June 7, 2017

HMP Leicester – Gateway Community Centre

Working in collaboration with De Montfort University (DMU) Square Mile student volunteers, Team Smallman has recently completed the welcome refurbishment of the Visits Hall at HMP Leicester. We’ve had many positive comments about the refurbishment which transformed the space into a light-filled, bright and modern space.
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Visit Hall AFTER
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June 9, 2017

Bodega, Derby

Bodega, a contemporary cantina bringing fresh, homemade South American inspired cuisine, invested £110,000 into this 8 week project to refurbish their new space. Smallman and Son designed and built another quality project for the company.

A team of 15 were on site over the 8 week project which consisted of stripping out existing features, installing a dumb waiter, bespoke joinery items (including bars, ceiling rafts, work stations and shutters), complete internal & external decoration, new kitchen fitting with PVC cladding walls and new floor coverings.

Budget: £110,000
Contract: 8 Weeks
Completion Date: End of April 2017

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June 9, 2017

Rainbows Reception

Rainbows, a hospice for children and young people, invested £100,000 into this 8 week project to refurbish their reception area. Smallman and Son designed and built an amazing and welcoming space.

A team of 5 were on site over the 8 week project which consisted of a large structural re-configuration, new stud walls to form the shape of the offices, new joinery items (new doors, skirting boards), new floor coverings, new automatic doors and new UPVC large windows and doors.

Budget: £100,000
Contract: 8 Weeks
Completion Date: End of April 2017

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August 16, 2016

Bitters ‘N’ Twisted Venues

drawings-comparison1Smallman & Son worked on this exciting refurbishment project in association with Birmingham-based Faber Design and Architecture on behalf of the owners, Bitters ‘N’ Twisted Venues, who invested £200,000 in the redevelopment project.
This job had a large proportion of demolition work as we converted the premises from a retail outlet to a modern, funky restaurant in just 7 weeks.

Click here to see our featured project page for more information

September 28, 2016

Edward Hands & Lewis – Solicitors since 1897

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January 16, 2016

University Of Leicester

Security Lodge Development

68d74628-b978-44f3-a7b0-c247377221bcIn January 2016 we undertook the refurbishment of the internal environment within the University Of Leicester’s Security Lodge. The job included an internal fit out and also adding two roof lights to increase the levels of natural daylight.


Lecture Theatre Refurbishments

Later in 2016 we were asked to refurbish 4 lecture rooms in the Bennett building. This was a fast track project which included stripping out all fittings, floor coverings, suspended ceiling, fixed seating, and chasing down walls for cables, before installing new ducting, suspended ceiling, plastering walls, decorating, adding new floor coverings and installing new seating.


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August 23, 2016

Rushcliffe Borough Council – Bingham Leisure centre

The project involved the refurbishment of the female changing facilities ,including:
– Replacement of WC’s & concealed flushing systems.
– New toilet cubicles, hand wash basins and vanity unit.
– Replacement of existing wall linings with Whiterock vinyl wall cladding.
– Overhaul, cleaning, realignment and localised replacement of suspended ceiling tiles.
– Modification of the existing female showering facilities.
– New vinyl floor coverings.
– Redecoration of the existing painted Porta-flek walls.
– Upgrading the shower and lighting installations.
– Infill of the existing roof lights within the facility.

The project was carried out on budget and completed ahead of programme.

“We were impressed with Smallman & Sons overall performance. From inception to completion all personnel involved in the scheme were enthusiastic and helpful. A good standard of finish was achieved to the satisfaction of the client”.

August 23, 2016

Building Services Design (BSD)

BSD-office-refurbEarly 2016 Smallman & Son began on the task of taking an old second floor building shell, in The Highcross Leicester, and fitting it out completely to create a brand new BSD office space.

The floor was very uneven so one of our first priorities was boarding out the entire area. A new board room and server room were then formed in timber studwork and a large glazed screen and glass doors fitted. With the frame in place, new flooring was laid, new sanitary ware fitted, and pipework plumbed in for a new kitchen. At the same time, our joiners created new up-stands for desks to butt up to. Once the floating walls, board room and server room were finished, we plastered and decorated in chalk paint.

The city centre location, tight restrictions for parking and working on the second floor of a building presented some challenges too. Using skips was impossible so waste had to be bagged up and removed which was a rather time consuming! Getting materials inside was not a quick job either so to speed up the process we made sure we had some extra staff on hand on site working to meet the finely-tuned delivery times.

See our Blogpost regarding this project

August 23, 2016

Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School

click here to view this project in our Featured Projects section

June 27, 2016

Rieke Packaging

Phase 1 first floor refurbishment

We had to gut the whole area, taking down a number of existing partitions. All walls were then plastered while the first fix electrics was taking place. We then fitted a bulkhead to create defined office areas ready to accept the glass Partitioning and suspended ceiling. While all of this was going on our other guys on site we fitting the new kitchen and fitting all of the new windows.

After this it was time to fit the new cubicles and vanity units for the plumbers to follow on to fit all the sanitaryware. Finally on the list was to decorate and lay the new flooring. One issue we had on site was an existing window due to be replaced couldn’t be as it was split in half by an existing partition and door so to overcome this we board the windows up using MDF and painted it white to give the corridor a new feel.

Budget: £150,000
Contract: 7 Weeks
Completion Date: 25th March 2016




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Phase 2

During the initial strip out we faced problems getting the existing carpet up, we got around this by hiring in a floor scraper. We then formed bulkhead to create the individual offices ready to receive the glass partitioning. Alongside this our M&E guys were first fixing which raised problems concerning the weight of the new A/C units on the roof this was resolved by a structural engineering confirming the load bearing the roof could sustain. Following this the suspended ceiling was fitted and decoration was carried out. The final piece was laying the flooring, this was a striped carpet tile throughout with a plain carpet tile boarder around each room.

Our team on site varied from 7-10 throughout the project. Trades included, joiners, plumbers, electricians, decorators, floor layers.

Budget: £150,000
Contract: 6 Weeks
Completion Date: 20th May 2016




November 12, 2014


The works comprised of internal works to refurbish the existing changing rooms in 3 phases with the swimming pool and changing areas being operational.
Project Included:

– New electrical and mechanical installation.
– New changing cubicles, vanity units, sanitary ware inc. DDA toilets & showers and new lockers
– New suspended ceiling.
– New drainage, floor screeds and tiling throughout the changing areas
– Joinery aspects were included such as fire doors along with new décor throughout

Contract duration: Twelve weeks.


April 17, 2015

British Gypsum

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November 10, 2014

Loughborough College

Project 1

General demolitions and stripping out, supply and installation of automatic DDA complaint doorsets, new double glazed UPVC windows including louvered blinds, alterations and upgrades to heating and electrical installation, renew suspended ceiling, floor coverings and completely redecorate.

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Loughborough College
Loughborough College
Loughborough College
Contract duration: Three weeks.
Budget: Circa £40,000.00

Project 2

This project consisted of:

Refurbishment and alteration of existing restaurant and kitchen areas.
Works to include:

– Structural demolition, stripping out, electrical,
– Heating and ventilation installations,
– DDA compliant safety flooring, redecoration and catering equipment installation.

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Loughborough College Canteen

Loughborough College Canteen

Loughborough College Canteen

Loughborough College Canteen

August 16, 2016

Soft Play Area & Cafe Redevelopment

Mansfield District Leisure Trust and Mansfield District Council’s invested over £200,000 into this project which was to improve facilities at Water Meadows – with the introduction of a new Cafe and soft play area.

Smallman and Son designed and built everything needed for fitting out the new facilities, with all of the kitchen units, fitted counters and internal doors being made as bespoke items in Smallman & Son’s in-house workshop.

A dozen-strong team was on site over the six week project which involved plumbing, carpentry, and air conditioning ducting and more; installing the suspended ceiling, plastering walls, laying new floor coverings, decorating and fitting new laminated, internal doors and kitchen units. We even supplied all the kitchen appliances too; fridges, water boiler, dishwasher and Panini grills.

Budget: £200,000
Contract: 6 Weeks
Completion Date: 7th April 2016

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August 16, 2016

Soft Touch Arts

HRH The Duke of Wessex, Edward, attends the official opening of Soft Touch ArtsRoyal visitors and 1000’s of youngsters benefiting from this amazing project – this has been one of Smallman & Son’s most rewarding.

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Bagworth Community Centre

November 12, 2014

Bagworth Community Centre

Bagworth and Thornton Parish Council won over £330,000 of lottery funding to undertake a complete refurbishment of the original hall at its Community Centre in Bagworth.

Following completion of the work by local contractors, Smallman & Son Ltd, and working in partnership with Pick Everard’s design and project management team, the Centre recently re-opened its doors to the community.

During the project the team were faced with a number of challenges relating to subsidence, but  by working in partnership with the Architect and the Parish Council they were resolved satisfactorily.

The flooring which we used was by Pergo and  was ideal for this type of project.


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Bagworth Community Centre

Bagworth Community Centre

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Bagworth Community Centre

November 10, 2014

Leicester City Council

This was a short two week project which included the refurbishment of the City Gallery Shop at Leicester’s prestigious New Walk Museum.

Testimonial from client:

‘Works were done courteously, efficiently and to a high level of finish. Not to mention ahead of schedule. We were all very pleased.’

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November 12, 2015

Preci Spark

This job, for our existing client Preci-Spark, was to carry out internal alterations to a working men’s club.
We erected a stud wall partitioning the existing room and creating two entities – as half of the working men’s club building has been bought by Preci Spark.
We also lay a new concrete floor, plastered all walls, created a new opening for a roller shutter and put up a new suspended ceiling, ready for the client’s own staff to deal with the electrics.

Project Duration: 8 Weeks

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November 10, 2014

Stephensons College

Project involved installing a new entrance and lobby area.

This included:
– Excavation
– New partitions and flooring,
– New power, alarm and lighting,
– New roof and curtain walling.

Contract duration: Eight weeks.

Contract value: £50,000.00

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November 10, 2014

National Space Centre

Works consisted of complete redecoration, new suspended ceiling, alterations to sprinkler system new lighting air con and heating, new security door, stud wall and plastering.

The satellite bar was open to the rest of the building with only a one metre high wall dividing it from the corridor, the wall needed to be taken up to ceiling height and the new security door fitted. Once enclosed a new 600 x 600 grid and tile suspended ceiling were fitted, sprinkler system adapted and new air con and heating fitted.

New lighting and electronic security devices.

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November 10, 2014

HM Prison Service

This was an eight week project at HMP Woodhill. The project included the creation of a Dojo (martial arts) room, office and extra works on the associated areas. It was a full refurbishment job which included building alterations, decoration, electrics, lighting and the sourcing and installation of a specialist bi-folding door system.

Woodhill Prison
Woodhill Prison

November 10, 2014


This was a sixteen week project carried out on behalf of Brehenys Construction that involved the complete refurbishment of a warehouse and office facility operated by Veolia in Hinckley.


November 10, 2014

All Saints Church

The project involved the sympathetic refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed 14th century All Saints Church in High Wycombe. The works involved the formation of a new vestry office, kitchen and toilet block. The project ran for six weeks and involved the installation of bespoke oak joinery.

During the project Archaeologists discovered hidden chambers!

Contract duration: Six Weeks

Phase 2

Alterations to West end to form new entrance doors, mezzanine floors, storage, relocation of existing font with new stone plinth, relocation of Keene doors.

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All Saints Church

November 10, 2014

Regent College

Installation of automatic powered door assist mechanisms, installation of Deaf Alerter system, K loop installation, hold open devices wired to corridor doors and linked into the fire alarm, upgrade existing fire visual fire alarm and emergency call alarm to toilet areas, refurbishment of four toilet blocks, strip out existing installation and install new accessible washroom equipment, together with new lighting, mechanical ventilation, suspended ceiling, safety flooring and internal redecoration.

Contract duration: Ten weeks.

Budget: Circa £310,000.00

Regent College

November 10, 2014

Gateway College

New stud work and openings were formed to the client’s specification. Installation of new lighting and power was supplied along with new suspended ceilings. New décor and flooring throughout.

Contract duration: Four weeks.

Contract sum: £25,000.00

Gateway College

Gateway College

Gateway College

Gateway College

July 16, 2015

Harvest City Church

Refurbishment of Kitchen and Toilet Area

This project included an extension.
Refurbishment of the kitchen
Refurbishment of 4 toilets in a live environment.
Including the installation of 2 roller shutters.
Redecoration throughout together with new floor finishes in the areas.

Project was around £45k
8 Week Project.






April 17, 2015

Rushton Primary School

The specification of the works was to form a public entrance with some internal alteration.

The extension consisted of altering and adapting the manholes and drains, fitting a mains water supply, digging and concreting footings, reducing oversight and forming of concrete slabs. Also building an outfit wall to support new roof and new aluminium entrance doors.

Budget: £40,000
Contract: 8 Weeks

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November 10, 2014

Farmer & Carlisle

Strip out existing showroom and install new suspended ceiling complete with showroom lighting, mezzanine floor, new offices, toilet refurbishment, ceramic floor tiling, automated entrance door, external works ‘car podiums’ and new signage.

Contract duration: Eight weeks.

Budget: Circa £200,000.00

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Christ Church, Shepshed

June 1, 2016

Christ Church, Shepshed

This project ran for approximately 20 weeks, the tasks included:

1. Exposing the concrete footing that was poured by a separate contractor (week 1)
– A CAT scanner was used to ensure no cables or pipes were buried below before digging.
– A 3 tonne mini digger was used to excavate the land
– A dumper truck was used to transport the waste into the skip.

2. Concrete slabbing and internal work (weeks 2-3)
– The concrete slab was built up from the use of mesh, damp proof sheeting and the C25 concrete with strengthening fibres for extra support for the lift.
– Internal work – the floor was lifted to create a 600mm void. New partitions installed throughout with DDA regulations to ease the use of the building for wheelchair users.

3. Installation Of Super Structure/ Structural Steel (weeks 4-6)
– The structural steel was installed with the use of a spider crane.
– The block and brick work started to be laid by our skilled brick layers

4. Pre cast concrete staircase installation and brick work (weeks 7-10)
– Smallmans worked well with Ainscough who supplied the 76 tonne crane to lift the staircase into place.
– The brick work was going well with the use of scaffolding up to 3 lifts.
– The internal work were going well with our joiners.

5. Final Fittings (weeks 17-18)
– Hardwood Idigbo bespoke screen fitted, suspended ceiling with 600×600 LED efficient lights fitted, skimming of the new walls and a refuge area built for the DDA regulations.

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Barrow Methodist Church

June 1, 2016

Barrow Methodist Church

Ceiling Refurbishment
This job included:
– Plasterboard a lining to the church ceiling and skim it.
– Redecorating the new ceiling to the clients’ specification.






Fifty Restaurant

April 27, 2016

Fifty Restaurant

Strip out existing premises on two levels, substantial alterations to create restaurant area, kitchen, toilets and office areas, works comprise new partitions, ceiling, full electrical rewire, air conditioning, aluminium framed double glazing, hardwood flooring, bespoke bar, fixed seating and full internal redecoration.

Contract duration: Four weeks.  Budget: Circa £200,000.00






Jewellery Shop Refit

April 27, 2016

Jewellery Shop Refit

Design and prototype furniture.  Manufacture of bespoke joinery.  Lighting.  Decoration.

Contract duration: 5 weeks  Budget: Circa £150,000.00





November 10, 2014

Winstanley College

The works comprised of internal and external alteration works to convert existing squash courts to provide a new dance and drama studio together with associated external works.

The project included a design and build of new air handing and air conditioning. New electrical installation and sound system was installed along with new suspended ceiling.

All joinery aspects where included along with floor coverings, décor and exterior landscaping

Contract duration: Twelve weeks.

Contract value: £80,000.00

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