Refurbishment complete at the Cowes Medical Centre

Ace have successfully completed the refurbishment of the dental department at Cowes Medical Centre, Isle of Wight.

The works were undertaken in four weeks whilst maintaining patient attendance for emergency treatment. Included were new worktops, electrical upgrades, air conditioning, flooring and decorations throughout.

The works look great and thank you for all your hard work and being so accommodating when we have asked for things
— Lisa Dugan, Head of Operations Special Care Dental Service, Solent NHS Trust

Thank You!

Thank you to all our Client and Supply teams for another great year.

This year we are donating Children’s gifts to the Wave 105 Christmas appeal instead of sending Christmas cards.

Have a great Festive break and New Year and we look forward to working with you all again in 2019.

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Refurbishment and extension of St. Peter’s Vets, Petersfield

Works are progressing well at St. Peter’s Vets, Petersfield. The extension and complete refurbishment of the veterinary surgery is being undertaken over several phases to enable the service to operate throughout the works. The third extension is currently being constructed, and new cat kennels and laundry are already back in service.

The works will complete in Spring 2019, with the final phase seeing the theatres, x-ray, endoscopy and prep rooms being completely reformed.

Ace Southern Office Move

We are pleased to confirm that we moved to our new offices in early October. The purpose built office is part of a small complex near the Sailing Clubhouse at Port Solent Marina. This move is part of our long term expansion plans and signifies the continued growth and success of the company to date and moving forward. We look forward to welcoming our Clients and supply chain partners here in the near future.

Our New Address is:

Ace Southern Ltd, 27 The Slipway, Port Solent Marina, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4TR

Our telephone numbers, website and e-mail addresses remain unchanged.

In support of our environmental policy may we ask that all correspondence is undertaken electronically where possible.

Successful completion of roof structure to Old Bakery

Ace have successfully completed the roof structure and coverings to the Old Bakery, near Otterbourne, Hampshire.

The works included structural steel, block and timber to produce a triple vaulted roof along with natural slate and lead to the new structure, main house roof and bakery at the rear. Many complications were presented by both the existing building in terms of failed brickwork and rotten timbers, and in undertaking the works in the winter months.

Our site manager and tradesmen, along with our dedicated supply chain partners pushed through the challenges to deliver the high standards of quality and finish captured in the photographs.

Kings Worthy New Build Houses - From Concept to Completion

April 2017 – The Beginning

Works began onsite in Kings Worthy to demolish an existing bungalow.  This was to be replaced with 3 newbuild townhouses comprising Lounge, Kitchen/Family Room, WC, Bathroom, 2 Bedrooms, Study, Master Bedroom and Ensuite complete with new driveway and external landscaping.


May 2017 – The Concept

CGI images were produced showing how the site would look on completion

June 2017 – September 2017 – The External Progression

Once demolition was complete works progressed to form new foundations, brick and block, roof structure and slates.

October 2017 – December 2017 – The Internal Fit Out

Internal fit out commenced with stud walls, M&E, staircases, kitchen and sanitaryware, decoration

January 2018 – March 2018 – The Finishing Touches

Final finishes began including tiling, final decorations, flooring, landscaping, paving, cedar cladding. 

To meet planning conditions a wood burning stove system was installed that provides heating to a specified zone of the houses and when in operation all water is also heated via the stove.  SAP calcs were achieved based on this system.

The external materials colour palette was chosen to compliment each other, grey aluminium window frames corresponded with roof slates.  The soffits and fascias were pre-finished in a dark grey wood effect coating, allowing for low maintenance.  Zinc cladding was added to the porch detail to also link in with the designed colour scheme. 

March 2018 - Completion

Ace Southern commence Portchester bank conversion project

Ace have secured and commenced a new project at the former Nat West Bank in Portchester.

The building is currently being stripped out, and a new timber frame second floor added. A three storey extension will link the bank to our Client’s existing office premises at the Portchester Business Centre in Castle Street.

The finished building will provide office space on the rear ground, first and second floor, with a café in the front section of the ground floor area serving Portchester High Street

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Ace Southern secure 2 year measured term contract with Solent NHS Trust

Ace Southern have secured a 2 year measured term contract to deliver construction and refurbishment projects for Solent NHS Trust.

The priced schedule of rates enables the prompt procurement and delivery of projects up to £250,000 as the Trust look to bring the latest care and services to their healthcare sites across Hampshire.

Ace have been an approved contractor working across Solent premises for three years and have an excellent working relationship with the estates and site teams.

We are currently delivering work at The Orchards, St. James’ Hospital, Portsmouth, the Royal South Hants and the Western Hospitals, both in Southampton.

This form of contract and working enables a closer and more productive system to deliver projects with the Client, design team and end users and patients.

The works include all Trust areas from hard landscaping to live patient wards. Our team have all undertaken Enhanced DBS checks and work carefully and considerately amongst patients and staff.


Refurbished Plaza Theatre, Romsey re-opens its doors

The Plaza Theatre, Romsey, will be re-opening its doors this month following a range of refurbishment works delivered by Ace Southern and local Architects, Studio Four.

The main auditorium has been completely redecorated, with a complex scaffold solution facilitating the ceiling decoration. The main roof gutters have been relined to address longstanding water ingress issues and works to the rear of the theatre will enable large sets and props to be loaded to the stage floor area for future productions. The original front doors have been extensively refurbished. The Plaza Theatre website (click link) has more details of these works and upcoming projects at the theatre.

The RAODS Charity would welcome your support with upcoming performances, more details can be found here.

I just wanted to say thank you to yourself and all your team, for the job you have done for us
— Neil Gwynne, Chair RAODS  - Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

Ace Apprentices Success

We are very proud to confirm that our two carpentry apprentices, James and Ryan, have completed their level 2 course and both will start their NVQ level 3 this month.

Furthermore, CITB Apprenticeship Officer Hazel Thompson put forward James for the apprentice of the year awards 2017. A fantastic achievement

Both have been developing their skills on the flats refurbishment in Winchester, a loft conversion in Southampton and a bungalow refurbishment in Winchester. We look forward to their continued development and progression with Ace.

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Ace Southern secure new build project for 3 modern houses in Winchester

Ace have secured the contract for the construction of 3 new houses in Kings Worthy. This project is the latest residential development from Twyford based Box Space Ltd and will see open plan living areas, aluminium windows and a smart fuel system combining a log burner with a traditional gas combi boiler and water cylinder in each property for reduced environmental impact and costs when heating the homes. We are currently pouring the foundations, having already demolished and cleared the derelict bungalow, and look to deliver the houses at the end of 2017

Ace Southern are Gold national award winners!

We are delighted to announce that our new build offices project in Twyford, Hampshire, has secured a Gold Considerate Constructors Award. Further to this, the project finished top of its group and was considered for the most considerate site award. This won us a second award and placed the project in the top 30 of the 9,000 entries across the UK!

These awards are a fantastic acknowledgement of the hard work and achievement of the direct company team at Ace as well as our dedicated subcontractors and suppliers. This recognition, received amidst the largest building contractors in the UK, is also a great stepping stone for the onward growth and progression of the business.



Miltoncross Academy African Adventure

Ace were pleased to provide sponsorship to Grace Newman, a pupil at Miltoncross Academy in Portsmouth, who is spending this Easter in Ghana. There she will be building and decorating areas in the local schools and helping the children with English lessons.

Grace raised nearly £2,000 to cover the cost of the trip and we wish her every success with the visit

Luxury Apartments in Winchester Ready for Move In

Ace deliver first seven luxury apartments in central Winchester following the complete refurbishment of 2 Georgian Townhouses. The apartments include all kitchen appliances, stone worktops, high specification bathrooms and en-suites, video entry phone and floor finishes throughout. The works were completed with our dedicated design team, subcontractors and suppliers. All have been sold and the new owners will be moving in shortly. The completion of two duplexes to the front elevation will follow shortly.

Victorian NHS building gets new lease of life

Cotswold House is a Victorian building located at the entrance to St. Mary’s Hospital. The building has served many different uses over the years but had been vacant for the last few years. Ace commenced the extensive refurbishment project last summer and the practice are moving in during January 2017. The works include:

  • Complete refurbishment from bare shell
  • Full strip and recover to roofs
  • Removal of 3 no. structurally failed bays and re build in hardwood with new finishes
  • Replacement of all windows and doors
  • New power, data, heating and ventilation
  • Fit out to provide GP surgery rooms, waiting rooms, reception and staff areas
  • Two storey extension with decorative corbel brickwork to match existing
  • External hard landscaping

The building provided many challenges with asbestos, fireplaces and the original stair case removed and walls and ceilings containing over a hundred years of redecorations and weather damage. A committed delivery from Ace, our dedicated supply chain of subcontractors and suppliers has provided an excellent new facility for the practice and local community.

The project will see Baffins and Milton Park Surgeries,  both East Shore Partnership, operating from the building, and the project was delivered to them on behalf of NHS Property Services. The project was managed on behalf of the Client by Currie and Brown, and the design team consisted of Studio Four Architects, ITD Services Consultant and Scott White Hookins Structural Engineers. 

Client's settling in to their new offices

Our Client, Humphrey Farms, are settling in to their new offices at Northfields Farm, Twyford. The two storey steel framed building was constructed under a design and build contract with Studio Four Architects, TNG Consulting Services Engineers and White Structures Structural Engineers. The secondary steel framed external walls, posi joist first floor and Kingspan pitched roofs afforded a quick construction process whilst also providing the Client with a building that will provide high acoustic and thermal performance.

The crisp render and cedar details externally, and the high specification and level of finish throughout has provided an excellent, modern working environment in a rural setting.

  • Intelligent and versatile VRV heating system
  • Low carbon lights, PIR sensor linked solenoids, BREEAM Very Good
  • Monitored Fire Alarm, Intruder alarm, Lift Call and Refuge systems
  • Considerate Constructor scores of 42 and 44 – between excellent (40) and exceptional (45)

Working with the Rund Partnership, Employer’s agent and Clerk of Works for our Client, the standard of workmanship has been recorded and praised.

Just a note to say well done to Ace Southern for delivering a great quality product, the new offices look great and have certainly been built to an excellent standard.

It was a pleasure dealing with John on site, he is a brilliant site manager and an asset to your firm. In fact all of the site operatives, including your sub-contractors were always welcoming, polite and extremely professional.

Clerk of Works
For and on behalf of Rund Partnership Limited
Having been in the trade for 35 years I can’t honestly think of a project which has showed such finish or high standards of workmanship

Mike Lord
studio four architects ltd

Ace's successful CHAS renewal


Ace have successfully completed their annual registration with CHAS. The growth of the company in recent months has seen our registration move to that of larger contractors, with stringent and detailed review of our systems and procedures to support the health and welfare of all office and site teams.