29/01/10 - Lancaster House Achieve Demonstration Programme Status by WMCCE


Midlands based contractors Thomas Vale Construction has seen one of its major projects Lancaster House situated in Oldbury, achieve Demonstration Project status by West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence.

This Status which acknowledges the project as exemplar, places it as a potential entry to the WMCCE Constructing Excellence Awards at the annual Celebrating Construction event, in April of this year.

The Demonstration Programme highlights projects where innovation and best practice are carried out and measured. The programme provides the opportunity for organisations, from every part of construction, to bring forward exemplars that demonstrate innovation and change, which can be measured, evaluated and shared.

The 85 week project is the largest project of the Sandwell Decent Homes Partnership (SDHP) to date, a construction framework, made up of Thomas Vale and other contractor partners, tasked with ‘decent homes’ refurbishment of 30,000 homes in Sandwell.

The £8 million improvements to the building include brickwork and concrete repairs with an external overcoat to improve both the appearance and insulation of the block. Repairs include; new windows, canopies to front entrance, refurbished or new balcony panels, new laundry and community room, lift refurbishment, communal area redecoration, landscaping, new parking facilities, fire precautionary work and eight new two-bedroom flats built onto the existing structure.

The construction of the flats is a unique programme since Sandwells decent homes scheme began and will go some way toward addressing the current waiting list for council properties.

Tony Hyde, Managing Director, Commented:

“Thomas Vale Construction is proud to be a part of this project, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the company and congratulate Sandwell Decent Homes on their achievement and wish them many more successes in the future.”

For more information on this project or general enquiries, contact Aimee Hyde on 01299 827770 or email aimee.hyde@thomasvale.vom