New appointments at T Manners

We are pleased to announce that in order to further strengthen the Construction Division Team we have recently welcomed two new starters.

Aaron Barclay has joined us as a Quantity Surveyor. Aaron had been working at Taylor Wimpey as a QS and prior to this, he spent nearly 10 years at Gus Robinson Developments.

Mike Chapman has joined us a Contracts Manager. Mike had been working as Head of Building Services for Darlington Borough Council. Prior to this, he worked as a Contracts Manager for other contractors in the region including Frank Haslam Milan and Surgo & Southdale.

(pictured left to right: Aaron Barclay and Mike Chapman)


Making ground at Tanfield Road

Work is well underway at our Tanfield Road site, in Hartlepool, where we are building affordable homes for rent.  The project includes seventeen two-bedroom bungalows, of which two properties are wheelchair-friendly.

Before starting the North Star Housing Development, the site had to be cleared, involving the demolition of a former garden centre, cafe and greenhouses.

Progress over the last few weeks has been good. Substructure works including the masonry below DPC, block and beam ground floors and structural screeds are well under way. The superstructure works have also begun on some plots.

The development was unanimously backed by local councillors who agreed it will bring much-needed bungalows into the town’s housing stock. Supported by Homes England, North Star is investing £3.2m in the project which is focused on the needs of the community.

All the bungalows will have private rear gardens and parking and are light and thermally efficient, with some featuring electric car charging.  The units will be available at an affordable rent to people aged over 55 and the site will include communal planting within the courtyard development.

We are proud to be partnering North Star, HMH Architects, Billinghurst George & Partners and RNJ Partnership LLP to inject new life into this brownfield site.


Setting the scene at Gosforth Civic Theatre

There’s fantastic T Manners teamwork at our Gosforth Civic Theatre site where three of our Divisions are playing integral roles in the project – our Construction Division is the principal contractor, our Mechanical Division is delivering the plumbing, ventilation, ductwork and sanitaryware, with our Joinery Division crafting the timber bar which is surfaced with Corian counter tops.

The interior is really taking shape now and the scene is almost set for the theatre to unveil its new single-storey extension to increase capacity for community activities and office space.  The works have included external treatment to the auditorium, with cladding and rendering to the elevations, as well as adding electrical vehicle charging points and free-standing secure storage for six bikes. The space has been reconfigured and enhanced with layout changes and a new main entrance lobby, lounge and office space. In addition, new WCs, showers and changing rooms have been installed.  In the lounge/café area there is a stunning pitched roof with timber panelling, with wide expanses of glass flooding the space with light.

As the project is nearing completion, we look forward to sharing some more progress shots with you soon.


Specialist Joinery Division completes stunning project at Blyth’s Commissioner’s Quay Inn

Our specialist joinery division recently completed a stunning project at the Commissioner’s Quay Inn, which is located on Blyth’s impressive harbour development.  The interior of the building was enhanced with a beautiful mix of materials to bring the outside in and to evoke the waterfront feel. Our team of joiners created many of the features that combine to make this such a fabulous scheme.  Natural and reclaimed oak timber is highlighted throughout, from the wall panelling, counter and table tops as well as the bespoke, curved bar dining area which is a focal point of the design. We also produced and installed the banquet seating. The overall look is a nod to the heritage of the quay, with a rustic blend of wood and open brickwork that’s very much designed for the demands of modern dining. 

In addition, our team manufactured the worktops in the buffet counter area including the timber and solid surface materials.

The investment in such high-quality craftsmanship has resulted in a uniquely designed space that respects the character of the adjacent conservation area, with the mix of materials paying homage to the site’s industrial past.

For further details on how our joinery division can create and install tailored furniture and fittings for your project, please contact: [email protected]

Creating valuable space for learning at Holy Family School in Darlington

We are making great progress at Holy Family School, in Darlington, where we are refurbishing the adjacent parish hall and changing its use to become part of the school. 

The photographs show the space as we took it over. Already, the stripping out works, installation of new stud work and first fix M&E are complete and the next stage of the project will involve closing of the stud walls, plastering, second fix Fix M&E and joinery.

As well as recovering the existing roof, the interior will be reconfigured to enable the school to create additional space for learning and to enhance its facilities. The finished scheme will see the original building transformed and we are looking forward to posting updates of the site as the work develops.

An amazing £4375 raised for Marie Curie

T Manners are proud sponsors of Bishop Auckland Golf Club’s Teesside Union Team and we are thrilled to hear that the Club have raised an amazing £4,375 for Marie Curie. Mark Walker and Wayne Hewitt, two members of our staff,  joined almost 100 of the Club’s golfers in their recent Ian Larnach Memorial Golf Day. What a fabulous effort by everyone involved and such a great outcome for Marie Curie.

Photo credit: Bishop Auckland Golf Club


Putting the finishing touches to Ramsey Crescent

Our affordable housing project at Ramsey Crescent, in Bishop Auckland, is drawing to a close and we can’t wait to see the site once it is landscaped.  The Believe Housing project, designed in partnership with Acanthus Darbyshire Architects, comprises ten new dwellings which feature an inclusive design, each set in a spacious plot offering generous-sized rooms and easy access. 

In addition to eight two-bedroomed bungalows, there are two dormer bungalows with  two bedrooms and a walk-in wetroom on the ground floor, plus an additional bedroom and bathroom upstairs.


Maintenance Decorator Vacancy

We are recruiting for a Maintenance Decorator to join our Small Works and Fire Doors Division. The applicant needs to drive, be able to work independently and preferably to have experience. The work is likely to involve undertaking small repair decoration projects, following fire door installations and small works maintenance. A very competitive salary is offered and the successful applicant will be provided with their own van. Please send your CV to [email protected] by Friday, 18th August.