Structural Brickwork Repair

Bryburn attended an emergency call out after a car had driven into the front of a residential property demolishing one of the front pillars, leaving this in a dangerous condition.

Our Small Works team responded promptly, ensuring the structure was made safe.

A new brickwork pillar was constructed within three days of the accident, leaving a very satisfied client.

How to combat the industry’s skilled labour shortage

The construction industry is one of the UK’s leading sectors. It is an area where investment is high, as with a growing population, there is always a high demand for new housing. Skills for the different roles in the industry are highly valued and are essential, from design all the way through to construction, for good quality builds.

Unfortunately, skills shortages are now hitting the industry. Research conducted by the Federation of Master Builders has found that that companies are struggling to recruit bricklayers and carpenters, and that demand for skilled plumbers, electricians and plasterers is also outstripping supply.

There are a number of factors that are causing these skills shortages, but three of the main reasons are a lack of apprentices entering construction, an aging workforce and the loss of EU workers following Brexit.

With the government pledging to build 300,000 houses a year until 2025, a huge influx of new, skilled construction workers is needed. To do this it’s estimated that nearly 400,000 workers will need to be hired per year. With the current skilled labour shortage in effect this is a huge ask for the industry.

At Bryburn we pride ourselves on our highly skilled workforce. Below are some of our thoughts on how the skilled labour shortage could be overturned.

Attracting new talent

Probably the biggest problem for the industry is the lack of young candidates entering the field. Attracting new talent is critical to the success of the sector, but many reasons including negative views of the industry, a lack of apprenticeship opportunities and not enough awareness or understanding of the roles that are currently available are hampering the current intake.

The government, schools and colleges and businesses need to work harder together to recruit young people into the industry. The government has opened up opportunities for increased output, but attitudes to working in construction need to be changed for young people.

The onus is on schools to show the sector as a viable career option for youngsters on the cusp of leaving school or college. For many the route directly out of school involves university, but schools need to work with businesses to show the construction industry as an attractive alternative.

With the estimated cost of training a construction newcomer around £22,000, it is also believed that there is a lack of commitment in the industry to train young people due to these costs, causing a failure to invest in the future.

At Bryburn, we are committed to adding more apprentices to our workforce as we believe they are essential to our business.

Look after the current workforce

It is estimated that about 25% of the construction workforce is now over the age of 50, while 400,000 of the over 55s are planning to retire in the next decade. Experience is incredibly valuable in any working environment, but the current workforce will begin to decline as new workers are unable to meet the demand left behind by retirees.

Construction is obviously a very physical business and the labour-intensive work can take its toll on more experienced professionals. It is important then to work to extend the careers of senior workers so that skills will stay in the industry and can be passed on to new talent.

One way of retaining potential retirees, is moving them to less physical roles. A management or training job could be an excellent end of career move for aging workers and would have them to put their skills to good use in a safer environment, as well as allowing for them to impart their knowledge and expertise to new employees.

Flexible working could also be attractive for staff who may need a little incentive to stay in work longer. Allowing senior professionals to work on more of a freelance or part time basis would mean that a business and project can still benefit from the influence of skilled workers without running them into the ground.

The Brexodus

A large part of Britain’s construction workforce in recent years has been made up of EU nationals. A recent report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) estimated that 8% of the UK’s construction workers are from EU countries (not including Britain and Ireland) – accounting for some 176,500 individuals.

Many EU nationals are not sure what their status in the UK will be once it eventually leaves the EU, but harsh immigration rules could trigger a mass exodus, which could take with it nearly 180,000 skilled workers and reduce the intake of any future skilled immigrants.

There is no real way for businesses to combat this issue, other than to hope that once the UK is officially out of the EU it does not alienate current and future workers from EU countries. Free movement of people following deadline day (29 March) would allow for the industry to keep its existing skilled immigrant workers and would mean that its intake of new workers would not suffer so much.

Bryburn and skilled workers

At Bryburn it is important for us to have only the most skilled workers working on our projects. We pride ourselves in always having the right people for the job. To this end we support our entire workforce in its development and we are committed to adding more apprentices to it.

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Our top five tips for on-site health and safety

The words ‘health’ and ‘safety’ can often be met with rolled eyes and raised eyebrows. On and off building sites all over the UK their mention inspires thoughts of unnecessary hoops to jump through and unattainable standards.

Unfortunately, health and safety is an area where construction is undeniably falling behind other sectors. Global law firm Clyde & Co found that during 2016, health and safety construction fines rose by 83% – the sector had a total of £13m worth of fines that year.

At Bryburn however, health and safety on-site is at the top of our list of priorities – we want to make sure that not only our site managers, builders and labourers work in a safe environment, but that homeowners, tenants or any visitors to site can feel comfortable and secure.

Health and safety in the construction sector is so important due to the high-risk nature of building sites. A combination of heavy machinery and the nature of the work involved mean that taking unnecessary risks can be devastating.

Below are our top five tips for on-site health and safety.

1 Proper site organisation:

Improper site organisation is where most health and safety issues can stem from. Organising a construction site is a many headed beast, including but not limited to, traffic management, public safety, materials storage, waste management, welfare and administration.

The key to good site organisation is proper planning and preparation. Before we start any build, we ensure that our site managers create a project logistics plan to outline the organisation of the site. This includes a rundown of where materials should be stored, safety rally points, emergency contacts, locations of entry and exit gateways for both pedestrians and vehicles, site boundaries and much more. This plan is then clearly posted on-site and rigorously followed.

2 Communication:

Communication can be key to having a tightly run, safe site. Before work begins it is important to alert everyone on your project site of potential hazards and safety procedures. It is a good idea to create safety outline guidelines that explain the rules of the site (i.e. PPE required, which walkways to use, where vehicles can be left etc) and who is in charge. Any guests to the build should be required to sign-in and meet with someone on-site so that they can be briefed on any current safety concerns.

Signage is vital to a safe site. Be sure that signs are posted to alert everyone of job site hazards. Your site should have the proper signs and barricades needed to keep it a safe working environment and to keep people informed.

3 Training:

Good training can go a long way to reducing risk taking on site. It is unfair to expect your workforce to go out to a site and work safely if you haven’t educated them on what safe work looks like. There are thousands of resources available to provide workers with the proper training, and nothing is more important for site safety that providing proper training.

ALL of our on-site staff are provided with full inductions, safety briefings and toolbox talks to ensure that they know how to work safely and securely.

4 Morning meetings

Having short catch-ups every morning before work starts can help put health and safety concerns in the forefront of the minds of your workforce. You can point out critical safety concerns on the site, what is planned for the day, and what everyone needs to be thinking about. Not only will these meetings ensure that more attention is paid to health and safety, but it can help increase productivity by outlining a plan for the day.

5 Participation and teamwork

Health and safety can sometimes be viewed as an annoying hoop to jump through on the way to completing a build. It is important to eliminate this kind of attitude. A way of doing this is making it clear that EVERYONE on-site must follow the presented health and safety guidelines. Ensure that every member of the workforce from the site manager to the hod carriers follow the same rules when working on site. This will make it clear that everyone is in this together and that no one, no matter their position, can cut corners.

Our commitment to health and safety

Our commitment to health and safety means that all our workforce is provided with the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and inductions and toolbox talks are given to all sub-contractors working on our sites. It is also vital to us that ALL site managers are fully first aid trained and that the welfare facilities we provide on our sites exceed the legal minimum requirements.

In addition to ensuring everyone is competent to carry out their work safely, and that there is adequate supervision to make sure arrangements are followed, we implement rigorous risk control systems and procedures for the protection of all our workforce and clients.

We have impeccable health and safety reports from all our sites carried out by an independent consultant.

We are proud to announce we are now members of the CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP). This prestigious accreditation is part of our commitment to go above and beyond regulated standards. At Bryburn we care about our customers, clients and workforce, and ensuring their comfort and safety is our main priority.

How valuable are core values?

What are core values? Core values are the building blocks that make up a company. Integral to company identity; they support the business vision, guide its goals, and shape the company culture.

It can be easy to only focus on the technical capabilities i.e. what a company can actually do. But the reason why they do it is equally, if not more so, important to establish and nourish. These core values are what drive decisions and shape the way a company works.


How did Bryburn’s core values evolve?

With a long history in the building industry behind us, to focus on our development and construction experience and expertise would be a natural inclination. However, to do so would not reflect our complete company identity and offering. It is important to us that we are more than ‘just builders’. In addition to our work in development and construction, we are proud of our specialism in providing disability solutions, along with design services and small works and maintenance, often carried out in conjunction with this.


We feel our core values are reflected in the work that we do and the way that we approach it:


  • Being caring and considerate

Our dedicated team are committed to providing a warm and personal service to all of our clients with a view to establishing long-term relationships founded on mutual trust and co-operation.

This is particularly invaluable in our work relating to disability solutions where we are working on the behalf of vulnerable individuals. We offer a tailored approach, listening and understanding the unique needs of each client. We know it is important that we communicate openly, regularly and sensitively with clients, their families and carers.

“With this client base technical excellence is not enough: empathy and excellent communication are necessary and Bryburn provide all of this.” – Annabelle Vaughan – Partner at Coffin Mew.


  • Understanding the needs of our clients

We listen to each of our clients and work hard to meet their needs. We aim to communicate clearly to ensure a full understanding of any specific needs or issues that have to be met. Whether it’s as simple as wanting to preserve a period fireplace or as complex as creating full up and down wheelchair access in a small mid-terrace, we listen, make sure we understand and then deliver.

We can find, acquire, finance, design, construct, dispose or maintain.  We offer a broad range of services, each available to be undertaken individually, or we can offer a full turnkey solution. We will adapt and shape our offering depending on what the client needs.


  • Delivering quality workmanship

We are a team of experienced industry professionals with a proven track record of exemplary delivery.

Our multi-trade skilled workforce provide a prompt and professional service to satisfy and exceed our customer expectations.

“We can’t stress enough how happy we are with the standard of finish and the professionalism of all at Bryburn, we would recommend them time and time again.” – A client of Coffin Mew Solicitors.


  • Being an established and trusted company

With over 35 years’ building experience behind us, we are well established in the development and construction industry and are proud to hold long-standing connections. We have a wealth of tried and tested contacts including surveyors, architects and planning consultants. We also have a long-standing history dealing with local councils and planning departments.

Our reputation is built on these positive interactions, both with those we work with and those we work for. We trust that clients will be glad they chose Bryburn and would happily choose to work with us again or recommend us to others.


These core values are at the foundation of everything we do. Our skill set and technical capabilities are a valuable part of our offering to clients, but it’s our core values that enhance this offering, shaping the quality of our service and making Bryburn who we are.


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Prestigious Residential New Build – May Update

Bryburn were approached to build this luxurious five-bedroom home with guest accommodation. Project duration 80 weeks.

May Update

Internal decorations have now started on the first floor

Shallow pool is now waterproofed and the pumping station now installed

Ground floor tiling now fully completed

All plastering due to finish early June

Utility kitchen installed

We have now increased site security which includes a high tech CCTV system providing 24/7 monitoring.

Conversion of existing garage

The work is near completion to convert the existing garage in to a specialist wet room and bedroom accommodation for a vulnerable child. The project also comprises of a single storey extension providing a re-modelled ground floor layout to improve the family’s current lifestyle.

We are in the process of installing a hoist and a new patio area with the formation of wheelchair friendly access ramp.





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Barn Conversion in Alton – November update


Roof tiling works have commenced to the main barn and garage building.

Internally mechanical and electrical installation has commenced with the first floor underfloor heating pipe work installed.

Ground floor insulation and screening will be the next task carried out within the next week followed by dry lining internally.

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Now Sold-Contemporary 4 Bed Bungalow in Beautiful Horndean

A great opportunity to purchase this three/four bedroom detached bungalow.

Approached by a private block paved driveway that features ample parking with turning area. The contemporary accommodation comprises large entrance hall with impressive open plan living area featuring lounge/dining area and modern kitchen with appliances. There are three generous bedrooms with en-suite to master, family bathroom and study/guest room. Properties of this calibre are rarely available and an early viewing is advised to reserve this property. Email Jo at or contact Martin Archbold, Archbold Edwards estate agents on 02392 257999 for more information or to book your appointment to view.


Front door leading to entrance hall. Floor to ceiling double glazed window to front. Airing cupboard housing the ‘Vaillant’ gas fired boiler for hot water and central heating. Door to:

Double storage cupboard. Radiator. Loft hatch. ‘Karndean’ flooring.

Double glazed sliding patio doors to side with access to paved patio and the rear garden. Two double glazed windows to rear aspect. Double glazed window to side. Velux style roof window. Double glazed window to front. Range of modern high gloss glass fronted wall and base units with contrasting granite work surfaces. Inset ‘Sike’ stainless steel single drainer sink with mixer tap over. ‘AEG’ induction hob. ‘AEG’ extractor hood. ‘AEG’ steam-bake electric oven. Integrated ‘AEG’ dishwasher. Integrated ‘AEG’ washer/dryer. Integrated ‘AEG’ fridge/freezer. Breakfast island with bas storage cupboards and display shelving. Marble work top. Two radiators. TV point. Telephone point. Views from the rear window towards Catherington Lith.

Double glazed window to rear aspect. TV point. Radiator. Carpet (to be fitted)

Walk in tiled corner shower cubicle with bi-folding doors. Low level WC. Pedestal wash hand basin. Ceiling extractor. Ladder style towel radiator. Tiled flooring.

Double glazed window to rear aspect. Radiator. TV point. Carpet (to be fitted).

Double glazed window to side aspect. Radiator. TV point. Carpet (to be fitted)

Double glazed window to side and front aspects. Radiator. TV point. Carpet (to be fitted).

Long shingled driveway and turning area.Planted flower and shrub borders.

Enclosed westerly aspect garden. Paved patio. Pathway to entrance. Predominantly laid to lawn.