Derby Train Station

Derby Train Station

RDF recently completed works to Derby Train Station. Building 3 pods on the new platform. Featuring a first class lounge, standard class waiting room, toilets and a new retail outlet.

The project ran over a number of weeks with an extremely strict adherence to H&S regulations that any track side operatives have to abide by. Delivered on time despite there being further additional works from the client.

The areas look amazing and have been highly praised by the client, Network Rail and the users of the train station.


Renovation of Springhead Park House, Leeds

Renovation of Springhead Park House, Leeds

RDF is combining all its divisions to work on the restoration of Springhead Park House, Rothwell, Leeds to its former glory. Previously a vicarage dating back to the 1800’s, the historic building is undergoing a major transformation.

Early extensions that were added in the 1960’s have been removed and the original brickwork has been exposed and chemically cleaned. UPVC windows have been removed and replaced with Accoya sliding sash windows, loving made by our qualified bench joiners and sprayed to a factory finish in our workshop at Wortley Moor Road, Leeds.

Work is ongoing and the property will be offered for sale in the near future.

For more information, call us on 0113 2319910 or email

Leeds Sports Awards Nomination

Leeds Sports Awards Nomination

Everyone at RDF are proud to announce that our very own Operations Director Graham Mattison has been nominated for a Leeds Sports Award.

Graham has worked at RDF for over a decade, with a positive upwards progression on his career path, which has seen him conquer a number of roles. This positive approach, that is instilled within RDF’s core, of training and giving back has led to Graham training the next generation of RDF employees to ‘take the reins’ from him as he moved up allowing others to also progress.

When Graham isn’t Directing the Operations of the company, he carries on the RDF tradition & ethos of being involved with the community and giving back by being heavily involved with the not for profit Alliance Boxing Club based in Cross Gates, Leeds.

The club is owned and run by professional boxer Sam Smith and former power lifter, now boxer Graham Mattison. Sam and Graham are hugely positive and inspiring influences, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the Cluband the local community as a whole.

Sam has been boxing for 9 years and has held multiple titles including WBF & WBU. Currently the British Masters Champion,she is the only British female in her division to be world ranked and Sam will be fighting at Elland Road next month on 02/03/18. Graham has boxed for about 4 years, prior to which he had great success in power lifting, being ranked second in the world at a professional level.

Both Graham and his professional partner Sam Smith have been nominated for the prestigious award; Coach-Participation. The full list of 2018 finalist have now been released and can be found on the Leeds Sports Award Website.

In a recent article in the Yorkshire Post; Sally Nickson, Head of Leeds Beckett University and Chair of Sport Leeds said: “The Leeds Sports Awards celebrate immense sporting talent across the city – from local athletes, clubs, coached and volunteers to Olympians, Paralympians and world champions.

It’s one of the highlights of the sporting Calendar in Leeds, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the success of everyone involved in sport in Leeds.”

The 2018 Leeds Sports Awards ceremony is set to be a star-studded event held at Leeds First Direct Arena on Thursday 1st March.

We’d like to wish both Graham and Sam the best of luck and an enjoyable evening celebrating their club’s success.

EPC Regulation Changes 2018

EPC Regulation Changes 2018

RDF Building Ltd wishes to advise our clients of important information which affects all landlords and owners of commercial properties from the 1st of April 2018

The 2018 EPC regulation changes

From 1st April 2018, the minimum energy efficiency standard will be set to E to help reduce CO2 emissions and to ensure tenants live or work in an energy efficient building. Landlords or owners of a commercial property with an EPC rating of F or G must ensure their property meets the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) requirements before a new lease or tenancy is granted.

The 2018 EPC regulation changes will apply upon the granting of a lease to a new tenant, and a lease to an existing tenant.

Minimum Energy Standards for Commercial Landlords

The regulation changes will apply to the non-domestic private rented sector in England and Wales, this will be any property let on a tenancy, which is not a dwelling. It is the landlords responsibility to implement improvement works to ensure their commercial property rating falls between the A – E EPC ratings. Detailed information can be found in this Non-Domestic Landlord Guidance PDF.

Exemptions to the 2018 EPC Regulations

If a landlord believes that their property qualifies for an exemption from the minimum energy efficiency standard, an exemption must be registered on the National PRS Exemptions Register

Exemption Criteria

  • If the improvement measures are not cost-effective, and do not pay for themselves within 7 years.
  • If the expected financial savings are not equal to or greater than the costs attached to the energy bill.
  • If the landlord is unable to obtain the necessary consents from tenants, lenders or superior landlords to install the required energy efficiency improvements.
  • If a qualified expert provides evidence that the installation of a relevant measures would devalue the property by more than 5%.

Penalties for a Non-Compliant Commercial Property

If a landlord has not ensured that their commercial property is compliant, or has not sufficiently proved an exemption, then a Local Authority is within its power to serve a compliance notice requesting that further information is sent to them to confirm compliance.

  • Less than 3 months of non-compliance: 10% of rateable value, subject to a minimum fine of £5,000 and a maximum fine of £50,000.
  • More than 3 months of non-compliance: 20% of rateable value, subject to a minimum fine of £10,000 and a maximum fine of £150,000
  • Publication of non-compliance will apply to both timeframe offences.

Energy Efficiency Assessment

If the EPC rating of your commercial property is F or G, an energy efficiency plan should be put in place to make improvements to the building.

RDF Building are here to help and can provide energy efficiency assessments across all commercial sectors, our team of experts will implement and manage any improvement works necessary to ensure EPC compliance across your property portfolio.

To ensure your property is compliant and that you are not at risk please contact a member of our team today.

Call 0113 231 9910

Community Christmas Dinner

Community Christmas Dinner

The Myrtle & White Swan Community Christmas Dinner – sponsored by RDF Building Ltd

A special Christmas dinner for those of the older generation who need some special festive cheer this Christmas.

If you have an elderly relative or maybe a neighbour who is spending Christmas alone this year, someone who doesn’t get the chance to socialise like most of us do then we would like to invite them to join us for a complimentary Christmas Dinner.

RDF Building Ltd has partnered with The Myrtle Tavern, Meanwood and sister pub The White Swan, Yeadon to fund and host a complimentary Christmas Dinner Party as part of their ‘Give back to the community’ initiative. The day promises to offer a warm welcome to members of our local community who would like to enjoy Christmas lunch and the chance to chat amongst other like-minded people in the festive atmosphere both pubs have to offer.

Please get in touch to book your free space and we will look after the rest.

21st December from 12 noon

The White Swan, Yeadon
Tel: 0113 3451 383
Yeadon LS19 7TA

The Myrtle Tavern

The Myrtle Tavern, Meanwood
Tel: 0113 2752 101

Please note: To help accommodate guests who would like to accompany somebody they know, bookings can be made for up to 2 people.

Please print out this A4 poster and help us to spread the word.


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Ground for new retail superstore stabilised

Ground for new retail superstore stabilised

Extensive ground stabilisation works of the site near the river Humber have been completed, which has allowed the construction of the new 1,500 m sq retail unit to continue.

Once the site was cleared and the levels established the excavation and stabilisation works could be undertaken.

Concrete piles and an attenuation system have been designed & installed to meet with the demands of the site.

The project is well underway and further progress photos will follow.


Emergency works onsite at City Centre apartments

Emergency works onsite at City Centre apartments

Following a major incident with the roof covering at The Bridge City Centre apartments RDF were brought into erect an emergency scaffolding and undertake the works.

A swift response and rapid erection of the scaffolding was praised by the client as it ensured the safety of apartment owners and third parties.



Brick & liquor featured in Bar Magazine

Brick & liquor featured in Bar Magazine

One of RDF’s recently complete projects in London, Brick & Liquor, is featured in the latest copy of Bar magazine.

The Clapham based site, the second for the brand, is inspired by the edgy urban vibe of New York City’s East Village.

An intimate cosy feel was created through the decor’s warm colour palette with reclaimed wood panelling, brass fixtures and a solid steel, LED lit, dual height bar. The bar is modern, striking and tactile for the customer whilst being incredibly versatile and operational by the staff behind it.

The new shop front & entrance way were complimented by the signage which gives an understated welcome to potential customers passing by. Whilst the compact but functional kitchen ensure all the customers do not leave hungry. Structural alterations to the building allowed the site to be re-purposed from an estate agents into a 100 capacity high end bar whilst meeting all modern day building regulations.

A noise attenuating ceiling was designed & installed to ensure that none of the residential tenants above the property where disturbed as the property traded and used the high end AV system that RDF installed. This level of design & thought for neighbours was also incorporated into the mechanical extraction systems of the building, which had bespoke filtration and sound baffling units designed & installed as part of the building’s transformation.

Please find link to the digital copy of the magazine here:-


New craft Gin, Rum & Tequilla bar opened in Harrogate

New craft Gin, Rum & Tequilla bar opened in Harrogate

The Tap on Tower Street is the brilliant new offering that has come from the dated Tap & Spile.

The funky interior design is complimented by the many different craft & real ales to try onsite or if you feel the need take away via the bottle bar and/or takeaway service that the site offers.

A plethora of Gins, Rums, Tequilas and Mescals are on offer for anybody wanting to try something new, different or hard to find. There is a large selection of board games located on bespoke shelving throughout the property to keep the customers amused and interested.

A full internal refurbishment including electrical alterations, new flooring, bespoke shelving, furniture and signage were all completed within budget. The external areas have new seating and smoking areas so that the building can still be enjoyed no matter what the weather.




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