T.G. Sowerby Developments has enjoyed a great deal of success in 2017, which we look back on now as the year draws to a close.
Parkwood Avenue Handover
The 20 house development off Plymouth Road in Scunthorpe, now known as Parkwood Avenue, was completed and fully handed over in September.
The site, which was built for Ongo Homes, was extremely well-received. As well as allowing us to produce a housing development to our usual levels of quality and finish, it allowed us to provide a number of employment opportunities as well as Apprenticeships with the firm in Bricklaying, Joinery, Plastering, Plumbing and Site Management.
T.G. Sowerby Developments have been at our South Park Road Offices since the firm built them in 1980. The premises have seen some expansion and development since then, but the last major alteration work done was in the late 1980s.
2017 has seen the start of a major refurbishment programme for the firm’s offices, which has so far seen a new more-efficient heating system put in by our Plumbers, new uPVC windows fitted to the offices, as well as new “Sowerby Blue” front doors and a new sign above them to match. The result is a marked improvement in the firm’s energy usage and environmental impact.
2018 will see new ancillary facilities, such as new toilets and a kitchenette area, constructed as well as refurbishment of the meeting room and offices to keep us best equipped for the new challenges we are taking on.
Training & Qualifications
We have had a number of reasons to celebrate the achievements of our Employees in 2017. James Bonsall, who has been undertaking his M.Sc. in Quantity Surveying since 2015 at Sheffield Hallam University graduated in November with a First-Class Degree and is now working towards Chartered Membership of the CIOB.
George Mason, our Trainee Gas Engineer can now excise the word “trainee” from his title having completed his studies and become a fully qualified Gas Engineer.
Small Works Manager George Sowerby is now a fully-qualified Site Manager, having undertaken the SMSTS Qualification.
James Bonsall accepting his degree from Sheffield Hallam Pro-Vice Chancellor Christina Hughes
In March, our Managing Director Steve Sowerby was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by North Lindsey College in recognition of our continued commitment for over 35 years to providing Apprenticeship Opportunities for the College's Construction Students, which has seen over 100 Apprentices train to become skilled tradesmen with the firm and which Steve has been a driving force behind for all the time he has been with the firm.
We also enjoyed double success at the LABC Awards again this year. The Ermine Grove Development in Broughton was a Finalist at the South Yorkshire and Humber Awards in Scunthorpe in May; and the Extensions and Alterations to Cormuir in Great Limber was also a Finalist at the East Midlands Awards in Nottingham in June.
We come back from a well-deserved Christmas break to a full and exciting workload.
We will be continuing the Housing Development on Grange Lane South, working towards getting them handed back in March, as well as the Housing Development at Westcliff, both getting on with the 22 houses we’re currently constructing as well as gearing up to start the next phase of 19 later in the year. We’ll also be putting the finishing touches to Newcastle House in Retford, ready to hand that back in February.
Market Housing Developments
T.G. Sowerby Developments’ origins were as house builders in the 1970s and 1980s, and despite having moved in the contracting arena since then, the firm has kept its ear to the ground for opportunities to return to its developer roots.
The opportunity has now presented itself and T.G. Sowerby Developments is pleased to announce it has purchased two development sites in West Lindsey, with Construction of the first development off Laughton Road in Blyton due to commence in early 2018. The development is a new build scheme of nineteen properties at the entrance to the village, with fourteen for market sale. The scheme has been designed to mimic a farmstead, with houses constructed to resemble a Farmhouse and Cottage, Outbuildings and Barns, as well as a more contemporary offering towards the North of the site. The second development, off East Lane in Corringham, is still in the planning stages but we’re hoping to have further announcements about the 9 plots we have on this site in the New Year.
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