D.A.Cant & D.A.C. Contracting


Here are a selection of contracts that we have completed or are currently working on.

Contract:-  The Hollies- Crescent Road, Warley

Client:- Stonebond

Date:-  March 2017- Ongoing

Set in a desirable location, this development comprises of 10no. 1 and 2 bedroom executive flats. Our works to this project include: reinforced concrete ground beams with anti- heave protection to piled foundations, removal of up to 2m of made ground across the site, porous asphalt car park and road and construction of a sunken rear terrace with retaining walls.

Contract:-  Kingswood Heath, Severalls

Client:- Bloor Homes

Date:-  August 2016- Ongoing 

We were very pleased to be awarded another contract with Bloor Homes to commence works to a new development of 250 homes. This project forms part of the complete redevelopment of the old Severalls Hospital. Our works for the first phase include a general groundworks and civil engineering package, which includes engineered foundations and porous block paving and asphalt surfacing to private drives and footways. Works to phase 3 of the project include manhole and drainage works up to 8m deep. 

Contract:- Martello Caravan Site, Walton-on-the-Naze

Client:- Motion

Date:- March 2016 - Ongoing

The former caravan park is now being redeveloped.  Construction works include the infrastructure of new spine road to serve a large housing development, supermarket and nursing home.  The works are being constructed to Essex County Council specification for Highways and due for completion in October 2016.

Contract:-  13no. New Build Properties in Thundersley

Client:- Stonebond

Date:-  February 2016- Ongoing

Our work at this development includes all aspects of: foundations, drainage, oversites, sub-structure brickwork and private external works. This development is a mixture of 4 and 5 bedroom executive houses, with double and treble garages and large, open landscaped areas. Differing ground levels across the site also had to be dealt with accordingly as part of our groundworks package. 

Contract:- Flitch Green, Felsted

Client:- Bloor Homes

Date:- January 2016 - Ongoing

After successfully completing a development for Bloor Homes in Sudbury during 2015, we were pleased to be awarded the contract to start work on 98 units at Flitch Green, Felsted, at the start of 2016.  Our works, spread over various phases, include foundations, oversites, adoptable and private drainage, roads, drives and external works.  Permeable block paving has been incorporated on private roads.

Contract:- Springfield Meadows, Little Clacton, Essex

Client:- FGH Essex and Stourview Developments 

Date:- January 2016 - Ongoing

This development of 25no. houses is a joint project between FGH Essex and Stourview Developments. Starting this project as principal contractor, our works for this development include: foundations, drainage, roads and external works. All surface water on this site is to be attenuated in oversized pipes. 

Contract:- Lexden Road, West Bergholt

Client:- Glenmoor Developments

Date:- October 2015 - Ongoing

Our first time working with Glenmoor Developments sees the construction of six contemporary style houses in the village of West Bergholt.  Our groundworks package consists of a block paved access road, drainage including 3no. soakaways, soft landscaping,  and all plot works up to DPC, including the installation of Litecast XT thermal floors.

Contract:- 25no. plots, Braintree Road, Felsted

Client:- Taylor Wimpey

Date:- August 2015 - March 2016

Working under strict health and safety requirements due to overhead cables, we started work on 25no. new build plots in Felsted for Taylor Wimpey in August 2015.  Works include site clearance, concrete trench fill foundations, roads and sewers, external works, and a new attenuation pond.

Contract:- 34no. houses at Sturrick Lane, Great Bentley

Client:-Mersea Homes

Date:- January 2015-  December 2016                                                     


Through building a strong working relationship with Mersea homes, we were awarded another contract which included all aspects of: foundations, drainage, roads and external works at a development in Sturrick Lane, Great Bentley. This high quality development of 34no. detached houses included a combination of permeable block paving and tarmac to driveways, as well as feature patio areas to some plots. 

Contract:- New Spa, Lavenham,  Suffolk

Client:- Hutton Construction

Date:- November 2013 - April 2015

In late 2013 we started works at the 15th Century Swan Hotel & Spa at Lavenham, Suffolk, including the construction of a basement for a new spa complex.  Working within a confined environment, further works included a piling mat, foundations, external Yorkstone slabbing, asphalt surfacing, and foul & surface water drainage including 2no. soakaways.

Contract:- New Recycling Facility, Colchester, Essex

Client:- Colchester Skip Hire

Date:– January 2013 – January 2014

As the principle contractor on site, we liaised closely with the client & architect throughout the project. Our works included the foundations and 4,200m2 insitu concrete power floated floor to the 100m x 50m steel framed building.  A 2,720m2 access road was constructed with 6,100m2 of 205mm thick PAV2 concrete hardstandings leading from this.  Drainage works included the installation of 2 no 54,000 ltr rainwater storage tanks and Klargester sewerage treatment works.

Contract:- New Care Home, Mildenhall

Client:- Castle Oak Construction

Date:– January 2013 – April 2014

Our contract involved the construction of foundations, drainage, parking & external works for a new 60 bed care home.  Ground conditions meant pouring the 970m3 of concrete to the foundations was a challenge and required planning and design changes to ensure these were carried out safely.  Drainage works included the installation of over 288m3 of cellular soakaways units as well as a 6,000ltr packaged pumping station.  Asphalt Road and Block paved parking bays with a combined area of 940m2 and 700m2 of asphalt with timber edged ‘wander’ paths completed the external works.

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Contract:- 18 no New Build Houses, Fallowfield Road, Colchester Garrison

Client:- MODern Housing Solutions

Date:- January 2013 – May 2014

The Construction of 18 no new build houses for Military Personnel on the Colchester Garrison meant working under strict security and high standards.  Our works involved the foundations, oversites, drainage, roads, paths & external works.

Contract:- 70 bed care home, Glastonbury Road, Bury St Edmunds

Client:- Care UK / Castle Oak Construction

Date:- January 2015 – January 2016

After working effectively with the client on a similar project in Mildenhall, we were awarded the contract to start work on a 70 bed care home in Bury St Edmunds in the new year.  With poor ground conditions pouring 800+ m3 of concrete was a challenge, and other works have included a significant cut and fill exercise, 240 m3 soakaways, a foul sewer diversion, and roads and block paving to be completed later in the year.

Contract:- 36 no New Build Houses, Park Road, Colchester

Client:- Redrow Homes

Date:- July 2014 – January 2016

Our groundworks package is for the foundations, oversite, adoptable & private drainage, roads, drives and external works.  We started site as Principal Contractor but have now handed over to Redrow Homes.  The private roads involve extensive porous block paving with type 3 granular sub-base for surface water storage and soakaways.  All private drainage go to cellular soakaways.

Contract:- 26 no New Build Properties, Sudbury, Suffolk

Client:- Bloor Homes

Date:- July 2014 – September 2015

Starting again as principal contractor we have now handed project to the main contractor.  Our work involves all goundworks for the construction of 26 No new detached properties.  The sloping site has meant that foundations have required pumping due to access constraints.  We have installed a large cellular adoptable highway soakaway as well as rising main.

Track Records of Contracts in last 1 – 2 years


Description of Works

Lexden Golf Club

Foundations to new club house and a new 1,500 m2 car park

Moody Homes, Orsett

Piled foundations, roads, sewers, parking, hard & soft landscaping, pump station

Parkers Nurseries, Thorpe-le-Soken

2,000 m2 of concrete hardstanding and concrete road foundations, basement and concrete works for new biomass boiler

Bluebridge Industrial Estate, Halstead

3,000 m2 of concrete road construction & drainage & land

re-modelling works

Felixstowe Docks

New concrete hardstanding construction to docks

Mersea Homes, Brook Street, Colchester

Road & sewer construction, including 7.50m deep sewer connection onto live storm sewer

Ex-Chem Explosives Factory, Great Oakley

Various works including road construction, bunded chemical tanks, concrete hardstandings, concrete chemical enclosures and construction of new entrance and bellmouth

Mersea Homes, Great Horkesley

New road & sewer construction, foundations, drainage, hard & soft landscaping to 70no. houses

Taylor Wimpey, Harold Wood

Underpinning to an existing 2 storey block of flats, inc 160no. internal mini piles and 300mm thick reinforced concrete cantilevered slab

Skyline 120, Braintree

Foundations, drainage and hard & soft landscape to new industrial unit including 2,100 m2 powerfloat internal floor and 1,000  of external concrete hardstanding, interceptors, S278 works

Taylor Wimpey, Saffron Walden

Roads, sewers, foundations, hard & soft landscaping to 9no. houses

John Paul Construction, Essex Uni Hotel

Hard landscaping, concrete hardstandings, car park construction, drainage

High Chelmer Shopping Centre

Concrete car park construction, new retail unit, foundations, 1,200 mpowerfloat retail floor and internal concrete retaining walls

Taylor Wimpey, Bury St Edmunds

S278 works and road construction

Toomeys Garage, Basildon

Installation of 740 no. stainless steel bollards & car park


Stonebond Housing, Takeley

Roads, sewers, foundations, hard & soft landscaping, S278 works

Taylor Wimpey, Deerleap Way, Braintree

Roads, sewers, foundations, hard & soft landscaping to 18 no. new houses, S278 works including new junction and pelican crossing

Frinton Technical College

New science block, piled foundations & pile caps, sewers, large soakaway construction, 2,000 m2 of road & car park

Chelmer Valley High School

Piled foundation and concrete raft construction to 3 no. new buildings, large soakaways and extensive service trenches, drainage and car / playground construction

Weston Homes, Saffron Walden

Roads, sewers, foundations, oversite, drainage, hard & soft landscaping to 14 no. new houses

Hutton Construction, Marksgate, Barking

Reinforced Concrete groundbeams to piled foundations to form the ground floors of both residential and commercial units.  Insitu suspended 300mm thick reinforced groundfloor slab to an area of 840m2.  Associated drainage and external works.

Track Records of Contracts in last 3 – 5 years


Description of Works

Hutton Construction, Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, Thorpe-le-Soken Basement construction inc 74t of cut & bent and 482 m3 concrete.  Reinforced 600mm thick concrete raft foundation to accommodation buildings with 839 m3 concrete and 27t cut and bent.  Spa floor and various retaining walls, 2,231 m2 powerfloat floor.  Extensive well point de-watering
Millgate Homes, Essendon Roads, drainage, foundations, oversite, car park, hard & soft landscaping to two exclusive seven bed houses and 24 no. smaller properties
Apex 12, Whitehouse Farm, Ardleigh Piled foundation and pile caps to new offices inc drainage and extensive car park and hard landscape construction
Brentwood Private School Foundations, drainage, hard & soft landscape to new hall and school buildings, including raft oversite construction
Essex University, Boiler House 1,000 m2 of slabbing, retaining wall construction, drainage and other hard & soft landscaping
Notley High School Construction of groundbeams to new science block, with drainage inc 2 no. 5.00m deep, 2.70m wide soakaways.