News Archive

Major new development will safeguard city heritage

Work has started to transform a city centre site in Bath into a food and leisure complex including restaurants, hotel and a casino. Along with the usual challenges of working in an inner city, historically sensitive environment and blending new structures with old, the design team and contractors have an added challenge.

Transformation of Hinckley town centre nearly complete

The Leicestershire town of Hinckley is being transformed as a £80m pound mixed-use development nears completion.

Clarkebond project wins 2015 Guardian award for ‘Buildings that Inspire’

The University of Worcester Arena has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Guardian University Award for ‘Buildings that Inspire’. The sports arena is the country’s first indoor sporting facility built with the needs of wheelchair athletes in mind.

Clarkebond helps secure planning committee support for Newquay Retail Park

After 9 years in the pipeline, a new retail scheme on Treloggan Road in Newquay has received the go ahead.

Planning secured for HAB residential development

A team of Clarkebond engineers has helped secure planning consent for a development of 50 homes in Kings Worthy Winchester to be built by residential development company HAB, the company established by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.

Further expansion at Clarkebond as order book grows

Clarkebond has increased its turnover and headcount by 15% over the past 12 months and forecasts similar growth in the coming year.

From tired 1970’s office and warehouse to premium office accommodation

Tenants are preparing to move into Narrow Quay House on Prince Street in Bristol following a major refurbishment and reconfiguration which has transformed the 5-storey building into premium office accommodation in a prime location. A far cry from the former dated 1970’s office and warehouse building.

Plans approved for residential development in AONB

Chipping Norton Football Club is to get its new and long-awaited clubhouse as part of a development in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that will include 228 houses, footpath, cycleway and landscaping.

No drama as curtain goes up on Bristol Grammar Performing Art Centre

A stunning new performing arts centre being built at Bristol Grammar School has reached a key stage in construction with the steel frame to be erected in September this year.

Donkey Sanctuary Plans Approved

A centre of excellence in the field of donkey care in Sidmounth, East Devon, is set to develop its facilities even further following a planning approval for a range of new buildings and outdoor space at the main visitor attraction, Slade Farm, and new veterinary hospital at Brookfield Farm.

Clarkebond sponsors October meeting of First Thursday Club Plymouth

Clarkebond will be sponsoring the October meeting of the First Thursday Club (FTC) in Plymouth and is looking forward to welcoming members and their guests in the Sponsors Lounge at Brickfields Rugby Stadium from 12.30 onwards on the 1st October.

First development on Bath and West Showground site gets approval

An application to build a new free school in the new Enterprise Area being created on the Bath and West Showground has been approved. It will form the first phase of a masterplan for a mixed development of parts of the Showground which is being jointly developed by the Royal Bath and West of England Society and their Regeneration Partner Red Kite Securities (a joint venture of London Wharfedale and Sir Robert McAlpine Enterprises).

Construction of student accommodation to start on former council depot site

The construction of a 104 unit student accommodation building is to start on the site of a former council depot and Territorial Army hall in Brougham Hayes, Bath.

Sinkholes, springs and steep slopes – all in a day’s work for resi developer team!

As developers strive to keep pace with housing demand in the Southwest, even the most challenging sites are being brought forward for development.

Clarkebond appointed to Royal Surrey Hospital Scheme

Clarkebond has been appointed to provide civil and structural engineering services on a multi-million pound development of the Royal Surrey County Hospital near Guilford.

BIM bubble about to burst?

An article published on 17th April in Building Magazine asked whether ‘BIM’s bubble is about to burst’? Reporting on the NBS National BIM Report 2015 the article highlighted that the proportion of firms saying they use the modelling technology has dropped from 54% last year to 48%.

Well done team for BREEAM Refurb and Fit-Out First!

Legal & General Property’s building at 740 Waterside Drive in Bristol is the first ever building to be certificated under the BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-Out scheme, the newest of the internationally recognised BREEAM standards for rating the sustainability of building projects.

Award Recognition for Sustainable Retail Development

A B&Q store that opened last autumn at Cyfarthfa Retail Park, Merthyr Tydfil has won the Property Week Sustainable Achievement Award 2015.

Meeting the challenges of residential development by keeping it in house - 14 sites, 2500 plots, one consultancy!

Noise, quarries, contamination, artesian water, running sand, protected species and underground springs are just some of the challenges that Clarkebond’s specialist residential development teams have faced on the 14 sites that they are currently working on in Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire for Bloor Homes South West.

Clarkebond appointed to advise on £60m mixed-use redevelopment scheme

Plans to redevelop a vacant former Sainsbury’s site in Newport have been revealed at a public consultation event

Settling down on a quarry

Work has started on the construction of new homes on top of a former quarry in the South West.

Clarkebond working on resi development set to ‘Lift the Spirits’

Clarkebond is working with residential development company HAB (Happiness, Architecture, Beauty) on a ‘lifestyle’ development of 50 homes in Kings Worthy, Winchester.

New Associate Director at Clarkebond boosts transport planning department

Clarkebond has appointed transport professional David Knight as Associate Director to lead the transport planning department at their Bristol Offices.

Planning application in AONB receives unanimous approval

An application by Bellway Homes and Archstone to build 228 homes on a Greenfield site in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Chipping Norton has been approved by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) with unanimous approval from council members.

Award winning team appointed to special school project

An application to build a new special free school in the new Enterprise Area being created on the Bath and West Showground has been submitted.

Excellent turnout at Bristol First Thursday Club

The Bristol FTC March meeting, sponsored by multidisciplinary engineers Clarkebond, was host to over 150 guests from the construction industry and associated professions at the Colston Hall today.

Minimising the impact of Solar Farms

Despite the controversy around the impact on the countryside and debates surrounding renewable energy subsidies, solar energy has been voted the most popular renewable energy resource in a recent survey carried out by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Clarkebond sponsors March meeting of First Thursday Club

Clarkebond will be sponsoring the March meeting of the First Thursday Club (FTC) and is looking forward to welcoming members at the Colston Hall on the 5th March from 12.30 onwards.

Flagship Sustainable Community to be benchmark for future

An application to develop a flagship sustainable community, designed to be a benchmark for future housing schemes, has been submitted to the Southdown’s National Park Authority.