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!

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.