Founded in 1908 to build homes in the New Forest area, the DREW Group has grown extensively to become prominent throughout most of central southern and south-west England. Main Contracting provides the core of our construction activity, with our project experience covering widely diverse sectors. We have built an extensive portfolio of valued Clients from both public and private sectors, many returning with repeat business following previous successful projects. We retain an outstanding reputation synonymous with quality and customer care. Read what our clients say
Our General Works Division is an integral part of our operations, covering a similar range of project types on a smaller scale to our Main Contracts division, and helping to ensure we can provide a holistic service to our Clients. General Works area of operations covers southern Hampshire and SE Dorset.
Development projects continue to play a significant part in our activity, with much of our development work now centred in the Devon and North Cornwall region, where we have established a reputation for outstanding build quality, and are now at the forefront of using innovative design solutions to provide sustainable contemporary homes.
Our website showcases our project diversity, and our expertise and flexibility in meeting the needs of our Clients. View 'Sectors & Projects' to select your area of interest for fuller information on a comprehensive range of our projects. Download our brochure
APPOINTMENT OF NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR - April 2016
Following a recent review of our Group governance and Board structures, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Langdown as the new Managing Director of Herbert H Drew and Son Ltd.
Phil began his career with the Company in 1984, on a 4-year Trainee Surveyor apprenticeship, from where he quickly progressed into Estimating and Contracts Management. He was promoted to the Board of Directors in 1999, and since that time has actively managed many large contracts throughout the region, building strong long-term relationships for the business, whilst overseeing the Surveying Department, and holding additional responsibility for staff training and development.
Phil is taking over from Bill Rabbetts, who will remain as Chairman, prioritising his time on Group strategy, property development, and finding new business opportunities. As Managing Director for over 20 years, Bill steered the business to success even throughout challenging economic downturns, and with his extensive experience in the Industry will continue to bring valuable input and guidance.
Bill Rabbetts commented: "I am delighted that Phil has accepted his new role. He is highly respected within the Company and the wider Industry, has a deep understanding of our business and all it stands for, and is ideally suited to lead the Team in delivering against our exciting strategy for the future."
Phil commented: "I am looking forward to the challenge of taking Herbert H Drew into the next chapter of its history. I believe it will be a hard, but rewarding, journey. However, with the clear focus of our Strategic Plan we will be well placed to deal with the next challenges that this Industry will inevitably throw upon us, and to take advantage of the opportunities awaiting. I welcome this opportunity, and cannot wait to get started."
REGENERATION OF BOURNEMOUTH TOWN CENTRE
DREW is actively involved in a number of schemes making a significant contribution to the regeneration of Bournemouth Town Centre. The largest of these projects to date is the construction of 83 studio apartments and ground floor retail outlets on the site of the former Sorting Office in Albert Road. Construction is now well under way, with steelwork being erected. View our timelapse video (left) to see progress.
Further projects have included the recent completion of refurbishment to 22 St Peters Road, to provide high quality residential accommodation, and the reconfiguration of Vandale House - a derelict office building - to provide luxury apartments with balconies, over four floors. Read more on this.
DREW ACHIEVES TRIPLE BADGE ISO ACCREDITATION
HH Drew took on the challenge of achieving a triple standard ISO accreditation and are now pleased to announce that we have achieved ISO:9001, ISO:14001 and OHSAS:18001. Having gained the 'triple badge' accreditation at the end of 2015, and recently completing our first surveillance visit by BM Trada since being awarded the accreditation, we are now looking ahead and driving business improvement throughout the Company.
HH Drew now ensures full implementation of our Integrated Management Systems on all our building contracts to adhere to the three standards; Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety Management systems. The whole integrated system has been built around our existing procedures and processes, albeit these have been enhanced, supplemented, and will now be measured.
Bill Rabbetts, Chairman of Herbert H Drew, said: "This is an excellent result for our business, and will greatly assist in achieving our planned growth over the next few years. This also forms part of the overall process to improve business performance, furthermore raising commercial standards within our Industry and the service we provide to our Clients."