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SJCC Awards 9th May 2019

Seamans Building attended the Suffolk Joint Construction Committee Awards on the 9th May 2019.  With 2 entries in the running for an award, Seamans  were delighted to receive winning awards for both!

Firstly, Seamans picked up the Winners Award for Best New Build – Large Scheme, for the 14 Almshouses, Framlingham completed earlier this year. This project designed by Hollins Architects and built for The Mills Charity now provides quality living space for selected families in need.

Secondly, Seamans gained the Winners Award for a Restoration & Refurbishment project at a listed property within the town centre of  Bury St Edmunds.  Extensive work was carried out internally and externally restoring this previous wine merchants into a modern and unique family home. 



ISO 45001:2018 Accreditation


Continuous Registration to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 incl SSIP

We are delighted to announce Seamans Building has recently achieved further ISO accreditation 45001:2018.  This Occupational Health & Safety standard has been developed to provide employee safety, reduce workplace risks creating safer working conditions for business all over the world.  Integrated into our company’s existing management processes, it follows the same high-level structure as other ISO Management system standards, such as our already gained ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) systems.

Construction Commences at Elm Farm Park

08/08/2019  Windows and doors installed, the roadway is being laid.







05/03/2019 Starting to take some shape now with cladding being installed.







06/02/2019 The roofing being installed by our own team here at Seamans Building.






17/01/2019 With the steel frame complete, a crane lifts concrete beams into place ready to accommodate the pre-cast floor.






08/01/2019 Making Progress..









04/01/2019 The beginnings of the steel frame erection underway..






04/10/2018 Construction of the first phase of the Elm Farm Park Commercial Units Scheme is underway. Concrete mixers arrived on site early morning pouring 130m3 of concrete into the foundations.












A Hybrid Future for Seamans Building

We are pleased to have recently installed 2 Electric car charging points to the front of our Head office here at Elm Farm Park.

Seamans currently have 2 Hybrid cars within our fleet which require this facility, and we offer it to any guest who wishes to ‘top up’ on their visit to Seamans Building.













Sod Cutting Ceremony – Elm Farm Park Commercial Units Scheme

Above: Sod Cutting Ceremony taking place. Left to right: Ben Whatling (Project Manager), Darryl Long (Finance Director), Duncan Haydon (Client), Steven Reason (Estimating Director) and Glenn King (Project Co-ordinator).

Construction of the first phase of the Elm Farm Park Commercial Units B1 Scheme is set to begin later this month, after successfully obtaining Planning Permission in 2016.

The site will comprise 3 offices and 9 high spec light industrial spaces, all located on the site between Thurston and Norton just off the A14 near Bury St. Edmunds.

Elm Farm Park consists of a series of former Victorian agricultural buildings with more modern offices built alongside, overlooking open countryside.

The units will become available for sale and for let,  Duncan Haydon anticipates from as early as April 2019.  Enquiries should be directed to Haydon Holdings Ltd – 01359 234090 or the Agents Lacy Scott Knight, Stowmarket – 01449 612384

Medieval Gate House undergoes Restoration













In the grounds of a Medieval Manor House in Norfolk stands this 2-storey derelict brick Gatehouse.

The Gatehouse dates from 1570 and includes a Coat of Arms, terracotta columns, windows to the first floor and a stone plaque in the gable head. Works included new roofing and timber replacement, brick repairs and repointing on all elevations.  Joists and floorboards replaced and the clearance of vegetation from the external walls and steps.

The 16C oak door which led to the first floor has been carefully removed and Seamans have restored it beautifully in their Joinery Shop.

The Mills Charity – New Almshouses, Framlingham

We are proud to have completed to an exceptional standard 14 new Almshouses in Mills Crescent, Vyces Road, Framlingham for the Mills Trust.  These Almshouses are the first to be built in the town for many years and are specifically intended for young families in need.

The development compromises 4 one bed flats and 10 three bed houses, some of which have been designed for less abled bodied persons.

The project has received many complimentary comments and is very impressive, we are proud to have worked alongside this worthy charity.

NFB Heritage Group Event 2018

Estimating Director Steve Reason, Seamans Building,  was a keynote speaker at the NFB Heritage Group Event on Wednesday 7 March 2018. His detailed presentation showcasing the extensive range of traditional skills Seamans Building offer and the works undertaken on the Grade 1 Listed Cupola House in Bury St. Edmunds was a huge success.

Grade 1 Listed Cupola House in Bury St. Edmunds, which is shortlisted for the NFB 2018 Awards within the Heritage category.

The NFB event  was held at the inspirational Monastery in Gorton Lane, Manchester. The Monastery is an impressive story of renovation and transformation from near dereliction to an award-winning centre of inspiration – the perfect venue.

Without these skills the industry will be unable to repair and care for our country’s historic buildings, highlighting the need for immediate, strong and sustained action to prevent further erosion of the skills base. National Federation of Builders

The event was devoted to Heritage Building, celebrating the skills that exist, looking at new crafts people and discussing procurement routes for heritage work. There was a lively  Q&A session after the keynote addresses. NFB Heritage Group members were joined by members of the NFB and construction companies.

 The launch of our heritage group at Eltham Palace, on 7 February 2017, provided us with an opportunity to bring together almost 100 like-minded individuals with a particular focus and interest in the built heritage environment, and address some of these challenges. Clare Watson, Chair of the NFB Heritage Group

The NFB Heritage Group is a specialist group consisting of NFB members involved in construction of, or with an interest in, the heritage built environment and we have an obligation to ensuring the needs of the group are met. read more>

Apprenticeships – preserving heritage buildings for future generations

Seamans Building offers apprenticeships to support new and up and coming craftsmen across many trades.Our people are at the heart of what we do, and as part of our family ethos, Seamans Building are fully committed to training.

We believe that by nurturing graduates, apprentices, and craftsmen we can ensure that the quality of traditional skills and values are protected for future generations.

Our broad range of skilled craftsmen and extensive professional experience offer expert training, alongside training colleges, the Construction Industry Training Board and local universities to provide opportunities at all levels within Seamans Building.

As a renowned, award-wining building company, Seamans Building, blends the traditions and values of heritage craftsmanship with fresh design and contemporary skills, offering bespoke, high specification, individual building services in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

If you like m ore information on apprenticeships or feel you have the necessary skills to join our exciting team, then please contact us.

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Seamans Building renovation- a sense of place

Inspired by its history and beautiful country setting, The Engine House is now a welcoming retreat.

Based in Suffolk award-wining Seamans Building have an eye for style and craftsmanship; developing a wealth of properties throughout East Anglia and the home counties, from conservation projects to extensions and new builds, they are one of our local business success stories.

 The Engine House renovation

Well known for creating desirable homes in prime residential areas, their mix of materials from flint to traditional brickwork really adds a sense of place to homes, anchoring them in the locality; whilst their striking modern mix of steel cladding, feature glass walls and state-of-the-art energy efficient homes show-cases the breadth of their exceptional skillset.

 Double height finished interior

The Engine House
Remodelling existing structures, to create modern homes of distinction with character and comfortable living space for today’s lifestyle is a popular theme; with Seamans Building offering clients a bespoke design and build service, from initial planning to completed home.

A recent project: The Engine House, is nestled in what was once a large Suffolk country estate. An industrial single storey building it required vision and sympathetic renovation to enhance and celebrate the property’s weathered Victorian provenance.

A neglected building site waiting for inspiration the building stood derelict for many years, with trees and ivy invading the brickwork. However, the structure was generally sound, with Victorian red brick walls and slate tiles. The Engine House was recorded as housing a Hornsby 18-20 HP oil engine and Taunton Dynamo for electricity generation, thankfully, long since removed!

Passionate about retaining the character and look of the existing industrial structure the owners welcomed traditional skills.

 The finished interior – snug

The property offered interesting features and a vaulted interior to create a welcoming home. The scheme included retaining the existing parapet walls, conserving the years of weathering to allow the character of the building’s age to be revealed against a new sympathetically constructed extension, where a previous abutting building had been demolished.

The original Engine House interior was a double height open space with exposed beams and a rough painted brick finish. A series of extensive refurbishment to include underpinning, new cavity brick walls to mimic the rough quality of the original brickwork, insulation, a new single storey extension, a first-floor mezzanine, and replacement double-glazed windows (following the heritage style) together with central heating, electrics, redecoration and careful renovation of the existing exposed beams and rafters.

 Traditional craftsmanship – oak staircase

Renovated rural escape
Inspired by the heritage of the site The Engine House is now a welcoming country home with a feature reclaimed terracotta tiled floor throughout, a balconied first floor master bedroom overlooking the double height vaulted live-in contemporary kitchen and family room with steps down to a cosy snug with log burner. There are a further two bedrooms in the sympathetic extension, and two bathrooms. The property benefits from feature bifold doors opening onto the sunny walled garden, an ideal entertaining space.

 Modern interior with a mix of materials

The high level of finish and quality build is evident throughout, retaining the property’s character, formed by over a century of neglect: from its weathered lichen covered brickwork to the high-spec bathrooms and modern kitchen. The Engine House is now an idyllic renovated rural escape with light-filled rooms and creative touches.

 Home comforts – log burner & soft lighting

Home comforts
Thinking of transforming your home? From small extensions or alterations to large development schemes Seamans Building have won national accolades, proving their craftsmanship approach is continually adding value to their client’s projects.

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Seamans Building are featured in The Suffolk Resident Magazine Property section.

Seamans Building shortlisted for national NFB award

We are delighted to be shortlisted to receive an award from the National Federation of Builders (NFB). The NFB Awards 2018 celebrate the high-quality work and commitment delivered by members across England and Wales. The awards also reflect the dynamic nature of the construction industry and the excellent standards upheld by NFB members.

Seamans Building is a finalist in the following award categories:

    • New Build Project of the Year Award
    • Heritage Project of the Year Award

Credit: Seamans Building – New Build Project of the Year Award finalist

Reaching the final stages indicates that Seamans Building demonstrated excellence in the delivery of construction projects, from setting clear measurable objectives to building fantastic relationships with clients and striving to provide added value.

“It’s a huge achievement. Many companies entered the national awards, and being shortlisted for the Heritage category and the New Build category is testament to our exceptional team and the diverse construction excellence we offer at Seamans Building” Duncan Haydon

Credit: Seamans Building – Heritage Project of the Year Award finalist

This prestigious award follows on from the recent LABC Building Excellence Awards for ‘Best Commercial Building’ with the skilled renovation of Cupola House, a Grade I listed building in Bury St. Edmunds, and ‘Best Local Builder & Traditional Craftsperson’ for their consistent excellent standards of building and unique traditional skills.

Seamans Building is based at Thurston near Bury St Edmunds and undertakes all types of construction work including alterations and extensions, new build houses, commercial / industrial work, NHS and education projects.

Operating throughout East Anglia our commitment to quality is based on developing exceptional teams; using modern techniques whilst safeguarding traditional skills and craftsmanship for future generations.

Winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony taking place at The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Sutton Coldfield, on Tuesday 27 March 2018.