February 29, 2024

EN Suiter & Sons Ltd – Flying high with award

Norfolk-based EN Suiter & Sons Ltd already has plenty to celebrate this year after winning an LABC East Anglian Region Award within the Best Medium Volume New Housing Development Project for its work at The Birdlings in Cambridge.

“We’ve had a close working relationship with the LABC for a number of years now and they were so impressed with the Birdlings project that they encouraged us to put it forward for an award,” explains Steven Gould, Managing Quantity Surveyor, who has been with the company for eight of its 48 years. “The quality of the build of the project fitted the criteria of the LABC awards and while we’re always confident that our projects are completed to the required building standards, it’s still always nice to receive outside validation of the work we do. I must also give credit to the client, James Arnold, and his team from Beechwood Estates, as well as the architect, Perpetua In Perpetuum Ltd, for their work on the development too, in addition to the sub-contractors that carry out our various packages. It’s been a really nice project to be involved in, particularly as it’s such an attractive site, and has been a real team effort.  The choice of material palette is fabulous.”

In terms of what The Birdlings project has entailed since it commenced three years ago, it is a 90-residential site comprising a mixture of two, three, four and five-bedroom houses that are mainly private dwellings, although there are also some housing association properties on the estate too. “It’s fairly typical of the work we do, although the houses are a bit different to your standard estate homes,” adds Mr Gould. “They have quite large proportions, which you also don’t see as often with new builds these days. I believe the biggest dwellings are about 330 sq m. There’s some really substantial units on the site but they all fit well into the overall layout of the estate.”

The success of the Birdlings project and the award success it has received is all the more impressive given the challenges that EN Suiter had to contend with on the project, particularly those resulting from the pandemic and Brexit. “Covid obviously affected the way in which we work day-to-day with the introduction of social distancing, whilst we’ve not been immune to the materials shortages that have hit so many sectors either,” says Mr Gould. “We do enjoy good links with our suppliers but their hands are tied to a degree, so cost increases were inevitable. We’ve seen price rises for the likes of bricks, steel and timber, whilst lead times have also gone up too. It has been a struggle but we’re not alone in that regard.”

Although residential schemes such as The Birdlings represent the majority of its workload, EN Suiter’s experience and skills set also enables it to operate in other sectors, such as commercial and healthcare, and it has carried out work on hospitals and other NHS facilities in recent years. Geographically it tends to limit itself to the East Anglian region.

As it rapidly approaches its 50th anniversary, EN Suiter is looking to build on the success of the Birdlings project by continuing to adhere to the same high standards it has set itself. “Getting the LABC recognition was great and is testament to the team that we have in place,” concludes Mr Gould. “We’re now aiming to secure more work in what continues to be an interesting marketplace due to the various hurdles that we’re all seeing, particularly with rising costs. Despite these challenges, we remain very much a competitive builder thanks to the quality of the product we deliver.”

As its LABC Award success and longevity underline, EN Suiter enjoys an excellent reputation within the marketplace that it is sure to continue building upon in the months and years ahead.

Norfolk-based EN Suiter & Sons Ltd already has plenty to celebrate this year after winning an LABC East Anglian Region Award within the Best Medium Volume New Housing Development Project for its work at The Birdlings in Cambridge.

“We’ve had a close working relationship with the LABC for a number of years now and they were so impressed with the Birdlings project that they encouraged us to put it forward for an award,” explains Steven Gould, Managing Quantity Surveyor, who has been with the company for eight of its 48 years. “The quality of the build of the project fitted the criteria of the LABC awards and while we’re always confident that our projects are completed to the required building standards, it’s still always nice to receive outside validation of the work we do. I must also give credit to the client, James Arnold, and his team from Beechwood Estates, as well as the architect, Perpetua In Perpetuum Ltd, for their work on the development too, in addition to the sub-contractors that carry out our various packages. It’s been a really nice project to be involved in, particularly as it’s such an attractive site, and has been a real team effort.  The choice of material palette is fabulous.”

In terms of what The Birdlings project has entailed since it commenced three years ago, it is a 90-residential site comprising a mixture of two, three, four and five-bedroom houses that are mainly private dwellings, although there are also some housing association properties on the estate too. “It’s fairly typical of the work we do, although the houses are a bit different to your standard estate homes,” adds Mr Gould. “They have quite large proportions, which you also don’t see as often with new builds these days. I believe the biggest dwellings are about 330 sq m. There’s some really substantial units on the site but they all fit well into the overall layout of the estate.”

The success of the Birdlings project and the award success it has received is all the more impressive given the challenges that EN Suiter had to contend with on the project, particularly those resulting from the pandemic and Brexit. “Covid obviously affected the way in which we work day-to-day with the introduction of social distancing, whilst we’ve not been immune to the materials shortages that have hit so many sectors either,” says Mr Gould. “We do enjoy good links with our suppliers but their hands are tied to a degree, so cost increases were inevitable. We’ve seen price rises for the likes of bricks, steel and timber, whilst lead times have also gone up too. It has been a struggle but we’re not alone in that regard.”

Nick Suiter and James Arnold celebrate the LABC Award win

Although residential schemes such as The Birdlings represent the majority of its workload, EN Suiter’s experience and skills set also enables it to operate in other sectors, such as commercial and healthcare, and it has carried out work on hospitals and other NHS facilities in recent years. Geographically it tends to limit itself to the East Anglian region.

As it rapidly approaches its 50th anniversary, EN Suiter is looking to build on the success of the Birdlings project by continuing to adhere to the same high standards it has set itself. “Getting the LABC recognition was great and is testament to the team that we have in place,” concludes Mr Gould. “We’re now aiming to secure more work in what continues to be an interesting marketplace due to the various hurdles that we’re all seeing, particularly with rising costs. Despite these challenges, we remain very much a competitive builder thanks to the quality of the product we deliver.”

As its LABC Award success and longevity underline, EN Suiter enjoys an excellent reputation within the marketplace that it is sure to continue building upon in the months and years ahead.