Pilgrims’ Cross Bridge Building Challenge

Year 6 Students at Pilgrims’ Cross Primary School took part in a Bridge Building Challenge as part of their project on Victorian England and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  Through discussion and practical demonstration, pupils explored different types of bridges and learnt about ‘compression’ and ‘tension’ and what effect these forces have on a structure.  They were then challenged to design and build their own bridges in small teams with the aim of creating a structure that could hold as much weight as possible.  With only a limited amount of time and resources, the ‘young engineers’ had to engage their team working skills and creativity to problem solve and complete the challenge.  Bridges were then tested to destruction.

Neilcott are undertaking works to increase the capacity of the existing school from 1.5 forms of entry to 2 forms of entry for Hampshire County Council.  The project comprises of the construction of three additional classrooms and a group room.  An extension to the staff carpark, a new multi use games area (MUGA), an external canopy link between key stage 1 and key stage 2 teaching blocks and associated landscaping. Services diversions and connections will be undertaken as necessary.  The main works are to be ready for occupation for August 2018.Pilgrims-Cross-2Pilgrims-Cross

Transition to new ISO Standards

Neilcott is delighted to have achieved accreditation to the revised quality and environmental management standards, ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015.  One of our core values is continuous improvement in everything that we do and as part of this we challenge and embrace change, explore best practice and communicate the benefits to all.  The changes to the new ISO 9001 and 14001 standards allowed us to reassess our business strategy and review the systems and processes that we have in place to monitor and measure these.

To make sure that we met the new standard we have reviewed the internal and external influences upon the business and undertaken detailed analysis to understand the needs and expectations of all interested parties.  A very important outcome of this business review was the development of a robust risk and opportunities register and business planning process.  A new business management system has been developed by Neilcott’s leadership team which is compatible with the strategic direction and the context of the organization, the whole system is frequently reviewed to ensure conformance to the standard.

Driving increased integration of our management systems throughout the business has been extremely beneficial and we are now preparing for the forthcoming changes to the OHSAS 18001 as it is also in the process of being revised.   ISO 45001, the international standard that will replace BS OHSAS 18001, has now reached the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage. The standard sets requirements for occupational health and safety management systems and is expected to be published in early 2018.

An expected change is the stronger role for top management. Health and safety will become a central aspect of the overall management system, requiring a firm commitment from top management.  At the same time, it will be necessary to involve all employees in reaching occupational health and safety objectives.  Neilcott’s leadership team are already very central to our commitment of occupational health and safety and this will require no change in our approach this will be cascaded down our supply chain.

Christmas Jumper Day 2017

Our year long fund raising for Demelza culminated in the annual Christmas Jumper day in the Orpington office.  We are delighted to have raised just over £20,000 for this fantastic charity.  Some members of our team took the day very seriously!Barryseriously!

Silver Outstanding Corporate Supporter

The Demelza 2017 Business Awards took place in November at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel in Maidstone.  The evening was an exclusive event for Demelza’s  outstanding business supporters,  celebrating their success in supporting Demelza, raising awareness and funding for the children and families that they care for.  Neilcott is delighted to have been awarded a Silver Outstanding Corporate Support Award.  Demelza is Neilcott’s 2017 charity of the year as nominated and voted for by staff.  A huge thank you to all those that took part in events throughout the year to reach another fantastic total which was once again matched by the Company.  Well done Team Neilcott!img007

Lighthouse Constuction Industry Charity – Change Bucket Challenge

The Construction Industry Helpline is managed and funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.  The charity has been delivering charitable welfare and support to the construction community since 1956.  The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is in turn funded and supported by the business and people in our industry for the benefit of the people in our industry.  They currently receive no public funding and rely on the goodwill and support of the industry and their volunteer network of regional clubs and fundraisers to allow them to delivery their charitable work.  The Construction Industry Helpline provides a 24/7 safety net for all construction workers and their families in the UK and Ireland and provides:

  • Emergency financial aid to construction families in crisis
  • Advice on occupational health and mental wellbeing
  • Support on legal, tax and debt management matters

Those working in the industry, as well as their families can contact the Construction Industry Helpline and will be able to call the 24/7 confidential Construction Industry Helpline on 0345 605 1956 to access:

  • Emergency financial aid in times of crisis following an illness, accident, injury or bereavement that forces a family into a state of poverty
  • Advice on occupational health and wellbeing issues as an employee or an employer
  • Support and advice for sufferers of stress and addiction-related illnesses
  • Advice on matters ranging from divorce to employment
  • Advice on specific tax-related issues concerning employment within the construction sector
  • Help to manage and reschedule debt
  • Help to understand the benefits system and your entitlement, especially if you are caring for others
  • Support on career changes, especially after accident or injury preventing you from returning to your original job

Throughout the month of November all Neilcott offices and sites will have a Change Bucket and all visitors will be “encouraged” to give any loose change in aid of the Charity.Change-Bucket-Challenge

Visit to Peckham Rye Park


The Considerate Constructor’s mascot, Honor Goodsite, made a visit to Neilcott’s Peckham Rye Park site to raise awareness of site safety amongst the young park users.  Honour took a walk around the playground to have photos taken with the children and Project Manager, Ian Berger, was on hand to answer questions about what the new facilities would be like and how they are being built.  The children were encouraged to think about the dangers that exist on a construction site and what operatives must do to keep themselves safe by playing “Hunt the Hazard”.  Before leaving, Honor took a tour of the playground, where the children taught her how to use some of the facilities

Mint Street Community Play Facility

Mint Street Adventure Play Facility was built in 1971, following a campaign by local people to reuse land behind the Evelina Children’s Hospital as a playground.  The adventure playground was operated by a voluntary sector organisation from its inception through to 1996.  The site has since been managed by the Southwark Council’s play service, which provides local children with the chance to play and learn in a safe environment.  Today, Mint Street offers more than just an adventure playground.  A huge variety of free opportunities and events for young people are available, ranging from sporting activities and music festivals to playgroups and life skills sessions.  Mint Street is an extremely well loved and well used community facility, however the building and associated play equipment have reached the end of their useful life.  The redevelopment of the facility provides not only the opportunity to upgrade the site and facilities, but to integrate it more successfully with the adjacent part and providing facilities better able to supply the community’s needs.

The local community albeit very excited to see the redevelopment of their facility were naturally worried that during the re-build project the centre would cease to be a focal point for the community and could be subject to vandalism and graffiti.  Neilcott liaised closely with local parent volunteers to discuss their ideas and the suggestions made by the children, to decorate the hoarding to retain the community feel, maintain its presence and dissuade unwanted attention.  The these of “my Mint Street” was established, encouraging the children to reflect on their memories of the old building.  The Mint Street “Candy Stripes” used in the Mint Street logo form the background for the hoarding.  Cut out silhouettes of children playing were provided by Neilcott, along with various painting and decorating materials.  This enabled children of all ages and abilities to create their own unique “self-portrait” to be displayed for the duration of the project.  In addition, circular cut outs of various sizes were provided for children to write their favourite memories of the old building on, with parents adding various quotes taken from the “Memory Book” which was situated in the old centre.  Perspex covered cuts outs where also made in the hoarding to enable progress of the new facility to be viewed by young and old throughout the construction period.

A number of community events were organised which saw parents involved in painting the candy stripes and children getting creative with their own designs.  Many families brought picnics on the Saturday event and stayed for the whole afternoon to watch the project come together.  There was a real sense of community spirit, enthusiasm and team work at each event, demonstrating how valuable Mint Street is to this community. Group-341

Neilcott starts work on £6m Enterprise Centre to boost the local economy in Chichester

Neilcott is delighted to have commenced work on a new £6m Enterprise Centre which will provide 35,000 square feet of high quality workspace, including services and managed offices, workshops and shared workspace in a new purpose-built development for local businesses.  It is forecast that the project, based in Terminus Road, Chichester, could create around 275 new jobs every three years and contribute to an improvement in business survival rates.  Completion of scheduled for the end of the year.  The project offers businesses flexible accommodation, with the ability to rent space for just two weeks.  The aim is to help businesses access the support that they need and will also include working with local education providers and business support groups to offer support and mentoring schemes.  Pat Hughes, Neilcott’s Regional Director says “Neilcott is delighted to be working in partnership with Chichester District Council on this important project.  It will bring dedicated, modern facilities that will enable businesses to grow and flourish, helping to create new, high quality jobs for local people.  We are also keen to ensure that the construction process provides opportunities for local employment and skills development.”  Eighty-two business units ranging from 150 to 700 square feet will be offered across three buildings, with the unique space offering flexible rental terms.  The development will offer office suites, workshop units and shared workspaces, along with dedicated car parking on a 1.75 acre site.  Flexible work spaces encourage new talent and job growth, as well as significantly contributing to the local economy.


Westminster City School

Neilcott has recently been awarded this challenging project to expand the existing Westminster City School by 1 Form Entry.  The project involves the demolition of 2 school buildings (Puttick Buildings) at the rear of the school site and erection of a new 3 storey building.  The existing Puttick Building at the rear of the school comprises of two separate buildings: The two storey “religious education” block closest to the primary school building or the Dacre Building, the combined one and half storey arts block and the single storey Gymnasium abutting the existing boundary wall to the St. James’ Court Hotel. These existing buildings are dated and do not offer the school facilities it requires as part of the new 1FE expansion. The new building is to be located at the rear of the Site and will not be readily visible from the public vantage points. Public views of the building will be limited to views from Palace Street through the school date and from Victoria Street and the new Zig Zag building and Westminster Council’s offices.  The increased floor space that this project provides will enable the school to offer a combined Arts building. The new building is a steel framed structure with piled foundations and concrete structural slabs at the ground and upper floors. The new design is predominantly brick clad with some elements of metal cladding and glazing to resonate with the new Zig Zag building and the existing school buildings on site.  A number of constraints exist at within the school site. Firstly, the site is located in central London, near Victoria station. Secondly, vehicular access to the site is restricted to one road, which is approximately 3.4m at its narrowest point.  Thirdly, the demolition and construction will be taking place on the school’s only outdoor recreation and sports space, meaning segregation measures and minimization of site footprint had to be carefully considered. The school will need to use temporary accommodation on the playground during demolition of the existing building and construction of the new building. Fourthly, the site boundaries border two separate hotels to the North East and land owned by TfL to the East in the form of a concrete slab over The District Underground line to the East. As an underground train line runs along the East boundary, a process of TfL approval for design, method statements and works carried out on site have to be adhered to. This had to be reflected in the contract design, developed design, construction methods carried out on site and programme.  WestminsterOne of the biggest reasons that Clients come back to Neilcott time and time again is our reputation for undertaking technically and logistically demanding projects extremely successfully, Neilcott’s Managing Director, Malcolm Elster stated “our reputation for challenging projects will prove invaluable upon this project, I am certain our project team will rise to this challenge”.

St Georges Bickley CE Primary School Expansion

Neilcott is delighted to have been awarded the expansion of St. Georges Bickley CE Primary School for the London Borough of Bromley.  This design and build project will provide a high quality, sustainable expansion to the school that will fully support, inspire and stimulate a 21st Century learning approach.  The project will enable the expansion of the school from a One and Half Form Entry to Two Form Entry Primary School.  Established in 1869, St. George’s has always been well known within the local area as being a small and welcoming community primary school. Bombed during World War II and subsequently rebuilt, St. George’s provides a happy, stable and caring environment whereby the children, staff and parents work actively in partnership to enable all children to realise their full potential.  The location of the proposed expansion was as a direct result of extensive feasibility and options appraisals carried out with the school. The site is quite restrictive in terms of usable external spaces.  The new proposal address the need for a hygiene room, medical room, and re-ordering of the circulation to the lower school classroom areas. The library has been expanded into the resource space, and this can now be opened up to the newly proposed landscape areas making it directly accessible from the inside.  The new studio hall space has been extended to include the existing under croft beneath the cantilevered classrooms, and the opportunity for this to open up further into the playground.  Malcolm Elster, Neilcott’s Managing Director, stated “I am delighted to have been awarded this scheme by the London Borough of Bromley, working for our “home” Borough has always been a goal and we will look to engage with the local community as much as possible”.St-Georges-1