Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 29th September, Knowles took part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Our staff baked up a number of tasty treats which resulted in the coffee morning being a big success, and raising £125!

Well done to everyone involved!


The Oxford Hotel

We have recently completed a two storey, 72 bedroom extension and pre conference and conference facility on The Oxford Hotel, Jury’s Inn.

The building boasts a high standard of internal finishes, both to rooms and conference facilities alike, including specialist wall coverings depicting Oxford’s industrial history, and 24 executive suite rooms.

The project team collaborated excellently to ensure that the building was completed within a year and was open for the pre-Christmas season 2016.

The children from Stephen Freeman Primary School in front of their Christmas Tree!

Charity Updates

Since September 2016 we have held Charity events including a Macmillan coffee morning, a bake off for Children In Need and a select group in the office took part in Movember to support research into Prostate and Testicular cancer. We have raised just under £1,000 for charity!

Knowles also did the annual donation of Christmas Trees to various care homes and schools around Oxfordshire. We had fantastic feedback and the recipients were very pleased, especially the children from Stephen Freeman Primary School.

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The Oxfordshire Museum

We have recently completed a project for Carillion which involved structural works to The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. The works included the removal of existing fixtures and fittings, intrusive removal of the internal fabric of the building to access structural elements in need of repair/replacement, reinstatement of the fabric and various internal alterations to the layout of the building.

Well done to Site Manager Chris Farrands and his team on the successful completion of the project.


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Denefield School Concrete Pour

Works started at Denefield School in Reading at the beginning of February to construct a single storey extension to an existing canteen block. Works will also include the refurbishment of the kitchen area and canteen including new flooring , decorations and ceiling works.

The site was visited by a class of nursery school children who braved the cold weather to watch the concrete pour with bacon sandwiches and a flask of tea.



Beaudesert Park Performing Arts Centre Shortlisted for RIBA Awards in the South West

We are delighted that one of our projects, Beaudesert Park School Performing Arts Centre, was shortlisted for the RIBA South West Awards. There were 49 entries for this category and MEB Design Ltd with Beaudesert Park School were shortlisted into the final 16.

A huge well done to all the members of our team that worked on this successful project.

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OX5 Run 2016

Team Knowles took part in the OX5 Run again this year raising money for the Oxford Children’s Hospital. The weather and atmosphere at Blenheim Palace we lovely and really helped get us up those hills! We have raised almost £500 in sponsorship which is fantastic.

The winner of our team was Site Foreman James Sharp with a time of 44:15.


Christ Church College – Peckwater Quad

Continuing our long standing relationship with Christ Church College we are currently on site at Peckwater Quad. This prestigious site is special to Knowles as it was originally built by William Townsend between 1706 & 1711. Knowles took over the business from the Townsend family in 1797. Now eight generations and 219 year later Knowles are on site at the Quad to carry out a full refurbishment of staircases 6,7 & 8.

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The Oxford Hotel

The foundations have been laid and we are moving onto the erection of a 72 bedroom, 3 storey extension at the Oxford Hotel. Internally we will be using innovative technology installing pre-fabricated bathroom pods which have now been delivered to site. The project for Jury’s Inn is due to be completed towards the end of the year.



Abingdon School

Our Special Projects team have recently secured a project for Abingdon School for the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the Greening Court buildings, providing the school with a modern teaching space with break out room, staff and office spaces. This project is due to start on site at the beginning of April.