Coopers Technology College were successful in bidding for nearly £3m of Academies Capital Maintenance Fund to refurbish a grade II listed building.
At all stages of the project Woodbar were totally professional, often during challenging circumstances. The quality of their work and the work of their sub-contractors is outstanding. The finished building has received glowing comments and remarks from The Principal and staff of the college, the Mayor of Bromley, the Chislehurst Society and local residents.
The building had fallen into a state of disrepair to the point where it was no longer weather proof and could only be described as derelict in parts. Through a competitive tendering process Woodbar carried out a full refurbishment of the building in two phases.At all times, Woodbar were aware that there were working in an education establishment, their staff and their sub-contractors were tightly managed and were courteous to all Coopers staff and students. On a project lasting over eighteen months there was not one incident involving contractors and students on a site where 1,400 students attend daily.
The project was completed within the budget available"
Rob Carling I.P.F.A - Vice Principal (Business) Coopers Technology College
"Woodbar were the main contractors for the conversion of the ground floor of a school building into 3 classrooms and associated washrooms and store rooms. Their approach to the project was calm, efficient and sensible. Communication between the construction team, Woodbar management and the school was excellent throughout and the project was completed on time and to budget.
I was particularly impressed with the site foreman who operated the tidiest, and safest, building site that I am able to recall in my 30 years of controlling and managing small to medium sized construction projects around the world with the Army.
The project was completed on time and to budget. I would employ Woodbar again on building works within Orley Farm School and will be asking them to tender for works in the near future."
Tim Brand – Bursur Orley Farm
"Woodbar Ltd were required to undertake a complex task within an extremely confined space. The contract with Woodbar was the JCT with Contractor’s Design (that element being the design of a lift). There were many elements of the general design which used innovative materials and Woodbar were receptive to learning more about these materials and how they could be best fabricated and installed. It is fair to say that certain design information was generated during the course of the works which a contractor could have used as the basis of claims for delay, but it is a credit to the contractor that through negotiation there was no end effect upon the final account.
The job was delivered within the contract sum. The job progressed without incident. The management of Woodbar were professional and were happy to discuss issues directly with the Client, although scrupulous in only taking instructions from the contract administrator, in this case Walker Bushe Architects. In the award of marks on performance, it is my usual practice to limit 10’s in exceptional circumstances, which is why in achieving 50% of ratings at 10 is testament to a high degree of satisfaction. This contract was project managed along traditional lines of co-operation, with a shared desire to out turn a result from which all concerned could take credit.
The scheme is now under consideration for inclusion in London Open House Day 2011 when notable building projects are able to be viewed by the general public."
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
"Woodbar were on site with us for what seemed like months during 2008-9, painting the whole school exterior and replacing all our windows with double glazed ones. Staff and children got to know them well and they became part of the school – one painter even stepped up as Father Christmas in a crisis! Due to the extent and nature of the work, there was a lot of work during the school day and this was managed well, always negotiating with us, giving us good notice and managing health and safety issues well. The crew were well managed and communication with me was sustained throughout. The window project was not without its problems (with the suppliers of the windows) and Woodbar managed frustrating delays well, keeping us informed and working flexibly around the school day to make up lost time.
We are really pleased with the final outcome!"
Kate Frood - Eleanor Palmer School
"Woodbar have undertaken minor maintenance and small construction projects for the Museum of London for more than 6 years, ranging from small one-off repair tasks to projects of approximately £10,000 in value.
The quality of workmanship and professional attitude of Woodbar employees has been exemplary and I have no hesitation in supplying a reference for your company.
Brian Burton - Facilities Manager Museum of London
"I have worked with Woodbar Limited for many years and I have always found them to be professional in their approach to every project they are involved with.
We have many listed buildings on our Estate and I have been very pleased with the care and attention that Woodbar Limited have been taking to restore these buildings to their former glory. The standard of workmanship Woodbar Limited produce has been very pleasing for both myself and the building’s occupants.
Over the years I have built up a trustful relationship with the company and its employees and take comfort from the knowledge that the works will be completed diligently and to a high standard.
I will continue to invite Woodbar Limited to participate in any future projects that I am involved in and I would be happy to give my personal recommendation of the company."
Daniel Beard - Howard de Walden Management Limited
"I would like to express to your company how pleased we all are with the completed works at Primrose Hill School.
Woodbar were on site for more than a year and yet, in that time, we never felt that builders were amongst us. Your men worked each day drilling, building, doing electrical and plumbing works, as well as painting and decorating etc and accommodated our school each step of the way.
The disturbance to the staff, parents and children was minimal and the works were completed on time.
We are very pleased with our new classrooms, kitchen, dining Hall and reception and administrative areas. The finish is good and we all enjoy working in the new parts of our large building."
Jane Hunter - Headteacher Primrose Hill School
"It is with pleasure that I write a reference for Woodbar Ltd.
My first involvement with Woodbar was in 2001 when I worked in the City Surveyors Department of City of London Corporation and they competitively secured, as an Approved Contractor to the City, a substantial internal refurbishment to common parts at a number of the City’s office buildings. The works were undertaken to a high standard and completed to time and budget.
Following this project I regularly invited Woodbar to tender and undertake refurbishment/repair works of a varying nature and value; following my career progression to University of Arts London I was keen to include them on our Contractors list for works with the University. Early on as part of this inclusion I was pleased to have them competitively secure an extensive disability improvement scheme at one of our sites.
Woodbar are a dedicated and thorough contracting firm who I find are competitive in their pricing and take a professional attitude to their site and office based work. When ‘complications’ arise in a project I know that Woodbar will be working with their client to find an effective financial and ‘buildable’ solution to that problem which is to their credit.
Following over seven years work with Woodbar I would not hesitate to consider them for future projects and look forward to further opportunities to work with them."
Simon Caley - Estate Surveyor University of the Arts London
"Woodbar were our main contractors during the building and refurbishment of our school. These were major works that lasted about two years.
To say that we were pleased with their work would be an understatement. During the time that they were working on our site, the whole construction team became part of the Fitzjohn’s family.
Nothing was too much trouble for the project manager and his workers. As a working school, if we needed works to be quieter because of exams then the schedule was altered. Their attention to detail was excellent and Mark and his team ensured that any sub-contractors worked to the same high expectations that he himself displayed. I am proud to say that not one day of school was missed during the works and that we now have a school that is the envy of all Heads in Camden.
The architects and the school have (so far) won two major architectural awards due, I believe, in no small part, to the hard work and commitment of our building team from Woodbar.
I would recommend them wholeheartedly. Please feel free to contact me should you require further information."
Rob Earrey - Headteacher Fitzjohn’s Primary School
"I am writing to say thanks to you and your team for the work done at our HQ building, including both the planned and the additional works undertaken during the refurbishment project for our basement toilets, cellars and ground floor cloakroom. Given the complexity and detail, and site problems, finishing on time for the start of the autumn term was a major achievement. We were happy working with the ballpark estimates and agreed supplementary costings and have learnt a bit about the need for our own specifications to be more precise. We enjoyed good working relations with your team, bearing out the recommendation from Fitzjohn’s School in our neighbourhood.
Now that we have established a relationship I trust we can work on further projects."
Regan Scott - Building Manager The Maria Montessori Training Organisation