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    Movers and Shakers

    We received the award from Bestofbury's Phil Fellone

    Ian and Tim receiving the award from thebestofbury's Phil Fellone

    In earlier blog entries we told you about our move to a new yard and office, and also about 2013 being our 10th year in business. In part due to these, and also because of our two big new contracts with McDonald’s for their pattern imprinted drive-thru’s, we have been awarded the ‘Movers and Shakers’ award by the bestofbury, which recognises local businesses that have done something extraordinary that month.

    The award came with a full page interview with our director Tim (pictured above) in thebestofbury magazine, and also a segment in the Bury Independent newspaper, which states “A key factor in Complete Driveway Designs’ success and continued development has been their ability to win large commercial contracts and still offer a high standard of workmanship on domestic projects”.

    If you would like to take a look at the newspaper article, it was printed in the Bury Independent on the 8th March, and is also available to view on their website.

    Recycling Out Of Recession

    Recyling AggregatesAs Britain faces an unprecedented triple-dip recession, fuelled by a 1.5% fall in manufacturing output in January, the message from the government is that the construction industry will lead us back to prosperity. Whether you think they know what they are talking about or not, the theory behind it is sound, even if it may have some flaws in practice.

    The construction industry currently employs over 2 million people, making it one of the largest sectors of the UK economy, but there are an estimated 150,000 construction professionals who are currently unemployed. It is hoped that by getting these people back into work, the economy will start to benefit from the increased productivity and lower unemployment benefits payed out. However with cuts to government spending on public housing projects leading to a 20% downturn in this area, and a 15% cut to infrastructure projects, it is difficult to see where these new jobs will come from.

    One solution may be the recycling sector, which the government are trying to stimulate with the introduction of the Aggregates Levy – an tax on the excavation of raw materials. It was hoped that this would kick-start UK companies to embrace the recycling of construction waste, which accounts for 90 million tonnes here and over 1,000 million tonnes in Europe, and make the UK a leading player in the sector. Large scale adoption of this has yet to materialise, but with raw materials becoming more scarce as well as expensive, the industry must take seriously this more sustainable model.

    Our New Premises

    Premises 2

    Front Gate And Office Building

    Our apologies for the lack of updates for the last couple of weeks, but as we noted in this blog entry, we were due to move premises, and now we can announce that the move is complete! We have moved from our old base at Walmersley Road, Bury to our new offices at Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom.

    You might know the new place by sight if you live in or near Ramsbottom, as it is right next to the petrol station and just down the road from the swimming baths. You may remember it as the old Ellis Timlin yard, and you can see the location by clicking this link. It provides us with great links to the local area and easy access to the motorway for jobs further away.


    The Side Of The Office

    The new premises will also provide us with a lot more outside yard space, as well as more space to store equipment. We have refurbished the office which now boasts a reception and meeting room, and we are planning to build a showroom next year.

    As we move into our 10th year of business, all of us at Complete Driveway Designs are very excited about the prospects for the future, and hope that we can continue to build on the excellent service and customer satisfaction that we are known for.

    Grange School, Manchester

    The Entrance Facade

    The Entrance Facade

    A new centre of excellence was opened in Manchester this year, which has been designed to educate children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related learning difficulties. The project has cost £14 million and is part of Manchester’s wider £500 million ‘Building Schools for the Future and Academies Programme’.

    Architects Ellis Williams asked masonry company Forticrete to supply diamond masonry in a textured finish and polished Florentine ivory masonry, as well as a Portland cast-stone commemorative stone, giving the building a great and very modern look, as you can see in the photo above. Architect Emma Mitchell said of the project “With Manchester fast becoming a centre of excellence for children with ASD, we wanted Grange School to become a hub for the local community. It was important to us that we created a bright finish that would not only sparkle in the sunlight, but be welcoming and make a visual impact on the area. It was essential that a high quality finish was achieved.”

    The school provides places for 150 children aged 4-19, and also has facilites for training, conferences and specialist therapy so that children from other schools around the area can benefit. Residential properties have also been built, giving ten long-term and ten short-term places for children with ASD and their families.

    The Best Of Bury

    CD Designs are proud to announce our new partnership with local company Thebestofbury. Thebestofbury is a hub for the best local businesses as recommended by local people, the basic idea being that they look at and evaluate the best companies in the area, check out recommendations and references, and ultimately promote them if they feel they are of an excellent standard. The resulting core of elite local businesses is then rigourously strutinised to maintain the highest standards possible.


    Thebestof group started in 2005. They have since grown to be in over 300 areas across the UK, showcasing and supporting over 30,000 businesses, with every area being run by an independent local person. They have won many business awards over the years, with the most recent being the prestigious ‘Crème de la Crème Business Awards Winner 2012’, and ‘Best Business Awards Winner 2011’.

    We look forward to this new venture, and hope it leads to many opportunities for both companies. You can visit their website here to see all the local businesses they are supporting, including CD Designs of course!

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
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