a golden wrench. The MJP designed quadrangle building is formed around a historic beech tree. 

The development which includes high quality study bedrooms, archive storage, library, restaurant and public areas is due for completion in the summer of 2010.

 

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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.

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Kingerlee have secured a new £4.9m contract at the Oxford High School to re-develop the existing Girls Day School to provide a Library, School Hall, Dining facility, Drama Studio, Lecture Theatre and Admin Centre. Kingerlee fought off rival bids from Beard, Speller Metcalf, Kier Moss, Mansell and Bowmer & Kirkland.

 

 

The project commenced on site in July.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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'Ball former' technology was used in the construction of a suspended concrete slab in a £4m home in Berkshire. Spheres made of recycled polyethylene were used to form the main slab including a large-span terrace. The slab is around 35% lighter than an equivalent solid floor, requiring less column support to achieve the required spans. It is thought that it is the first time the method, which uses technology from Swiss firm Cobiax, has been used on a domestic property on conventional decking in this country.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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'.

 

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Kingerlee are pleased to announce they have been appointed as the preferred second stage bidder for a New £6m Archive Centre at the Waddesdon Estate, Aylesbury. The focal point in the scheme to be an Oak Grid Shell structure to the reading room and associated archives utilising passive ventilation design. Subject to final negotiations, the project is due to commence on site this summer.

 

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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.
This project is the fruition of a dedicated fund raising campaign by the school and its friends, supported by Buckinghamshire County Council, to provide a much needed facility for disabled children and the local community.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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)
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