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2019 October - New Roof for Brookside Academy! 

Brookside School 
 
Keeping floods at bay! 
 
Re-Roofing and Re-Cladding 
 
Another successful project with Futures for Somerset! 
 
Client feedback: 
 
"M&S did a good job and finished in a timely manner. Site Manager was always extremely helpful. Communication was good" 
 
 

2019 September - Finalist in Somerset Business Awards! 

Melhuish & Saunders Ltd, Principal Building Contractor, has been announced as one of three Finalists in this year’s Investing in Somerset Award, 2019 Somerset Business Awards (organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce). 
 
Managing Director, Darryl Mitchard says ‘we are delighted to hear that we’ve been shortlisted for this award which recognises our long-established connection with the local community and the commitment of our award-winning team. As a Somerset based family business, we are particularly proud of our 95 year heritage and we have great working relationships with a number of local subcontractors, suppliers and business support services who have remained loyal to us over the years and have helped us to build fantastic new spaces for residents and the commercial, education and healthcare sectors.’ 
 
The winners of all categories will be announced at the Grand Final on Fri 25th October, The Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-super-Mare. 
 
This is the latest in a number of awards the company has been shortlisted for and won.  
 
See awards listing here 

2019 September - 100% Client Satisfaction on Project Completion! 

Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Chard 
 
Supporting this much loved animal charity to improve its facilities! 
 
Reconstruction of an existing Hay Barn 
 
Continuing to get great feedback from our customers: 
 
Client feedback: "Good communication and excellent standard of work" 
 
Architect feedback: "Great to work with you. Trustworthy, pro-active and great communication. Thanks to you and your team. Look forward to working with you again." 
 
For more details see here 

2019 July-August - Latest Projects Completed by Greatest Building Contractor in the South West! 

 
St George's Medical Centre, Worle 
Architect: Auburn Ainsley 
 
Expanding a Busy Medical Practice! 
 
Refurbishment to provide 7 additional consulting rooms 
 
Completed over 4 weeks early! 
 
Client feedback:  
 
"It's been great at having them on site – seemless working whilst the surgery is still open" 
 
For more details see here 
 
RICE Centre, RUH 
Client: RICE Centre (Research Institute for The Care of Older People) 
Architect: Mitchell Eley Gould 
 
Specialist Research Centre - Staff Reunited! 
 
Conversion of roof space into offices 
 
Completed early! 
 
Architect feedback: 
 
"Melhuish & Saunders worked effectively and collaboratively on the project with  
an active medical operation continuing on the lower floors through good communication and a positive attitude to the challenges" 
 
For more details see here 
 
Former Shepton Mallet Motors 
 
Transformation of Retail Outlet - Open for Business Soon! 
 
Alterations of Former Shepton Mallet Motors to form retail units 
 
Excellent Customer Feedback! 
 
Client feedback: 
 
"Site Manager cooperated with every stipulation I put on the site and it was reassuring to know I didn't have to worry about that. Overall really pleased  
and would have no hesitation in recommending Melhuish & Saunders" 
 
For more details see here 
 

2019 June - Another Award for Passivhaus Development in Bristol! Design Awards - Bristol Civic Society 

The Passivhaus development in Henbury, Bristol, completed in January 2018 continues to be recognised as an outstanding project in terms of commissioning, design and construction and received a Bristol Civic Society 2019 Design Award with 3 blue plaques handed over to the winning team - one for each site. Competition was high and only 4 awards given so a fantastic achievement for all involved! 
 
Melhuish & Saunders, Principal Contractor, were appointed by Bristol City Council to realise their aim of providing sustainable social housing, designed by award-winning Emmett Russell Architects. 
The residential scheme was built on 3 former garage sites and created Peverell Drive, Challender Court and Suffolk Close: 20 units in total, a mix of apartments and bungalows. 
 
The Awards ceremony took place on 11th June attended by Managing Director, Darryl Mitchard; Architect, Tom Russell and Bristol City Council 's Senior Development Manager for Housing Delivery Service, Martyn Pursey. 
 
See Project Profile and Bristol Civic Society Design Awards update for more information. 

 2019 May - Finalist shortlisted for the West of England LABC Building Excellence Awards 2019! Best New Social or Affordable New Housing Development   Blandford Road, Coombe Bissett  This project was commissioned by Wiltshire Council to provide much needed affordable housing in Coombe Bissett and key requirements of the design and build quality were energy efficiency and cost effective running costs. The development site was a former council depot in Coombe Bissett which was used to stockpile road planings and within the footprint of a former chalk extraction pit. The scheme comprises a terrace of 2no. two bedroom houses and 2 no. one bedroom flats . The dwellings are constructed with a structural timber frame and masonry cladding, including brickwork and rendered blockwork elevations. All heating is provided using air source heat pumps.  Melhuish & Saunders worked in partnership with DarntonB3 Architecture, QS Dickson-Powell Partnership and Bristol based Structural Engineers WSP The winners will be announced on 12th July at the Awards ceremony in Bristol. 

2019 April - Successful Completion - Window Refurbishment at Maiden Beech Academy, Crewkerne  Very happy clients at Maiden Beech Academy following succesful project completion - on time and on budget - thanks to great site management by Melhuish & Saunders Site Manager, Nick Cowie!  The project is the result of a successful Condition Improvement Fund bid managed by Futures for Somerset Ltd (The Somerset Local Education Partnership), Working with LED Architects Ltd, and MPS Windows. 

2019 March - Celebrating International Women's Day at the Rural Enterprise Centre  Great to see the Royal Bath & West Society's new conference and training venue - the Rural Enterprise Centre - completed by Melhuish & Saunders in Jan 2018, hosting this year's Celebration of International Women's Day.   Welcome & Introductions by Annie Maw: HM Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, President-elect, Royal Bath & West of England Society.  Speakers with inspiring profiles of business enterprise: Debbie Howarth: Commercial Enterprise Manager, Royal Bath & West of England Society Catherine Look: Managing Director, Oaktree Parks Ltd and Trustee, Royal Bath & West of England Society Lisa Cadd: Founder, Fuss Free Foodie Jen Hunter: Events Manager, Fernhill Farm & Founder, Fernhill Fibre 

2019 February - Project Completion! University of Bath - Sports Training Village  Melhuish & Saunders have constructed a new gym extension for Team Bath at the prestigious University of Bath Sports STV (Sports Training Village), designed by ADP Architects, doubling the size of the previous gym facilities to provide an extensive sports training facility in compliance with Sport England requirements. The works comprised a new steel framed major extension to the existing STV over two floors on foundations of mass fill concrete. A new heating, ventilation and cooling system, designed by Hoare Lee has been installed. For further details - see Project Profile. 

2018 November - Recent Project Completions!  More happy customers!  

Holyrood Academy, Chard - In the client's words on Twitter 'Here it is - our fantastic refurbished sports hall. Thank you to Tony and the chaps from @mandsltd and @DynamikFlooring for all their hard work on this and the changing rooms refurb. Staff at Holyrood looking forward to trying it out at their football game tonight.' The project was overseen by the Corporate Building Consultancy
Marksbury Road Surgery - completed for The Wedmore Practice and now open to patients in Bristol - it houses 12 consulting rooms, nurses treatment rooms, waiting room, meeting room, offices, welfare facilities and an adjacent Pharmacy. The building was constructed from cross-laminated timber, clad in facing bricks; the roof fitted with PV & solar thermal panels. The project was designed by GVA Bristol. 

2018 October - AJ Architecture Awards 2018  AJ Architecture Award Finalists have been announced in the House and Housing Category. Emmett Russell Architects have been shortlisted for Challender Court, the Bristol City Council social housing project built by Melhuish & Saunders! Congratulations to all those involved! The winners are to be announced at an exclusive Gala Dinner at The Roundhouse in London on 4th December. This was a new challenge for Melhuish & Saunders, requiring specialist training, building to Passivhaus standards. Suffolk Close, associated project in the same scheme, won a LABC award earlier this year - the winning team pictured below! 

 2018 August - Inside Housing Development Awards - SHORTLISTED FOR BEST RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT!  The Inside Housing Development Awards are an opportunity for landlords, developers and architects to enter their best developments and teams to be recognised in the UK. On the shortlist are the housing developments Melhuish and Saunders built for Bristol City Council on 3 sites: grouped together as Henbury Phase 2b (Challender Court, Peverell Court and Suffolk Close) designed by award-winning Emmett Russell Architects in the category Best Residential Development (under 70 homes) The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, taking place on 29 November 2018 at The Brewery, London. After the ceremony, Inside Housing magazine will highlight each of the successful teams and individuals, and explain why they won in a special winner’s issue.   

2018 July - LABC West of England Building Excellence Awards - ANOTHER WINNING PROJECT! 

Friday 13th July turned out to be lucky for some! Melhuish and Saunders were invited to attend the 2018 LABC West of England Building Excellence Awards at the Bristol Marriott Hotel at the invitation of Bristol City Council and Emmett Russell Architects. We were all there to celebrate the achievement of the Suffolk Close social housing project built by Melhuish and Saunders which won: 2018 Best Social or New Housing Development!! The event was very well attended with other brilliant examples of construction excellence! 

2018 June - MELHUISH & SAUNDERS AT SW CONSTRUCTION SUMMIT & SW BUILT ENVIRONMENT AWARDS 

On Friday 22nd June Melhuish and Saunders joined various other representatives from the construction industry for a day of programmed speakers, networking and sharing of best practice at Ashton Gate, Bristol. This was a great opportunity to meet sub-contractors and suppliers and to hear more about the aims of Constructing Excellence who staged the event for industry professionals. The main theme of this year's SW Construction Summit was Leadership. For more information about this event click here 
In the evening Constructing Excellence South West hosted the 2018 South West Built Environment Awards. Darryl Mitchard, Managing Director, represented Melhuish and Saunders as sponsors of the Achiever of the Year Award which he handed over to Mike Smith of construction consultancy Bailey Partnership which he joined in 2018 as Associate, Architect and BIM Manager. To see all Award Winners click here. Sports Presenter, Suzi Perry kept guests entertained with her anecdotes from the world of Formula 1! 

MENDIP BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 - MELHUISH & SAUNDERS SPONSORING FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 

 
This year's Royal Bath & West Show enjoyed fair weather and people from far and wide joined in the celebration of agriculture, food and drink, entertained by events and music staged at this fantastic annual event! 
 
Melhuish and Saunders completed the refurbishment of the Rural Enterprise Centre on the Showground site, which opened at the start of this year. 
 
Thursday 31st May - Mendip Business Awards c/o Mendip District Council 
 
Melhuish and Saunders were delighted to sponsor and present this year's Family Business of the Year Award to local print company Walton Press!  
Congratulations to Martin and Sandy Smith! Melhuish & Saunders and Walton Press are both supported by web designers its'eeze Web Design Taunton 
BUILDING AWARD-WINNING DESIGNS! 
Melhuish and Saunders are proud to be associated with 2 out of the 13 projects shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA South West Awards!  
We are privileged to be working with architects at the top of their game, designing high quality buildings such as these. We ensure that the quality of our construction services is of an equally high standard to match our clients' high expectations. 
Congratulations to Emmett Russell - winning the RIBA South West and Sustainability Awards for Challender Court and Finalist Mitchell Eley Gould. 
All 2018 RIBA Award Winners can be viewed here 
Challender Court (Image: Craig Auckland) 
Architects: Emmett Russell 
Cotswold Dogs & Cats Home (Image: Peter Cook) 
Architects: Mitchell Eley Gould 
RURAL ENTERPRISE CENTRE OPENS 
 
On Thursday January 26th Melhuish and Saunders Ltd Managing Director was among the guests at the opening of the new Rural Enterprise Centre at the Bath and West Showground. 
Melhuish and Saunders Ltd was brought on by the Royal Bath and West of England Society to refurbish their unused and redundant former offices to create a new innovation centre on the site. 
THE CHAIRMAN TAKES IT ALL 
 
Melhuish and Saunders Ltd Chairman of the Board, and retired Managing Director, John Mitchard, has made the most of his spare time, and experience of being out in all weathers, to raise the trophy at the delayed Mendip Golf Club Christmas Competition. 
In a close run match John won with 38 points, a point ahead of the five players tied in joint second. 
The full story can be read here, or in January 18th 2018's edition of the Cheddar Valley Gazette. 
MENDIP BIZ AWARDS SPONSORS 
 
Melhuish and Saunders Ltd is thrilled to announce that it is sponsoring the Family Business Award at this year's Mendip Business Awards. 
As a family business ourselves this award is very important to us, and we wish all the entrants the very best of luck. 
You can find out all the up-to-date information about the awards, as well as when and how to enter here. 
HELP A CHARITY, WEAR A BEANIE 
 
Mellies Beanies is running for its third year. Post your most imaginative pictures featuring a Mellies Beanie on social media, and tag them with #melliesbeanies, to be in with a chance of winning £200 for your favourite charity, as well as a hamper of goodies for yourself. 
Contact us for your free Mellies Beanie to make sure you don't miss out.  
Further details can be found here 
 
WORK BEGINS AT UNIVERSITY OF BATH 
Work has begun on our exciting new project with ADP Architects and the University of Bath to create a new gym extension at its Sports Training Village. 
Valued at a little over £2million the project is set to be completed in August 2018, providing an additional boost to the already world class facilities at the University. 
As part of the works the exterior access to the facilities will be enhanced, allowing for a greater flow of people to use the gym. 
 
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED 
 
We're delighted to announce the launch of our new website. Take a minute to browse the site and see the range of services we can offer. 
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Leave us your feedback on what you think and we'll send you a free Mellies Beanies to keep you warm this winter, for a limited time only. 
 
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