Services

Sandwood provides a full range of services to its clients. This includes finding sites, feasibility studies, value engineering, tendering and negotiating, constructing teams, construction and post contract support. We can advise on a number of areas including planning, sustainability, scheme development standards, sound and air tightness, as well as design, cost and buildability.

Values

Every organisation can list its values on its website or brochure, but it does not make them part of the company’s ethos. Values cannot be dictated by a senior management team, or drawn up by a consultant. They must be evident in the way the company’s employees and managers act on a day to day basis.

Approach

Underpinning much of what we try to do is our commitment to a directly employed labour force at both site management and trade level, and the extent to which they are consulted and involved in the company. We have an excellent highly skilled workforce which takes pride in its ability to produce a high quality product.

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Management Expertise

The vast bulk of our work is Design and Build, so the team we have to manage under the contract includes architects and other consultants, as well as our employees and other subcontractors. We are used to establishing good relationships with them to resolve the usual problems of providing good design within tight and unyielding budgets.

Quality Building Work

Quality is not only important in terms of the product offered to clients but it provides job satisfaction and a focus for everyone within the company. It is a fundamental Sandwood belief that everyone wants to produce their best and will do so given the right environment and encouragement.

Construction Experience

We prefer to be involved in a project from the outset. This helps us build a team from the beginning, allows us to understand the design, and advise on practical buildability issues. We do not charge any pre-contract fees, even though our involvement with some projects can extend over several years.

FEATURED PROJECTS

Sandwood is proud of the variety of projects it has constructed, primarily for social housing clients.

Triangle Place

 

The Nokes

 

Griddles Public House

 

John Fisher Street

 

Springdale Road

 

Laurence Mews

 

Hoylake Road

 

Carlyle Road

 

Pollard Street

 

Boxtree Lane

 

Tower Hamlets

 

Chiswick War Memorial Homes

 

Brookfield Gardens

 

Florida Street

 

Portland Place

 

Ruckholt Road

 

Long Elmes

 

430 Merton Road

 

Tulse Hill

 

Homer Road

 

Milborne Street

 

Rossiter Grove

 

Hemstal Road

 

Spring Place

 

Shepherds Bush Road

 

Angela Carter Close

 

432-434 Merton Road

 

143-149 Merton Road

 

Pembury Place

 

Boatemah Walk

 

Macintosh Lane

 

Carlton Drive

 

Evelyn Road

 

Boxley Street

 

Allenby & Wincanton

 

Why Choose Us

We are a relatively small company for the size and type of contracts we undertake, which enables us to give greater senior management attention to each one. Of the four senior managers, two are generally allocated to each project at the outset and will see it through to the end – no marketing department at the beginning and no claims department at the end. Our business strategy is to work with a small number of repeat clients and this gives the company a clear client focus and a non adversarial partnering approach.

Most construction companies do not follow our model of direct employment, preferring subcontractors, agency staff and the self employed. There is without doubt a cost implication to our approach because of the Tax and National Insurance system. We believe we offset the cost disadvantage through higher quality, greater productivity and reduced waste, but we have to work hard to be more efficient than our competitors in the industry.

We consider all our employees members of our quality management team, and believe the key to quality is a committed, employed labour force and experienced, motivated subcontractors. Our subcontractors are subject to formal review by our site managers as well as senior management, which enables the results of quality monitoring to be fed back into future jobs. Our employees believe they are the best. They hate their work being considered defective.

Who we are

Award winning design and build contractor

We specialise in Social Housing and have done so for nearly 15 years. This has enabled us to build up a level of knowledge and expertise in one sector, rather than a superficial understanding of many. Specialisation has advantages in the advice and assistance we can provide to our clients. We bring years of Social Housing construction experience to the process, both in the office and on site, from Scheme Development Standards, to low cost methods of achieving EcoHomes or code credits.

We have gained a wealth of experience in a variety of methods of construction, including timber and concrete frame, masonry and steel constructions, alongside off-site manufacturing, pre-fabricated elements and PassivHaus construction.

Our Clients

Dacorum Council
Ealing Council
London & Quadrant Housing Trust
Lambeth Council
Metropolitan Housing Trust
Network Housing Group
Notting Hill Housing
Octavia Housing
One Housing Group
Origin Group
Westminster Community Homes
Peabody Estate
Shepherds Bush Housing Association
Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation
Viridian

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