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Development at Field View, Silver Street, Wethersfield

A housing development of nine 3, 4 and 5 bed detached houses in the village of Wethersfield for Julia MacKay Properties.

The specification for these homes included heating by air source heat pumps, integrated appliances in each kitchen and wood burners in some properties.

Construction was completed late 2019 with handover to the Client in January 2020.

November 2018

December 2018

April 2019

September 2019

December 2019

January 2020



Clock Tower and Gatehouse Restoration

Restoration of the Clock Tower and Gatehouse at Rougham Hall is now complete. Located at Rougham Hall near Bury St Edmunds, this building was established in 1924 and had reached the point of collapse. The Hall itself was seriously damaged on 23 September 1940 when it received a direct hit from a German bomb and the clock mechanism within the tower has  been revealed for the first time since the 1940’s. As part of the restoration project on the Clock Tower,  two huge bells were brought back to life whilst repairs were made.  The Gatehouse has been beautifully refurbished into a 3 bedroom accommodation with some very unique features!

Drone Footage looking down into the Gatehouse before works commenced.

Front Elevation of Gatehouse before works commenced.

Scaffolding all the way up the Tower.

Extension in progress.

New Roof to Gatehouse also showing refurbished Clock Tower.

Bells are ready for a clean!

Completed externally, including extension

Beautiful features in new kitchen area.

Stairs to Clock Tower.

Original detail showing on the bells

Staircase from underneath.




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.