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We appreciate how versatile glass is, but you also realise how strong this material is when you consider some of its uses. The recent redevelopment of a boatyard in Whisstocks, Woodbridge has brought this into focus with the construction and installation of tough, state-of-the-art glass flood gates designed to close during high tide. The boatyard has been transformed into stunning apartments adjacent to a museum and boat shed
The area will also benefit from a life size replica of the Anglo-Saxon boat found over the river at Sutton Hoo, built by the Woodbridge Riverside Trust. Commercial/retail buildings and a restaurant are planned for this development too, and will be created in the style of the original buildings, featuring an external larch façade and authentic cladding.
The project has been pretty complex leading to many head scratching moments, and has involved work being carried out between a regional rail line and the tidal river Deben. A local community group staged an operatic production at the site in 2017 called the Kings River Opera. All involved agree that despite a number of challenges presented by this major construction project, the results have exceeded expectations.
UK regional cities in general are consistently experiencing increased activity within the building industry, especially where city centre development is concerned. The Deloitte Real Estate Crane Survey UK series monitor construction activity in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Belfast. Every one of these cities has seen growth across sectors such as residential, offices, hotels, education, retail and student housing. In fact in some cases activity has doubled in comparison to the year before. Demand is being met, and the housing shortage being addressed in many areas, as reports state that almost 17,000 residential units are under construction in these locations.
This is good news for all companies who offer high quality construction services of varying types such as SJP Building Services, Wigan.