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New Classrooms and Administration Space

Temple Guiting School - Headteacher: Project completed January 2024

"This has been the most amazing project and has made a huge difference to the school. Thank you all for your part in it - we could not have done it with you and it has exceeded our hopes and dreams by a huge amount."

Temple Guiting School

Temple Guiting Governors:

"Just a quick note to thank-you all for the hard work you've put in over the summer and over the year to enable the children to start the new school year in the beautiful new building. It looks amazing, as well as being wonderfully insulated with windows that close in the rain and air that is regularly circulated! 
Thank-you all - it's incredible you've delivered it before the agreed date and to the agreed price.

Thank-you on behalf of the TG governors."

New Orchard View Chipping Campden
Karen and David Rowe:

"Planning and building a home is one of the greatest experiences life has to offer but also one of the riskiest.  We found a fabulous but challenging opportunity in Chipping Campden with lots of potential for creative design but also potential to absorb a lot of money.  A house below ground level in the conservation area.

We worked with Dawn over 5 years to take the concept through to completion.  Of course it’s vital to select an architect you trust and believe in but we found that is just as important with contract and commercial advice.  With such a complex project we knew we had to share risk with our contractor and appointing Dawn enabled us to feel confident in doing so.

The project was tough for everyone involved; and completing it a real achievement all round.  It only worked through close collaboration which was underpinned by good commercial advice from Dawn and her patience and objective approach to resolving many inevitable issues along the way.

Dawn’s support extended well beyond the formal brief.  We experienced legal and funding issues throughout the project and benefitted from Dawn’s experience and network in keeping the ‘show on the road’.  This was our first build and came with some pretty extreme highs and lows.  Dawn played a major part in helping us through these. Top QS!"

Chipping Campden Campden School
John Sanderson, Principal:

"Since becoming Principal of Chipping Campden School in 2012 I have worked closely with Dawn Lodge of Dawn Lodge Associates on every major project carried out by the school. These have included the design and delivery of a £600K artificial grass sports pitch, a £1.5 million extension to the school’s science facilities, a similar sized project to double the physical resources for Sixth Form students and more recently the delivery of a extremely complex and ambitious £4 million venture to deliver a state-of-the-art Performing Art Centre for the School and local community. Far from being a partnership of convenience, Dawn’s unerring eye for detail, uncompromising commitment to high standards and relentless drive to deliver a project on time and on budget have ensured that her services are the first we turn to every time.

Given the complexity of most new builds or refurbishments it is not surprising that Dawn’s success is underpinned by exceptional communication right from conception through to completion. She always ensures her clients are constantly consulted and presents viable yet uncompromising solutions to the plethora of problems that threaten to disrupt or delay the very best of project schedules and plans. It has been evident to me throughout the last 9 years that she is able to lead and manage with diplomacy and a sense of clear direction a wide variety of interested parties be they the client, architect or contractor in order to achieve the very best outcomes for all. This is a rare skill and yet Dawn makes it look, and seem, effortless. I can’t recommend her highly enough."

Pebworth Village Hall
Jane Cromack, Chair & Trustee of Pebworth Village Hall Management Committee: Project completed August 2021

“The committee worked for 10 years planning the project  to extend, update and improve our Hall. Dawn came on board and propelled us from the concept stage – enabling the funding to happen with endless costings, the build to start and continue despite Covid restrictions, managing the inevitable changes & challenges and negotiating between all stakeholders to completion. Dawn took care to manage the project so that the build met the brief and budget and the result exceeded expectations. We now have a beautiful and fit for purpose Community Space. I would have no hesitation in recommending her professional skills for future projects."

Honeybourne Village Hall

John Ryder, Chair & Trustee of Honeybourne Village Hall Management Committee: Project completed May 2021

I write gladly in recommendation of the work of Dawn as QS on a recently completed project of ours.

As Chairman of Honeybourne Village hall, I worked closely with her over a period of eighteen months or so, as we oversaw the planning, costing and building of our new village hall (cost just shy of one million pounds).

First thing to say is that the proof of a pudding is in the eating, and everyone who has come into our hall in the last twelve months, since we have been open, has been bowled over by the end product, both in terms of concept and quality of building and finishes.
Dawn’s part in this was considerable, and, as I mentioned at our recent formal opening, she contributed far more to the enterprise than a normal QS. This was through regular formal meetings, and frequent suggestions (which not only gave us a better building, but also saved us a substantial sum of money). She was always available to meet, or at the end of a telephone.

In summary, therefore, I cannot recommend her too highly to you. She certainly did us proud, and, if you would ever like to see the results of her work, I would be happy to show you around the hall.

Honeybourne Village Hall

Richard Kendrick MHCMA Chairman Trustees Honeybourne Village Hall: Project completed August 2020

"I had the pleasure of working with Dawn on our new Village Hall at Honeybourne, for nearly 12 months, we along with a build committee and other professionals finished the project under budget and on time. Thanks to Dawns attention to detail and expertise she very much helped us to achieve this and is always prepared to go that extra mile to make sure perfection is reached for the client. We now have something to be very proud of and I would have no hesitation in recommending her professional skills for future projects."

Pans Place

Rachel & Arthur Cunynghame: Project completed February 2019

"Dawn, without you the whole thing would have been very much harder to do and we are really grateful for your part in the build. You managed to keep the whole project on an even keel and took away some of the worry we might otherwise had."

Chipping Campden School

Jeff Price, Chair of Chipping Campden School Housing Association. Project completed: August 2020

"Dawn Lodge Associates has been actively involved with Chipping Campden School Housing Association over many years. It is now some six years since we evolved the idea of a joint development project with the school to raise the funds to build new purpose-built housing for keyworkers at the school at the same time as securing sufficient funds to build the school a new, purpose-built Performing Arts Centre.

It was Dawn Lodge who initially arranged legal consultation with well-informed lawyers before moving on to finding a developer who was willing to take on this ambitious project and sufficient capital to fund the project.  This was the difficult part of the scheme.  Dawn Lodge prepared the necessary parameters for procurement and helped us through the presentation stage.  There were many problems along the way until a suitable developer was selected.  DLA arranged land variations for the HA and drew up a detailed high-quality specification for the keyworker homes.  We are now at the final construction stage of the new houses and the Performing Arts Centre is under construction.  

We would have never reached where we are now without DLA’s relentless hard work and determination.  It has been a bumpy ride as external problems raised their ugly head.  At the eleventh hour, our developer dropped out and another one was successfully brought on board.  There have been times when I could have easily thrown in the towel.  DLA’s “can do” attitude kept us going.  We had a marathon three hour conference call with a new solicitor going over the minutiae of the development contract.  Another invaluable attribute has been DLA’s attention to detail, ensuring that the properties have been built exactly to our specification.  Through DLA’s tenacious attention to detail, major problems along the way such as drainage issues have been successfully overcome.  

I would not hesitate to use the services of Dawn Lodge Associate in the future and recommend DLA without hesitation."

The Old Forge

Peter Erskine - retired CEO O2 Telefonica and retired Chairman Ladbrokes: Project completed November 2018

"Dawn, thanks you have done a great job!"

The Great Barn

Paul Quarterman: Project completed March 2018

"DLA have been instrumental in delivering a beautiful outcome with high design and construction values under the most difficult circumstance. When our main contractor went into administration mid-way through the project, DLA were able to guide us through the complex finances of work in progress and helped us to get our project completed with minimal stress. We are so glad we had DLA on the team! "

Arlington Avenue

Roger Abbott: Project completed August 2017

"I couldn’t be more delighted, particularly the way it fits into the streetscape. Enormous congratulations to all.. A triumph in the face of adversity"

Holy Trinity Church

 Stratford-upon-Avon Parochial Church Council: Project completed June 2016

"We have worked with Dawn Lodge on the project for the extension to Holy Trinity Church for the last 18 months.  Throughout this time she has provided outstanding support through bid development and evaluation, contracting and financial control and final settlement.  Her skill and experience was especially valued and welcome through a difficult period of value engineering which ensured we were able to deliver a building we are very happy with – to budget.  She is very approachable and easy to work with and we hope to work together on future projects."

Dial Paddock 

Steve Booker: Project completed 14th May 2015

"I have been more than pleased with your professionalism and help with bringing this project to a very satisfactory conclusion.  It has been a pleasure working with Dawn."

Escape Community Arts

Project completed 7th March 2015

"HUGE THANKS to Dawn, we couldn't have done it without you!!!!"

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council 

Sarah Summers: Town Clerk  Project completed 5th March 2015

"May I thank both Roger Abbott and Dawn Lodge most sincerely, I am delighted with my new office"

"I am delighted to let you know that The Dormy House Spa has been named one of the the Top 5 Spa's in the UK by the Good Spa Guide. Thank you for all your efforts in helping us to achieve this great accolade, we really could not have done it without you."

"I just wanted to drop a note to pass on our thanks for all your support during the process. Your helping  in keeping the project moving forwards and overcoming a few challenges along the way has been invaluable and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future."

Redevelopment of Stratford Town Hall

Sarah Summers Project completed 10th August 2011

"Thank you for your tremendous work on seeing this successful project through to completion. I believe the Council is well pleased.

"We have greatly valued and appreciated working with Dawn Lodge Associates on a complex and innovative farm building conversion to holiday lettings. Given that this was a new experience for us, we were pleased to draw on their expertise, and strong evaluation, negotiation and project management skills."

MRT Architects

David Taylor

"We have worked with Dawn Lodge Associates on numerous projects incuding schools, one off houses, hotels, extensions and alterations to a Sports Club. They have always provided an excellent service  including budget costings, advising on the most appropriate  Building Contract to use, preparing Tender Documentation, valuations and delivering projects within budget - to the benefit  of ourselves and our Clients. We would have no hesitation recommending Dawn Lodge Associates."

The Malt House

Ian Loader Project completed 8th August 2011 

“Dawn was a most important  member of the project team, for a technically challenging build that required close collaborative working with all involved; she had a refreshingly pragmatic approach, while still keeping a careful control of the cost plan.”

Marcus Ferrar Project completed 20th July 2011

“Many thanks for accompanying us through this renovation. 
Your help and and advice has been of great help from beginning to end.”

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