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.

Paul Reid LICWCI MlnstLM MIOC
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.

Air Tightness Test Passed with Outstanding Rating

Ace have recently completed the air testing on the new design and build office units in Twyford near Winchester. The target of improving on the standard level of 10m3 of air leakage to 9m3 was greatly surpassed with a certified leakage figure of just 4.43m3.’

Our accredited testing consultants, Msafe from Bournemouth, commented that the result was ‘outstanding for this form of construction’. As the ground floor had not been rendered externally when the test was undertaken it is likely that the finished building will have an even greater level of air tightness for our Client, giving economic and environmental benefits throughout the life of the building

Ace supporting this years Graze Festival

Graze Festival is Hampshire’s newest music, food and arts festival which raises money for local groups and charities in and around Winchester.

Some of the Ace team joined the fun and supported the festival with a paint the hoarding competition but we're not sure who enjoyed it the most..the adults or the children!

Ace Southern awarded highest Considerate Constructors scheme rating

We're really excited to announce we've just received the Performance Beyond Compliance certificate from the Considerate Constructors scheme for our offices build project at Humphrey Farms, Twyford!

The monitor was clearly impressed after regularly assessing our award winning site manager, John Knott. Comments include:

"There is a really positive feel to the development.."

"This really is an exceptionally performing site and the considerable effort the Site Manager and his team have made to achieve this is to be applauded"

The full report shows how we performed on these key areas:

  • Care about Appearance
  • Respect the Community
  • Protect the Environment
  • Secure everyone’s Safety
  • Value their Workforce

Well done John and the team working hard towards the completion of this exciting project.

A year later and standards are still high

Further to the completion of a large fast track refurbishment at St. Mary’s Hospital last year for Solent NHS, we are very proud to have visited the site a year later for the normal 'defects' check, to find the original high standard of finish has shown no signs of needing further work.

We're growing! - Careers at Ace Southern

Due to our continued growth and lots of exciting new projects on the horizon we have several job opportunities just advertised

Please take a look at our Careers page for full details but they include:

  • Purchase Ledger Clerk
  • Multi Skilled Tradesman
  • Tradesmen - Carpenters, decorators, skilled labourers & multi skilled
  • Carpentry Based Foreman
  • Trainee Quantity Surveyor

We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

Ace Southern's Award Winning Project Manager

We were very proud to join our Project Manager, John Knott at the Considerate Constructor Awards in London on Tuesday 19th April. The awards are an excellent event for all those who attended to receive recognition for their work across the construction industry.

John secured a silver award, his third, for the new Learning Centre at Winchester Cathedral completed prior to joining Ace earlier this year. Our site at Twyford is registered with the Considerate Constructor Scheme and we very much hope to be visiting the Capital again next year. Congratulations to John on an excellent achievement.