Active Projects


We are currently working on a wide variety of residential and commercial sites across the North-East and elsewhere in the UK.

Please take a look at some of our active projects and see how they are progressing. Gain some insight into our professional approach, our attention to safety, our approach to site maintenance, the respect we have for the property and it’s neighbours, and understand first-hand some of the challenges we face and overcome on a daily basis. We are a business that cares.

Tracking an active site will allow you to see for yourself how an initial idea can be built upon and developed, turning your dream into a reality.

Coastal Site

A beautiful location, leading down to the beach, this new build site started in November 2017 with an expected completion date in the late summer and despite a very challenging winter we are delighted that our clients were able to move into their new home in mid August. There are still a number of things to complete before Smailes Construction and Huxmar are finished on site but our clients now have a beautiful home to furnish, explore and enjoy.

Working in collaboration with the clients who knew what they wanted, we provided a full Design and Build service supporting them throughout to ensure their dream became a reality.

The house is of a modern design with wide open spaces, plenty of glass allowing natural light to filter in, an open plan kitchen/dining room with bi-fold doors to the rear gardens. Currently painted white throughout with the odd splash of colour increases the sense of space and light and large windows looking out to the Northumberland coast brings the outside in at every turn. Innovative features designed by our clients include a large floor to roof window feature in the main entrance, bordered by open brickwork and industrial style lighting which strikingly contrasts with the delicate glass balustrade of the staircase and clean smooth internal walls.

Huxmar designed, supplied and fitted the sleek contemporary kitchen, including wine cooler, american style fridge and a granite breakfast bar. Large draws, internal sliders and hidden storage provide ample space for all kitchen equipment and utensils.

The build is still on-going and final photographs will follow.


We are delighted to be involved in this remodel and refurbishment project in Amble.

The old joinery workshop has been purchased by Dry Water Arts and it is now the responsibility of Smailes Construction to transform the disused derelict building into a pioneering dementia friendly arts centre for the whole community.

The work completed has involved securing and making safe the structure of the building, including drainage and foundations and preparing suitable access for all visitors. Having completed the exterior, the interior required a complete refit and refurbishment to provide a facility that is accessible, versatile and fit for purpose without being soulless.  The finishing touches are now being completed of this first phase of the build but the owners have further plans to extend and develop the loft space to provide yet more facilities for this worthwhile cause.

Newcastle New Build

Our client purchased a rural plot of land near Newcastle which already had a building in situ but was beyond renovation. The plan was to build his own individualised home, perfectly suited to his needs. Working with MWE Architects they designed a new single storey, timber frame bungalow, and as with all Design and Build projects the client is involved with every detail, from start to finish so that the end result is exactly what he envisioned.

Smailes Construction were appointed to be the main contractor and with a designated Site Manager the preliminary building work began in April this year. Despite the winter of snow and rain the build is now back on track; Groundworks, foundations, SIP’s frame and roof complete. Internal walls and first fix are well underway and the Huxmar kitchen is designed.

Rural Northumberland site

A full Design and Build contract awarded to Smailes Construction which commenced in November 2017.

Designed by Greatspace Architects ( ) this is a contemporary bungalow development in a rural Northumberland village.  The clients requested a modern sustainable bungalow that would fit in with the surroundings and environment and provide them with a beautiful home for their future. Working closely with our team they agreed on an innovative design which will create a property to perfectly fit their vision.

The long and wonderful summer has allowed this project which was heavily hampered over the winter months, to catch up and progress is excellent. The SIPs frame and roof including the zinc topper went up exactly to plan and the cladding and stone walls are complete offering a lovely combination of textures and appearance. Sustainable and eco-friendly features of heating and energy saving measures, from windows to floors and doors are now in situ and internal walls erected so that all spaces are clearly visible.

Huxmar has designed and supplied a stunning kitchen with our clients and is in the process of installation.

Photos will follow shortly but all is looking good for completion shortly.


The new owner of this contemporary and functional bungalow in Warkworth met with us to discuss design and build options to make it more suited to her tastes and needs.

The old tired conservatory was removed and has been replaced with a brick extension that ties into the original roof line and has been matched to the original brickwork to appear as one building.  Plenty of windows and windows and french doors bring light and garden access to the extension creating a summer room/diner for the owner.

Adding a porch to what was a ‘faceless’ property has given it character and also offers a little more security and privacy for the owner and again has been matched to avoid any demarcation between new and old.

Internal decorations are now being carried out before the hard landscaping starts and the installation of a new huxmar all season summer house