Stanswood Pavilion

CDM Contractors Ltd have completed the complete construction of Stanswood Pavilion – A luxury single storey pavilion based in the picturesque New Forest.

The New Forest is a former hunting area for William the Conquer, and is one the select few places in England that has managed to  retain the natural features of it’s alluring landscape, remaining practically unblemished by modern society.

This was for a private client situated on his beautiful estate, The vision was for the establishment to match it’s stylish surroundings.

We worked closely with architects The Design Board to produce this magnificent building.

Ground Works & Knotweed Removal

The knotweed was very important, that we followed the recommended procedure outline by the knotweed specialist and supplier of our products. hitex.

Knotweed can grow 10cm per day, and is a highly invasive weed, and with the ability to expose weakness in concrete foundations and concrete. This weed was found directly under the proposed pavilion position.

We exposed a large area of soil and installed the knotweed barrier as per specification.

In situ Concrete Ground Works over site & knot weed

Over site and footings were laid as per drawings supplied by the architect prior to laying foundations. Planners were called to site to inspect excavations and sign off. Very wet weather and the trench needed the water pumping out on 2 occasions.

Steel frame

The steel frame came on site in many pieces and was put together in 3 days with a specialist team using a spider crane positioned in the middle of the site for easy access.


Engineering bricks and concrete blocks was used and this fit in nice with the steel frame. Weather impacted the site during low level brickwork lots with lots of downpours at the time.

Timber frame walls

Timber frame was all hand cut within steel frame skeleton. All timber was ordered and organised by site manager in accordance with architect specifications. Roof construction was carried out first then the we finished the walls.

External Oak Finish

This was a very important part of the look of the building and was fixed as per agreement onsite with the owner and architect. The oak board was specified and ordered by the owner. CDM treated the external oak with osmo oil to the rear of the boards prior to fixing. All oak to the external building was completed without any joins as per spec where possible.  A rear plant room was constructed as an extra, and also a log store. All timber framed and  hardwood clad to match

Screed work

With the screed there was no room for error. It was vital to be very accurate with levels, due to the flush windows and large bespoke sliding doors. Screed was prepared prior with 100mm celotex insulation.

Oak windows

Our Joinery team fitted some luxurious oak windows. Once again a lot of care and attention was needed as even a slight mistake could prove to be costly.

Internal walls

We completed the internal wall as soon as the building was sealed and water tight. Once the zinc was finished, internal pocket sliders were incorporated within the stud walls.

M&E first fix

Next up it was time for our M&E team to  conduct the first fix to the roof void on completion of the false ceiling being constructed .

Internal finishes

The internal finishes included installation of oak flooring walls and ceiling. This is when CDM Contractors Ltd really got to showcase our high standards of workmanship. The client insisted on perfection and there was no complaints once we had finished.

Fixtures & fittings

Working with The Design Board and the client we were able to meet the design brief, achieving a simple but efficient design, maximising the space available and including all the requirements needed. Once again achieving a first class, contemporary finish.


We drafted in our expert decorating division to apply all the finishing touches. Inc. external osmo oil to oak. It was amazing to see the building come to life on the completion of the decoration.


We changed the decking on three occasions, before we found the perfect match – We started with timber board, then tried polished concrete and lastly we decided to go with a porcelain tile.

Portfolio details
  • May 2, 2019
  • Unit 14 Fairways Business Centre, Airport Service Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO3 5NU

  • 02393 233110

  • info@cdm.group
  • Mon – Fri 09:00 – 17:00