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Archived news from Richard Ashford

December 2016

Exciting news for January 2017 and going forwards. Jamie Champion is being promoted to Operations Manager. Jamie has been a cornerstone at Richard Ashford for the past six years and will now assume day to day responsibility for managing the business. His appointment reinforces Lee Irvine's desire for strong leadership and management to secure the future growth and profitability of the firm.  

Also new for 2017 will be the appointment of Accounts Administrator Lara Page. Lara will be starting on 16th January and brings with her a wealth of operational finance and accounting experience. 

Everyone at Richard Ashford Limited would like to wish their customers, new and old, a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to hearing from you in 2017

November 2016

We have now completed a new car park area for Park Display in Bicester and are working in Turweston laying kerbing and in Chesham working for Countryscope resurfacing footpaths and creating vehicular entrances.

October 2016

We are now starting on footpath/car park works at The Chiltern Crematorium in Amersham, drainage works in Horsenden Lane, Princes Risborough and resurfacing at Broken Gate Lane, Denham. Completed car park refurbishment at Chiltern Gate (now Chiltern Wood) School in High Wycombe. Picture middle left shows the surfacing, railings, line marking, new brick walls etc.

Richard Ashford Ltd is acquired by Irvine Grenson Ltd!

On 1st September 2016 the Directors of Richard Ashford Limited sold their entire shareholding to Irvine Grenson Limited.

Mike Allen, former owner and Managing Director for the last 28 years, made the following statement: “I have worked in the firm, started by my Uncle Richard “Dick” Ashford in 1972, for over 38 years. Whilst retirement looms, I am by no means ready to lay down the shovel. I felt it was time to find a new owner for the business to take it forward. Ashford’s has built up an enviable reputation over the last 44 years for delivering high-quality work and providing good value. In finding a suitable new owner it was important to me that they be like minded and shared my desire to see the good name of Richard Ashford Ltd continue and, indeed, grow. I’m sure that under the youthful and enthusiastic direction of Lee Irvine the business will go from strength to strength. I am staying on for the foreseeable future but would like to take the opportunity to thank both loyal customers and suppliers alike for their patronage and support over the last almost half century.”

Irvine Grenson Limited is a Civil Engineering company based near Bracknell in Berkshire. Lee Irvine, Managing Director of Irvine Grenson Ltd said, “I am delighted to have acquired Richard Ashford Ltd. This was a key acquisition that provides an established platform to enable us to deliver the substantial contracts we are winning throughout Buckinghamshire, the Northern Home Counties and beyond. The Richard Ashford name will continue and I am delighted that Mike Allen has agreed to stay on to assist me with the day-to-day running of the business. We have great aspirations to take Richard Ashford Ltd to the next level, to learn from its vast skill and expertise whilst bringing our own style of progressive, modern and forward-thinking management. The combined size and strength of the business will enable us to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for high quality work in a competitive market. The inevitable economies of scale will ensure we are leaner and we are keen to expand our market share.”.

Irvine Grenson Group companies can provide a range of civil engineering services including highway maintenance, groundworks, telecoms and utilities, surfacing, drainage, bridgeworks, concrete, fencing and gates, along with specialist industrial cleaning and surface maintenance.

All enquiries to Lee Irvine on 01344 774958.

September 2016

The car park refurbishment at Beechwood Park School, Markyate is now finished. We are currently carrying out surface water drainage works at Burcott Lane, Bierton and completing the front boundary and parking at Chiltern Gate School, High Wycombe.  

June 2016

Richard Ashford Limited are delighted to announce they have been awarded a major new contract working for Edwards Surfacing, at the leading independent school, Beechwood Park, in Markyate, Hertfordshire. Works will include widening of the access road, a car park extension, footpaths and resurfacing. Work will start at the beginning of the school holidays in July 2016.

May 2016

Manor Waste in Wendover is now open for use. The new level paving provides an excellent base for the market and recent fun fair. Further seating around the war memorial will be fitted at a later date. We have also completed a small car park extension in Wendover; are working in Headington for the Catholic Chaplaincy and in Hyde Heath and Great Missenden for Chiltern District Council doing pothole repairs and resurfacing.

April 2016

This month we are working in Headington, Oxford creating a new vehicular entrance; in Milton Keynes creating concrete bases for a commercial doorway canopy, and finalising paving and refurbishment works at Manor Waste, Wendover.
Garth Park Bicester - March 2016

We are working once again at Garth Park, Bicester. This time setting out new footpaths.

Manor Waste Ground, Wendover - March 2016

Photograph above of new surfacing taking place on the Manor Waste Ground in Wendover High Street, where we are working with HFP Architects and Wendover Parish Council.

Manor Waste Ground, Wendover - 25 January 2016

Work starts today on the historic Manor Waste ground situated off the High Street in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, working for Wendover Parish Council. 
Works include removing and replacing all paving and bollards, upgrading and relocating seating and cycle racks, and ensuring a level finish for the new surface.
We anticipate this project will take 3 months to complete.

Happy New Year 2016!

Richard Ashford Limited are delighted to be off to a flying start in 2016 with the award of two new valued contracts... 
We are working at Garth Park in Bicester carrying out groundworks for The New Factory Limited.
And we will shortly start work on the Manor Waste ground in Wendover, carrying out reconfiguration of the surfacing.

BCS Limited, Houghton Regis - December 2015

Car park and entrance completed at British Converting Solutions Limited in Houghton Regis.

Princes Risborough Fire Station - October 2015

We have just completed forecourt refurbishment works for Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue at Princes Risborough Fire Station.

Lusitanos Stud Farm, Granborough - September/October 2015

We have now completed the construction of a new equestrian manege and lunge pen for our valued repeat clients at Lusitanos Stud Farm in Granborough. See more on our Equestrian page.

Chalfont Valley E-Act Primary Academy - August 2015

We are now working at the Chalfont Valley E-Act Primary Academy, making sure the works are completed before the end of the summer holidays!

Ardley, Oxfordshire - August 2015

Richard Ashford have now commenced civils work at an Energy Recycling Facility in Ardley, Oxfordshire. These works include regrading and compacting of the car park, dropped kerb and service trenching.

Furze Down School, Winslow - July 2015

Richard Ashford have just completed a new vehicular entrance at Furze Down School in Winslow, including a bus layby.

Completion of S278 Roadworks for Borras Construction at Bois Moor Road, Chesham - July 2015

Richard Ashford have just completed S278 roadworks at a new residential housing estate for contractor Borras Construction at Bois Moor Road in Chesham.

Reaccreditation with Investors In People (IIP) - March 2015

We are delighted to announce that IIP, in conjunction with Grant Thornton, have confirmed Richard Ashford Limited continue to meet the IIP national standard and have re-awarded us IIP accreditation.

Roger Wallace, the IIP Assessor, said: "There is a strong focus and commitment to achieve excellent Health and Safety practice in their work and project activities", "The company continues to maintain a well established reputation for both high standards of craftsmanship and quality of service in the delivery of their work projects" and "There is a clear focus on training, learning and the development needs of all those in the company".

Buckingham University - December 2014

Richard Ashford Limited are delighted to be working again for valued clients, Buckingham University. After completion of the resurfacing of a ball court, we will shortly be carrying out further resurfacing and associated works at Station Road Car Park, Buckingham.

AVDC 2014 Design Award

Managing Director, Mike Allen, has received third place in Aylesbury Vale District Council's 2014 Design Award for work on the complete renovation of Sunny Hill Farm, Padbury, incorporating a stunning contemporary extension.
design award
The Chequers Estate, Butlers Cross - December 2014

Completion of pothole repairs at The Chequers Estate, Butlers Cross.

Allerds Road, Burnham - 06 November 2014

We are pleased to announce the completion of the Section 184 commercial access junction for Summerleaze Limited.

Furze Down School, Winslow - November 2014

Richard Ashford are currently working on S278 works at Furze Down School, Winslow, including the construction of a new vehicular entrance.

Disraeli School – 09 September 2014

We are pleased to announce the completion, on schedule, of the new car park for Disraeli School, High Wycombe.

The Disraeli School and Children's Centre - 01 May 2014

Richard Ashford are pleased to have been awarded the contract for creation of a new car park and associated works at The Disraeli School and Children's Centre in High Wycombe. Works are due to commence on the 12th May 2014.

Agrii Finmere Arable Centre - 03 April 2014

Today we are pleased to be able to start work on a new project for Agrii Arable Centre in Barton Hartshorn. This will involve the creation of a concrete yard extension, warehouse footings and associated drainage. 
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