As part of One Group Construction, one of Suffolk’s largest privately owned companies; we’re renowned for our exceptional customer service, highly skilled team and all round professionalism across every single project.
Now trading for over 30 years, we continue to go from strength to strength. We have a wide and varied client base, which means we can specialise in any industry and any type of project – whether it’s working to constrained budgets, tight delivery deadlines or creating a completely bespoke design and build template.
Well-versed in all forms of procurement, we can be engaged from initial conception, through funding, design, construction and maintenance, post completion.
Our aim is to always undertake every job and project properly and professionally. Our founder, Graham Emmerson, said: “If you do a job properly, the rest will follow” and this is what we’ve always based our business philosophy on and will continue to do so for our next 30 years and beyond.
Initially founded in the late 1930’s as part of a small family firm based on the Suffolk Coast, we are now celebrating our 30th year. In 1982, the original Walter French Builders were taken over by the SEH Group.
We became part of the SEH Group by name in 1993 with the change reflecting the construction and sustainability aspects of the business.
A year later, SEH French celebrated our first £1 million turnover. This was achieved by the establishment of close working relationships with local authorities such as Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council – partnerships that continue to this day.
In the ensuing ten years, our company grew in stature and turnover, whilst always maintaining the friendly and personal touch that Walter French Builders prided themselves on.
2008 saw the SEH French turnover exceed £12 million mark, whilst the SEH Group overall turnover increased to £140 million.
We achieved our first ‘excellent’ rating for environmental efficiency (only the fourth building in the East of England to have achieved this!) for our Longstanton Passenger Transport Building in Cambridge. We were also invited to join Suffolk’s “Green 100” for our sustainability work.2014
SEH is acquired by a new company – One Group Construction - led by Richard Neall, who is already group chief executive of SEH. The company remains in private hands.
We have always understood that successful communication is absolutely imperative to a successful delivery of a project. Our team engage in constant dialogue with both the client and the on-site team (including a hands-on directorial approach), and the results of hundreds of positive constructions speak for themselves.
With over 100 years of combined experience in the construction industry, all of our SEH French team – from the apprentice to the directors – pride themselves on the quality of their work. We always strive to go the extra mile for clients and our steady line of communication means that if any problems do arise, they are quickly dealt with.
Because we’ve been in operation for 30 years now, our team all have extremely well established relationships with suppliers and partners – to ensure that every project is delivered is of the highest quality.
Paul started out in the construction industry in the 1970s and, since then, has worked on numerous construction projects throughout East Anglia. He joined the SEH French team in 2012, before being promoted to Construction Director in 2014. His knowledge and passion for the industry means he leads the SEH project teams from conception to delivery with a focus on producing a quality product.Get in touch
Simon started life in the industry in 1989 with the SEH Group and then moved onto a national organisation, before returning to head up SEH French in 2000. Simon's focus has always been ensuring that the SEH standards of high quality, customer focus and delivery are always met. Looking ahead to 2014 and beyond, Simon’s motivation is to ensure that the company and our team continue to positively grow and improve.Get in touch
Matthew is a qualified Quantity Surveyor with over 20 years of experience. He delivers a comprehensive and detailed approach in planning, procurement and delivery of construction projects from inception through to completion. Matthew joined SEH French in 2014 after working for regional and national companies managing high value, technical and prestigious projects within educational, healthcare and residential buildings. Matthew’s depth of knowledge allows him to work closely with clients, technical staff and our supply-chain and to manage contractor design elements within the complete project delivery.Get in touch
Having previously worked with a locally based contractor, Simon joined SEH French in 2009 with both practical and technical experience of the industry. A qualified Quantity Surveyor, Simon spent a number of years in the estimating and surveying department, before combining his technical and practical knowledge by becoming Contract Manager in 2014. Simon is the valuable point of contact for clients and the site delivery teams, ensuring SEH French delivers a successful, safe, cost effective and high quality end product.Get in touch
Neil started in the industry in the mid-1980s as a carpenter with a large regional contractor, before developing into a Site Manager. During this time, he worked on several multimillion pound projects, before moving to SEH French in 2007. Neil’s meticulous approach to planning and detail ensured he successfully delivered a number of projects before being promoted to Contracts Manager in 2015, using the same skills to manage the successful delivery of numerous projects.Get in touch
We’re delighted to announce the Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre project has won a highly prestigious Civic Trust Award.
Designed by Walters and Cohen Architects, and built by SEH French, the £4.3m project involved the construction of a brand new retreat centre, includ... Read More »
SEH French recently completed the construction of a brand new four and five storey, 55,000 sq ft office in Princes Street, Ipswich.
The building, which has been commissioned by one of the UK’s top 100 law firms Birketts, will provide accommodation for up to 250 of its staff once complete.
The project involved the demolition of the existing Riley’s ... Read More »
SEH French recently completed a brand new teaching and library facility at Littlegarth School in Nayland, Suffolk.
The new facility almost doubles the indoor teaching space in the school and incorporates six classrooms, a large integrated Library and IT suite, a spacious art and design ... Read More »
We’re delighted to announce we recently secured a four year framework with Sanctuary Housing to construct dwellings across East Anglia.
We were successful on two ‘lots’ – upto £2.5m and £2.5 – £7.5m. These lots have a combined spend of £33 million over the next four years and are part of Sancutary’s ambitious nationwide programme to deliver 30,000 new homes by 2026.Read More »
SEH French’s six classroom extension at Whitehouse Primary in Ipswich which was completed in September recently won an Ipswich Society Award Commendation.
The annexe at Whitehouse Primary School, providing six additional classrooms, w... Read More »