We’ve Moved!

aqua construction new office

2018 was a big year for Aqua Construction, not only did we celebrate our 20 year anniversary but work on our new office came to completion and we finally moved in.

For the past year construction on the new office has been under way, trying to get it all ready before the New Year. It resides in the beautiful rural location of Elmore; to the north of the property lies the River Severn, to the south is the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and the east and west is surrounded by rolling hills and fields. Built upon old farm land the building was previously used as an Dutch Hay Barn; the structure of which was kept and incorporated into the building of the new office.

Jason Wasley, Managing Director, vision for the new office facilities was a contemporary take on the old farm building that had stood on the site previously. The exterior of the building was built in new reclaimed-effect bricks, with black timber-effect cladding, to complement the surrounding agricultural architecture while a large glazed main entrance added a modern twist. Meanwhile, feature brick walls have been used throughout the interior, as well as oak-framed glass walls and doors, for a stylish nod to the building’s industrial heritage.

December 21st 2018 marked the completion of the office much to the delight of the whole team. To view more pictures of the office have a look at it’s portfolio page.

New development of 31 flats in Kingsholm, Gloucester

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Sherborne Street, Gloucester

Aqua Construction’s superb relationship with Gloucester City Homes will continue with the development of three blocks of flats on Sherborne Street in Gloucester. Nine one-bed flats and 22 two-bed flats are to be constructed, all for affordable rent.

Having won a competitive tender for the contract, Aqua will be building the scheme to Quattro Architects’ ingenious design. The three blocks will be arranged around a central courtyard and will share external circulation space, features that will develop a community focus for residents as well as enhance privacy. Each flat will have its own external front door and parking will be in a secure setting within the development.

These flats will be a welcome replacement for Sherborne House, which will be demolished before the construction of the new blocks. Sherborne House was built as part of Gloucester’s first sheltered housing scheme and the materials used in the new development will be a vast improvement on those that were used when the original scheme was developed in 1971, providing energy efficient and secure homes for 31 families.

The Sherborne Street development will include the 110th unit built by Aqua Construction for Gloucester City Homes across 11 sites over the last three years. Robert Panou, GCH Head of Development, said, “This is a tricky scheme in a built-up location with some strict deadlines. Alongside their competitive tender, Aqua have provided the technical knowledge and support to get over all the hurdles in a timely fashion. As a small team, we would not have made the progress we have without the added value Aqua bring.”

Sherborne House 1

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Sherborne House 2

New Aqua/ Fortis development named after the Daunceys

dauncey close, wotton-under-edge

Wotton-under-Edge is famous for the number of pubs and taverns that existed in the town, thanks to its position on the old London-Cardiff trading route. The new Fortis Living development in the town, being built by Aqua Construction, is on land adjacent to Fountain Crescent. This was named after the Fountain Inn, which used to stand opposite the mouth of the road. Subsequently converted to a private house, Richard Dauncey lived there for many years. Meanwhile, Samuel Dauncey was the first landlord of the Earl Grey, another pub that used to back on to the development site. Therefore, Dauncey Close will become the name of the development’s new road.

To read more on this development please visit our Dauncey Close portfolio link.