Formed as Robert Norman Associates Ltd by Robert Norman ACIOB in 1981, the Suffolk construction company was incorporated into a Limited company in 1990 and revised its name to Robert Norman Construction Ltd in autumn 2012.
Coming from a technical engineering background, Robert progressed from his early days working on refurbishment projects as a carpenter with a small team in 1982 to handling detailed and technically complex construction projects.
The business has evolved to become a building contractor rather than building company in 2008 thanks to the input of Bob Page.
Bob took over from Robert as Managing Director in November 2016 with Robert retaining a role as company chairman.
The team has helped grow and develop the business into a leading building contractor in the region.
Approachable, engaging, consistently courteous – at Robert Norman Construction we really appreciate the importance of listening to and sharing ideas with our customers. We look to nurture a real understanding of the needs of both the customer and their building over and above the written specification. Having the ability to see the bigger picture enables us to channel the skill of true craftsmen to realise visions and deliver exceptional results every time.
We are comfortable working with discerning architects and quantity surveyors as well as directly with customers. We integrate easily with existing project teams, looking to be supportive and willing to share advice and knowledge. We continue to win praise from customers and industry partners as a consistently trustworthy team with the positive attitude; one who displays experience and dedication to get things right first time, virtually 100% of the time.
Health and safety is of paramount importance in any construction project. As a member of an industry recognised health and safety group and a registered waste carrier, we strive to complete all works in the safest manner possible, abiding by all legislation and regulations.
All our site managers have completed the Site Manager's SMSTS course and complete risk assessments and method statements for works on site. Our entire workforce holds CSCS health and safety competence cards and all site managers have either achieved or are working towards their NVQ Level 3 qualifications.
At Robert Norman Construction we are highly experienced in driving forward construction projects of all sizes from commercial projects, barn conversions, refurbishments and small works to multi-million pound new builds.
Whether working directly with the customer and their contract administrator, or driving a project forward in partnership with a professional team; we handle every task with the same ethical level of professionalism and dedicated service.
We run a professional, efficient office and employ first class site staff, with the aim of ensuring the smoothest of build journeys, delivering projects on time and within budget. Our office based team work to support the Construction Director and his site based workforce.
Always open to new ideas and technologies, we have an in depth knowledge of the latest green and sustainable products. What's more, we are happy to assist in developing and advising on a project, whether directly with the customer or with the customer's selected architect.
Our office is located in Framlingham, Suffolk where we have developed a reputation for high quality construction projects across Suffolk, Essex and East Anglia. Over recent years we have undertaken growing numbers of building projects across neighbouring counties including Norfolk and Essex. The call for our skills, specialism and distinguished quality of our work is increasingly encouraging us to consider projects further afield including London.
At Robert Norman Construction we are dedicated to detail in everything we do. Our clear and meticulous contracts are prepared with an elemental priced schedule of works presented at tender stage. They feature accurate pricing based on the industry standard method of measurement and using the JCT form of Contract. This serves to rule out any misunderstanding over costs, allowing our customers to be clear about what is included. It also acts as an ongoing, useful tool for ongoing cost monitoring. At Robert Norman Construction each project follows an agreed programme of works prepared by our team, which is used as a tool for monitoring and reporting progress at the monthly site meetings. In general construction contracts above £50,000 in value have a committed full time working foreman or site manager, whose role is to control the day to day running of the building project. Every site is also supported by a Contracts Manager who will visit the site as required.
Monthly progress meetings are held to monitor programme, costs, delays and health and safety issues. This also gives our customers the chance to visit the site with the professional team, raise any queries and above all, see the progress of their project for themselves.
Green energy sources and renewable heat technologies have climbed up customer agendas over recent years. Rising energy prices and depleting stocks of fossil fuels are forcing us all to give real consideration to the efficiency and sustainability our properties, whether drawing up plans for complete new build or reviewing the long term viability of a historic building.
At Robert Norman Construction we have significant experience in making sustainable technologies an integral part of the building process. We pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date with the recent advances, ensuring we can offer our customers the most sustainable and cost effective solutions for their specific project.
Air source and ground source heat pumps for heating and hot water, solar thermal systems for hot water provision and photovoltaic panels for electricity generation – our team regularly handles projects featuring one or a number of these renewable energy technologies and is very experienced at handling their technical complexities. Integrating these systems into existing homes can be a challenge, but our workforce has developed a sensitive understanding as to how this can be achieved most effectively.
We have also achieved excellent results with innovative thermal building techniques. A number of projects have utilised engineered timber frame construction incorporating composite timber I-beams with high performance blown insulation to deliver a high performing external envelope. Our SIP House project was created using the latest Structural Insulated Panel Systems (SIPS), prefabricated panels renowned for their extremely high insulative values and low Co2 emissions. We also work with various types of environmentally friendly insulation such as wool-wood board and sheep's wool.
Our experience of working on innovative eco-builds is matched only by our thorough understanding and appreciation of the building technologies integral to historic properties. We are increasingly receiving requests from owners of heritage buildings to 'unpick' the recent past and let their property breath again as was originally intended. Our experience and comprehension of how modern and century-old technologies can work together for the best sustainable results is particularly appreciated by our customer. This is particularly relevant to those looking to undertake a barn conversion, renovation, refurbishment or extension to a historic property.
Bob has cemented the business as a leading building contractor in the region.
With many years experience in the construction industry at senior management and director level, he has developed a strategy to support its future growth and ambition, taking a hands on approach with clients and contractors alike.
This personal touch has allowed the company to maintain its focus and expertise in high end residential developments both domestic and commercial.
Bob has managed projects of varying value from minor works to large scale multi million pound projects, new builds and refurbishments.
He sets high standards within the construction process, ensuring work is carried out to the highest quality and in line with health and safety legislation.
Bob is a member of the Norwich Building Safety Group Committee and is actively involved with both Environmental and Health and Safety steering committee groups.
Rachel is the second generation of the Norman family to be involved with the business.
She prides herself in providing accurate information at all times and is responsible for the production of all financial information throughout the construction process.
Having been involved in projects of varying value, Rachel has an excellent commercial awareness and has the commitment to work with the construction team in order to achieve cost efficiency on projects.
Rachel is involved with both the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and currently working towards full membership.
Robert founded the company in 1981 and used his trade skills and engineering background to grow and develop it into a regional powerhouse.
With more than 35 years experience working in the construction sector, he has been involved in a multitude of different projects across the East of England and beyond.
These have included extremely efficient new builds to barn conversions and sensitive listed building refurbishments.
Robert officially retired from the business in November 2016 but retains an advisory role as company chairman.
He is a long standing Member of the National Federation of Builders, a previous chairman of the SJCC, an Associate member of The Chartered Institute of Building and an active member and former president of Framlingham Rotary Club where he has been involved in a lot of charity work.
We wanted to keep you informed of a few changes that have recently taken place at Robert Norman Construction Ltd.
A spectacular home built by Robert Norman Construction has been chosen as the best house in Britain by a national newspaper award scheme.
Two spectacular houses built by Framlingham’s Robert Norman Construction have been shortlisted for prestigious national industry awards.
There are plans afoot to tackle the housing crisis and create 117,000 new homes across Norfolk and Suffolk by 2026.