Mark Cox Developments Ltd, a member of the Federation of Master Builder (FMB) is pleased to announce that it has recently passed an independent inspection conducted by The British Board of Agrement (BBA).
The BBA is one of the UK’s leading notified bodies offering approval, certification and test services within the construction industry. Services that receive the Agrement Certificate are recognized by building control, government departments, architects, specifiers and industry insurers as a mark of quality, safety and reliability that provides reassurance of the services to its customers.
Mark Cox, Director said, “We are delighted to gain this certificate of excellence as it demonstrates our commitment in providing the highest quality services to our customers. With the dedication of our staff and partners we will continue to build our reputation as an expert Master Builder.”
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We recognise the importance of joining the apprenticeship scheme run by Richmond Upon Thames College in Twickenham and have hired local student Savvas Davey aged 19 who is studying NVQ Level 2 in Wood Construction.
Savvas joins the business as a trainee apprentice in carpentry and will work alongside Mark Cox, Director of MCD who will teach him the practical skills in carpentry. Mark was at a similar age when he first started out his career within the construction industry and has grown his business from a sole trader to a successful limited company.
Mark said: “It’s great to be part of the apprenticeship scheme, especially when the construction industry is facing a serious lack of skills within carpentry and brick-laying, by helping Savvas gain his qualification not only will it be good for Savvas to secure employment in the future but it also helps businesses like ours to grow” Cox continues: “Taking on an apprentice is a relatively simple process and I urge other businesses to consider it – it’s tough out there for young people with 630,000 young people aged between 16-24 unemployed*. If other companies follow suit then then I’m confident as a nation we can bridge that gap and provide young people with a brighter and better future’
Sharon White, Head of Employer Engagement at Richmond upon Thames College, also commented: ‘’It is an incredibly valuable opportunity for Savvas to join a local design and build company that recognises both the challenges and opportunities presented by the construction industry. The practical lessons learnt at Mark Cox will complement Savvas’ studies at RuTC and the apprenticeship will no doubt enable Savvas to leverage a successful career in construction.”
*House of Commons – Youth Unemployment Statistics.
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Suitcases, old Christmas decorations, boxes of files, skeletons, dolls, pictures, photographs and old coins are among the most common items found in the loft space. And it’s not just items. A recent survey of customers from Mark Cox Developments Ltd found that rats, bats, bees and mice can often be found in the loft too. One customer also revealed that on moving house they found a skeleton in the attic – although it wasn’t a real one! Even so, it’s enough to put many people off reaching into those heady heights.
Yet with the cost of a move now a whopping £20k it’s not surprising that for many converting the loft is the preferred option – despite what lies above! Converting that extra space into another bedroom or playroom can add approximately 20% to the value of your home. So with that extra cash to be found in the attic it’s no wonder we are fast becoming a nation obsessed with property developing. According to the Planning Portal 130,000 applications were received online between April and June that’s an increase of 12% from 2014.
Mark Cox, Director of Mark Cox Developments Ltd advises: “Planning a loft conversion needn’t feel daunting. We understand building regulations and work with architects who can advise you every step of the way.” Loft conversions can take between eight and twelve weeks with an average project starting from £30k (excluding VAT). Mark adds “It’s important to understand that it’s not just an investment. That new space can transform your home and your lifestyle for years to come. There really is far more than you think to be found in that attic!”
Mark Cox Developments Ltd is proud to announce that they have been awarded the gold level of the Exor Accreditation, the highest in the country.
The Exor accreditation service is a supply-chain management and procurement process that local authorities use when outsourcing contracts. By meeting the widely recognised Exor standards, suppliers looking to win local authority business are able to pre-qualify or fully qualify for contracts through either formal tendering processes or commercial negotiations.
Mark Cox, Director of Mark Cox Developments Ltd said… “ We are very pleased to have reached the gold level as it further demonstrates our commitment to providing a high level of service, knowing that we meet the rigorous prequalification requirements, local authorities can quickly confirm that we are compliant in all the required areas from environmental practices, through to finance, health & safety and insurance, reducing the time and money they need to spend on the procurement process,” Mark adds “We are very much looking forward to working with London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames””
Ground floor rear extension and patio construction in Twickenham.
An existing outhouse was demolished and the rear wall taken down to create an open plan dining/kitchen area. The kitchen was fitted along with timber bi fold doors and electric Velux windows, creating a sense of light and allowing an outlook onto the new Indian Sandstone patio area and garden.
Loft conversion and rear extension in Surbiton.
This project was a complete refurbishment, including the building of both a rear and side extension and a loft conversion to a bungalow in Surrey. We constructed a dormer to the roof space creating a double bedroom and a bathroom/shower room. The works included all structural steel works and replacing all the existing roof tiles.