Cottage conversion and grade 2 barn restoration project secured

Ace have secured a construction project in Hampshire to convert a flint cart shed in to a 2 bedroom cottage and to restore a large Grade 2 Listed Oak barn.

The works will commence shortly and be complete by Easter 2020. The cart shed will have a new slate roof, aluminium and oak front façade and include bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen and living areas. New power and air source heat pump technology will service the cottage.

The barn will have a new structural slab, preservative timber treatment and the roof fully replaced with 15,000 new clay tiles. Bespoke full height doors and glazing will be fitted on each elevation.

Ace Southern commences new project for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Ace have secured and commenced the creation of a large distribution centre in Fareham for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

The 20,000 square feet unit will provide extensive fork lift racking with new lighting, ventilation, fire alarm, data and power throughout to provide controlled working and storage conditions. The ancillary areas and mezzanine will provide workshop space, offices, kitchens, hub rooms, archives and stores.

 The facility will be operational in early 2020. Ace Southern are working with McPhersons Cost Consultants, Studio Four Architects, ITD Services Consultants and Assent Building Control.

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Ace supporting the Police News Magazine

Ace are proud to support the Police News Magazine, a quarterly magazine issued to the community to provide information on current issues and advice on keeping safe. The magazine stringently vets all companies wishing to advertise within to provide potential Clients with details of reputable and trustworthy companies.

Ace Southern proud sponsors of the first Solent NHS Trust Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Ace Southern were proud to sponsor and attend the first Solent NHS Trust Awards and Recognition Ceremony at the Ageas Hilton in Southampton on Thursday 6th June 2019.

The awards have been launched to recognise and celebrate the excellent work the Solent Health Team deliver across Hampshire and to praise the efforts of those who go above and beyond in their efforts for their patients.

Paul Heather was proud to present the Manager of the Year Award to Anthea Thorpe for her focus on quality and safety in leading the Community Diabetes and Phlebotomy Team.

More information on the day and the awards presented can be found at


Supplier donation helps local school with science experiments

We’d like to say a big thanks to Strukta Specialist Builders Merchant for their kind donation of a ‘muck bin’ for Court Lane Junior school to use in their conservation area for garden, science and design technology experiments. They were going to use an old bath!

For those not sure what a ‘muck bin’ actually is, it looks like this!


Completion of three storey office building at former Portchester bank

Ace have successfully completed the extension and refurbishment to the former Nat West Bank in Portchester, Hampshire to form a three storey office building with ground floor coffee shop.

The bank has been linked to our Client’s existing premises via a three storey infill extension that holds the new main reception and further offices for let. The bank was stripped to a shell (Including the original vault) and a timber frame additional storey added to the existing flat roof.

The offices have been finished with privacy glass, air conditioning, cat 6 data, LED lighting and keyless card entry door locks. The works were completed early in 2019 and our Client is now  moving in new tenants.

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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