The Grand

CLIENT: Westbury Residential Limited

PROJECT: Internal Fire Protection Upgrade to Communal Areas

VALUE: £80,000.00

LOCATION: The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, Kent

DURATION: 12 Weeks

CONTRACTOR: Sprinks Construction Limited

Cyril Orchard Group were employed as building surveyors/project managers for this grade II listed building situated on The Leas facing the English Channel. This early Edwardian building now requires the internal communal areas to the residential suites to have the fire protection upgraded to meet modern safety standards. 


The first phase of the work to the north staircase and atrium included replacement separating doors and provision of new separating doors to the central atrium isolating the north and south staircases.

Due to its grade II listed status the replacement doors and ironmongery had to be of high standard to match the existing brass door furniture. Much of the ironmongery was specially made by hand to achieve this. The next phase of the work will be to replace the communal areas doors to the south staircase and upgrading of all the residential suite doors.

The attached photographs show the pre-refurbishment photos of the works on the top row followed by post refurbishment photos on the bottom row.

Aspen & Westcliff House, Folkestone

CLIENT: Fell Reynolds
PROJECT: Internal Fire Protection Upgrade to Communal Areas.
VALUE: £400,000.00
LOCATION: Pound Way, Folkestone, Kent
DURATION: 20 Weeks
CONTRACTOR: P.A. Hollingworth & Co Building Contractors Limited

Aspen & Westcliff flats were built in the 1970's in the centre of Folkestone and face out onto the English Channel. These buildings required the communal areas to have the fire separating doors to the corridors rising ducts and flats upgraded to comply with modern fire safety standards. 


In addition to this upgrade a complete redecoration was carried out which included substantial re-plastering, new suspended ceilings and emergency lighting throughout the communal areas of both buildings.


This work was carried out while maintaining access for all the flats and included changing of each flats door within working day to ensure security was maintained. 

The photographs show the communal areas prior to the contract commencing, during the contract and upon completion of the works.

The Gateway

CLIENT: Fell Reynolds
PROJECT: The Gateway Flats - Various projects including internal refurbishment to provide new doors/panels, re-surfacing of tarmac roadways and new asphalt upper walkways to the entire building.
£360,000.00 - Internal Refurbishment, £120,000.00 - External Roadway and Re-surfacing, £163,000.00 - Asphalt Upper Walkway
LOCATION: Dover, Kent
26 Weeks - Internal Refurbishment, 12 Weeks - External Roadway and Re-surfacing, 18 Weeks - Asphalt Upper Walkway
CONTRACTOREpps Construction - Internal Refurbishment, Mackledon Civil Engineers Ltd - External Roadway and Re-surfacing, Knight Asphalte Co Ltd - Asphalt Upper Walkway

Cyril Orchard Group have carried out various commissions for the directors of The Gateway via property managers Fell Reynolds. The Gateway is vast building containing 221 flats overlooking the seafront at Dover Harbour. This building straight section is approximately 190 metres long with curved section of the building over 100 metres in length. The straight section of the building is 7 storeys high and crescent section is 9 storeys high.

Cyril Orchard Group were commissioned to upgrade all the flat doors and side panels to all 221 flats to bring  the fire integrity of the communal areas up to modern fire prevention standards. This involved researching the type of doors and ironmongery not only to improve fire resistance but also to give a more stylish appearance to the building as a whole. 


The tarmac roadways serving the inner courtyard garages had fallen into disrepair and required re-surfacing with the local sub-base repairs. Cyril Orchard Group organised and oversaw the re-surfacing to completion ensuring the residents were able to use their garages/parking throughout the contract period. 


Along the whole length of the building on the top storey there is an asphalte walkway which gives an alternative escape route for the residents in case of an emergency. The 50 year old asphalte surface to the walkway was failing and Cyril Orchard Group organised and oversaw the removal/replacement of the asphalte surfacing its entirety. Again the emergency areas was kept open during the contract period.

For all 3 projects Cyril Orchard Group carried out all research, drawings, specifications, tender documents, issue of tenders, appointment of contractors, site inspections and acted as Principal Designer under the CDM regulations through to completion on site.

Haybridge Hall

CLIENT: Wrekin Housing trust
PROJECT: Haybridge Hall
VALUE: Approx £700,000.00
LOCATION: Haybridge, Telford
DURATION: 30 Weeks
DESIGN: Hawkins McGowan

Cyril Orchard Group were employed as quantity surveyors as well as CDM co-ordinators on the Haybridge Hall construction project.

The Wrekin Housing Trust wanted to incorporate the new Community Centre and 5 new flats on the existing grounds of Haybridge Hall. The site is surrounded by residential properties occupied by the elderly residents.

Due to the location of the new buildings and the surrounding areas with the existing hall still being used on a daily basis health and safety precautions were a paramount importance.

Wood Eaton Manor

CLIENT: Private
PROJECT: Provision of a New build Manor House and Associated Formal Gardens.
VALUE: £6 Million
LOCATION: Wood Eaton, Gnosall
DESIGN: Arrol & Snell Architects.

Cyril Orchard Group were commissioned to carry out project management and quantity surveying services in connection with the proposed project from conception to completion.

The building will be of traditional construction of a very high specification. Set in extensive parkland the development will be the first phase of a larger scheme.

Wrockwardine Wood, Craig Lea, The Avenue

CLIENT: Wrekin Housing trust
PROJECT:  Various Residential Properties
DESIGN: Russell Hobbis Architects

The Wrekin Housing Trust proposed to have seven dwellings designed and constructed at three different sites as part of the Telford Infill Housing programme:

  • Three 2 bedroom 4 person houses in a single terrace on the site of 78 and 80 Church Parade, Oakengates, Telford TF2 6EX. The houses are two storey of approximately 78m² internal floor area each. The project includes the demolition of the existing dwellings on the site.  

  • Two 2 bedroom 4 person semi-detached houses on the site of Craig Lea, Church Parade, Oakengates, Telford TF2 6EX. The houses are two storey of approximately 78m² internal floor area each.  The project includes the demolition of the existing buildings on the site.  

  • Four 3 bedroom 4 person houses in a single terrace on the site of 6 and 8 The Avenue, Wrockwardine, Telford TF6 5DH. The houses are two storey of approximately 85m² internal floor area each. The project includes the demolition of the existing dwellings on the site.  

All aspects of the project were designed and constructed in accordance with the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

Cyril Orchard Group were Employer’s Agent and CDM co-ordinator.

Arleston Lane

CLIENT: Wrekin Housing Trust
PROJECT: Provision of a New build Manor House and Associated Formal Gardens.
VALUE: £2.2 Million
LOCATION: Wellington, Telford, Shropshire
DURATION: 12 Months
CONTRACTOR: Lovell Partnerships Limited.

Cyril Orchard Group were employed to act as Employers Agent on behalf of The Wrekin Housing Trust. The redevelopment which included the demolition of an existing 1960's block of flats. Constructed under a design and build contract with Cyril Orchard Group undertaking all pre and post contract work.

The redevelopment works in Wellington comprised 11 flats 9 houses (2 disabled units) all units achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The development included several sustainable technologies such as a green roof, extensive photovoltaic cells and thin joint blockwork.

51 The Old High Street

CLIENT: The Creative Foundation
PROJECT: Refurbishment/Extension Works
VALUE: Approx. £300,000.00
LOCATION: Folkestone
DURATION: 28 Weeks 
DESIGN: Foster Gearing / Cyril Orchard Group

Cyril Orchard Group was commissioned by the client to act as project managers and CDM co-ordinators for this project with large input on the buildings design. Services included obtaining statutory permissions monitoring project finances with regular valuations and ensuring a smooth handover upon completion.

The ground floor shop  was specifically fitted out for a local tattoo artist including clean environment, disabled access and additional hygiene equipment. The high ceiling to the rear of the shop creates a dramatic setting for further genre of artistry in the creative quarter.

The first floor studio is an airy yet functional space with kitchenette an W.C facilities and a stunning view over Mill Bay.

The second floor flat includes substantial kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a wealth of storage not to mention the iconic spiral stair which leads to the living room above.

The third floor living room was constructed to provide a light, open living space with panoramic views of Folkestone Harbour. The habitable room gives the flat a unique and flexible living arrangement to be enjoyed by future tenants.

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