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Planning approval for Newbottle

Great news this week with planning approval being granted on another new development to be delivered in partnership with Prince Bishops Homes. The former Newbottle Community Centre, which has been disused for a number of years will be demolished to make way for 17 new three and four bedroom homes.  Gus Robinson Developments identified the site almost 12 months ago and have been working with Prince Bishops Homes to create the new housing scheme of high quality homes. Work is schedule to commence before the end of the year.       RDX6FUK

Latest Scheme Handed over to North Star!

Gus Robinson Developments latest new housing project at Middlehaven has been handed over to North Star Housing Group.  The Middlehaven Urban Pioneers scheme provides a terrace of nine 2 bedroom contemporary dwellings which are situated in the centre of Middlesbrough. The dwellings are ideally located near local shops, bars and major transport links with stunning views of the iconic Transporter Bridge.  The Urban Pioneers project has been developed to provide local people the opportunity to live and work at home through innovative design and use of space.  The much needed affordable homes are also highly energy efficient.  Steve Bell, managing director of Gus Robinson Developments said;  “This site is a credit to the Gus Robinson team and to our delivery partners, we could not have done it without you. Our site manager, Allan Burgin, should be very proud of this development. Well done to those who have been involved in this scheme.” Middlehaven view 2_1

All systems go for our latest new development!

Work will soon begin on our latest new development in partnership with ISOS Housing Group at the former St. Marys School site in South Shields.  Gus Robinson Developments identified the potential development site back in 2014 and have been working with ISOS since then to create a new housing development of 37 affordable homes including 6 bungalows for older persons.   .view_4

Alan Temple wins Maurice Cullen Trophy !

Hartlepool boxing legend Alan Temple is the latest proud recipient of the Maurice Cullen Trophy. Temple's outstanding four decades in the sport has been recognised the Northern Area Council of the British Boxing Board of Control, who have given him the piece of silverware in memory of the North-East great.   "I could not think of a more deserving winner of the Maurice Cullen Trophy than Alan," said Peter Cope Snr. The Gus Robinson Developments head coach trained Temple from the start of his career and now works alongside him in the Stranton House Gym. Alan has worked for Gus Robinson Developments for two decades and his Maurice Cullen Trophy will be proudly acknowledged by the entire organisation.   "Alan had a great career, in the amateurs and professionals, he was unbelievably gifted," said Cope. "What he's achieved is amazing, two ABA titles, boxing for England 14 times  in the amateurs. "In the pros, the list of people he's fought has been incredible, British and World champions all the way through. "After retiring, he's worked with me here at the gym and I couldn't do this without Alan. "He's excellent in the gym with the lads and in the corner at fights."   Maurice Cullen was one of this area's boxing greats, being British lightweight champion in the 60s and winning a Lonsdale Belt. He died in 2001 at the age of 63.IMG_6223_1

From Hollywood to Hartlepool!

Fresh off the Plane from Hollywood Gus Robinson Developments Chairman Dan Robinson visited the North East this week to review the vast array of current projects that Gus Robinsons has recently undertaken across the region.    In conjunction with our MD, Steve Bell, Dan visited site Managers and employees to be brought up to speed on the progress that the company has made over recent months.   Since stepping down as CEO last year, Dan has  returned to his life in the United States, which is where he resided prior to the death of his father, the late Gus Robinson, in 2011.  The company MD Steve Bell said, “It was great to be able to show Dan around many of the exciting projects that we are currently undertaking for our vast client base.  I think he was suitably impressed with what he saw”.   Dan Robinson said “It was fantastic to be able to spend some time with Steve and the team across the region and to witness our ongoing growth through the many projects that we are currently on site with.  It was also good to be able to chat to the site managers and staff, and develop a first-hand understanding of some of the challenges they are facing.  I was deeply impressed with the quality of their work. Overall I am delighted at the progress that we are making as a business.  Under Steve’s leadership we continue to go from strength to strength – my big thanks go to all of my staff for their dedication, professionalism and outstanding work”   jim steve dan

Another trophy for the cabinet !

Having been nominated for the Constructing Excellence North East 2016 SME of the Year award, which in itself was a great achievement, we were delighted to receive a ‘Highly Commended’ award! This award is testament to our achievements over the last year and acknowledges the fact that we have striven to continually improve the company through the implementation of best practice.  The judges particularly assessed our focus on people development, customer satisfaction, performance management and new ways of collaborative working; areas which are core to our whole ethos. CENE 2016

Constructing Excellence Awards!

The Gus Robinson Team are looking forward to this evenings constructing excellence awards.  Gus Robinson Developments has been shortlisted in the SME of the year category, an award we were successful in winning back in 2014.  Judges look for companies that intentionally focus on people development, customer satisfaction, industry best practice, performance management, and new ways of collaborative working all areas in which the team at Gus Robinson Developments excel.   In addition, our recently completed Claremont Apartment scheme has been shortlisted in the Value category.  Within this category, the judges look for either a project on which long-term value has been best achieved.  Judges also assess whether the whole life cost implications of the project will have been a consideration from the outset, combining capital costs of constructing the facility with maintenance, operational and occupational costs. Forethought for ‘end of life’ is also a factor. Importantly the operational needs of the owners and users will have been a key driver throughout the design and construction process with excellence in occupation the ultimate goal. The Gus Robinson Team worked hand in hand with the client Thirteen Group in delivering the Claremont Apartments scheme, delivering exceptional quality as well as long term value for money. Keep your fingers crossed for a Gus Robinson double tonight!!2016 elwick road DSC_8578

Churchland Gardens complete.

Gus Robinson Developments latest new housing project has been handed over to Endeavour Housing and is ready for their first tenants to move in.   The Churchland Gardens scheme has been built on the former Abbey Hill School site in Norton.  The development was carried out as a partnership between Endeavour Housing, part of North Star Housing Group, and Stockton Borough Council to provide much needed affordable homes for local residents.    Gus Robinson Developments were selected to deliver the scheme and builds on the success of our Eskdale Road project which was completed in 2015 where 16 new bungalows for older persons were built on unused land in Hartlepool.   Churchland Gardens was built on brownfield land which for many years had been left unused.  The Gus Robinson team successfully transformed the land in a popular residential area into a high quality residential scheme of 8 two bedroom houses and 4 two bedroom bungalows.  The new properties benefit from a highly sustainable ‘fabric first’ approach to reducing heating and energy usage within the homes, keeping bills down for Endeavour Housing’s residents.   Steve Bell, managing director of Gus Robinson Developments said;   The Churchland Gardens Scheme is a real testament to all of the team at Gus Robinson.  The new homes are of an exceptionally high quality and our Site Manager, Simon Kasonali, should be very proud of what I am sure will be a very popular development for Endeavour Housing and their residents.”


The inaugural Gus Robinson Foundation May Ball was a resounding success!    Over 300 people attended the Ball which is now destined to be an annual event due to the enormous success of the evening.   It was a fantastic night, a truly fun occasion and was attended by a wonderful group of people who themselves contributed so much to the evening.   Thanks to the support of those who attended, the Foundation raised over £12,000 from the event – all of which is guaranteed to go to supporting youngsters in and around Hartlepool.   The date for next year’s Ball is to be announced soon – book early to secure a table._MG_3785


The Foundation Trustees are excited to be hosting the Charity’s inaugural ball tomorrow evening at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield. 

The black tie event will see almost 300 guests attending what promises to be a ‘Classy and Fun’ event.

Judith Robinson, chair of the Ball organising committee, enthused: “The Trustees have been delighted by the amount of goodwill shown and the standard of prizes donated for the occasion is outstanding.  We are sure that everyone will have a wonderful evening, enjoying good company, good food and good entertainment.”

Claremont Park shortlisted for LABC Awards!

We are delighted to announce that our Claremont Park scheme, developed in partnership with Thirteen Group, has been shortlisted at the forthcoming North East LABC Excellence Awards, to be held at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton on 8th July.   The development of 26 Apartments and 4 Bungalows for sale and rent has been shortlisted in 2 categories, Best Small New Housing Development and Best Affordable Housing Development.  The awards recognise projects which demonstrate outstanding quality.   Our Contracts Manager Sean Wiles, has also been shortlisted for his work on the scheme.  Sean is up for the LABC site manager of the year.  The nomination and shortlisting recognises a site manager who has demonstrated an excellent eye for quality, outstanding health and safety and has worked closely with the community during construction works.   Good luck to Sean on the night, and keep your fingers crossed for Gus Robinson Developments – looking for a hat trick of wins! 

Nominated for two CENE Awards

We are delighted to have again been nominated in not one but two Categories in the much respected Constructing Excellence in the North East’s 2016 Awards.  We have yet again been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘SME of the Year’ Award, together with the ‘Value’ award for our work on Claremont Park in Hartlepool.

These awards have built up a reputation as one of the must-attend events in the North East construction sector. It is a great opportunity to celebrate what is great about the industry.

The achievement to reach the shortlist is even greater this year as CENE received a record number of submissions, giving the judges the extremely difficult job of deciding who to put through.


We have been nominated for various awards for 5 successive years and have actually won 4 out of the 5 shortlisted nominations!


The awards ceremony is to be held at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel on 10th June 2016.  Wish us luck!


 grfound   GUS ROBINSON FOUNDATION – Inaugural May Ball   Further to our earlier notification to save the date – Saturday 21st May 2016 - we have pleasure in providing further details about our May Ball:-   Black Tie event – an excuse to dress up (particularly for the Ladies).   The event being held at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield promises to be a great night – good food, good entertainment and good fun.   The evening starts with guests arriving from 7:00pm for reception drinks.   Guests to take their seats at 7:30pm – brief welcome speech with dinner being served from 7:45pm.   During the evening all guests will have the opportunity of winning some First Class prizes …. amongst many others there is a holiday to Spain, an England Football Shirt signed by Paul Gascoigne and a Flying Experience!!!   Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Quadrophonic – guaranteed to have you all up dancing and singing along!   The Gus Robinson Foundation works closely with Hartlepool College of Further Education and other partnership organisations to offer bursaries, scholarships, cadetships and awards to local youngsters – all with the aim of creating incentive, raising aspiration, assisting achievement and producing positive role models. Every penny raised from this event will benefit local youngsters.   If you haven’t already done so, please reserve your tickets by emailing www.foundationmayball@gusrobinson.com   Tickets are priced at £40 each and tables of 10 are available.   Invoices will be posted out towards the end of March and tickets will be forwarded upon receipt of payment.   We have had a fantastic response already, so please do get in touch to reserve tables as the event is likely to be a sell-out.   The Trustees genuinely appreciate the support afforded to the Foundation, and look forward to meeting you on the evening.   If you can’t make the event – we would be grateful of any donations or prizes you may be able to contribute.   With kindest regards JUDITH ROBINSON Foundation Trustee          

Ball tickets sales exceeding expectations!

Gus Robinson Foundation May Ball – 21st May 2016 - Tickets sales exceeding expectations!


The Trustees are excited by the support for their inaugural May Ball – within one week of tickets being advertised over 200 seats for the event have now been secured.


Michael Bretherick, the Foundation’s Chairman, is delighted by the positive response to the first fund-raising event the Foundation has organised. “The Trustees are over-whelmed by the volume of support from local businesses and individuals, our ultimate aim is to raise funds for the Foundation, which will crucially be fed back into our community to benefit youngsters from this region.  Every penny raised by the Foundation goes to local people.


“Most recently we have been able to support many local initiatives and individuals through Foundation funding, and we are focussed on collaborating with local businesses to ensure we continue to raise the aspirations of local youngsters.”


Judith Robinson, Foundation Trustee, is chairing the Committee she put together to organise the event and is also thrilled by the positive response to the event.  “It’s not too late to reserve seats for the event, it would be great to have a complete sell-out!  I would like to also mention to businesses who are unable to attend due to other commitments, we would gratefully accept donations towards the Foundation or prizes for our various activities arranged for the evening”.


Anyone wanting tickets or who is able to donate prizes for the event can contact foundationmayball@gusrobinson.com  for further details.

Gus Robinson Foundation Inaugural Ball

Save the Date!  Gus Robinson Foundation are holding their Inaugural Ball on 21st May 2016. Contact us on foundationmayball@gusrobinson.com  for information on how to get your tickets.

GRD celebrate early contract wins in 2016

GUS Robinson Developments Ltd is celebrating its 40th birthday with some early contract wins for 2016. Deals worth in excess of £13m have already been secured for 2016/17, and Managing Director Steve Bell says the firm is well positioned going into the final quarter of this current financial year. Now into its fifth decade, Gus Robinson Developments Ltd has been boosted by a streamlining of the business which has seen a strong focus on housebuilding over the last two years. Mr Bell added: “We have concentrated a great deal on housebuilding, and that is the key reason behind the positivity in the most recent set of results. “We are currently working on the new Centre for Independent Living in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, as well as major refurbishment work within  Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and a number of good quality housing projects across the North East. “They underline our capabilities working with local authorities and other public sector clients, as we strive to expand our order book by developing new relationships with both public and private partners. “The backbone of our strong contracts in housebuilding has enabled us to broaden our horizons and be more profitable, and by shifting the focus we have strengthened the business across the board. The aim is to capitalise on our broad experience within all sectors.” Ongoing projects currently being worked on throughout the region by Gus Robinson Developments Ltd with Prince Bishop Homes, ISOS Housing Development, North Star Housing and Thirteen Group have seen continued growth over the last two years and leave the business well positioned going into the next financial year. He continued: “We have guaranteed contracts in the order book which suggest that by the end of March 2017 we could be approaching a turnover in excess of £20m. “The latest figures are slightly up on what we anticipated, everything is extremely positive and the mood is buoyant.” The success of the business over the last calendar year was reflected in the fact it was shortlisted for the fourth consecutive year by ‘Construction Excellence in the North East’ in their SME of the Year category, and reaccredited with a Big Tick in the ‘Business In The Community’ Responsible Business Awards. It also won the national Business in the Community Award 2015 at the British Chamber of Commerce Awards held in London; additionally Chairman Daniel Robinson was named as the Institute of Directors’ UK SME Director of the Year. steve

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