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TUESDAY 24th MARCH - STOP PRESS! Response to COVID-19 
Further to the government announcement last night and the seriousness of the COVID-19 Virus and its ability to spread rapidly between person to person, we have reviewed our policy and, for the safety of all our staff, contractors and clients, we have decided to close all our construction sites as of 5pm this evening for a duration of 3 weeks. We hope that normal services can then be resumed. 
Contact details for all sites will be issued to all Project teams for emergencies or any emergency works required. 
During the lockdown period - all staff who are able to work from home will be contactable during normal opening hours via their email/mobile and will be available to answer any queries, questions or to arrange any emergency works to be completed. 
We will still be able to carry on the following services: Estimating, Quantity Surveying and usual office requirements during this period. 
Thank you for your support and please stay safe. 
Darryl Mitchard 
Managing Director 

2020 March - New Project Start at Avalon Plastics - the Show Must Go On! 

Avalon Plastics Factory Extension 
Contract Value: £366,199 
Client: Avalon Plastics 
Quantity Surveyor: QSPM Consultants 
Structural Engineer: RVW Consulting 
Factory expansion in Glastonbury - increasing capacity of business operations! 
Extension to the front of the existing premises, drainage works, retaining wall and associated external works. 
Due to complete in July 2020 

2020 March - Breaking Ground at Kings Fitness and Leisure - New Project Start! 

Kings Fitness and Leisure 
Contract Value: £608,496 
Architect: LED Architects 
Structural Engineer: Sand Engineering Consultants 
M&E Engineers: King Cathery Partnership 
An exciting new extension project to this very popular fitness centre in Cheddar, Somerset!  
Due to complete in November 2020 

2020 March - Celebrating International Women's Day with the Royal Bath & West Society and SWAg Network Business Development Manager, Sue Rushforth, makes a return visit to the Rural Enterprise Centre conference venue, refurbished by Melhuish & Saunders, completed in 2018 - providing fantastic networking opportunities and the opportunity to listen to some inspirational speakers - women in business sharing their lessons learned and 5 top tips! Sally Mitchell, 1st female partner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt (featured below right); Mary Quicke of Quicke's cheesemakers (est 1540!); Sarah Milner Simonds of eat:Festivals and Lindsey Carnell 'just' a farmer! 

2020 February - New Roof for Wellesley Park Primary School! 

Client: The Castle School 
Architect: Grainge Architects 
We battled with the wind and the rain and still managed to achieve a... 
Brand New Roof and Additional Works Requested! 
Another project successfullly completed with Project Managers:  
Client feedback
"Good communication, can do attitude, professional [...]  
Mark (Site Manager) has been helpful, friendly and understanding" 

2020 February - More Jobs Won! Excellent news for Melhuish & Saunders with 2 more jobs confirmed and starting soon! 

Delighted to be working again with LED Architects on alterations and extension to Kings Fitness & Leisure in Cheddar, Somerset. Works will be completed before the end of the year in time to go live at the start of 2021.  
Contract Value: £677K  
Our happy client at Trowbridge Health Centre has commissioned additional refurbishment of 3 x clinical rooms to improve provision at this busy medical practice. Original surgery extended and refurbished by Melhuish & Saunders with GVA Architects, completed in 2017 - see here 

2020 January - Great Start to the New Year - New Projects Won and Recruiting!  Melhuish & Saunders are looking forward to a great year in 2020 with 2 new projects already won, due to start in February and other projects about to be awarded.  Darryl Mitchard recognises the hard work of the tendering team, with client budgets ever tighter and value engineering expertise critical to winning these tenders, 'I believe that this year is going to be a Great Year! We will be the Greatest Building Contractor in the South West! We will be the envy of all our competitors and our clients' number 1 choice contractor'.  'We are looking for Site Managers, Site Foreman, Multi Tradesman and Site Operatives to join the team, to run and work on new projects - anyone who is enthusiastic, hardworking, dedicated and a fully committed team player' - See Careers and please contact us' 

Avonmouth Medical Centre Extension and Refurbishment 
Contract Value: £556K 
Client: Pioneer Medical Group 
Architect: Osmond Tricks 
Avalon Plastics  
Warehouse Extension 
Contract Value: £360K 
Client: Avalon Plastics 
Architect: Wotton Donoghue 

2019 December - Thieves Steal Our Truck - Any Information Appreciated! 

Between late Friday 13th and early Saturday 14th December - the Melhuish & Saunders flat bed truck was stolen from our secure yard and was involved in a number of crimes across Somerset and Devon. 
A kind member of the public phoned the office and reported the location of the truck which was recovered on Monday 16th December. Related CCTV photos have already gone out on Facebook and if anyone needs to report a crime or has information i.e. additional CCTV footage etc please contact Taunton Police station as they are investigating the thefts and other crimes committed by the person/s responsible. 
Please note that no crimes involved any of our employees and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience caused. 
We would greatly appreciate any help you are able to give the police on these crimes. 
Thank you - Darryl Mitchard, Managing Director 

2019 December - Time to give something back to our community!  As another year draws to a close - we start to think about the festive break - spending time with family and friends and giving to others.  We are happy to promote Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce's 'Shop Local Eat Local' campaign - encouraging us all to think about supporting our local shops close to where we live and work. Our local tradespeople need our support!  The Christmas tree is going up at Melhuish & Saunders and we are partnering with our local branch of Churches Together represented by Grace Church (based here in Landmark House) in support of their charity - Glastonbury Bridging the Gap and the Glastonbury Food Bank We are opening our doors to donations of food from the businesses occupying Landmark House where our Head Office is located, inspired by the 'Reverse Advent Calendar' concept that instead of receiving a treat every day, we give an essential food item to someone else who needs a helping hand. Morrisons supermarket in Glastonbury is part of the distribution network.   For more information and to know what items to give - see the Glastonbury Food Bank website here.  All support will be much appreciated!  

2019 November - Somerset Chamber of Commerce First Thursday Club  Melhuish & Saunders attended the launch of the First Thursday Club, held at 37 Sports & Social Club, Woolavington Road, Puriton.  A great opportunity to get an update from Somerset CoC Chief Executive, Stephen Henagulph and to meet fellow professionals in the building sector including Orme architects who we last worked with on a care home project, Meadowlands.  A bonus was to drive past Woolavington Surgery - completed with GVA (now Avison Young) in 2014 - still looking fabulous!  Next Event - Thu 5th December - book here! Looking forward to more networking! 

2019 October - "And the Winner is...MELHUISH & SAUNDERS LTD!" WINNER - Somerset Business Award: Investing in Somerset 

Why we won!  
Melhuish & Saunders are a reknowned Principal Building Contractor with a fantastic legacy of new builds and refurbishment projects in Somerset including schools, healthcare centres and industrial units 
Melhuish & Saunders maintains a healthy turnover in challenging times, pro-actively identifying new business opportunities in Somerset - the location of first choice 
Melhuish & Saunders actively promotes business development and networking opportunities in the construction industry in Somerset and invests in training to ensure future success, currently supporting a Carpentry Apprenticeship 
Melhuish & Saunders is a family-owned business established in 1923 and has formed long-lasting partnerships with local subcontractors and suppliers with significant contribution to the local economy 
Melhuish and Saunders routinely invests in local business support services to ensure the business runs smoothly and to a high standard 
Melhuish & Saunders is a caring contractor and firmly believes in social responsibility, investing in the wider Community by sponsoring local organisations who support the Environment, Health and Wellbeing (see full SBA Press Release here) 

2019 October - New Roof for Brookside Academy! 

Project: 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! 


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! 


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 
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 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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 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. 
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