Diamond Build PLC has completed the first phase of an £8m project, which will transform facilities at one of England’s oldest preparatory schools.

The successful handover provides Homefield Preparatory School with a new building comprising 14 classrooms. The completion was celebrated with the burial of a time capsule under a glass pane in the floor.

Staff and boys at Homefield Prep chose the items to include in the capsule, which range from photos and poems through to footage showing current classroom technology. The plan is for the boys to come back to the school in 50 years’ time to reveal the capsule to its future students.

The Diamond Build PLC team has now begun work on phase two, which will see an existing teaching block demolished and replaced with a two-storey performance hall and dining room. New music facilities, an ICT room and library will also be created. The final phase will include the construction of an all-weather sports pitch as well as extensive landscaping and access improvements.

Michael Celoro, project manager at Diamond Build PLC: “This project involves a significant amount of demolition work, so it has been very carefully phased to minimise any disruption. We are working to a programme that enables pupils and staff to safely relocate into new parts of the scheme, so that we can seamlessly deliver the other elements.

“The completed buildings and facilities will provide the highest standards of accommodation for the boys and transform the whole estate.”

Designed by architects Ingleton Wood, the redevelopment marks the school’s 150th anniversary and is scheduled to be complete by late summer 2021. To enhance the school’s environmental credentials there will be solar power, low energy underfloor heating and a green roof.

John Towers, Headmaster at Homefield Prep added: “The whole project was developed on the proviso that the school needed to remain a working entity throughout the build, with as little disruption to the daily school routine as possible. We are thrilled with how things have progressed so far.”

Based in Sutton, Surrey, Homefield Prep in an independent day school for boys aged 4 – 13 years.

This project was Diamond-Build’s first opportunity to work with the London Borough of Hounslow and comprised the creation of a complete new junior school, with the remodelling of the existing buildings, including three extended reception classrooms for nursery and infant use.

Further works included:

  • A free standing canopy outside the nursery
  • Enlarging the staff room, library, office and group room
  • The construction of a studio classroom and meeting room
  • The creation of further office space and toilet extensions

The works were phased, with some of the construction completed during the summer holidays, however the school remained fully occupied and functioning for the majority of the programme. Noisy works were controlled and kept to a minimum, but weekend working was undertaken during the school’s exam period.

Wellington School - Extension - External

Controlled and safe working zones were created, with acoustic walls installed within the classrooms. Access routes were therefore maintained throughout the duration of the build to effectively protect pupils and staff.

Diamond Build also delivered savings to the Client through an initiative to re-use materials from a recent new installation.

The contract has been well received, with high satisfaction expressed by both Headmistress Debbie Norton and senior staff, as well as Hounslow’s Schools Expansion Programme Team.

Ashburton Estate 1 Diamond Build

Having completed numerous projects for our longstanding Client, Diamond Build were pleased to undertake Phase 3 of the London Borough of Wandsworth’s programme of internal and external renewals, encompassing 13 medium rise blocks and 3 low rise blocks housing over 300 dwellings.

Major window replacement programmes were efficiently undertaken together with brick, concrete and asphalt repairs. External decorations were completed, together with internal decorations to communal areas and the installation of low energy humidistat fans to bathrooms and kitchens. New doorsets were also installed.

Ashburton Estate - Diamond Build Small

Diamond Build re-used local supply chain members who had worked on previous phases for Wandsworth to supplement our own directly employed operatives.

Our overall approach resulted in completion ahead of programme by 7 weeks.

Effective Resident Liaison procedures ensured the works had minimum impact on the lives of those living within the addresses being upgraded.

Additional works at the Convent Estate were undertaken for the same Client, shortly after the successful completion of this contract.

Basildon Triangle Centre 1 Diamond Build

The original Triangle Centre was largely destroyed by fire, and after a successful contract undertaken at the Town Hall Hub for Basildon Council, Diamond Build were appointed to rebuild the new site for the same Client.

The Scope of Works comprised 6 new retail units and residential accommodation in the form of 4 two bedroom apartments and 1 one bedroom apartment.

The rebuilding of the parade presented the opportunity to deliver a better layout and improvements to the appearance and safety of the area, and as a result, the Centre was delivered with an additional retail unit and an increased parking provision of 25 spaces.

The new dwellings were built above the shops, and were fitted out to a high specification in preparation for private rental through Basildon Council’s housing management company, Sempra Homes.


Working with the Council, local trades were procured through our supply chain and an apprentice was employed who developed new skills in the construction industry.

Diamond Build undertook the full design, site clearance, construction, commissioning and defects rectification of this project.

This included:

  • Construction of residential and retail units
  • Car parking, access drive and hard landscaping
  • Fit out of residential and retail units
  • Soft landscaping and planting

A sprinkler system was also installed as part of the contract.

In a newspaper interview with The Enquirer newspaper, local Councillor Stuart Sullivan said:

“The development looks fantastic and is a vast improvement on the previous parade. The people of Langdon Hills will benefit from this facility for years to come.”

Cotton Gardens 1 - Diamond Build

November 2nd, 2015

Cotton Gardens Estate

Diamond Build Plc successfully completed Cotton Gardens Estate contract eight weeks ahead of programme.

The passive fire upgrade project worth £800,000 was commissioned by Lambeth Living as part of their continued programme on high rise buildings throughout the borough.

Work entailed the installation of new doors and screens in the common lobbies along with riser cupboard doors, the upgrade of lighting, signage and fire stopping to risers.

Terry Elliot, the Site Manager said our aim from the very outset was to improve on the Client’s timetable. With this in mind we put together an ambitious programme from which our procurement strategy was developed to ensure goods were available early.

I also believe our knowledge in this specialist field and good relationship with the Contract Administrator enabled us to deliver the project in a shorter period.

On completion of the project we received third party accredited by FIRAS for the installation.

Diamond Build plc successfully completed their first project with the Girls Day School Trust on time.

The project at Bromley School entail the modernisation of changing rooms and toilets over the summer recess. As a consequence it was imperative the Facilities were available for the return of the pupil.

Key to our success was the use of prefabricated and in particular the design management of these goods

The facilities manager made mention that Diamond Build were the must considerate and tidy contractor he had worked with at the school.

Diamond Build - Welbourne School - Design & Build

November 13th, 2013

Welbourne School

Following a series of successful school projects, the London Borough of Haringey awarded this complex design & build and alterations contract to Diamond Build.

Designed to BREEAM “very good” standards, architects Pick Everard integrated many sustainability and low energy features including sensory lighting, voltage optimisation, passive ventilation, and wind catchers and solar shading solutions, helping to maintain a consistent learning environment all year round.

Safestore UK - Diamond Build

November 12th, 2013

Safestore UK

Diamond Facilities Support have increased their scope of works for Safestore UK – the UK’s foremost storage solutions provider. Services provided incorporate reactive fabric and M&E maintenance along with project works. Adam Atkins, Director of Diamond Facilities Support, commented that “our work with Safestore UK was recognition of our ethos of working together to resolve client problems. We are now working nationwide and support safestore in both the reactive and capital works side of their business.

LA Fitness - Diamond Build

November 12th, 2013

LA Fitness

Diamond Facilities Support have  a 3 year nationwide contract with LA Fitness.  Diamond will be providing the LA Fitness help-desk, managing third party suppliers, managing quoted works and providing the fabric planned maintenance regime to all 80 leisure clubs nationwide including Northern Ireland.  Adam Atkins a Director at Diamond commented that “this is an excellent contract for Diamond and is reward for the innovative approach we have taken to managing the maintenance requirements for LA Fitness.  Our success was through our leading edge web portal combined with a bespoke and tailored service and our ability to ensure best value.

October 24th, 2013

Lambeth Living

Lambeth Living selected Diamond Build to provide fire upgrades to seven tall blocks in Lambeth under an NEC partnering contract. The project involved a stock condition fire  survey of all blocks and the programmed removal and installation of the upgraded BM Trada certified fire doors, wire cast fan lights and the fire compartmentation of the vent ducts. Part of a rolling programmes works are due to carry on until 2015.

Further to a long standing working relationship with LB Southwark, Diamond Build were invited to tender a passive fire upgrade package. Having won the tender Diamond Build quickly got to work designing the fire screens that would be installed in the communal areas by staircases.

We implemented a detailed programme of fire preventions throughout eleven tall blocks. The project involved the installation of new front doors, new ceilings, electrical upgrades and communal decorations.

Education - St Anns School - Diamond Build

October 24th, 2013

St Ann’s School

Diamond Build was appointed to build a new hydrotherapy pool and sensory theatre and refurbish the existing school building.  A challenging contract carefully delivered for young people with complex profound to severe learning difficulties, whilst the school was operational, working in occupation.

Diamond Build’s delivery team devised a carefully phased programme of alterations, liaising closely with the head teacher and the senior school team. Diamond Build accelerated key elements of the programme making best use of the school holidays to undertake the more structural and intrusive work. During term time weekly planning meetings were held, with daily progress reports that ensured the children’s learning environment was not compromised.

Diamond Build’s Project Manager regularly participated school assemblies, educating the children of the importance of health and safety while demonstrating the changes made to the school premises. He even appeared in the Christmas school’s production!

One of the most gratifying projects we’ve been involved with. The hydrotherapy pool and theatre were opened on time, to the obvious delight of the head teacher, which matched by that of the children,  and the remaining modifications were delivered to the complete satisfaction of the school and in good time to open for the new school year.

Education - Mulberry School - Diamond Build

October 9th, 2013

Mulberry Primary School

Diamond Build was awarded this complex multi phased refurbishment project. Works were carefully sequenced to minimise inconvenience whilst asbestos was removed under carefully controlled conditions and the remaining structural alterations were configured.

The project involved significant alterations to the roof, a two storey nursery extension and the refurbishment of a sports hall and external landscaping to create a new garden. The internal building fabric was repaired and re-decorated and the windows overhauled. New mechanical & electrical installations were installed throughout, including “intelligent” energy-saving motion-sensor lighting. A soft play Multi-Use Games Area (M.U.G.A.) was constructed and the project was completed within the allocated period of 48 weeks.

The project was certified BREEAM “Very Good” due to the low Co2 emissions, thermal performance, building services and the passive controlling of solar gains.

Education - Norwood School - Diamond Build

October 2nd, 2013

Norwood School

Norwood School – With extensive experience of BREEAM, Diamond Build were selected to construct a two storey classroom block to Norwood School, London SE9. The extension was certified ‘Very Good’ for it’s excellent thermal efficiency, sustainable materials demonstrating chain of custody,  thermastatically programmable passive ventilation and use of natural light.

The building benefits greatly from fuel efficient underfloor heating. The extension is home to a new dance studio with changing facilities, and an upstairs art studio and an outside paved terrace.

Cyclical Repair - Diamond Build

Diamond Build were chosen to undertake cyclical repairs to 134 properties along Charing Cross Road, Greek Street WC2 & William Road NW1. The buildings were systematically scaffolded and windows repaired and replaced where necessary as fabric repairs undertaken.

A programme of communual decorations and concrete repairs to stairwells completed the programme which was completed in time and to budget.

Diamond Build - Disabled Adaptation

Diamond Build enjoy preferred contractor status for disabled and building adaptations with Enfield Council. Working in occupation with vulnerable residents Diamond Build worked closely to develop the ‘Disability Communication Plan’ a stage by stage process that fully considers the needs of every resident on an individual basis, working closely with the Client and appointed occupational therapists.

Works involved remodelling of homes installing wet rooms with level access showering and WC’s,  drain away floors, ramps, low levels kitchen units and all aspects in compliance with the Disabilities & Discrimination Act  1995. Diamond Build have carried out works to over 250 properties and retain key performance scores of not less than 98% for a combined suite of resident liaison satisfaction scores.

Diamond Build - Roof Renewals

With project values of at least £1m per annum, Diamond Build were initially appointed as supporting partners to assist South Essex Homes meet their decent homes and asset management strategy, and we continue to deliver detailed programmes of roofing repairs.

An extensive resident liaison exercise was deployed throughout Southend-on-Sea as roofs were repaired on street properties, sheltered accommodation and low to medium rise blocks.

Diamond Build were awarded considerate contractors bronze awards for two consecutive years for our work with South Essex Homes, having achieved resident satisfaction scores averaging in excess of 90% over the last four years.

Diamond Build made a charitable contribution towards the Resident Association’s wildlife garden, recently created from what was once a disused allotment, and which is now home to a wide variety of wildlife species.


Diamond Build - Hammersmith & Fulham

Diamond Build were appointed alongside four other contractors for Hammersmith & Fulham’s capital investment framework. The size and scale of the project facilitated the opening of a West London office to maintain strong management and Client communication. From appointment Diamond Build worked closely with the Client and other Contractor partners developing processes that interpreted employers requirements, designed manufactured archetypes, implemented detailed design, supervised planning control and quantified the works, through costing and the demonstration of best value, and value engineering  and ultimately undertaking the works and the delivery.

Works to kitchens and bathrooms were completed over five years to Hammersmith & Fulham’s sheltered accommodation, many requiring disabled adaptations and building modifications. External fabric repairs, new central heating and decorations internally transformed over a thousand homes over 26 blocks to modern, bright and thermally efficient homes for the Borough’s elderly and disabled residents.

Diamond Build appointed an expert team of liaison officers and delivery managers who worked closely with occupational therapists and residents ensuring appointments and the works were scheduled sensitively to minimise impact on residents privacy and daily routines. An exhaustive suit of KPI’s were pitched at Diamond Build and we now reflect having completed the project with a sense of pride and achievement. Diamond Build consistently out-performed on timeliness, resident satisfaction and health and safety.