International House

Alabas undertook a two-part project for us at very short notice. Matt is very easy to communicate with and doesn’t retreat into builder-speak when asked a question. I really feel he listens and tries to find the best solution for all concerned. The whole team are respectful of our premises, staff and clients: no loud radios, bad language or comments, and no unnecessary mess. They are also quick to offer help if it looks like we need it. For some time, we have been looking for a building contractor to deal with buildings maintenance for us and I think we have found the best candidate for the job in Alabas.


International House has been offering high quality English Language teaching to foreign students since 1987.

Since its launch International House has grown steadily, and in 2019 the Directors decided to add a new single-story open plan classroom extension. Following a recommendation they asked Alabas to complete these works.

The project undertaken was in two parts. Phase one included the demolition of the existing toilet block, the creation of new male and female toilets and a new canteen area. Phase two was the new classroom itself.

Project details

The extension was a timber frame building built on steel ring beam off piles with external timber cladding and a single ply membrane roof. Natural light is provided by skylights and aluminium bifold doors.

The build was completed to a high specification including all carpentry, electrics, plastering, decoration, wall and floor tiling and plumbing.  Under floor heating was also installed. 

The client was very happy with all works completed and have made clear that we will be at the top of the list for any future works.

The Alabas team are always a pleasure to work with . They have undertaken a number of office remodelling projects for us, and each time we have been really pleased with the work they've completed. They just get on with the job in hand, whilst being consistently approachable and friendly.