This is the second stand-alone garden room Primrose have completed during lockdown. The government advice to the construction industry is now clear, carry on working if you can do so safely. Primrose have put in place stringent site operating procedures that allow us to build our garden rooms while observing social distancing.
The garden room below, for Catherine, will be used partly as a den for the kids and partly for working from home. When directly compared with Green Retreats, this project was under 13% cheaper and was delivered within four weeks of order placement.
The design contemporary and unfussy. Canadian cedar cladding with minimal profile aluminium bi-fold doors and grey composite decking mean this building will last upwards of 30 years.
In mid-March 2020, Primrose Projects faced a dilemma; how can we keep our teams busy without sending people into London on public transport? Before the pandemic, a typical project for Primrose would be a six month residential refurbishment in London – even longer for retrofit basement projects. Our London sites often have fifteen people on site at one time making the idea of social distancing a fantasy.
Our solution was to diversify. Primrose have constructed many garden rooms in the past but usually part of a wider building project. With an increase in people working from home and a need for us all to social distance, the idea that Primrose could offer garden room construction as a stand-alone service was born.
The garden room shown below is the first project undertaken in Abbots Langley as part of our ‘10% offer’. We promise to beat the national garden room companies by 10%. In addition, we can do any associated building or landscaping works using local tradespeople.
Primrose is still very much a high-end residential contractor, but now with the added benefit of offering market-beating garden rooms. This one cost less than £20k and was completed in three weeks with only a one week mobilisation period from placing of order.
In light of the recent announcement regarding the collapse of Carillion, the industry has come together to help the 1400 displaced apprentices.
Primrose were one of the first to contact the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to offer assistance. Founder and MD, Sean, has been active as a Construction Ambassador for the CITB for several years, so understood the predicament former Carillion apprentices would face:
“Developing skills and offering opportunities for experiential learning is one of the ways Primrose help people starting out in construction. Not only does this help to the organization meet its contractual obligations in the present, but also nurtures the construction leaders of tomorrow.”
Clients and colleagues may already know Danny Flint as one of Primrose’s dedicated site managers…but no more!
Danny has been promoted to the role of Contracts Manager as part of Primrose’s wider programme for modest expansion planned in the next few months. Having chalked-up eight years of loyal and valued service at the company, Danny has certainly earned his stripes!
“We are very pleased to announce Danny’s promotion and proud to be supporting his continued professional development” Sean Carter – founder and Director.
Co-founder Sean, in his capacity as Construction Ambassador for the Construction Industry Training Board, volunteered his time today to support local apprentices.
The main aim of a Construction Ambassador is to help build a positive image of the construction industry through visiting schools, colleges and higher education institutions to promote the construction industry as an attractive career option. Today’s task was to conduct mock-interviews with second and third year apprentices at Harrow College.
“It’s rewarding to be able to help young people avoid the common pitfalls in interview situations. It was also rewarding to get out of this office for the day!”
Having recently carried out their second site visit, the Considerate Constructors Scheme has awarded the St John’s Wood site with a score which exceeds the requirements set out by the scheme.
The scheme seeks to improve the image of construction by setting standards and monitoring registered sites for compliance. Primrose achieved 8/10 or ‘excellent’ in three of the five individual categories which make up the assessment. With all five categories achieving at least 7/10 or ‘Very good’, the site has been awarded with a certificate of Performance Beyond Compliance
After a suffering a major mechanical breakdown on route to a site meeting, Director Steve, shows us he’s not easily detained.
“The engine died but I managed to coast into a pay and display bay. Then I spotted the Boris bikes and thought, I can still make it.”
Well done Steve, the over-shoes are particularly fetching!
Primrose founder, Sean, has been recognised as a Construction Ambassador by CITB-Construction Skills.
After being approached by the CITB earlier this year, Sean was delighted to take on the role which seeks to encourage young people into the industry.
The main aim of a Construction Ambassador is to help build a positive image of the construction industry through visiting schools, colleges and higher education institutions to promote the construction industry as an attractive career option.
“I want to inspire young people and help them see the wide range of opportunities that the construction industry offers. Our industry represents 8% of GDP and employes 2.6 million people. In my view, the opportunities within the sector are boundless!” – Sean Carter.