We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the contract to design and build Longcross house in the centre of Cardiff for our client Cardiff Community Housing Association. The new affordable housing development will consist of thirty-five apartments which will be ready in late summer 2023. The six-story building will be built from steel and brick settling well into its surroundings.
Mark Hennessey, managing director, said “we cannot wait to get started on this medium to high rise project, it suits our technical ability in this area and will provide more opportunities for direct employment with ASD in line with our growth strategy. Working with our consultants on this project we are determined to hand over a modern building built with quality management at the forefront”.
The fire safety remediation project is going well at The Point, Nottingham, with 70% of the works complete. “The Point” is located on Bellar Gate/Plumptre Street, which is a large residential area close to Nottingham city centre.
Following the tragic incident of Grenfell Tower in 2017, it was concluded that the cladding system played a major role in the spread of the fire. This incident resulted in the review of existing cladding systems and fire safety on residential buildings above 18 metres around the UK. External Wall Surveys (EWS) and Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) are now a requirement of insurance providers to continue insuring the previously insured buildings. Government funded grants to remediate fire risks are now available for Social Housing with privately owned buildings being considered eligible for grants as well.
After the EWS1 survey was carried out at The Point, the existing cladding was found to be combustible and non-compliant with current Building Regulations. The aim of this fire safety project is to replace elements of the external fabric of the building that no longer meet the required regulations.
The scheme mainly comprises the removal and replacement of the cladding system, combustible insulation, ventilation grilles and retro-fitting of cavity fire barriers. The works include operations associated with improving fire safety/resistance to the external walls, insulation and additional components.
Project Manager, Nabil Kayali said “This is a meaningful scheme to be involved in to improve the fire safety of the existing development and fulfil the current legal requirements. It is also crucial to maintain good communication with the residents and minimise disruption to them during our works”.
The pre-construction planning stage has commenced on the Former Penygraig Infant School project. Ecological and environmental aspects of the project have meant a detailed mitigation method is required due to the presence of bats and owls. The proposed designs have also been adapted to incorporate permanent bat and owl boxes for future habitation of these protected species.
The development is aiming to achieve an EPC rating A with the project focusing on sustainability targets and the reduction of carbon emissions through the building’s life cycle. This will include the specification of solar panels, electric hot water cylinders and sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS).
Project Manager, Jacob Jones said “This is an exciting scheme to be involved in, especially with the development prioritising sustainable technologies. There’s a potential for this scheme to be award-winning and would set a example for other clients in the region of RCT”.
Cladding replacement work has now been completed on both Aquila House and Galleon House for our clients Cardiff Community Housing Association. Mike Hennessey (Construction Manager) has now instructed the scaffolding to be removed from the towers after gaining building control approval for the final floors.
Mike stated “this is a crucial milestone for ASD Build showing our competence and technical ability in the project which will finish 2 months ahead of the program. The ASD site team headed by Peter Jones and Connor Davies are now working on the perimeter fencing before closure of the site compound and remediation of the area in readiness to be handed back to our clients. We are very proud of our ability and workmanship on this project with quality management at the forefront to meet all the legislative requirements”.
ASD Build are pleased to announce that we have opened a new office in Nottingham serving the Greater Midlands area. Initial projects already underway for the business include retrofit work addressing fire compliance issues, insulation and fenestration replacement projects. In line with the existing business model the business is taking on challenging projects in tight locations which other main contractors don’t want to be involved in.
Managing Director of ASD Build Mark Hennessey said “We have been planning this office for 6 months so it is exciting to see things coming together. We now have £3m of projects live in the East Midlands and this office will allow us to deliver on schedule. We have a very strong and diverse management team on the ground with extensive experience across the industry which coupled with support from our South Wales office will make sure we deliver for our clients”.
If you are interested in working for ASD Build in our Nottingham office or think we may be able to help you with your project please email email@example.com
ASD Build has enjoyed a successful year growing into the company we have strived to become. We have developed and grown as an organisation, establishing ourselves as a Chartered Building Company with good values, prioritising quality management at the forefront of our business model whilst delivering projects on time and to contract value.
In 2021 ASD gained new clients across Wales and England and are looking forward to exciting times in 2022, especially with opening a new office in Nottingham. In the forthcoming year ASD, will continue with the house building contracts whilst also delivering various main contractor works which include cladding remediation, large contract aluminium & UPVC window replacements and full roofing works, utilising all of our specialty working within Construction design Management (CDM).
Employment in ASD
With our drive and commitment at senior management level we feel ASD is an excellent place to work personally and professionally. ASD has employed 8 new construction individuals in the past year from Apprentices to Site Management.
In January 2022 the following persons will start work at ASD
- Project Manager with a strong design team portfolio
- Site Manager with trade experience
To enable ASD to continually grow we nurture our site operatives to become an integral part of the senior management team to join us on our journey with long term employment aspirations. We are diverse in our employment, we welcome people from all backgrounds and a mindset to challenge our working methods in a professional manner bringing their own construction methodologies to the organisation.
From all at ASD Build we would like to wish a Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year to all our friends and their families in the construction industry.
ASD Build’s contractor on Aquila House in Cardiff, Wales have now completed the scaffolding on the 15 storey building as part of the EWS1 fire safety improvement works commissioned by CCHA and funded by the Welsh Government. The scaffolding will allow the safe removal and replacement of the existing combustible timber cladding. Constructing scaffolding to such a height is much more complicated than on a standard residential dwelling. It requires an engineer’s design and wind calculations by a specialist consultant, in many cladding & recladding contracts the scaffolding element can make up 25% of the contract cost. Aquila House presented additional challenges due to its proximity to Cardiff Bay and the Bristol Channel.
The scaffolding industry has been hit with raw materials price increases and product availability shortages along with the rest of the construction industry. Given the complexities of scaffolding at height it is important to use a reputable company with experience in high level work, and a company which has access to sufficient stock for the project. Lead times on the project was also a consideration during the build up to construction phase, the lead time on scaffolding for 18m+ buildings is a minimum of 3 months and more than likely 6 months. ASD Build engages with our scaffolding subcontractors at tender stage so they are involved in the whole process from the offset, then when ASD Build receives preferred bidder status we schedule the work with our preferred scaffolding contractor, subject to client approval.
We currently have active building remediation projects on multi-storey apartment buildings in South Wales, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Please contact us if you have any enquiries or interests.
More information on the history of scaffolding can be found here >>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaffolding
ASD Build has been announced the fastest growing business in construction and building services sponsored by the University of South Wales at an awards ceremony in Cardiff held on the 27th of October 2021. Overall ASD Build was the 5th fastest growing business. Turnover in the current financial year is expected to increase to £4.8m. The picture shows Managing Director Mark Hennessey & Senior Construction Manager Mike Hennessey receiving the award. It is quite ironic that the award was sponsored by the University of South Wales as we have 2 of their students working in our business.
ASD Build now has further active projects in the East Midlands in Nottingham and Northampton. The business is also tendering on recladding & refurbishment projects in London to allow property owners to get clear EWS1 reports.
ASD Build is delighted to have qualified for the 2021 Fast Growth 50 List.
Not only that, we have also been shortlisted for the fastest growing construction firm in Wales and the fastest growing firm in the Valleys.
A massive well done to all the team at ASD Build.
An article written on the Aquila House recladding project made it into the CIOB Construction Manager magazine for June 2021.
“The backbone of ASD Build’s DNA is professionalism; it’s what we strive for every day”
Fantastic read (Page 51) >>> https://constructionmanagermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Construction-Manager-June-2021.pdf
The first elevation of scaffolding has been erected at Aquila House.
We would like to welcome Liam as our Construction Administration Assistant via the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.
Looking back at February-March at the Aberdare Girls School and came across this article that made it into the FMB magazine.
Recognised as a significant development by industry professionals, a very proud moment for everyone involved within the scheme.
(Page 15 – https://online.flippingbook.com/view/533571/14/)
After 2 years ASD Build are finally ready to begin the Heddfan project located at Rhydfelin, Pontypridd in partnership with Hafod Housing. The site has been cleared and the build contract is in place. The groundworks are scheduled to start on Tuesday 4th May 2021.
The Aquilla House recladding project is due to start next week. In line with our Hardie Backer accreditation as registered installers of this product the site team have begun their training.