Hot Construction Projects

Take a look at the collection of hot construction projects that have recently started across Kent, Hampshire & Oxfordshire.


Castle Quay Shopping Centre

Castle Quay Extension - Hot Construction Project - England Associates
Image credit: Castle Quay


Value: £35m
Location: Oxfordshire
Estimated start date: 18/09/17

Developer Hawkstone Properties have recently started the anticipated extension to Castle Quays Shopping Centre, a mixed use retail and leisure development located in the heart of Banbury.

The extension will soon be home to a 117 room Premier Inn, 8 screen cinema and popular restaurant chains such as Nandos, Chiquitos, Zizzis and Handmade Burger Company. These will all sit between the canal and Spiceball Park with a Lidl supermarket.

In addition a car park extension, new entrance via Cherwell drive and pedestrian bridges will be built over the canal to assist with access to the new and improved center.

Contact us if you would like to know more about opportunities on this and other similar projects.


University Building – Winchester

Winchester University Extension - Hot Construction Project - England Associates
Image credit: Winchester University

Value: £17.5m
Location: Hampshire
Estimated start date: 30/10/2017

The University of Winchester has been give planning permission and are due to start work on their new state-of-the-art building imminently.

This 2 year scheme includes the construction of 7,593 sqm of additional speak including a new auditorium, teaching accommodation, library, dining and associated accommodation in West Downs Student Village.

The main contractor for the scheme, Osbourne, will also be completing associates works on roads, footpaths and landscaping to ensure the match the new design vision.

Do you like locally to Winchester and looking for work in construction, speak to one of our specialist construction team. 


Ashford Designer Outlet Phase 2

Ashford Outlet Centre Extensions Phase 2 - Hot Construction Project - England Associates
Image credit: Chapman Taylor


Value: £35m
Location: Kent
Estimated start date: 23/10/2017

Plans have now been approved for Phase 2 of development for Ashford Designer Outlet creating an additional 13,000 sqm of retail space. The scheme comprises of both demolition and the construction of an extension to produce the new space and an additional 327 parking spaces.

The original shopping centre was built in 2000 the location extension will make room for 6 more restaurants and another 38 spaces for additional luxury premium brands.

This projects has promised to create 170 construction vacancies for the duration of the project. Contact us to find out more.


Sports Facility – Southampton

New sports facility Southampton Solent Univeristy - Hot Construction Projects - England Associates
Image credit: Daily Echo


Value: £28m
Location: Hampshire
Estimated start date: 29/09/2017
Morgan Sindall have been awarded the main contract for the development works on Southampton Solent Universities new sports facility. The scheme, which is due to be completed by summer 2019, comprises of the erection of a 5 storey steel-framed sports facility and associated landscaping and access works.

The new building will be home to two sports hall, three fitness studios, health and well-being gym and strength and conditioning suite.

Take a look at jobs we have at similar site across Hampshire.


Improvements to Dogs Trust office and accommodation

Improvements to Dogs Trust Office - Hot Construction Projects - England Associates
Image credit: Abbott Construction


Value: £1.8m
Location: Kent
Estimated start date: 02/10/2017
Improvements works have recently started in Dogs Trust properties in Kent, which includes the demolition of kennels, cottage and the old reception to make way for a new singly-storey intake building, accommodation and roof space to provide overnight staff accommodation and office space.

The main contractor for this project is Abbott Construction. Contact us to find out more.


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Welcome to the Team!

This month 4 promising new recruits have joined England Associates.

From left to right:

Caitlin Silcock has joined the MOD & Defence team as a Resourcer. Harry Hatton, Elizabeth Jones & Bradley Thomas have joined our Training Academy, an intensive training programme for a fast tracked introduction to how to become a successful recruitment consultant.

Welcome to the team!


SURVEY: What makes the best House Builder to work for?

Welcome to England Associates first ever survey of House Building professionals on What makes the best House Builder to work for?

We have launched this survey to ask for your opinion on what makes the best company to work for in the house building sector. We will analyse this information to provide feedback to House Builders on how to improve their offers and remain competitive in this skill short area, as well as giving us all insight into what the best house builders are offering.

There is also an opportunity for you to nominate who you think is the best House Builder to work for.

This survey will cover company culture, project types, organisational structure and compensation so that we can identify the DNA of what makes the best house builder to work for. This should take no longer than 3 minutes to complete and can be done on any device.

All responses will remain anonymous, but if you want to be one of the first receive a copy of our findings, you will be given an opportunity to enter your email address at the end.

This survey will be open until 12pm on Friday the 3rd of November. If you have any additional comments you would like to add please email them to 



International Coffee Day – Friday 29th September 2017

In celebration of International Coffee Day 2017, the team here at England Associates were greeted in the morning with a steaming cup of the good stuff, with choice of Latte, Cappuccino or Americano with a selection of coffees including hazelnut and vanilla varieties. Marketing Manager Marie was Barista for the morning taking orders and making desk deliveries to the hard working consultants. Photo courtesy of Jess Roche.


Hot House Building Projects

Take a look at the collection of hot house building projects below that have just started, or due to commence in the next few months.

If you would like to know more, or the opportunity to work on one of these flagship projects, get in touch with one of our specialist house building consultants.


North Whiteley

Image credit Hampshire Chronical


The construction on the next phase of Whiteley village is due to start imminently. Extending to the north of the existing development, which started in 2015, there is still an 18 year strong construction pipeline.

This next phase which is promised to be a ‘sustainable community’ includes the construction of an additional 3,500 houses, three schools, leisure routes, a neighbourhood centre and children’s play areas.

In order to support the influx of traffic additional routes will be constructed from the new development to main routes out of the village including a link between Whiteley Way and Botley Road.

This will be delivered by a consortium of house builders including Taylor Wimpey, Crest Nicholson, Bovis Homes, and JGP Lakeside.

The England Associates team are very close to this project (it is less than half a mile from our office) and the ongoing pipeline of work makes this project one to watch over the next few months and years and promises to be a top local employer.


Boorley Park

Image credit Bovis Homes


When the Boorley Park project was first announced back in 2014, it was surrounded by a lot of controversy. The loss of greens and fairways around the neighbouring Borley Green to make way for 1,400 new homes was the major cause for concern with local residents, however after public exhibition planning was granted for the project in two phases.

This multi-million £ project is being delivered by developers including Bloor Homes, Bovis Homes and Linden Homes with stage 2 due to commence in the next few weeks.

Set in the market village of Botley the community will be quadrupling in size including an additional school, sport pitches, community centre and allotments, all built on land which was previously a golf course.

Get in touch with us to find out more about job opportunities on this project.


Luzborough Green

Image credit Wyatt Homes (also featured photo)


Phase 2 of the Luzborough Green, £4.35m value housebuilding project based in Romsey, is due to start in the first week of October, with first completions planned for autumn 2018.

The completed project will have a final count of over 50 new homes with a range of two, three and four bedrooms. Each with a luxurious modern design and a country theme to fit into the rural neighbourhood. Associated works include landscaping, roads, footpaths and even refurbishment of a listed pub garden walls we complete this project.

Despite initial fears of the environmental impact of this project, local councillor Mark Cooper said that this project has formed a ‘blueprint’ of how developers should work with communities to putting together applications submitted by Morrish Builders and Wyatt Homes.

This mid-sized project would be attractive to those who enjoy working on a project with commitment to high quality end products.


Forest Gate

Image credit Bargate Homes

Construction started on the the Forest Gate project in the Hampshire village of Rowlands Castle mid-September. This £2.5m 34 unit development is set to compete against many of the other projects Bargate Homes have produced in the past couple of years.

The scheme, which include 13 units for affordable housing, will be composed of a static range of two, three, and four bedroom homes within a traditional theme set within mature woodland.

Improvements to access roads and other associated works including natural ventilation will also be completed.

Give us a call to find out more about opportunities on this project.


Hop Field Place

Photo credit South Downs National Park Authority

Construction has now started on Redrow Homes’ latest development, Hop Field Place. The site in Alton is positioned in-between North Wessex Downs and South Downs National Park providing a beautiful backdrop.

The scheme is a development of 180 units split into three different types of accommodation; 158 of which will be 2 to 5 bedroom houses, 16 of the 180 will be 1 bedroom flats and the rest to be 2 bedroom bungalows. 72 of the units will be affordable housing.

Redrow Homes are the main developer of the 29-acres site which would be of interest to anyone who wants to work on an impressive residential development.

Want to know more?

Want to know more about these projects, or interested in being a part of any of them or similar projects search our current jobs here contact one of our specialist consultants on 01489 232 080.



Three complete England Associate’s Graduate Scheme

We are proud to announce that Akshay Lallbahadoor, Elizabeth Stein and Maria Zorena have now completed their training with our first Graduate Scheme and joined their full time roles as Specialist Recruitment Consultants.

Building on the success of our existing Training Academy, we launched our first Graduate Scheme in June 2017. The intensive training programme, which is both written and delivered by our internal team, is designed to take ambitious individuals who have recently completed their degree and fast track their career in recruitment.

Akshay Lallbahadoor, adds: the training is well structured, providing real life experience for the role. This has given me confidence and the skills needed to do the role. I understand now that recruitment is not just sales, but a focus on building relationships and making connections.

We pride ourselves in investing in future talent for the industry. The Training Academy, including the newly added Graduate Scheme has now successfully assisted 10 individuals to start a career in recruitment, since its launch in January this year.

Andy Harvey, Sales Director: our latest three academy graduates show real promise and I look forward to seeing them helping our clients and candidates now they are on their desks full-time. England Associates has a very successful track record of developing young talent and we are proud to see our core values of professionalism and integrity flowing through our most recent Academy students.

About the Graduates:

Akshay Lallbahadoor is a trilingual Italian born graduate of Business Management from the University of Portsmouth. Akshay will now be joining our successful House Building temp team, working with businesses across the UK looking for contract support on their projects.

Elizabeth Stein a Southampton Solent University graduate of Music Promotion has a background in retail, but she was unsure what she wanted to do next. Elizabeth believes: the training process has worked really well, and I now understand how recruitment actually works from start to finish. I originally wanted to a career in Music, but now I am really interested in making a success of my role and making some money. Elizabeth will be joining our Permanent Construction team.

Maria Zorena has just completed her Masters in LLM Law from University of Portsmouth, starting with us while still completing her final dissertation. Maria adds: I believe I have really joined the right business, because England Associates sees me as an individual. Recruitment can have a bad reputation, but the training has reassured me that if you do it right it’s a really good service to both employers and those looking for work.


How far is too far to commute to work? SURVEY

Do you know the exact minute you need to leave the house to be at work on time? The best route to avoid traffic or unnecessary hold ups?  Whether you travel by car, bus, train or on foot, a daily commute can come down to science.

I class myself as one of the lucky ones, with a commute of around 5 miles each way, taking me between 15 -35 minutes depending on traffic. However I know many others travel much further, and the dread or even joy a commute can bring.

With somewhat hyperbolic news stories claiming that a commute times of over 60 minutes each way can lead to bad health, increased stress and lack of productivity, it can be easy to see why the daily commute can be a source of dread for some.

However for many people it can be a time to relax, listen to music or podcasts, read the paper and be a valuable slice of ‘me’ time in an otherwise hectic day. A longer commute could be a worthwhile compromise for a job that you love, higher pay and opportunities.

Speaking to those looking for work on a daily basis, my colleagues here in the England Associates office say that the long drive to work can cause many to look for a new role, or at least a major deciding factor when looking for a new one.

So I would love to know how far you are commuting and how your feel about your daily commute! Take our short survey to let us know.

I will pull together your results and publish a second piece, with the hopes of understanding how far is too far to commute to work.

In the meantime, if you are looking for something a bit closer to home, I am sure one of our specialist recruitment consultants would be able to assist – you can search for jobs here, or send a message for a call back here to discuss in more detail.


Here come the Graduates

We are excited to introduce our latest recruits to have joined our Graduate Scheme. An extension of our already successful Training Academy, (from left to right) Akshay, Maria, Lizzie & Sam come from local universities and have just completed either a Bachelors or Masters degree.

If you are interested in starting a career in recruitment, find out more and apply here.


Our latest Training Academy Graduates take on their full time roles

We are proud to announce the graduation of our two more of our Training Academy have graduated into their full time roles.

Our bespoke Training Academy is written and delivered by our internal team, who have over 100 years combined experience within recruitment. The Training Academy covers an extensive syllabus including the basics of speaking to job seekers, to business development, negotiation and ultimately delivering an excellent service to both candidates and clients.

Jacob Starling has joined the Site Solutions team specialising in Highways & Streetworks roles across the UK.

Lacey Field has also join the Site Solutions team as a resources across construction and defence.

If you are interested in starting a career in recruitment and joining our Training Academy, you can find out more and apply here.


4 Years Later – Social Media and Web Tech in Recruitment

Online technologies move fast in any industry and the recruitment sector is no different. 4 years ago I was studying towards Postgraduate Diploma and completed a detailed piece on how Social Media and Web technologies were impacting on the recruitment process. Now in 2017 I wanted to look back on how things have changed in this time, but also give you some insights into some future trends as well.

This post begins a series of blog posts I will write on the subject covering everything from why we should work with passive candidates we find online to the future of job boards to the ethics behind social media background checks. Please join the conversation and add your own comments, experience and thoughts on our LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

This post has been written by David Sleeman, any opinions expressed are that of the author, and not necessarily representative of the views held by England Associates.