BBC Documentary puts Bison on the small screen

Bison Manufacturing’s market leading pre-cast concrete units have featured in a prime-time BBC documentary.

‘Hidden Histories: Britain’s Oldest Businesses’, which aired on BBC4 on Wednesday 29th January, featured the work of Bison customer R Durtnell & Sons Ltd, a contractor with over 400 years of building experience.

During interviews with owner Alex Durtnell, the programme showed a variety of past and present projects, including recent work at the Chantry Quarry luxury residential development in Guildford – featuring Hollowcore flooring units and precast staircases from Bison.

Specified throughout the estate’s 15 high-end homes, 4,300m2 of Bison’s 200mm deep Hollowcore flooring units and 26m3 of precast staircases enhance the feeling of luxury in residential applications by providing a stable, sound deadening alternative to wooden construction.

Mike Nelson, Sales and Commercial Manager at Bison Manufacturing, said:

“R Durtnell & Sons is a company that we have worked on numerous projects with over our 95 year history, so we were pleased to learn that their heritage and present success has been recognised within this BBC documentary. We were even more pleased to learn that our recent project in Guildford would feature too.

“Whilst one might expect our precast products to feature prominently within multi-residential projects such as apartment buildings, a growing number of luxury developers are seeing the benefits associated with using our precast stairs and flooring units. This is due not only to the quality of the finished product, but also their ability to be installed on site much more quickly and cost effectively than some alternative solutions.”

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