The CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.

CIOB members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. The COIB accredit university degrees, educational courses and training, and their professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.

Sandwood have been a member since 2001.



Constructionline is the UK’s register of pre-qualified local and national construction and construction-related suppliers.

The concept of a single national database was proposed by the 1994 Latham Report. Since then Constructionline has grown and been updated in line with the needs of modern procurement. The OGC Common Minimum Standards and The Local Government Task Force also recommend using Constructionline as part of the pre-qualification and tendering process.

Sandwood have been a member of Constructionline since it began.

The Green Register


The Green Register is a training and networking organisation that brings together all disciplines in the construction industry that have a demonstrable commitment to sustainable building practices, including architects, engineers, builders, surveyors and tradespeople. The network provides a vital link between these professionals and their clients ranging from homeowners through to businesses and social housing providers.

The Green Register is committed to increasing the knowledge and application of sustainable building practices through training, networking and by offering a resource that can be used by everyone involved in construction.

All of Sandwood’s senior management team have attended training courses.

UK Green Council


The UK Green Building Council is a charity and membership organisation which campaigns for a sustainable built environment. UK-GBC has a diverse membership of more than 400 organisations spanning the entire built environment.

Sandwood are members of the UK Green Building Council, whose mission statement is as follows:

“To dramatically improve the sustainability of the built environment by radically transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.”



Chain of Custody certification provides a guarantee about the production of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified products. Chain of Custody is the path taken by raw materials from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution.

From a customer perspective, the FSC label represents a promise that is being made to them. Chain of Custody standards are the mechanism FSC has to ensure that promise is delivered.

Sandwood is one of only two UK contractors to achieve FSC COC standards.

The company undertook the first ever new build project to qualify as an FSC mixed sources product, achieving over 90% FSC certification under Sandwood’s COC procedures. Windows, stairs and kitchens were the only elements non FSC certified.

We are hoping to make one of our current developments 100% FSC and will again adhere to the Product Certification criteria. The only problem to date in achieving that has been the windows, where the company concerned has still to implement Chain of Custody procedures.

Investors In People


The IIP Profile goes beyond the Standard level (awarded to Sandwood several years ago) which tells an organisation it is displaying good practice; the Profile shows an organisation how well it is performing and where to look for further improvements. In the 10 general indicators measured against, Sandwood scored two at Level 1 (the standard level), six at Level 2, one at Level 3 and one at the outstanding Level 4. Level 2 and above are to be celebrated as exceptional features of the organisation.

Sandwood were reported as being:

“an organisation with a clear focus on the social housing sector and its position within the market as a provider of the highest quality, sustainable solutions. This is underpinned by a vision which is expressed in terms of being very different to the traditional approaches encountered within the industry. It is perhaps easier to understand the vision in terms of what Sandwood will not do as opposed to its specific approach. In essence, the vision is to operate within the sector at the highest level, providing a level of service, responsiveness and quality which is unique, and which marks Sandwood out as a desirable supplier. This is characterised, for example, by honesty and responsiveness in dealing with clients, by many areas of added value for the clients (such as the EcoHomes assessment element), and by general behaviour, both on-site and with the client. To most people, especially those based on-site, the driving vision is to provide high quality of build and finish.”



Sandwood contributed to a study conducted by Loughborough University on the off site manufacture of construction units.



Project Of The Year (Residential) 2019

Sandwood is pleased to announce that Lark Rise project is the winner for the CIBSE Awards 2019 – Residential.

“Recognising UK residential new-builds or refurbishments that most effectively demonstrate high levels of user satisfaction and comfort, and deliver outstanding measured building performance, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. Lark Rise is the UK’s first certified PassivHaus Plus home. It is an ultra-low energy, all-electric, two-bedroom detached property, on a north-west facing slope on the edge of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire. As well as aiming to create the most sustainable home in the UK, the project wanted to demonstrate the ‘building as power station’ concept.

Two years of monitoring showed that Lark Rise generates twice as much energy as it consumes and draws 97% less energy from the grid than an average UK home for all uses, including heating. With a 12.4kWp photovoltaic array and a 13.8kWh battery, it also exports 10 times as much energy as it imports, so acts as a small renewable power station.

Lark Rise is kept at 20-21°C all year round, using natural, night-time purge ventilation, high-performance glazing and exposed thermal mass to minimise summertime overheating.

The mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system provides hygienic ventilation and a fine F7 filter on the incoming air removes particulates. Timber is sustainably sourced and untreated, while off-gassing is avoided by the use of paints and finishes with zero volatile organic compounds.

The result is an elegant, comfortable and healthy building that uses only a fraction of the energy required by a home of a similar size built to the minimum Building Regulations.

While costs on Lark Rise were relatively high per square metre because of the quality of finishes and fittings used to meet the client’s requirements, Bere Architects is now applying the lessons learned elsewhere and is currently producing similar performance houses for one-third of the cost on optimal sites and with simpler finishes.

Bere Architects scored well for its attention to detail – both in terms of design and delivery of the project and its submission – and for the quality of its evidence. This demonstrates the need for attention to detail throughout the life of a project if performance is to be maximised. The practice ‘really maxed out with providing all the performance data they could’, said the judges, and demonstrated that the model is replicable on a larger scale at a lower cost.”

Brick Awards

BRICK Awards

SDB is pleased to announce a new award for John Fisher Street (Darbishire Place) which is The Best Housing Design Award by the BRICK Awards.

“Project: Darbishire Place

Architect: Niall McLaughlin Architects 

Specialist Brickwork Contractor: Sandwood Design and Build

Brick: Wienerberger; Marzaile

The building is simple, direct, without fuss, frivolity or fancy. There are however moments of architectural delight, which become apparent. The window surrounds in a subtly projecting and tapering precast architectural stone trim, bring sensitive and subtle articulation to what would otherwise be a rather banal building. Two zones of stacked corner balconies are designed with a bespoke precast tapering blade column, which accentuate the relationship of the building users to the public realm they face. This is a fine example of a well-executed residential development firmly rooted within the London Vernacular. It repairs a part of London’s streetscape damaged through World War II, and in that respect, follows a pre-determined role within a wider street grain of similarly sized building blocks of similar rhythm, scale and articulation.” (The Brick Awards)

RIBA Stirling Awards

Stirling Prize Shortlisting

Our project at John Fisher Street (Darbishire Place) for the Peabody Trust has been short listed for the Stirling Prize.

“This is a brilliant piece of urban design. The dignified new building, with its refined proportions and details, replaces a well detailed and proportioned Peabody mansion block taken out in World War II by a V2 bomb, along with another block whose footprint now provides a garden at the heart of the newly completed courtyard still graced by the remaining three Edwardian blocks.

A casual comparison of the old and new elevations reveals the subtlety of the new architecture. The use of materials and form means that the new building complements its neighbours without mimicking them. It represents a re-invention of the deep reveal: the use of slightly projecting pre-cast reveals to the windows and balconies gives an unusual depth to the modelling of the facades, a subtle beauty. The way a sliver of the building on the south side slides out of the square and forms a very narrow and elegant elevation that leads one into the scheme, provides a further level of interest and architectural distinctiveness.

Internally the plan naturally invites you to use the stair – and what a stair: residents must feel a million dollars, like stars on an ocean liner, all graceful curves, an elegant swooping hand-rail and all that top-light. All but the smallest flats are dual aspect. The plan also allows each flat a vestibule off the landing, an enclosed space they can fill with plants or the over-flow of their flats, it doesn’t matter because it is theirs. The balconies likewise: each has a generous deep balcony from which to watch the children play in the safe square.

The building oozes care. For example, the architects first chose a grey brick to match the soot- stained Victorian London brick. Then Peabody decided to clean the blocks revealing their glowing cream and, in the nick of time, the architects were able to change their order for a pale honey colour that gives the work so much more character. Darbishire Place was delivered through design and build but shows that the quality of the architecture and the continued involvement of the architect is more important to success than the means of its delivery. This is a proper use of an architect’s skills and makes the ordinary exceptional.

We would add, not surprisingly perhaps, to the Design and Build comment that the selection of contractor is also important. SDB has worked with the Peabody Trust for over 20 years and collaborated previously with Niall Mclaughlin Architects on the Peabody project at Evelyn Road in Silvertown. Despite being procured by competitive tender in the depths of the recession and completed at a time of rapidly rising costs, quality of construction was never compromised to the point where Peabody Trust used the internal finishes as a benchmark for other contractors.”

Enterprise Awards

Enterprise Awards

Sandwood’s KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) associate Basant Mertia was among the winners at Loughborough University’s 2010 Enterprise Awards, held at the University’s Science and Enterprise Park. His achievements in introducing lean construction techniques to Sandwood, enabling the company to stay one step ahead of the competition in a challenging climate were acknowledged in front of an audience of over 100 guests including many of the public and private sector organisations with whom the University works in partnership, together with academics and graduates, gathered for the annual awards, which recognises the impact of university research on society.

Loughborough University Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Phill Dickens, revealed the winners, saying:  “The finalists’ achievements are fantastic examples of how the University’s work can be applied – to help industry to innovate and thrive, to bring new businesses and products to market and to benefit society.’’

Loughborough University Chancellor and chairman of BAA Sir Nigel Rudd also paid tribute to the finalists, saying:  “Tonight’s Enterprise Awards show the value of the University’s role in society.  They are a wonderful celebration of the enterprising culture that is such an integral part of Loughborough University.  At every level, there are staff and students undertaking innovative and creative activities within a lively research culture that allows talent to thrive, and those same staff and students are also seeking opportunities to ensure that there is the maximum impact of their work in society.’’

Hackney Design Awards

Hackney Housing Design Awards

Antony House at Pembury Place, a development constructed for the Peabody Trust, was shortlisted at the recent Hackney Housing Design Awards.

The Hackney Design Awards are an opportunity for Hackney Council to give recognition to and raise awareness of high quality design within the local environment. The awards provide Hackney with the chance to engage with local and professional communities, maintain an ongoing dialogue of Hackney’s improving built environment and increase their understanding of how quality design can make a real difference to where people live, work and relax.

The awards focus on high quality design in the built environment.

Shortlisted schemes have:
• Explored innovative construction techniques;
• Demonstrated sustainable methods with the use of materials and energy saving infrastructure;
• Used materials and colours that are vibrant and long lasting; and
• Drawn on history or the natural environment to generate a design philosophy.

Sustainable Housing Awards

Sustainable Housing Awards

Angela Carter Close was the winner of the Smaller Housing Project award at Inside Housing’s Sustainable Housing Awards held at the London Hilton Hotel in November 2008.

The awards lead the way in social housing’s pioneering role in greening the UK’s housing stock, cutting emissions and tackling fuel poverty. The awards attracted senior industry figure including representatives of government departments, chief executives of leading social housing providers and representatives of the main trade and professional bodies.

RIBA London

RIBA 2015

SDB is pleased to announce that two of its projects were shortlisted for the RIBA London Regional awards:

1-6 Copper Lane (Springdale Road) and Darbishire Place (John Fisher Street).

This was out of a total shortlist across London of 68 projects.

Although Copper Lane did not make it through to a Regional Award Darbishire Place was successful and is now automatically put forward to the National Awards shortlist.

This is the second project SDB has undertaken for Niall Mclaughlin architects, the first Evelyn Road in Silvertown was also a Regional and National RIBA award winner. Both projects were for the Peabody Trust.

Building For Life

Building For Life - Gold Standard

Angela Carter Close was recently awarded the Building for Life Gold Standard.

Building for Life is a tool for assessing the design quality of homes and neighbourhoods in England. It was developed by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), with partners the Home Builders Federation, the Civic Trust and Design for Homes.

Quality In Construction

Quality In Construction Awards

Sandwood were delighted to have been announced as a finalist in the Construction News Quality in Construction Awards 2008 for its Apprenticeship Scheme.

The 12th annual event, which celebrates innovation, best practice and teamwork in the construction industry, took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Constructing Excellence

Constructing Excellence Award

Angela Carter Close was chosen as a finalist in Constructing Excellence’s “Legacy Award for Sustainability”, which is awarded for the systematic and sustained application of the principles of sustainable construction and development that deliver a sustainable legacy.

Green Contractor of the Year Nomination

Sandwood were delighted to have been chosen as finalists in the “Green Contractor of the Year” category of the Construction News Green Awards 2007 for our proactive approach to improving our environmental performance and spreading the green message to our clients and suppliers.

We were particularly pleased to represent the SME and social housing sectors as the other finalists (Skanska, Amec, Robert McAlpine and David McLean) are considered heavyweights of the industry.

RIBA National Award 2007

The Rooftop Nursery in Hackney won an RIBA 2007 National Award, one of only 14 awarded in that year.

“This highly original rooftop nursery provides affordable child-care in the heart of London; the only way this could have been done was through affordable architecture. The name of the nursery comes from its most obvious feature, the rooftop rubber-safe play area, the first in the UK. This cheap, fun, inventive solution has been made possible by the dedication of the architects who not only designed the building but also found the site and helped get funding. The building is easy to manage and the children love playing on the rooftop (needless to say, safely), where they can escape privately into another world.”

Prime Minister's Award 2007

The Rooftop Nursery was delighted to be the recipient of a 2007 Prime Minister’s “Better Public Building” Award, which recognised new buildings and spaces, from the modest to the spectacular, that make the biggest difference to the lives of those who use them.

In selecting the shortlist, the judges looked at the design, construction, financial management, procurement method and sustainability credentials of each project.

Sustainable Communities Award 2006

Sandwood is proud that Boatemah Walk on the Angell Town Estate in Brixton was highly commended in the “Constructing Sustainable Communities” category of the 2006 Sustainable Communities Award.

This is awarded to projects that show evidence of the responsible use and management of natural resources, energy efficiency, sustainable land use, conservation of biodiversity and sensitivity to long term environmental impacts.

Boatemah Walk is the flagship building in Lambeth Housing’s award-winning, 10-year regeneration of the Angell Town area. It has been transformed into a place where people want to live and is also one of the most environmentally friendly developments in the country. Residents have been involved from start to finish, which has fostered a lasting pride in their community.

CITB London Construction Awards 2005

In 2005 Sandwood were awarded the CITB London Construction Award for the Best Medium-Sized Employer of the Year. The awards, organised by The London Construction Skills Forum highlighted exemplary practices in support of training and development within London’s construction industry.

RIBA London Awards 2005

Sandwood was a key member of the project team that won the RIBA Award for the Best Low Cost Housing Project 2005.

This was for the development at Evelyn Road , West Silvertown for the Peabody Trust.

Housing Design Awards 2005

The development at Evelyn Road won the Housing Design Award in 2005 and The Civic Trust Award in 2006.

Evelyn Road won an award for ‘providing an exhilarating, positive example of well designed low cost housing.’ 

The timber frame building has an iridescent street front, developed in collaboration with the light artist Martin Richman. The Civic Trust considered it ‘an imaginative and landmark building’ and ‘important, not just in terms of the progression of good design in affordable housing, but the part it plays in local regeneration.’

Constructing Excellence 2004

Sandwood was identified by Constructing Excellence as implementing Best Practice in its employment policies and commitment to Investors In People. This led to Sandwood being the subject of a case study entitled “How investing in people boosts results in a small enterprise”.