- New Project at Rosebery Park, Epsom
14 Feb 2018
A new project for us at Thorne’s working on behalf of Epsom & Ewell Council to carry out the restoration of an historic pond in Rosebery Park, Epsom, Surrey. The pond was built in the mid 1800’s and was generally used as a boating pond. Even though the pond was never intended to store fish we caught and removed over 200 fish with some of them weighing over 10lbs! After pumping out the water it became clear that the silt levels were very high and as a result, Epsom Council have instructed us to arrange to have the silt removed. Despite weather conditions proving to be a challenge at times, the works are progressing and the fish all found a new home!
- Birling Gap
24 Jan 2018
Work began towards the end of 2017 to replace the staircase at Birling Gap, a project commissioned to us by Wealden District Council. Despite the weather causing a few challenges along the way, the staircase was reopened on the 21st of December 2017, in time for the busy Christmas holidays when the area attracts many visitors. The new staircase has been relocated 5.8m north of the previous position tight against the existing cliff face, which is eroding at a rate of approximately 0.7m per year. The plan going forward is to relocate the staircase every 8-10 years as a part of a Managed Retreat Programme that allows the chalk cliffs to erode naturally, instead of using man made techniques to try to halt the process. This is the third time that C J Thorne & Co have been involved in moving the staircase at this busy tourist location. Well done to Rob, Harry and their team for a first-class job.
- Bayham Abbey Lake
15 Dec 2017
Whilst work continues at Bayham, the progress of the new reinforced concrete road bridge over the spillway starts to take shape.
- C J Thorne sponsor category at Uckfield FM Community Awards 2017
14 Nov 2017
Some of the team enjoyed a fantastic night out at the inaugural Uckfield FM Community Awards and C J Thorne were proud to sponsor a category for Emergency Service Person of the Year. An inspiring evening and a great opportunity to learn about the town’s unsung heroes who go above and beyond to help the local community. The award was open to any person in the Emergency Services, First Response Units, Paramedics or other organisations which respond to incidents. We had a lovely evening and were honoured to be part of such a special night with some amazing people.
- Woodmansterne WTW
9 Oct 2017
The project at Woodmansterne WTW has made real progress over the last couple of months. The Rapid Gravity Filter building brickwork and blockwork is now complete as well as the CCT pipework and the Sample Building roof is due to be installed in the new year. All concrete works in the Treated Water Pumping Station is finished with the vehicle access slab left to complete. Work is continuing on the Standby Generator Building, where the brickwork and blockwork is halfway to completion. We will then follow on with the roof installation.
- Uckfield WWTW
11 Sep 2017
The project at Uckfield Waste Water Treatment Works has progressed exceptionally well, reports John Collinge, Site Manager. Due to the quality of work undertaken by the workforce and the quality of the management, the programme continues to remain on target as this great photo shows. Our £2m scope includes the civils operations associated with a power upgrade to the site, new Ferric and Alkalinity Dosing systems, Deep Bed Sand Filters, Pumping Stations, all associated pipework and ducting as well as modifications to existing assets to accommodate the improvements to the treatment process.
- Owlsbury Park Boardwalk
18 Aug 2017
Following on from our successful completion of the construction of the new SANGS – Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space – at Walshes Park in Crowborough, we have now started on a similar project just outside Uckfield. The work currently taking place at Owlsbury Park involves creating 3 Kms of hard-surfaced paths linking the main access routes, as well as construction of timber boardwalks across existing ponds. Soil removed in the path construction will be used to form an acoustic bund at the bottom of the park to hide the nearby A22.
- Beauport WTW – 500mm Pipeline
4 Aug 2017
Congratulations to the pipelaying team at Beauport WTW on the successful completion of the complex 500mm dia. pipework from the new retaining wall and through the new chlorine dosing chamber, a particularly difficult operation with the pipe needing to be passed through three walls.
- Woodmansterne WTW Steel Frame
31 Jul 2017
With the reinforced concrete works complete on the RGF structure as part of the £8m civils package at Woodmansterne WTW for SES Water, the steel frame building has followed on closely behind.
- Rounders Success!
30 Jul 2017
Fantastic performance by Thorne’s rounders team, who beat defending champions Neva Consultants in a tense final last week in a Charity event organised to raise funds for Chailey Heritage. Team captain Harry Bates received the trophy surrounded by teammates including CMDP’s Sam Scargill, who joined the team along with colleague Jen Glenister – collaborative working at its best!
- Scotney Car Park
12 Jul 2017
We are nearing completion on the additional car park area at #ScotneyCastle for the #NationalTrust, part of a number of improvements being undertaken at the property including a power upgrade and extensive footpath resurfacing and surface dressing, all of which has been carried out by Thorne.
- Bayham Abbey Lake
16 Jun 2017
With the lake cut-off piles completed, work continues on the construction of the new spillway at Bayham, close to the ruins of the old Abbey. The works form part of a £1.4m flood defense improvements project for the impounded lake, and include a new reinforced concrete road bridge over the spillway, as well as refurbishment of the listed grotto just east of the lake.
- Eye in the Sky at Uckfield WWTW
25 May 2017
Thorne has returned to Uckfield WwTW, the scene of one of its largest projects of the 20th Century, to work on the latest extension to the treatment works. Our £2m scope includes the civils operations associated with a power upgrade to the site, new Ferric and Alkalinity Dosing systems, Deep Bed Sand Filters, Pumping Stations, all associated pipework and ducting as well as modifications to existing assets to accommodate the improvements to the treatment process.
- Infrastructure Work Starts on Eastbourne’s Iconic Beach Huts
18 May 2017
The infrastructure works started this week for Eastbourne Borough Council’s Iconic Beach Huts, five of which will be sited at intervals along Eastbourne seafront. The five designs were chosen from competition entries and planning was approved by Eastbourne’s planning committee in 2016 – Thorne won the contract for the civils works earlier this year.
- New Oak Boards at Scotney Castle
18 May 2017
Work is complete on the installation of new oak boards around the Mansion paths at Scotney Castle – careful working was required to protect the rare orchids that grow in the surrounding grass, which must not be walked on.
- Bird’s Eye View of Woodmansterne WTW
4 Apr 2017
Courtesy of SES Water’s drone, a bird’s eye view of both the ongoing works at Woodmansterne WTW and, in the top of the photo, the new soakaway lagoon completed by Thorne last year as part of a £1.25m enabling works package.
- New Road Sweeper Arrives at Beauport
13 Mar 2017
Our Capital Investment programme for 2017 is well underway with the arrival on site at Beauport of our new Road Sweeper – an essential part of the armoury in keeping the site clean and tidy during the earthworks stage of the project and throughout the deep pipework excavations. More new plant coming soon!
- Reconstruction of the Parapet Wall on East St Groyne, Brighton
9 Mar 2017
Work is progressing well on the demolition and reconstruction of the parapet wall on East St Groyne in Brighton as part of our 4 year term contract for Coastal Defences and Structures Maintenance for Brighton & Hove City Council.
- Upgrade of Existing Works at Beauport WTW, Hastings
24 Feb 2017
Work is nearing completion on the installation of the sheet piles for the cofferdam for the GAC and Clean Washwater Pumping Stations. This forms part of the £1.6m civils contract to upgrade the existing works at Beauport WTW, Hastings.
- Delicate Excavation at Chartwell
3 Feb 2017
Work is nearing completion on the new sewage treatment system at Chartwell. The photo shows the delicate excavation around the perimeter of the rose garden wall – built by Winston Churchill himself – to allow the installation of the discharge pipework. Congratulations to Peter, Craig and their team on a difficult task undertaken efficiently and safely.
- Sussex Super Growth Awards
5 Jan 2017
C J Thorne has been shortlisted for the second year running as one of the top 50 fastest growing companies in Sussex, acknowledging the sustained growth of the Company over the last three years. MD Chris Thorne said: “As a private family-owned business with strong links to the Sussex community, we are absolutely delighted to be recognised once again by the prestigious Sussex Super Growth awards. This is a hugely positive reflection of the efforts of every member of the team as it is directly due to their efforts that we win the repeat work for our Clients which in turn drives our growth.” Pictured is Bob Fowler receiving a bottle of Champagne as a prize for the Company making the shortlist.
- Dukes Mound, Brighton is underway
12 Dec 2016
Soil nailing commenced this week at Duke’s Mound, where we are working on a £100,000 scheme to stabilise one of the oldest and longest “green walls” in the country. This is the second phase of repair work undertaken by Thorne in the last two years and will include concrete encasement works to protect this 200-year-old wall.
- Christmas Tree of Goodwill
1 Dec 2016
Founder of the Company Charles James Thorne first donated a Christmas Tree to the Rotary Club of Uckfield in 1951, and current Chairman Richard Thorne has continued this tradition of supplying the tree that has become the centre of Uckfield’s Christmas celebrations. It was installed this week ahead of Uckfield’s Late Night Shopping event tomorrow.
- The Night Shift
21 Nov 2016
Work is progressing well at Woodmansterne WTW where the 248m³ base of the Chlorine Contact Tank was poured this week – Sean Taylor and the team on site had to work through the night to ensure the power-floated finish met the required tolerances. A great effort by all concerned!
- Young Employee of the Year
17 Nov 2016
Congratulations to Jake Holmes on winning the Young Employee of the Year Award – the judges recognised his outstanding attitude to his work along with his infectious enthusiasm, and Jake impressed a gathering of over 300 local business people with the best acceptance speech of the evening!
- Palace Pier Protection!
14 Nov 2016
Work has recently been completed on the installation of a new security fence to protect the area under the root of The Palace Pier in Brighton – a tricky job given the variable weather and tides, so congratulations to Guy Davidson and his team on the successful completion of this job.
- Winston would be pleased…
20 Oct 2016
Work is underway on the £150,000 project to upgrade the waste water treatment at Chartwell with the installation of a new 2000 litre Sewage Treatment Plant and some complex pipework to take the treated water safely to a local water course, with minimal disruption to the local environment.
- Bentley Solar Farm Complete
16 Oct 2016
Work is now complete on the £200,000 solar farm infrastructure project on the Bentley Estate just outside Uckfield – works included earthworks, 350m of access road construction and a reinforced concrete river crossing to allow access to the site of the solar farm, the second such project undertaken for solar development specialists Lightsource.
- Congratulations Chris!
16 Oct 2016
Congratulations to Chris Watson on completing his MSC in Quantity Surveying at Portsmouth University – this has been achieved with a lot of blood sweat and tears over a two-year programme of day release from work, fully funded by Thorne as part of its investment in Staff Training & Development.
- Hero Dave Saves Life!
29 Sep 2016
Beacon Security’s Dave King, gateman at our site for the £20m redevelopment of Sutton & East Surrey Water’s Woodmansterne WTW, last month saved the life of a woman who collapsed at a nearby bus stop as his shift was ending. He administered CPR and revived her until an ambulance arrived. The lady’s husband wrote to Thorne to express his gratitude for Dave’s actions and he is pictured here receiving the congratulations of Chris Thorne, as well as a £50 reward for his outstanding actions.