ST JAMES PRIMARY ACADEMY ISLE OF GRAIN
A building project of the highest quality.
When St. James Primary school was devasted by a fire, we needed to know that our personal phoenix would rise from the ashes and thanks to Chris Browne Builders the resulting build truly met the high standards that we craved.
They have created a haven of light and space that exceeded our hopes and one that the staff and children find tranquil generating a harmonious atmosphere for learning. An excellent learning platform has been established.
Our thanks goes out to whole team.
Miss F Cordingley. HEADTEACHER
ST ANDREWS PREP SCHOOL EASTBOURNE
Apologies that it has taken me so long to write but I am dropping you a line to say thank you for all the work that you and your team undertook at St Andrew's Prep. Our new Sports Hall is a magnificent addition to our facilities and will provide a host of sporting and cultural opportunities for the children to develop their skills and interests. After the initial problems caused by the archaeological scrutiny, I thought your team of builders got on extremely well and what impressed me most about your team was their pleasant manner and their careful approach to safeguarding our pupils. Utmost care was t ken with the fencing and access points and I knew that our pupils were safe despite the use of large and dangerous machinery. I really cannot express how important this is, so thank you.
Good luck with your next project. I am sure there are plenty in the pipeline.
Gareth Jones . HEADTEACHER
BISHOP RIDLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL
We made a bid for funding for a new classroom and two new offices to the DfE and through the Diocese of Rochester we secured the services of Chris Browne Builders.
Throughout the whole period of the building project we found them to be helpful, accommodating and highly professional in their approach. They engaged in a dialogue with the school that resulted in a good level of communication. Because of its location the project was potentially quite disruptive and we were apprehensive before it began. However their method of working and willingness to be flexible around the needs of a school meant that the whole process went very smoothly, with minimum disruption.
Their team were polite, approachable and understanding at all times. Cleanliness, security and safety were given a high priority. The building project was on schedule and finished to a high standard. Consequently, we were delighted to learn that they would be carrying out Phase 2 of the project starting in August 2015.
We would highly recommend Chris Browne Builders for any building project, whatever the size and complexity
Steven Hall. HEADTEACHER
ST ANSELMS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Chris Browne Builders were appointed by the Diocese of Southwark to undertake a contract at the school of approximately £250,000. The project involved constructing some ramps to help our students in wheelchairs around the school site and the provision of a physio room in our sports hall. The team involved were always professional and understanding in our requirements. The location of the work could have resulted in serious disruption to the school but the flexibility and co-operation demonstrated by the team minimised the impact. The work was of a high quality even allowing for last minute changes at the insistence of the local authority.
We have since asked them to undertake further work within the school and have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Andrew Fuller. Business Manager
FULSTON MANOR SCHOOL SITTINGBOURNE
Fulston Manor School has contracted Chris Browne Builders for two major refurbishment projects in the past 2 years. The work has ben completed o time, on budget and to a very high standard on both occasions. All queries have been dealt with effectively and to our satisfaction. We are extremely impressed with the quality of their work, their communication with the school and the professionalism of the company. Their standards of health and safety and safeguarding procedures are very high, enabling the school to continue to operate smoothly throughout.
I would highly recommend chris Brown Builders for jobs of any size in an educational environment and would have no hesitation in employing their services in the future.
Sharon Best. Finance Director
REYNOLDS FITNESS SPA
Chris Browne Builders have carried out several large design and build projects for us. They are very professional and finished the projects on time and to budget.
We wanted a builder we could rely on to project manage and monitor the works closely since we needed to continue with our own business' activities. Chris Browne managed the process excellently for us and kept us well informed.
Chris Browne assisted with design matters to ensure we achieved value for money without compromising quality. His team were extremely helpful and were very aware of the importance of keeping our existing gym/spa clients safe and-any disruption to the existing buildings, to a minimum.
Managing Director Reynolds Fitness Spas
GREENFIELD COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL MAIDSTONE
Chris Browne Builders offer a quick, efficient and professional service. They are always extremely helpful and friendly and their workmanship is excellent.
Carolyn Smith. Finance Officer
ENGLISH MARTYRS SCHOOL STROOD
In summer 2010 work commenced on improving disabled access.
All the pre-commencement of works meetings were productive and professional; work commenced and was completed within the time-frame requested by the school; when on site all arrangements were carried out to the required standard. We were very happy with the end result.
Having been impressed with the way the building project had gone the governors had no hesitation in approving more funds so that other works identified in our DDA audit could be completed. We chose Chris Browne to complete this work, having been so impressed with the way the company had carried out the first phase.
Work was carried out during Easter 2011 and the first day back in school Deborah was in to check that everything had gone to our satisfaction. We were thus able to discuss the work and deal with any queries straight away: it is so helpful having a good point of contact.
I would have no hesitation in using Chris Browne again and would recommend the company to others.
Maureen Pearson. HEADTEACHER
ST ANDREWS PREP SCHOOL EASTBOURNE
Chris Browne Builders are engaged as the principal contractor for a design and build contract for the development of a sports hall on a green site at a value nearing £2 million. Extensive due diligence was carried out prior to engagement and this was inclusive of site visits to projects that have been completed and a developments in the build stage. We were suitably impressed by the verbal references from finance managers and estate / facilities managers within these organisations.
Whilst our project has seen a lift in costs and time, this has been outside the control of the contractor and the cause could have not been reasonably foreseen. In addition they are drawing back lost time which is greatly appreciated.
Communication at site level has been strong and the ability of the contractor to work alongside an operational school has been excellent.
The School is currently reviewing quotes for additional works from Chris Brown Builders. Based on my experiences to date with the contractor I would have no reservation with engaging them in further projects at our School.
Stephen Henderson – Reid. Facilities Bursar
WALTHAMSTOW HALL SEVENOAKS
Their knowledge and understanding of the building work and the safeguarding implications of working within a girls’ school have been outstanding. Stuart spends his time working with his teams to ensure the highest quality of build is achieved and this was evidenced by the completion, last Spring, of a Dining Hall and classroom that were attached to existing buildings that remained in use at our Junior School site. The high quality result was on time and on budget.
Stuart has been at our Senior School site as site manager for the construction of a ‘Ball Hall’ 4 badminton court size sports hall with other facilities including a three level facility to one side. Again this is joined to our existing swimming pool and temporary pupil access has been very successfully organised; another example of Stuart’s problem solving skills.
On both projects Stuart has very carefully managed the expectations of the different stakeholders including discerning neighbours, members of staff and governors.
Malcolm Browning Bursar
St Katherine Knockholt School
Chris Browne Builders recently completed a two class building here at St Katharine’s. We were absolutely delighted with their work and welcome any visits to look at the end product. I would have no reservation at all in appointing them again for future projects. The building was completed on time and within budget. Any minor issues were quickly resolved and both Chris and Deborah responded flexibly and promptly at all times.
The actual building team were extremely mindful that they were operating on a school site and ensured that the site was safe at all times.
Having experienced other builders on a variety of projects here at St Katharine’s, Chris Browne Builders have been by far the best. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further details.
SARAH JANE TORMEY. HEADTEACHER
St Mary's Catholic Primary School
The firm of Chris Browne have recently completed building work for us which included an
extension of an ICT suite and toilets. Such was the quality of their work we have instructed
them to complete further renovations. The Site Manager was polite, responsive and a good
The building work was completed to schedule with no delays. As Chris Browne himself takes
great pride in the quality of workmanship and service offered, he was always available for
I recommend this firm to you without reservation and where possible intend to use them again
after planned works are completed.
MRS BERNADETTE LONG. HEADTEACHER
Canford Health Care
Chris Browne Builders produced an innovative design and build project with their architect to construct an extension to the existing Grade II listed property, taking into account the challenging site conditions, the many features of the existing building with a need to produce a new modern facility.
The added challenge was the continuous operation of the existing home during the works. They were sympathetic to the running of the home and put in place measures to minimise any disruption. Chris provided practical solutions to various problems we faced in a cost effective way.
MR BRIAN COONEY. CEO
St Thomas More School
This company have always worked with the best interest of the school in mind, both for health and safety and value for money.
They try and keep disruption to a minimum during what is obviously a very busy environment. They are happy to advise at any time during the project or equally listen to ideas as the project progresses.