News

  • Owlsbury Park Boardwalk

    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

    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

    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!

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    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…

    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

    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!

    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!

    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.  

  • Shelter Hall – Lower Promenade Wall

    As part of the regeneration of Shelter Hall along Brighton beach, C J Thorne & Co have successfully completed the first stage of the contract by renewing the ornate sea wall to protect the new structure from the harsh winters and driving waves. The £10 million construction of the historic Shelter Hall consists of rebuilding the Victorian Shelter Hall building, constructing the new sea wall and walkway on the lower promenade, but also enlarging the upper prom area on the seafront.  

  • Sussex Super Growth Awards

    C J Thorne & Co was this month recognised as being amongst the top 10 fastest growing companies in Sussex at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Amex Stadium, home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. The award acknowledged the sustained growth of the Company over the last three years and MD Chris Thorne said: “As a private family-owned business with strong links to the local community, we are absolutely delighted to be i the top 10 of the Sussex Super Growth awards. Our business is all about the strong teamwork of our loyal staff, and their commitment and expertise is what delivers complex projects successfully for our Clients.

  • Woodmansterne Lagoon

    Work started this month on the S278 works creating an access to Sutton & East Surrey Water Company’s new soakaway lagoon at Woodmansterne. The £1.2m project forms part of the enabling works to the £20m refurbishment of the adjacent Water Treatment Works, where Thorne is also the preferred civils contractor.

  • B&HCC Coastal Defences Retained

    This month the Company was awarded Brighton & Hove City Council’s 4 year term contract for the Maintenance of Coastal & Highway Structures. The contract will be headed up by Guy Davidson, who has led the scheme since we first won the contract in 2008.

  • Celebrations at Mountfield

    On Thursday 15th October key representatives of C J Thorne & Co were invited to the celebration of Saint-Gobain’s 350th birthday at the British Gypsum works in Mountfield. Contracts Manager Peter Tapsfield and gifted plant operator Stephen Berndt were feted for the input Thornes had in the restoration works as part of the Clients environmental commitment to the site.

  • Kenley Culvert – Flood Defences

    Earlier this month work got underway on the essential flood resilience project for the Sutton & East Surrey Water Company. The scheme involves the installation of a new 900mm diameter DI culvert to deal with storm surcharging, and connecting into the existing drainage system.