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Sep 07
2017

Back to school with CD Hood

Posted by CarlHood in CRB checked , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge commercial builders , Builders London


Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd specialise in commercial projects; including commercial extensions, office refurbishments, office interiors, school building projects and commercial maintenance contracts.



After a busy summer working on projects for  two schools – St Christopher’s School in Letchworth and Hilgay Primary School, alongside some work refurbishing property on Malcom Street for the University CD Hood Ltd too are settling back into term time. We always enjoy improving the learning environment from primary kids to University researchers.

If you are looking to refurbish or refresh your office, school or commercial property and need building contractors in East Anglia who work closely with experienced architects and building planners CD Hood are happy to talk through your project. We have long experience of carrying out a variety of different commercial buildings work including; existing offices, factories and commercial receptions, creating new, bright and modern office spaces.

CD Hood are also able to undertake the complete construction of new build offices and reception areas. We can add extensions to existing buildings, offer fit outs retrofits and alterations of existing layouts as well as being able to offer office planning.
In addition CD Hood have extensive experience in commercial WC refurbishments. This is an area that can sometimes let a building down.  We undertake full refits of existing commercial WC suites, including the design and layout, as well as all electrical and mechanical works. For simpler solutions we can also just provide cubicle or vanity only packages.

Aug 21
2017

Working with Schools

Posted by CarlHood in schools , demolition , DBS checked , CRB checked builders , CRB checked , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge commercial builders


CD Hood Ltd, commercial Cambridgeshire builders have lots of experience working with schools. There is nothing more satisfying that helping to transform a learning environment of a school for the pupils to return in the Autumn. The summer time is of course the best time to complete any building or refurbishment works for schools.

CD Hood Ltd have recently demolished a former shelter for London evacuees during The Second World War at Hilgay primary school. This is to make way for a new classroom extension and associated works to improve the school building. Groundworks are now well and truly underway.



Alongside building works CD Hood Ltd have also refurbished two classroom St Christopher's School in Letchworth. They were commissioned to remove a flat suspended ceiling and open up the roof space to make a feature of 100 year old beams.  And installed new purpose made windows, beech skirtings and doors and re-sanded and sealed the parquet floors.

Despite in some cases trying to complete the lion share of the building or refurbishing work when the pupils are not on site, CD Hood Ltd take their responsibilities of working with schools very seriously. 
It used to be the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check but is now the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check that has to be in place. It is vital that the criminal record history for people who apply for certain jobs, for example working with children or in healthcare is checked.  All on site CD Hood Ltd staff are DBS checked.


Jul 20
2017

Update an old conservatory?

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd specialise in renovation and updating your property can take many forms.  One thing lots of people are doing currently it to update or renovate a conservatory with a solid roof.  It’s a popular way to make a conservatory habitable throughout the whole year.

Updating an existing conservatory with a solid roof is defined as material alteration work, which means that it is covered by Building Regulations. This means that the project should be the subject of an application for control and a certificate on completion.
Then there are a set of options from replacing with stronger I-shaped profiles as the existing roof of polycarbonate or glass structure is usually only supported by the windows from thin glazing beads. These are unlikely to be suitable to act as rafters supporting the new solid roof. So replacing the beads with stronger I-shaped profiles that have a wide top flange capable of supporting the new roof is the first element of the project.

You could always install something more substantial, such as timber rafters alongside the existing beads. Timber is strong, but it is prone to twist and warp as it dries out and so it needs bracing and fixing in place.

By itself, this would not be enough to create a habitable extension that can be made open plan to the home. If you want more than a sun room CD Hood Ltd could help you to revamp the entire structure or replace it entirely.

https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/how-update-old-conservatory/

 

Jul 20
2017

Jesus College refurbishments underway

Posted by CarlHood in Jesus college , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders , Builders London

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd like a challenge and have recently taken on three new houses to completely refurbishment this summer.   Jesus college Cambridge needs them to be ready in just 6 weeks before their students return in the Autumn. Each house needs new electrics, plumbing, new kitchens and bathrooms so we will be working hard to get the job done.



When looking to improve your property quickly, refurbishment really can be the best option, as rebuilding and extending is often time-consuming and can be stressful.  Lots of houses and or flats, can benefit loads from larger jobs like new kitchens and bathrooms to just minor adjustments like deep cleaning, adding new furniture, re-plastering, and installing basic safety features can all add value.

The main advantage with refurbishment is that the property will be available to sell or let in a short amount of time, whereas extending or rebuilding a property will take much longer. By improving the building quickly, you will see a faster turnaround within a shorter time. There are also fewer limitations than on new builds. New buildings are often restricted by limited floor space, parking facilities and heights. However, restrictions on existing properties are much less stringent, allowing you to refurbish and improve your property easily.
A huge positive when it comes to refurbishing an existing building is that planning permission may not be needed. It is not even needed if you are converting an office block into residential apartments, as you would be able to take advantage of the extension to permitted development rights.

Jul 20
2017

450 new homes in Cambridge

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Builders London

As commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd are always pleased to see new homes built in and around Cambridge. Recently a strategic 50:50 joint venture partnership with House builder Hill and Marshall Group Properties looks to deliver 450 new homes in Cambridge.



Called  Wing, the new development will sit on 160 acres of land, and form part of a wider master plan that could be able to offer up to a total of 1,300 homes. The first phase when complete, will comprise of 315 private homes and 135 affordable homes – including shared ownership and affordable rent tenures. Robert Marshall, chief executive of Marshall said “We are delighted to be partnering with Hill for the first phase of the Wing development,”  This first phase will offer a range of properties including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom houses.
There also promised to be a wide range of facilities build to support the new community, including a new primary school, sports pitches, allotments and retail and commercial space. New transport infrastructure is also planned meaning nearby Newmarket Road will be upgraded. 
Andy Hill, chief executive of Hill, commented: “We have established firm roots in Cambridge and have long been committed to delivering more homes to this great city as it continues to thrive and grow. Having delivered several package of new builds CD Hood Ltd also take pride in being able to work on new developments large or small helping to making Cambridge one of the best cities to live in the UK.

https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2017/6/marshall-group-teams-up-with-hill-to-deliver-450-new-homes-in-cambridge

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