ASH Drywall Receive Glowing Feedback from Thakeham Homes

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Thakeham Homes ASH DrywallThe Ash Drywall team working with Thakeham Homes at their development in Portslade, West Sussex has received excellent feedback from Thakeham's management team.

Garry Gill (Project Director - Thakeham Group) commented:

"The quality and supervision of works has been excellent, your team is very easy to work with, and plan works well in advance keeping your operatives well briefed along the way. The making good within the plots is very minor and both Tom and Steve are a pleasure to work with.

It is no surprise to see Ash Drywall at the top of the September Subcontractor leader board. Please pass my thanks on to the whole team."

Congratulations to Steve Jones, Tom Cain, and all of the Ash Drywall team working on this site.

Keep up the good work everyone!


ASH Cup 2020

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CranescapePaul Seager (left) receiving the 2020 Ash Cup from Sean Ash.The Ash Cup is an internal golf tournament held annually by Ash Drywall.

Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as nearest to the pin, longest drive and the much dreaded "wooden spoon" for last place.

Despite all the complications of Covid-19, we were pleased to host the 2020 Ash Cup at Dale Hill Golf Club, Ticehurst on Friday 25 September. Congratulations to Paul Seager for his 2nd win of the illustrious trophy and thanks to everyone who took part. Hope you all had a good day out.

The final results were:

  • 1st - Paul Seager
  • 2nd - Steve Jones
  • 3rd - Joe Wallace
  • Longest Drive - Steve Copper / Mark Payne
  • Nearest to Pin - Joe Wallace
  • Wooden Spoon - Sam Greenaway

GLAA Podcast Exploring the Issue of Labour Exploitation in the Construction Industry

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CranescapeThe podcast highlights exploitation in the construction industry.The GLAA joined forces with Crimestoppers and Marshalls plc to launch a special podcast exploring modern slavery within the construction sector.

They discuss Crimestoppers' new #SlaveryonYourDoorstep campaign, explain how Marshalls’ fleet of drivers are helping to spot and report signs of modern slavery as they go about their work, and how other firms can join the efforts to stamp out the problem.

Read more, and listen to the podcast here.

First-Class Finish with Knauf from ASH Drywall

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Knauf Drywall Airless 001The speed of the Airless products and the minimal clean-up made a welcome contribution to the efficiency of the site.ASH Drywall are great advocates for the new Knauf Airless System so it was with some excitement that we became involved as a sub-contractor to Wates Construction that has just specified Knauf Airless for a fast, high-quality finish throughout Stag House, a new £7m housing development in Putney.

Knauf Airless Finish is a highly efficient spray-applied alternative to traditional plaster for finishing walls and ceilings. Its crushed marble formula makes it easier to level and sand, and the product comes ready-mixed in bags. There is no need to bring water on to the site and application of the product prior to sanding is dust-free, giving a much cleaner and safer environment.

The product was specified primarily for its speed and ease of use, but for us here at ASH Drywall it was a first with this new system, so the training provided by Knauf was an essential part of the service.

ASH Drywall sent a team to the Knauf Learning Zone, the training centre in Sittingbourne, to make sure they were completely comfortable with the system before starting the project and Knauf also followed up with a site visit to answer any last-minute questions.

Tom Hooper-Smith, Project Manager for Wates Construction, was particularly impressed with the safety of the product in use;

"Knauf Airless Ready-mixed Finish produces little dust during application as little or no sanding is required, meaning that the environment is safer and more comfortable for site workers.

The cherry on top has to be that there’s no waste from the product - any unused excess can be scraped back into the hopper, so it is both ecological and economical. It’s a win-win, I really do think it’s the way forward."

The subcontractors are equally enthusiastic. Contracts Manager for ASH Drywall John Abnett commented that:

“The team were a bit unsure initially - but they’re all converts now and they think it’s brilliant. We’ll be happy to tender with this product in the future."

Stag House is located on the former site of Stag House Community Youth Centre in Putney, South West London. The four-storey development is providing 21 new homes including 10 for those with physical and learning disabilities, including accommodation for an on-site support officer. With handover due in May 2020, the speed of the Airless products and the minimal clean-up required made a welcome contribution to the efficiency of the site.

Project Data Value: £2m Architect: Mae-LLP Architects Contractor: Wates Construction Ltd Sub-contractor: ASH Drywall Products used: Knauf Airless Ready-mixed Finish.

Ringmer Joinery

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Ringmer Joinery provides bespoke joinery in the heart of SussexAsh Drywall are excited to have a new venture up and running called Ringmer Joinery, a trading division specialising in the manufacture and installation of bespoke joinery products including casement windowssash windowstilt & turn windowsfront doors, bi-fold doorspatio doorsfrench doors, and conservatories.

Ringmer Joinery offers a quality-driven approach to all aspects of bespoke joinery design, manufacture and installation and is an ideal choice for timber window and door installations in Brighton, Hove, Lewes and throughout the South-East of England.

Ringmer Joinery's experience spans both public and private sectors, in addition to a variety of industry sectors, including: Commercial / Residential, Education, Retail / Leisure and Healthcare.

Ash Drywall supervisor wins successive Health & Safety awards

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Ash Drywall supervisor, Adam Payne, who’s been awarded Wates Construction’s “STOPGO” safety award for the second month running.Congratulations to Ash Drywall supervisor, Adam Payne, who’s been awarded Wates Construction’s “STOPGO” safety award for the second month running.

These awards recognise Adam’s dedication to safe working practices, as demonstrated throughout our sub-contract works at the Stag Housing Development, Putney.

Congratulations Adam and keep up the great work!

'Exploited' workers propping up the building sector

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Samantha Ireland, Head of Business Change, Gangmasters & Labour Abuse AuthoritySamantha Ireland is the head of business change at the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority and has contacted ASH Drywall to let us know about a story running on the BBC News website.

In the summer Samantha did an interview with the BBC on the work of the construction industry. Due to lots of other news worthy things happening, this piece was unfortunately bumped, but was eventually aired on BBC news at 6pm on 2 December2019.

There is also an extended piece on the BBC website:

Katie Prescott the presenter is really keen on covering this type of story, so there may be more opportunities in the future to showcase the work responsible construction industry players such as ASH Drywall are doing in preventing labour exploitation.

I’m really proud that the industry is being recognised for all the hard work - Good job!

Samantha Ireland
Head of Business Change 
Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority