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  • Our very own Karen Thorne received a standing ovation on Saturday, as after weeks of training she performed her fantastic dance routine to Dolly Parton’s 9-5 with partner Stuart Dawes from the Brighton Academy at this year’s Midsummer Ball hosted by the DM Thomas Foundation. Four different acts representing their individual charities took to the stage to sing and dance, and Kaz certainly did not disappoint. Being the first act on stage, she wowed the audience with lifts, cartwheels and amazing footwork. Unfortunately, she just missed out on the top spot to fellow competitors Charman and Alison who were representing Action Medical Research, but everyone here at C J Thorne are so proud of Kaz and in our eyes she was definitely the winner! We are still awaiting the final figure of the total raised on the night, but we would like to thank all our suppliers, colleagues, friends and family, who helped Kaz personally raise £5,676.08.

  • Eatons Bridge June 3

    Major progress has been made at Eatons Footbridge as the new footbridge foundations have now been constructed and the soil/seed mix bagged wall has been installed to prevent the river from undermining the bridge foundations in what is an active tidal area. On 12th June, the new footbridge was lifted into position, re-connecting the footpath between Ashurst and Henfield after several years of waiting by local residents and Public Rights of Way. Now all that’s outstanding are the new steps, gates and landscaping to both ends of the bridge to complete the project.

  • Uckfield Community Hospital June 20181

    C J Thorne have this week started a new project in Uckfield at the local Community Hospital. The £37,000 project, which is being funded by the Hospital’s League of Friends will involve converting the grass verge opposite the ambulance station into additional car parking spaces for its staff.

  • National Cat Centre May 2018

    C J Thorne have recently started work on a new project at the National Cat Centre. The £250k project will involve upgrading the existing car park and providing additional parking spaces. A retaining wall will also be built in order to improve the line of sight on the site’s access road.

  • C J Thorne has recently started work for West Sussex County Council to replace an existing historic footbridge that had fallen into disrepair. The bridge is located over the River Adur so gaining access to the bridge was a bit of a challenge! Fortunately, due to the recent good weather, work is progressing well. The old bridge has now been removed with sections salvaged for the local museum. The new piled foundations are nearly complete and the new 21 m footbridge was delivered to site from Holland this week, ready for installation.

  • We have recently completed a project at Astral Towers in Crawley to extend the existing car park, which has provided 75 additional parking spaces. The £220k project included earthworks and landscaping in an environmentally sensitive area and combined the skills of staff from both C J Thorne and Hobart Paving Ltd to complete the works. Well done to Steve, Lee and their team for doing a great job.

  • On Friday 20th April 2018, CJ Thorne visited Robertsbridge Community College to take part in their Careers Event. We met with students and introduced them to the world of Civil Engineering and were on hand to give guidance and answer questions as to what steps they could take to begin their career. A very informative event and we were thrilled to be part of it as well as helping students think about their future.

  • Roseberry Park

    Rosebery Park pond restoration was completed on Friday 6th April 2018. The construction involved the installation of Gabions designed to allow the surrounding area to filter the storm water into the pond. Cobbles, which were sourced from Scotland, have been laid to one side of the pond providing access for the public to be able to feed the ducks. A new water overflow system has been installed within a newly laid York Stone paved area and a new seating area has also been provided for the public to sit and enjoy the scenery.

  • Rosebery Park

    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

    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

    Whilst work continues at Bayham, the progress of the new reinforced concrete road bridge over the spillway starts to take shape.

  • Uckfield Community Awards Nov 17

    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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.