About Sandwood

Who we are

Sandwood is proud of its reputation as a main contractor dedicated to the construction of high quality developments. Established in 1990, the firm had a turnover of £10m in 2009 and has a directly employed workforce. Our projects range in size from £500,000 to £5m.

We are specialists in social housing, particularly new build, but also have substantial refurbishment experience. Most of our work is residential for rent or shared ownership, and we also have considerable experience of supported housing, extra care homes and nurseries throughout the London area.

Sandwood currently have formal partnerships with a number of Registered Social Landlords, and enjoy working with a portfolio of repeat clients. However we always welcome the opportunity of working with new clients and taking on new challenges.

Meet the Team

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.

Richard Garland BSc (ECON) ACMA
Co-owner and Finance Director

After gaining an economics degree at Leicester University, Richard obtained an ACMA Accounting Qualification while working for the Ford Motor Company. After working for Ford in a number of marketing and finance positions, he moved to ICL (International Computers Ltd) at their head office in Putney, working in the Corporate Finance and Treasury Departments. His involvement in the construction industry started in the early 1980s while still at ICL, and has continued since then.

At Sandwood, Richard is the co-owner and Finance Director, responsible for IT and the surveying areas of the business, as well as managing the Original Features subsidiary. Richard has led the company’s progress towards collaboration and partnering including the company Green House Project, and partnering agreements with the Peabody Trust, Servite Houses, Origin Group and Community Housing. He was instrumental in the company achieving and renewing the Investors in People Standard.

His own recent training has included a distance learning Business Coaching Course from Newcastle University. Outside work, Richard volunteers as the treasurer of the Enfield Racial Equality Council.

Terry Barlow DipSurv MCIOB MRICS
Commercial Director

Terry started work as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor in 1987 for Ridge & Partners, a firm of Chartered Surveyors in Oxford. He worked there for 9 years, gaining a Diploma in Quantity Surveying from The College of Estate Management, Reading University. After progressing from Trainee to Assistant & through to Project Quantity Surveyor, he moved to Scion Technical Services, spending five years there before moving to Linbrook Services where he spent the next 12 years. During this time he set up & ran the Minor Works Department & attained membership of the Chartered Institute of Building in 2003.

Terry joined Sandwood as Senior Quantity Surveyor in 2013, and is now Commercial Director, looking after the company’s commercial interests and helping to plan the future development of the company. Terry is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

James Millen
Construction Director

James has been in the construction business since leaving school. He joined Sandwood in 2000 as a Site Manager and is now the Construction Director. He ensures all sites are resourced as required and is also responsible for the ordering and on-site management of all Sub-contract packages & material procurement, ensuring compliance with environmental design, and similar construction specifications and requirements are met. James also manages the directly employed labour including safety planning and all general H & S over site for the company.

James’s technical qualifications are:
NVQ Level 7 (Senior Construction Management), ICIOB, 4 day Full First Aid Certificate, CITB Scaffold Safety Inspection Certificate, NEBS Introduction into Management Certificate, Work based Recorder Certificate
Certificate in Site Management, Diploma in Site Management, Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), CSCS Card (Black) & NVQ Level 3 (Carpentry & Joinery).

Frank Lennon
Contracts Manager

Frank has been in the construction business since leaving school and has progressed from apprentice carpenter to senior construction manager at Faircloughs/AMEC and YJL Construction Ltd. He has overseen the construction of a number of high profile projects, such as the new Canterbury Combined Court Centre, the Carlton Plaza hotel, Soffitel Hotel and the residential Pulse development.
Frank joined Sandwood in 2005 and is our Contracts Manager.

His technical qualifications are:
Construction Site Managers Safety Certificate (accredited by CITB), CSCS (Contracts Manager level), Appointed Persons for Cranage Certificate (accredited by CITB), British Red Cross First Aid Certificate, Managing Safely Certificate (accredited by IOSH), Scaffold Inspection Certificate – basic and advanced (accredited by CITB) and City & Guilds Craft – Carpentry & City & Guilds Advanced Craft – Carpentry.

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