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We love to keep you up to date with whats going on at Drew Smith Group, Homes or Limited. Whether it’s a new development opening soon, a new construction project starting or a simple price change, we’ll let you know.

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Static Bike Challenge

Static Bike Challenge

Static bikes were set up at our Head Office on Wednesday 26th September. Staff were encouraged to cycle as much or as little as they wanted, as part of our fundraising challenge.

We were challenged to cycle 100 miles throughout the day in support of World Child Cancer. However, with over 15 participants (and with some dressing up for the occasion) we cycled an impressive; 308.4 miles.

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Landmark Development for Drew Smith

Landmark Development for Drew Smith

The first phase handover at our landmark development took place in September. 10 new homes were delivered to Radian at the Hatch Farm development in West End, Southampton.

Overall there are 98 properties being constructed in Partnership between Eastleigh Borough Council, housing provider Radian and Drew Smith. The new development will include a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes, including bungalows, available for affordable rent, shared ownership and open market sale

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Southampton’s Largest Care Scheme

Southampton’s Largest Care Scheme

Work has now commenced on a flagship Extra Care development in Southampton.

The new housing development will be the largest 'Housing With Care' scheme in Southampton and will help Southampton’s more vulnerable residents. Named Potters Court, the complex will be built on the site of a former dementia care home.

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Health & Safety Performance Awards

Health & Safety Performance Awards

We are pleased to announce our Quarterly Health and Safety Performance Awards have been presented to Daniel Cook & James Eyles.

Daniel & James are both currently working at our site in Horsham; Winterton Court. The development will consist of 65 new residential homes. Congratulations to you both!

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Three LABC Awards

Three LABC Awards

We are pleased to announce that in the LABC Dorset Awards, Senior Site Manager Jason Llewellyn won ‘Best Site Agent’ for our St. Leonards development in Ringwood.

Additionally, the scheme itself claimed ‘Best Social Housing Development’ as well. The 210 unit development comprised the redevelopment of the former ‘St Leonards Hospital’ project for Sovereign Housing.

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Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH)

Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH)

Over the past two months Drew Smith have completed three rural affordable housing projects under the Hampshire Alliance for the HARAH banner.

These have been in Kingsley, East Hampshire, Hordle, Near Lymington and Brockenhurst, in the heart of the New Forest. A fourth site is due for completion in September north of Winchester. Since 2008, Drew Smith have delivered in excess of 320 units under the HARAH scheme, over 34 developments, ranging from 4-20 units.

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We strengthen our Planning Team

We strengthen our Planning Team

We are pleased to announce changes to the planning team, including two new additions to the business.

A new strategic scale residential-led development opportunity has enabled Planning Manager, Lloyd Exley who has been with the business for 10 years, the opportunity to play a pivotal role in the delivery of project management services to the Council in this exciting opportunity.

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Quebec Park – Café opening

Quebec Park – Café opening

We are nearing completion of a 100-unit scheme for Radian on the former military barracks at Quebec Park in Bordon, Hampshire

The project includes open market sale, shared ownership and affordable rent units. Also, a converted and enhanced commercial space and a new community hub, Café 1759.

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School Visit

School Visit

The Crescent Primary school welcomed Drew Smith Limited into their classrooms to talk about the construction industry.

Year 3 were treated to a presentation by Jack Janes; Trainee Contract Surveyor about what ‘Drew Smith do’ and why it is important to keep building new homes. The children were given the opportunity to try on site PPE and understand the importance of why it is worn. A fun quiz was arranged for the end of the session, which was enjoyed by all.

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98 New homes in West End

98 New homes in West End

Construction is underway at Hatch Farm, West End, where 98 new homes, including 35 affordable are being delivered in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council and Radian.

The new development will include a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes, including bungalows, available for affordable rent, shared ownership and open market sale.

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Galliford Try Partnerships

Galliford Try Partnerships

Drew Smith joins Galliford Try Partnerships

We are pleased to announce that Drew Smith has become part of Galliford Try Partnerships, a leading UK affordable housing and regeneration business.

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Health and Safety Award

Health and Safety Award

Site Manager; Rob Page from our Wellesley, Worthy Down development received the ‘Drew Smith Limited Health and Safety Award’ on Friday 12th May.

Garfield Coombes; Construction Director presented Rob with the award, and thanked him for his continued dedication and hard work.

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Show Home Launch

Show Home Launch

Drew Smith Homes are thrilled to announce the opening their Show Home at Carnaval Gardens, Fair Oak.

The launch of the fabulous new show home and second phase of houses will be released on SATURDAY 29TH APRIL 2017.

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Southampton Half Marathon & 10K

Southampton Half Marathon & 10K

A team of 16 Drew Smith employees took on the challenge of the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K run.

The team crossed the finishing line in Guildhall Square on Sunday 23rd April, feeling euphoric knowing they had raised £2,966.00 for Abby’s Heroes.

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Sylvan Court, Salisbury Green

Sylvan Court, Salisbury Green

Our development in Salisbury Green consisted on 36 Residential Extra Care Apartments, build on behalf of Fareham Borough Council.

The site was the former Coldeast Hospital. The complex benefited from communal areas including a lounge, activity room and hairdressers as well as a communal garden. A section of the building was built to a radius.

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Secure by Design Certification

Secure by Design Certification

We are pleased to announce that Trinidad House in Poole achieved a Secure by Design certification.

The 54 Extra Care apartments commenced its works in Autumn 2014 and was completed in late 2016.

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Drew Smith Homes sponsor festival

Drew Smith Homes sponsor festival

On Saturday 3rd September Fair Oak held its annual music festival and, following commencement of work at our new site at Carnaval Gardens, Drew Smith Homes sponsored the event.

The free community event raised money for local charities and was principally organised by New Hope; a charity based in the village which provides white goods and furniture to those in need. The festival had a wide range of children’s games, food, stalls and an eclectic mix of live music.

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Design Award 2016

Design Award 2016

On 24th May The Civic Voice Design Awards took place and we are pleased to announce that we were presented with New Build ‘Highly Commended' award for St.Valentines Close.

The Civic Voice Design Awards are a celebration of exceptional design and restoration projects, nominated by local communities/ organisations. To win an award, projects are to make a significant impact and positive contribution to the quality of life to the local area.

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Show Home Launch

Show Home Launch

On Saturday 14th May our show home at Clewers Lane, Waltham Chase opened its doors for the first time.

Clewers Place is an exciting new development of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings, promising to offer enviable new homes positioned in this wonderfully semi-rural and sought after location.

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Samuel ‘DOES-WELL’

Samuel ‘DOES-WELL’

Our Drew Smith Homes Director; Samuel Doswell crossed the 2016 London Marathon finishing line in an impressive 4 hours and 33 minutes.

Samuel was running for our local charity Rose Road Association and raised a staggering £3,412.48 (including gift aid.)

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Two more awards from CCS

Two more awards from CCS

Drew Smith received another two Bronze awards at the recent Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards Day. These were for sites in Braishfield, near Romsey & Lordshill in Southampton.

Oak Close, Braishfield involved the erection of 9 no. semidetached houses. The houses were constructed with 140mm insulated timber frame construction, with generally brick clad outer face under plain clay rile roofs. Four of the dwellings were part tiled and part rendered elevations. Public space planting was included in the scheme.

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The Chantry, Southampton

The Chantry, Southampton

In March 2016 works were completed on 56 apartments at the Former Chantry Hall in Southampton.

The former Chantry Hall was a centre for worship built in 1925 but destroyed by fire in 2007 and subsequently knocked down. The new development now consists of nine one-bedroom flats, 46 two-bedroom flats and four three-bedroom flats.

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London Marathon 2016 Fundraising

London Marathon 2016 Fundraising

Our very own Samuel Doswell is running the 2016 London Marathon in order to raise funds for Rose Road Association.

He has not only signed up to a gruelling 26 mile run round the capital but dedicated himself to the cause since October 2015. This has meant giving up all alcohol, donning some eye wateringly tight leggings and running 5 to 12 miles a night in the bitter cold and rain.

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Housing Design Award 2015

Housing Design Award 2015

Our newly completed development in Winton Court, Andover; Bradbury Place has been awarded with the Richard Feilden Award at The 2015 Housing Design Awards.

Bradbury Place was specially designed to provide eight one and two bedroom wheelchair accessible properties for the disability charity; Enham Trust.

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Charity Quiz Night

Charity Quiz Night

Drew Smith Group were kindly invited to participate in a Charity Quiz Night in support of our local charity; Rose Road Association.

The evening was hosted and organised by Snows Leasing, part of Snows Motor Group and was in aid of challenging local businesses to become ‘Southampton’s Brainiest Business!’

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Southampton Half Marathon and 10K

Southampton Half Marathon and 10K

A team of 10 Drew Smith employees endured the ABP Southampton Half Marathon & 10K run on Sunday 26th April.

Our runners faced the cold with over 6,000 other runners. With the course passing iconic local landmarks around Southampton, including Bargate, QE2 Anchor, St Mary’s Stadium and the Itchen Bridge.

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Drew Smith Black Tie Charity Gala

Drew Smith Black Tie Charity Gala

On Saturday 18th April, Drew Smith hosted a Charity Gala Dinner in honour of Rose Road Association. We are delighted to announce that we raised over £18,000.00.

The black tie event consisted of a luxury three course meal, live auction, raffle, live music, audience participation games, plenty of dancing and all compared by Ian Iving.

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Green Lane, Whitsbury

Green Lane, Whitsbury

The Drew Smith Limited team have recently handed over six newly build houses to Hyde Martlet.

Our development located in Green Lane, Whitsbury is part of the HARAH schemes being applied in Hampshire. HARAH’s main purpose it to provide high quality affordable housing, which meets community needs in Hampshire villages.

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Charity Kitchen Refurbishment

Charity Kitchen Refurbishment

Drew Smith has officially commenced work at the Bradbury Centre as part of our charitable partnership with the Rose Road Association.

The first element of this work involves refurbishing their main kitchen in “Oaks” as well as modernising an existing store and toilet.

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Rose Road Association

Rose Road Association

We are delighted to announce that Drew Smith Group have chosen Rose Road Association as our Company Charity for 2015.

The Rose Road, established in 1952, provides a range of high quality services for over 400 children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities from across Hampshire and the surrounding counties.

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Drew Smith's Anniversary Dinner

Drew Smith's Anniversary Dinner

A magnificent evening was held at The Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton, on Saturday 18th October 2014. The purpose of which, was celebrating Drew Smith's 25 Years in Business.

The event was our largest and most significant staff event to date, and was marked with an amazing gala dinner.

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Considerate Contractors Award

Considerate Contractors Award

Site Manager awarded Considerate Contractors Performance Beyond Compliance for Winton Court, Andover.

David Jones has achieved this award for his determination to produce high standard units. The development consists of 6 apartments over a 3 storey development and 2 bungalows, all designed to cater for the bespoke needs of its residents. The development is due to complete in December 2014.

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Cumbrian Way, Southampton

Cumbrian Way, Southampton

Drew Smith Group is delighted to announce the completion of contemporary apartments and houses in Cumbrian Way, Southampton.

The development comprised of two schemes, one of which consisted of 34 mixed tenure, new build affordable houses and apartments in the area for Radian. In addition the second scheme is a Drew Smith Homes private development, consisting of 16 modern two bedroom apartments known as Elizabeth Place.

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Another NHBC Pride in the Job Award

Another NHBC Pride in the Job Award

Blandford Road, Poole has won an NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Award.

Congratulations to Site Manager Chris Allworthy, Contracts Manager Leigh Phillips and the all the team involved with the 30 units at a former school site.

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25th Anniversary Celebration

25th Anniversary Celebration

We celebrated our 25th Anniversary at the Mayflower Theatre on Friday 6th June with a gala lunch for over 70 clients and business partners.

The event was hosted to acknowledge the loyal support of our guests over the last 25 years. One of Drew Smith’s founders and Group Chairman, Andy Doswell, opened the proceedings with an emotional tribute to the staff that have helped develop the business into one of the South’s leading Construction and Development companies.

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Surrey Court, Eastleigh

Surrey Court, Eastleigh

On the 28th March 2014 42 retirement apartments built for First Wessex were completed.

This was the first phase of 70 new retirement units for the housing group with the second phase of 28 due to start in the coming months.

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Dever Close, Micheldever

Dever Close, Micheldever

In March 2014, 15 units at Dever Close, Micheldever were handed over to The Winchester Housing Trust.

This was our first development to be completed for this client. The units are a mixture of detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and flats.

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Grand Design Opening for Stoneham

Grand Design Opening for Stoneham

Drew Smith were extremely excited to have Kevin McCloud; presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs, officially open the prestigious Code 6 development at Stoneham Cemetery Road.

Stoneham Green is one the few developments to have achieved the highly acclaimed code level 6 accreditation and is being closely monitored to ensure its true carbon zero status is being achieved and maintained.