Established in 1973, HA & DB Kitchin Ltd has successfully traded from its Alton base for over 30 years. In 2005, the Company moved to its splendid new offices in the refurbished medieval barn at Will Hall Farm.
A family owned Company, Kitchin has grown into a substantial and well respected contractor, with a deservedly high reputation for producing high quality work, and for its non-adversarial and proactive approach to contracting, resulting in a high volume of repeat business.
Kitchin carries out new build, refurbishment, conservation and restoration projects in the leisure, educational, commercial, community, ecclesiastical, and residential sectors.
Originally set up by Hugh Kitchin and his brother David, Kitchin has gained considerable experience over the years, working on historic and listed buildings, and particularly works to occupied buildings such as country homes, schools and colleges, all with a minimum of disruption.
The success of Kitchin’s non-confrontational approach to contracting is evidenced by the high volume of repeat business that the Company enjoys, having worked successfully with a number of key clients and consultants over many years.
One of Kitchin’s projects was the Portchester Community Centre, which is now open for business.
It is an 830sq m development that offers residents of Portchester a new children’s centre, provision for a pre-school, a large multi purpose hall, meeting rooms and a kitchen.
In November, Councillors Roger Price and Nick Walker unveiled the Dedication Stone they jointly provided, which has been incorporated in front of the community centre.
The ceremony was attended by members of the Portchester Community Centre Task and Finish Panel, who have, over the past two years, overseen the £2M project to provide new and improved community facilities for local residents.
Councillor Connie Hockley, Executive Member for Leisure and Community, said: “I’m delighted that the new community centre is now complete. I would also like to give my thanks to Councillor Walker and Councillor Price for providing such a magnificent Dedication Stone.”
The existing community centre was demolished earlier this year and the area it occupied has been returned to public open space.
Provision of a new children’s centre is an important aspect of the whole development. The centre will provide families with easy access to advice and a range of different support services, helping to give children the best possible start in life.
Kitchin is also currently working on the Grade II listed building at Hatchwood Place to provide refurbishment and extension work.
It is on behalf of Spectro, who purchased the Grade II listed complex because of its location of just one mile from its current facility, and it marks the next mile stone in the Company’s growth.
Work on the facility will more than double the size of Spectro’s current laboratory space, which will allow the Company to extend the range of analysis tests offered, as well as manage through technology and design, the use of energy and resources in a more environmentally sustainable manner.
The renovated office areas will also provide additional meeting facilities, a high tech conference room and dedicated staff areas including a cafe and rest area with Wi-Fi. The extension will also bring greater capacity for storage and efficiencies in Spectro’s supply chain process with stock control, sales and shipping located in one building.
Work from Kitchin includes renovation work on the Grade II listed structures and work on the walls of the new areas, all of which have been completed, with roof steels and supports also put in place.
The move to Hatchwood Place is scheduled for spring 2013.