Construction Project of the YearBack to Winners
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KEY PRODUCT/SERVICE: Construction
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 8
Directline Structures was a clear winner for its Langton Green Sports Pavillion.
It was approached to extend the ageing building by the Langton Green Community Sports Association after it received funding from the Football Foundation. The firm’s design team realised a new building would be better value for money and redesigned the plans, gaining planning permission and retaining the grant.
It opened the site in September last year with a function room, four changing rooms, showers and inside and outside toilets.
Built with the village football team in mind, it has an external window to serve food under a canopy and its floor was finished to withstand the punishment of football boots.
Lord Pendry, chairman of the Football Foundation, formally opened the site saying it was architecturally one of the best pavilions he had launched.
The company is run by Duncan Murray, who has frozen the size of the company to his team of engineers, architects and project managers.
He said: “We like to have total control over all the main managers who are involved in a job. We keep our hands on from start to finish.
“As we are designing a project, we are getting planning permission and then building it. We are very involved so we keep control.”
Previous work has included St Anthony’s School Sports Hall in Margate, a new building at Wilmington Grammar School, an MOT centre for D&D Autos in Ashford and the Glenmore Skills Centre in Dover.
The firm was set up on a farm in Goudhurst and moved to a purpose-built office, Orbital House, in Ashford in 2009. However, it left the site after the NHS 111 service leased the whole premises in 2012 and is now in Rolvenden.
Mr Murray believes simple principles are behind his firm’s success. He said: “Quality, fairness and value are key. That guides everything we do. “We don’t take on work just because it’s there. We want to make sure we can do a good job for them.”