Sponsorship of Hardwicke Rangers YFC

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On July 6th and 7th, Hardwicke Rangers YFC held their annual summer football tournament. Aqua Construction has continuously sponsored HRYFC for a long period of time and we were one of the main sponsors for the tournament alongside Built It.

Over the course of the weekend, the football club welcomed 155 teams from Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. These teams ranged between under 7’s to under 15’s. During the weekend, 248 games were played with a total of 524 goals being scored! The games were officiated by 16 different referees ranging between 14 to 80, of which the 80-year-old even cycled to the event!

The 2019 summer tournament was a huge success bringing the club £8000 profit, which is up 20% on last years tournament. Without this money, Hardwicke Rangers YFC wouldn’t be able to offer football to their 370 players next season.

We are delighted to support the club with their major fundraiser, to make sure the Hardwicke Rangers YFC players continue to be a part of a thriving club next season.

LABC Awards West of England 2019

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Pictured left to right: Steve Pearce (LABC Regional Chair for the West of England), Jason Wasley (Aqua Construction, Managing Director), Derek Gibbs (Aqua Construction, Construction Director), Samantha Wasley (Aqua Construction, Company Secretary) and Dave Sharp (LABC President).

On Friday 12th July 2019 our team headed down to Bristol for the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) West of England Awards 2019. This year we had 6 different developments shortlisted as finalists across 4 different categories:

  • Aqua Constructions Office: Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion and Best Small Commercial Project
  • Edward Massie Gardens: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development
  • Amberley Road: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development
  • Winsley Road & Matson Court: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development
  • Wellington Street: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development
  • Standish Gate: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development

These awards are held once a year to celebrate the achievements within the construction industry. The awards recognise high level of compliance with building regulations, effective working relationships with LABC surveyors, outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability and high performance, creative problem solving and use of innovative products and skills used.

We are delighted to announce that our Standish Gate, Stonehouse development received Highly Commended: Best Small New Housing Development. This is a great achievement for Aqua Construction and we are pleased that all of these developments have been recognised as examples of high-quality builds.

Aqua Construction partner up with Travis Perkins to help support the next generation of Construction workers

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On Friday 28th June, Gloucestershire building contractor, Aqua Construction, donated a lorryload of bricks to Gloucestershire College, partnering with Travis Perkins who provided transport services to deliver the materials. The bricks have been gratefully received by the construction department of the college and will be used by their bricklaying apprentices. The donation will supply the college for roughly 2 years, save them thousands of pounds and help hundreds of young people to improve their bricklaying skills.

As a member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, Aqua is constantly looking for ways to get involved with the local community and the donation is just the latest way that the college has been supported by the company over the past few years. Aqua recognises the importance of developing the next generation of construction workers, enabling them to gain valuable experience and knowledge, and has taken on a number of apprentices through the college. One bricklaying apprentice has completed their studies with Aqua and the company currently has one 1st-year and one 2nd-year Civil Engineering General Construction apprentice placed with them. In addition, groups of apprentices are regularly invited to visit Aqua Construction’s Gloucestershire sites, to aid them in their courses.

Jason Wasley, Aqua Construction’s managing director, said, “We are so pleased to help the college with this donation of building materials. Our industry needs a qualified and skilled next generation to drive it forward and Aqua Construction is determined to play its part in that.”

Colin Bryant, Gloucestershire College, said, “Thanks again for the brick donation to Gloucestershire College. They will be put to good use and students will gain experience from using nice face bricks as supplied during their training to complete their training modules.

Picture (left to right): Michael Vaughan (Travis Perkins), Colin Bryant (Gloucestershire College), Paul Howells (Aqua Construction), Aaron Price (Travis Perkins).

LABC Awards 2019

Aqua Construction is delighted to announce that this year we have had six of our developments shortlisted as finalists in the West of England LABC Awards 2019! We have had the following shortlisted:

  • Aqua Constructions Office: Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion and Best Small Commercial Project
  • Edward Massie Gardens: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development
  • Amberley Road: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development
  • Winsley Road & Matson Court: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development
  • Wellington Street: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development
  • Standish Gate: Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development

The West of England LABC Awards 2019 ceremony is being held on July 12th in Bristol, where our team will be attending, with the hopes of coming back with some winners!!

Mick Davis Tribute

I am sure all of you who knew Mick Davis have been made aware of his death. Mick died at home in Saul, after fighting a short battle with cancer.

Mick was a cornerstone of Aqua Construction over a long period of time, turning many a boy (including myself) into men whilst teaching them their craft.  He came to work with Aqua Construction in 1999 until he retired in 2013.

He was an absolute pleasure to work with and will be sadly missed throughout the company.

Our sincere condolences go to Barb and all of Mick’s family.

Mick’s funeral will be held at Gloucester Crematorium on Wednesday 19th June at 1.00pm and afterwards at The Ship Inn, Framilode.  Barb has said that everyone who knew Mick is welcome.

Pictured above: “The Boys” enjoyed socialising outside of work.

Danny Duckett, Brian Chew and Mick Davis attending a charity Sportsman evening at Frocester Cricket Club.

Handover of 3 newly refurbished bungalows in Quedgeley

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May 31st 2019 marked the completion and handover of 3 refurbished bungalows to Gloucester City Homes (GCH). These new homes are situated on St James Close, Quedgeley where we previously built 11 new affordable bungalows for GCH. This new scheme includes the refurbishment of the old housing warden’s office and empty bungalows into 3 accessible and affordable homes for the local residents. This will be a welcome replacement for the disused building, helping to alleviate the growing housing need throughout Gloucestershire. For more information on these bungalows visit their portfolio page.

Demolition of Sherborne House

Sherborne Street is one of our developments in contract with Gloucester City Homes, to provide the locals with new affordable housing. Currently, the site is occupied by Sherborne House, of which demolition works have now commenced. We have contracted Smiths (Gloucester) Ltd to undertake the demolition work, getting the site ready for the construction of 3 new blocks of flats to commence in Summer 2019. The new flats will be a welcomed replacement to Sherborn House and will provide 31 families with new, energy efficient and secure homes. Read more on the development here.

We’ve Moved!

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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

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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.

Completed just in time for Christmas!

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On December 14th 2018 the residents of Matson will be welcoming 15 new affordable flats to the area. This development is in partnership with Gloucester City Homes and is part of their regeneration of Matson and Podsmead.

Work on the site in Edward Massie Gardens commenced in late 2017 by Aqua Construction to provide the local residents with a mix of one and two bedroom flats. The  Aqua team along with many valued sub-contractors have been working hard over the past year to get this development completed, due to the great need for affordable housing. Not only have Aqua been building the flats but they have also re-landscaped the communal green land between St. Peters Road and Edward Massie Gardens. The design team have worked hard to bring the community together by placing benches throughout and paths being laid from all different angles.

The whole team are excited about the completion of the flats as it means 15 new families will be living in their new home just in time for Christmas!

Aqua wins a new Affordable Housing Contract

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Fountain Crescent, Wotton-under-Edge

Aqua Construction is delighted to be starting work on a new development of 22 properties off Fountain Crescent in Wotton-under-Edge. Building the properties on behalf of Fortis Living, 12 houses and four flats for affordable rent will be constructed, while six houses will be offered for sale on a shared ownership basis.

Work is currently going on behind the scenes, liaising with Stroud District Council’s Planning Services to discharge the pre-commencement planning conditions and keeping neighbouring residents informed of the plans. Building work is planned to start on site in Autumn 2018.

The site has been vacant for a considerable time and local councillors have welcomed the development as a great use of empty land and an injection of desperately needed affordable housing for the town.

Design services are being provided by Quattro Design Architects and Shear Design, part of the team working with Aqua Construction that was recently nominated for four LABC awards. Building materials have been carefully chosen to suit the surrounding area, with local suppliers being used wherever possible.

Aqua Construction is thrilled to be involved in this exciting development and all parties are looking forward to a successful completion in early 2020.

Coming Soon….

Edward Massie Gardens - jason wasley and ashley green

Edward Massie Gardens

Aqua Construction have just broken ground on a new Gloucester City Homes development. The will consist of  15 new affordable flats within the site at Edward Massie Gardens, Matson. Pictured above is Jason Wasley (Managing Director at Aqua Construction) and Ashley Green (Chief Executive at GCH).

We are currently in phase 2 of the social housing development program, to supply affordable housing to the Gloucester residents. We developed 24 affordable homes within the Matson area alone during phase one. Currently 2 of the phase 2 sites have been handed over with the final 3 due for completion this year.

We’re very pleased to have secured this development as it means we are able to supply the residents with the much needed affordable housing. It will consist of 12 two-bedroom flats and 3 one-bedroom flats, as well as new parking facilities. Previously the site was used as a car park/green area, because of this the area behind the flats will be landscaped.

Our team started development during late November/ early December 2017 on the Edward Massie Site and is due to be completed towards the end of 2018.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Wellington Street

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Coming Soon

Aqua have recently secured planning permission for a fantastic development in the heart of Gloucester City Centre. We will be working on the turnkey project aside Two Rivers with aims of completion in early 2018.

The development will consist of 22 one/two bedroom flats available for social housing. This will be a huge but rewarding project for both companies with the satisfaction of providing homes for those looking to live city central.

It has been a long anticipated wait to take on this project and Aqua are keen to get the build underway as immediate as possible.

Managing Director Jason Wasley says “We are keen to get stuck into this project and provide some much needed social housing to the area.”

Securing this contract means that the company will be able to create and develop much needed new apprenticeships and training opportunities.


Aqua Wins £3.6m Contract

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The company has been awarded the contract to build 33 new affordable houses by Gloucester City Homes.

The first scheme, a development at Bazeley Road in Matson, is already underway. The project includes 3 new build bungalows and 3 new houses.

Painswick Road will be the next scheme, for 4 new bungalows, which will commence in early September.

A further 3 schemes of 9 bungalows in Hawthorn Avenue, Coney Hill, 7 Houses and 2 bungalows in Kemble Road, Tuffley, and 3 houses and 2 flats in St Peters Road, Matson are all due to commence before the end of the year with completions set for October 2016.

Aqua Managing Director Jason Wasley said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the GCH contract to build their first development to provide much needed social housing for the city”.

Winning this contract means that the company will be able to go from strength to strength, and create much needed new apprenticeships and training opportunities.